Daily Archives: Friday, October 11, 2013

Re-blog: Is Iraq Entitled to the ‘Jewish Archive? – The Jewish Press

From The Jewish Press:

Is Iraq Entitled to the ‘Jewish Archive?

General Maude’s entry into Baghdad, March 11, 1917. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Ben Cohen has a dream: in a JNS article – already re-published in the Arabic press – he wishes he could take his family to visit the National Archives Museum in Baghdad to see the ‘Jewish archive’along with Iraqi schoolchildren. However, he recognises that so deep is Iraq’s hatred for Jews that his dream will never be realized. My dream is more ambitious: that Iraqi schoolchildren should be allowed to see the archive in the Babylonian Heritage Center in Israel where most Iraqi Jews now live. A few years ago, in response to a Palestinian critic who made a disparaging remark about the fact that I don’t speak Arabic, I felt compelled to write an article explaining why that is the case. I said that under different circumstances, I could have been born in an Arab country and grown up speaking Arabic. My father’s family had been settled in Iraq for generations, but they fled to England in 1941, the same year that Baghdad’s Jews were convulsed by a June pogrom known as the farhud, presaging a much larger exodus of Iraqi Jews over the next decade.

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/guest-blog/is-iraq-entitled-to-the-jewish-archive/2013/09/24/

Re-blog: The Battle of the Archives: What Egypt’s Intellectuals and Muslim Brotherhood Lost : The New Yorker

From The New Yorker:

The Battle of the Archives: What Egypt’s Intellectuals and Muslim Brotherhood Lost

It was mostly coincidence that drew Khaled Fahmy into the fight over the Ministry of Culture. It was early June, less than a month before a mass protest movement, and then a military coup, would force the Muslim Brotherhood and its President, Mohamed Morsi, out of power in Egypt. Over the previous week, the Brotherhood had undertaken what would be its final project of “Brotherhoodization”—the process of stacking major government posts with friendly or Brotherhood-aligned officials. This time, the target had been the Ministry of Culture and several of its constituent bodies: the opera, the ballet, the national archives and library. Ahmed Megahed, the director of Egypt’s government publishing agency, found out that he’d lost his job when he read a form letter that had been left on his desk on a Sunday. Iman Ezzeldin, who runs the National Library, learned the news when she received a phone call at her home, at 11 P.M., from a secretarial assistant. “I’m sorry to tell you this,” the nervous voice on the other line said, “but you are no longer the director of the library.” The next day, there was a wax seal on the door to her office.

“I started getting all of these phone calls,” Fahmy said the other day from his home in New York, where he is teaching a course at New York University. Fahmy is a professor of history at the American University in Cairo, and in June he was conducting research at the National Archives on the historical use of Islamic law. By chance, the man that the Brotherhood chose to take over the administration of the archives and library was also named Khaled Fahmy. “Some of them were calling to congratulate me, some of them were confused and calling to ask did I really accept this job?” he recalled. “But those who understood what was going on started to phone me in alarm: ‘We have to do something about this. They appointed a Brotherhood person who will try to destroy the cultural heritage of Egypt.’”

Full article at:-   www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/09/the-battle-of-the-archives-in-egypt.html


UK Borders Scheme and Immigration Statistics

exporting the border‘Exporting the Border?’ – An Inspection of e-borders
Published by John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
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Home Office response to John Vine report – inspection of e-Borders
by the UK Home Office.

Response from the Home Office to the report on the inspection of e-Borders by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.

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The Border Force: securing the border
By the National Audit Office.

Since the UK Border Force was separated from the UK Border Agency, it has met some important objectives such as reducing queuing times both during and after the 2012 London Olympics. To provide value for money, however, it needs to perform effectively and in a sustained way across the full range of its activities.

The Border Force separated from the UK Border Agency because the Home Office was not confident the Border Force was capable of responding to instructions. To address this, the Border Force has standardized how its officers check passengers, and almost 100 per cent of passengers at the border now receive full passport checks.
Further Information:- www.nao.org.uk/report/border-force-securing-uk-border/

An Inspection of Applications to Enter and Remain in the UK under the Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur Categories of the Points Based System.
Published by John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
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Progress by Home Office Statistics following the 2011 Home Office immigration-related consultation:  (From MIGRATION-STATS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK):

You may have noticed that alongside Immigration Statistics: April – June 2013, published last Thursday, Home Office also published an update to the 2011 statistics consultation on Home Office immigration-related statistics.

The purpose of the 2011 consultation was for Home Office Statistics to seek responses from users on a range of proposals designed to make data more accessible to users and resulted in the current Immigration Statistics release.

A number of users also provided requests or comments that were considered, by Migration Statistics, to be out of the scope of the original consultation. This latest document specifically provides an update to the outcome of these requests and comments.

This update can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-changes-to-immigration-related-home-office-statistical-outputs

Public Administration Select Committee: Migration Statistics
vol 1
UK Government Public Administration Select Commitee
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Public Administration Select Committee: Migration Statistics
vol 2
UK Government Public Administration Select Commitee
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Monthly asylum application tables
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Children entering detention under Immigration Act powers: June 2013
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New: World Migration Report 2013: migrant well-being and development

World Migration Report 2013: migrant well-being and development

From the Migrant’s Rights Network – IOM World Migration Report 2013:

The World Migration Report 2013: Migrant Well-being and Development – the seventh report in IOM’s World Migration Report (WMR) series – focuses on the migrant, exploring the positive and negative effects of migration on individual well-being.

Many reports linking migration and development concentrate on the broad socioeconomic consequences of migratory processes, and the impact of migration on the lives of individuals can easily be overlooked. In contrast, the WMR 2013 focuses on migrants as persons, exploring how migration affects quality of life and human development across a broad range of dimensions.

The World Migration Report 2013 is published amidst a growing debate on how the benefits of migration can best be harnessed for development. Despite progress following the first UN General Assembly High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) in 2006, migration remains inadequately integrated into development frameworks at national and local levels, and public perceptions of migrants and migration are often very negative.

This report looks at “how migration affects a person’s quality of life and his or her human development across a broad range of dimensions … [which] shed new light on how migrants rate their lives, and on how they feel with regard to income, employment, health, security and other dimensions relevant to their well-being … The report concludes with a set of recommendations for future initiatives to monitor migrant well-being and the impact of migration on development, with reference to the inclusion of migration in the post-2015 global development framework.” [p21]

The full report, World migration report 2013, is available at:

http://publications.iom.int/bookstore/free/WMR2013_EN.pdf [NB 10.86 Mb].

See also – World Migration Review report on well-being: Why it ought to have a central place on the policy agenda.


MRN Meeting: MEETING: Beds in sheds and Rogue Landlords

MEETING: Beds in sheds and Rogue Landlords

Date: 16 October 2013, 10:30 – 12:00 (lunch to follow)

Venue: Barrow Cadbury Trust, 6 Kean Street, London, WC2B 4AS (map)

I would like to invite you to a discussion on the new MRN Briefing on Beds in Sheds and Rogue Landlords. This will be led by John Perry, Advisor to MRN on Housing and Migration, followed by a panel discussion.

The paper discusses recent topical issues of ‘beds in sheds’, ‘rogue landlords’ and ‘undocumented immigrants’; considers evidence for connecting the issues; and outlines the action which the government and local councils are taking.

The event will also include advice for community organisations involved in tackling poor housing conditions for migrants who need to know about the remedies available.

Places are limited, so if you are attending please RSVP to Momtaz Rahman at m.rahman@migrantsrights.org.uk

New: State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013

State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013

Link:-  www.minorityrights.org/12071/state-of-the-worlds-minorities/state-of-the-worlds-minorities-and-indigenous-peoples-2013.html

Dalit health worker Nepal

Download the full text, or download individual chapters by theme or region in the right-hand column.

Read the global press release and the Africa press release.

You can also read the global press release in Hungarian or Spanish.

View a video report, an interview with MRG’s Director of Policy and Communications and an interview with the South Asia author.

Read revealing case studies from the ground in the Minority Voices Newsroom.

About the publication

State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013 presents a global picture of the health inequalities experienced by minorities and indigenous communities. The report finds that minorities and indigenous peoples suffer more ill-health and receive poorer quality of care.

The report is launched to coincide with a United Nations General Assembly meeting to follow up on efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and says that ill-health and poor healthcare are often consequences of discrimination.

Read this year’s edition for:

  • Discussions on issues such as maternal and child health; HIV, AIDS and other diseases; traditional medicine; and access to health care
  • An examination of the legal standards in the area of the right to health for indigenous peoples.
  • Interviews and case studies from minorities and indigenous communities, including examples of grassroots organizations working to address health issues.
  • Overviews of the human rights situation of minorities and indigenous peoples in every major world region.
  • Peoples under Threat 2013 – MRG’s unique statistical analysis and ranking of countries.

An invaluable reference for policy makers, academics, journalists and everyone who is interested in the human rights situation of minorities and indigenous peoples around the world.

Find untold stories from minorities and indigenous peoples affected by natural resource extraction and land rights issues in the Minority Voices Newsroom.

Subscribe to MRG’s publications here.

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New Publications: Journal on Migration and Human Security

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The Journal on Migration and Human Security, a publication of the Center for Migration Studies in New York, is pleased to release an article by Shaina Aber and Mary Small entitled, “Citizen or Subordinate: Permutations of Belonging in the United States and the Dominican Republic.” We are sending this message to you at the request of the authors. More information is available in the message below and at http://jmhs.cmsny.org.

New JMHS Article: “Citizen or Subordinate: Permutations of Belonging in the United States and the Dominican Republic”

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A publication of the Center for Migration Studies
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Breana George, Managing Editor

The Journal on Migration and Human Security, a publication of the Center for Migration Studies, announces the release of a new article: “Citizen or Subordinate: Permutations of Belonging in the United States and the Dominican Republic”, by Shaina Aber, Jesuit Conference of the United States and Mary Small, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

Birthright citizenship regimes are common in the Americas. However, birthright citizenship has been hotly contested in the United States and the Dominican Republic. In the Dominican Republic, the historical construction of national identity and anti-Haitian discourse has motivated a shift in law to deny citizenship to Dominican-born children of Haitian descent. In the United States, proposals to revoke birthright citizenship for the children of unauthorized immigrants stand little chance of success, but have nonetheless shifted the parameters of the immigration debate. The DREAMers in the United States and youth movements in the Dominican Republic seek to broaden concepts of societal belonging and membership, which may be the most effective way to safeguard birthright citizenship regimes.

Read more: http://jmhs.cmsny.org/index.php/jmhs/article/view/12

About the Journal

The Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) is an online, peer-reviewed public policy publication of the Center for Migration Studies. JMHS addresses timely migration-related issues, scholarship and analysis that receive insufficient attention in US and international policy debates. JMHS draws upon the knowledge, expertise and perspectives of scholars, public officials, faith communities, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, corporate leaders and others. The journal’s theme of “human security” is meant to evoke the widely shared goals of creating secure and sustaining conditions in migrant sending communities; promoting safe, legal migration options; and developing immigration and integration policies that benefit sending and receiving communities and allow newcomers to lead productive, secure lives.

JMHS welcomes evidence-based papers that contain well-supported policy ideas. Information regarding submissions can be found at http://jmhs.cmsny.org/index.php/jmhs/about/submissions.

Thank you for your interest in the journal and look forward to your continued readership.