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New publications: ‘Afghanistan’s displaced people: 2014 and beyond’ – plus Statelessness mini-feature (Forced Migration Review issue 46)

FMR 46 now online – ‘Afghanistan’s displaced people: 2014 and beyond’ – plus Statelessness mini-feature

Forced Migration Review issue 46, entitled ‘Afghanistan’s displaced people: 2014 and beyond’, is now online at www.fmreview.org/afghanistan

2014 is widely seen as marking a watershed for Afghanistan with its legacy of thirty-five years of conflict and one of the world’s largest populations in protracted displacement. International military forces are being withdrawn and the country is ‘in transition’ – politically, economically and in terms of security and its international standing. The high voter turnout in the recent presidential elections has been greeted as an encouraging sign for Afghanistan’s future but there is still considerable uncertainty about the capacity of the country to address the challenges of return, integration and reintegration, protection, access to rights, and continuing displacement.

FMR 46 contains 21 articles on Afghanistan, plus a mini-feature on Statelessness.

The full list of contents, with web links, is given below.

FMR 46 will be available online and in print in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Dari and Pashto.

If you do not regularly receive a print copy of FMR and would like to receive a print copy for your organisation, or multiple copies for onward distribution or for use in training or at conferences, please contact us at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk

We are very grateful to the following organisations for their financial support of this issue: Norwegian Refugee Council, Open Society Justice Initiative, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)/Swiss Cooperation Office – Afghanistan, UN-Habitat, UNHCR Department of International Protection, UNHCR Office in Afghanistan and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

See www.fmreview.org/forthcoming for details of forthcoming FMR issues on Syria, Faith-based organisations, Climate change and disasters, and Dayton+20/Balkans.

FMR 46 Afghanistan’s displaced people: 2014 and beyond – contents with web links


2014 and beyond: implications for displacement
Aidan O’Leary (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

Continuing conflict, continuing displacement
Rahmatullah Amiri (independent)

Stateless in Afghanistan
Maira Kuppers (The Liaison Office Afghanistan)

An IDP Policy for Afghanistan: from draft to reality
Laurie S Wiseberg (ProCap)

Anchoring return: the role of the Solutions Strategy
Pierfrancesco Maria Natta (UNHCR)

Enhancing security of land tenure for IDPs
Shobha Rao (NORCAP/UN-Habitat Afghanistan) and Jan Turkstra (UN-Habitat Afghanistan)

Reframing solutions for Afghan refugees
Dan Tyler (Norwegian Refugee Council)

Pakistan’s national refugee policy
Muhammad Abbas Khan (Chief Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees, Islamabad)

Violence and vulnerabilities: Afghans in Pakistan
Sanaa Alimia (School of Oriental and African Studies, London)

Returning from Iran
Armando Geller and Maciej M Latek (Scensei)

Protection for disabled persons in Afghanistan
Andreas Dimopoulos (Brunel University)

The changing nature of return migration to Afghanistan
Katie Kuschminder, Melissa Siegel (both Maastricht University) and Nassim Majidi (Samuel Hall, Kabul/Sciences Po, Paris)

A view from the Afghan diaspora
Tabasum Akseer (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario)

Afghan returnees as actors of change?
Marieke van Houte (Maastricht University)

Displacement and violence against women in Afghanistan
Camille Hennion (Samuel Hall Consulting)

Sexual violence: unacceptable on all counts
Lida Ahmad (University of Afghanistan/Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan)

Urban displaced youth in Kabul
Nassim Majidi (Samuel Hall Consulting, Kabul/Sciences Po, Paris)

Unaccompanied Afghan children: on the move again?
Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit

Urban realities for displaced young women and girls
Dan Tyler (Norwegian Refugee Council) and Susanne Schmeidl (The Liaison Office)

Still at risk: forced evictions in urban Afghanistan
Caroline Howard and Jelena Madzarevic (Norwegian Refugee Council)

Heeding the warning signs: further displacement predicted for Afghanistan
Susanne Schmeidl (The Liaison Office/Australian National University)

Transition and displacement
Khalid Koser (Geneva Centre for Security Policy)

STATELESSNESS mini-feature

The status of statelessness 60 years on
Volker Türk (UNHCR)

Towards the abolition of gender discrimination in nationality laws
Zahra Albarazi and Laura van Waas (Tilburg University Law School)

Judicial denationalisation of Dominicans of Haitian descent
Liliana Gamboa and Julia Harrington Reddy (Open Society Justice Initiative)

Snapshots of stateless people in Europe
European Network on Statelessness

Discrimination and the human security of stateless people
Amal de Chickera and Joanna Whiteman (The Equal Rights Trust)


Call for Papers Special Issue of The History of the Family dedicated to Migrant Correspondence

Call for Papers:

Special Issue of The History of the Family dedicated to Migrant Correspondence

Guest editors: Marcelo Borges (Dickinson College) and Sonia Cancian (Concordia University)

The soaring number of international migrants during the second half of the nineteenth century and the rise in the circulation of personal correspondence across national borders are parallel phenomena. Long-distance separation created the need to write among large numbers of people–many of whom had little or no schooling. Long-distance, dependable transportation and standardized postal systems contributed to the increased mobility of migrants and the delivery of their letters to and from home. Correspondence became the medium through which migrants and their families stayed connected, serving as channels for the circulation of news and advice. Long distance correspondence helped shape relationships and affective bonds under new circumstances . Letters were key vehicles through which migrants re/created and negotiated identities as they confronted new experiences and adapted to changing realities. Correspondence also provided opportunities for migrants and non-migrants to make sense of their separation, and reflect about themselves.

Migrant correspondence provides scholars with an important window onto the material and emotional realities of transnational lives of individuals and families. Following the initial efforts of Theodore Blegen, William Thomas and Florian Znaniecki, migrant correspondence generated substantial scholarly interest. The past decade has witnessed a resurgence in scholarship, with the development of new questions, approaches, and methodologies. This new research advances the study of the migrant letter in exciting directions which incorporate key analytical insights and methods from emerging fields of enquiry in literary and linguistic analyses, transnational studies, and the history of emotions. The result has been a growing interdisciplinary scholarship that approaches the migrant letter as both a source and a historical artifact, and especially, as a genre with its own discursive conventions.

We seek contributions for a special issue of the journal The History of the Family dedicated to migrant correspondence.  Contributions should reflect current historiographical developments, and explore the migrant letter as a lens onto the migrant experience from a personal and familial perspective. We encourage contributions that examine migrant epistolarity as a specific genre with its range of analytical complexities, opportunities, and limitations. We are interested in empirical studies that look at new perspectives, and lesser known or underrepresented cases, as well as theoretical and methodological discussions. We welcome manuscripts that explore, but are not limited to, issues relating to: gender and family relations; personal and social ident ities in contexts of geographic mobility; processes of negotiation of personal and family strategies of migration; affective bonds among transnational families, friends, and couples; narratives of intimacy and emotions; discursive conventions in historical and linguistic perspectives; and the blurry public and private worlds in migrant correspondence.

Proposals should include a 500 word abstract and an abbreviated CV. Manuscripts must not exceed 12000 words. 

Deadlines for proposals: July 15, 2014.

Other deadlines: October 31, 2014 (first draft of accepted manuscripts), February 11, 2015 (final version of manuscripts).

Articles will be published online as soon as the final manuscripts are accepted by the editors. The print version of the special issue will be published later in 2015.

Direct all questions and proposals to Marcelo Borges (borges@dickinson) or Sonia Cancian (cancian.sonia@gmail.com).


Call for Papers: UEL International Development Undergraduate Conference on:Defining Global Citizenship: Development, Politics and Social Change


UEL International Development Undergraduate Conference on:Defining Global Citizenship: Development, Politics and Social Change

Undergraduates from the University of East London, in partnership with the European Association of Development Research & Training Institutes (EADI), are pleased to invite you to submit* your paper to the University’s forth student led undergraduate conference for development.
8th November 2014

University of East London
Docklands Campus
London, UK
Have you just finished your undergraduate dissertation or project? Are you proud of a piece of your degree work? Are you thinking of postgraduate study or just starting on a Masters programme? Then submit an abstract to International Development Student Conference at UEL!
*There is no fee for submission of papers or attendance at the conference.

Why should I attend?

If you have never been to an academic conference before, and never presented your work in a conference setting, then this is a great opportunity to get some experience and find out how it all works. This is a conference organised by undergraduate students, for undergraduate students and we want to hear about the research and work you have been doing.

Who can submit a paper?

Students from a wide variety of disciplines including: anthropology, international development and development studies, international politics and international relations, history, sociology and more. We welcome papers from undergraduate students and students graduating in 2014.

When and where is the conference?

The conference will be held at the Docklands Campus of University of East London, UK on Saturday 8th November. It is a one day event including an evening reception following the conference. However, on Friday 7th there will be a welcoming reception for those able to attend.

What happens at the conference?

Successful entrants will be given the unique opportunity to debate their work in a public forum, receive feedback from academic scholars, interact with publishers and field leaders, meet students from diverse universities and network with a variety of NGOs.

This open conference will centre on subjects pertaining to International Development and International Politics. All participants will be presented with a certificate confirming their attendance and an online journal will be produced presenting the top papers.

What are the paper submission guidelines?

We welcome written papers as well as other forms of presentation such as short documentaries and photo exhibitions. All accepted works will be presented, having been reviewed by a panel consisting of academic experts and publishers.
Undergraduate papers in the region of 2000-5000 words will be accepted. We welcome coursework and other papers. A maximum word limit of 6000 words is in place for those who would like to submit their dissertations.

Papers should address one or more of the following themes.

  • War, Conflict and Migration
  • Intersecting inequality in Society (including gender, age, class, ethnicity)
  • Governance, Institutions and State Building
  • Civil Society, Social Movements and Grassroots Organizations
  • Population Growth, Resources, Environment
  • Sustainable Development, Energy, Climate Change
  • Food and Agriculture, Food Security
  • Cultural and Social Transformation
  • Role of Social Media
  • European and International Human Rights Law/ Theories of Justice
  • Tourism Impact  Post-conflict Reconstruction  Modern Slavery and Trafficking
  • Millennium Development Goals and post-MDG agendas

When should papers be submitted?
15st June 2014

Abstract submission deadline
10st July 2014

Delegates informed if abstract has been accepted
10th September 2014

Papers to be submitted in electronically
20th November 2014

Delegates informed of academic feedback from paper

Contact details:
Email: Organization@uel-undergraduate-conference.co.uk
Website: www.uel-undergraduate-conference.co.uk
Facebook Page: UEL International Development Undergraduate Conference.

UPDATED: Leaflet for ‘Revolution, resistance, repression’ workshop 24 May

Egypt Solidarity

Use this leaflet to build for our workshop on 24 May, now updated with support from SOAS UCU, SOAS Unison and SOAS Students Union. [Download a pdf here] Find out more here about the speakers and sign up online. egy_solidarity_workshop240514

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Events: The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship? – Leicester: 23 & 24 May

Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (CELI), College Court, University of Leicester, 23-24 May 2014

This two-day conference will focus upon the topical and contentious issue of the relationship between the UK and the European systems for the protection of human rights. For further details and to register for the conference see: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/law/events/the-uk-and-european-human-rights-a-strained-relationship-conference-may-2014

A conference dinner will be held on the evening of the 23 May. The dinner can be booked at http://shop.le.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&prodid=3793


Archives News Stories 05/19/2014

  • “Calling the shots draws together a collection of archival Aboriginal photography, ranging from ‘touristic’ shots of Aboriginal men holding spears and women with their babies, through to staid studio portraits.

    Many of these historic photographs have been described as exploitative, taken for reproduction on postcards, or for ‘species documentation’.”

    tags: news archives

  • “That children should be exempted from war and political conflicts, regardless of their nationality and religious affiliation, is considered self-evident by most countries’ governments and non-governmental organisations. The number of nations that ratified the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child in 1989 is a clear sign of this. However, looking back historically, we can see that upholding this principle has been difficult. In the aftermath of the two world wars when nationalistic currents and political conflicts in Europe were strong, politics appear to have played an important role in determining how relief activities for children were performed.”

    tags: archives

  • “Tweets and YouTube videos will take their place alongside documents from some of Britain’s most important moments as the National Archives moves into social media.

    Thousands of posts about events like the birth of Prince George and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have already been recorded to create online “snapshots”, and many more will be collected in the future.”

    tags: archives

  • “Capturing content published on blogs has been part of our everyday work for some time. Other social media platforms, such as Twitter and YouTube, are a challenge for traditional web archiving technology. They are highly interactive and instantaneous, and much of the technology that underpins them changes regularly. Social media services are primarily designed with immediate use in mind and, because the content is forever changing and being deleted, it is at a high risk of being lost forever.”

    tags: archives

  • “For someone who thinks about web archiving almost every day it’s sometimes hard to explain to people outside the digital library community why archiving web sites is worth doing. “They archive themselves,” some say. “Why would you want to save what’s on the Internet?” they wonder. Instead of launching into explanations about cultural heritage, dynamic publishing streams and comprehensive collection policies, I can now point to recent and fun examples of why we should be archiving the web and what it looks like to archive the web.

    tags: archives

  • “Historian Katie Engelhart reports on last week’s FCO ‘records day’ to discuss the fate of thousands of historic files, some containing evidence of murder and torture by colonial authorities “

    tags: news archives

  • “Toldot Yisrael, a Jerusalem- based nonprofit organization dedicated to recording the firsthand testimonies of men and women who helped found the State of Israel, unveiled on Wednesday a new partnership with the National Library of Israel.

    “These are people who are witnesses to history, people who were at the right place at the right time,” said Aryeh (Eric) Halivni, founder and executive director of Toldot Yisrael, at a press conference announcing the collaboration on Wednesday.”

    tags: news archives

  • “Over the past six months, I have been exploring various archives in Pakistan. For those who have never visited an archive department, imagine it to be a mixture, both in appearance and function, of a library, storage room and a sarkari daftar. “

    tags: archives

  • “GUIYANG, May 4 (Xinhua) — Ancient documents of the Miao and Dong ethnic groups in southwest China’s Guizhou Province need protecting as they are being ruined from natural and man-made disasters.

    The documents, called “Jinping Writs”, refer to the original records of contracts, account books, government reports, genealogy and county regulations in Jinping and its neighboring counties in Guizhou. “

    tags: archives

  • “For the 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa on the 27th April a website has been launched recording the history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Britain. Funded by the Amiel & Melburn Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘Forward to Freedom: The History of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1959-1994′ (www.aamarchives.org) summarises the history of the Movement and makes freely available a selection of documents and other items held in the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) Archive in the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, and some items from other repositories and in private collections. Exhibition boards based on the website are available for loan and an education pack for schools (Key Stage 3) is in development.”

    tags: archives

  • “In 2013, Maurice Shohet, an Iraqi Jew who now lives in Washington, D.C., received a surprising email from the National Archives. A librarian had recovered his elementary school record that was left behind nearly 40 years ago when he and his family fled Iraq. The record is part of a cache of thousands of personal documents and religious texts that were found at the start of the Iraq War, drowning in the cellar of a building run by one of the world’s most wanted men.”

    tags: archives

  • “A project run by the British Library, intended to help preserve and extend access to historically significant archives around the world, will allow researchers and the general public to access ancient and valuable manuscripts from Palestinian institutions.”

    tags: archives

  • “The basement of the bombed-out Iraqi intelligence headquarters was dark, hot and flooded.

    Severed wires hung from the ceiling and dead animals floated in the water that filled the gloomy hallways. The building’s top floors had been crushed by US bombs dropped weeks earlier and it seemed possible that the whole structure could collapse at any time.

    But the soldiers from Mobile Exploitation Team Alpha, the American unit tasked with hunting for Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, waded on into the darkness. “

    tags: archives

  • “The photo is one of 525,000 in the agency’s archive being digitized to preserve a record of one of the world’s most entrenched refugee problems, created in what the Palestinians call the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe” — their uprooting in the war over Israel’s 1948 creation.

    As Palestinians mark the Nakba’s 66th anniversary Thursday, the photos tell the story of the refugee crisis’ transition from temporary to seemingly permanent. Tent camps of the 1950s have turned into urban slums with some alleys so narrow residents can only walk single file past drab multi-story buildings.”

    tags: archives

  • “A deal between the US State department and the Iraqi government appears to have been struck to keep the Iraqi-Jewish archive in the US, the World Organisation of Jews from Iraq (WOJI) has announced.

    The archive, as the collection of 2,700 restored Jewish books and thousands of documents is known, is due to return to Iraq after the ‘Discovery and Recovery’ exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York closes this week. “

    tags: archives

  • “With the City of Sydney’s resolution in March to forge ahead with its plans to transform the long-vacant T2 building in Taylor Square into a ‘cycling hub’, a new motion tabled by Labor councillor Linda Scott at this month’s council meeting calling for the establishment of an GLBTI archival space was defeated.

    To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) last year, council facilitated a pop-up exhibition space, managed by SGLMG, on Oxford Street.

    However, the not-for-profit organisation has consistently lobbied the City for the establishment of a permanent Mardi Gras museum. Buoyed by considerable community support, the idea became one of the key issues at the last lord mayoral elections in 2012.”

    tags: archives

  • “The U.S. National Archives and the New York-based Museum of Jewish Heritage had been displaying some of the 2,700 Jewish books and ancient documents that were recovered in the basement of the Iraqi intelligence ministry (Mukhabarat) during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. The artifacts were set to return to Iraq in June.”

    tags: archives

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New Reports and Publications: Syria 05/19/2014

  • Responding to reports that the remaining people had been evacuated from Old Homs, Minister for the Middle East Hugh Robertson said:

    The recent evacuation of the remaining 2,000 people from Old Homs should not obscure the siege and starvation tactics the regime systematically enforced upon the innocent people of Homs for two years. Elsewhere in Syria, there remain over 200,000 people the regime is trying to starve into submission, and whom the regime continues to target with indiscriminate at

    tags:news Syria

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New Research and Publications 05/19/2014

  • “A parliamentary seminar to launch a new publication on the plight of political dissidents and refugees also drew attention to Europe’s complicity, via asylum policy and extradition requests, in repression in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

    A new publication by the Foreign Policy Centre, Shelter from the Storm? The asylum, refugee and extradition situation facing activists from the former Soviet Union in the CIS and Europe, looks at some of the key issues faced by individuals fleeing the risk of persecution in and around the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). With a focus on nationals of former Soviet Central Asian states, in view of the particularly poor human rights situation there, experts on the region report on challenges both in other CIS countries and European Union (EU) states.”

    tags:reports publications

  • “A Portrait of Modern Britain reveals that the five largest distinct Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities could potentially double from 8 million people or 14% of the population to between 20-30% by the middle of the century. Over the past decade, the UK’s White population has remained roughly the same while the minority population has almost doubled. Black Africans and Bangladeshis are the fastest growing minority communities with ethnic minorities representing 25% of people aged under the age of five.”

    tags:reports publications

  • “The Global Overview 2014 is IDMC’s flagship annual report, this year revealing a staggering increase in global displacement worldwide with a particular escalation in the figures in the Middle East and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    The Global Overview 2014: people internally displaced by conflict and violence explores a number of key challenges including in terms of data collection, IDPs outside of camps, and the complexities around the compounding effects of natural hazards and conflict.

    The report covers displacement occurring in 2013 and is based on data provided by governments, NGO partners and UN agencies. It documents the figures and analysis of internal displacement in five regions and in 60 conflict-affected countries and territories in 2013 – the year that IDMC celebrated its 15th year of global monitoring.”

    tags:reports publications

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News Stories (Daily) 05/19/2014

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