Daily Archives: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Guest post by Prof Michael Keith: We’re at a dangerous moment for the East End, we need non-racial politics

Trial by Jeory

This is a guest post by Professor Michael Keith, the former Labour leader of Tower Hamlets council

Michael KeithFollowing a conversation at the vote counting, Ted Jeory asked for a personal reaction to the outcome of last week’s local elections. It followed what I think was a sense shared that regardless of party affiliation the divisive politics of Tower Hamlets had reached a particularly worrying moment.

Occasionally boisterous, too frequently threatening, the scenes at the Tower Hamlets mayoral count prompted a storm. Shut inside the Troxy venue when supporters of the independent mayor Lutfur Rahman and his party Tower Hamlets First began pre-emptively celebrating his re-election, the mass surge to access the vote count prompted anger amongst council officers and campaigners alike.

Some with a longer memory may cast their minds back to similar scenes outside York Hall that greeted the success of Peter Shore in 1987 and 1992 and…

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Courses: Summer Short Courses at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (American University of Cairo)

Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (American University of Cairo)
Summer Short Courses
June 15-26, 2014

(Arabic is the Language of Instruction)

1. Demographic Measures of International Migration (June 15-19, 2014)

Course Description:
This course aims at providing post-graduate students, international agency staff, NGO workers, government officials and others working in the field of migration data systems or interested in working in this field with an introduction to the demography of migration, including data sources, data collection, and analysis of international migration data.  By the end of the course, and through presentations, case studies and real country data from developing and developed countries, participants will be able to identify migration data sources, read and understand the meanings of migration statistics, rates, and indicators, and be able to calculate main migration indicators. A very basic knowledge of mathematics, use of handheld calculators or Excel is required.

About the Instructor:
Ayman Zohry (Ph.D. University of Sussex) is an Expert on Demography and Migration Studies based in Cairo, Egypt. He is the founding president and president of The Egyptian Society for Migration Studies (EGYMIG). Following his early interests in Arab and Egyptian demography (1987-1998), Dr. Zohry’s research interests have shifted increasingly to the study of migration. Dr. Zohry is the chair of the Scientific Panel on International Migration, part of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). Dr. Zohry is an adjunct professor at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), the American University in Cairo, and a senior lecturer of demography at Cairo Demographic Center (CDC). His current research interests include migration and labor circulation, international migration, illegal/irregular migration, and migration policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Europe.

2. Voluntary and Forced Migration in the Arab World: A thorough Understanding Using Rights Based Approach ( June 22- 26, 2014 )

Course description:
Migration to and from the Arab World is not a new phenomenon. The geographical location, historical peculiarity and political instability, plus other factors have played a major role in determining migration in the region, whether being voluntary or forced. There are pull and push factors that determine migration in general and in the region in particular. On one hand, the oil rich countries attract and continue to attract millions of voluntary migrant workers from the all Arab Region and all over the world. On the other hand, political instability and ongoing conflicts have forced millions to leave their homes to become either Refugees or Internally Displaced Persons within the borders of their state. Whether migration is voluntary or forced there are Human Rights norms that need protection, and remedies are needed when they are violated. Hence, studying migration using a Human Rights Approach presents the best approach in the Arabic context.

This course will use a Rights Based Approach to explore and analyze migrants’ movements and Human Rights instruments that protect, govern and safeguard rights of migrants throughout the process. Many concepts have emerged that describe migrants as illegal and aliens sending a negative image. The course will shed light on this matter to better understand it thoroughly. The course will examine human rights violations related to migration movement, and examples will be examined to illustrate some of the most vulnerable migrants, mainly rights of domestic workers. Trafficking and smuggling – methods many migrants and asylum seekers revert to in order to overcome obstacles imposed by states – will be explored to understand different protection needs in such situations. As the main focus of the course is the Arab world some critical questions will be examined: Is migration beneficial for the region? Are Arab governments responding properly to Migration and fulfilling their national, regional and international obligations as they should? Do Human Rights organizations in the Arab World give enough attention to the rights of migrants and refugees/asylum seekers? What is the level of coordination between the stakeholders and civil society in the Arab World in dealing with the migration issue?

About the instructor:
Assad Salih is currently working as Humanitarian Affairs/Human Rights Officer in Libya with the African Union. He has worked previously with many UN agencies and INGOs in capacity building, Governance, Rule of Law, Political Affairs and Protection Programs in Egypt, Sudan, and currently Libya. In addition, he served as Human Rights instructor for number of INGOs and Capacity building institutions to provide trainings in on Human Rights, trafficking, smuggling, refugee, IDPs and domestic workers. Assad Salih holds a Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies and Masters in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo.

Eligibility for all courses:
The courses are offered for graduate level students, researchers and practitioners in the field of migration and refugees. The maximum number of participants in each course is between 10 – 30. All courses
are conducted in Arabic and no translation facilities are provided.  Participants should have a sufficient command of the Arabic language. Interested applicants can apply for one course or for all the four courses.

The fee for each course is 1000 EP for Egyptian and 250$ for non- Egyptian applicants. Participants are responsible for the cost of their flight to and accommodation in Egypt. NB: Non- Egyptian applicants are strongly encouraged to apply three weeks before the course start, in order to have enough time to obtain their visa.

Venue of the course:
All courses will take place in the Tahrir Campus in Downtown Cairo. The exact location and classroom numbers will be forwarded to accepted participants before the start of the courses. The deadline for submitting an application for this course is the 25th of May. Accepted applicants will be notified by the 1st of June.

Application procedure for all courses:
1. Fill out the application form on the CMRS website:  http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/outreach/Pages/ShortCourses.aspx
2. Send the application to cmrscourses@aucegypt.edu with your most recent C.V. Applicants may apply and be accepted to more than one course. Please do not hesitate to contact cmrscourses@aucegypt.edu if you have any difficulty with the application process.

Participants are expected to pay 30% of the total fees (300 EP for Egyptians and $75 for non-Egyptians) as a deposit. Please pay attention to the deposit deadline for each course and kindly note that the deposit is non-refundable.


An earthquake but not a catastrophic one

Postcards from ...

ImageI want to start the day on a positive note. First reason: at the end of the day the 37% turnout to the EU election in the UK is just over one third of the electorate, one third of one third is  roughly an 11% of electorate voting for an anti-EU and anti-immigrants agenda. Of course, I’m not claiming that the remaining 99% are all pro-EU and pro-immigrants but at least they are not so bothered by them to go to a pooling station.  And yes, it is still too much and in this country you get always low turnout, but I think it is fair to say that as an ‘earthquake’ it was not as catastrophic as many commentators have portrayed it. I guess everything needs superlative these days to be in the media.

The second reason for being moderately optimistic about it is that, if one considers the electoral…

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