Monthly Archives: June 2014

New Journal Articles (weekly)

  • “The 2010 reform of the legal regime regulating Palestinians’ access to the labour market in Lebanon ignited a heated debate among Lebanese, Palestinians, and international political actors. This article analyses the advocacy initiatives preceding the reform to answer the following question: what signifiers of Palestinian-ness have Palestinian political entrepreneurs mobilised? In a nutshell, it shows how a group of non-governmental organizations working with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon re-shaped the references to “Return” and “Dignity” in order to create an intellectual environment favourable to their demands for legal reform. However, these two signifiers not only concern the issue of the work-related rights of Lebanon’s Palestinians, but they also envisage a specific form of emplacement of the Palestinian community in that country. From this perspective, they are the constitutive elements of a “diasporic project” of emplacement in which Palestinians collectively exist in an in-between (imagined) space situated somewhere between their host society and their homeland. “


  • “How do return migrants’ experiences of legality abroad influence their attitudes and practices toward the law in their country of origin? Theoretically, I advance an argument that return migrants’ legal consciousness could be considered a form of social remittance. However, in response to valid criticisms of the concept, I innovate upon it in three ways. First, I give the social remittances a narrower focus by empirically examining the values, attitudes and practices of legality, both positive and negative. Secondly, to ensure that the social remittances could indeed be traced to migration-related transfers, I base my analysis on in-depth interviews with return migrants and family members of Ukrainian migrants regarding their personal experiences of legality abroad and ‘at home’. I thereby reveal the nuances and subtle differences in the collective ‘Ukrainian’ legal consciousness beyond the ‘national mainstream’: where return migrants’ fatalism about law’s potential for upholding justice coexists with a sense of agency about capacity to achieve change outside the formal state law. Thirdly, I posit that legal consciousness not only reflects how certain socio-legal practices flow across borders, but also the ways in which the migrants themselves (and their families) innovate upon and interpret such ‘remittances’ in different ways. The results elaborate upon Levitt’s and Lamba-Nieves’ (2010) observations that social remittances work in both directions and are thus shaped not only by people’s experiences prior to migration and in their respective host countries, but are also adapted to the conditions they encounter upon their return. “


  • “In this article it is argued that ‘the journey’—as an embodied form of travel from one place to the other—is a fruitful analytical starting point to bring migration and tourism studies in closer dialogue with each other. With our focus on the ‘en route’ behaviour and experiences of two prototypical mobile figures (the transient migrant and the backpacker), we go beyond the usual categorical divisions of human mobility based on temporality (temporary tourists vs. long-term migrants) and politicization (welcomed tourists vs. unwanted migrants). With our empirical findings on migrants’ journeys and our analysis of published articles in tourism studies, we identify three aspects (personal transformation, social networking and risk taking) along which we conceptually mirror and merge the embodied journeys of the prototypical travellers. The analysis identifies relevant commonalities of different mobility processes and illustrates that individuals on the move easily jump over the categorical divide of migrants/tourists across time and space. We finally use these insights to contribute further to a mobility-driven research agenda in migration studies. “


  • “This article provides a simple framework for studying migrants’ incentives to acquire country-specific skills and proposes an optimal immigration policy from the host country’s point of view. The article focuses on the optimal cultural composition of migrants. It shows that as long as the integration costs are not too asymmetric among migrants of different countries of origin, cultural heterogeneity is beneficial to the host economy. To some extent, the model explains why immigration policies have changed over time and why they still differ across countries. “


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Events: Violence against Women and Children in Diverse Contexts, 3-6 March 2015, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa


Violence against Women and Children in Diverse Contexts
3-6 March 2015

An International Workshop at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa led by Ingrid Palmary, African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, and Nicky Stanley, Connect Centre, School of Social Work University of Central Lancashire, UK.

This workshop will bring together researchers from across the UK and South Africa to identify differences and commonalities in the conditions informing violence against women and children in South Africa and the UK.  The comparative nature of the workshop will promote reflection and stimulate new ideas and approaches to research in this field. The workshop will be multi-disciplinary and researchers with up to 10 years of post-doctoral experience (or the equivalent research experience) from the fields of social work, psychology, sociology, social policy, health studies and criminology are invited to participate.

The workshop will deliver a varied and exciting programme of events including key speakers and oral or poster presentations from all participants.  Abstracts should be submitted in line with the following themes:

. Understanding gender and violence across the lifecourse and across diverse contexts;
. Interpersonal violence, political violence and their connections;
. Mobility and gender based violence;
. Violence against women and children and the connections and disconnections between the two;
. Global and local understandings of violence against women and children in an age of globalization;
. Policy and practice responses in diverse contexts.

The workshop will aim to:

i. Improve participants’ knowledge about key issues in research on violence against women and children;
ii. Develop understanding of a range of research methods and their applicability to this area of research;
iii. Provide opportunities to network and build international research relationships;
iv. Set up sustainable mentoring and collaborative relationships;
v. Assist researchers to develop research that has influence.

Applications for places at the workshop should be made by 31 August 2014. This workshop is supported by the British Council who will cover travel and accommodation costs for successful applicants. Places are limited and successful applicants will be those whose abstracts are consistent with the themes. Successful applicants will be informed by the end September 2014.

To apply please go to:

For any queries please contact Ingrid Palmary (South Africa) and Khatidja Chantler (UK)


Calls for papers: ‘Forced Labour and Human Trafficking’, Anti-Trafficking Review

‘Forced Labour and Human Trafficking’
Anti-Trafficking Review
Guest Editors: Nicola Piper and Marie Segrave

Deadline for Submission: 30 November 2014

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a Special Issue entitled ‘Forced Labour and Human Trafficking.’ While there has been a shift to acknowledging ‘all forms of human trafficking,’ the current scholarship around the intersections between human trafficking, forced labour and labour rights abuses more broadly is in its infancy. There are many unresolved conflicts between varying approaches to the broader spectrum of exploitative practices referred to (in some instances interchangeably) as slavery, forced labour, and human trafficking. For instance, trafficking is addressed in an individualistic framework, whereas forced labour is linked to labour rights’ approaches, presenting the possibility of collective, potentially empowering, responses. The different frameworks also result in different political organisations (with their specific histories, ideologies, forms of operating etc.) being involved in the search for solutions: including trade unions, governments, NGOs and international organisations.

This Special Issue of the ATR will consider how citizenship (in its many forms or its lack thereof) and/or trade union membership affect conditions and responses to labour- and migration-related exploitation. It will examine the limits of existing responses, including human rights instruments, counter-trafficking instruments, enforcement mechanisms, and the role of various international organisations, with specific focus on the ILO. These limits may be examined via interrogations of the connections between  global supply chains, regulatory frameworks (at the national, regional and international level that include labour, tax, migration, trade, etc) and the informal economy. The Special Issue is particularly interested in papers that examine both private enterprise and responsibility as well as state responsibility in relation to upholding human rights.

The Special Issue is interested in papers that interrogate the issues raised above and propose or identify comprehensive and durable solutions to these issues. Contributions that address the critical questions outlined below are welcome, as are proposals for papers that offer an additional perspective or contribution.

. Whether and how forced labour responses, as opposed to anti-trafficking measures, provide more opportunity for collective understandings of and responses to exploitation. And further whether a focus on forced labour helpfully or unhelpfully closes space for discussions on immigration.
. At its 103rd session (28 May to 12 June 2014), the International Labour Conference adopted by overwhelming majority a new, binding, Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention (No.29, 1930), updating this widely-ratified treaty to address gaps in prevention, victim protection, and compensation. The Conference also adopted a Recommendation to guide implementation of the new Protocol. Given new standard setting, what scope there is (and what compromises might be necessary) for labour ministries to take more prominent roles in addressing forced labour and trafficking.
. The ability of undocumented workers to claim labour rights or protection against retaliatory reporting to immigration authorities. Further how labour and immigration law together can create or prevent risk to exploitation (e.g. through tied visas, seasonal worker arrangements, etc.).
.  ‘Demand’ for forced labour and whether this ‘demand’ can be removed if labour standards are upheld. Discussion could address ways to ensure an anti-forced labour agenda is not used as a cover for anti-migrant, stronger border control responses, as well as examine the effect of job losses on workers when standards are upheld.
. How trade unions can work effectively to address forced labour or trafficking, in the face of competing membership issues and limited resources..
. The role of migrant support and community organisations in addressing forced labour. Discussion here could look at how such organisations see exploitation and what approaches (often more pragmatic than approaches taken by anti-trafficking organisations) they use, helping people to find alternative employment or conducting face to face negotiations with employers for limited immediate compensation.
. Transparency in supply chains and whether legislation like that in California, or ‘dirty lists’ as in Brazil, have served to address forced labour adequately. Analysis could look at what modalities (voluntary or mandatory, national or international) work best.

The Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking, exploring anti-trafficking in a broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights. Academics, practitioners, trafficked persons and advocates are invited to submit articles. Contributions from the global South are particularly welcome. The Review presents rigorously considered, peer reviewed material in clear English. The journal is an open access publication with a readership in 78 countries. The Anti-Trafficking Review is abstracted/indexed/tracked in: CrossRef, Ulrich’s, Ebsco Host, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, Directory of Open Access Journals, WorldCat, Google Scholar, and ProQuest.

Deadline for submission: 30 November 2014

Word count for Full Article submissions: 4,000 – 6,000 words, including footnotes, author bio and abstract

Special Issue to be published in 2015

We advise those interested in submitting to follow the Review’s style guide and submission procedures, available at Email the editorial team at with any queries.
Special Issue Guest Editors: Nicola Piper and Marie Segrave

Editor: Rebecca Napier-Moore

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Wiener Library Event: The Forgiveness Project: A discussion about forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution

The Wiener Library is the world’s oldest Holocaust archive and Britain’s largest collection on the Nazi era. The Wiener Library hosts an annual programme of free events and exhibitions.


The Forgiveness Project: A discussion about forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution.Tue 24 Jun 2014

Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm

The Wiener Library is delighted to welcome Marina Cantacuzino to speak about the charity she founded called The Forgiveness Project. Marina began an initiative in 2003 in response to the imminent invasion of Iraq. She embarked on a personal project collecting stories of people who had lived through violence, tragedy or injustice and sought forgiveness/reconciliation rather than revenge. The resulting exhibition ‘The F Word’ led to Marina founding a charity called The Forgiveness Project. Crucial to the ethos of The Forgiveness Project is that it explores rather than propagates forgiveness and reflects the stories of real people rather than the opinions of experts. The charity has no political or religious affiliations.


Marina will be speaking about her own experiences and motivations behind The Forgiveness Project. The talk will be followed by a discussion with Marina about forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution.


All visitors are invited to attend an optional behind-the-scenes tour of the Wiener Library’s exhibition and archives after the talk at 1pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.


Free but booking required due to limited places.

From ICMC: On World Refugee Day, ICMC Deployee, Magnolia Turbidy talks about possible durable solutions for Syrian Refugees

News story from the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), in Geneva, Switzerland documenting a recently recently published an interview with our Deployee, Magnolia Turbidy, on processing Syrians for the Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP) in Jordan:

On World Refugee Day, ICMC Deployee, Magnolia Turbidy talks about possible durable solutions for Syrian Refugees.

Copyright: ICMC.

GENEVA, 20 June 2014 (ICMC) – World Refugee Day on 20 June draws attention to the plight of over 51 million refugees worldwide. But rather than simply observe this important day, the international community must ask itself what are the concrete action steps?

As an international community we must assist refugees to find a durable solution to their plight. A durable solution can be the refugee’s integration into the host community, return to the country of origin, or resettlement in a third country. When the first two solutions are not attainable, resettlement can respond to the protection needs of the most vulnerable refugees. Yet for this to become a reality, resettlement requires the cooperation of multiple actors including international organizations, national governments, civil society organizations, and local authorities.

Under a joint agreement between ICMC and HIAS, ICMC deployed Magnolia Turbidy to UNHCR in Amman as a resettlement caseworker, referring Syrian refugees for the new Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP). During her interview with ICMC, Magnolia describes HAP, which enables Syrian refugees to be processed under a unique and expedited model of admission to some European countries.

Only Austria, Germany, the UK, and France have started accepting Syrian HAP cases. With the number of Syrian refugee numbers expected to escalate to four million by the end of 2014, more and more refugees will be in need of special programmes, such as HAP, as well as traditional resettlement.

For the full article, please visit the ICMC website at:  On World Refugee Day, ICMC Deployee, Magnolia Turbidy talks about possible durable solutions for Syrian Refugees.

Manus island Iraqi asylum seekers continue protests; IOM contradicts Minister – Iraq is unsafe : Refugee Action Coalition


Up to 25 Iraqi asylum seekers in Delta Compound in the Manus Island detention centre are maintaining their protest for “Freedom.”

The Iraqis who began their peaceful protest last week have been maintaining a 24 hour-protest, since Friday 20 June, sleeping outside on the grass near the gate to the compound.


The Iraqis’ protest began as full-blown sectarian conflict engulfed most of Iraq and following comments from Scott Morrison that the Australian government would continue to forcibly deport Iraqis to the war zone, and would not progress protection claims by Iraqis on Manus or in Australia.


But IOM (International Organisation of Migration) has directly contradicted Morrison’s stance and says it will not facilitate any removals of Iraqis.


IOM told a handful of Iraqis on Manus Island who asked about possible voluntary returns that Iraq is too dangerous and the IOM and Iraqis will not be sent from Manus to Iraq.


“The IOM’s stance makes a mockery of Scott Morrison’s position. His position is completely untenable,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “The Iraqis are now in the same position as the Syrian asylum seekers; trapped between the danger of war in their home country and the menace and impasse of Manus Island.


“It is imperative that the Iraqi asylum seekers on Manus (and Nauru) be brought are brought to Australia, and that those in the Australian community be given the protection they need.”


There are over 100 Iraqi asylum seekers on Manus Island, most held for almost a year without processing. Last Friday (20 June), there had been Iraqi protests in two compounds on Manus Island. However, the situation regarding protests in the other compounds was not known as of Monday (23 June) morning.


For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

Wars make over fifty million refugees

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called More Than 50 Million Refugees Worldwide, Half Of Them Children.

By Patrick Martin:

Impact of war and persecution

More than 50 million displaced persons worldwide

21 June 2014

The total number of people displaced from their homes by war and political persecution now exceeds 50 million, the highest number since World War II, according to a report issued Friday. The report was released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The overall total of 51.2 million displaced people includes 16.7 million refugees, 33.3 million displaced inside their country of origin, and 1.2 million seeking asylum.

The report notes that if these 51.2 million were a separate nation, it would rank 26th in the world in population, just behind South Africa and ahead of South Korea. Half of all these displaced persons are children.

Some 10.7 million people were newly displaced in…

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