Daily Archives: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Conference – Migration and Welfare: Political discourses and public attitudes in European states – Registration open

Migration and Welfare: Political Discourses and Public Attitudes in European States
18 June 2014
City University London

There are a few places remaining for attending the forthcoming one-day conference ‘Migration and Welfare: Political discourses and public attitudes in European states‘. The conference explores discourses and policies of migration and welfare in Europe.

Attendance is free but places are limited. Research students are welcome to attend.

For online registration and for more information on this event please visit the conference webpage at



Periodicals: Latest issue of Torture Journal now online

I am pleased to announce that the latest Supplementum of Torture Journal is now available online. Of death and rebirth: Life histories of Rwandan female genocide survivors gives us an extraordinary insight into the lives of 10 Rwandan women who suffered from sexual violence during the Genocide but reclaimed their lives through community-based sociotherapy. For more information and free download please visit www.irct.org/torture-journal.

Volume 24, Supplementum 1, 2014 – Of death and rebirth: Life histories of Rwandan female genocide survivors

Joost den Otter

Annemiek Richters

Women, we need to be courageous
Illuminée Munyabugingo

Smiling again after fifteen years of torture
Charline Musaniwabo

I died and was resurrected
Hildegarde Nyampinga

I found a family through sociotherapy
Mameritha Nyiramana

Sharing my problems soothed my headaches and took me out of loneliness
Berthilde Uwimbabazi

Being patient provides peace
Ntakwasa Veneranda

I now take care of myself and am no longer a drug user
Germaine Muhorakeye

Sociotherapy took me out of my solitude
Mutegwamaso Foyibi

I wouldn’t still be alive if it wasn’t for sociotherapy
Therese Kazeneza

Coming out of a deep hole after a life of trials
Charlotte Uwera

Annemiek Richters


New Book By UEL’s Maritsa Poros (et al): Key Concepts in Migration

From the Sage Website:

This book provides lucid and intuitive explanations of the most important migration concepts as used in classrooms, among policymakers, and in popular and academic discourse. Arguing that there is a clear need for a better public understanding of migration, it sets out to clarify the field by exploring relevant concepts in a direct and engaging way. Each concept:

  • Includes an easy to understand definition
  • Provides real-world examples
  • Gives suggestions for further reading
  • Is carefully cross-referenced to other related concepts

It is an ideal resource for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying migration in sociology, politics, development and throughout the social sciences, as well as scholars in the field and practitioners in governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Further details:  Key Concepts in Migration.


Platform on Forced Labour and Asylum

***Apologies for cross-posting and if you’ve already received a similar email to this one ***

You are receiving this email as you’ve been involved in some point with either our Precarious Lives project looking into experiences of forced labour among asylum seekers and refugees http://precariouslives.org.uk/, or our more recent Platform on Forced Labour and Asylum.

As some of you know, as part of our Platform project we recently held 3 workshops in Leeds, Manchester and London. The workshops were aimed at any organisation, campaign group or individual working with refugees and asylum seekers at risk of labour exploitation. The response to the workshops was overwhelming, and we had over 120 people attending from a range of migrant and refugee organisations, statutory providers, unions and employment rights networks, and anti-trafficking organisations.

The workshops were also designed to launch the Guide, posters and postcards that we have been producing throughout the project – the main purpose of this email is to let you know that these can now be seen here http://forcedlabourasylum.org.uk/.

We further invite you to please help our dissemination activities by circulating the below text (feel free to adapt!) and links to your networks:

Platform on Forced Labour and Asylum http://forcedlabourasylum.org.uk/

On this website you will find a guide on tackling forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers, plus posters and postcards which are available for you to download.

The Guide on Tackling Forced Labour among Refugees and Asylum Seekers is to assist people working with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. The Guide will help you to identify forced labour, trafficking and labour exploitation; respond to labour exploitation; share information and find more detailed information and guidance.

Guide pdf link:


Please display the Forced Labour Awareness campaign posters and postcards anywhere you think refugees and asylum seekers, or other migrants or individuals at risk of labour exploitation will see them:

Posters link:


Postcards link:


*** We would really appreciate it if you could tell us where you are circulating the resources to, and any uses/outcomes of the resources within your own organisations ***

We are currently working on translated versions of the postcards and posters, and these will become available on our website in due course.

Many thanks, and do get in touch if you have any questions.

Hannah, Louise and Stuart




New publications: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration Volume 4, No. 1


We are very excited to announce that the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo) Volume 4, No. 1 is now online! You can access the issue online or download it as a PDF here: http://oxmofm.com/current-issue/

OxMo is an independent, student-run journal that seeks to engage with various aspects of forced migration through academic scholarship by students and recent graduates. The authors in this issue concentrate on both emergency and protracted situations of displacement for a variety of populations. Some highlights of this issue include an academic article investigating the failures of the current IDP response model via an analytic approach to the ‘relief-development continuum’; a policy examination of the government of Kenya’s response to urban refugees through the lens of Giorgio Agamben’s ‘state of exception’; and a Firsthand Monitor article featuring the personal account of an anonymous transgender Rwandan refugee currently living in Uganda.

We would like to thank our authors and fellow editors for helping create this issue of OxMo. It was compiled by an editing team spanning multiple continents and contains work by authors from a diversity of nationalities, ranging from Nigeria to Venezuela to Canada; it is our hope that these articles will be read and shared just as widely.


Evan Easton-Calabria & Nina Elizabeth Weaver
Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo)


Events: ‘Impunity under civilian rule: sexual violence in modern Myanmar’

Impunity Under Civilian Rule: Sexual Violence in Modern Myanmar

Oxford Burma Alliance Roundtable, co-hosted by the St Antony’s Asian Studies Centre

The OBA will be hosting a roundtable on sexual violence in Burma, chaired by Dr Kirsten McConnachie, Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre and Lady Margaret Hall. Participants will include Zoya Phan from Burma Campaign UK (BCUK) and Dr Phyllis Ferguson from Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR).

Date: Thursday, 5th June

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College

In January 2014, the Women’s League of Burma released a report documenting a “widespread and systematic pattern of sexual violence” perpetrated by the Myanmar military in ethnic regions of the country since the election of Thein Sein’s nominally civilian government in 2010. In April 2014, a Burma Campaign UK (BCUK) report termed these infractions “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”. This roundtable addresses the issue of on-going sexual violence in Myanmar, specifically asking: what can, and should, the Myanmar government and international community be doing to address these abuses?

Visit the website for more details: http://www.oxfordburmaalliance.org/


Renewed Call for Papers – MENA Social Policy Conference 20-21 November, 2014


THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA SOCIAL POLICY (MENA) NETWORK is pleased to invite abstracts and expressions of interest to its second Annual Conference;
‘Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa: Challenges and Opportunities’

University of Bath
20-21 November 2014

The aim of this conference is to contribute to the emerging academic and policy debates around issues of social welfare and social justice in the MENA region. In addition, we will be launching the findings of an ESRC funded project on the social welfare systems of this region.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Discussants
•       Dr. Zafiris Tzannatos – Independent Consultant, SILATECH, Qatar
•       Ms Ghada Waly –  Minister of Social Affairs, Egypt

•       Ms Charlotte Morris – Middle East Programme Manager, DFID, UK
•       Mr Adel Abdelatif – Chief Regional Programme Division, UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, Lebanon

Conference Streams
•       Social security and social insurance systems
•       Social safety net programmes
•       Social care and social work
•       Employment and labour policies
•       Health Policy
•       Education Policy
•       Poverty and poverty-reduction policies/strategies
•       Youth policy
•       Child and family policy
•       Institutional frameworks for social policy provision
•       Policy discourses around social welfare and social justice
•       Gender perspectives
•       Religion and social policy
•       Globalisation and global development agencies
•       Social movements
•       The “Arab Spring” and Social Policy
•       Independent papers

Abstract Submission
Individual and panel abstracts (up to 3 papers per panel) are welcome. For individual papers, please send a title and 250 word abstract to mena@bath.ac.uk with your full contact details and indicating the stream from the list above. For panel submissions, please submit a 500 word abstract describing the panel theme along with contributor details and titles for the 3 papers to mena@bath.ac.uk (the individual paper abstracts will be requested if the submission is accepted). Independent papers are also accepted provided they are of social policy interest. Please include the word “Independent” at the top of the abstract.

Deadline for Abstracts
Monday 7 July 2014 (successful presenters will be notified by 31 July 2014). PhD-level applicants are welcome. There will be a small number of bursaries for PhD-level presenters and non-presenters. Please contact Rana Jawad for further advice.

Expressions of interest for non-presenters
Interested participants who do not want to present papers may register their interest in attending by emailing mena@bath.ac.uk. Priority will be given to delegates who are involved in the social policy field.

Conference registration will be open in July 2014.  Queries regarding the conference abstracts may be sent directly to Dr. Rana Jawad at R.Jawad@bath.ac.uk


UK Government: Borders and immigration transparency data

The UK Government has published Data on UK Visas and Immigration, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force activities (including performance against targets).

The publication can be downloaded from the website at:  www.gov.uk/government/publications/borders-and-immigration-transparency-data

This document contains data on:

Border Force

  • clearance of passengers at the border
  • drug seizure volumes
  • drug seizures
  • convention on international trade in endangered species
  • seizures and volumes

UK Visas and Immigration

  • migration data
  • settlement applications from non-EEA partners on hold pending judicial review
  • older live cases unit
  • asylum applications concluded in 12 months
  • asylum 6 month decisions
  • life in the UK test data
  • MP’s correspondence within service standard
  • MP’s correspondence outstanding
  • MP’s complaints

Immigration Enforcement

  • foreign national offenders
  • family returns
  • cedars returns

“The government needs to stop rape as a form of torture in the Congo”: IRCT member Freedom from Torture speaks out

World Without Torture

In our latest blog we hear from Kolbassia Houssaou, coordinator of Freedom from Torture’s Survivors Speak OUT! Network – a group of torture survivors who draw on their experience of torture to influence decision-makers and raise public awareness of the challenges facing survivors.

Kolbassia talks about the challenges survivors face, and their role in the publication of Freedom from Torture’s latest report into rape and torture in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

fftlogoTorture is intended to silence its victims so it is therefore vital that people like me and the rest of the Survivors Speak OUT! Network at Freedom from Torture, have their voices heard. It is this that will ensure we are no longer seen as stigmatised victims but are instead recognised as having a vital role in finding durable solutions to end this practice.

The Survivor’s Speak OUT network is proud to add its voice in the international…

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