Monthly Archives: July 2014

Resources: URBAN DISPLACEMENT: Discussion hosted on

URBAN DISPLACEMENT: Discussion hosted on

Urban Refugees in partnership with are now hosting a live online discussion focused on possible solutions to the challenges faced by urban refugees and IDPs and the key role of CBOs until the 23rd June:

Our featured panellists are experts Erin Mooney, Archie Law, Simone Haysom, Dale Buscher, Louise Olliff, Loren B. Landau, PhD, and Jeff Crisp.

Today most refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in urban settings, not in camps, due in part to the numerous advantages cities offer, including economic opportunities and freedom of movement. This phenomenon of urban displacement is not new, but has received little attention over the years. Assisting and advocating for refugees and IDPs scattered in urban areas is incredibly challenging for organizations that are often ill-equipped to assist populations in urban environments.

Recently, this phenomenon has gained more visibility, particularly since the onset of the Syrian refugee crisis. The question now is to understand how better to support and assist the growing number of urban refugees and IDPs. Self-help groups and community-based organizations have proven that they can play a critical role in the protection of their own communities. Supporting their work and their initiatives, as well as increasing collaboration between humanitarian and development organizations, could be part of the solution.

We would like to encourage you all to visit the website and leave comments in the discussion threads. Your individual insights would be highly valued as we hope to make the debate as stimulating and as balanced as possible. Visit now to join the conversation.

New resources: LGBTI Refugee Project Portal (Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration)

New web portal to help rising numbers of LGBTI refugees fighting for safety

On World Refugee Day (20 June 2014), ORAM – the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration – is today launching a new online portal to help official bodies and NGOs share approaches to protecting LGBTI refugees and to adopt best practices in the face of rising persecution of LGBTI people globally.

The LGBTI Refugee Project Portal showcases projects and approaches that enhance the protection of LGBTI forced migrants in the areas of refugee status determination, policy development and research, practical protection measures and staff development. ORAM is encouraging posting of projects that will lead to better treatment of LGBTI refugees across the globe.

ORAM says the recent upsurge in the marginalization and persecution of millions of LGBTI people across the world has led to the number of refugee claims rising sharply, and yet only a small percentage are disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity as the cause, for fear of further persecution or rejection. Even when the refugees do come out, many refugee agencies are not handling their claims properly or sensitively.

In addition to launching the portal, ORAM is calling on the UNHCR to maintain and release statistics about the LGBTI refugees within its protection mandate. It says that only with accurate data can the crisis be appropriately addressed. ORAM is also calling on all government and intergovernmental bodies to ensure the appropriate training of their staff, to recognize genuine LGBTI asylum claims and to better understand what it means to be an LGBTI refugee, to help ensure they are sensitively and appropriately treated.

Some jurisdictions deny bona fide LGBT refugee claims, telling applicants to go home and conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity. In November 2013, the European Union Court of Justice ruled that this practice is no longer acceptable. ORAM points out there is an urgent need for all bodies processing asylum claims to undergo training that is in-depth and nuanced to convey the complex nature of LGBTI identities and claims. In the past year, ORAM has trained hundreds of refugee professionals including UNHCR, at tens of locations. The organization is working with Columbia University with US State Department funding to assess the impact of LGBT training on refugee professionals.

Neil Grungras, founder and Executive Director of ORAM, said: “LGBTI people are among the most persecuted individuals in the world. We encourage all agencies and NGOs working with refugees to share examples of good practice through our portal in the hope it will help others to improve approaches and lead to safety for the many LGBTI refugees currently fighting for their survival.”

For more information on the LGBTI Refugee Project Portal, visit:


New resources: Annotated Bibliography – Refugee Claims Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

This is to inform you that Mary Kapron (a JD student at uOttawa) and I have posted an annotated bibliography on refugee claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity. You can find the document at the following SSRN page:

This annotated bibliography gives an account of legal and social sciences research sources related to refugee claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bibliography, which focuses primarily on English language publications, includes close to 200 items that fall into the following two categories of research sources:

(1)   scholarly publications on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees and asylum-seekers and the refugee determination process;
(2)   reports from international, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations on the same topic.

Research sources are first organized topically according to the definition of a Convention refugee under the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. As a second listing, we have provided a geographical classification of the sources that focus on specific countries or regions. Finally, we have included an alphabetical listing by author of all of the research sources we were able to locate for this project.

We hope you will find this a useful research tool.


New Journal Articles (weekly)

  • “This article looks at the production and reception of music by Moroccan expatriates in Granada, Spain in the first 30 years after Franco, concentrating on musical genres associated with al-mūsīqā al-andalussiyya (al-Āla), flamenco and danza del vientre. These genres were performed by Moroccan musicians and heard by Spaniard audiences as part of the larger politically inflected, contextualizing meta-genres of ‘Early Music’, ‘World Music’ and ‘fusiones’. The social utility of these genre choices was demonstrated as part of a set of practices yielding some degree of social integration for Moroccans who might ‘cross over’ to positions of possibility in contemporary Spain, and, at the same time, they provided social insulation on the part of Spaniard maintenance of a political status quo. The article also points to disparate but converging types of cosmopolitan attitudes and behaviors, where the more privileged cosmopolitanism of many Spaniards contrasted with but also inflected a more pragmatic cosmopolitanism of immigrant Moroccans. Also informing the cultural and political negotiations across the divide between these two groups were conceptions of the historical backdrop of medieval-era, Muslim-dominated Andalusian Spain and the ideological legacies of ‘convivencia’ (peaceful coexistence) and ‘Las Tres Culturas’ (the three cultural complexes based on foundations of Christianity, Islam and Judaism), both of which still circulated in common discourse as reference points in modern, multiethnic Spain. “


  • “This study was designed to investigate the transformation in attitude of social work undergraduate students following the completion of a human rights module near the end of their academic programme in Taiwan. Twenty-five students who enrolled in the ‘Human Rights, Gender and Social Work’ module at a university in central Taiwan were evaluated by means of self-reported change in attitude towards human rights before and after participation in this semester-long module. Their attitude towards human rights was measured using a twenty-four-item, four-point Likert scale that was developed and previously validated by Xie and Dan (2003). Quantitative analysis was applied. Following an educational intervention of one semester’s duration, the participants self-reported a statistically significant change in their attitude towards human rights. The linkage of human rights with social work practice can be facilitated by adopting a specific teaching methodology. “


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Courses: Psychosocial Consequences of Migration & Promoting Integration

Psychosocial Consequences of Migration and Asylum (3 September-14 October 2014)

This e-learning course introduces the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration and the practical issues related to the provision of multidisciplinary culturally sensitive interventions. It will also address the issue of the stress experienced by humanitarian practitioners while working with affected populations.

Course outline

Week 1. Overview of the psychosocial and mental health consequences of migration
Week 2. The Inter Agency Standing Committee Guidelines (IASC) for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for Emergency Settings and their implications for intervention
Week 3. Skills to assess problems, needs and resources
Week 4. Culturally and contextually sensitive interviewing skills and working with translators
Week 5. Introduction to individual, family and community interventions for populations living in camps and urban contexts
Week 6. Specific mechanisms workers and organisations can use to minimize staff burnout and maximise organisational effectiveness

For more detailed information and online registration:

Promoting Migrant and Refugee Integration (29 October-9 December 2014)

This e-learning course focuses on the main issues at stake related to migrant and refugee integration in increasingly multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies, including labour market access, family reunification, access to education and education support programs for migrant children, and the integration of irregular migrants and especially vulnerable groups.

Course outline

Week 1. Guiding principles for integration and policies
Week 2. The links between immigration and anti-discrimination
Week 3. A secure status as the starting point: family reunification and long-term residence
Week 4. Access to nationality and political participation
Week 5. Support for immigrant adults: employment, education and language courses
Week 6. Support for immigrant children: the 1.5 and 2.0 generations

For more detailed information and online registration:

For a complete listing of courses offered in HREA’s Migration & Asylum program, please visit:


New publications: ‘EU Asylum Procedures and the Right to an Effective Remedy’; ‘The Reception of Asylum Seekers under International Law’ (discounts available)

New publications: ‘EU Asylum Procedures and the Right to an Effective Remedy’; ‘The Reception of Asylum Seekers under International Law’ (discounts available).

Adequate and fair asylum procedures are a precondition for the effective exercise of rights granted to asylum applicants, in particular the prohibition of refoulement. In 1999 the EU Member States decided to work towards a Common European Asylum System. In this context the Procedures Directive was adopted in 2005 and recast in 2013. This directive provides for important procedural guarantees for asylum applicants, but also leaves much discretion to the EU Member States to design their own asylum procedures.

This book examines the meaning of the EU right to an effective remedy in terms of the legality and interpretation of the Procedures Directive in regard to several key aspects of asylum procedure: the right to remain on the territory of the Member State, the right to be heard, the standard and burden of proof and evidentiary assessment, judicial review and the use of secret evidence.

Table of contents:

Marcelle Reneman is Assistant Professor in the Migration Law Section of the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the VU University Amsterdam.

May 2014, 428pp, Hbk, 9781849465458
RSP:  £60 / €78
Discount Price: £48 / €62.40
To receive the 20% discount online write ref: AM9 in the voucher code field and click ‘apply’:


Calls for papers: Forced Migration Review issue 49: Climate change, disasters and displacement (deadline 12 January 2015)

Calls for papers: Forced Migration Review issue 49: Climate change, disasters and displacement (deadline 12 January 2015).

Deadline for submission of articles: 12th January 2015

Every year around the world people are displaced by floods, cyclones, droughts and other sudden- and slow-onset events. In light of the projected increase in the frequency and intensity of disasters associated with climate change and environmental degradation, it is anticipated that the number of people displaced in the context of disasters, including across international borders, is likely to rise.

Forced Migration Review published an issue in 2008 looking at ‘Climate change and displacement’ which brought together researchers and practitioners to debate this growing area of concern – and the tension between the need for research and the need to act. In the years since then there has been much debate, analysis and developments in thinking, approaches and needs.

While existing national, regional and international legal regimes respond to some of the protection concerns arising from displacement in the context of disasters, others remain unaddressed.  Despite legal standards to protect internally displaced people, significant operational protection gaps remain for those displaced in disasters. Regarding cross-border displacement in disaster contexts, where the 1951 Refugee Convention would not apply, the legal gap relates primarily to admissions, status during stay, and finding durable solutions.

International cooperation and solidarity will be essential to ensure adequate protection of the rights of displaced people, while identifying needs and crafting an appropriate response will demand a cross-sectoral approach that addresses different forms of human mobility (displacement, migration and planned relocation). Those working in many different fields – technical and scientific, political, humanitarian, human rights and developmental, among others – will have something to contribute to solutions and to mitigating the impact of displacement.

This issue of FMR, to be published in May 2015, aims to discuss the linkages between climate change, disasters and displacement, the impact of both internal and cross-border displacement, measures to prevent or reduce the likelihood of displacement, and approaches to ensure the protection of those who are displaced (or who are unable to move).

In 2015, the Nansen Initiative, led by the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, will bring together states to discuss a protection agenda addressing the needs of people displaced in the context of disasters caused by natural hazards, including those linked to climate change. While some articles in the FMR issue will emanate from the Nansen Initiative’s regional consultations and civil society meetings that have been taking place since 2013 in the Pacific, Central America, the Horn of Africa, South-East Asia and South Asia, additional articles would be welcomed, in particular those that address the Arctic, Central Asia, Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean and Central Asia.

The FMR Editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions reflecting a diverse range of perspectives which focus on situations of displacement and address questions such as the following:

. What have been the most significant developments in relation to a better understanding of the linkages between climate change, disasters and displacement since publication of FMR issue 31 in 2008?
. What measures can be taken to prevent, or reduce the likelihood of, displacement in the context of climate change and disasters?
. What gaps remain in national, regional and international legal regimes in terms of providing protection for individuals and communities displaced internally or across borders, or facing displacement, in the context of disasters caused by natural hazards, including those linked to climate change?
. How can the operational response be improved, with roles and responsibilities better clarified, when providing protection and assistance for those displaced by disasters and the effects of climate change?  What examples exist of states admitting displaced people in the context of disasters?
. Are new methods of data collection, analysis and the use of quantitative modelling proving useful in predicting, planning for and responding to displacement in the context of disasters caused by natural   hazards, including those linked to climate change?
. Are there examples of good practice in supporting resilience, adaptation and coping strategies that can be replicated elsewhere?
. What evidence is there of improved guidelines and practice in disaster risk reduction and management, relating to displacement, disasters and climate change?
. To what extent is human mobility included within national adaptation plans?
. How can governments, civil society and the international community work together to help boost the adaptive capacities of local host communities and communities affected by displacement?
. What are potentially affected local communities saying and doing about climate change, disasters and displacement? How can their expertise and insights feed in effectively to planning and responses at the local, national, regional and international level?
. How can pre-emptive voluntary migration or planned relocation, and/or admission to another country to provide temporary protection, be facilitated?
. In what circumstances will both affected citizens and non-citizens have access to humanitarian assistance?
. What is needed in terms of international and regional cooperation and coordination? What good practice currently exists?
. How should governments and other actors respond in order to guard against protracted displacement and avoid premature return?

If you are interested in submitting an article, please email the Editors with a proposed outline.

Deadline for submission of articles: 12th January 2015
Maximum length: 2,500 words.

Please note that space is always at a premium in FMR and that published articles are usually shorter than this maximum length. Your article, if accepted for publication, may well be shortened but you will of course be consulted about any editing changes. Please consult our Guidelines for authors at:

Authors are reminded that FMR seeks to include articles with a gendered approach or a gender analysis as part of them. We are also particularly keen to reflect the experiences and knowledge of communities and individuals directly affected by these questions. If you can put us in touch with displaced people and/or local organisation representatives who might be interested in writing, please do email us; we are happy to work with individuals to help them develop an article.

View the call for articles online at



Calls for papers: Environmental changes and human mobility: what role for migration governance?

Please find attached the call for papers for the COST Action IS1101 Climate Change and Migration – Bern Workshop: Environmental changes and human mobility: what role for migration governance?, which will take place 24 October, 2014 at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland [Moderator’s note: please see the call for papers below].

We invite abstracts of papers concerned with these questions from different academic disciplines as well as practitioners. Contributions of not more than 1-2 pages should be sent to the conference organisers at  Roberto Cherchi,; Ilenia Ruggiu,; Elisa Fornalé,, by 31 July, 2014.

Please refer to the attached call for papers for further information or contact the conference organisers at Elisa Fornalé, World Trade Institute,

We would be grateful if you could forward this call to interested colleagues and disseminate it through your channels.

Call for Papers

ISCH COST Action IS1101 (Climate change and migration)
Environmental changes and human mobility: what role for migration governance?
Working Group: WGII (Law and Policy)

Date: Friday 24 October 2014
Place: World Trade Institute (WTI), University of Bern

Workshop theme: environmental changes, human mobility and normative implications

This workshop aims to examine the influence of climate change on immigration policies and on the migration governance in a globalized world.

The growing role of environmental drivers is likely to impact international migratory flows, although the normative implications of this interdependence remain underexplored.

The workshop intends to adopt the environmental degradation-migration nexus as one way to gain new insights into post-national rulemaking processes and their normative implications. A key issue is whether states can still adopt migration measures and provide legally effective mechanisms to face natural changes in a world that is increasingly marked by globalization and neoliberalization.

To this end, the workshop will cover the interplay between different legal orders and levels of governance (at the international, regional and domestic level) to overcome the mismatch between normative perspectives and real-life processes.

There should be a reflection on the nexus between environmental migration issues and the existing legal concepts and tools of immigration law. Special attention should be paid to new legal
frames related to environmental migration flows, migrants’ status and human rights protection.

A special investigation should be conducted on the nexus between trade liberalization and immigration policy. To date there has been little research to capture the potential to refer, for example, to free trade agreements and their influences on immigration policies. Studies are also lacking on the impact of regional integration and cross-continental migration agreements on the regulation of migration flows and migrants’ legal statuses, with a specific focus on temporary movement of natural persons. Therefore, this workshop is primarily aimed to further develop legal research that conceptualizes human mobility linked to environmental degradation by identifying migration strategies as effective protective responses.

In addition, it is necessary to focus on new post-national governance in a globalized world: what form can it take in the framework of national environmental-immigration policies?

Issues that may be addressed at the workshop include:
– Challenges to global governance raised by environmental degradation-induced migration at the international, regional and national levels;
– Identification of normative gaps in current implementation and research on environmental migration policies;
– Case study of human mobility as an adaptation strategy to environmental changes;
– Investigation on the interactions of free trade agreements, temporary mobility schemes and climate-change induced migration;
– Analysis of the legal frameworks and policy mechanisms to support environmental migration decisions, both at the international and at the national level.

Structure of the workshop:
The workshop will consist of a keynote lecture, followed by round tables for discussions and case studies/ presentations current research. All statements and presentations should be circulated no later than one month before the workshop. The organizers envisage publishing all contributions of it in a relevant journal as a Special Issue.

The organizers will select 12-14 participants from different disciplinary backgrounds addressing the above-mentioned topics and related aspects of human mobility and environmental changes.

Application procedure:
This workshop aims to invite scholars, researchers and policy-makers to present and discuss legal, governance and policy frameworks with particular consideration of the adaptation strategies of climate migrants and future challenges that climate migration poses. We will invite scholars from different disciplines to present expert papers on policy and legal frameworks for managing migration, potential migration or adaptation strategies resulting from climate change at the national, regional and international levels. Representatives from non-governmental organizations, research agencies, government and policy-makers are also particularly welcome to participate.

Please send an abstract of 1-2 pages (max) and a short biography (half page) to the organizers of the workshop:
– Professor Roberto Cherchi, Professor of Public Law, Department of Law, University of Cagliari,
– Professor Ilenia Ruggiu, Professor of Constitutional Law, Department of Law, University of Cagliari,
– Dr Elisa Fornalé, World Trade Institute,

Host institution: World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland

Travel and accommodation: Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for those participants and paper presenters of the COST Action Network who have been accepted to participate in the workshop. Non-COST members are subject to financial approval procedures.

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2014
Notification of acceptance: 10 August 2014
Full paper submission: Participants will be asked to submit a full paper of 10-15 pages by 1 October 2014.

This Workshop is funded by the COST Action IS1101 Climate Change and Migration: Knowledge, Law and Policy, and Theory

For further details, see:


ToC: International Journal of Refugee Law

The latest edition of the International Journal of Refugee Law, Vol. 26, No. 2., (June 2014).  A table of contents is as follows:


Filling the Gaps? Subsidiary Protection and Non-EU Harmonized Protection Status(es) in the Nordic Countries
Liv Feijen
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 173-197
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Testing Repatriation Contracts for Unconscionability: The Case of Refugees in Israel
Mollie Gerver
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 198-222
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Another Brick in the Wall: Carrier Sanctions and the Privatization of Immigration Control
Tilman Rodenhäuser
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 223-247
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Caught in Limbo: How Alleged Perpetrators of International Crimes who Applied for Asylum in the Netherlands are Affected by a Fundamental System Error in International Law
Joke Reijven and Joris van Wijk
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 248-271
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What Constitutes Persecution? Towards a Working Definition
Hugo Storey
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 272-285
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Case Law

R (on the application of EM (Eritrea)) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2014] UKSC 12
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 286-306
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Case BVerwG 10 C 26.12 German Federal Administrative Court
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 307-314
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Book Reviews

Reworking the Relationship between Asylum and Employment
Michelle Foster
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 315-318
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Human Trafficking: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Claire Healy
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 319-321
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Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum under the African Human Rights System
Marina Sharpe
Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: 321-324
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Cover / Standing Material

Int J Refugee Law 2014 26: NP
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Events: Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration Conference Conference: 24th – 25th July 2014

Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration Conference Conference: 24th – 25th July 2014
United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)

This conference focuses on a range of issues related to the wellbeing and recognition of people who traverse continents devoid of citizenship. Issues related to refugees remain crucially unanswered in debates and policies surrounding migration. In the wake of acknowledgement within the academy that it is not always possible to isolate refugees from migrants, this conference analyses a range of contexts where dignity and human rights are compromised through the absence of legal and political recognition. By focusing on situations of extreme vulnerability and on lives lived on the borderline, this conference seeks to articulate and address urgent needs with regard to the stateless migrants who have entered Europe.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Eduard Sagarra i Trias, ‘The Necessity of Immigration in the Globalized World’, President of the United Nations Associations of Spain (ANUE), Barcelona / University of Barcelona
Professor Khadija Elmadmad, ‘Statelessness and Migration: The Case of de facto and de jure stateless children in Morocco’, Director of The UNESCO Centre, The Law and Migration (CUDM), Rabat
Attendance:  Please confirm attendance by emailing with full name and ID number by July 21st 2014

More info:


‘Racism: From the Labour Movement to the Far-Right’ conference to be held at the University of Glasgow on 5-6 September 2014

‘Racism: From the Labour Movement to the Far-Right’ conference to be held at the University of Glasgow on 5-6 September 2014.

Conference Website:

The first decades of the 21st century have seen two worrying developments for anyone concerned with opposing oppression:

  • the continuing mutation and expansion of racism into new ‘cultural’ forms, above all in the form of a virulent Islamophobia; and
  • the electoral consolidation of parties of the far-right, who are not always fascist, but committed to deeply reactionary positions on most social issues, above all in relation to migration.

These two developments are distinct, but overlapping. On the one hand, racism is more widespread than on the far right, institutionally embedded over centuries in even the most notionally liberal states and exerting an influence even in the labour and trade union movement which might be thought to have most to lose from the divisions which it engenders. On the other hand, the far-right almost always includes racism among its repertoire of mobilising issues, but has politics which extend beyond it. Since planning for the conference began in March, consideration of both these issues has been given added urgency by the success of far-right parties in elections to the European Parliament and the NatCen British Social Attitudes survey which showed continuing, if uneven levels of racism across the UK.

Although our focus is international, no conference held in Scotland during September 2014 can avoid the fact of the independence referendum. While the national question is not directly our subject, any discussion of racism inevitably has to deal with its role in national formation, particularly in the case of the imperial powers of which Britain was once so preeminent, and in which Empire Scots played such a disproportionately large role. Themes which the Conference will address in relation to Scotland are anti-Irish racism and, more generally, claims that it suffers less from racism than England or other areas in Western Europe–claims which, at the very least have to be modified in the light of UKIP’s recent electoral success.

Finally, the range of this conference extends far beyond Scotland and the UK, to encompass developments in many of the nation-states of Europe. With over 40 speakers, and involving trade unionists, political and community activists as well as academics from a range of disciplines, we invite anyone concerned with these central problems of our time to attend and participate in the discussion.

Conference Schedule:

Friday 5 September

9.00am-9.45am: Registration, tea and coffee

9.45am: Plenary speaker

Professor Floya Anthias (University of East London): Intersectionality and  the Struggles against Racisms: problems of theory and practice

10.45am: Tea and coffee

11.00am: Parallel sessions

1. Race, gender and class in the workplace

Sundari Anitha (Lincoln University) and Ruth Pearson (Leeds University) South Asian women industrial militants from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet: finding and losing our place in the British labour movement

Steve Jefferys (London Metropolitan University) The EU and trade union anti-racism

Wilf Sullivan (Trade Union Congress, London) Neo-liberal authoritarianism and racism in austerity Britain

2.Welfare states and the populist far-right in Europe: comparative perspectives

Lena Karamanidou (City University) Far right parties, welfare chauvinism and migration to Greece

Markus Ketola (University of Ulster) Welfare regimes vs. Europeanisation: what explains the European far-right’s relationship with the welfare state?

Johan Nordensvard (University of Southampton) Is ethnocentric nationalism becoming a contender to neo-liberal welfare discourse? the case of the Nordic countries

12.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Parallel sessions

3.Theorizing racism and anti-racism 

Franka Welz (University of Essex) Idioms of racism: toward a refined theoretical approach to racism, then and now

Federico Oliveri (University of Pisa) Migrant struggles and critical race theory: rethinking race, racism and anti-racism from below

Satnam Virdee (University of Glasgow) Racial formation, anti-racism and the significance of the racialized outsider

4.Racisms of the far-right 

Stephen Ashe (University of Manchester) Attitudinal predictors without guarantees: why people don’t vote BNP

Aaron Winter (University of East London) The American far-right and Islam(ophobia)

Federico Zannoni (Bologna University) Secession, xenophobia and symbolism: the Lega Nord party in Italian politics and society

3.00pm: Tea and coffee

3.15pm: Parallel sessions

5.Neoliberalism, racialization and the contemporary workplace

Sarah Burton (Goldsmiths College, University of London) The (racial) politics of hegemony: pedagogies of racism in the neoliberal academy

Gina Netto (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh) Low-paid work, ethnicity and identity work: dealing with everyday racism in the workplace

Carol Young (Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights) Changing the race equality paradigm

6.Anti-racism, anti-fascism and the socialist Left: historical perspectives 

Brendan McGeever (University of Glasgow) Revolution, racism and anti-racism: antisemitism in the Russian Revolution, 1917

David Renton (London) Against fascism, against the state: the friends of Blair Peach in retrospect

Mark Hayes (Southampton Solent University) Anti-Fascist Action/ Red Action

4.45pm: Book launches followed by drinks reception

Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider by Satnam Virdee. Discussant: Wilf Sullivan (Head of Race Equality, Trade Union Congress)

The Longue Duree of the Far-Right edited by Richard Saull, Alex Anievas, Neil Davidson and Adam Fabry. Discussant: David Renton (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers)



Saturday 6 September

9.15am: Teas and coffees

9.30am: Parallel sessions

7.Refugees, asylum and migration

Bob Mouncer (Hull) A racist asylum policy and what it means for its victims

Gareth Mulvey (University of Glasgow) Immigration policy in Britain: discrimination by design?

Monish Bhatia (University of Abertay, Dundee) Asylum seeker resistance: breaking the deportation machine

8.The far-right and capitalism since WW2 

Neil Davidson (University of Glasgow) Far-right social movements as a problem for capital

Aurelien Mondon (University of Bath) The far right as a decoy for the real democratic crisis

Richard Saull (Queen Mary College, University of London) Reassessing the cold war and the politics of the far-right

11.00am: Teas and coffees

11.15am: Parallel sessions

9.The racialization of Muslims in Britain 

Nicholas Cimini (Edinburgh Napier University) Cousin marriage, reproductive risk and anti-Muslim racism

Elisabeth Miloud (La Sorbonne (Paris IV) GEMASS) How British South Asians became Muslims: from blackness to Muslimness

Waqas Tufail (University of Liverpool) Asian, Muslim and Dangerous: ‘grooming’ and the politics of racialization

Paul Goldie (University of Glasgow) Discourse of disdain: cultural racism and Islamophobia in Glasgow

10.Imperialism and its legacies in Scotland 

Allan Armstrong (Edinburgh) Gavin Bowd’s ‘Fascist Scotland’ and the absent role of the UK state

Minna Liinpää (University of Glasgow) Contemporary nationalist narratives and Scotland’s imperial past

Stephen Lees (TAL Fanzine, Glasgow) Football fandom and anti-fascism: a case study of Glasgow Celtic F.C. 

12.45pm: Lunch

1.45pm: Parallel sessions

11.Racism, multiculturalism and citizenship in Europe 

Elisabeth Badenhoop (University of Glasgow) Re-producing the nation-state: a critical comparison of current citizenship regimes in Britain and Germany

Peter Hervik (Aalborg University) What is in the Scandinavian nexus of Islamophobia, multiculturalism, and Muslim-Western Relations?

Barrie Levine (Glasgow Caledonian University) Never again? The growth of antisemitism in Europe: contradictions and complexity

12.Loyalism and the legacy of anti-Irish racism in Scotland 

Jim Slaven (James Connolly Society, Edinburgh) The Irish experience in Scotland

Alex Law (University of Abertay, Dundee) Sectarianism and the civilizing process

Maureen McBride (University of Glasgow) Cultural racism in Scotland: a case study of Irish Catholics

13.Racism, ethnicity and employment in Scotland 

Colin Clark (University of the West of Scotland) Immigration, racism and employment: the Romanian and Bulgarian experience in Scotland

Jatin Haria (Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights) Race and employment equality outcomes set by public bodies in Scotland

Zandra Yeaman (Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights) Positive action, positive inaction: is it now time for quotas?’

3.15pm: Conference summation

3.30pm: Conference closes


Conference: Migrant mothers caring for the future: creative interventions in making new citizens

Migrant mothers caring for the future: creative interventions in making new citizens

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 09:30Friday, 19 September 2014, 17:30

London South Bank University

An International conference co-organised by Umut Erel, Lecturer in Sociology and member of CCIG (Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University)

This event is part of the Research Project Migrant Mothers caring for the future, led by Umut Erel (The Open University) and Tracey Reynolds (London South Bank University).

This international multidisciplinary conference engages with perspectives from cultural studies, cultural geography, sociology, migration studies, and the creative arts to explore how migrant mothers realise and problematise their role in bringing up future citizens in contemporary societies, which are increasingly characterised ethnic, racial, religious, cultural and social diverse.

It will ask important questions about the processes that shape migrant mothers’ cultural and caring work in enabling their children to occupy a place as future citizens. It also interrogates how immigration and integration policies produce particular obstacles and limitations for migrant families and children.

In considering migrant women’s caring, cultural and social practices as interventions into citizenship the conference aims to find out what we can learn by understanding transnational social and cultural resources of care, and also the inter-relationship between motherhood and nationhood.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Professor Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California

Professor Eithne Luibheid, University of Arizona, U.S

Professor Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education, London

Professor Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University

Preliminary programme can be downloaded below. 


Newly Published Books on Refugee and Forced Migration Related Issues (weekly)

  • “Law of Asylum in the United States is an authoritative presentation of U.S. asylum law, long considered a must-have publication for practitioners, students, and teachers. It is frequently relied upon and cited by decision-makers. Law of Asylum describes and interprets applicable U.S. laws, as well as numerous international sources, providing an up-to-date analysis of all aspects of asylum law. This edition addresses current hot topics such as developments in the law interpreting particular social groups and a new approach to interpreting and applying the political opinion ground. Law of Asylum also addresses fundamental issues such as:

    The meaning of well-founded fear and persecution
    The five grounds for asylum (race, religion, nationality, social group membership, and political opinion)
    Withholding of removal protection and protection under the Convention Against Torture
    Claims based on childhood status and gender-based persecution
    When non-state actors can be considered agents of persecution
    Extensive coverage of gang membership/opposition to gangs
    Elements of proof
    Credibility determinations
    Recent changes in statutory language enacted with the REAL ID Act
    New BIA cases on social distinction and particularity”


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New Research and Publications (weekly)

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News Stories (weekly)

  • “Thirty lifeless bodies found in the bow of a fishing boat carrying 600 migrants off the coast of Sicily have reignited the debate on illegal crossings in the Mediterranean and how the EU should respond. The Italian navy is facing an unprecedented flow of migrants across the sea, with the number intercepted in first half of 2014 already outnumbering those of the past year and at levels seen in 2011 during the Arab Spring.”


  • “The day began with an APPG on Migration meeting, attended by over 100 people, including affected families, thinktanks and parliamentarians from across the political parties. The meeting was chaired by Paul Blomfield MP and addressed by Conservative MP Andrew Percy, Katy Clark MP (Labour) and Lord Robin Teverson (Liberal Democrat), as well as conservative thinktank director Ryan Shorthouse (Bright Blue) and JCWI’s Saira Grant. The meeting saw compelling arguments for rethinking the family migration rules put forward by all sides, most thoughtfully from Bright Blue director Ryan Shorthouse. He offered up his views on why the current rules are simply incompatible with core Conservative values. Over the coming months we hope that these alternative critiques of the rules will be able to reach new audiences and build support for a change in the rules.”


  • “As the response to recent strike action on the part of public sector workers shows, it is not always easy to convince people of the need to protect the rights of all workers, British or migrant. It is particularly hard in the face of high-unemployment and a struggling economy when the argument is put that migrant workers are filling roles British workers could take.”


  • “The long-awaited judgment of the Court of Appeal in the case ‘MM’ on the matter of the lawfulness of the UK immigration rules setting income levels for the sponsorship of non-EEA family members was made public this morning.

    The Court ruled that the Secretary of State’s rules, though discriminatory in their effect, had a legitimate objective and were for this reason not unlawful.

    The immigration rule which was subject to the proceedings requires the British resident sponsor of a non-EEA spouse to demonstrate an income of at least £18,600 per annum in order that a visa be issued. In the event that a non-EEA national child is being sponsored a further £3,800 per annum income is required for the first child and £2,400 for each additional child after that. Provisions also exist for the sponsor to demonstrate a means to support through the savings of amounts indicated by the rules being available.”


  • “In a landmark ruling, the High Court has today found that the way the government operates the Detained Fast Track asylum system is unlawful. The judgment follows a legal challenge brought by charity Detention Action against the use of the Detained Fast Track System.

    The Detained Fast Track is a system of deciding asylum claims whilst the asylum-seeker is in detention. It is designed for asylum claims that are considered to be suitable for a quick decision. The fast track process was originally set up in 2002 in response to increased numbers of asylum applications. In 2002 there were 84,132 applications for asylum in the UK. In 2012 there were 21,875 such applications.”


  • “The Department of Health (DH) has today published its plans to recover costs for NHS treatment of visitors and migrants.

    The Visitor & Migrant NHS Cost Recovery Programme: Implementation plan 2014-16 sets out two approaches towards recovering the cost of treatment.

    The first of these is improving the ability of the NHS to recover the costs of healthcare provided to European Economic Area (EEA) patients (non-resident in the UK) from their home member state. This will be achieved through making greater use of European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) system as well as the S1 and S2 agreements. ”


  • “The Migration Advisory Committee has today released a detailed examination of migrants in low-skilled jobs in the UK and their wider impacts. In 2013 there were 2.1 million foreign born workers in low-skilled jobs in the UK, one million of whom had come to the UK since 2004.

    Many of the findings of the MAC research echo those of prior investigations into low-paid migrant workers, including noting issues relating to labour conditions and the high number of migrants employed through agencies. The MAC finds that ‘the availability of migrant workers combined with the low level of labour market regulations has enabled some employers to maximize the advantages to them and, at the same time, allowed migrants to acquire a significant place in the UK labour market, particularly in low-skilled sectors’.”

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  • “The European Migration Network (EMN), which works under the aegis of the Home Affairs Directorate of the European Commission, has published a study entitled Migrant access to social security and healthcare:policies and practice .

    The study notes that “Social security systems, including access to healthcare, constitute one of the most powerful tools to reduce poverty and inequality and promote social inclusion.”

    The provision of social security and healthcare systems depends on countries having active workforces acting to sustain growth in economies and generate taxation revenues to pay for support that is needed. In the ageing societies which are typical of Europe, these workforces emerge at least in part from the migration of workers across national frontiers.”

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  • “In 2010 the British government announced that the outrage of child detention for immigration purposes was to end. Simultaneously, however, it commissioned the opening of a new family detention centre, CEDARS, which was to be run under novel governance arrangements by the Home Office, private security company G4S and the children’s charity Barnardo’s.”

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  • “8 July 2014 – The UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women (UN Women), today announced that it has tapped British actress Emma Watson as Goodwill Ambassador.

    “We are thrilled and honoured to work with Emma, whom we believe embodies the values of UN Women” said Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

    Known for playing the leading role of “Hermione Granger” in the Harry Potter saga, Ms. Watson has been involved with the promotion of girls’ education for several years, and previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts. ”


  • “Bradford East is currently held by Lib Dem MP David Ward, who on immigration issues has been an astute and committed campaigner, in particular, on family migration, a key issue impacting his constituents. An interesting and diverse constituency, Bradford East has a massive Asian community at almost 40% of the overall population, it is also a constituency with high home ownership rates (including mortgages), as well as an unusually young electorate.”


  • “Housing has become disproportionately expensive for most of London’s population, and this is reflected in the rental market. Supply is low, demand is high, and migrants face additional obstacles. Eastern Europeans form one of the largest migrant groups, yet they remain particularly vulnerable to the pitfalls of the rental sector. Solutions to help these migrants would also benefit the London population as a whole. “


  • “The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees have today launched a cross-party inquiry into the use of immigration detention.

    The inquiry, which will be chaired by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather, will examine the use of detention in the UK immigration and asylum systems, with a particular focus on the conditions within detention centres, the impact on individual detainees and their families, the wider financial and social consequences, how detention is used in other countries, and the future role of detention within the immigration system.”


  • “The Modern Slavery Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Commons this Tuesday.

    The Modern Slavery Bill was introduced into the House of Commons in June 2014, following its mention in the 2014 Queen’s Speech. It has been informed by the findings of a Joint Committee in April 2014 on a draft version of the bill, which also gathered evidence from a range of NGOs and legal experts.”


  • “A consortium led by MOSAIC Centre for Research on Multilingualism, University of Birmingham, is conducting research on multilingualism in superdiverse neighbourhoods.

    The 4-year research project, Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities, is a collaboration between four universities. The interdisciplinary research programme will develop new understandings of multilingual interaction in cities in the UK, and communicate these to policy-makers and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. The research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) runs from 2014 – 2018.

    Globalisation and changing patterns of migration mean that ‘superdiverse’ cities are increasingly populated by speakers of multiple languages.Researchers from University of Birmingham, Birkbeck (University of London), University of Leeds, and Cardiff University will generate new knowledge about communication in changing urban communities.”


  • This is part of a series of Annual Reports and Accounts, which presents the Government’s outturn and planned expenditure for 2013-14.”

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  • Latest edition of Border Force bulletin includes operational updates, a news round-up and details of border technology and transformation, detections and seizures and partnership working.”

    tags:news reports

  • This version of the Immigration Rule has been replaced by the current Immigration Rules.”

    tags:news reports

  • “Read this guide if you are considering on making a visa application, or sponsoring an applicant if they want to work in the UK.

    You should read the guidance before you apply.”

    tags:news reports

  • “Asylum support policy bulletin about how UKVI applies section 55 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 to the consideration of applications made for asylum support.”

    tags:news reports

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