Daily Archives: Saturday, July 19, 2014

Conferences: ‘Using Human Securit as a legal framework to analyse the Common European Asylum System’

‘Using Human Security as a legal framework to analyse the Common European Asylum System,’ 4 July, T.M.C Asser Instituut, The Hague, Netherlands

This expert conference will explore new territory in its analysis of protection under the Common European Asylum System through the prism of Human Security. The four thematic panels of the conference will analyse the added value of using Human Security as a legal framework for protection in Asylum law whilst assessing the prospects of legal interaction between both fields. It will take stock of recent developments in legislation, jurisprudence and doctrine, proposing insightful approaches to contemporary asylum challenges.

The event is free of charge. However, registration is required. Please register here: http://www.asser.nl/onlineforms/CLEERHumanSecurity.aspx

Link to the event with more information including conference programme and confirmed speakers: http://www.asser.nl/events.aspx?id=423


Conference: “Migration, Integration and Neighbourhoods: Where’s the Harm?”

“Migration, Integration and Neighbourhoods: Where’s the Harm?”
***Conference Announcement***

Conference Title: Migration, Integration and Neighbourhoods: Where’s the Harm?

Date: 21-22 November 2014

Venue: Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor

Delegate Rate: £195 (includes all food and accommodation in unique historic surroundings)

About Cumberland Lodge:
Cumberland Lodge is an educational charity dedicated to the betterment of society through the promotion of ethical discussion. This is a not-for-profit event.

In partnership with the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity

Key speakers (to date):
Dr Robert Arnott Director, Border & Immigration System, Home Office
Professor Simon Burgess, Economics, University of Bristol,
Dr Nissa Finney Hallsworth Fellow, University of Manchester,
Ruth Grove-White, Policy Director, Migrant Rights Network
Dr Therese O’Toole Sociology, University of Bristol,
Professor James Nazroo Director, Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester
Trevor Phillips OBE founding Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Register here:

Migration will be a key policy issue in the 2015 general election: we are already seeing heated political rhetoric about levels of migration to the UK. But what do we really know about the effect of migration on local communities?
Migrant populations are often thought to be harmful to social cohesion at the local, neighbourhood level. The widely accepted idea is that neighbourhoods with diverse migrant populations lack a sense of community spirit, leading to increased social isolation. The influential sociologist Robert Putnam described this effect as “pull[ing] in like a turtle” (2007: p.149).
Drawing on the latest research from the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, this conference challenges the notion that diversity is harmful to neighbourhoods. It offers a practical examination of key indicators of social capital and cohesion, such as: whether there is a correlation between educational attainment and prevalence of English as a second language in schools; voting registration rates; access to social housing; fear of crime; trust; levels of health and well-being.
The conference will:
• evaluate one of the key policy issues of the next general election
• give an analysis of the latest thinking on migration and integration
• examine up-close the fissures between different kinds of sociological research,
• analyse the competing influences of public discourse and research on policy
The event will be of interest to academic researchers; researchers from think tanks; parliamentary researchers and members of the civil service; representatives from the voluntary sector; and anyone with an interest in social cohesion, population movement and integration.

The colloquium will be held at the former royal residence of Cumberland Lodge (www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk) which is located in Windsor Park, Berkshire, SL4 2HP.

Student Bursaries:
A limited number of student bursaries are available for students who wish to attend the conference, but have no access to institutional funding. The bursaries provide a free place at a conference, covering registration charges, accommodation and all food for the duration of the conference. They do not cover travel expenses to and from the conference. Bursaries are awarded individually, and applicants will be notified of the outcome within 7 working days of the application deadline – 10th October 2014 at 1pm.
To apply for a bursary please visit: http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/Programme/Student+Bursaries
note: Bursaries are only awarded when the application has been formally endorsed by an academic supervisor. Applicants should give the name and contact details for their referee, having first asked them to endorse the application.

Contact us:
For more information please visit the website: www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/migration
email: janis@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk


Courses: Master of Arts in Migration and Displacement, University of the Witwatersrand

Master of Arts in Migration and Displacement
Applications are now invited

Who We Are

Based in the School of Social Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, the African Centre for Migration & Society is an interdisciplinary, internationally engaged and Africa-based centre that shapes global discourse on human mobility and social transformation. The Centre’s research informs academic debates, policy discussions, government and international organisations’ practices, and civil society organisations’ advocacy. Our academics are widely published and engaged in a range of innovative partnerships for knowledge transfer and sharing. Our graduates are sought after by government, private companies, civil society, international organisations and academia.

What We Offer

Our MA in Migration & Displacement encompasses public health, political science, sociology, urban planning, development studies and other disciplines. With migration being an important and hotly-debated topic world-wide, the study of migration has wide-ranging academic and practical applications. Graduate students are equipped with a comprehensive conceptual framework and the practical skills necessary to understand, analyse and advise on the drivers, impacts and management of migration within academia, government and the NGO world. ACMS enrols a maximum of 20 students each year. The students are drawn from various academic backgrounds and are selected from South Africa and around the world. Students are encouraged to take part in the Centre’s research and outreach activities and have presented their work in conferences, meetings and academic forums. Limited tuition scholarships are granted each year and students can inquire with the Centre about research assistant positions and academic fellowships.

Apply Now:
Please visit www.wits.ac.za/prospective to apply online
teaching@migration.org.za | www.wits.ac.za/acms

Application Deadline:
31 August 2014 (international applicants)
30 September 2014 (SA applicants)


News Stories (Daily) 07/19/2014

  • “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.”

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

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  • “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.”

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  • “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.”

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