Daily Archives: Thursday, December 18, 2014

IMISCOE Call for Papers: Return Migration and Wellbeing

IMISCOE – International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion – migration network


 Geneva, 25-27 June 2015

Call for papers

Return Migration and Psychosocial Wellbeing:

Discourses, Policy-Making and Outcomes for Migrants and their Families


Convenor 1. Dr. Zana Vathi, Edge Hill University, UK

Convenor 2. Prof. Russell King, University of Sussex, UK and Malmö University, Sweden

There exists a growing body of literature on the effects of migration on migrants’ psychosocial wellbeing. Different studies have identified migration as a trigger for various negative outcomes, and, to a certain extent, have also documented migrants’ resilience and coping strategies. Nonetheless, there is little research on the effects of return migration on the psychosocial wellbeing of returnees, particularly in the case of ‘voluntary’ return. Indeed, some studies are explicit in considering return to the country of origin as psychosocially safe, viewing return migration as the natural end of the migration cycle, despite return being an undesirable option for many migrants. The nexus between return and psychosocial wellbeing is potentially fraught with tensions, not least because of radical policies and programs that aim to or enforce return migration (e.g. visa regimes, assisted voluntary return, deportation, etc.), but also because of the socio-cultural dissonance that return exposes.

This panel will focus on the effects of return migration on psychosocial wellbeing by unpacking the return process and expanding the focus to include various actors and stakeholders that may impact migrants’ wellbeing in the process of return. We invite research papers that investigate both the effects of ‘voluntary’ return, as well as the role of policies and programs on ‘forced’ return, and touch upon the themes outlined below and other related topics:

·         Human rights, legal provisions and the regulation of return migration

·         Assisted voluntary return (AVR); detention; deportation

·         The impact of visa regimes

·         Policy analysis, discourses on return in host and home countries and the framing of psychosocial wellbeing

·         ‘Voluntary’ return and effects on migrants and their families

·         Adaptation upon return and coping strategies

·         (Un)sustainability of return, circular migration and impact on psychosocial wellbeing

·         Access to mental health services in the host and home countries

·         Policy-makers’ views on the impact of return migration on migrants’ and their families’ psychosocial wellbeing

·         Perspectives of service providers and practitioners on logistics and the impact of various forms of return

·         Comparative perspectives between the impact of ‘voluntary’ and ‘forced’ return

·         Generational differences and the impact of return migration on children

·         The converse link: the impact of psychosocial wellbeing on return migration

A selection of papers will be prepared as a special volume. Please send an abstract of 300 words, specifying the main research question, methods and findings, to Dr. Zana Vathi [zana.vathi@edgehill.ac.uk] and Prof. Russell King [r.king@sussex.ac.uk].

Deadline for application: 19 December 2014

Notification of acceptance: 9 January 2015

Submission of panel proposal to IMISCOE: 14 January 2015

Courses: International Summer School in Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford



06-24 July 2015
Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Download the brochure (PDF 316 KB): http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1116006239837-63/Summer+School+2015_12pp_WEB.pdf

Applications are invited for this year’s International Summer Schoolin Forced Migration, to be held at Wadham College, Oxford. The Summer School, now in its 26th year, offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to examine critically the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced. Beginning with reflection on the diverse ways of conceptualising forced migration, the course considers political, legal and wellbeing issues associated with contemporary displacement. Individual course modules also tackle a range of other topics, including globalisation and forced migration, and negotiating strategies in humanitarian situations.

The participants
Typically comprising more than 40 nationalities, Mid-career and senior practitioners involved with assistance and policymaking for forced migrants and researchers specialising in the study of forced migration. The course, which is residential, is held in Oxford. Teaching is conducted in English.

The teaching
Lecturers and tutors include research staff, academics and professionals from the Refugee Studies Centre and other world-class institutions, drawn from a number of disciplines and practices including law, anthropology, politics, and international relations.

Asfari Foundation and Saïd Foundation bursaries are available for Summer School candidates who work on refugee-related issues from Palestine, Lebanon and Syria (or Palestinians and Syrians resident in the Arab world). Candidates wishing to be considered for a bursary must apply directly via the International Summer School office and not the Foundations. Please note the deadline for all bursary applications to the International Summer School is 1 March 2015. For any enquiries please contact


Online: www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/summer-school

For further information and an application form, please visit our website or contact
Heidi El-Megrisi
International Summer School Manager
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3TB
United Kingdom
tel: +44 (0)1865 281728/9
fax: +44 (0)1865 281730
email: summer.school@qeh.ox.ac.uk

The Refugee Council Archives at UEL Weekly Bulletin Issue: 5 (18th December 2014).


Refugee Archives News

The Refugee Council Archives at UEL Weekly Bulletin

Issue: 5 (18th December 2014).


Welcome to the fifth issue of Refugee Archive News: The Refugee Council Archives at UEL Weekly Bulletin.

This bulletin has the aim of providing both the latest news and developments on the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London whilst also providing additional information on issues of concern to refugee and forced migration studies more generally. This I hope will include details of news stories, calls for papers, conferences and seminars, and online resources of potential interest. This bulletin, I hope, will aim to provide useful information to both students and academics on both UEL undergraduate courses in International Development and postgraduate students on our courses in Refugee Studies; Refugee Studies and Community Development and Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, whilst also being hopefully of interest to a wider readership represented by our Twitter and Blog followers.

This bulletin will be circulated via our Refugee Archive WordPress blog and also via our Refugee-Research Jiscmail email list. We would welcome any feedback that you may have on this bulletin and we would also welcome any input that you may have in terms of current and future content for both this bulletin and also our WordPress blog more generally. Please Contact Paul Dudman via email (library-archvies@uel.ac.uk) or Twitter (@PaulDudman) with any feedback or thoughts that you may have.

There are also some general Archive details included at the end of this and every bulletin posting for your reference.

Archive, CMRB and Course-Related News

Archive News:

Archive Opening Hours: The UEL Archive collections will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. The Archive at the UEL Docklands Campus will open foe the last time this year on Friday 19th December, 2014 and it will then be closed until Monday 5th January, 2015.

For details of the UEL Library opening hours during this period, please visit the Library Web Pages at: http://www.uel.ac.uk/lls/about/openinghours/

In the News

Recent figures have been published by UNHCR point to a “record high” of nearly 350,000 sea crossings by migrants and asylum-seekers worldwide this year, with the Mediterranean crossing being the “deadliest route of all”, with at least 3,419 people losing their lives since January 2014.

References: UNHCR – Focus on saving lives, says UNHCR, as numbers of people taking to the seas in search of asylum or migration passes 348,000 globally

Amnesty International – UN finds Mediterranean ‘deadliest’ sea route for migrants

Amnesty InternationalMore deaths in the Mediterranean Sea highlight need for EU-wide search and rescue plan

A selection of news stories:

ICRC – Life of a Syrian refugee in Jordan

ICRC – Ukraine: Donetsk displaced receive emergency supplies

ICRC – South Sudan crisis – one year: Enormous needs must not be forgotten

International Crisis Group – The Central African Republic’s Hidden Conflict

International Rescue Committee – Impending winter may be a ‘second disaster’ for Iraqis fleeing violence [TESTIMONY]

International Rescue Committee – Trapped: Powerful photos from South Sudan

Pulitzer Centre – Syrian Refugees Find Little Comfort in Greece

Refugee Council – A glimmer of hope for refugees seeking family reunion

Refugee Council – Record numbers of people take to sea to reach Europe

Refugee Council – Protection Gap must be closed

BBC News – BBC Pop Up: Tropical refugees in US’s frozen Mid-West

The Independent – We Are All Refugees: The radio soap about displaced Syrians inspired by The Archers

The Age (Australia) – Australia ignoring its obligation to refugees sets a dangerous precedent

Mail Online – Iran extends visas for 450,000 Afghan refugees

Aljazeera – Countries vow to double Syria refugees intake

Aljazeera – Syrian refugees unwelcome in Bulgaria

Amnesty International – CAR: Failure to effectively investigate war crimes fuels further atrocities and fear

EIN – Ed Miliband says Labour will “control immigration with fair rules”

EIN – ECJ judgment clarifies the right of irregular migrants to be heard

Global Voices – Is Argentina Really ‘Infected With Foreign Criminals’? Or Just Xenophobic Politicians?

The Guardian – How painkillers really can relieve a headache brought on by foreigners

Compas Blog – The floating label of ‘the migrant’

UNHCR – Resettlement offers hope to ailing Syrian refugees in need of treatment

Amnesty International – 17 December: the day we lost our homes

The Guardian – Jimmy Mubenga’s widow: I can’t watch this happen to another family

The Guardian – G4S guards found not guilty of manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga

The Guardian – Three arrested after raid on ‘slave’ factory in Rochdale

The Guardian – What should Labour’s message on immigration be?

The Guardian – Ed Miliband says Labour immigration document ‘not very well drafted’

The Guardian – Legal aid restrictions on deportation cases are unlawful, court confirms

The Guardian – Labour strategy to counter Ukip threat over immigration revealed

The Guardian – Labour plans jail terms for exploitation of migrant workers

The Guardian – These days, money buys you a better class of citizenship

The Guardian – Yarl’s Wood: Labour pledges to investigate claims of sexual abuse

The Guardian – Sudanese man killed on M25 after clinging to bottom of lorry

The Guardian – South African man faces deportation from UK because wife’s income too low

The Guardian – Immigrants on the M4: are our traffic jams really not British enough?

The Guardian – Hanif Kureishi: Knock, knock, it’s Enoch

Institute of Race Relations – Patriot games and culture wars: the politics of national identity in Europe

Migrants Rights Network – Labour spells out its approach to immigration policy for 2015 general election

The Telegraph – Landlords to rent homes to ‘white tenants with British-sounding names’ to avoid immigration red tape

The Herald (Scotland) – Plans to rehouse asylum seekers ‘in disarray’

Evening Times (Glasgow) – Refugees ‘at risk’ in early move from Red Road flats

The Telegraph – European court: asking asylum seekers to prove sexuality is breach of human rights

Migrants Rights Network – High Court rules against the government on provision of legal aid in immigration cases

EIN – Detention Action: Court of Appeal rules policy of detaining asylum seekers for ‘quick processing’ of their appeals is not lawful

Channel 4 News – G4S guards cleared of Jimmy Mubenga killing

Daily News Egypt – Exhibition attempts to raise ‘Refugee Voices’

Refugee Council – Judges rule part of detained fast track unlawful

The Guardian – Racism is still a factor in British political life

The Guardian – From the archive, 17 December 1958: Immigrant ship bound for Australia

UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition – How Should Refugee and Migration NGOs Work on Climate Change Issues?

ICRC – Migration: The desperate search for a brighter tomorrow

The Guardian – Migrant overstayer figures swell to more than 300,000, watchdog reveals.

Events and Call for Papers

CFP Panel: The politics of ethnic conflict in contemporary Europe at the UACES 45th Annual Conference
Bilbao (7th – 9th September 2015)

Standing Group “Ethnopolitics” of Political Studies Association UK and Specialist Group “Peace and Conflict Studies” of Political Studies Association of Ireland are calling for papers on “The politics of ethnic conflict in contemporary Europe”, a panel at the UACES conference in Bilbao on 7-9 September 2015 (see here: www.uaces.org/bilbao ).

Ethnic conflict in Europe remains an important political issue into the twenty first century. Whilst ‘peace deals’ such as the Good Friday Agreement (Northern Ireland), the Ohrid Agreement (Macedonia) and the Dayton Agreement (Bosnia and Herzegovina) have had some success in managing violent conflict, the salience of ethnic divisions often endures. This panel will address the continued significance of these divisions, with proposals invited on any aspect of ethnic conflict in Europe broadly conceived.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • The significance of ethnically-based political systems, parties and voting in contemporary Europe;
  • Methods of ethnic conflict management and resolution;
  • Comparative analysis of ethnic conflict in different European societies;
  • The role of European Union institutions in conflict management
  • Impact of regional key actors (international organisations, kin states, diasporas) on conflict dynamics.

Proposals are welcomed from researchers at all stages of their careers.  Please forward a 250 word abstract to Henry Jarrett (University of Exeter, UK) at hj239@exeter.ac.uk by Friday 9th January 2015. Please include your name, institution and paper title.

We are particularly inviting postgraduate students to apply.

CfP: Panel “Gender, Violence and Refugee Communities”, ECAS 2015
8-10 July 2015 in Paris, deadline: January 9, 2015.

Convenors: Buckley-Zistel, Susanne; Krause, Ulrike
Center for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg

For many refugees, the end of conflicts does not coincide with the end of violent assaults, but escaping war and repression only offers a certain degree of shelter from physical and structural violence. Women and girls, yet also men and boys, may become victims of sexual and gender-based violence, as has been increasingly reported by aid and human rights agencies in the past years. Moreover, the forceful recruitment of individuals in camps into armed groups, gang violence erupting amongst young refugees or violent disputes upon return to the place of origin suggest that there is a continuation of violence which penetrates into the supposedly safe havens. The experiences of displacement has an impact on social relations, in particular gender relations. While many humanitarian agencies and refugee-supporting organisations recognise this continuum of violence in general and sexual and gender-based violence in particular, they themselves become entangled in the re-negotiation of relations and the forging of new identities.

The panel explores the origins, scope and forms of violence against and amongst refugees from a gender perspective. It assesses how masculinities and femininities – as well as the way they relate to each other – change in the context of displacement and encampment. Case studies reach from the analysis of gendered violence in refugee camps, via the impact of the host community on gender relations, to the role of humanitarian agencies and their gender programmes.

The panel is now online and accessible via http://www.ecas2015.fr/gender-violence-and-refugee-communities/

Please submit a short abstract of max. 1500 characters by January 9, 2015.

Crossing Borders, Traversing Narratives: A Postgraduate Symposium of Film and Screen Studies
11 February 2015, University of St Andrews, Scotland

The very recent history saw issues related to nation and nationality re-emerge steadily, often aggressively, questioning and reframing notions such as identity, citizenship, or the irreversibility of globalisation as a border-dissolving, unifying process. In this context, investigating narratives of the displaced and of displacement, as well as their production, representation, distribution and reception, appears to be an increasingly complex, varied, and challenging process.

Crossing Borders, Traversing Narratives aims to re-interrogate cinema’s relationship with the notion of geographical border, and the subsequent effects of this relationship. This one-day symposium is meant to provide an inclusive exchange platform for postgraduate students in the fields of film and screen studies, whose interests either lie in, or can be applied to, this particular area.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Shohini Chaudhuri (University of Essex)

Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Diasporic cinemas
  • Migrant and diasporic filmmakers
  • Multicultural communities and cinema
  • On- and off-screen identities of displacement
  • Issues of distribution and exhibition. Diasporic film festivals
  • Translation, adaptation, assimilation (thematic, stylistic)
  • Cross-border politics, activism, civic engagement
  • Fluid chronotopes
  • Intersections of nation with race, gender, sexuality, class, religion
  • Formal and genre variations


Proposals with a brief abstract (250 words) for a 20-minute paper, as well as a short biographical note, should be submitted to Andrei Gadalean (amg21@st-andrews.ac.uk<mailto:amg21@st-andrews.ac.uk>). The deadline for all proposal submissions is 21 December 2014.

New Additions to the Archive

Reporting diversity : how journalists can contribute to community cohesion / developed by the Society of Editors and the Media Trust.

Refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland : a guide for journalists in Scotland / an Amnesty International publication in conjunction with Oxfam, National Union of Journalists and the Scottish Refugee Council.

Show Racism the Red Card : study notes / published by Show Racism the Red Card.

Show racism the red card [videorecording] : a new video from Show Racism the Red Card.

A safe place [videorecording] : a video from Show Racism the Red Card to combat racist myths against asylum seekers.

Diversity and dialogue : living in a multi-faith society / published by the Diversity and Dialogue partnership project.

Missing out : a study of child trafficking in the North-West, North-East and West Midlands / Christine Beddoe.

Joint east west research on trafficking in children for sexual purposes in Europe : the sending countries / edited by Muireann O’Briain, Anke van den Borne and Theo Noten.

The health risks and consequences of trafficking in women and adolescents : findings from a European study / Cathy Zimmerman.

Protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual violence in disaster and emergency situations : a guide for local and community based organisations / compiled and written by Stephanie Delaney.

More than one chance! : Young people involved in prostitution speak out / Julie Taylor-Browne.

More than one chance! : Young people involved in prostitution speak out / Julie Taylor-Browne.

Rights here, rights now : a recommendations for protecting trafficked children / J. Sillen and Christine Beddoe.

Servir. Issue 58, (November 2014). Jesuit Refugee Service.

Panorama: Ebola Frontline. [videorecording]

Tribal peoples for tomorrow’s world / a guide by Stephen Corry.

Refugee education : a global review / Sarah Dryden-Peterson.

Global overview 2012 : people internally displaced by conflict and violence / by Sebastian Albuja [and others].

Body of evidence : treatment of medico-legal reports for the survivors of torture in the UK asylum tribunal / Jo Pettitt.

Internal displacement and the Kampala Convention : an opportunity for development actors / Walter Kalin and Nina Schrepfer.

Durable solutions : perspectives of Somali refugees living in Kenyan and Ethiopian camps and selected communities of return / by Danish Refugee Council and Norwegian Refugee Council.

Asylum under threat : assessing the protection of Somali refugees in Dadaab refugee camps and along the migration corridor / a publication of the Refugee Consortium of Kenya.

Childhood under fire : the impact of two years of conflict in Syria / Nick Martlew.

Untold atrocities : the stories of Syria’s children / Save the Children.

Global migration futures : using scenarios to explore future migration in the Horn of Africa and Yemen : project report – November 2012 / the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat and the International Migration Institute.

The rise of Africa : miracle or mirage? / Nordic Africa Institute.

Where are they …? : the situation of children and armed conflict in Mali / Layal T.E. Sarrouh.

Internal displacement in Africa : a development challenge : exploring development initiatives to alleviate internal displacement caused by conflict, violence and natural disasters / Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

Testing sexual orientation : a scientific and legal analysis of plethysmography in asylum & refugee status proceedings / Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration.

No shelter : protection gaps in Israel facing refugees fleeing gender-based persecution / Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration.

Unsafe haven : the security challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey / joint publication of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly. Turkey Refugee Advocacy and Support Program & ORAM.

Unsafe haven : the security challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey / joint publication of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, Turkey Refugee Advocacy and Support Program & ORAM. (updated ed.)

Rainbow bridges : a community guide to rebuilding the lives of LGBTI refugees and asylees / Organization for Refugee, Asylum & Migration.

Knowing our rights : women, family, laws and customs in the Muslim world.

Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women : a call to action based on an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America / UNICEF

A woman’s struggle : using gender lenses to understand the plight of women human rights defenders in Kurdish regions of Turkey / Roj Women’s Association.

Satisfying labour demand through migration / produced by the European Migration Network.

Asylum and migration glossary 2.0 / produced by the European Migration Network.

Viewing nuclear weapons through a humanitarian lens / John Borrie and Tim Caughley, editors.

Overcoming human poverty / United Nations Development Programme.

Insufficient evidence? : the quality and use of evidence in humanitarian action / Paul Knox Clarke and James Darcy.

Implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action : summary of reports 2007-2013 / United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, (UNISDR).

Progress on global platform chair’s summaries / United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, (UNISDR).

UNHCR operational guidance on the use of special nutritional products to reduce miconutrient deficiencies and malnutrition in refugee populations / UNHCR Division of Programme Support and Management Public Health and HIV Section.

A review of the work of the Refugee Education Unit / Praxis Refugee Education Unit.

Refugees and the “new” Europe : a selected directory of European networking on refugees’ education, training and employment / World University Service (UK) Refugee Education and Training Advisory Services.

Refugee education policy for the 1990s : towards implementing The Refugee Education Charter / compiled be Refugee Education and Training Working Group.

Refugee community schools directory, 1998 : a directory of supplementary schools run by refugee communities / Refugee Council.

Raising the profile of invisible students : practical and peer-led approaches to enhancing educational and emotional support for refugee and asylum seeking children in schools / [written by Michael Brewin and Athy Demetriades].

There you go! / Oren Ginzburg.

For asylum seekers and their supporters : a self help guide against detention and deportation / by Legal Action for Women and edited by Neil Adams and Nina Lopez.

Immigration bail hearings : a travesty of justice? Observations from the public gallery / Campaign to Close Campsfield.

Sanctuary in a cell : the detention of asylum seekers in Northern Ireland / [Victoria Tennant].

Maintaining contact : what happens after detained asylum seekers get bail? / Irene Bruegel, Eva Natamba ; with a foreword by Stephen Castles.

Immigration detention and human rights : deserving the name of democracy : independent research project on the detention of asylum seekers / written by NS Ghaleigh.

Legal advice for people who are detained by the immigration service / published by the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, The Law Society of England and Wales, The Law Society of Scotland, Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner and the Legal Services Commission.

Campsfield report / produced by Sue Lukes and Leonara Lloyd.

Notebook on bail $$n part two : representing yourself in bail applications / by Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Notebook on bail $$n part one : preparing applications for release / by Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Archive Opening Hours

The current Opening Hours for our Archival collections are detailed as follows. The Refugee Council Archive and the British Olympic Association Archive are currently located on our Docklands Campus Library whilst the Hackney Empire Archive is currently located in our Stratford Campus Library.

The opening hours for both Docklands and Stratford Archives are as follows:

Docklands Archive

Mondays:  1pm – 6pm*

Tuesdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Wednesdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Thursdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Fridays: 1pm – 6pm*

Sat/Sun:  Both Archives Closed

Access to the Stratford Archive for the Hackney Empire Archive is by prior appointment only.

* Morning appointments between 10am and 12pm are available by prior appointment.  The Archive will be closed between 12pm and 1pm for lunch.

We would recommend that, especially for external users, that you contact us in advance of your trip in order to make an appointment to use the Archives.  This enables us to ensure that a member of staff will be on hand to assist you.

To make an appointment, please click on the link to our Make an Appointment page.


Archive Web Resources and Email List

Please find details below of our various online and social media resources which are currently available online and please do take a look. We would also welcome any feedback that you may have on how these can be improved:


We have created several blogs to help support the archival work that we undertake and these are highlighted as follows:


Please join and Like Us on Facebook, links are as follows:


Please follow us on Twitter by selecting one of the options below:

Refugee-Research Email Mailing List

Please also consider joining our Refugee Research Jiscmail e-mail list which is managed in conjunction with this blog.  To subscribe to the mail group
www.jiscmail.ac.uk, type REFUGEE‐RESEARCH into the ‘find lists’ box, or use the alphabetical index to scroll down to R. and then follow the instructions on our REFUGEERESEARCH homepage to ‘join or leave the list’. Most users need only enter their email address and name. Alternatively, email the Archivist, Paul Dudman on p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk, requesting to join the mail group.

Please let us know of any further links that you would like to see added.


Contact Details

Paul Dudman is currently the Archivist responsible for all of the physical Archives located here at the University of East London Library and Learning Services: Archives. Paul is happy to receive and respond to any questions or queries that you may have in response to both our Archival collections and also our social media presence.

If you wish to contact the Archive, please contact Paul Dudman via one of the contact methods detailed below:

By email at: library-archives@uel.ac.uk

By telephone at: +44 (0) 20 8223 7676

Online at: uelarchivesportal.wordpress.com/contact-us/

On Twitter at: @refugee_archive

By post to:

Paul V. Dudman
Library and Learning Services
University of East London
Docklands Campus
4-6 University Way
London, E16 2RD
United Kingdom.


News Stories (Daily) 12/18/2014

  • “A Prison and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) report on Brian Dalrymple’s six weeks in immigration detention paints a grim picture of how the vulnerable are treated. Although Dalrymple was a white man, we report on his case to show that, in immigration detention, immigration status ensures a grim equality of treatment.”


  • “Forcing private landlords to police undocumented migrants will exacerbate inequality and deflect blame for the housing shortage.

    The drive to embed immigration enforcement into all aspects of economic and social life is about to become even more intrusive. From 1 December, in a pilot scheme, residential landlords in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell[1] will be obliged to carry out immigration status checks on all new tenants and adults living with them, on pain of a £3,000 fine if they are found to be renting to anyone without the right to be here. This will involve seeing, checking, and copying documents such as British and EU passports, biometric residence permits, refugee status documents, birth certificates and a myriad of alternative documents indicating that the prospective tenant has Home Office permission to be in the UK. They must retain documents for the duration of the tenancy and for a year afterwards, to avoid liability. If the prospective tenant has no documents or their status is unclear, the landlord (including a sub-letting tenant or someone taking in lodgers) must contact the Home Office’s Landlord Checking Service, which must respond within 48 hours, either issuing a ‘positive right to rent notice’ or telling the landlord that the person concerned is disqualified from renting.”


  • “David Cameron has urged other EU leaders to support his “reasonable” proposals for far-reaching curbs on welfare benefits for migrants.

    Britain’s prime minister said lower EU migration would be a priority in future negotiations over the UK’s membership and he would “rule nothing out” if he did not get the changes he wanted.

    Under his plans, migrants would have to wait four years for certain benefits.

    Brussels said the ideas were “part of the debate” to be “calmly considered”.”


  • “The backlog of overstayers in Britain whose whereabouts are unknown has swelled to more than 300,000 after the discovery of piles of unopened boxes left for years in basements and meeting rooms in Home Office buildings in Sheffield.

    John Vine, the chief inspector of borders and immigration, revealed the existence of a further 223,600 records of foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas, all dated before December 2008, in a report published on Wednesday.”


  • “(Brussels, December 17, 2014) – A Danish immigration report on Eritrea that suggests changing refugee policy for Eritrean asylum seekers is deeply flawed. Denmark and other European governments should await the outcome of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Eritrea, established in June 2014, before considering any major policy changes concerning Eritrea.


  • “The tears begin at Waterloo, the London terminus; not so many of the seers-off are going to Southampton; apart from the distance from London it is a special train and permission has to be got to board it if you are not a ship’s passenger.

    This is a very different boat-train from those which go from Victoria to the Continent. There are no smart clothes and no gaiety. This train is taking people to an immigrant ship for Australia and the bulk of the passengers seem to be made up of families with young children. There are a number of unattached young men, but there are more families – and so many children that one gets a confused feeling after a time that a child is as indispensable a piece of baggage for the journey as a suitcase and should be labelled “Cabin.””


  • “This appeal concerns a challenge to the Secretary of State for the Home Department’s policy, practice and procedure in respect of the detention of applicants for asylum in the fast-track system (“the DFT process”) after the refusal of asylum by the Secretary of State and pending an appeal against that decision. The DFT process is designed to facilitate the expeditious determination of applications for asylum and of appeals. It involves the detention of all applicants for asylum whose claims the Secretary of State considers can be determined quickly and a tight timetable for decisions on applications and appeals against a refusal of asylum to the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal. Those who meet what I describe as the “quick processing criteria” in the Secretary of State’s Detained Fast-Track Processes Guidance (the “DFT Guidance”) are detained even if they do not meet the more stringent general detention criteria in her Enforcement Instructions and Guidance (“EIG”). The “general detention criteria” require all reasonable alternatives to be considered before detention is authorised and focus, for example, on whether a person poses a risk of absconding. “


  • “The Home Office is to release asylum seekers in the detained fast track system who have appeals pending and who show no risk of absconding.

    The indication from the Home Office comes as the Court of Appeal ruled that locking up asylum seekers who show no risk of absconding while their appeal is pending is unlawful.

    The news is the latest outcome of a long running legal challenge brought by charity Detention Action against the Home Office’s detained fast track system. Judges had previously ruled that the detained fast track system carried an unacceptable risk of unfairness.”


  • “Two young boys set their eyes on the horizon of the new city they have recently moved to, leaving behind memories of violence and conflict. The yellow swing they sit in offers them a window onto their new home, a refugee camp in Cairo.”


  • “The problem of low pay in the UK extends far beyond migrant workers and in many instances is at it worst in parts of the country with very small proportions of migrants.

    The Resolution Foundation said the numbers earning less than two thirds of median hourly pay – equivalent to £7.69 an hour – increased by 250,000 last year to reach 5.2 million. According to the Migrant Advisory Committee – the body which advises the government on the economic impact of migration – the majority, over 80%, are British citizens. Many of these very low-paid jobs are located in areas of the country with low migrant population”


  • “Gay and lesbian asylum seekers must not be asked to prove they are homosexual in order to stay in Britain, following a judgement by a European court yesterday.

    Asking refugees detailed questions about their sexual habits in order to establish whether they are at risk of persecution at home is a breach of their fundamental human right to a private life, the European Court of Justice ruled. ”


  • “The Scottish Refugee Council has raised concerns over proposals to transfer newly-arrived asylum seekers from the Red Road housing development to hostel accommodation.

    They have also urged the council to scrutinise plans to develop the former Scottish Water site in Balmore Road into housing for people seeking refuge in the country.

    The plea came after the application received around 300 objections from residents.

    The Evening Times reported last week how a drop-in meeting at Lambhill Stables turned into a heated debate.”


  • “PLANS to rehouse newly-arrived asylum seekers in Scotland have been thrown into disarray after a proposal to develop an industrial site was suddenly withdrawn.

    PLANS to rehouse newly-arrived asylum seekers in Scotland have been thrown into disarray after a proposal to develop an industrial site was suddenly withdrawn.

    Housing provider Orchard and Shipman, which works on behalf of Serco and the Home Office, had identified the old Scottish Water office in a business park on Balmore Road in Possil as a new location for short-stay accommodation for migrants.”


  • “The hint has come in a paper the party has published today called ‘Changing Britain Together’. The 52 pages of text in the document include a section entitled ‘Immigration’ which sets out the argument that the Conservatives have “let people down on immigration.”

    It says that David Cameron has failed in his plan to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands and also claims that “illegal immigration” is a growing problem. The grounds for this claim come in the assertion that “Fewer people are being stopped at the border, more people are absconding and fewer foreign criminals are being deported; yet the government still has no way of properly tracking who is coming into the country and who is leaving.””


  • “Is it possible to demand a common reflex, a unified emotional response from all the citizens of a country to the symbols or cultural traditions that epitomise the nation? Across Europe, tensions are growing around specific symbols, whether it be the St George’s flag in England or Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands. Similarly, but from a different direction, veils are part of the new culture war, with bans and restrictions on ‘covering’ cast as essential for national coherence, marking out who belongs in Europe and who does not.”


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.