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Call for Papers: Naturalization policies and practices worldwide. Cologne, June 2015

Call for Papers:

Naturalization policies and practices worldwide. Cologne, June 2015

Call for written contributions and invitation to workshop in Cologne, Germany, June 2015
Naturalization policies and practices worldwide

International migrants need to naturalize in the country of reception if they want to become legally equal members and to have access to all citizenship rights, most notably to the right to vote. During the last decade, nationality policies in many countries (most visibly perhaps in Western Europe) attempted to make it more demanding to become a new citizen by imposing naturalization tests, and invented new rituals of citizenship ceremonies to attribute profound meaning to the act of becoming a citizen. In this process, national administrations seemed to be inspired by practices of other countries and even outright copy each other, to the extent that there is some convergence in the use of citizenship tests and ceremonies in the western world.

But what is happening in other regions of the globe? In Singapore, to name just one example of a country successfully attracting international migrants, the public policy of immigrant admission and naturalization tries to cautiously select the most capable and most suitable candidates by way of a naturalization procedure called ?citizenship journey?. The Hungarian rules on nationality grant easier naturalization to co-ethnics, and other (not only Eastern) European states pursue a similar strategy. When the Venezuelan government has generously naturalized hundreds of thousands of undocumented Colombian refugees since 2004, it did so with the aim to guarantee equality of all citizens and access to fundamental rights ?but the administration also applied a clause in the Venezuelan nationality law which contains ethnic preferences.

The research group Citizenship & Migration of the Global South Studies Center (University of Cologne, Germany) invites proposals for written papers on naturalization policies and practices worldwide to be published as a special issue of an international journal by 2016. With this Call for Contributions, we aim at the inclusion of research on regions hitherto less prominent in relation to this broad subject. Besides the USA, Canada, EU, and Australia, little has yet been published about naturalization policies and practices throughout the world. Therefore, we explicitly invite scholars working on Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe to contribute with the findings of their investigations.

Possible topics that papers might address include

the political rational behind access to or exclusion from nationality by naturalization;
reasons for introducing language and/or country knowledge tests;
public debates about naturalization or elements of the procedure;
the conduction of test interviews;
how certain groups are (de facto) privileged or discriminated against concerning their naturalization;
immigrants? decisions to naturalize;
the various actors involved in the process of naturalization;
naturalization ceremonies.

Contributors must be prepared to deliver a first draft of the proposed paper by end of May 2015; participate in a two day workshop in Cologne end of June 2015 to discuss all contributions; and prepare the final version of their paper (of max. 8000 words incl. notes and references, in English) by end of October 2015. The GSSC will cover travel to Cologne and lodging during the workshop.

The paper proposal is to be submitted by December 8, 2014, and should include the following information:

name, affiliation, contact details, and short CV of the author
title, abstract (of max. 250 words) and five keywords of the paper.

Please note that you must agree to publish in an international journal (e.g. Citizenship Studies) yet to be decided should your paper be selected and the proposals be accepted by the journal. Hence the proposed contribution must be unpublished work. Please don?t submit proposals for work already committed elsewhere. The workshop in Cologne is tentatively scheduled for June 25-26, 2015. Please indicate if your participation in the workshop depends on (or excludes) a specific date.

Proposals for contributions and participation in the workshop are to be submitted by December 8, 2014, to Tobias Schwarz, t.schwarz@uni-koeln.de. All applicants will be informed of the decision of acceptance or not by end of January 2015.

More information on the Global South Studies Center: http://gssc.uni-koeln.de


Frontex: Update on Operation Triton; Growing Use of Larger Vessels by Smugglers


Frontex last week released updated information on Operation Triton since its launch on 1 November. Frontex also reported on the growing use by smugglers of older freighters and cargo vessels which are being obtained primarily in south-eastern Turkey and which are being used by smugglers to transport larger numbers of migrants – as occurred yesterday with the rescue of 500-700 migrants on board the Moldovan flagged Blue Sky M between Greece and Italy.

Excerpts from the Frontex statement:

“Since the launch on November 1st of Operation Triton, the Frontex-coordinated mission in the central Mediterranean, some 11,400 migrants have been rescued, about 10,000 of them in situations characterised as “distressed,” in 77 separate Search and Rescue incidents at sea. Although significantly smaller than the number recorded during the August peak – when some 28,000 migrants were detected on this route – this level of traffic is still unprecedented for wintertime….”

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Events: ‘Detained, Denied and Deported: the human consequences of the legal aid cuts’ (plus Bail for Immigration Detainee’s Annual General Meeting)

Detained, Denied and Deported: the human consequences of the legal aid cuts
and Bail for Immigration Detainee’s Annual General Meeting

On: Tuesday 20th January 2015 at 6pm
At: Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Confirmed speakers:
Richard Drabble QC, Landmark Chambers
Carmen Kearney, Legal Manager, Bail for Immigration Detainees

RSVP to kamal@biduk.org: seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

In April 2013, the Government introduced wide-ranging legal aid cuts. Now, the vast majority of people making immigration claims cannot access legal aid. Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) regularly receives calls from people who want to challenge their deportation, but are unable to do so without legal representation.

Some detainees came to the UK as children, and have lived here all their lives. We are dealing with distressing cases in which parents are being deported and separated from partners and young children in the UK.

In 2014, BID and the University of Law launched a three year deportation advice project, to assist a small number of the many people who desperately need representation. We are also gathering evidence from our casework to lobby against the cuts, and developing strategic legal challenges.

Join us to discuss what can be done to improve access to justice for immigration detainees.

6.00 pm                 Welcome and formal business
6.15 pm                 Speakers followed by questions from the audience
7.30 pm                 Drinks and snacks

There is no charge for this event but booking is essential. Contact kamal@biduk.org to reserve your place.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Travel expenses are payable for unwaged asylum seekers or migrants by prior arrangement – please contact Kamal on 020 7456 9753 to discuss.


Call for Papers: The politics of ethnic conflict in Europe; UACES Annual Conference 7-9/9/2015 Bilbao

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.