Daily Archives: Monday, April 27, 2015

Let their people drown: How EU politicians have become tragic actors in a self-inflicted migration drama


Hein de Haas, 2013, University of OxfordAuthor: Hein de Haas (1), 27 April 2015, HeindeHaasBlog

In recent months, a record number of refugees and migrants have drowned in their attempts to cross the Mediterranean Sea. According to recent UN estimates, in 2014 almost 220,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean, and at least over 3,500 died during their journey. Over 30,000 have already made the crossing so far this year, with around1500 reported dead or missing  – more than 50 times greater than at the same point in the previous record year 2014.

And, again, we hear the familiar appeals from European politicians to stop this tragedy by ‘fighting’ or ‘combating’ smuggling (and trafficking) in order to stop the suffering of migrants on the European borders. Although this all may sound very lofty, blaming the smugglers is a convenient scapegoating strategy that conceals politicians’ own responsibility for this humanitarian tragedy.

Politicians (and the media slavishly copying…

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Call for papers: mini-symposium “Class, Gender and Migration”


Call for papers: mini-symposium “Class, Gender and Migration”;

Sebastien Chauvin and Saskia Bonjour will convene a mini-symposium on ‘Class, Gender and Migration’ in the framework of Conference Class in the 21st Century organized by the Amsterdam Research Center on Gender and Sexuality (ARC GS) on 22-23 October 2015 at the University of Amsterdam. The mini-symposium will consist of two panels:

Class in the policy construction of the (un)deserving migrant

Immigration policies create categories of people that distinguish between those allowed to enter and stay in destination countries, and those to whom borders stayed closed.  A substantial body of scholarly work explores the ways in which these politics of belonging are shaped by conceptions of national identity, ethnicity and race. Increasingly, there has also been attention to the role of constructions of gender and sexuality in shaping immigration politics. While intersectional approaches to the analysis of immigration policies are thus on the rise, the role of class, and its intertwinement with other axes of inequality, has remained remarkably underexplored.

This panel asks which role class plays in the construction of the ‘(un)desirable’ or ‘(un)deserving migrant in political debate and policies. How are different requirements relating not only to income but also to education, housing and even national origin or ‘integration’ related to class? To which extent does class play a role not only in labour migration policies, but also in family migration and asylum policies? How does class intersect with ethnicity on the one hand and gender and sexuality on the other hand in construing degrees of desirability? Do we observe class serving as a proxy for ethnicity, or vice versa, in political debates and policies?

Class in mobility strategies and migration experiences

While class figures at various degrees in migration policy, it also shapes the strategies and experiences of transnational migrants. Class defines the resource inequalities that separate those who are able to migrate from those who lack the means to travel. It also determines the array of conditions that drive people to want to leave or not, whether in reference to local competition in origin communities or through classed imaginaries of success associated with destination countries. Together with gender and age, class cultures inform the nature of migration decisions and the types of collective expectations invested in individual migrants. This panel asks which role class plays in constraining and shaping the agency of international migrants, the differences in prestige between various groups of migrants,  and internal conflicts within diasporas. How do class differences translate into various experiences of transnational marriage and family migration? How does class become relevant for asylum seekers persecuted for their sexual or gender identity? Does class play out in value conflicts over gender and sexuality within migrant communities in host countries?  How do migrant men and women navigate and perform gendered and class expectations embedded into host country migration policies? Do policy categories only function as constraints, or can they also become resources to strategize with?

Deadline for abstract submission: 29 May 2015

Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words), indicating in which of the two panels you propose to present your paper, by using this online form: http://arcgs.uva.nl/news-events/events/social-class-conference/social-class-conference/content/folder/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/cpitem-2/link/papers.html

We would appreciate it if you would forward this call to any colleagues who might be interested. If you have any comments or questions about this call, do not hesitate to contact Sebastien (s.m.g.chauvin@uva.nl) or  Saskia (s.a.bonjour@uva.nl).


Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Daily News Stories 04/27/2015 (p.m.)

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Feminist Review Trust


Irregular immigration in the EU: Facts and Figures

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Originally posted on European Parliamentary Research Service Blog:
Written by Giulio Sabbati and Eva-Maria Poptcheva Irregular immigrants are third-country nationals who do not fulfil, or no longer fulfil, the conditions of entry as set out in Article 5 of the…

If the EU Attacks Migrant Boats in Zuwara, Libya, How Will It Select from Among the 100s of Boats?


Italy and other EU States are clearly in possession of information regarding the specific locations in Libya from where migrant boats depart. The Guardian’ s Patrick Kingsley has been reporting from Libya in recent days, interviewing smugglers and observing a migrant boat depart on at least one recent occasion from the port of Zuwara located west of Tripoli.

If the EU does press forward with its stated intention of destroying boats that may be used by smugglers, how will the EU select the boat or boats to be destroyed? Google Earth imagery dating from early this year shows approximately 125 large fishing boats moored in the harbour and another 100 boats on land immediately adjacent to the harbour. Dozens of smaller boats are also in the water and on land. (See screen shots below.) Additionally, the harbour is surrounded by at least five large warehouses, each approximately 100 metres in…

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Press Release: Zero Tolerance to Sexual Violence – Protest against Sexual Assualts on Women

Community Women Against Abuse

On Tuesday, 21 April,  about 70 protesters rallied at the Shaheed Minar at Altabl Ali park at Tower Hamlets to condemn the organised sexual assaults on women which was committed against 20 women by identifiable perpetrators during the celebration of Bangla new year in Dhaka. The powerful protest was co-organised by Nari Diganta and Jubo Union, UK.  Nari Diganta activist, Nilufar Yasmin, writes a Bangla report of the protest as follows.

Rally against sexual assaults on women at Altab Ali park. Courtesy: P V Dudman Rally against sexual assaults on women at Altab Ali park. Courtesy: P V Dudman


ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়ের টিএসসি এলাকায় বর্ষবরণ অনুষ্ঠানে নারী নির্যাতন ও নারীর উপর যৌন হয়রানির প্রতিবাদ করে উদ্বেগ ও ক্ষোভ প্রকাশ করেছে যুক্তরাজ্যের নারী দিগন্ত এবং যুব ইউনিয়ন সহ বিভিন্ন পেশাজীবী ও সাংস্কৃতিক সংগঠনের সর্বস্তরের জনগণ। প্রতিবাদ সভায় সকল বক্তাই এই ধরনের পৈশাচিক ন্যাক্কারজনক হামলার সঙ্গে জড়িতদের দ্রুত খুঁজে বের করে দৃষ্টান্তমূলক…

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Information for searching for loved ones in Nepal

Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Daily News Stories 04/27/2015 (a.m.)

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Daily International News Stories Round-up 04/27/2015

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Refugee Council Archive: Daily News Stories On Refugee and Forced Migration 04/27/2015

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