Daily Archives: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Highlights from Frontex Annual Risk Analysis 2015 – Detections of Illegal Border-Crossing Between Border Crossing Points


Frontex released its Annual Risk Analysis 2015 (also here) on 28 April. Over the next few days I will post some key points and excerpts from portions of the 70 page report which are most relevant to migration by sea. See Executive Summary and Statistical Annex. 2015-04-28_Frontex_Annual_Risk_Analysis_2015-COVER

This post contains excerpts and key points from the ARA, Section 3, Situational Picture in 2014 / Detections of illegal border-crossing between border crossing points:

• In 2014, detections of illegal border-crossing reached a new record, with more than 280 000 detections. This was twice as many as the previous record of 140 000 detections in 2011, the year of the Arab Spring;
• With a record level of migrants crossing the border illegally, resources are devoted to their immediate care, but not towards screening;
• Syrians and Eritreans did not apply for asylum in the Member States of entry but rather…

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UK Delays Deployment of Navy Ship in Mediterranean Until Italy Agrees to Accept Rescued Migrants


Another example of why ships, commercial and military, may sometimes avoid rescuing migrant boats: the Guardian reported yesterday that the UK has kept the HMS Bulwark at anchor in Sicily “amid a diplomatic spat over where rescued people should be disembarked and processed. … Involvement was held up by deliberations between the Italian and British foreign ministries. Britain, which agreed to send the ship after emergency EU talks last month, sought guarantees that the migrants rescued by HMS Bulwark could be taken to Italian ports once they are saved from the high seas.”

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Approximately 40 Migrants Reported Dead After Merchant Ship Approached Migrant Boat


Reuters and other news agencies report that rescued survivors arriving today in Sicily told Save the Children that about 40 persons died – other survivors reported that “lots” of people died – after “dozens of people fell into the sea when they saw the merchant ship approach” their overloaded rubber dinghy. The migrant boat left Libya and was rescued on Sunday south of Sicily.

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Event in London with Jon Fox: “The edges of the nation: breaching everyday nationhood”, 13 May 6-7.30pm at LSE campus

Seminar with Jon Fox – The edges of the nation: breaching everyday nationhood
13 May, 6-7.30pm

Location: Kingsway Building (KSW) Room 2.12, LSE Campus

Please contact us if you need directions.

Everyone welcome and no ticket required

Jon Fox will be discussing “The edges of the nation: breaching everyday nationhood”. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol where he researches nationalism, ethnicity, racism, and migration. In particular he is interested in how ordinary people reproduce ethnic, national, and racialised forms of collective belonging in their everyday lives, which will be the focus of this ASEN seminar.

For more information, see ASEN’s website (http://asen.ac.uk/events/seminars/seminar-jon-fox-edges-nation/) and Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1586095571671221).

Part of the 2014-15 ‘Everyday Ethnicity, Everyday Nationalism’ seminar series. ASEN (Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism) is an interdisciplinary student-led research association founded by research students and academics in 1990.


Tomorrow in Oxford: Human Smuggling Before the Supreme Court of Canada, Prof Catherine Dauvergne

Border Criminologies, the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and the Refugee Studies Centre are co-hosting the following seminar:

Human Smuggling Before the Supreme Court of Canada
Professor Catherine Dauvergne (University of British Columbia, Canada)

When: Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 13:00

Where: Senior Common Room, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

This talk will explain the constitutional challenge to Canada’s human smuggling laws that was argued before the Supreme Court of Canada in February 2015.  The case asks whether Canada’s criminalization of human smuggling is unconstitutional because it can penalize individuals and groups who assist refugees in seeking international protection in Canada. Catherine Dauvergne provided expert evidence at the trial level in this case, and has watched it closely as a member of the Canada Council for Refugees Legal Affairs Committee.

About the speaker: Catherine Dauvergne works in the area of immigration and refugee law in Canada and around the world. Her research is grounded in a belief that how we define and police the boundaries of our societies determines the terrain of our political engagements and says much about our national identity. Border laws are a space of unabashed discrimination, where aspirations of nationhood are writ large. Dauvergne is both a tactical lawyer and a big picture thinker, and her work shows a commitment to engagement at these scales. Her 2008 book Making People Illegal: What Globalization Means for Migration and Law (Cambridge University Press) is read and taught across disciplines and has been twice reprinted. Dauvergne has co-directed a number of large empirical studies of refugee decision-making around the world and has published three other books and more than fifty articles, chapters, and law review pieces. She is regularly involved in pro-bono legal work for individuals and for refugee- and immigrant-serving organizations. She is also a frequent commentator on these issues for Canadian media. Dauvergne is currently completing a research project investigating the failure of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect non-citizens. In 2012, Dauvergne was named a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.

Seminar in Oxford: Not so Exceptional? Understanding the Canada-US Border as a Place of Law, Arbel & Goold, 11 May

Please join Border Criminologies and the Refugee Studies Centre for a special seminar with Efrat Arbel and Benjamin Goold, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada, entitled:

Not so Exceptional? Understanding the Canada-US Border as a Place of Law.’

When: Monday, 11 May 2015, 13:00-14:30

Where: Senior Common Room, Faculty of Law, St Cross Building, University of Oxford

About the seminar

With the steady, global movement towards the securitization of borders in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, scholars across various disciplinary fields have analyzed state borders as ‘states of exception,’ sites in which, as Giorgio Agamben provocatively describes, ‘a temporary suspension of the rule of law on the basis of a factual state of danger, is … given a permanent spatial arrangement, which as such nevertheless remains outside the normal order.’ This paper argues against this approach. It suggests that the ‘state of exception,’ as described by Giorgio Agamben and Carl Schmidt, does not properly account for the legal and material realities of contemporary state borders. The paper advances this argument by analyzing how legal power is organized, asserted, and exercised along the Canada-US border. In addition, it seeks to develop a set of criteria by which claims of exceptionalism at the border might be tested, and compares the border with other sites―such as prisons―which also have the potential to become states of exception. In doing so, it strives to develop a site-specific understanding that better illuminates the legal implications of the policies and practices that currently govern the Canada-US border, and to ensure that current debates properly recognize the role of law in constructing the border.

About the speakers

Efrat Arbel is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia. Dr Arbel researches and publishes in constitutional law, refugee law, Aboriginal law, and prison law. Combining her academic work with legal practice, Dr Arbel is also engaged in advocacy and litigation involving refugee and prisoner rights.

Benjamin Goold is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, at the University of British Columbia. At present, Professor Goold is working on two major research projects, the first a major field study of undercover policing and covert surveillance practices in the UK (with Bethan Loftus and Shane Mac Giollabhui), and the second a study of how security products are bought, sold, and consumed (with Ian Loader and Angelica Thumala).

Registration now open: Humanitarian Innovation Conference 2015

Humanitarian Innovation Conference 2015: Facilitating Innovation
17-18 July
Keble College, Oxford

Registration now open: http://www.oxhip.org/2014/11/hip2015/

The Humanitarian Innovation Project is delighted to announce the 2015 Humanitarian Innovation Conference, in partnership with the World Humanitarian Summit. Hosted in Oxford on 17 & 18 July 2015, the theme of this year’s conference is ‘facilitating innovation’. As interest and dialogue around humanitarian innovation continues to expand, conference participants are invited to explore the challenges of creating an enabling environment for humanitarian innovation.

In the lead up to the World Humanitarian Summit, a key focus of the conference will explore how we enable innovation by and for affected communities. What does it mean to take a human-centred approach seriously, and to engage in co-creation with affected populations? It will also seek to examine what facilitation means across the wider humanitarian ecosystem, and how we can better convene the collective talents of people within and across traditional and non-traditional humanitarian actors.

New 2015 conference video:

Watch Professor Alexander Betts discuss the conference and the themes it will address this year. Professor Betts is Director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.


Conference fees include full access to all conference facilities and events, buffet lunch on both days, and formal dinner in Keble College hall on 17 July. The standard conference fee is £425, with a reduced rate for participants from academic or non-profit institutions (£325) and students (£275).

[Note: Registration does not include accommodation; participants will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation]

Visit the #HIP2015 conference page to register, where you can also find out more ways to get involved.



For all enquiries, please contact hiproject@qeh.ox.ac.uk

Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Daily News Stories 05/05/2015 (p.m.)

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Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: Daily News Stories 05/05/2015 (a.m.)

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Daily International News Stories Round-up 05/05/2015

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Refugee Council Archive: Daily News Stories On Refugee and Forced Migration 05/05/2015

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