Monthly Archives: September 2015

Updated / Conflicting Reports Re: Alleged Leader of Major Libyan People Smuggling Operation Killed in Tripoli: Libyan GNC Government Official (Tripoli) Accuses Italy of Responsibility for Killing


Updated:  there are conflicting reports regarding the incident; see report from Migrant Report that Maskhout is alive.

The Guardian and other media report that Salah al-Maskhout, the alleged leader of a major human smuggling operation, and eight other men, were shot dead in a shootout that occurred on Friday in Zuwara.  According to the Guardian, “[t]he skill with which the hit was carried out – with the killers reportedly firing handguns against the Libyans’ Kalashnikovs – has raised speculation that Maskhout may have been targeted by foreign agents…. The president of Libya’s [GNC] congress [based in Tripoli], Nuri Abu Sahmain, issued a statement following Maskhout’s death in which he blamed Italian special forces for the attack.” The Libya Herald reported that “[t]here have been suggestions that the attackers, who have not been identified, had initially aimed to seize Maskhout. However, the gunmen, none of whom were killed in the…

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Diasporas Reimagined: Spaces, practices and belonging

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DiasporasReDiasporas Reimagined is an edited collection designed to showcase the breadth as well as cohesion of research on diasporas linked to the Leverhulme-funded Oxford Diasporas Programme. Featuring contributions from 45 authors, this collection is free to download as a PDF, either as a complete collection or as individual essays. Hard copies will so be available.

Drawing on a range of disciplines, including social anthropology, sociology, human geography, politics, international relations, development studies and history, Diasporas Reimagined depicts a world increasingly interconnected through migration, where sediments of previous encounters coexist in places, practices and personal and collective identities.

Put together,it aims to provoke new ways of thinking, both about diasporas and about some of the foundational concepts of social science.

The editorial team which includes Alan Gamlen (Victoria University, NZ), Giulia Liberatore (University of Oxford), Hélène Neveu Kringelbach (UCL) and me (University of Birmingham) started as institutionally Oxford-based and is now scattered around.

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The ICC Nabs a Perpetrator of Cultural Crimes in Mali

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The partially destroyed Alpha Moya mausoleum in Timbuktu in 2013 (Photo: World Monuments Fund) The partially destroyed Alpha Moya mausoleum in Timbuktu in 2013 (Photo: World Monuments Fund)

It is a fool’s game to predict what will happen next at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Today, the world woke up to news that the ICC had gained custody of Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, a member of the Ansar Dine group allegedly responsible for the brazen destruction of shrines in Timbuktu, Mali.

It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote that the Court had gone virtually silent with regards to its intervention in Mali. In response to that post, a number of sources with intimate knowledge of the investigation insisted that Mali was not a blindspot for the Court and that there would be important developments announced in the near future. It is never easy deciphering when such claims are sincere but in this case they certainly have been – and how.

In its public statement

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Immigration Act 2014: Bank Accounts

Bangladesh ‘godfather’ of human trafficking arrested

US: Opening the door to thousands of Syrians

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A (small) step in the right direction

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After weeks of political wrangling, the EU voted with a large majority (yes, even if UK media are obsessed with the very few who opposed) its relocation plan for asylum seekers from Syria, Eritrea and Iraq. The agreement has quadrupled the size of the scheme from 40k to 160k. It is still not enough given the size of the crisis but a) it sets a positive precedent and (some) EU leadership; b) the scheme doesn’t prevent more displaced migrants to seek asylum as it is not a cap; and c) informal resettlement will continue anyway (despite increased effort to fingerprint new arrivals). In the meanwhile the UK government for not being outshined by a scheme that it has consistently tried to undermine on the basis of flawed concerns, advertises a first handful of Syrians arriving to an undisclosed location in undisclosed number on its new resettlement scheme, when it hasn’t…

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Sept. 24 – Oct. 8, 2015: Undesirable and Unreturnable? Policy challenges around excluded asylum seekers and other migrants suspected of serious criminality

“Is it fair though?” – Researching racism, class and immigration

Mapping Immigration Controversy

By Yasmin Gunaratnam and Hannah Jones

What is becoming known as the “refugee crisis” is unleashing a series of contradictory, sometimes erratic, feelings and actions across Europe’s nations. As lorries at Hungary’s border with Croatia spew out more razor wire fencing, refugees and migrants have been filmed walking across unguarded Slovenian borders. Closer to home, the latest opinion polls suggest a splitting of views in how we should respond. While 4 out of 10 people in the recent BBC Newsnight poll of 1,000 British adults, thought that Britain should allow in more refugees, opinions seem to be divided along class lines. Fifty-four per cent of those who were classified as middle class were in favour of more refugees, compared with 24% of people classified as working class. There are also worries that resentment against asylum seekers and refugees is at boiling point among some white working class communities, already stigmatised…

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Another weekend of tragedy marks the Mediterranean, with up to 40 refugees dead

Winter is Coming! Refugees on Samos

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The summer is coming to an end. The weather here on Samos continues to be sunny and in the midday the temperatures can be in the low 30s. But the evenings and nights are getting cooler. In the past 10 days six refugees that we know of have died whilst trying to get to Samos from Turkey. In a few weeks we can expect this number to rise as the weather and sea cools. We regularly meet with refugees when they land on the beaches. They are nearly always soaked through. The rubber inflatables are so overloaded that they quickly flood. They are not good quality which leads to them being easily punctured by a sharp buckle or belt. The engines, already under powered, often run out of fuel. The result is that the sea journey is nearly always wet, terrifying and arduous when you have to paddle with your…

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U.N. Funding Shortfalls and Cuts in Refugee Aid Fuel Exodus to Europe

Workshop: Working with Testimonies for Refugee Advocacy

Workshop: Working with Testimonies for Refugee Advocacy

January 6-10, 2016
New York City

PROOF: Media for Social Justice is offering a workshop on refugee and forced migration narratives entitled, Witnessing: Working with Testimonies for Refugee Advocacy. Co-facilitated by Dr. Anita Fabos, Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change, Clark University, and Leora Kahn, Executive Director of PROOF: Media for Social Justice, the workshop is geared towards professionals and academics who work with refugees and other displaced people.

For more information and to fill in an application, please visit

‘It is just a token, refugees need hope’: interview on BBC News on the UK government’s response to the refugee crisis

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