Daily Archives: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Last Chance to Book: Migration & Marginalities 10 September 2015 | University of Brighton

Migration & Marginalities
10 September 2015 | University of Brighton

Confirmed Plenary speakers:
Iain Chambers (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”)
Maja Malus (MKC Maribor; Bulkan Curtains)

This one day, interdisciplinary symposium will bring together scholars, postgraduate students, practitioners and activists, to explore current discourses of migration in Britain and Europe. Across Europe, the public discourses of migration continue to trade on anxiety and fear. Much of this debate seems wearying familiar: populist politicians rehearse familiar anti-immigration rhetoric, while EU states co-operate to target so-called “irregular” migrants and the figure of Sangatte resurfaces in the popular press like some reanimated pop-cultural remake. At the same time, European migration appears to display new contours and patterns that such repetitions seem unable to record. Figures suggest that 2014 has seen a dramatic spike in Mediterranean fatalities as ever-greater numbers of African migrants attempt the perilous passage to Europe. Migration within Europe has also changed, as the EU expansion has combined with the calamitous collapse of finance capital.

Is it possible to reconcile these continuities with the seeming novelty of Europe’s migration? Does the apparent familiarity of these debates reveal or mask the shifting realities of migration in contemporary Europe? Furthermore, what differences or similarities can we trace from state to state? And are the discourses surrounding migration in Europe particular to the continent or simply evidence of a planetary trend?

Registration: http://shop.brighton.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&prodid=457&catid=74 (£40/£20 including lunch and refreshments)

Conference webpage: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/c21/events/events-calendar2/migration-and-marginalities-c21-routes
Twitter: https://twitter.com/C21Centre21
Join the conversation #C21Migrations

We look forward to seeing you there!

**Apologies for any cross-posting; please circulate to your networks**

The FULL SCHEDULE is now available to view.


The refugee crisis and the UK’s PR politics

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Listen to my interview on the UK’s response to #lthe refugee crisis on BBC5 Live’s Up All Night http://t.co/WSAS6CmEVc from 129′-134′

David-Cameron-pic-by-Guillaume-Paumier-Flickr-creative-commonsThe refugee crisis is now – in Budapest, in Kos, in Calais, in Sicily, in Zuwarah, but the UK government pledges to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over five years (i.e. 4000 a year). Are Cameron and co. expecting the civil war to last that long or are they playing a game of cynical math wizardry? What about the non-Syrian forced migrants, why are they less deserving?
Over the weekend, rumours on the exact figure behind the ‘thousands more refugees’ announcement circulated, 15,000 refugees was reported by a number of newspapers. But today France and Germany pledged to take an extra 55,000 refugees on the EU compulsory quota system over the next 2 years (overall the scheme will involve 160,000 asylum seekers). Perhaps feeling outnumbered by such generosity, the UK’s…

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CMRB AGM 2015 + Lesvos, the European island in the crossroads of two major humanitarian crises, Erene Kaptani

CMRB (The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) is delighted to invite you to:

CMRB Annual General Meeting 2015

Date: Monday 28th September 2015
Time: 15.00-16.15
Place: EB.G.07, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD, nearest tube: Cyprus DLR


The  CMRB AGM 2015 Agenda is available for download.

After the AGM, CMRB will be hosting:

Lesvos, the European island in the crossroads of two major humanitarian crises, by Erene Kaptani

Date: Monday 28th September 2014
Place: EB.3.07, Docklands Campus, University of East London

On Lesvos, both the survival of the ‘locals’ and ‘refugees’ depends on decisions made in European Institutions. Refugees are currently arriving on the island at a time when an unprecedented process of underdevelopment is occurs in at the hands of these institutions.

In this presentation, the speaker, who has been involved since 2009 with refugees arriving to her hometown, reflects on the way refugee arrivals are managed by the different statutory and non statutory European bodies. This presentation envisages creating an understanding and a discussion on what the social and political changes between Greece and Europe have been in the past five months and how these continue to affect the management and monitoring of refugees. It aims to encourage a discussion of the trends formed, by both European institutions and society, regarding their humanitarian and social welfare responses.

Details included on attached flyer. Please circulate widely.

Please RSVP to j.hakim@uel.ac.uk<mailto:j.hakim@uel.ac.uk> for both the AGM and Erene Kaptani’s presentation

Best regards
Jamie Hakim


On the Run: Blogging the European Refugee Crisis

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People all over the world were horrified last week when they saw the picture of a dead Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, being picked up from the beach in Turkey. His family’s attempt to escape the brutal civil war in their country had ended in tragedy.

From Calais to Kos to Lampedusa, the blogging community has been following the refugee crisis in Europe — as well as the conflicts that feed it — as it rapidly escalated over the past two years, and especially this past summer. Here are some of the most powerful voices we’ve come across weighing in on this massive humanitarian disaster.

A Letter from One Mother to Another

In a post full of tragic irony, a writer contrasts the plight of a refugee mother with the sanctimonious complaints of a mother who’s safe at home with her kids:

Dear Irresponsible Migrant Mother,

What exactly were you thinking when you…

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UK to accept 20,000 refugees from Syria by 2020

Migration in the News 09/08/2015 (a.m.)

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Daily International News Stories Round-up 09/08/2015

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Refugee Council Archive: Daily News Stories On Refugee and Forced Migration 09/08/2015

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