Daily Archives: Thursday, October 1, 2015

Event: 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 http://proof.org/witnessing/

Call for papers: Educating Refugee-background Students – proposals due Oct 15th


Call for Chapter Proposals

Title of volume: Educating Refugee-Background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts
Editors: Shawna Shapiro, Raichle Farrelly, and Mary Jane Curry
Publisher: Multilingual Matters

Proposal deadline: October 15th, 2015
More information at http://linguistlist.org/issues/26/26-3142.html

Overview: This collection will offer an in-depth exploration of key issues in the education of adolescents and adults with refugee backgrounds who have been resettled in the main refugee receiving areas of North America, Australia, and Europe. Until recently, educational researchers have devoted little attention to refugee-background students, despite the high numbers of refugees living in these areas. Although research on other immigrant groups sometimes references refugees and/or asylum-seekers, much of that literature fails to take into account the particular educational backgrounds, migration experiences, and identity preferences of this population (McBrien, 2005). Hence, this volume will address geographic and thematic gaps in existing educational research.

This volume focuses in particular on students’ goals, voices, and experiences, and each contributor will be asked to address the contextual factors (both macro and micro level) that inform their analysis.  Authors will also be asked to discuss implications of their work for educators and policy-makers.  Chapters will be clustered according to three themes: Adjustment, Literacy, and Equity.

For more information, please visit http://linguistlist.org/issues/26/26-3142.html  or contact sshapiro@middlebury.edu

ECtHR: Italy’s Use of Summary Procedures to Return Tunisian Migrants Constituted Unlawful Collective Expulsion


The ECtHR, Second Section, issued a judgment on 1 September in Khlaifia et autres c. Italie (Requête no 16483/12) (official judgment in French) finding that the summary procedures used by Italy in 2011 to quickly return thousands of Tunisians who were reaching Italy by sea during the height of the Arab Spring violated the prohibition of collective expulsion of aliens contained in Art. 4 of Protocol 4 of the ECHR. (Judges SAJÓ and VUĊINIĊ did not find that collective expulsion had occurred and filed a dissenting opinion.) The Court also found violations of Art. 3, Art. 5, §§ 1, 2, 5, and Art. 13 (inhuman or degrading treatment, failure to promptly explain basis for detention, inability to challenge detention, lack of an effective remedy).

This is the fifth time that the ECtHR has found a violation of the collective expulsion prohibition. (See Čonka v. Belgium, no. 51564/99, § 62-63…

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What is the truth about child soldiers?

NY Times: The Outlaw Ocean Series – Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship


The first instalment of a four part NY Times series, The Outlaw Ocean, by Ian Urbina was published yesterday. The first instalment, Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship, follows the activities of one particular ship, including an incident where two stowaways were forced overboard and left adrift on a makeshift raft while the ship was at sea off West Africa. From the NYT: “The Outlaw Ocean series was a deep collaboration, with many parts of the newsroom working with Ian Urbina on a quest to reveal lawlessness on the high seas. The hope for the project was to take readers inside that lawlessness, using video, photography, mapping and design tied closely together.”

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NY Times: The Outlaw Ocean Series – Murder at Sea, Captured on Video, But Killers Go Free


Murder at Sea, Captured on Video, But Killers Go Free” is the second article in a four article NY Times series, The Outlaw Ocean, by Ian Urbina ( 点击查看本文中文版 ):

“The man bobbing in the sea [likely the Indian Ocean in 2012 or 2013] raises his arms in a seeming sign of surrender before he is shot in the head. … A slow-motion slaughter unfolds over the next 6 minutes and 58 seconds. … Despite dozens of witnesses on at least four ships, those killings remain a mystery. No one even reported the incident — … Law enforcement officials learned of the deaths only after a video of the killings was found on a cellphone left in a taxi in Fiji last year, then posted on the Internet. With no bodies, no identified victims and no exact location of where the shootings occurred, it is unclear which, if…

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Migrants transiting (legally and with train tickets) through Macedonia

This gallery contains 8 photos.

Originally posted on Postcards from …:
Can anyone detect a human smuggler here? Will Cameron and Renzi’s solution be to bomb (‘dismantle’, they would say) Macedonia’s railways network? Europe is building fences along its external land borders. Hungary has almost completed…

Planning For Climate Change Conference Series 21st December LONDON and 28th October 2015 DUBLIN

Refugee Review Volume II NOW AVAILABLE!

Journal: Syrian Crisis and Syrian Movers by Migration Letters – Special Issue

We would like to share with you the new special issue of Migration Letters journal on Syrian crisis and migration. The content is made available open access for a limited period. Please see the content list below:

Migration Letters – Volume 12 No 3 – September 2015

Table of Contents


Syrian Crisis and Migration

Pinar Yazgan, Deniz Eroglu Utku, Ibrahim Sirkeci

  1. 181-192

Special Issue Articles

The international migration and foreign policy nexus: the case of Syrian refugee crisis and Turkey


  1. Ela Gökalp Aras, Zeynep Şahin Mencütek
  2. 193-208

Deconstructing Turkey’s “Open Door” Policy towards Refugees from Syria


Burcu Togral Koca

  1. 209-225

Educational Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Turkey


By Tuba Bircan, Ulaş Sunata

  1. 226-237

Perceptions and newspaper coverage of Syrian refugees in Turkey


By Filiz Göktuna Yaylacı, Mine Karakuş

  1. 238-250

Vulnerability leading to mobility: Syrians’ exodus from Turkey


By N. Aslı Şirin Öner, Deniz Genç

  1. 251-262

A Socio-economic Perspective on the Urbanisation of Zaatari Camp in Jordan


By Ayham Dalal

  1. 263-278


A Missing Element in Migration Theories


By Douglas S. Massey

  1. 279-299

Dissatisfied, feeling unequal and inclined to emigrate: Perceptions from Macedonia in a MIMIC model


Marjan Petreski, Blagica Petreski


Migrant mobilities in Europe: Comparing Turkish to Romanian migrants


By Steffen Pötzschke

  1. 315-326


Reform and the HuKou System in China


By Rong Cui, Jeffrey H. Cohen

  1. 327-335

Measuring impact and the most influential works in Migration Studies


By Ibrahim Sirkeci, Jeffrey H. Cohen

  1. 336-345

Book Reviews


  1. 346-35

Event: Black Lives Matter – the implications for the UK context CMRB seminar series – UEL

The Cente for Migration, Refugees ad Belonging at UEL seminar:

Black Lives Matter – the implications for the UK context

CMRB seminar series – ALL WELCOME

4pm to 6pm, Monday 12th October in EBG. 06, East Building, Docklands Campus, UEL

The mass mobilisation against police violence and continuing state racism represented by Black Lives Matter has refocused global attention on the issue of state violence and state-sponsored killings.This event encourages us to consider the UK context and suggests ways forward for campaigners against state racism and violence in Britain.


Adam Elliott-Cooper, Department of Geography, University of Oxford

How #BlackLivesMatter changed resistance

Stephanie Lightfoot-Bennett, United Family and Friends campaign

UFFC is a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody. UFFC supports others in similar situations.

UFFC hold an annual procession in memory of those who have died in custody. This year the procession will be held on 31 st October 2015. Assemble at 12 noon in Trafalgar Square to march to Downing Street. The organisers ask that you wear black.


Call for Papers: R2P and the Refugee Crisis, University of Leeds

Call for Papers:

The Responsibility to Protect and the Refugee Crisis: How Should Europe Respond?

What? One-day workshop

When? Monday, 18th January 2016

Where? School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds

How? This workshop is part of a project entitled ‘The Responsibility to Protect in the Context of the Continuing “War on Terror”: A Study of Liberal Interventionism and the Syrian Crisis’, funded by Research Councils UK as part of its ‘Rights and Ethics in a Security Context’ call (grant number ES/L013355/1). Funding is available for speakers’ travel, one night’s accommodation (for UK speakers) or two nights’ accommodation (for international speakers), as well as subsistence. Lunch and coffee will be provided for participants (including non-speakers). Dinner will be provided for speakers.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore the relevance of the responsibility to protect (R2P) for the current refugee crisis emanating from the Middle East. The ongoing Syrian civil war is largely seen as an arena in which R2P has failed to date, with the international community and individual states having failed to coordinate effective action in response to atrocities committed by its various parties, including Islamic State, which has also seized territory within Iraq. With an end to hostilities appearing remote, the resulting refugee crisis – although borne disproportionately by neighbouring countries – is now also significantly impacting upon European states.

This workshop will ask whether, and in what ways, R2P needs to be creatively and pragmatically reiterated so it can effectively protect those at risk from atrocities in Syria and Iraq. R2P has generally been seen, at least as far as international action under ‘Pillar 3’ is concerned, as a general and diffuse responsibility that is borne by international society as a whole. It has also largely been regarded as a foreign policy issue, in isolation from states’ asylum policies. The problem with this is that often this responsibility is not met, as those capable of fulfilling their R2P do not see it as their particular responsibility, and the absence of intervention is taken as representing a failure of R2P, when in fact states have other means of fulfilling it at their disposal. The workshop will examine how the responsibility to protect may be distributed among states, and what roles asylum, refugee protection and refugee responsibility-sharing may play in meeting the demands of R2P. We invite papers which address these, and other, challenges facing R2P in the context of the current refugee crisis.

To submit a paper proposal, please email James Souter at J.Souter@leeds.ac.uk with a title and abstract of no more than 300 words by Friday, 23rd October. Those accepted will be notified shortly afterwards.

Who? To be organised by James Souter (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds), with assistance from R2P Student Coalition interns, Blake Lawrinson and Georgiana Epure

Confirmed speakers include Professor James Pattison (University of Manchester), Professor Richard Beardsworth (University of Aberystwyth), and Chloe Gilgan (University of York).

Suggested Panels:

Allocating Responsibilities
This panel will explore the question of how the responsibility to protect can and should be allocated to ensure its effective implementation. It will explore and perhaps draw lessons from practices of special responsibilities within other issue areas at the international level, such as humanitarian intervention and climate change.

R2P, Asylum and International Responsibility-Sharing
This panel will explore the actual and potential role of special responsibilities in the international allocation of responsibilities for refugees, and linkages that can be made between R2P, asylum and refugee protection.

Reiterating R2P
This panel will explore potential ways in which R2P can, and perhaps should, be reiterated and reframed in order to meet the challenges that currently stymie its effective implementation.

Proposed Output: Special Issue of Ethics and International Affairs

Call for papers: BSA Annual Conference 2016: Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting

Call for papers: BSA Annual Conference 2016: Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting

We would like to remind everyone about the BSA Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream CfP deadline for the BSA Annual Conference 2016:  Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting.  The conference will take place at Aston University from 6-8 April 2016.

We would like to invite abstracts for papers/presentations.

Abstract deadline is 16 October 2015

The call is open, but would particularly welcome abstracts in the following areas related to race, ethnicity and/or migration:

• Theory
• Racialisation
• Research Methods
• Identities
• Racism, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Xenophobia
• Anti-racism
• Race and Class
• Migrations and Migrants
• Asylum and Refugees
• Diaspora
• Transnationalism
• Citizenship
• Gender and Sexualities
• Intersectionality
• Education
• Youth
• Popular Culture
• Sport
• Crime and Criminal Justice
• Far Right and Hate Groups
• Austerity
• Post-colonialism/Decoloniality
• Social Change

The stream will be made up of two sub-streams/strands: Race & Ethnicity and Diaspora, Migration & Transnationalism. These correspond to the two study groups involved in the coordination of the stream.

Please state on your abstract submission form the stream name and whether you would like to be considered for:

1. Race and Ethnicity
2. Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism
3. Either/Both

For more info on the conference and how to submit abstracts:

If you would like to propose a special event/session, please use the form on the right side of the submissions page.

If you have any questions about the stream, please contact the stream co-ordinators:
Aaron Winter (co-convenor of the Race and Ethnicity Study Group): A.Winter@uel.ac.uk
Ipek Demir (co-convenor of the Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group): id34@le.ac.uk

If you have any questions about the conference and submission process, please contact the BSA Events Team at: events@britsoc.org.uk

Event: One day workshop: The Fear of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) as grounds for seeking asylum

Oxford Rights Workshop: The Fear of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as grounds for seeking asylum

Female Genital Mutilation is child abuse and torture. It is illegal in the UK, but the Home Office is consistently rejecting claims to refugee status made by women and girls who seek asylum because they fear they will be subjected to FGM if forced to return to their home countries.

This workshop will introduce participants to the types of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); the laws against FGM in the UK and international law; the countries from where you may expect to receive asylum seekers; the potential health risk that result from FGM; how the fear of FGM is grounds for claiming asylum, constitutes child abuse, and where the claimant is an adult, FGM amounts to torture, inhumane and degrading treatment.

Topics reviewed will teach participants about the practice of FGM and its potential physical and psychological consequences. Participants will engage with UK case law on FGM; learn to improve interviewing techniques; to provide imp representation to clients by engaging specialized County of Origin Information (COI) expert statements; and to anticipate and counter arguments for rejecting asylum claims based on FGM/C that may be mounted by Home Office Presenting Officers (HOPO).

This workshop is suitable for: legal professionals, researchers, staff of NGOs, Government personnel and practitioners. (Knowledge of immigration law and/or FGM is assumed).

CONVENOR: Oxford Rights Workshops – Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, Advisor. Founder and former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.


LIANNE POPE: Detective Sergeant, Protecting Vulnerable People Department, Thames Valley Police works closely with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to promote awareness of FGM in the Thames Value region.

LAUREN BUTLER: For the past eighteen years Lauren Butler has worked in refugee organisations including the Amnesty International Refugee Office in San Francisco and the Centre for Women War Victims in Zagreb, Croatia. Having relocated permanently to the UK she is now a senior immigration caseworker at Rochdale Law Centre, having conduct of asylum applications and appeals and coordinating a programme providing specialised legal services to women and girls seeking protection in the UK. She has acted on behalf of women with FGM/C-related claims from the Gambia, Nigeria, and Senegal.

BARBARA HARRELL-BOND: Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, Emerata Professor, OBE, is a legal anthropologist who conducted research in West Africa from 1967-1982 while employed by the Departments of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh & University of Illinois-Urbana,USA, Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden, Holland, & the Faculty of Law, University of Warwick. She founded/directed the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford (1982-96); conducted research in Kenya and Uganda (1997-2000), and was Adjunct Professor, American University in Cairo (2000-2008). She is now responsible for the information portal, www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org<http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/> that promotes legal assistance for refugees around the world.

SAJIDA ISMAIL: Sajida Ismail is currently an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) where she teaches Law & Society, Public Law and the Law of the European Union, each subject encompassing aspects of Human Rights law. Sajida is also a solicitor (non-practicing). Prior to teaching at MMU she worked at South Manchester Law Centre as an immigration lawyer from June 2001 until September 2014 when the Centre closed down due to legal aid cuts. Whilst at the Law Centre she was seconded to a trans-national action research project (the WASP Project) in partnership with MMU on domestic violence and refugee law and co-authored the project report. She has also contributed to a Gender and Forced Migration working group at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg as well as contributing the collection, Gender and Migration: Feminists Interventions , Palmary, I. et al. (eds), 2010, Zed Books. Ms Ismail has also undertaken voluntary work with the Medico-Legal Report Service (MLRS) at Freedom from Torture.

BRENDA KELLY: Dr Brenda Kelly is a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, sub-specialising in maternal-foetal medicine. She is also the clinical lead for FGM in Oxford, and has research interests in Pre-eclampsia and its link to CV health. She is part of the FGM National Clinical Group, a charity committed to improving services for women with FGM through education and training of health care professionals

For any queries please contact: Heidi El-Megrisi

Bahrain human rights violations update

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

Dr. Rula Al-Saffar: “Jaw Prison holds over 3000 detainees”

18 February 2014

Dr. Rula Al-Saffar also presented some powerful statistics and case studies, focusing more specifically on the conditions of political prisoners. She retold the stories of Talib Ali, a 15 year old with a 50 year conviction sentence, and Dr. Ali-Ekri, the only specialized paediatrics surgeon in Bahrain who is facing a 5 year sentence simply for treating patients of the uprising. Of the largest prison in Bahrain — Jaw prison — she described how the maximization of the prison’s 1600 people capacity is being overlooked to the extent where the prison now holds over 3000 detainees, with up to 12 inmates having to share cells built for 3-4 people.

From Globalpost.com:

A Bahraini doctor — tortured and imprisoned for treating patients — pleads to the US for help

Ali Al…

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