Daily Archives: Friday, October 16, 2015

RLI Seminar Series 2015-16 – Asylum in Europe – Starting Friday, 23 October 2015 (IALS, 6 pm)

RLI Seminar Series 2015-16 – Asylum in Europe – Starting Friday, 23 October 2015 (IALS, 6 pm)


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This is to announce the forthcoming Seminar Series on Asylum in Europe hosted by the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London during the current academic year 2015/16.

The first session on access to international protection will take place on Friday, 23 October 2015, from 6 pm at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (London).

All details are below, attached and also available at: http://www.sas.ac.uk/rli/whats-on

Attendance is free, but registration recommended: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/refugee-law-initiative-university-of-london-3554876155


Access to Protection in Europe: Pre-emptive Humanitarianism and the “Rescue without Protection” Paradigm
Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax, Queen Mary University of London
23 October 2014, 6.00pm | L103/104, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Safety Zones in Countries of Origin: A Violation of International Law?
Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne, University of Sheffield
06 November 2014, 6.00 pm | L103/104, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Running Sideways – Has Europe Overdone Distancing Itself from the Geneva Refugee Convention?
Julian Lehmann, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
2 December 2015, 6.00 pm | L103/104, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Human Trafficking and Slavery Reconsidered
Dr Vladislava Stoyanova, Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden
19 January 2016, 6.00 pm | Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies


Terrorism and Exclusion from Refugee Status in the UK: Asylum Seekers Suspected of Serious Criminality
Dr Sarah Singer, Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study
29 February 2016, 6.00pm | Conference Room, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
If the stars align: EU law, policy and practice on solidarity and responsibility-sharing for asylum and refugee protection
Madeline Garlick, Radboud University, The Netherlands
4 February 2016, 6.00 pm | Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
EU asylum law and disabled refugees – is the UK reservation to the CRPD in the context of asylum law redundant?
Stephanie Motz, University of Lucerne
16 March 2016, 6.00pm | Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
“Bottom-up” harmonization in the EU asylum policy: the case of EASO
Lilian Tsourdi, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Law and Institute for European Studies
4 May 2016, 6.00pm | L103/104, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Seeing double? How the EU miscounts migrants arriving at its borders

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Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham

Frontex, the border agency charged with European external border management, has released data claiming 710,000 migrants entered the EU between January and September this year.

According to the agency, this represents an “unprecedented inflow of people”, offering as a comparison data from last year, when 282,000 entries were recorded in total.

I found out about the data release via Twitter. Alarms bells immediately rang.


The numbers thrown out by Frontex are not only a noticeable increase on 2014 figures. They are also significantly higher than data published recently by the UN and the International Organization for Migration on the number of people entering the EU irregularly by the sea. These showed 590,000 estimated arrivals.

These figures are immensely important. They have a profound impact on the public debate about the refugee and migration crisis. They are quickly picked up by the…

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Final Call for Papers: Children and War: Past and Present — Deadline 31 Oct

Thanks to H-Migration for the link – https://networks.h-net.org/node/8382/discussions/88790/final-cfp-children-and-war-past-and-present-deadline-31-oct

Children and War: Past and Present

Third international multidisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Salzburg, Austria, on 13-15 July 2016

Organized by the University of Salzburg and the University of Wolverhampton, in association with the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

This conference is planned as a follow-up to the two successful conferences, which took place at the University of Salzburg in 2010 and 2013. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.

All research proposals which focus on a topic and theme related to ‘Children and War’ are welcome, ranging from the experience of war, flight, displacement and resettlement, to relief, rehabilitation and reintegration work, gender issues, persecution, trafficking, sexual violence, trauma and amnesia, the trans-generational impact of persecution, individual and collective memory, educational issues, films and documentaries, artistic and literary approaches, remembrance and memorials, and questions of theory and methodology. Specific conference themes anticipated are:

– Children as victims, witnesses and participants in armed conflicts.
– Holocaust, genocide and forced labour.
– Deportation and displacement, refugees and asylum seekers.
– War crimes, trials and human rights.
– Reflexions on research in politically and culturally diverse contexts.
– Sources produced by NGOs and their public and academic use.

Please send an abstract of 200-250 words, together with biographical background information of 50-100 words by 31 October 2015 to: J.D.Steinert@wlv.ac.uk. Panel proposals are welcome.

All proposals are subject to a review process. Successful candidates will be informed at the end of 2015 and will be asked to send in their papers by the end of May 2016 for distribution among conference participants on a CD. Further information will be made available in due time.

Fee for speakers: EUR 160. The fee includes admission to all panels, lunches, coffees, teas, and evening events.

Participants need to secure their own funding to participate in this conference.

Conference language: English.

The organising team:
Wolfgang Aschauer (Salzburg)
John Buckley (Wolverhampton)
Helga Embacher (Salzburg)
Albert Lichtblau (Salzburg)
Grazia Prontera (Salzburg)
Johannes-Dieter Steinert (Wolverhampton)

Call for Papers: Critical Approaches to Irregular Migration Facilitation: Dismantling the Human Smuggler Narrative

Thanks to H-Migration for the link – https://networks.h-net.org/node/8382/discussions/89049/call-papers-critical-approaches-irregular-migration-facilitation

Call for Papers: Critical Approaches to Irregular Migration Facilitation: Dismantling the Human Smuggler Narrative

European University Institute
Florence, Italy
April 5-6, 2016

In contemporary mainstream narratives of migration, the human smuggler has earned a privileged if infamous spot as one of the most widely recognized and despised global predators. Smugglers are often referred to as orchestrators of senseless human tragedies along migration corridors, masterminds behind sexual exploitation rings, or amassers of untold riches made at the expense of asylum seekers, migrants and their families –in turn often narrowly portrayed as infantile and ignorant. Constructed as racialized, hypersexual and greedy males from the global South, facilitators of irregular migration have earned widespread notoriety in narratives of human and national security, particularly in the context of migration control efforts.   Scholarship on the facilitation of irregular migration often draws from the experiences of law enforcement or of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, especially those who have been the target of threats, scams or violence, further obscuring the perspectives of those playing a role in their transits (often migrants and asylum seekers themselves). As a result, our knowledge of irregular migration facilitation is often plagued with fragmented perspectives on the socio-cultural dynamics of the migratory journey, the facilitator-traveler relationship and their community dimensions.

Simultaneously, there is a growing corpus of empirical and critical work on the facilitation or brokerage of irregular migration within migration regimes that deserves to be fostered and strengthened. With that goal in mind we invite abstracts on the theme of irregular migration/ human mobility facilitation for an international workshop to be held on April 5-6, 2016 at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  We seek critical and empirical engagements on the topic of the facilitation and brokerage of irregular migration as witnessed regionally and comparatively. Aware of the multiple processes involved in the facilitation of irregular migration efforts, facilitation is broadly conceived to include those who may not be explicitly recognized as facilitators/smugglers, but who also develop paths conducive to human mobility that takes place outside of legal/ized and/or state sponsored mechanisms.

Themes to consider include:
1. Representations of human smuggling
2. The social organization of human smuggling/facilitation of irregular migration
3. Gender/ed dimensions within the facilitation of irregular migration
4. Human smuggling and its encounters with other extra-legal, criminalized, illicit markets or activities
5. Ethics of irregular/clandestine migration research
6. Criminalization of irregular migration facilitation and its implications
7. New theoretical approaches to irregular migration/human mobility
8. Historical and community dimensions of human smuggling facilitation
9. Irregular migration economies

Selected contributions will be part of a proposal for the publication of a special issue and/or edited collection on the facilitation of irregular migration/human mobility with an international journal or publishing house. Every effort will be made to select works that allow for breadth across and within regions. We will further aim for collaborative opportunities among participants. Preference will be given to work that draws on ethnographic research.
Please submit a 200-300 word abstract to smugglingworkshop@gmail.com by November 15th, 2015. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by December 31, 2015. Final papers are due on March 21st, 2016. In the meanwhile, questions can be addressed to the organizers, Luigi Achilli at the European University Institute (Luigi.Achilli@eui.eu) and Gabriella Sanchez at the University of Texas at El Paso (gesanchez4@utep.edu).


Juncker: EU and Turkey agree on joint plan on refugees


Source: http://www.dw.com/en/juncker-eu-and-turkey-agree-on-joint-plan-on-refugees/a-18786078

The EU has agreed to open new chapters in Turkey’s long-stalled accession talks in return for cooperation on the refugee crisis. Bloc members are also considering billions in financial aid for Ankara.

The two sides are now in agreement on “the exact content of a joint action plan” to stem the flow of refugees arriving to Europe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said after the refugee summit in Brussels early Friday.

The EU and Turkey also agreed to “speed up” the talks on easing visa restrictions for Turkish citizens, according to Juncker.

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Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/16/2015

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New Journal Research Articles for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 10/16/2015

  • “Current literature on multiculturalism is often based on the analysis of national legislation and institutions. But to understand the evolution of multiculturalism, we also have to take into account the various public debates over it. In this article, I analyse how the term ‘multiculturalism’ was used in four French national newspapers from 1995 to 2013. I use critical discourse analysis, which, through the study of vocabulary and the discursive process, allows us to chart the underlying ideologies of the texts. This research modifies the widespread perception that France is an ‘assimilationist’ country. In fact, the philosophical principles of recognition and non-discrimination have grown widespread in intellectual circles: the term ‘multiculturalism’ is used in largely positive fashion in three of the four national newspapers analysed. Criticism of ‘multiculturalism’ must be interpreted as apprehension over the potential consequences of the demographic evolution triggered by post-colonial immigration. The theme of multiculturalism is increasingly present in public debates in France, and has become an entrenched element of the left–right ideological divide. The ideological stances of all the newspapers remained constant over time: we see a sharp dichotomy between two opposing philosophies that reflect different visions of the individual and the larger community.”


  • “This paper explores how inflows of low-skilled immigrants impact the tradeoffs women face when making joint fertility and labor supply decisions. I find increases in fertility and decreases in labor force participation rates among high-skilled US-born women in cities that have experienced larger immigrant inflows. Most interestingly, these changes have been accompanied by decreases in the strength of the negative correlation between childbearing and labor force participation, an often-used measure of the difficulty with which women combine motherhood and labor market work. Using a structured statistical model, I show that the immigrant-induced attenuation of this negative correlation can explain about 24% of the immigrant-induced increases in the joint likelihood of childbearing and labor force participation in the US between the years 1980 and 2000. “


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