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EXTENDED Call for Papers Europe’s crisis: What future for immigration and asylum law and policy?

EXTENDED Call for Papers

Europe’s crisis:

What future for immigration andasylum law and policy?

Migration and Law Network 2016 Conference

27-28 June, London

in association with Queen Mary University of London

The European Union is today faced by significant movements of refugees and migrants from places which have experienced war or economic or environmental pressure. Combined with recent terrorist attacks, these developments have led some to doubt the viability of the EU migration framework. At the same time, they have led to arguments for new action by EU institutions and agencies, and by neighbouring countries. New forms of solidarity have been sought by some states and sections of public opinion, but rejected by others. Given the current sense of crisis, there are great uncertainties as to the future direction of the EU migration framework, as well as its content.

Against this background, we invite papers from any discipline addressing legal and policy aspects of the ongoing EU migration crisis. Among the questions papers may wish to address are the following:

  • What is the nature, and what are the sources, of the EU crisis concerning migration?
  • What should the legal, policy and operational responses to the crisis be?
  • Is solidarity among states and peoples possible inside the EU? Does solidarity apply also externally, towards non-EU countries?
  • What is, and what should be, the role of neighbouring and transit states in controlling migration towards the EU?
  • Are there lessons from elsewhere – including the Americas, South East Asia and Australia – for the experience in the EU and its surrounding region?
  • Are new international norms and approaches needed to accommodate contemporary migration flows?

We welcome submissions from academics, researchers with other organisations, and PhD students.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words alongside the author’s affiliation and contact details should be sent to MLNconference2016@qmul.ac.uk no later than 15 March 2016.

Plenary Speakers at the Conference include:

– Mark Camilleri (European Asylum Support Office)

– Tineke Strik (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

– Madeline Garlick (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) [tbc]

– Kris Pollet (European Council on Refugees and Exiles)

– Inmaculada Arnaez (FRONTEX Fundamental Rights Officer)

The 2016 conference is being organised by:

Prof. Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of Law Department, Queen Mary

Prof. Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor, Queen Mary & Radboud University, Nijmegen

Prof. Bernard Ryan, University of Leicester

Dr. Prakash Shah, School of Law, Queen Mary

Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax, School of Law, Queen Mary

Niovi Vavoula, School of Law, Queen Mary


The Migration and Law Network

The Migration and Law Network was set up in 2007 to promote migration law as a subject within United Kingdom universities. It is overseen by a steering committee of academics and other professionals in the immigration law field. It runs the Migration and Law mailing list for those who work in the field, for which subscription requests may be made at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/migrationlaw. Further information about the network or mailing list may be obtained from the network’s co-chairs, Bernard Ryan (bernard.ryan@le.ac.uk) and Prakash Shah (prakash.shah@qmul.ac.uk).

Young Syrians: drawings by child refugees – in pictures

LMRG Event: ‘Reversing Forced Migrations: Protracted Displacements and Return Home’

The London Migration Research Group (LMRG) presents:

‘Reversing Forced Migrations: Protracted Displacements and Return Home’

Neophytos G. Loizides
Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow
Reader in International Conflict Analysis
School of Politics & International Relations,
University of Kent

Tuesday, 1st March, 5:30-7pm
NYU in London
6 Bedford Square, WC1B 3RA

All Welcome

ABSTRACT: What influences the decisions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return home after prolonged displacement? The paper investigates the attitudes of victims of forced migration by analysing different stages of displacement utilizing three large-n survey data from Bosnia, Cyprus (Greek Cypriots) and Turkey (Kurds).  In an attempt to give a voice to displaced persons, we survey the conditions under which IDPs have expressed intentions or returned home despite continuing tensions, lack of infrastructure and risk of renewed violence. The paper presents findings on the role of economic, psychological and security-related factors commonly identified in the literature on voluntary return as well as probes novel approaches in refugee studies emphasizing the role of social capital and institutional design. Specifically, it draws on the study of comparative political institutions to investigate potentially transferable institutional designs such as remote voting which have empowered community mobilization for peaceful voluntary return. Finally, it examines support levels towards peace processes particularly Dayton in Bosnia and draws from the ‘relatively successful’ cases of voluntary return in the Balkans to inform current humanitarian crises in the Middle East and globally.


BIO: Neophytos Loizides is Reader in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. His research focuses on forced displacement and conflict regulation in deeply divided societies. Dr. Loizides is the author of The Politics of Majority Nationalism: Framing Peace, Stalemates, and Crises published by Stanford University Press (2015) and Designing Peace: Cyprus and Institutional Innovations in Divided Societies published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2016). He is also the co-editor (with Oded Haklai) of Settlers in Contested Lands: Territorial Disputes and Ethnic Conflicts while his most recent articles appeared in the European Journal of Political Research, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics and the Journal of Refugee Studies. Dr. Loizides received his PhD at the University of Toronto and held fellowships funded by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Solomon Asch Centre at the University of Pennsylvania and the British Academy (Mid-Career Fellowship). He has served as a consultant to various governments and international organizations including the Council of Europe. Dr Loizides has also contributed commentaries to international media outlets such as the Guardian, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He is currently the Associate Editor of Nationalism and Ethnic Politics and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow. Dr Loizides’ presentation at LMRG will draw on joint work with Dr Djordje Stefanovic and Dr Ed Morgan-Jones.

Register / Join the event here

For more information on the LMRG, click here

Virginia Mantouvalou: Modern Slavery? The UK Visa System and the Exploitation of Migrant Domestic Workers

UK Constitutional Law Association

Cross-posted from British Politics and Policy.

Virginia_MantouvalouSince 2012 migrant domestic workers arrive in the UK under very restrictive visa conditions. The Overseas Domestic Worker visa does not permit them to change employer and ties them to the employer with whom they arrived for a non-renewable period of six months. Domestic workers, particularly when they live in the employers’ household, are a vulnerable group of workers. They are also often excluded from labour protective laws. The UK visa has been heavily criticised by many for creating further vulnerability, and has even been linked to slavery. Between 15,000 and 16,000 such visas are issued each year, according to the Home Office, which does not provide any further information on arrivals but produces data on the nationality of the employers. About 80 per cent come from a very small number of countries in the Middle East.

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Daily News and Updates on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 02/16/2016

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New Journal Research Articles for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies 02/16/2016

  • Despite Europe’s mass investments in advanced border controls, people keep arriving along the continent’s shores under desperate circumstances. European attempts to ‘secure’ or ‘protect’ the borders have quite clearly failed, as politicians themselves increasingly recognise – yet more of the same response is again rolled out in response to the escalating ‘refugee crisis’. Amid the deadlock, this article argues that we need to grasp the mechanics and logics of the European ‘border security model’ in order to open up for a change of course. Through ethnographic examples from the Spanish-African borders, the article shows how the striving for border security under a prevailing emergency frame has generated absurd incentives, negative path dependencies and devastating consequences. At Europe’s frontiers, an industry of border controls has emerged, involving European defence contractors, member state security forces and their African counterparts, as well as a range of non-security actors. Whenever another ‘border crisis’ occurs, this industry grows again, feeding on its own apparent ‘failures’. This vicious cycle may be broken, the article concludes, once policy-makers start curtailing the economies of border security underpinning it – yet the challenges are formidable as the industry retrenches along with the political response to the drama it has itself produced.


  • This paper addresses the urgent and understudied issue of how to protect migrants stranded by disasters in their countries of destination, focusing on the roles of institutions and state actors in migrant-receiving nations. It explains how migrant displacement can be understood in terms of international norms concerning internal displacement. Then, it argues that the migrant-receiver state bears the primary responsibility for protecting displaced migrants who fit the category of “internally displaced persons (IDPs)” and assisting their short- and longer-term recoveries. A case study of Japan illustrates how these concepts are adopted in a real situation. Overall, this disaster-prone nation has been fulfilling its protection duties toward the vulnerable migrant population by building inclusive and equitable protection mechanisms. But, such activism is more salient at lower levels than at the upper level of the state. Highlighting the legal, normative, and institutional gaps of migrant protection from disasters at international and national levels, this paper elucidates the merits of considering at-risk migrants as IDPs and their host state as the primary guardian, so as to build a more adaptive and resilient disaster mitigation framework in culturally diverse environments.


  • In recent decades, Coptic Egyptian immigrants have steadily adopted new homelands throughout the world, most significantly in Europe, North America, and Australia. Their efforts perpetuate their religious and cultural identity and connect diaspora communities and experiences to the mother church as well as to the realities of marginalization and persecution of their co-religionists in Egypt. However, relatively little research has been carried out on the virtual or digital presences of diaspora Copts, all the more significant in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring. Focusing on religious identity, this article fills a lacuna by analyzing three case studies of electronic identity mediation and preservation in the Coptic diaspora: (1) the online ecclesiastical-pastoral and educational presence of Bishop Suriel of Melbourne, (2) the spiritual-social-cultural mission of the Los Angeles-based Coptic television station LogosTV, and (3) the global collaborative academic project of the digital Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia. These are part of an emerging electronic Coptic diaspora (e-diaspora)—a form of borderless territoriality—that functions to compensate for the loss of territorial and socio-religious-cultural-political control in Egypt and provide Copts with virtual territorial gains and borderless space for community and consciousness raising.


  • The political climate on immigration and diversity in various European societies has previously been analysed in relation to media representations, policy regimes and public opinion. This paper focuses more narrowly on how political climates affect migrant and post-migrant generations, as inhabitants of these European societies. We focus on the impact of ambivalence resulting from perceived lack of recognition as full citizens in European societies among migrants and their descendants. Ambivalence in relation to experiences of particular traits of the political climate is further connected with ideas about mobility—how migrants and descendants may think about return migration—what we discuss in terms of ‘return imaginaries’. Culture, ideology and representations are seen as significant for contemporary politics, not only with expressive but also with formative roles. With this perspective, the analysis explores three politically heated areas of debate: about immigration control, about social cohesion and integration agendas and about terrorist attacks. These three areas were inductively selected, drawing on analysis of qualitative data collected among Pakistani origin migrants and descendants in Norway and the UK. The two countries of residence are purposefully chosen because they in different ways reflect political climates affected by the rise of xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe.


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