Category Archives: New Resources

Publication: Migrant Voice Newspaper

Further details on the latest issue of the Migrant Voice Newspaper.  The following text is taken from the Migrant Voice website:

The Migrant Voice newspaper will be distributed on Monday April 20th in Birmingham from 3-6pm at Moor Street station; in London on Tuesday the 21st from 4-7pm at Waterloo, Victoria and London Bridge stations and on April 28th from 4-7pm at Kings Cross, Euston, Oxford Circus and Paddington stations.


Immigration is high on the news agenda and is being presented by some politicians as a burden on the country, feeding fears and fuelling prejudice. There are 7.8 million foreignborn nationals in the UK but they are largely underrepresented in mainstream British media.

Our research reveals that migrants’ voices are heard in only one in eight media stories on migration. Many of these articles reflect critical, sometimes explicitly negative, attitudes – not only towards migration policies but also migrants themselves.

Far from the idea that debating migration is off-limits, it turns out that the only people ‘banned’ from discussing it are migrants themselves.

Here, we place migrants at the centre of the debate and let them tell their stories.

We found that over 90 per cent of migrants feel at least partially integrated into British society yet feel totally excluded from the political conversation about migration. When politicians make ill-informed comments it creates distrust on both sides. Yet – thankfully – the vast majority of Britons feel positive about the migrants they encounter in their daily lives, and the feeling is mutual.

Migrant Voice aims to address the lack of balanced and accurate representation in the media and celebrate the contribution migrants make to the UK. Our paper includes vibrant, engaging and moving stories, created and distributed by migrants.

This year’s issue is particularly important as it coincides with Migrant Voice celebrating five years of movement building, mobilisation and engagement with the public debate.

In this issue we unveil a new ‘I am an Immigrant’ poster campaign which celebrates the immense contribution that immigrants make.

The posters, which go on display at hundreds of London tube stations and national railway stations this month, show immigrants are part of the fabric of British society.

We are also the first to report on the launch of the ‘Bloody Foreigners’ campaign mobilising migrant communities to give more blood, turning an old phrase on its head. It’s just one of the many ways today’s migrants are contributing to the health and wealth of our nation.

We give you a glimpse into the strong North Korean community in the UK, the largest defector community from that country in Europe.

We also take you on two long, horrifying journeys from Syria and Eritrea in search of safety in the UK.

And we share the inspirational story of Agnes, an orphan of the Rwandan genocide and a former child soldier, who is now settled in the UK and is campaigning to improve the lives of other children orphaned by war.

There are also stories about the everyday lives of migrants in Britain – in restaurants, on the sports field, in the arts, in business.

Many more stories are featured on our website

We also want to hear your thoughts – write to us at [email protected]

We hope you enjoy reading our paper.

Nazek Ramadan Founder, Migrant Voice

To read the full paper:

To request printed copies of the paper, please email [email protected]

ToC Alert: Latest issue of Torture Journal is out (Vol. 25, Nr 1, 2015)

The latest issue is now available online. Access all articles free-of-charge at

Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

Volume 25, Nr. 1, 2015


Follow-up study of the treatment outcomes at a psychiatric trauma clinic for refugees
Cæcilie Buhmann, Erik Lykke Mortensen, Merete Nordentoft, Jasmina Ryberg, Morten Ekstrøm

Cognitive behavioral psychotherapeutic treatment at a psychiatric trauma clinic for Refugees: description and evaluation
Cæcilie Buhmann, Ida Andersen, Erik Lykke Mortensen, Jasmina Ryberg, Merete Nordentoft, Morten Ekstrøm

“After all the traumas my body has been through, I feel good that it is still working.” – Basic Body Awareness Therapy for traumatised refugees
Kajsa Stade, Signe Skammeritz, Charlotte Hjortkjær, Jessica Carlsson

The DSM 5 and the Istanbul Protocol: Diagnosis of psychological sequels of torture
Thomas Wenzel, Andreas Frewer, Siroos Mirzaei

Statement on Virginity Testing
Independent Forensic Expert Group

Migration Studies journal Table of Contents for March 1, 2015; Vol. 3, No. 1

Oxford Journals have published the latest table of contents alert for the Migration Studies journal.  Further details of the articles included in Vol. 3, No. 1
March 2015 are available as follows:


Expatriate voting and migrants’ place of residence: Explaining transnational participation in Colombian elections
Cristina Escobar, Renelinda Arana, and James A. McCann
Migrat Stud 2015 3: 1-31

Migrants’ acquisition of cultural skills and selective immigration policies
Moritz Bonn
Migrat Stud 2015 3: 32-48

Travellers and their journeys: A dynamic conceptualization of transient migrants’ and backpackers’ behaviour and experiences on the road
Joris Schapendonk, Ilse van Liempt, and Bas Spierings
Migrat Stud 2015 3: 49-67

Legal consciousness as a form of social remittance? Studying return migrants’ everyday practices of legality in Ukraine
Agnieszka Kubal
Migrat Stud 2015 3: 68-88

Modeling internal migration flows in sub-Saharan Africa using census microdata
Andres J. Garcia, Deepa K. Pindolia, Kenneth K. Lopiano, and Andrew J. Tatem
Migrat Stud 2015 3: 89-110
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Across a divide: Cosmopolitanism, genre, and crossover among immigrant Moroccan musicians in contemporary Andalusia
Brian Karl
Migrat Stud 2015 3: 111-130
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Research Note

The emerging New Zealand jurisprudence on climate change, disasters and displacement
Jane McAdam
Migrat Stud 2015 3: 131-142

Review Essay

Visualising migration: Online tools for taking us beyond the static map
Adam Dennett
Migrat Stud 2015 3: 143-152
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Table of Contents Alert Special Issue: The Role of International Organizations and Human Rights Monitoring Bodies in Refugee Protection Vol. 34, No. 1 March 2015

Oxford Journals has published a Table of Contents alert for a special edition of the Refugee Survey Quarterly journal.  This special issue is entitled, “The Role of International Organizations and Human Rights Monitoring Bodies in Refugee Protection” and further details can be found as follows:

Table of Contents Alert
Special Issue: The Role of International Organizations and Human Rights Monitoring Bodies in Refugee Protection
Vol. 34, No. 1
March 2015


Introduction: The Role of International Organizations and Human Rights Monitoring Bodies in Refugee Protection
María-Teresa Gil-Bazo
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2015 34: 1-10


Refugee Protection under International Human Rights Law: From Non-Refoulement to Residence and Citizenship
María-Teresa Gil-Bazo
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2015 34: 11-42

Time for Reform? Refugees, Asylum-seekers, and Protection Under International Human Rights Law
Colin Harvey
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2015 34: 43-60

Recent Jurisprudence of the United Nations Committee against Torture and the International Protection of Refugees
Fernando M. Mariño Menéndez
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2015 34: 61-78
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Reframing Relationships: Revisiting the Procedural Standards for Refugee Status Determination in Light of Recent Human Rights Treaty Body Jurisprudence
David James Cantor
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2015 34: 79-106

International Protection in Court: The Asylum Jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the EU and UNHCR
Madeline Garlick
Refugee Survey Quarterly 2015 34: 107-130

Journal of Refugee Studies Table of Contents for March 1, 2015; Vol. 28, No. 1

Oxford Journals have published the latest table of contents alert for the Journal of Refugee Studies.  Further details on the articles available in
Vol. 28, No. 1, March 2015, are detailed as follows:


‘He’s a Cracking Wee Geezer from Pakistan’: Lay Accounts of Refugee Integration Failure and Success in Scotland
Steve Kirkwood, Andy McKinlay, and Chris McVittie
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 1-20

Control and Biopower in Contemporary Humanitarian Aid: The Case of Supplementary Feeding
Tom Scott-Smith
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 21-37

To ‘Promote, Protect and Ensure’: Overcoming Obstacles to Identifying Disability in Forced Migration
Laura Smith-Khan, Mary Crock, Ben Saul, and Ron McCallum
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 38-68

Narrative and Silence: How Former Refugees Talk about Loss and Past Trauma
Teresa Puvimanasinghe, Linley A. Denson, Martha Augoustinos, and Daya Somasundaram
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 69-92

The British–Jewish Roots of Non-Refoulement and its True Meaning for the Drafters of the 1951 Refugee Convention
Gilad Ben-Nun
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 93-117

Review Article

Closing Legal Black Holes: The Role of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in Refugee Rights Protection
Tom De Boer
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 118-134
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Book Reviews

The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor: UNHCR, Refugee Protection and Security. By Anne Hammerstad
Frederick Laker
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 135-136
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Migration, Security and Citizenship in the Middle East. Edited by Peter Seeberg and Zaid Eyadat
Emanuela Paoletti
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 137-138
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Humanitarian Crises and Migration: Causes, Consequences and Responses. Edited by Susan F. Martin, Sanjula Weerasinghe and Abbie Taylor
Jørgen Carling
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 138-140
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The Making of the Modern Refugee. By Peter Gatrell
Gil Loescher
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 140-141
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Ottoman Refugees, 1878–1939: Migration in a Post-Imperial World. By Isa Blumi
Vladimir Troyansky
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 141-142
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Rescripting Religion in the City: Migration and Religious Identity in the Modern Metropolis. Edited by Jane Garnett and Alana Harris
Jennifer B. Saunders
Journal of Refugee Studies 2015 28: 142-144


New Book in the Refugee Council Archive: Women Against Fundamentalism : stories of dissent and solidarity

As part of the Refugee Council Archive here at the University of East London, we are pleased to highlight the following new addition to the Archive collection:

Women Against Fundamentalism : stories of dissent and solidarity.
Edited by Sukhwant Dhaliwal and Nira Yuval-Davis.  Archive reference: QU85.2 DHA.

Full details of this new publication can be found on the Women Against Fundamentalism website and the book is available from the publishers website and as a kindle edition.

This book maps the development of the organisation over the past 25 years, through the life stories and political reflections of some of its members, focusing on the ways in which lived contradictions have been reflected in their politics. Their stories describe the pathways that led them to WAF, and the role WAF has played in their lives and in the forms of politicial activism in which they have engaged. Discussing feminist activism from different ethnic and religious back-grounds, contributors highlight the complex relationships of belonging that are at the heart of contemporary social life – including the problems of exclusionary political projects of belonging. They explore the ways in which anti-fundamentalism relates to broader feminist, anti-racist and other emancipatory political ideologies and movements.

Sukhwant Dhaliwal joined WAF in 1995. She has worked with Asian women’s organisations challenging domestic violence in both Newham and Manchester and has worked with Southall Black Sisters. For the last ten years, she has completed research projects encompassing a number of equality strands including: racism and racist violence; disability; age; religion and belief; and gender.

Nira Yuval-Davis is a founding member of WAF. She is the Director of the Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London

Refugee Counci Archive at UEL: Recently Received Books

On behalf of the Refugee Council Archive here at the University of East London, we have recently received the following reference books to add to the collection:

The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Edited by Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyehm Gil Loescher, Katy Long, and Nando Sigona.  Archive Reference: QU5 OXF.

Further details taken from the abstract available on the Oxford University Press website:

This authoritative Handbook critically evaluates the birth and development of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, and analyses the key contemporary and future challenges faced by academics and practitioners working with and for forcibly displaced populations around the world. The 52 state-of-the-art chapters, written by leading academics, practitioners, and policymakers working in universities, research centres, think tanks, NGOs and international organizations, provide a comprehensive and cutting-edge overview of the key intellectual, political, social and institutional challenges arising from mass displacement in the world today. The chapters vividly illustrate the vibrant and engaging debates that characterize this rapidly expanding field of research and practice.

Further details on the Handbook can also be found on the pages of the Refugee Studies Centre.

Child and Youth Migration : mobility-in-migration in an era of globalization. Edited by Angela Veale, University College Cork, Ireland and Giorgia Dona, University of East London, UK. Archive Reference: QU86.22 VEA.

Further details taken from the abstract available on the Palgrave website:

Migration across multiple borders is a defining feature of the time in which we live, and children are central to this contemporary migration phenomenon. A core aim of this volume is to contribute at an empirical level to knowledge about the intersection between children, migration, and mobilities by highlighting underresearched child and youth short-term and micro movements within major migration fluxes that occur in response to migration and global change. This collection positions this complex mobility-in-migration within individual, intergenerational, and collective migratory lifespan trajectories. Drawing together empirical research from around the globe, we see how in the lives of children and young people, migration and mobility intersect so that migration is not an end state but rather is one form of movement in lives characterized by multiple journeys, short, circular or seasonal migrations, and holiday and pleasure mobilities that are dynamic and often ongoing into the future.

The Battle of Britishness : migrant journeys, 1685 to the present by Tony Kushner. Archive Reference: QU60.574 KUS.

Further details taken from the abstract available on the Manchester University Press website:

This pioneering study of migrant journeys to Britain begins with Huguenot refugees in the 1680s and continues to asylum seekers and east European workers today. Analyzing the history and memory of migrant journeys, covering not only the response of politicians and the public but also literary and artistic representations, then and now, Kushner’s volume sheds new light on the nature and construction of Britishness from the early modern era onwards. It is an essential tool for those wanting to understand why people come to Britain (or are denied entry) and how migrants have been viewed by state and society alike.