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Seminar with Tamara Last on migrant deaths at EU borders, 1-2pm, 22 February 2016

Seminar with Tamara Last on migrant deaths at EU borders, 1-2pm, 22 February 2016

Please join Border Criminologies for a seminar with Tamara Last (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) entitled ‘Counting and Accounting for Migrant Deaths along the Southern External Borders of the EU.’

When: Monday, 22 February 2016, 1-2pm

Where: Seminar Room A, Manor Road Building, Manor Road, University of Oxford, OX1 3UQ

Abstract: The Deaths at the Borders Database is the first compilation of official, state-produced data about people who have died attempting to cross the Southern external borders of the EU and whose bodies were recovered in, or brought to, European soil. The information has been gathered primarily from death certificates registered in the civil registries of municipalities in Spain, Gibraltar, Italy, Malta, and Greece, that border non-EU countries. Previously, the only data available on ‘border deaths’ was sourced from news media. The Database has revealed two significant findings: Firstly, that the majority of migrants whose bodies are found remain unidentified by the local authorities responsible for their bodies. Secondly, that, with further analysis, the data could reveal trends in migrant mortality that may be used to evaluate the effect of different trends in migration and border policy. In addition to outlining these two preliminary findings, this presentation will discuss the research and methodology behind the Database, and the challenges faced in using the Database to investigate the relationship between migrant mortality and European migration and border policies.

About the speaker: Tamara Last is currently researching a PhD on the relationship between migrant mortality and European migration and border policies as part of the Human Costs of Border Control project at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has compiled a database of persons whose bodies were found in Spain, Gibraltar, Italy, Malta, or Greece, having died crossing the southern external borders of the EU. Prior to starting her PhD research, Tamara completed an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, and specialized in migration, human rights, and international law during her Bachelors in Law at the University of Warwick. Tamara has previously worked with the Centre for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana (on the Migrating Out of Poverty project), the UN Research Institute for Social Development (on regional governance of migrants’ rights), and IOM-Nederland (on the development activities of Ethiopian and Ghanaian diaspora communities in the Netherlands).

All are welcome to attend. Sandwiches and refreshments will be provided.

Resources: British Society of Criminology 2015 conference – Videos of the keynote speakers

Thanks to Border Criminologies for the details in this post.

Videos of the keynote addresses at the 2015 BSC conference are now online including Border Criminologies’ Professor Mary Bosworth speaking about applied research in immigration detention. Also featured are Professor Ben Bowling speaking about crimmigration control in the UK and Professor Sharon Pickering discussing her work on border deaths.

YouTube Link

Border Criminologies: An Assessment of the Report of the Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom

osworth, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

ExtractPage1Today, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees & the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration published their Report of the Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom. Along with last night’s Channel 4 broadcast about staff in Yarl’s Wood IRC, this publication adds to the growing critique of the current system. Although not an official publication of the House of Commons or the House of Lords, the Report represents the views of a range of politicians and suggests that there may be appetite for change, at least after the national election in May.

The report has taken six months to produce. Coming in at just under 80 pages, it synthesises testimonies from three public hearings and a selection of written submissions. It also draws on committee members’ visits to some detention sites in the UK and a trip to Sweden. Expert advice at the hearings was provided by a selection of NGOs, medics, civil servants, current and former detainees, although not, inexplicably, by academic researchers. So, what does the report actually say?

Full article available on the Border Criminologies website at:  http://bordercriminologies.law.ox.ac.uk/immigration-detention-inquiry-report/