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News – Migrant crisis: Greece starts deportations to Turkey

From the BBC News Service:

Migrant crisis: Greece starts deportations to Turkey

First group of returned migrants were welcomed by Turkish officials in Diki. Image Copyright: BBC.

The first boat carrying migrants being deported from Greece has arrived in Turkey as part of an EU plan aimed at easing mass migration to Europe.

Scores of migrants boarded ferries on the Greek island of Lesbos and arrived in Dikili, western Turkey.

Frontex, the EU’s border agency, told the BBC that most of the 136 people who left Lesbos on Monday were Pakistanis.

Meanwhile, the first group of 16 Syrian migrants has arrived in Germany from Turkey, officials say.

Under the deal, for each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU is due to take in another Syrian who has made a legitimate request.

However, Greek authorities said the first deportees were those who had not applied for asylum, and included citizens from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Morocco.

And Turkey’s EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir said there were no Syrians among the first group of migrants sent from Greece.

Another ferry carrying migrants to Turkey is also due to leave the Greek island of Chios on Monday.

The returns were carried out calmly, despite a small protest at the gate of Lesbos port, where activists shouted ‘No to deportations’ and ‘EU shame on you’, the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford at the scene said.

Read Full Article – Migrant crisis: Greece starts deportations to Turkey.

See Also – ReliefWeb: Turkey prepares for up to 500 migrants from Greece on Monday

News: Thousands of migrants rescued in Mediterranean

Thousands of people in rickety boats and rubber dinghies in the Mediterranean were rescued over the weekend in one of the largest life-saving operations to date led by Italy’s coastguard.

Italian officials say some 5,800 were plucked from the sea on Sunday (3 May) and Saturday. Around 10 were found dead off the Libyan coast with more 2,150 of them rescued on Sunday alone. The migrants were taken to southern Italian ports.

MV Phoenix, a rescue frigate operated by the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also took part a day after its inaugural launch from Malta. The boat saved 369 migrants on Sunday, said the MSF.

The rescue tally is expected to rise as smugglers in Libya take advantage of calm seas and good weather to send tens of thousands of migrants towards Europe. Italian officials estimated some 200,000 could disembark for Italy by the end of the year.

The EU’s border surveillance mission, Triton, also took part in operations that involved 13 vessels, including two cargo ships and two supply boats.

Read More – EUObserver:  euobserver.com/justice/128560

New Publications on Health; Migrants in North Africa; and Humanitarian Assistance

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Publications on Health

“Barriers and Facilitators of Social Supports for Immigrant and Refugee Women Coping with Postpartum Depression,” Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 35, no. 3 (July/Sept. 2012) [free full-text]

“The Burden of Tuberculosis in Crisis-affected Populations: A Systematic Review,” The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 12, no. 12 (Dec. 2012) [free full-text with registration]

Caring for Volunteers: A Psychosocial Support Toolkit (IFRC, Aug. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Determinants of Health in Recently Arrived Young Migrants and Refugees: A Review of the Literature,” Italian Journal of Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Do’s and Don’ts in Community-based Psychosocial Support for Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict-affected Settings (WHO et al., 2012) [text]

“The Impact of Risk and Protective Factors on Mental Health and Well-being: Austrian Adolescents and Migrant Adolescents from War-affected Countries,” Italian Journal of Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Conflict-related Sexual Violence: 10 Myths (WHO et al., 2012) [text]

Refugee Health Care: A Handbook for Health Professionals (NZ Ministry of Health, June 2012) [text]

“Well-Being in Refugee Women Experiencing Cultural Transition,” Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 35, no. 3 (July/Sept. 2012) [free full-text]

Publications on Migrants in North Africa

Today, Jesuit Refugee Service Europe launched “Lives in Transition,” a report which highlights the plight of migrants in Morocco and Algeria whose rights are frequently abused “largely because the European Union too often looks the other way.”

Other recent publications that focus on the treatment of migrants in North Africa include:

“African Migrants in Morocco Tell of Abuse,” New York Times, 28 Nov. 2012 [text]

“The Externalization of the EU’s Southern Border in Light of the EU/Libya Framework Agreement: A Lawful Alternative or a Neo-Refoulement Strategy?,” Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, vol. 6, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Libya: The Hounding of Migrants Must Stop (FIDH, JSFM & Migreurop, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Libya and International Refugee and Asylum Law: Addressing the Protection of Refugees and Migrants Displaced by the 2011 Conflict,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]

“Libya’s Migrant Workers Still Targeted After the Revolution,” Newsweek, 3 Dec. 2012 [text]

Treatment of Sub-Saharan Migrants in Morocco (ImmigrationProf Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Building Resilience to Recurrent Crisis: USAID Policy and Program Guidance (USAID, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Disaster Summary Sheet: Armed Conflict (ACAPS, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Humanitarian Principles in the Post-9/11 World,” Perspective, no. 4-2012 (Nov. 2012) [text]

“Q and A on Humanitarian Principles,” Perspective, no. 4-2012 (Nov. 2012) [text]

Responding to Urban Disasters: Learning from Previous Relief and Recovery Operations (ALNAP, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Rethinking Humanitarianism: Adapting to 21st Century Challenges (International Peace Institute, Nov. 2012) [text]

Technical Brief: Scenario Development (ACAPS, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
– “In a crisis, how are humanitarian conditions likely to change? This is a step-by-step guide to build such scenarios either before or during an emergency.”

The Use of Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters (UK Government Office for Science, June 2012) [text via PreventionWeb]


Event: Unlocking the Potential of Migrants in Europe – From Isolation to Multi-level Integration

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Unlocking the Potential of Migrants in Europe:
From Isolation to Multi-level Integration

The Silken Berlaymont Hotel, Brussels

Thursday 27th September 2012

Event DetailsWebsiteRegister to Attend

The Europe 2020 Strategy and the Stockholm Programme recognise the potential of migration for building a competitive and sustainable economy. Currently, however, there are wide socio-economic disparities between third-country nationals and EU citizens, with immigrants experiencing higher rates of unemployment, over-qualification, low economic achievement, low income and poor health.

In the wake of the renewed European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals which outlines how to understand and better support integration, this timely international symposium provides a vital platform for key stakeholders to disseminate knowledge on the most sustainable and successful integration strategies at a multi-sector level.

For further details, please refer to the enclosed event brochure. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please complete and return the registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).

Public Policy Exchange
Tel: +44 (0) 845 606 1535
Fax: +44 (0) 845 606 1539

Public Policy Exchange Ltd Registered in England & Wales, № 7350384
Registered Office: 253 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8QT

New Publications on Humanitarian Space; Youth Displacement; Forensic Oceanography; Humanitarian Assistance; Peacebuilding

Humanitarian space: a review of trends and issues

Humanitarian space: a review of trends and issues

Humanitarian space: a review of trends and issues.  Written by Sarah Collinson and Samir Elhawary and published by ODI as part of the HPG Reports series.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Overseas Development Institute)

Survival in the city: youth, displacement and violence in urban settings.  A new policy briefing by Sara Pavanello and Victoria Metcalfe with Ellen Martin and published by ODI as part of the HPG Policy Briefs series.
[Download Policy Brief]
(Source: Overseas Development Institute)

A report has been released which addresses new details surrounding the deaths of 63 migrants who died one year ago after their disabled boat drifted for days within an area that was heavily patrolled by NATO warships.  The report, Forensic Oceanography: Left-to-Die Boat Case- 11April2012, was prepared by researchers at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, and by others, and was released earlier today in conjunction with the announcement in Paris by a coalition of NGOs that a legal process against the French military for alleged failure to rescue has been commenced by several survivors from the migrant boat.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants At Sea Blog)
Guardian News Story – Migrant boat tragedy: UK crew may have seen doomed vessel.

Full Report of the Mid-Term Evaluation of the KENYA Country Programme (1999 – 2003).
By the World Food Programme.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP).

Aiding the Peace: A Multi-donor Evaluation of Support to Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities in Southern Sudan 2005-2010.
By the OECD.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP).

Synthesis of country programme evaluations conducted in fragile states.
Produced by the Department for International Development.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP).

Good Humanitarian Donorship Principles in Practice: Assessing humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons in Sudan and Sri Lanka.
By the Overseas Develpment Institute.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP).

Evaluation of the Common Humanitiarian Fund, Country report:  Sudan.
On behalf of OCHA.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ALNAP).

Promoting the Integration of Vulnerable Migrant Groups

On Monday 24 November I attended a seminar arranged by the Institute for Public Policy Research, (IPPR), entitled “Promoting the Integration of Vulnerable Migrant Groups: irregular migrants, transient labour migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees.” This formed part of a series of seminars arranged by the IPPR and supported by the Joeseph Rowntree Foundation, (web).

The main emphasis of this event was focused on the important topics of migrant integration and social cohesion.  Special consideration throughout the afternoon seminar was given to presentations and discussions of how best to approach the integation of the most vulnerable migrant groups, especially in terms of how best to transfer into policy recommendations, recommendations from the most recent research on both integration and social inclusion and to consider the impact of recent policy decisions upon these migrant groups.  Papers were presented by a number of speakers, including Jill Rutter and Danny Sriskandarajah, both of IPPR, and a number of interesting and thought-provoking external speakers.  Outlines of the papers can be found on the IPPR website.

The seminar also witnessed the launch of a new report, written by Jill Rutter … [et al.], and entitled, “Moving Up Together: Promoting Equality and Integration among the UK’s Diverse Communities.” This research focuses on four case study communities of people born in Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria and Somalia who are now living in the UK.  The report considers to what degree these groups have “integrated” and considers the reasons why some migrant/minority groups are falling behind in their progress towards equality.  The report then considers what policy measures can be utilised to promote greater equality and integration.

A free copy of this report, along with additional supportive materials from both the IPPR and the Jospeh Rowntree Foundation, were included in the seminar pack, and these will be added to the Archive in due course.

Further information can also be found from the following links:

IPPR Migration Section –http://www.ippr.org.uk/research/themes/?id=3093

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (immigration & inclusion) –http://www.jrf.org.uk/research-and-policy/immigration-and-inclusion/

The Barrow Cadbury Trust –http://www.bctrust.org.uk/

Metropolitan Housing Trust –http://www.mht.co.uk/