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Last Chance to Book: Migration & Marginalities 10 September 2015 | University of Brighton

Migration & Marginalities
10 September 2015 | University of Brighton

Confirmed Plenary speakers:
Iain Chambers (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”)
Maja Malus (MKC Maribor; Bulkan Curtains)

This one day, interdisciplinary symposium will bring together scholars, postgraduate students, practitioners and activists, to explore current discourses of migration in Britain and Europe. Across Europe, the public discourses of migration continue to trade on anxiety and fear. Much of this debate seems wearying familiar: populist politicians rehearse familiar anti-immigration rhetoric, while EU states co-operate to target so-called “irregular” migrants and the figure of Sangatte resurfaces in the popular press like some reanimated pop-cultural remake. At the same time, European migration appears to display new contours and patterns that such repetitions seem unable to record. Figures suggest that 2014 has seen a dramatic spike in Mediterranean fatalities as ever-greater numbers of African migrants attempt the perilous passage to Europe. Migration within Europe has also changed, as the EU expansion has combined with the calamitous collapse of finance capital.

Is it possible to reconcile these continuities with the seeming novelty of Europe’s migration? Does the apparent familiarity of these debates reveal or mask the shifting realities of migration in contemporary Europe? Furthermore, what differences or similarities can we trace from state to state? And are the discourses surrounding migration in Europe particular to the continent or simply evidence of a planetary trend?

Registration: http://shop.brighton.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&prodid=457&catid=74 (£40/£20 including lunch and refreshments)

Conference webpage: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/c21/events/events-calendar2/migration-and-marginalities-c21-routes
Twitter: https://twitter.com/C21Centre21
Join the conversation #C21Migrations

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The FULL SCHEDULE is now available to view.


New Research Paper: The true human rights situation in Eritrea: the new UK Home Office Guidance as a political instrument for the prevention of migration

Please, find in following link this paper:

‘The true human rights situation in Eritrea: the new UK Home Office Guidance as a political instrument for the prevention of migration’
by Sara Palacios Arapiles.

Link to Paper:  http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/6097/

This research paper aims at documenting the true situation in Eritrea,
in order to refute the credibility of the content and of some of the
sources of the new Guidance on Eritrea issued by the UK Home Office
(HO); and of the related policies that are being implemented in some
other countries, such as Israel. The HO country of origin Guidance
surprisingly claims that there are alleged signs of improvement inside
Eritrea for potential returnees. It is argued in this paper that the
reasons for this are entirely politically influenced, with the purpose
of preventing migration. The paper then brings to light the current
circumstances in the country – supported inter alia by the testimonies
gathered by the author, and the new findings of the UN Commission of
Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea- that would make the forcible return
of the Eritrean asylum-seekers and refugees unlawful.


Event: Migration and Justice Forum – Newcastle upon Tyne, 30 June 2015

Migration and Justice Forum

Tuesday 30 June, 6pm
Broadacre House
Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6HQ

An invitation from Northumbria University’s
Migration and Diaspora Network

The rise of UKIP and a turn towards considering migration as a threat goes against the principles of a multicultural Just society, which many people have been struggling for for a long time. We believe that there is now, more than ever, a need to provide a platform of support to obtain justice for those refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, and new, as well as older, ethnic minority communities who need it. We believe that often individuals and communities themselves can help each other if there is space to develop new initiatives and perhaps new ways of working.

To support this process we wish to welcome you to an event which will provide an opportunity to voice your opinions about what the main issues are with regard to injustice and migration, connect with others where we have shared goals, and discuss what action we might take.

All welcome. The venue is wheelchair accessible and children are welcome.

The event is free but please book your place at http://migrationandjusticeforum.eventbrite.co.uk so we can make sure we have a big enough room.

Tuesday 30 June, 6pm
Broadacre House
Market Street, Newcastle NE1 6HQ


From Poland to Waltham Forest: New Exhibition Highlights 150 Years of Polish Migration to Waltham Forest

The Vestry House Museum is currently displaying an exhibition entitled, From Poland to Waltham Forest which runs at  as part of the E17 Art Trail.  The exhibition is on display between the 30th May and the 14th June 2015 and focuses upon 150 years of Polish migration to Waltham Forest in London.

This exhibition marks the conclusion of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to undertaken by Share UK, a non profit organisation based in Waltham Forest, with the aim of revealing how there has been a long history of Polish migration to Waltham Forest with evidence of Polish migration to the area from the mid 1800s through to the present day.

The history and heritage of “Characters from over 150 years of migration come to life through film, photography, audio and archive materials” can now be discovered both within the exhibition and also the project website which is now available online at:  http://frompoland.org.uk/

Reflecting upon the project, Share UK’s Esther Freeman said: “Since this area has existed in its current urban form there have been Polish people living here. They established businesses, raised their children and contributed to the community both economically and culturally, much like they do today.”

Further details are available from the website at http://frompoland.org.uk/ and the exhibition is currently running at the Vestry House Museum until the 24th June.


New Thematic Publications on Migration; Detention; and Human Trafficking

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/

New Publications on Migration

“Collapsing Societies and Forced Migration,” Forced Migration Review 25th Anniversary Collection (March 2013) [text]
– “Looking through a displacement lens at environmental, technological, anthropological, political and other factors affecting societies now and in the past provides food for thought both on how we interpret the past and on how we envisage the future.”

Conceptualizing ‘Crisis Migration’ (SSRN, March 2013) [text]
– “…Does framing different types of migration as ‘crisis migration’ – for example, movement spurred by natural disasters, civil war, the impacts of climate change, or nuclear and industrial accidents – help to illuminate the nature of such movement and the kinds of policy responses required to address it? Or is this just another term for ‘forced migration’?…

Global Hearing on Refugees and Migration, The Hague, 4-5 June 2012 [text]
– Discussions focused on five key themes: “the impact of future demographic changes related to labour migration and refugees; political and social changes; the impact of the global economy; the urbanization of displaced people; and the impact of environmental and climate change on human mobility.”

“Measures to Ensure Respect for and Protection of the Human Rights of all Migrants, with Particular Reference to Women and Children, as well as to Prevent and Combat Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons, and to Ensure Regular, Orderly, and Safe Migration,” Roundtable 2: 2013 High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development Series, New York, 20 Feb. 2013 [access]
– Follow link for agenda, background info., summary report, and video.

Migrants in Times of Crisis: An Emerging Protection Challenge (International Peace Institute, Feb. 2013) [text]
– Meeting note for “Migrants in Times of Crisis: An Emerging Protection Challenge,” New York, 9 Oct. 2012.

*More Migration & More Mixed? Trends to Watch in 2013 (Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, Feb. 2013) [text]

New Publications on Detention

The Greek Authorities Must Urgently Accelerate the Asylum System Reforms and End Detention of asylum Seekers (Amnesty International, March 2013) [text via Refworld]

Immigration Detention in Australia (Parliamentary Library of Australia, updated March 2013) [text]

Q&A: Immigration Detention (CERIS Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

Successful Immigration Detention Seminar Held on 1st February 2013 (Asylum-Network, Feb. 2013) [access]
– Follow link for audio files of presentations at “Supporting Immigration Detainees,” London, 1 Feb. 2013.

U.S. Looks to Overhaul Massive Immigration Detention System (IPS, March 2013) [text]

New Publications on Human Trafficking

Ad-hoc Query on Trafficking in Human Beings (EMN, Feb. 2013) [text]

Forced Labour and Human Trafficking (ECHR, Nov. 2012) [text]

Human Trafficking: Should be a Recognized Ground for Asylum (Birdsong’s Law Blog, March 2013) [text]

Methodological Debates in Human Rights Research: A Case Study of Human Trafficking in South Africa, MMG Working Paper 12-07 (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, 2012) [text]

The People Smugglers’ Business Model, Research Paper no. 2, 2012–13 (Parliamentary Library of Australia, Feb. 2013) [text]

Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress (U.S. Congressional Research Service, Jan. 2013) [text via Refworld]

Trafficking in Persons: U.S. Policy and Issues for Congress (U.S. Congressional Research Service, Feb. 2013) [text via Refworld]

Trafficking of Migrant Workers for Forced Labour (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Jan. 2013) [text via Refworld]



Call for Papers: Disability, Asylum and Migration

Call for Papers:

Disability and the Global South: An International Journal


Disability, Asylum and Migration

Guest Editors: Maria Pisani (University of Malta) and Shaun Grech (Manchester Metropolitan University) Much has been written and documented on migration and the movements of people within and across national borders. In the light of environmental disasters, wars and conflict, food shortages, and environmental degradation, issues concerning the migration – development nexus have received considerable attention with the development literature infused within broader subjects of poverty reduction and humanitarian intervention. However, within the research and literature on forced migration one is immediately struck by the stark absence of disabled people. This absence is evident also across all of the disciplinary fields  in forced migration including international development, anthropology, global health and humanitarian action. Moreover, many countries of resettlement, such as Canada and Australia, actively exclude disabled people from their refugee and asylum programs. Critically, disability studies has yet to extensively engage with the predicament of disabled refugees and asylum seekers and their journeys across a range of geopolitical spaces. This is despite the fact that wars, conflict and environmental disasters that cause people to migrate are also a major cause of impairment and impoverishment, whilst the forced migratory passage impacts disabled people as they flee or attempt to reconstruct their lives in other places. This negligence is sustained by the virtual exclusion of disabled migrants, including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees and asylum seekers from major policy documents such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the most recent offering, the WHO/World Bank (2011) World Report on Disability.

This special issue aims to transcend disciplinary, epistemological, and other boundaries, inviting researchers, activists and practitioners to engage in critical debate around all aspects of the migration experience and disability, following journeys for asylum from global South to global North or within the global South. We are keen to hear from those in the global South, in particular empirical work that prioritises and renders visible these lives and voices, and that pushes for disability and migration as a key area of study and practice. We encourage contributions exploring a range of themes including (not exclusively):

*  Causes of forced migration among disabled people in the global South . Experiences of disabled people during exodus and post-conflict/humanitarian contexts . Intersections of disability, race, culture,  poverty, gender and legal status in the migration process . Asylum, disabled bodies, and (re)construction of disabled lives across borders . Globalisation, neoliberalism and the role of the disabled migrant in contemporary imperialism . Racism, xenophobia and the position of the disabled migrant . Medicalisation and treatment in the West

*  Disabled migrants in policy and practice: critical analyses . Disabled migrants in resettlement . Disability and migration in disciplines: reviews and approaches for inclusion (e.g. disability studies and migration studies) . Disabled migrants, voice, and claims for social justice

Those wishing to submit an article, please email your full manuscript to both Shaun Grech (S.Grech@mmu.ac.uk) and Maria Pisani (maria.pisani@um.edu.mt). Please insert ‘Submission for Disability and Migration Special Issue’ in the subject line. Manuscripts will be sent anonymously for double peer review, and comments and recommendations relayed to authors through the editors.

Deadline for submission: 1st September 2013.


New Publication: Prison Service Journal – Special Edition Migration, Nationality and Detention

A special volume of the Prison Service Journal has just been published on the subject of `Migration, Nationality and Detention.’  The Prison Service Journal (PSJ) is published by HM Prison Service. Its purpose is to promote discussion on issues related to the work of the Prison Service, the wider Criminal Justice System and associated fields. The PSJ is hosted by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies following the re-structure of the Prison service and the loss of the Prison service website.

This volume is available to download here:   January 2013 No. 205

Call for Papers: Religion and Migration conference

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On Friday April 26th, 2013 Columbia University Religion Graduate Students’

Association will host a conference on religion and migration entitled:

*Religion on the Move: Movement, Migration, Missions and New Media across Religious Traditions *

We are delighted and honored to have as keynote speaker for the conference *Professor Michael D. Jackson*, Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. We are now also accepting paper proposals for this event; please find below our Call for Papers and further details.

With all best wishes,

Elizabeth Tinsley and Laura McTighe

*Conference Coordinators

* The history of religion is a history of movement. But what happens when religion is on the move?

In this conference, we are interested in examining how an interdisciplinary approach to migratory experiences might illuminate the dynamic interplay between the limited possibilities in which people find themselves and the capabilities they nonetheless possess for creating viable, even vibrant, forms of social life. By treating religion as an embodied and spatial phenomenon that intersects with political and economic structures in complex and often unexpected ways, this conference aims not only to contribute to the nascent field of religion and migration but also to broaden its theoretical and methodological repertoire for future studies of religion on the move inclusive of movement, migration, missions and new media.

A spatial analytics of movement as pilgrimage might draw our attention to the intertwining routes believers trace as they undertake the hajj to Mecca. Historical attention to the making of regional/national migrations might shed new light on, for example, the unique urban sacred order built by millions of black southerners moving north in the decades of the United States Great Migration, or on the intergenerational histories of peoples displaced because of their religion. An anthropology of the diffusion of missionaries to far-flung lands might include studies of their roles as evangelists moving along trading routes (Buddhists in Southeast Asia), active participants in colonial expansion (Jesuits in the Americas), or ambivalent resisters to imperial power (Protestant sympathizers with Indian independence). And a cultural study of new media forms can help map patterns of religious mobility through the emergence of portable devotional materials carried by journeying practitioners. Whatever our approach, studying religion on the move attunes us to how mobility is not only an aspect of religious experience across traditions, times and spaces, but is also constitutive of religious beliefs, practices and communities.

We encourage submissions from those in all fields with interests in the study of religion. Our discussion will address, but is by no means limited to, the following questions:

– How have religious institutions been related to migration through colonial bonds, missionary proselytization, and/or the transnational bridges created by new technologies and media?

– How have the movements of religious traditions been facilitated by economic links such as medieval mercantile and maritime routes or modern globalized flows of capital?

– How has religious movement affected material culture, both in the creation of new media forms by people on the move and in the transformation or hybridization of existing cultural forms in their places of destination?

– How have community practices of transmission been affected by regional and, in the modern period, national migrations, as well as the translation of sacred texts into new languages?

– How has movement reconstituted the boundaries of religious and ethnic identities? How have these boundaries been inscribed on landscapes through the establishment of new neighborhood enclaves and architectural forms?

– Has religion been inflected differently in migrations that are forced (expulsion; evacuation; defection) rather than voluntary?

– Could attention to the embodied nature of migratory experiences shed new light on the study of otherworldly journeys and altered states of consciousness?

Please send a 500-word abstract, along with your name, institution, specialization, and year of study to columbiareligion@gmail.com.

*SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 28, 2012.* All proposals will receive a response by early-February 2013.


Conference: Race. Migration. Citizenship

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Race, Migration, Citizenship:
Postcolonial and Decolonial Perspectives

Birmingham Midland Institute, Birmingham, UK

4-5 July 2013

***Deadline for abstracts Extended to January 10th 2013***

Against the backdrop of decolonisation, a global economic boom was accompanied by tightened border controls, ever more punitive asylum regimes and limited access to citizenship. Immigration from former colonies to former metropoles has been limited in the postcolonial period as racialised discourses have set the West in opposition to an alien ‘rest’. Now, in this ‘age of austerity’, the strength of the old powers is weakening as other parts of the world, the so called ‘BRICs’, grow in strength. Yet the old racial hierarchies appear stubbornly resonant within Europe and the white settler colonies, and other hierarchies, for example around caste, are increasingly coming to the fore in other countries. Foregrounding postcolonial and decolonial perspectives, this conference will provide a forum in which to discuss the context for emerging patterns of exclusion, for asking what the conditions for political equality might be, and for posing the question “what has ‘race’ got to do with migration and citizenship?” among many others.

Keynote Speakers: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (Duke University), Bernadine Evaristo (Novellist), Inderpal Grewal (Yale University), Ylva Habel (Soderton University), Alana Lentin (UWS), Walter Mignolo (Duke University)

Abstracts of no more than 200 words are welcomed from across the social scences and humanities. There will be 7 streams at the conference, listed below. Please identify clearly which stream you would like to be included in when submitting an abstract.


1. Race, Racism, and Prejudice

2. Racial and Colonial Institutional Orders

3. Modernity/Coloniality and Global (In)justice

4. Asylum after Empire

5. Cosmopolitan Citizens and Multicultural Societies: The New Crisis of Europe
6. Europe and Africa. Citizenship and the Legacies of Colonialism
7. Diaspora, Colonialism & Postcolonialism

Further details about the streams can be found here: http://rmcconference.wordpress.com/streams

Send your abstracts to rrmc2013@live.co.uk

Deadline for abstracts: 14th December 2012 ***Extended to January 10th 2013***

Organised by the British Sociological Association, Theory Study Group

Organisers: Dr Leah Bassel (Leicester), Prof Gurminder K Bhambra (Warwick), Dr Ipek Demir (Leicester), Dr Peo Hansen (Linkoping), Gary Hazeldine (BCU), Prof Stefan Jonsson (Linkoping), Lucy Mayblin (Sheffield), Dr Robbie Shilliam (QMUL), Dr Rolando Vazquez (Utrecht),


New Publications on Climate Change & Migration; Statelessness; and Evaluations/Lessons Learned

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 Climate Change and Migration

Climate Change Litigation – A Rising Tide? (CDKN, May 2012) [text]

Climate Displacement and Migration, Loss and Damage, and the Journey Forward (FIELD, Nov. 2012) [text]
– See also related UKCCMC blog post.

Human Security in the Pacific: The Climate Refugees of the Sinking Islands, Thesis Submitted to the School of Law (Golden Gate University, Nov. 2012) [text]

Where the Rain Falls: Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration (UNU-EHS, Care & CIESIN, Nov. 2012) [access]
– Global policy report and case studies available via the link.  See also related IRIN news story.

Will Climate Refugees Get Promised Aid? (IPS, April 2012) [text]

Publications on Statelessness

UNHCR has published a Self-Study Module on Statelessness that forms part of its E-Learning Course on Statelessness. (Note:  The former is publicly available, the latter is not.)  Other protection-related training modules in this series are provided on Refworld’s Standards and Training web page.

“Addressing Statelessness,” Chapter in Global Appeal 2013 Update (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

“Book Review: Statelessness in the European Union: Displaced, Undocumented, Unwanted, Caroline Sawyer & Brad K. Blitz, eds., New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011,” Law & Society Review, vol. 45, no. 4, p. 1077 (2011; posted Nov. 2012) [text via SSRN]

The CoE Tackles Statelessness, but Ends up Mired in the Politics of Multiple Nationalities (ENS Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

The Gulf’s Stateless People without Rights Decades after Independence (Human Rights First Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Terrorized, Starving and Homeless: Myanmar’s Rohingya Still Forgotten (CNN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Under the Radar and Under Protected: The Urgent Need to Address Stateless Children’s Rights (ENS Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]
– A UNHCR Regional Protection Officer provides background re. this report.

Publications on Evaluations and Lessons Learned

Asylum and Population Control: Assessing UNHCR’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme in Guatemalan Refugee Settlements, Working Paper, no. 83 (RSC, Sept. 2012) [text]

Commander’s Guide to Supporting Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Observations, Insights and Lessons (Center for Army Lessons Learned, Sept. 2012) [text]

Coordinated Assessments in Emergencies – What We Know Now: Key Lessons from Field Experience (ACAPS, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Dangerous Liaisons? A Historical Review of UNHCR’s Engagement with Non-state Armed Actors, PDES/2012/03 (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

Evaluation and Review of Humanitarian Access Strategies in DG ECHO Funded Interventions (Global Public Policy Institute, June 2012) [text via ALNAP]

Evaluation of the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) Pilot (DARA, 2012) [text via ALNAP]

Evaluation of the Protection Standby Capacity (ProCap) and Gender Standby Capacity (GenCap) Projects (Global Public Policy Institute, Dec 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Organisational Effectiveness Assessment: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network, Dec. 2011) [vol. 1] [vol. 2]

Special Evaluation Study: ADB’s Response to Natural Disasters and Disaster Risks (Asian Development Bank, Oct. 2012) [text]


Courses: Upcoming HREA E-learning Courses on Migration & Asylum

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Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Courses:  Upcoming HREA E-learning Courses on Migration & Asylum

Dear Colleagues,

HREA will be offering two new e-learning courses “Migration and Asylum (Foundation Course)” and “EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies” from 13 February-26 March 2013:


This course introduces the participants to the international migration system; discussing and analyzing the most commonly used categories of migration (including the migration-asylum nexus), its causes and consequences, current trends and figures, as well as the main international, regional and national policy and operational approaches and challenges.

Week 1. Introduction to Main Concepts in Migration Discourse Week 2. Global Trends in Migration Week 3. The Migration-Asylum Nexus Week 4. The Legal Framework Week 5. Policy Approaches: Migration Policies and Practice Week 6. International Migration and Social Justice

For more information and online registration, please visit:



The European Union (EU) is one of the central players of today’s international community. Composed of member states which were traditionally sending countries, they have become key destinations for migrants and refugees from all over the world in the past half century. The internal EU migration trends have also special features as older members and newer ones have different patterns for sending and receiving migrants. A number of complex policies and programmes have therefore been designed in views of addressing these phenomenons while cooperating with third countries in the areas of migration and asylum. For those living and working outside the EU, understanding its complex migration system can be a true challenge. This course aims to provide participants with a clear overview of the basic EU migration and asylum laws and policies and policy-making procedures, allowing them to focus deeper on a specific topic of their interest through assignments.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to EU Policy on Immigration and Asylum Week 2. Institutional Framework of European Immigration and Asylum Policies Week 3. Control of External Borders and European Visa Policy Week 4. Employment and Migration Week 5. Status and Integration of Third-Country Nationals Week 6. EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies in the International Context

For more information and online registration, please visit:


The courses involve approximately 50 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructors, webinars and quizzes, and are offered over a 6-week period. The courses integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25.


The courses are aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of (im)migration and asylum, government officials (local and national level) dealing with migration and migration-related issues; EU policy makers; national authorities of EU and non-EU countries dealing with migration and asylum policies; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers; and students of law, international relations, politics and social science. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It also possible to audit the course. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 435 (25% discount) if paid by 15 December 2012; $ 490 (15% discount) if paid by 15 January 2013; $ 575 after 15 January 2013.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions.

Best wishes,

Paula Carello
Program Director Migration & Asylum
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
E-mail: p.carello@hrea.org

Updated Publication: Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective – Working Paper 308

This is a follow-up to an earlier posting to give details that a newly revised edition of this working paper is now available for access and download online.  Further details are as follows:

Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective – Working Paper 308
By Michael D. Cooper

Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective - Working Paper 308Abstract taken from the Center for Global Development webpage:

Over the last decade, a series of devastating natural disasters have killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced millions, and decimated the built environment across wide regions, shocking the public imagination and garnering unprecedented financial support for humanitarian relief efforts. Some suggest that disaster migration must be supported by the international community, first as an adaption strategy in response to climate-change, and second, as a matter of international protection.

This study surveys the current state of law as it relates to persons displaced by natural disaster, with a specific focus on the 27 member states of the European Union plus Norway and Switzerland. Its findings show that a few express provisions are on the books in Europe and that there is reason to believe that judicial and executive authorities may interpret other, more ambiguous, provisions to encompass the protection needs of disaster-displaced individuals. Few, if any, of these provisions have been engaged for this purpose, but a number of recent European developments with respect to disaster-induced displacement merit further scrutiny.

[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: Author: Michael D. Cooper.)


Call for Papers: Norface Migration Interdisciplinary Conference – “Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers”

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Call for Papers: Norface Migration Interdisciplinary Conference – “Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers”

I would like to inform you about a large inter-disciplinary conference on migration we are organising at University College London from the 10th – 13th April, 2013 – “Migration: Global Development, New Frontiers”.

We have an excellent programme, with a mixture of academic podia, keynote and invited lectures, policy podia, and contributed sessions, and we have invited some of the best scholars from across disciplines and policy makers to speak at the event. We aim to make this the key conference on migration. The call for papers for the conference is now open.

Copied below is the jpg of the poster for the call for papers.  You can download a high resolution copy of the poster from the conference website – http://www.norface-migration.org/sites/index.php?site=5&page=2 .

I would be grateful if you could distribute our call for papers to your mailing list.  In addition, if you could please also advertise our conference within your department and to other parties interested in migration research. Further details about the conference are available on our website:



Many thanks for your time and help in advance.

Best regards

NORFACE Migration Programme Administrator
Department of Economics
University College London
Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT



Online event: Migration in a Changing World: Where Do We Go Now?

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Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The latest event in the Exchanges Online Conference Series, Migration in a Changing World: Where Do We Go Now?, began today at 9am GMT.

For more information on how to participate: http://wileyblackwellexchanges.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/wb-exchanges-how-to-participate.pdf

Register at http://www.blackwellpublishingsurvey.com/f/150456/7115/

Read the programme at http://wileyblackwellexchanges.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/migration-program2.pdf

Follow the Conference on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WBExchanges Visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wileyblackwellexchanges

More information is available at http://wileyblackwellexchanges.com/


Seminar: Rescuing Migrants in Libya: The Political Economy of State Responses to Migration Crisis – The Case of Ghana

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The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on:

Rescuing Migrants in Libya: The Political Economy of State Responses to Migration Crisis
– The Case of Ghana
Tuesday, 30 October 2012, 14.00-15.45

Danish Institute for International Studies
Nordskov Meeting Room,
Wilders Plads 8H, 3rd floor, 1401 Copenhagen K


When war broke out in Libya in 2011, an estimated 1.5 million labour migrants in the country were affected. Sub-Saharan migrants – widely accused of being Gaddafi’s mercenaries – found themselves in particularly difficult circumstances. The upheavals in Mali, following the return of Touareg armed groups, are well-known. But what is the situation in other African states?

This seminar examines the involuntary return of Ghanaians labour migrants from Libya. Following migrant appeals for help and mounting public pressure, Ghana engaged in rescue missions, bringing her nationals ‘back home’ from the war. By July 2012, more than 18,500 Ghanaian migrants had been repatriated to Ghana and registered by the authorities. Other than that, state assistance has been very limited. The Ghanaian case raises questions concerning why and how the state respond to their migrant populations in times of crises. Which rationalities and technologies are state interventions based upon? And which historical and contemporary mobility regimes and political economy do they reflect?


George M. Bob-Milliar is based at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and is currently a visiting researcher in the Migration unit at DIIS. His work focuses on democratization in Africa, African Diaspora, chieftaincy, and Ghanaian migration patterns. Bob-Milliar has received several prizes for his work, which has been published in African Affairs, Africa, Urban Anthropology, and the Journal of Modern African Studies, amongst others journals.


14.00-14.15       Arrival and Coffee

14.15-14.25       Introduction
                        Nauja Kleist, Senior Researcher, DIIS

14.25-14.55       Rescuing Migrants in Libya: The Political Economy of
State Responses to Migration Crisis – The Case of Ghana
                        George Bob-Milliar, Visiting Researcher, DIIS

14.55-15.05       Discussant
                        Finn Stepputat, Senior Researcher, DIIS

15.05-15.45       Open Discussion

Chair: Nauja Kleist, Senior Researcher, DIIS

Practical Information

The seminar will be held in English.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use below online registration form no later than Monday, 29 October 2012 at 12.00 noon.


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