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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
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We look forward to seeing you there!

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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