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CMRB Event Today: Challenges in conducting research with Roma women offenders in prison Can Yildiz

No need to reserve a plce – just turn up at 4 pm today. Best, Nira Y-D

CMRB (The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging)

at the University of East London is pleased to announce as part of its

Borders and Bordering Seminar Series:

Challenges in conducting research with Roma women offenders in prison
Can Yildiz
(King’s College London)

This seminar will take place in

EB.G.06, Docklands Campus, University of East London, E16 2RD,

nearest tube: Cyprus DLR


4-6pm, Monday 11th May 2015

The event is free but spaces are limited so please reserve a place by following the below link


Abstract: Can Yildiz’s doctoral study focuses on the experiences of Romanian and Bulgarian Roma women offenders as it aims to investigate the crucial social processes which produce extremely disproportionately high numbers of them in a London prison. She is about to start doing with her fieldwork in May 2015.  Drawing on her experiences obtaining ethical approval and to formulate her research framework, this paper will discuss some of the bureaucratic, theoretical and practical challenges in conducting research in this field.

Can Yildiz is a PhD student in Urban Geography at King’s College London. Her doctoral research is based on the experiences of Eastern European Roma women offenders in London. She holds MA on migration, mental health and social care. She is a qualified social worker.

See www.euborderscapes.eu for more information on the EU Borderscapes project, www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/borderscapes for details of the UEL Borderscapes team and www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb for information on CMRB

New Research Report: Migrant Roma in the UK

New Research Report: Migrant Roma in the UK

A new report which seeks to estimate the population of migrant Roma in the UK and document some of the experiences local authorities and key partners have when working with members of these communities is now available from here http://www.shusu.salford.ac.uk/cms/news/article/?id=51 The report from the University of Salford’s Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), is based on a survey of all UK local authorities and interviews with professionals in selected case study areas. The study was generously funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT).The research has generated a number of findings which include:



·         There is approximate 200,000 migrant Roma living in the UK who have migrated in the recent past


·         The majority of the population lives in England with significant concentrations mainly in urban areas


·         The population of migrant Roma is likely to be of comparable size to the population of indigenous Roma (e.g. Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers etc.) and is likely to equate to at least 400,000-500,000 Roma in the UK when combined


·         When needs arise there is often a complex interplay of factors involving health, education and housing etc.


·         Their experience in the UK is typically punctuated by experiences of entrenched discrimination in their countries of origin

·         Local authorities and partners appear to work well with members of these communities but this appears hampered by not having ready access to resource.


Launch of new report looking at Roma in Europe: The Limits of Inclusion? Exploring the views of Roma and non Roma in six European Union Member States

New from the Salford Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) at the University of Salford:

Launch of new report looking at Roma in Europe: The Limits of Inclusion? Exploring the views of Roma and non Roma in six European Union Member States

A new research report The Limits of Inclusion? Exploring the views of Roma and non Roma in six European Union Member States produced by Dr Philip Brown, Professor Peter Dwyer and Dr Lisa Scullion from the University of Salford, UK was launched this week in Brussels. The report forms part of the Roma SOURCE (Sharing of Understanding Rights and Citizenship in Europe) project, a two year project co-funded by the European Union’s Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme.

The report draws together extensive empirical research with 180 respondents undertaken in six EU Member States (Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) with Roma populations and ‘non’ Roma populations. It details findings in areas such as: paid work, unemployment, community relations, social welfare and social exclusion. A series of recommendations are made for both policy makers and community based practitioners.

The final report and summary document can be accessed here www.romasource.eu/resources/research#reports

Please get in touch with either the Roma SOURCE project team or the authors if you wish to discuss any issues further.


New Publications on South-South Humanitarianism;Emigration from the UK; Roma; Burma; and International Migration

South-South humanitarianism

South-South humanitarianism

Workshop report: South-South Humanitarianism in contexts of forced displacement.
By Julia Pacitto.

This workshop report offers a thematic discussion of the main issues covered throughout the course of the international workshop on ‘South-South humanitarian responses to forced displacement’ convened by Dr. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford in October 2012, in addition to presenting areas and questions for further research.

The workshop was generously supported by the Oxford Department of International Development and Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Policy Development and Evaluation Service (UNHCR-PDES). Dr. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s broader research project, South-South Humanitarianism in Contexts of Forced Displacement, is funded by an Oxford University Fell Fund Award (2012-2013).

[Download Full Report]

Emigration from the UK
Home Office Research Report 68, November 2012.
By Rosemary Murray, David Harding, Timothy Angus, Rebecca Gillespie
and Harsimran Arora.

Home Office Research Report 68 presents information from academic research and surveys drawn together to present key aspects of long-term emigration from the United Kingdom. This includes recent outward migration and some trends over the last twenty years, separately for British, European Union (EU) and non-EU citizens.

The report considers where emigrants go, how long for, and their motivations. The evidence suggests emigration is mainly for work, and that key destinations for British citizens are Australia, Spain, the United States, and France.  Reasons and drivers for emigration from the UK appear to vary across citizenship groups. Whilst many factors influence emigration, British and EU citizen emigration appears to be associated with changes in unemployment and exchange rates. This is less apparent for non-EU citizens.

[Download Full Report]

Czech Republic: Five more years of injustice: Segregated education for Roma in Czech Republic.
A report by Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]

Report on the Human Rights Situation in Burma (April – September 2012).

Report on the Human Rights Situation in Burma (April - September 2012)

Report on the Human Rights Situation in Burma (April – September 2012)

Produced by the Network for Human Rights Documentation–Burma.
From the introduction:

Over the period of this report, the political landscape in Burma has undergone noticeable shifts. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, once a political prisoner under house arrest, recently returned from a whirlwind tour of the United States where she received the Congres- sional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honour. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the U.S. Congress touted her cooperation with Burmese President Thein Sein, who visited the United Nations in New York City. The trip, at the urging of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, also resulted in the further easing of sanctions on the Burmese gov- ernment, including an end to the crippling ban on imports.

[Download Full Report]

International Migration Outlook 2012

International Migration Outlook 2012

International Migration Outlook 2012.
Produced by the OECD.

This publication provides an analysis of recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and two analytical chapters, covering the role of migration in renewing the skills of ageing workforces and the role of Asia in international migration.

[Further Information]


Publications on Iraqi Refugees; Homelessness; Trafficking; Roma

Iraqi refugees: making the urban refugee approach context-specific
Article published in the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine  Issue 51, (July 2011).
By Géraldine Chatelard.
[Download Article]
(Source: ALNAP).

Homelessness kills: An analysis of the mortality of homeless people in early twenty-first century England.
Report by Crisis(UK).
From the main findings:

Homeless people are more likely to die young, with an average age of death of 47 years old and even lower for homeless women at 43, compared to 77 for the general population, 74 for men and 80 for women. It is important to note that this is not life expectancy; it is the average age of death of those who die on the streets or while resident in homeless accommodation.

[Download Full Report and the Executive Summary]
(Source: DocuBase)

Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress
Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists).
From the summary:

Trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, refers to the subjection of men, women, and children to exploitative conditions that can be tantamount to slavery. Reports suggest that human trafficking is a global phenomenon, victimizing millions of people each year and contributing to a multi-billion dollar criminal industry. It is a centuries-old problem that, despite international and U.S. efforts to eliminate it, continues to occur in virtually every country in the world. Human trafficking is also an international and cross-cutting policy problem that bears on a range of major national security, human rights, criminal justice, social, economic, migration, gender, public health, and labor issues…

[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Reducing Vulnerability and Promoting the Self- Employment of Roma in Eastern Europe Through Financial Inclusion.
Report by the World Bank.
[Download Full Report]
Further information:-
(Source: Roma Solidarity News)
Further information:-
The Slovak Spectator – World Bank: Only one in five Roma in Slovakia has a job.
The World Bank – New World Bank Report Calls for Financial Inclusion of Roma in Eastern Europe through a Comprehensive, Incremental Approach.
The World Bank – Self-Employment through Social Microcredit: A Way Forward for Roma’s Financial Inclusion in Eastern Europe.


New Publications on Livelihoods; Immigration; Roma; British Social Attitudes; Statistics; Children; EASO; and Climate Change.

Livelihoods in protracted crises

Livelihoods in protracted crises

Livelihoods in protracted crises.
Written by Simon Levine and published by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ODI).

Immigration and population growth in the UK
By the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration (UK).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Italy: On the edge: Roma, forced evictions and segregation in Italy.
By Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
(Source:  Amnesty International press release – Italy’s Roma still segregated and without prospects)

British Social Attitudes Survey29th edition 2012.
Editors: Alison Park, Elizabeth Clery, John Curtice, Miranda Phillips
and David Utting.  Produced by NetCen.
[Download Full Report]
– See also, specific section on attitudes to immigration: [British Social Attitudes Survey 29 – Immigration]
(Source: Guardian Online – British Social Attitudes Survey – how what we think and who thinks it has changed.)

Annual Mid-year Population: Estimates for England and Wales,
Mid 2011.
Produced by the Office for National Statistics.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: The Telegraph – Population growing by 1,000 a day, Office for National Statistics shows).

Into the unknown: Children’s journeys through the asylum process.
New report produced by The Children’s Society.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: The Telegraph – Children fleeing wars facing ‘culture of disbelief’ – charity.)

European Asylum Support Office Newsletter – September 2012.

EASO Newsletter

EASO Newsletter

Produced by the European Asylum Support Office, (EASO).
[Access to Newsletter]
(Source: European Asylum Support Office, (EASO).).

‘Because I am a stranger’: Urban refugees in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research – Research Paper No. 244.
By Emily Mattheisen.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR)

Communicating Climate Change and Migration: A Report by the  UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition, (UKCCMC).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition – New research investigates communicating climate change and migration).
See Also: Migrants’ Rights Network – Report: Communicating Climate Change and Migration

In the first report of its kind, analysis reveals that the media debate around climate change and migration has not yet become entrenched. The UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, who carried out the research, have used the analysis to produce the first ever guidance for organisations on effectively communicating the complex connections between climate change and migration.

Both climate change and migration attract a significant degree of public and media attention. Together they represent a potentially explosive combination that could inflame already heated debates. The report released today argues that without a concerted effort to communicate the issues effectively the debate could be hijacked by political interests opposed to human rights and action on climate change.