DECEMBER/END OF YEAR NEWSLETTER: VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4, 2021

DECEMBER/END OF YEAR NEWSLETTER: VOLUME 3, ISSUE 4, 2021

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WELCOME: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dear Colleagues:

This is the last quarterly newsletter of the year: CRN 11 End of Year 2021 Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue 4. This year has been challenging for many of you with the ongoing global pandemic and its variants. If you lost a family member or friend, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Otherwise, we really hope you and your family are keeping safe as the year comes to an end.

We are still excited about the Law and Society Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, 13-16 July 2022. The 7th Global Meeting on Law and Society: Rage, Reckoning, & Remedy will be held both in-person and virtually. Early registration opened on 16 December 2021 and will close on 7 January 2022. Watch this space for more information on CRN-11 specific presentations during the 7th Global Meeting on Law and Society.

CRN 11 is committed to advocating for the rights and protection of displaced peoples through this medium. We are seeking a newsletter editor who will commit to producing the quarterly newsletters for 2022. Consider applying and joining us today!

CRN 11 is happy to announce the launch of the Migration, Displacement, and Development book series with Rowman and Littlefield. The interdisciplinary book series critically examines the obstinacy to expand legal protection to displaced peoples beyond the bona fide refugee within local, regional, and international contexts. The book series strives for law and policy reform and will attract scholars who boldly critique conventional worldviews as well as those who suggest cutting-edge approaches to addressing and ameliorating the harsh realities of global displacement.

In closing, we affirm our support for survivors, families, loved ones, and friends of the recent “clashes between herders, fishermen, and farmers in the far north of Cameroon which have displaced at least 100,000 people from their homes in two weeks.”

Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender

DISPLACED PEOPLES’ RIGHTS AND PROTECTION

On 9 December 2021, with equality as the focus for Human Rights Day 2021, 14 women from Costa Rica were brought together at a human rights and music camp to identify common challenges. Negative discrimination, gender violence, inequality and lack of opportunities were all discussed. Responses were identified, as were approaches for more effective advocacy to decision-makers. The camp took place from 22 to 26 November and was conducted by Sara Curruchich, a Kaqchikel Mayan singer-songwriter from Guatemala, and not-for-profit Costa Rican record label We Could Be Music (WCBM).

On 3 November 2021, Members of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee urge Governments at COP26 in Glasgow to step up support to people most at risk and vulnerable to the devastating effects of the climate crisis. As humanitarian organizations, we have witnessed for years how climate change is placing millions of lives at risk and creating unprecedented humanitarian needs. In the last 20 months alone, more than 658 million people have been exposed to extreme-temperature events, while climate-related disasters have killed more than 17,200 people and affected the lives and livelihoods of at least 139 million. More information available here.

On 21 December 2021, after Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) brought widespread destruction to the Philippines on 16 December, the needs of children and families in affected areas are becoming clear. Based on initial assessments, around 845,000 children need urgent assistance. Immediate needs include food, water, medicines, clothing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cooking equipment, family kits with sleeping materials, hygiene kits, temporary shelter, disaster kits, tents for healthcare facilities and go bags. More information is available here.

In 2020, the UNODC, with support and funding from the Government of Germany, initiated the project ‘Public-Private Partnerships: Fostering Engagement with the Private Sector on the Implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its Trafficking in Persons Protocol’ (‘PPP Project’). This PPP Project aims to improve a partnership between the public and private sectors with a view to better assisting member States in their implementation of the UNTOC and its Trafficking in Persons Protocol. The main outcome of the PPP project is the drafting of a Compendium of Promising Practices on PPPs. Download the compendium here.

On 16 December 2021, the UN General Assembly adopts an annual resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This resolution was approved by the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) on 12 November 2021.  Bolivia and Ecuador were the co-facilitators for the resolution. See the resolution document: A/76/459).

CALLS: CRN-11 EVENTS

Expression of Interest: Migration, Displacement and Development Book Series

Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender as co-editors, have launched the Migration, Displacement, and Development book series with Rowman and Littlefield. The interdisciplinary series critically examines the obstinacy to expand legal protection to displaced peoples beyond the bona fide refugee within local, regional, and international contexts. Extending protection to a wide range of displaced persons, the series promises to address adverse effects on those forced to leave their homes in the name of globalisation by improving the economic, social, and political conditions driving migration in favour of sustaining growth. The series strives for law and policy reform particularly in areas of trade, economy, remittance and aid as well as protecting individual rights to stay home and live a dignified life. If you are interested in turning your research into a full book, email vfynnbruey@athabascau.ca and benders@seattleu.edu.

Call for CRN-11 Newsletter Editor

CRN-11 Newsletter is produced quarterly per annum and must be released on the last day of March, June, September, and December. The Newsletter Editor will be responsible for:

  • Researching and compiling information for the Newsletter,
  • Assisting with the distribution of the Newsletter electronically to subscribers and other social networks,
  • Inviting and showcasing guest blogger written pieces, and
  • Promoting and advertising the Newsletter with the aim of expanding its reach.

To apply, submit a cover letter and CV to vfynnbruey@athabascau.ca  and benders@seattleu.eduApplication Deadline: Open

Call For Volunteers: LSA 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal

CRN-11 is in need of volunteers as chairs,  discussants, and notetaker for LSA 2022 conference in Lisbon, Portugal. All interested please email vfynnbruey@athabascau.ca  and benders@seattleu.eduDeadline: Open

Call For Volunteers: Advertisement and Promotion Committee

CRN-11 is also recruiting volunteers to lead the Advertisement and Promotion Committee. To apply, submit a cover letter and CV to vfynnbruey@athabascau.ca  and benders@seattleu.edu. Deadline: Open

Become a CRN-11 Research Collaborator

Interested in being a bona fide research collaborator with CRN-11? To apply, submit a cover letter and CV to vfynnbruey@athabascau.ca  and benders@seattleu.edu. Deadline: Open

Invitation to be a Guest Blogger for CRN-11

Do you have an interesting story to tell about internal and international migration and displacement? CRN 11 is eager to share your piece as a guest blogger in our quarterly newsletter.  Submit your stories to vfynnbruey@athabascau.ca and benders@seattleu.edu. Deadline: Open

GENERAL CALLS: UPCOMING CONFERENCES

IASFM ’19, San Paolo, Brazil, 2022

The 19th International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference (IASFM19), with the theme, “Global Issues, Regional Approaches – Contexts, Challenges, Dialogues and Solutions”, will be held from August 1-5 August 2022 and hosted online by Universidade Católica de Santos (UniSantos). More information is available here. Deadline: 31 January 2022

UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons

The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons has launched the sixth Call for Proposals (Sub-grant Programme 1) on 17 December 2021. More information available here. Deadline: 31 January 2022.

Call for Nominations – Membership of UNPFII 2023-2025

The Permanent Forum serves as an advisory body to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues relating to economic and social development, culture, environment, education, health, and human rights. The Permanent Forum holds annual sessions of ten working days each year, generally in April-May. Indigenous peoples’ organizations are invited to submit nominations for the membership of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2023-2025. More information available here. Deadline: 25 January 2022.

Changing Migration, Migration in Change, Berlin, 2022

The 25th International Metropolis Conference Berlin, Changing Migration, Migration in Change, will be held at the Berlin Congress Center in Germany on 4-9 September 2022. Migration is changing. Complex interconnections between technology and digitisation, climate and demographic change, and political unrest are creating a constant state of flux for patterns of, and issues concerning, international migration. The COVID-19 pandemic is an additional challenge. The Conference will consider these challenges. More information is available here.

Support, Sanctuary, Solidarity: Moving Towards Migrant Justice and Resilience 2022

The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), in collaboration with York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), invites abstract proposals for its 16th annual Student Conference on the theme of “Support, Sanctuary, Solidarity: Moving Towards Migrant Justice and Resilience” on March 4-6, 2022. Deadline: 10 January 2022. More information is available here.

In Dialogue: Symposium on the Displacement of Peoples Between Africa and Europe, 2022

Join Indiana University at the IU Europe Gateway in Berlin for a symposium on the transnational dynamics and repercussions of the movement of displaced peoples between Africa and Europe. This two-day symposium (18-19 March 2022) seeks to feature scholars, practitioners, activists, members of local refugee communities, and artists in a dialogue that investigates how education, national security, humanitarian aid, social services, policies, economics, children, families, and identities are being impacted in communities in Africa and Europe. More information available here.

Improving the Global Refugee Regime: from theory to practice?, 2022

Call for Papers for the 2022 6th Refugee Law Initiative Annual Conference, ‘Improving the Global Refugee Regime: from theory to practice?’ on  29 June – 1 July 2022, which will be run as a virtual event. Please send all paper and panel proposals (of 3-4 papers maximum) for ‘thematic’ and ‘open’ panels
to rliconference2022@sas.ac.uk. We welcome proposals from researchers at any stage in their careers and, particularly, from researchers working in or on refugee protection in the global South. More information available here. Deadline: 31 March 2022.

RESEARCH, AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

Sanctuary Scholarship for People Seeking Asylum and Refugees with Temporary Protection

The Sanctuary Scholarship for People Seeking Asylum and Refugees with Temporary Protection has been established to support talented students who are asylum seekers or refugees on temporary visas with the opportunity to pursue tertiary education at UNSWAustralia. Students who are asylum seekers or refugees on temporary visas with a genuine interest and passion to undertake studies at UNSW are strongly encouraged to apply for this Scholarship. More information is provided here. Deadline: 12 January 2022.

PUBLICATIONS

Hearing: ‘The Asylum Commission Held Hearing
A hearing where people who applied for asylum during the period 2015-2017 could tell their experiences of coming to Sweden was held recently. It was arranged in Stockholm by Linköping University in collaboration with a number of voluntary organizations. Access the hearing document here.

New Report: ‘Waiting is Not an Option’
A Call for Repatriation of Foreign Citizens in Northeast Syria. Repatriate the Children Sweden calls for immediate action for governments to repatriate all their citizens as one measure to protect children and other citizens — in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere — from being victims of war. Additionally, Repatriate the Children Sweden calls for the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria to release all detainees requested by governments who guarantee to receive them. Access the full report here.

New Report: ‘World Migration Report 2022’
Since 2000, IOM has been producing its flagship world migration reports every two years. The World Migration Report 2022, the eleventh in the world migration report series, has been produced to contribute to increased understanding of migration and mobility throughout the world. This new edition presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues. Access the full report here.

New Report: ‘“I Didn’t Feel Like a Human in There,” Immigration Detention in Canada and its Impact on Mental Health’
Despite its reputation as a refugee-welcoming and multicultural country, Canada incarcerates thousands of people on immigration-related grounds every year, including people who are fleeing persecution, those seeking employment and a better life, and people who have lived in Canada since childhood. Figures from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) reveal that the number of immigration detainees incarcerated in Canada has in- creased every fiscal year between 2016-17 and 2019-20, peaking in fiscal year 2019-20 with a total of 8,825 people in immigration detention. For many detainees, not knowing how long they will be detained causes trauma, distress, and a sense of powerlessness. Access the full report here.

New Report: ‘No Shelter from the Storm: The Urgent Need to Recognise and Protect Climate Refugees’
Since 2008, weather-related hazards have displaced over 21 million people each year on average. This figure does not include those forced to leave home due to slow-onset climate impacts, such as desertification and sea level rise. Most of the world’s climate refugees come from vulnerable communities in lower-income countries, where environmental degradation and climate change intersects with and exacerbates other stressors such as poverty, oppression, and conflict. Access the full report here.

Policy Paper: ‘Seizing the Opportunity for a Coherent Refugee Policy!’
Over the past few weeks, the world watched in horror as the Taliban rapidly took over Afghanistan. Greatly underestimated by many, the capture of Kabul caused great consternation on the part of the international community – even more so: complete helplessness. Access the paper here.

Policy Brief: ‘Dire Consequences: Addressing the Humanitarian Fallout from Myanmar’s Coup’
Nine months have passed since the coup in Myanmar, and the country’s humanitarian outlook is increasingly dire. Amid the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing economic crisis, the military junta’s crackdown on dissent has resulted in the killing of more than 1,100 civilians and the forcible displacement of more than 200,000 people and has left an estimated 3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. This brief details the current situation in Myanmar and the complex geo-political dynamics hampering much-needed action, and recommends steps Myanmar’s neighbors, ASEAN countries, donor countries, and the United States must take to address the crisis and provided aid and safety to those in need. Access the paper here.

Policy Brief: ‘Canada’
This first Canadian report draws solely on desk research findings. Some of the policy recommendations are subject to revision, following interviews with civil servants and practitioners. Others reflect long-standing issues in the Canadian context. Access the paper here.

Journal Article: ‘Social Work Law in Nexus with Migration Law. A Legal Cartographic Analysis of Inter-legal Spaces of Inclusion and Exclusion in Swedish Legislation’
This article departs from the promise frequently put forward, that social work is a profession committed to human rights. In a Swedish context, this commitment is manifested in ethical guidelines as well as national law referring to rights such as the right to ‘a reasonable living standard’. Access the paper here.

Journal Article: ‘Pushed Out in Limbo – The Every-day Decision-making about ‘Practical Impediments to Enforcement’ in the Swedish Management of Return Migration’
This article presents a study of the contradiction between the rhetoric of return, stressing that rejected asylum seekers should leave the country, and the reality of how migrants end up as legally stranded, in Sweden. Through a qualitative analysis of; 25 decisions by the Swedish Migration Agency, an internal quality report about the legal application, and the documentation in two complete individual casefiles, the study reveals assessments of facts which, combined with legal interpretations, push people out in social and economic destitution, i.e. they become superfluous with no right to residency and no way to leave Sweden. Access the paper here

Journal Article: ‘Anxiety, Ambivalence, and the Violence of Expectations: Migrant Reception and Resettlement in Sicily’
Throughout Europe, the arrival of irregular migrants in recent years has triggered the expression of nativist anxieties, witnessing a broad recourse to violent rhetoric and the embrace of exclusivist models of national and regional community. With an ethnographic focus on migrant resettlement in Sicily, this paper argues that the elaboration of a cosmopolitan ethic that rejects the politics of exclusion can be met with ambivalence by local people who share neither the middle-class sensibilities of refugee advocates, nor their access to the public funds by which it is possible to earn income as social service and resettlement workers. Access the paper here.

Journal Articles: ‘Forced Migration Current Awareness: Regional Focus on Africa Part 1’
A service highlighting open access reports & scholarly materials relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason. Access the resources here.

Journal Articles: ‘Forced Migration Current Awareness: Regional Focus on Africa Part 2’
A service highlighting open access reports & scholarly materials relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason. Access the resources here.

Journal Articles: Politics and Governance Open Access Journal ‘Migration and Refugee Flows: New Insights’
Access the Articles here.

Journal Article: ‘The Healer as the Enemy: Attaching Health Care in War’
Violence against health care in war has shocked the global public conscience over the past decade. Images of attacks on hospitals from Syria have been especially disturbing. Documentaries such as The New BarbarianismFor Sama, and The Cave, the latter two from Syria, provide gripping accounts of the plight of hospitals and health workers under attack. Scholarship on health-care attacks has not been extensive. Access the paper here.

Journal Article: ‘Local Integration as a Durable Solution? Negotiating Socioeconomic Spaces between Refugees and Host Communities in Rural Northern Uganda’
With a growing number of displaced people, there is a need for robust approaches to coping with displacement. Uganda has a progressive refugee policy that promotes freedom of movement and the socioeconomic rights of the refugees. Specifically, refugees are often allocated land to settle and cultivate rural settlements, and the integrated social service provision facilitates interaction with host communities. However, there remain challenges in creating sustainable livelihoods for refugees in rural settlements. There exist significant tensions over shared resources such as land, water, woodlots, and grazing areas. Access the paper here.

Journal Article: ‘Rebirthing the Violent Past: Friction Between Post-Conflict Axioms of Remembrance and Cambodian Buddhist’
Problematising the vernacularisation of key mechanisms in post-conflict Human Rights (HR) regimes, ethnographic interviews with Cambodian interlocutors present resistance to victim-perpetrator outreach and reconciliation, truth telling, and memorialisation. Resistance stems from the incommensurability between Buddhist present and future-focused perspectives and Euro Western (EW) past-focused memory work so central to the above mechanisms of post-conflict reconciliation. The vernacularisation of EW memory work is not only perceived as culturally incongruent, but appears to threaten a resurgence of genocide-related distress and strife that the HR regime hoped to assuage. Access the paper here.

Journal Article: ‘Tracing Invisibility as a Colonial Project: Indigenous Women Who Seek Asylum at the U.S.-Mexico Border’
In the United States, Central American Indigenous women who seek asylum are officially classified as Latinas or Hispanic. The erasure and consequent invisibility of Indigenous identity not only causes assimilation but also jeopardizes Central American Indigenous women’s procedural rights. Using a transnational feminist lens combined with a Critical Latinx Indigeneities framework, and drawing on fieldwork research, I address the complex relationships of migrants whose identities are intertwined with geography, different states, and racial representations, while I claim that the invisibility of Indigenous women from Abya Yala who cross borders responds to the white settler colonial project. Access the paper here.

Journal Article: ‘Visitor Visa Policy Changes and Mexico-Canada Migration’
Although recent scholarship shows that restrictive visa policies curtail migration, research does not disaggregate policy effects within migration flows. This article analyzes Mexico-Canada migration when a travel visa was imposed in 2009 and removed in 2016. The imposition coincided with a dramatic decrease in travel and refugee claims. However, the number of Mexican immigrants grew, contrasting expectations of migration policy effectiveness research. The authors suggest that future research should disaggregate effects of policy changes, consider a state’s broader approach to migration policy, and examine how subnational programs and number of legal migration pathways influence trends of mixed migration flows. Access the paper here.

Journal Article: ‘Speaking the Language of the ‘Other’: Negotiating Cultural Boundaries through Language in Chitmahals in Indo-Bangladesh Borders’
Borders are not merely assertions of sovereign territorial demarcations, but indicative of cultural boundaries. This article discusses how the India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement (2015) led to reorganisation of territorial boundaries, whereby the inhabitants had the choice of citizenship between India and Bangladesh that reaffirmed their identity. The subjective differentiation between ‘us’ and ‘them’ was negotiated by various cultural elements such as Bangla language; an everyday language symbolizing membership in the constituting communities, kinship and citizenship in the nation. Language was an important attribute that identified them as ‘Bengali’/‘Bangladeshi’ while navigating the trans-territorial national identity. Access the paper here.

Journal Article: ‘Commitments to Forced Migrants in African Peace Agreements, 1990-2018’
This article presents data on peace agreement commitments towards forced migrants on the African continent (excluding MENA) from 1990 to 2018, resulting from the analysis of 177 peace agreements responding to the search queries ‘Africa (excl. MENA)’ and ‘refugees and displaced persons’ on the Peace Agreement Database (PA-X). This article presents preliminary results from four thematic categories: (1) return, reconstruction, rehabilitation, reintegration, and resettlement (5R), (2) provision commitments, (3) rights and law, and (4) land and property. Access the paper here.

Journal Article: ‘Sanctuary in a Trumpist Context: Creating Spaces of Democratic Exception’
This paper first identifies the necessity for sanctuary as a form of protest against the discretionary and often absolute forms of power shaping the current immigration system, particularly as it affects undocumented immigrants. Although the plenary power doctrine has removed legal personhood from immigrants at the federal level since the late 1800s, immigrants’ rightlessness and vulnerability to detention and deportation have grown since Trump was elected. It distinguishes between a sanctuary city and church-based sanctuary, holding that the latter fits more ancient conceptions of sanctuary. Access the paper here.

New Book: ‘Refugee States: Critical Refugee Studies in Canada’
Exploring “refuge” and “refugee” as concepts that shape Canadian nation-building both within and beyond national borders, Refugee States takes an interdisciplinary and critical approach to describing how refugees articulate their relation to and defiance of official discourses. Through close examinations of refugee movements, contexts, and subjectivities, this collection reveals how Canada has relied upon the rejection and inclusion of refugees as a crucial means of statecraft. Access the book here.

New Book: ‘Human Trafficking: Global History and Perspectives’
Human Trafficking: Global History and Perspectives argues that, far from being a recent development, human trafficking is rooted in the history of the human condition and has only been amplified by globalization. Using a multidisciplinary approach that traces the historical roots of human trafficking in global history, the chapters explore case studies from different parts of the world to show that human trafficking is not only a global phenomenon but a localized enigma. The contributors contend that the causes, and thus, the solutions, are rooted in local and regional social, cultural, political, and economic conditions of victims. The case studies include global, regional, and local examples to analyze the complex causes and effects of human trafficking as well as the legal ramifications. Access the book here.

New Book: ‘Perilous Medicine’
Pervasive violence against hospitals, patients, doctors, and other health workers has become a horrifically common feature of modern war. These relentless attacks destroy lives and the capacity of health systems to tend to those in need. Inaction to stop this violence undermines long-standing values and laws designed to ensure that sick and wounded people receive care. Access the book here

E-Learning: ‘GENIDA e-Learning on IPDs’
GENIDA e-learning on IDPs is aimed at empowering and equipping advocates, civil society actors, lawyers, researchers, policy analysts and law makers with practical leadership skills tailored towards creating a society that respects protects and supports IDPs. GENIDA envisions an Africa where the rights of IDPs are observed, protected and promoted. We believe that an investment in mentorship, civic education, capacity development in form of training will secure the respect, protection promotion and observance of the rights of IDPs today and in the future. Access the course here.

E-Learning: ‘Certificate in Global Displacement and Migration Studies’
Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration is offering a new Certificate in Global Displacement and Migration Studies, designed for mid-career professionals. The Certificate will be offered in a one-week intensive course format from 7-11 February with a required capstone project due a few weeks later. The online course will include both synchronous and asynchronous sessions and is intended to provide a solid academic overview of migration and displacement. Tuition is USD 5995. More information is available here

E-Learning: ‘Forced Migration – The Humanitarian Challenge of the Decade Online Training Course
The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs offers online humanitarian training courses for humanitarian students and practitioners around the world, designed to prepare current and future aid workers with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively to humanitarian crises and disasters. More information is available here.

Documentary Film: ‘Children of the Enemy’
What does it feel like to move through a world designed to limit and exclude you? What are the joys and pains of holidays for people of colour, when guidebooks are never written with them in mind? How are black lives today impacted by the othering legacy of colonial cultures and policies? What can travel tell us about our sense of self, of home, of belonging and identity? Why has the world order become hostile to human mobility, as old as humanity itself, when more people are on the move than ever? Access the film here.

Documentary Film: ‘The New Barbarism’
Healthcare and humanitarian workers are increasingly in the crosshairs as hospitals and aid centers have become part of the battlefield in today’s wars. So far, there has been little to stop the profound surge of violence seen across several open-ended conflicts which has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed health systems, triggered mass displacement and state collapse, and exposed the crisis facing the norms of international humanitarian law contained in the Geneva Conventions. Access the film here.

Documentary Film: ‘For Sama’
An intimate yet epic journey into one young mother’s experience of the Syrian conflict. In a time of conflict and darkness in her home in Aleppo, Syria, one young woman kept her camera rolling — while falling in love, getting married, having a baby and saying goodbye as her city crumbled. The award-winning documentary unfolds as a love letter from filmmaker and young mother Waad al-Kateab to her daughter — Sama. Access the film here.

Documentary Film: ‘The Cave’
From Oscar-nominated filmmaker Feras Fayyad, The Cave tells the story of a hidden underground hospital in Syria and the unprecedented female-led team who risk their lives to provide medical care to the besieged local population. Access the film here.

Research Guide: ‘Trucking and Human Trafficking’
Human trafficking, or the illegal movement of people, often for sex or labor, is a $32 billion industry that often goes undetected. Unfortunately, truck stops remain a frequent location of trafficking crimes. While truck stops are not naturally hives of crime, they are, unfortunately, convenient and central locations for traffickers to move throughout the United States. Access the guide here

JOB POSTS

ICVA Deputy Regional Representative Asia Pacifica

ICVA is seeking a Deputy Asia Regional Representative to support the execution of the ICVA strategy in the Asia Pacific region. More information available here. Deadline: 2 January 2022.

ICVA Deputy Regional Representative Asia Pacifica

The West and Central Africa (WCA) Representative will complement and support the regional representative in setting the direction and focus of ICVAs work in the WCA region in the framework of the 2019-2021 Strategy. More information available here. Deadline: 2 January 2022.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition

It is with great pleasure that the Migration Law Research Group from Ghent University is inviting you to the 2022 International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition. This international competition aims to bring together students interested in international migration and asylum law from around the globe. The moot court competition consists of a written round in October and November 2021 and a two-day oral round on 17 and 18 March 2022 in Ghent, Belgium. More information is available here.

Thriplow Charitable Trust Bursary

The Thriplow Charitable Trust has established a bursary for the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance-learning. The Thriplow Charitable Trust bursary will be awarded in March 2022. This £5,000 bursary seeks to support an outstanding student based in the UK, who might not otherwise be able to gain access to the MA in Refugee Protection. More information available here. Deadline: 21 January 2022.

Lives in Dignity Grant Facility

Following a hugely successful launch of the Lives in Dignity Grant Facility on World Refugee Day in June this year, we are excited to announce the second call for proposals, which was launched on Tuesday November 30. The second call focuses on projects in countries that have been impacted by the displacement crises related to Myanmar, Venezuela and the Sudan-South Sudan situation. In alignment with the first call, projects are expected to draw upon and develop new forms of collaboration between humanitarian, development and peace actors, with an emphasis on the engagement of affected populations and local ownership, with a total of €12m to be allocated to projects in this call. More information available here. Deadline: 23 January 2022.

Canada Must Save Syrian Boy from Threat of Jail, Torture

Canada must help Yazan Alali, a 17-year-old Syrian boy who is afraid to turn 18, because that’s when the murderous Assad regime will come to claim him for its blood-stained military. His refusal to be forcibly conscripted into an atrocities-tainted army will mark him for jail, torture or death. With most of his family in Canada, he needs an urgent Temporary Resident Permit to escape a regime condemned by Canada for its “brutal and shocking attacks on its own people.” More information available here.

IN THE NEWS

Daina Beth Solomon, After weeks walking, Mexico migrant caravan splits up on buses headed north (23 December 2021

NPR, Migrants are freezing to death at Belarus-Poland boarder (21 November 2021).

Calcutta Research Groups, Kolkata Declaration on the Need for a Coherent Protection Policy and Justice for Refugees and Migrants of Afghanistan (20 November 2021).

Farouk Chothia, Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict: How the TPLF has outflanked the army (18 November 2021).

Haroon Siddique, New bill quietly gives powers to remove British citizenship without notice (17 November 2021).

Stepfan J Bos, Poland’s forces use water cannon, tear gas against migrants (16 November 2021).

Karolina Tagaris, Aid workers face trial in Greece for spying after refugee rescues (15 November 2021).

The Guardian, Trafficking victims should be granted leave to remain in UK, high court rules (12 October 2021).

Tom Cheshire, Uyghurs tortured and beaten to death in Xinjiang, former Chinese police officer reveals (11 October 2021).

BBC News: A year in Calais: One migrantʼs year-long attempt to cross the Channel (21 September 2021).

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