WELCOME: Law and Society in Lisbon 2022!
Welcome to our second quarterly newsletter of the year: Volume 4, Issue 2. This issue is possible because of the volunteered contribution of Zoe Ochwango, our new CRN11 Newsletter Editor. Please join me in saying thank you to Zoe for a fabulous work done!
Are you excited about LSA 2022? Yes, we are really looking to the 7th Global Annual Meeting (Rage, Reckoning, & Remedy) of the Law and Society Association in Lisbon, Portugal from 13-16 July 2022. We’ve been told that this year’s annual meeting is LSA’s largest conference ever with over 4,500 registrants, many of whom are from the continent of Africa. This is promising and an excellent opportunity for us to expand CRN-11.
On that note, we are happy to announce that we have a total of five sessions and eighteen (18) presentations (details below) organised for you. Most importantly, CRN11 Business Meeting is scheduled for Friday, 15 July 2022 at 2:45 PM — 4:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time). To RSVP, kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org by 13 July 2022 to participate from anywhere.
CRN 11’s Migration, Displacement, and Development book series with Rowman and Littlefield (Lexington Books) is accepting manuscripts for publications. We are particularly interested in receiving manuscripts from emerging scholars and PhD candidates from the Global South. For more information, email us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, we would like to reaffirm our support for all those displaced by war and conflict in Ukraine, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Israel-Palestine, and Myanmar
Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender
DISPLACED PEOPLES’ RIGHTS AND PROTECTION
The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) works in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC), to support the refugees who – despite the challenges of displacement and the COVID-19 pandemic – have continued to train to keep their dreams of competing in Tokyo alive. The Refugee Olympic and Paralympic Teams travelling to Tokyo will bring hope and inspiration to millions worldwide and will shine a light on the power of sport to help displaced people rebuild their lives. More information available here.
In May 2022, over fifty anti-human trafficking experts from around twenty countries and territories met in Croatia to discuss measures to tackle sex trafficking in South-Eastern Europe by focussing on the demand that fuels sexual exploitation. Regular research, conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), consistently shows that the most detected form of human trafficking is for the purpose of sexual exploitation – with the majority of victims being women and girls. “Demand is the bridge between the victim and the trafficker – without the demand, there would not be the supply,” said Silke Albert, the Head of UNODC’s Global Programmes against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. More information available here.
On 10 June 2022, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released new data showing that while reported numbers of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe are fewer than in 2015, journeys are becoming more fatal. According to UNHCR, last year, some 3,231 were recorded as dead or missing at sea in the Mediterranean and the northwest Atlantic, with 1,881 in 2020; 1,510 in 2019; and more than 2,277 for 2018. UNHCR has continuously been warning of the horrific experiences and dangers faced by refugees and migrants who resort to these journeys. In addition to the rising death toll at sea, UNHCR remains concerned that deaths and abuses are widespread along land routes, most commonly in and through the countries of origin and transit, including Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya. More information available here.
At the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 9056th Meeting, Pramila Patten, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, recalled her recent visit to Ukraine and outlined the elements of a recently signed framework of cooperation on the prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence, which seeks to strengthen accountability and combat those abhorrent crimes. “Too often have the needs of women and girls in conflict settings been side-lined and treated as an afterthought,” she said, welcoming that the newly signed framework makes them an explicit priority. Voicing regret over a stark discrepancy between that painful reality and the global community’s ambition to end the use of rape as a tactic of war, allegations of sexual violence by Russian troops in Ukraine are mounting as the conflict passes its 100-day mark, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council. More information available here.
On 2 June 2022, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomes the announcement that the parties to the conflict in Yemen have agreed to the United Nations’ proposal to renew the current truce for an additional two months. The renewal of the truce will positively impact the safety and wellbeing of children and their families in Yemen, after far too many years of suffering. We hope this will lead to a lasting peace in Yemen. This is the only way to spare children’s lives and prevent more misery and grief for families caught up in this conflict.”
More information is available here.
CRN-11 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Law and Society 2022, Lisbon, Portugal
Thursday, 14 July 2022
In-Person Paper Session
Session Title: Precarity, Legality, and Indigeneity: Migrants in Limbo
Abstract: With violent conflict and hostility towards displaced peoples spread across the globe, this session confronts the disturbing uncertainties that ethnic minorities, migrants at sea, deportees, and undocumented persons experience persistently.
Session Chair/Discussant: Mengia Tschalaer, Bristol University
Date and Time: 14 July 2022: 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time)
Location: Sedas Nunes, 1E.02
The Legal Status and Perspectives of Ethnic Minorities in European States: The Nationality Gambit
Magdalena Butrymowicz. Wl. Grabskiego
Authoritarian Immigration Law and Policies in Turkey
Zeynep Kivilcim, Humboldt University Berlin
Experiences with Motherhood of Lesbian-Identifying Womxn Seeking Asylum in Germany
Mengia Tschalaer, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Human Rights and Undocumented Migrants in South Africa’s Lindela Repatriation Centre
Samuel Uwem, University of KwaZulu-Natal
The Violent Removal of Evidence for a Right to Stay: a Study of Swedish Return Migration Law in Action
Anna Lundberg, Linkoping University
Friday, 15 July 2022
Virtual Roundtable Session
Session Title: Migration, Displacement, and Development Book Series Workshop
Abstract: Migration, Displacement, and Development: A Critical Inquiry (MDD) is a recently created book series published by Lexington. This 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. This workshop brings together five of the MDD series editors and advisory board members to discuss three topics: 1) the importance of our book series themes in this time of global disruption and displacement; 2) detail on how workshop attendees can publish their research in the new book series; and 3) suggestions on how to turn attendee research into a book-length manuscript. The overarching goal of the workshop is to encourage emerging scholars in the field to consider submitting a manuscript to the MDD book series.
Session Chair/Discussant: Veronica Fynn Bruey, Athabasca University
Date and Time: 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time)
Location: Virtual 02
Steven Bender, Seattle University
John Idriss Lahai, University of New England
Heaven Crawley, Coventry University
Kate Ogg, Australian National University
In-Person Paper Session
Session Title: Evidencing Border Violence in Europe: The Social Realities of Litigation and Adjudication
Abstract: Border violence has racial and colonial implications, which are evident at European borders (Achiume 2019). The panel aims at bringing together border realities, as documented by activists, journalists, researchers and lawyers, with what emerges from case-law and statements by states. Violence at the border has been systematically denied by authorities and seeking accountability, amongst others by bringing it to courts, is a challenge for various reasons. The panel presents papers that examine the role of evidence in pushback litigation and adjudication. We seek to encourage a truly interdisciplinary debate that takes seriously law in the books and examines challenges and avenues for translating empirical research into legal processes, and the reverse.
Session Chair: Jessica Greenberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Discussant: Leila Kawar, University of Michigan
Date and Time: 7/15/2022, 12:45 PM — 2:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time)
Location: Sedas Nunes, 1E.02
On Migration and (Soft) Authoritarianism. Evidencing the border regime at the Polish-Belarusian frontier
Jens Adam, University of Bremen
Official Poof of Unofficial Practices: Evidencing Border Violence and Access Barriers to the European Court of Human Rights
Jill Alpes, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University and Grazyna Baranowska, Hertie School
Lost in Translation? Strategic Litigation, Courts and the Margin: Insights from the French-Italian Border
Bastien Charaudeau Santomauro, Sciences Po Law School, Yale University
Litigating at Sea: Violence and impunity in Search and Rescue in the Mediterranean
Mariana Gkliati, Radboud University
Representations and Uses of Human Rights Conventions: An Analysis of Subnational Lawmakers’ Relationship to International Law
Jonathan Miaz, University of Lausanne
In-Person Paper Session
Session Title: Forced Migration Laws as a Legacy of Colonialism
Abstract: The collision of colonialism and decolonization has shaped laws aimed at controlling forced migration. This panel analyzes that process and its legacies. The founding of the UN and the 1951 Refugee Convention included attempts to silence colonized people, and was reflected in a refugee regime that primarily applied to Europeans. That process was contested, however, and important exceptions to the colonial application clause promoted the expansion of the UNHCR outside Europe in unintended ways. Colonial histories intertwined with domestic policies and the international regime. In Brazil, colonial attempts to whiten the population through migration shaped post-independence policies. The legacies of colonialism are further visible in contemporary efforts to criminalize the activities of organizations working on behalf of irregular migrants.
Session Chair/Discussant: David FitzGerald, Univ. of California, San Diego
Date and Time: 7/15/2022, 12:45 PM — 2:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time)
Location: Ala Autónoma, Auditório Silva Leal
The West Over the Rest? The Making of the 1951 Refugee Convention and States’ Colonial-ignorant Debates,
Ulrike Krause, Osnabrück University
Coloniality, Antiblackness and Migration Systems in Brazil
Natalia Cintra, University of Southampton
Situating crimes of solidarity in the long durée of colonialism
Lucy Mayblin, The University of Sheffield
From the 1951 Convention to the 1967 Protocol: Colonial Legacies, State Succession, and the Globalization of the International Refugee Regime
Benjamin White, University of Glasgow
CRN11 Displaced Peoples Business Meeting
Session Chair: Veronica Fynn Bruey
Date and Time: 7/15/2022, 2:45 PM — 4:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time)
Location: Building II Meeting Room B1.02
***To RSVP, kindly email email@example.com by 13 July 2022 to participate from anywhere.***
Saturday, 16 July 2022
Virtual Paper Session
Session Title: International Security and Human Rights
Abstract: This session welcomes research concerned with international security and human rights, meaning discussions on vulnerabilities, economic migration, refugees and human trafficking and the violation of Human Rights as well the initiatives and protection by the state.
Session Chair: Lara Costa, Brazilian War College
Discussant: Fernanda Duarte, UFF (INCT-InEAC) & UNESA
Date and Time: 7/16/2022, 4:45 PM — 6:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time)
Location: Virtual 01
Identifying and Addressing Legal Deserts for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Megan Lundstrom, The Avery Center
Angela C. Henderson, University of Northern Colorado
Criminal Regime Disruption and Diffusion: Examining the Impact of Illegal Market and Governance Shocks on Organized Criminal Group Dynamics
Philip Jones, Carleton University
Abolish Deportation for Poor People: A Proposal for the Immigrant Rights Movement
Emily Tucker, Georgetown Law Center
Call for Book Proposal: Migration, Displacement and Development
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Call For Volunteers: Advertisement and Promotion Committee
Become a CRN-11 Research Collaborator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Deadline: Open
GENERAL CALLS: UPCOMING EVENTS
Digitized Migrants Conference
Hosted in the framework of the Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration by: Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (MCRG) and Migration Research Centre, Koç University (MiReKoc). The conference will be held on 15-16 September 2022. Register here.
Research Topic: War and Asylum
This Research Topic in Frontiers in Human Dynamics is dedicated to the topic of “War and Asylum.” Article submissions are welcome on any aspect of this subject. Abstract submission deadline: 26 August 2022. More information is available here.
IASFM ’19, San Paolo, Brazil
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 1-5 August 2022 and hosted online by Universidade Católica de Santos (UniSantos). More information is available here. Registration: opens here.
CARFMS22: Crisis” and Forced Migration: Manifestations of Power in a Changing World
Centre of Migration Research’s 2023 Special Issue: “The State and Migrations”
The Centre of Migration Research (University of Warsaw)’s 2023 Special Issue: “The State and Migrations” in the Journal: “Social Policy Issues is calling for papers. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript proposal for this special issue, please send an abstract of 500–1,500 words outlining the manuscript’s contents, including its fit with this special issue to the editors. The full paper should be delivered by mid-October 2022. The article’s length should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words, including abstract, references and footnotes. For more information email the editors: Marta Pachocka at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marta Jaroszewicz at email@example.com. Deadline for submission: 30 June 2022.
Reframing Challenges of Internal Displacement in the Sahel
Complex and interlinking crises of instability and forced displacement in the Sahel region have shaped national, regional and international responses to humanitarian emergencies over the last decade. Sahelian states, humanitarian and military actors struggle to develop sustainable solutions to multiple challenges with dramatic consequences for local populations forced to flee. The conference will be held on 20 June 2022. Register here.
Mediated Wars, Mediated Refuge
Post-Graduate & Early Career Seminar. The seminar is held in a hybrid mode (in-person and online). This all-day post-graduate & early career seminar seeks to understand the relationship between communication, global politics, and war. It examines the role of global media in shaping the global conversation around war, global security, resistance, and refuge. The seminar will be held on 20 June 2022. Register here.
Asia Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law
The Asia-Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law is a publication of the Institute of International Legal Studies University of the Philippines Law Center (UP-IILS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Submission of articles are invited on subjects related to international humanitarian law, humanitarian policy or humanitarian action, provided the article has not been published or accepted elsewhere. In order to qualify for submission, an article must either be authored by someone from, or based in, the Asia-Pacific region or, alternatively, be about the Asia-Pacific region. More information is available here. Deadline: rolling
Rewriting Jurisprudence: Centring Refugee and Migration Lived Experience is an ongoing project. In its first phase, they will be publishing a selection of rewritten judgments as articles in a special issue of a journal. They will then work towards producing a broader range of rewritten judgments for publication as an edited collection. Our strong preference is that these publications will be open access. During the project they will also publish shortened or draft versions as blog posts as a way of ensuring both accessibility and timeliness of contributions. To submit and abstract: click here.
RESEARCH, AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
Notice of Funding Opportunity for Resettlement Support Center (RSC) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and RSC Turkey and Middle East (TuME)
This announcement references PRM’s General NGO Guidelines, which contain additional information on PRM’s priorities and NGO funding strategy with which selected organizations must comply. Please use both the General NGO Guidelines and this announcement to ensure that your concept note submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements and that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities. More information available here. Deadline: 8 July 2022
PhD and Postdoc Positions
Applications are invited for the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for migration and mobility studies. The Postdoctoral Researchers and Doctoral Students will contribute to one of the NCCR – on the move projects at one of the eight partner universities in Switzerland. More information available here. Deadline: 30 June 2022
Request for Concept Notes for Operational Partners on the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Pilot Program
This announcement references PRM’s General NGO Guidelines, which contain additional information on PRM’s priorities and NGO funding strategy with which selected organizations must comply. Please use both the General NGO Guidelines and this announcement to ensure that your concept note submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements and that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities. More information available here. Deadline: 20 June 2022.
University Researcher, EuroStorie
The Faculty of Arts of the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position for a three-year fixed term period from 1 September 2022 onwards (or as agreed) to contribute to the subproject Migration and the Narratives of Europe as an “Area of Freedom, Security and Justice” of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Law, Identity and the European Narratives (EuroStorie, www.eurostorie.org). There is a six-month trial period for the position. More information available here. Deadline: 16 June 2022.
Funding Programme Forced Migration
The Gerda Henkel Foundation welcomes research projects that adopt multidisciplinary approaches within this framework. Engaging in comparisons across regions and time periods should also be a priority here. Projects that incorporate intersectional perspectives and issues are highly desirable too. Depending on the research approach taken and possibilities at hand, cooperation with local knowledge producers (researchers as well as civil society actors), or people affected by displacement within countries of origin or asylum (particularly in the “Global South”), is strongly encouraged. More information is provided here. Deadline: 15 June 2022.
Grant Opportunities for Organizations Led by Displaced and Stateless People
UNHCR introduces new grant agreements that will allow them to get engaged with organizations led by displaced and stateless people in Indonesia as their partners. These new grants aim to create a simple mechanism to provide financial support to these organizations in order to assist them in realizing their projects and building their capacity; they will also allow them to work directly with the people we serve without having to use intermediaries. More information is available here. Deadline: Rolling
Humanitarian Response Program Officer- Ukraine Response (Remote)
Applications are invited for a temporary assignment until the end of December 2022, with possibility of extending. In response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, CWS is establishing humanitarian and emergency response programming in Moldova. This position supports the regional and in-country teams with programmatic support including program analysis, backstopping, grants management, and coordination. More information available here. Deadline: 30 June 2022
New Report: Ukraine Internal Displacement Report
Between April 11 and 17, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) conducted the third round of a rapid representative assessment of the general population in Ukraine to gather insights into internal displacement and mobility flows and to assess local needs. This general population survey serves as a preliminary source to identify areas with high humanitarian needs and inform the targeting of response to assist the war-affected population. The geographical scope of the assessment covers the entire territory of Ukraine, all five macro-regions (East, North, Centre, South, and the city of Kyiv), except the Crimean peninsula. Find the full report here
New Report: Refugee Reports by Lebanese American University
For twelve weeks, the Institute for Migration Studies is partnering with organizations worldwide to shed light on twelve refugee communities’ experiences of refuge and displacement to shift the focus back to the conflicts that no longer make the headlines. In partnership with the Global Research Network’s ‘War, Conflict and Global Migration Think Tank’, the third profile focuses on Burundi’s conflict that can be understood in the context of colonial and post-colonial historical migration patterns. In the fourth week, in partnership with the Department of Migration and Globalization, Danube University Krems is focused on displacement in Afghanistan and the current trends post-re-establishment of Taliban rule after ending a two-decade-long military presence in the country. Find the full report here.
New Report: Pushed into the Shadows: Mexico’s Reception of Haitian Migrants
Mexico’s response to Haitians seeking safety has been chaotic, neglectful, and discriminatory. A Refugees International team spoke with Haitian men and women about their experiences finding safety in Mexico and throughout the hemisphere—and recommended a new approach. Find the full report here.
New Report: After the Coup: Burkina Faso’s Humanitarian and Displacement Crisis
Burkina Faso’s humanitarian emergency is getting worse. A longer-than-usual dry season and a worsening global grain shortage amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict—where more than a third of the country’s grains are imported—make the action more urgent than ever. Find the full report here.
New Report: “I’m a Prisoner Here”: Biden Administration Policies Lock Up Asylum Seekers
The Biden administration has detained tens of thousands of asylum seekers in violation of the UN Refugee Convention. The 1951 UN Refugee Convention states that signatory nations “shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees… provided they present themselves without delay.”The United States has the most extensive immigration detention system in the world. Find the full report here.
Journal Article: ‘Twentieth Century Histories of Civic Society Responses to Crises of Displacement’
This special issue of displaced voices marks the 70th anniversary of the UK Refugee Council. The articles in this issue take up the theme of voluntary organizations that support refugees, from the local to the national, interrogating how volunteer and community work at various scales can help refugees, build understanding and solidarity, and develop connections between historically disparate refugee arrivals. This issue raises new questions about what it means to organize for refugees and our roles and responsibilities. Get the full paper here.
Journal Article: ‘A Network Society Communicative Model for Optimising the Refugee Status Determination System’
The book aims to analyze the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) to locate the reader on the development of the theme, the forms and actors responsible for its application, and, in the last chapter, to present suggestions for improving the RSD system developed around the world. In addition, the text provides several elements that mark these 70 years of development of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees while touching on sensitive issues. Find the publication here.
Journal Article: ‘Solidarity in the Time of COVID-19: Refugee Experiences in Brazil’
Refugees have adopted solidarity actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, even after being left behind during health emergencies. This article contributes to the literature on solidarity and asylum by discussing refugees’ solidarity narratives towards vulnerable Brazilian groups, the refugee community, and the Brazilian population in general. The author conducted 29 in-depth semi-structured interviews with refugees living in Brazil between March 27 and April 6, 2020. Refugees’ past suffering experiences make them more empathic to other people’s suffering due to the pandemic, which creates an inclusive victim consciousness that seems to explain their soli- darity narratives towards different groups. Find the publication here.
Journal Article: ‘More Important than COVID-19”: Temporary Visas and Compounding Vulnerabilities for Health and Well-Being from the COVID-19 Pandemic for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Australia’
Refugees and asylum seekers on temporary visas typically experience interacting issues related to employment, financial precarity, and poor health and well-being. Interviews were conducted before and during the COVID-19 pandemic with 15 refugees and asylum seekers living in South Australia on temporary visas. The authors found that COVID-19 led to adverse health and other outcomes such as employment challenges. The findings emphasize the importance of immigration and welfare policy. Find the full paper here.
Journal Article: ‘Locating the Concept of Vulnerability in Canada’s Refugee Policies at Home and Abroad’
This article presents findings from research conducted as part of the VULNER project (2019–23). The authors analyze how the vulnerability is operationalized in Canada’s inland refugee (or asylum) determination procedures compared to its overseas resettlement program by first discussing some general principles, followed by examining the treatment of women and LGBTQI+ individuals seeking protection. Find the full article here.
Journal Article: ‘The Impacts of Internal Displacement on Local Communities: Examples from Ethiopia and Somalia ’
Assumptions about the impacts of internal displacement often associate the arrival of internally displaced people (IDPs) with a rise in prices, unemployment, and insecurity in the areas to which they flee. This article questions these assumptions using primary data collected from over 300 IDPs living in settlements in Ethiopia and Somalia, and 300 members of non-displaced populations living in surrounding local communities. Find the full article here.
Policy Paper: Beyond consultation: Towards meaningful participation of refugees
Research on forced displacement reveals a wide gap between policy processes and the people that such processes seek to assist. This paper proposes actionable recommendations on how to operationalize the concept of ‘meaningful refugee participation’ in decision-making processes that affect the lives of refugees. Access the paper here.
Policy Brief: ‘As people continue to flee Ukraine, Europe must turn its promises of protection into a lasting reality’
As refugees continue to flee Ukraine, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) outlines eight key actions the EU and its member states must take to ensure a humane and effective response. Access the paper here.
Magazine Article: ‘How LGBTQI+ to LGBTQI+ support is helping Ukrainian refugees find safety in the EU
In just over three months since Russia began its full-scale invasion, nearly seven million people have fled Ukraine as refugees. The vast majority are Ukrainian women and children who have been received in neighbouring countries, mainly with open arms. Access the article here.
Documentary Film: ‘Flee’
Flee is an animated account of a young Afghan boy named Amin’s perilous journey, and it begins with a powerful question: “What does home mean to you?” It then goes on to describe how Amin, who used to shut out the world with his headphones while listening to pop music, can no longer ignore Afghanistan’s civil unrest. Find the full documentary here.
Documentary Film: ‘Born in Syria’
The documentary tells the stories of seven children whose lives and families have been shattered. The essence of the film is encapsulated in the words of 13-year-old Marwan, who says, “I thought crossing the sea would be the worst, but having nowhere to go is worse.” Find the documentary here.
Documentary Film: ‘Human Flow’
This film confronts us with stories that are largely untold, using drones to sweep across the flow of migrants and intimate accounts shot with phone cameras. The film is a call to compassion and empathy for fellow humans who have nothing to do with the geopolitical upheavals in which they are helplessly caught. Find the documentary here.
Documentary Film: ‘First they killed my father’
Angelina Jolie’s film adaptation of activist Loung Ung’s autobiographical book by Oscar-winning actor, director, and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie allows us to see the Cambodian genocide through the eyes of a young survivor. The film recounts how the young girl and her family endured unspeakable suffering under Pol Pot’s regime. Find the film here.
E-Learning: ‘Interpreting for Refugees: Contexts, Practices, and Ethics Course – The University of Glasgow’
Enroll in this 3-week online course and Learn skills to meet the challenges of interpreting for refugees and share your experiences with other interpreters in the sector. More information is available here.
E-Learning: ‘MA In Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies’
The online program by the University of London provides a solid legal, practical, and theoretical understanding of refugee protection and forced migration. You will become more independent in managing and critiquing law, policy, and practice, and also in gathering, organizing, and deploying evidence to form balanced judgments and develop policy recommendations. More information is available here.
E-Learning: ‘Master’s Degree in Migration and Refugee Care’
The Online Master in Migration and Attention to Refugees offered by the Seneca Institute, aims to respond to the need for the qualification that is needed in an area that demands professional attention, in response to the delicate situation presented by migrant and refugee groups. More information is available here.
New Book: ‘Internally Displaced Persons and the Law in Nigeria’
This book examines the national legal frameworks in place for internally displaced people in Nigeria and considers how they can be extended to provide further legal protection. This book will be of interest to researchers of African studies and internal displacement, as well as to policy makers, civil society organizations, humanitarian actors, and other regional and international stakeholders. Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Internally Displaced Persons and International Refugee Law’
This book explores to what extent the protection of IDPs complements or conflicts with international refugee law. Three questions form the core of the book’s analysis: What is the legal and normative relationship between IDPs and refugees? To what extent is an individual’s real risk of internal displacement in their country of origin relevant to the qualification and cessation of refugee status? Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Jobs Interventions for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons’
This literature review brings together two strands of research to inform the design of successful job interventions in this context: the evidence on how forced displacement impacts those forcibly displaced in their economic lives and the existing knowledge on jobs interventions for refugees and IDPs. Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Durable Solutions’
The book reveals the simultaneous progress and setbacks in implementing durable solutions. Successfully combining approaches from humanistic studies, international relations, and organizational sociology, this book explains the interaction of norms and actors at and among three societal levels: the international, national, and local. Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Being-Here’
Exploring the lifeworlds of Halima, Omar and Mohamed, three middle-aged Somalis living in Melbourne, Australia, the author discusses the interrelated meanings of emplacement and displacement as experienced in people’s everyday lives. Through their experiences of displacement and placemaking, Being-Here examines the figure of the refugee as a metaphor for societal alienation and estrangement, and moves anthropological theory towards a new understanding of the crucial existential links between Sein (Being) and Da (Here). Access the book here.
New Book: ‘From Bureaucracy to Bullets’
There are currently a record-setting number of forcibly displaced persons in the world. This number continues to rise as solutions to alleviate humanitarian catastrophes of large-scale violence and displacement continue to fail. The likelihood of the displaced returning to their homes is becoming increasingly unlikely. In many cases, their homes have been destroyed as the result of violence. Why are the homes of certain populations targeted for destruction? What are the impacts of loss of home upon children, adults, families, communities, and societies? Access the book here.
Blog Post: ‘Why should migration research focus on African intermediary cities?’
Intermediary city’s functionality and connectivity can be shaped through networked flows formed by human mobility, ideas, technology, trade, and capital among other factors. Access the post here.
Podcast: ‘Is it possible to predict future forced displacement?’
In this episode of Fixing Aid, host Alae Ismail explores if aid responses could be improved if the forced displacements of the future were more accurately predicted. Access the podcast here.
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CAMPAIGNS, AND ALERTS
World Refugee Day 2022: Worldwide Events
Each year on June 20, the world celebrates World Refugee Day. This year, the focus will be on the right to seek safety. Every person on this planet has a right to seek safety – whoever they are, wherever they come from and whenever they are forced to flee. Watch this page leading up to 20 June 2022 for more information and activities. More information here.
Postgraduate Course: MA Refugee Care
Interested in the course but want to study online? This unique course brings together people from diverse walks of life and parts of the globe to explore how we can care for refugees more effectively. Through lively seminar discussion we unpack refugee experiences as multi-dimensional and complex, and explore psychosocial perspectives and different types of intervention and activism. We discuss how we may become more therapeutic in our work with refugees, beyond merely offering psychotherapy. More information here.
Refugee Week 2022: Share Your Ideas
Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity, and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is a growing global movement. The 2022 theme for Refugee Week and World Refugee Week is ‘Healing’. Through creativity and conversations, Refugee Week 2022 will be a celebration of community, mutual care, and the human ability to start again. More information here
#KuuleekoKukaan (#CanAnyoneHear) Campaign
A new campaign has launched in Finland that gives a platform to voices and viewpoints that might not otherwise be heard. The campaign gives migrants with a refugee background the opportunity to make their voices heard in terms of participation in Finnish society and services. It shares blog posts and social media posts created by people with a refugee background, connected and promoted by the hashtag #KuuleekoKukaan. More information here
Unaccompanied Footsteps Campaign
Campaign to raise awareness of the risks faced by unaccompanied refugee and migrant children and adolescents in Latin America. Join the campaign with the hashtag: #UnaccompaniedFootsteps. More information here.
IN THE NEWS
The Guardian, Number of displaced people passes 100m for the first time, says UN (10 June 2022)
AfricaNews, Algeria ends 2-decade friendship treaty with Spain over Western Sahara (9 June 2022)
Telesur, Colombia’s Beloved ‘Doña Tuta’ Is Shot Dead (8 June 2022)
Reuters, UK aims to send the first group of asylum seekers to Rwanda on June 14 (1 June 2022)
Sudbury, Immigration report shows skills don’t always match job market (30 May 2022)
Aljazeera, Refugees in Kenya’s Kakuma and Daadab Camps still in limbo, (28 May 2022)
BBC News, How many Ukrainians have fled their homes and where have they gone? (26 May 2022)
Philippine Canadian Inquirer, How many immigrants will Canada welcome over the coming years? (25 May 2022)
The Montreal Gazette, First of three flights bringing about 900 Ukrainians to Canada lands in Winnipeg (23 May 2022)
The Guardian, Immigration detainees transferred from Melbourne to Christmas Island amid heated protests (4 May 2022)
Aljazeera, More than 3,000 lost at sea trying to reach Europe in 2021: UN (29 April 2022)
Norwegian Refugee Council, Will global donors rise to the occasion and prevent starvation and death for millions in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya? (25 April 2022)
Reliefweb, Quarterly Mixed Migration Update Asia, Quarter 1, 2022 (21 April 2022)
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