Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Events and Websites


The Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford invites you to:

'No Peace of Mind: Stories of displacement in the Democratic Republic of

Join us for a photo exhibition showcasing stunning images from
photojournalists and field practitioners highlighting the effects of the
lengthy conflict in the DRC on individuals and communities.

Please see: for more

Where: University Church of St Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ
When: 1-14 December 2010 (9 am to 5 pm)

For more information, please contact Héloïse Ruaudel:
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List -


Economics of Migration -

IPPR have just pulled together all their work on migration - very useful starting-off point.

(Source: Network Bulletin -

MigrationOxford website launched

The University of Oxford is a world-leader in the study of international migration, whether forced or voluntary. We are happy to announce the launch of a new website which showcases this work: MigrationOxford

MigrationOxford has been developed by three collaborating centres in the Social Sciences Division: Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), the Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) and the International Migration Institute (IMI).

MigrationOxford provides:

* A downloadable calendar of migration-related events across the University
* A list of all academics within the University who have an interest in
international migration
* An introduction to the University's portfolio of research into the
causes and effects of migration
* Information about migration-related teaching programmes within the
* Links to the latest publications for policy, practitioner and academic

Please send all replies to:
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List -

New Publications and Journal Volumes

New reports and publications detailed from the Institute of Race Relations:

The IRR has published its: 'Annual Report 2010'.
Download the report at: (pdf file, 832kb)

The Campaign Against Criminalising Communities has published a number of briefing papers on communities affected by anti-terror laws. Download the briefing paper 1 on: 'The Tamils of Sri Lanka - oppressed at home and persecuted in the UK'. (pdf file, 220kb)

Download briefing paper 2 on: 'Baluchistan under state terror: The UK: ban on the Baluchistan Liberation Army' at: (pdf file, 380kb)

Download briefing paper 3 on: 'Euskal Herria: The struggle for independence in the Basque Country and the impact of 'terrorist' bans'. (pdf file, 348kb)

Download briefing paper 4 on: 'The UK ban on the PKK: Persecuting the Kurds'. (pdf file, 348kb)

Migreurop has published a report on: 'European borders: Controls, detention and deportations, 2009/2010 Report'.
Download the report at: (pdf file, 7.9mb)

Research Development Statistics at the Home Office has published information on: 'Children entering detention held solely under Immigration Act powers, by age and place of initial detention, (excluding Harwich), October 2010'.
Download the information at:

Research Development Statistics at the Home Office has published:' Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom - Third Quarter 2010'.
Download the information at: (pdf file, 1.1mb)

The UK Border Agency has published guidance following the Pankina judgment: 'Points-based system' - Maintenance (funds): Policy document'.
Download the guidance at: (pdf, file, 189kb)

The Migration Advisory Committee has published a report on: 'Limits on Migration: Limits on Tier 1 and Tier 2 for 2011/12 and supporting policies'. (pdf file, 3mb)

Research Development Statistics at the Home Office has published a statistical bulletin: 'Public perceptions of policing, engagement with the police and victimisation: Findings from the 2009/10 British Crime Survey: Supplementary Volume 1 to Crime in England and Wales 2009/10'.
Download the statistical bulletin at: (pdf file, 672kb)

Announced inspection of Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre carried out
between 21 and 25 June 2010 and

Unannounced short follow-up inspection of Oakington Immigration Reception
Centre carried out between 2 and 5 August 2010.

The 2010 IOM World Migration Report
(Source: IOM -

The 2010 World Migration Report has been launched yesterday in Geneva.
The full report can be downloaded for free from

The report, "The Future of Migration: Building Capacities for Change", argues that in a world where demographics, economic needs and the effects of environmental change are driving the inexorable rise in numbers of international migrants, governments and non-state actors have little choice but to invest adequate financial and human resources to ensure States, societies and migrants reap the full potential of future migration.

On November 29th, IOM will release its fifth World Migration report, entitled "The Future of Migration: Building Capacities for Change." The World Migration Report 2010, draws upon the findings of 19 background papers which are released separately today. The background papers, prepared by distinguished migration experts focus on a range of different policy themes and geographical regions, providing a global perspective on the future of migration, and the capacities which are likely to be needed to manage migration successfully in the coming years.

Future Trends in Migration: Global Outlook
"The Future of Migration Policies in the Caribbean" by Elizabeth Thomas-Hope

Migration Governance
"Irregular Migration and Mixed Flows" by Ryszard Cholewinski
"The Future of Labour Migration Costs" by Philip Martin

Migration and its Linkages with Employment, Health, Integration and Development
"The Future of Diaspora Policy" by Dovelyn Agunias
"The Future of Integration Policy" by Thomas Huddleston
"Welfare Provision for Migrants: Current Trends and Future Challenges" by Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Climate Change and Environmental Degradation: Migration as an Adaptation Strategy

New Updated reports from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC):
Nigeria: Simmering tensions cause new displacement in the “middle belt”
Read the Overview (html / pdf)
Central African Republic: Security remains fragile ahead of UN troop withdrawal and presidential election
Read the Overview (html / pdf)
Kalimantan/Indonesia: New ethnic-related displacement while earlier IDPs struggle to make return sustainable
Read the Overview (html / pdf)
The following information was detailed in the ICAR Weekly Update for the 3 December 2010:
(Source ICAR Weekly Update -

Repatriation and belonging on the borders of Uganda and South Sudan
IRRI's Senior Researcher Lucy Hovil has written UNHCR's latest working paper on the process of repatriation of Southern Sudanese refugees in Uganda. While the official repatriation process continues, the paper demonstrates that refugees are creating their own durable solutions through a combination of economic and social integration and ongoing movement in and out of Sudan. The paper explores both the process of official repatriation and the practical survival strategies and how to create better resonance between the two.

Read the full paper at

Please send all replies to:

International Refugee Rights Initiative -
(Source: Forced Migration Discussion List -

Report of the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency: An Inspection of the Civil Penalties Compliance Team - Illegal Working
Home Office Research Development Statistics published:
Tables published via Parliamentary questions on:

UNHCR Statistical Yearbook 2009 published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Target-setting for improving the socio-economic situation of migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe (Monitoring the situation of migrants and ethnic minorities - Part 2) is a new report from the European Network Against Racism (ENAR).
Asylum Appellate Project: final report of 3 year project exploring the refusal of publicly funded legal representation to asylum seekers at appeal. See also article on the report in PAFRAS newsletter
The coming of the stranger: asylum seekers, trust and hospitality in a British city by Goodall, Christine in New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 195 (UNHCR).

Publications Taken from the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog (Source:
Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Migration: A Policy Perspective (IOM, Dec. 2010) [text via ReliefWeb]

Ending Internal Displacement: The Long-term IDPs in Sri Lanka, Working Paper, no. 66 (RSC, Nov. 2010) [text]

Flowing into the State: Returning Refugee Youth and Citizenship in Angola, Working Paper, no. 68 (RSC, Dec. 2010) [text]

Iraq Special Focus Reports: Female Headed Households (IOM, Nov. 2010) [text]
- See also related IRIN story.

Negotiating Childhood: Age Assessment in the UK Asylum System, Working Paper, no. 67 (RSC, Nov. 2010) [text]

Perspectives of the EU Asylum System (European People's Party, Dec. 2010) [text]
- See related ECRE comment.

"Refugees in Kenya," CE DAT Scene, no. 15 (Nov. 2010) [text]

The Struggle for Belonging: Forming and Reforming Identities among 1.5-generation Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Working Paper, no. 70 (RSC, Dec. 2010) [text]

Tony Blair's Asylum Policies: The Narratives and Conceptualisations at the Heart of New Labour's Restrictionism, Working Paper, no. 69 (RSC, Dec. 2010) [text]
Access to Protection Denied: Refoulement of Refugees and Minors on the Eastern Borders of the EU – The Case of Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine (Border Monitoring Project Ukraine, Nov. 2010) [text]

Displaced Iraqis: Integrated International Strategy Needed to Reintegrate Iraq’s Internally Displaced and Returning Refugees (GAO, Dec. 2010) [text]

Isolated in Detention: Limited Access to Legal Counsel in Immigration Detention Facilities Jeopardizes a Fair Day in Court (National Immigrant Justice Center, Sept. 2010) [text]
- In UK context, see also "New restrictions on legal support for asylum detainees."
Hoping for Peace, Afraid of War: The Dilemmas of Repatriation and Belonging on the Borders of Uganda and South Sudan, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 196 (UNHCR, Nov. 2010) [text]
2010 High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Background Paper: Protection Gaps and Challenges (UNHCR, Nov. 2010) [text]

Fit for the Future? Strengthening the Leadership Pillar of Humanitarian Reform (NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project, Nov. 2010) [text]

News Stories

Guardian Online  (07/12/2010):  Government confirms plans to curb international student numbers
Telegraph Online (07/12/2010): Foreign students forced to go home after studies under tough new immigration rules
Guardian Online (07/12/2010): Cross-party MPs voice 'profound concern' to Theresa May over plans to bar foreign students
Independent Online (07/12/2010): MP's assistant is fighting deportation

Telegraph Online (06/12/2010): Foreign student crackdown
Telegraph Online (04/12/2010): Government to review future of immigration advisers
Human Rights Watch (04/12/2010): Burma: Eyewitness Accounts of Abuses in Eastern Fighting

Guardian Online (01/12/2010): Nick Clegg to announce timetable for ending child detentions
UKBA (30/11/2010): Child asylum cases

Guardian Online  (28/11/2010):   To see how fascism can be throttled, look at Barking
Guardian Online (28/11/2010):  The Conservatives' immigration cap is a control that seems to suit nobody
Guardian Online (28/11/2010):   Croydon asylum centre will be as bad as Yarl's Wood, says charity
Refugee Council (25/11/2010): Refugee Council response to Home Office child detention and asylum stats published today
Independent Online (23/11/10): Migrant workers to be cut by a fifth

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

CMRB/Runnymede Trust Conference - 'Secularism, Racism and the Politics of Belonging' - 27 January 2011

Dear colleagues,

Following the highly successful conference 'Migration, Racism and Religion' in February, CMRB and Runnymede Trust are organising a follow up event which aims to explore some of the important themes that emerged from the last event.

The conference will address how questions of race, religion and religious affiliation operate in state policies and civil society in Britain and beyond. It examines how matters of faith are constructed in relation to old and new forms of racism and to other contemporary political projects of belonging. It considers the implications for citizenship and social solidarity in the context of “the Big Society”.

These issues will be examined in relation to specific questions which have occupied the British public in recent years: constructions of “faith communities” in relation to ethnic identities; the place of religion in equality legislation and legal pluralism; debates about dress codes; and the effect of particular forms of religious education, including separate faith schools. This conference will take these issues forward and promises to be highly charged.

Continuing with the inclusive and open format of previous events, this conference brings together academics and researchers, community activists, race equality groups, and leading figures from secular, Christian, Muslim and Jewish organisations.

As before, the event will be free of charge to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

We would ask you to circulate these details to those you feel may be interested in participating in the discussion.

Further details are available at and will be updated regularly.

Kind regards,

Steve Thorpe
CMRB Administrator