Showing posts with label racism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label racism. Show all posts

27 June 2014

Thematic Focus: Statelessness

New campaign:

International Campaign to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws [access]
- For more information, read this UNHCR press release and ENS blog post.


The Dream of a Common Identity: Statelessness and Nationality in Africa (Statelessness Programme Blog, June 2014) [text]

"Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Race-based Statelessness in the Americas," Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives (Forthcoming, 2014?) [eprint via SSRN]

International Conference on Migration and Statelessness: Identifying Challenges and the Way Forward, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 23-24 June 2014 [info]
- See also introductory remarks.

The Story Behind Finding Some of Europe’s Invisible People (ENS Blog, June 2014) [text]

Who are You? Fraud, Impersonation and Loss of Nationality without Procedural Protection (ENS Blog, June 2014) [text]

Web resource:

Statelessness (UNHCR) [access]
- "An e-Learning course from UNHCR containing six modules on key Statelessness issues. The purpose of the interactive, practical online course is to raise awareness of Statelessness, its causes and consequences and to explain the relevant legal framework and UNHCR's Statelessness mandate. The programme uses practical examples and scenarios to guide the learner through the typical activities of the work of UNHCR on Statelessness."  See also related ENS blog post.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (10 June 2014)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

25 February 2014

Regional Focus: Americas, incl. Criminal Violence


Asylum Fraud in New York's Chinatown? (ImmigrationProf Blog, Feb. 2014) [text]

"Dictatorships, Refugees and Reparation in the Southern Cone of Latin America," Forced Migration Review, no. 45 (Feb. 2014) [open access]

The Long and Winding Road for Migrants in Mexico (LiveWire, Feb. 2014) [text]

"Mexico: From the Guiding Principles to National Responsibilities on the Rights of IDPs," Forced Migration Review, no. 45 (Feb. 2014) [open access]

"New OAS Conventions Protecting IDPs against Racism and Discrimination," Forced Migration Review, no. 45 (Feb. 2014) [open access]

Supporting Durable Solutions to Urban, Post-disaster Displacement: Challenges and Opportunities in Haiti (Brookings & IOM, Feb. 2014) [text]

UN Refugee Agency Chief Calls on Latin America to Champion Protection and Solutions for Displaced Populations (UNHCR, Feb. 2014) [text]
- References meeting that "launched the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees."

Web site:

Red Latinoamericana de migración forzada = Latin American Network on Forced Migration [access]
- "La RLMF vincula a académicos con miembros de organizaciones de la sociedad civil para construir y compartir conocimiento que aporte al debate político sobre migración forzada en América Latina y el Caribe."

Criminal violence & protection:

"Board of Immigration Appeals Delivers Two Judgments Defining 'Particular Social Group'," ELENA Weekly Legal Update, 14 Feb. 2014 [text]

*Central Americans Displaced by Criminal Violence: A Roundtable Discussion, Washington, DC, 11 Feb. 2014 [info]

"Criminal Violence and Displacement in Mexico," Forced Migration Review, no. 45 (Feb. 2014) [open access]

*Helping Asylum Seekers Persecuted by Gang Violence: Victory at the Ninth Circuit (CGRS, Feb. 2014) [text]

"To Group or not to Group? Refugee Status for Central American Victims of Gang Violence," Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 22, no. 1 (Winter 2013) [abstract]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (6 Feb. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

20 September 2013

Regional Focus: Australia


Modern and Classical Racism toward Refugees among North Queenslanders, Presentation at the Unity in Diversity Conference, 16-17 August 2013, Townsville, Australia [text]

"'There but for the grace of God go we': Prejudice toward Asylum Seekers," Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, vol. 19, no. 3 (2013) [postprint]

Turning Our Backs: Responding to 'the Boats', Sydney, 5 Sept. 2013 [info]
- Follow this link for a summary of the seminar and access to videos of the presentations

The Violence of Omission: Australia’s Refugee Policy (Border Criminologies, Aug. 2013) [text]

Where to Now for Asylum Seeker Policy under Tony Abbott? (The Conversation, Sept. 2013) [text]


Attitudes toward Refugees in Australia: Influence of Education and Cultural Background, Deakin University, Melbourne [info]
- Participants sought for research project.

Web site:

Asylum Insight: Facts and Analysis [access]
- "[A]ims to provide factually accurate and comprehensive information and commentary that locates Australian asylum policy in a global context."

[Image credit: Turning Our Backs: Responding to 'the Boats', Sydney, 5 Sept. 2013]

Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

09 August 2013

Regional Focus: Europe

Are Mediterranean States Dreaming of a 'European Papua New Guinea' Where They Can Lock up Their Boat-people? (Boats for People, Aug. 2013) [text via Migreurop]

Atlas des Migrants en Europe (Migreurop, July 2013) [access]

EU Neighbourhood Migration Report 2013 (Migration Policy Centre, 2013) [access]
- "[C]overs migration in 18 EU neighbouring countries, including: Algeria; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Egypt; Georgia; Jordan; Lebanon; Libya; Mauritania; Moldova; Morocco; Palestine; Russia; Syria; Tunisia; Turkey and Ukraine. Each country report provides the most recent update on the demographic, legal, and socio-political aspects of both inward and outward migration stocks and flows."

In the Footsteps of John Marshall: European Courts and the Expansion of Protection of Forced Migrants, Legal Studies Paper No. 350 (Brooklyn Law School, Aug. 2013) [text]

Portrayals of Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in National British Newspapers, 2010 to 2012 (Migration Observatory, Aug. 2013) [text]

Study on the Feasibility and Legal and Practical Implications of Establishing a Mechanism for the Joint Processing of Asylum Applications on the Territory of the EU (European Commission, Feb. 2013) [text via Refworld]

Switzerland: Asylum Seekers? Stay Out of the Pool (Human Rights Watch, Aug. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

24 April 2013

Regional Focus: Europe

The Forgotten Victims of the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict (Refugees International Blog, April 2013) [text]

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Country Update, 1 January-31 March 2013 (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Greece Must Curb Hate Crime and Combat Impunity (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, April 2013) [text]
- Report includes recommendations regarding addressing shortcomings in Greek asylum law and practice.

Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry on Asylum: Submission of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Into the Fire [access via PICUM]
- Documentary about mistreatment of refugees and migrants in Greece.

A Question of Credibility: Why so Many Initial Asylum Decisions Are Overturned on Appeal in the UK (Amnesty International & Still Human Still Here, April 2013) [text]
- See also related Huffington Post comment.

UNHCR Comments and Recommendations on the Draft Modification of Certain Migration-Related Legislative Acts for the Purpose of Legal Harmonisation (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

15 March 2013

Regional Focus: North Africa

Upcoming event:

Le système d’asile en Algérie: Retour vers une mission d’expertise, Montréal, 20 March 2013 [info]


The Arab Spring and Migration in Egypt, One Year on: Impacts, Perceptions and Attitudes, Cairo Studies on Migration and Refugees, no. 5 (Center for Refugee and Migration Studies & Migration Policy Centre, Oct. 2012) [text]

Chadian Migrants Rue Libyan Detention, Ill-treatment, Deportation (IRIN, March 2013) [text]

Libya and International Refugee and Asylum Law: Addressing the Protection of Refugees and Migrants Displaced by the 2011 Conflict (Global Movements Blog, March 2013) [text]

Two Years after the Crisis: Returnees from Libya Revisited, Policy Brief (IOM, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

"L’Union européenne: entre soutien aux révolutions arabes et peur d’une invasion par les réfugiés," Vivre Ensemble, vol. 20, no. 68 (Hiver 2013) [full-text]

Violence, Vulnerability and Migration: Trapped at the Gates of Europe (MSF, March 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.   

07 June 2012

Language Matters

Applied Language Solutions: I Say 'Tomato' (Free Movement, March 2012) [text]

"The Complexities of Interpreting in Refugee Contexts: An Examination of Issues and Practice," Chapter in Proceedings of the "Synergise!" Biennial National Conference of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011) [info]
- See earlier version here.

"Discursive Deracialization in Talk about Asylum Seeking," Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, vol. 21, no. 2 (March/April 2011) [full-text]

"How Language Testing Used to Authenticate Asylum Claims Fails to Recognise the Reality and Complexity of Language," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 23 (Feb. 2012) [full-text]

"Ruling: The State is Obligated to Provide Adequate Translation Services in RSD Interviews," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 27 (June 2012) [full-text]

"A Truthful Accounting of Events": The Roles of Linguistic Strategy, Narrative, and Performance in United States Asylum Hearings, Senior Projects Spring 2012 (Bard College, May 2012) [text]

And finally, watch for a future special issue of Language and Intercultural Communication, the theme for which will be "Migrating Languages: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Refugees, Asylum and Migration."

Tagged Publications. 

04 April 2012

New or Updated Web Sites

Bedoon Rights [access]
- A site that documents the "human rights situation of Kuwait's stateless community."

Global Observatory (International Peace Institute) [access]
- Provides "analysis of global issues." See esp. articles tagged "humanitarian."

International Refugee Law Blog [access]
- New blog from the ABA's International Refugee Law committee.

RED Early Warning System/Atlas of Racism & Discrimination (RED Network) [access]
- "[A]ims at reporting and documenting racist and hate crime and discrimination situations and incidents, as well as positive initiatives and policy responses."

Refugee Law Reader (Hungarian Helsinki Committee) [access]
- 6th edition launched; now "more comprehensive in scope."

Refugee Lives (Northwestern University) [access]
- Project involving students traveling to Amman, Jordan, the Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi, and the Osire Camp in Namibia, and reporting on refugees' experiences.

Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) [access]
- "The overall objective of the RMMS is to support agencies, institutions and forums in the Horn of Africa and Yemen sub-region to improve the management of protection and assistance response to people in mixed migration flows in the Horn of Africa and across the Gulf of Aden or Red Sea in Yemen."

RLI Hub (Refugee Law Initiative) [access]
- Will "support sharing, collaboration and dissemination of information by academics and non-academics, refugee law scholars and practitioners."

UNHCR in Arabic [access]
- Read the press release for more info.

[Image credit: UNHCR launches new global Arabic website]

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

14 February 2012

Changing Negative Attitudes: Part 1

Last year, I attended a lecture given by Edward Mortimer, the rapporteur for a report prepared by the Group of Eminent Persons entitled "Living Together: Combining Diversity and Freedom in 21st Century Europe." The report found that "discrimination and intolerance are widespread in Europe today, particularly against Roma and immigrants..." (including asylum-seekers). It went on to "identify the main actors able to bring about the necessary changes in public attitudes: educators, mass media, employers and trade unions, civil society, churches and religious groups, celebrities and 'role models', towns and cities, member states, and European and international institutions." It concluded with over 50 proposals for action.

In the refugee context, UNHCR adopted guidelines in 2009 for countering racism, discrimination and xenophobia. (See "Combating Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance through a Strategic Approach.") Consistent with the "Living Together report," the agency acknowledged that "Changing intolerant attitudes is a task too great for one organization to achieve on its own. To successfully combat racism and xenophobia, the guidelines call for the engagement of a broad range of groups such as governments, law officers, UN bodies, non-governmental organizations and the media."

So what can these various actors do to try to change negative attitudes? Here are some recent examples of campaigns, activities and actions that have been undertaken by advocates to raise awareness of and build empathy for refugees/migrants, and to promote the contributions they have made to their host societies.

"Broader-Community Engagement as a Refugee Protection Tool," Refugee Newsletter (Nov. 2011) [text]
- Go to p. 16; discussion of community education strategies for improving public support for refugees.

Communicating against the Grain: Strategies to Counter the Criminalization of Migrants (Canadian Council for Refugees) [info]
- Recently held online workshop that "looks at strategies to counter a narrative that is criminalizing (im)migrants and refugees." CCR members can log in to access resources from the webinar.

Face the Facts (Australian Human Rights Commission, updated 2010) [access]
- "This education resource...reflects the continued demand for accurate and easy to understand information about Indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers."

"Go Back to Where You Came From": Reality TV Encounters the Refugee Crisis (The Conversation, June 2011) [text]
- Discusses Australian reality TV programme that followed six participants as they undertook a refugee journey.

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Rights, Internship Research Report (Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Dec. 2011) [text]
- Reviews the various challenges that arose when the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies embarked on a process to collaborate with pro-refugee advocacy groups, and strategies for addressing those challenges.

Refugee Awareness Project (Refugee Action) [access]
- Former project set up to "to set the record straight about the misleading way in which refugees and asylum seekers were being spoken about in the UK."

Refugee Resettlement to Australia: What Are the Facts? (Parliamentary Library, Dec. 2011) [text]

"Reporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK: The Myths and the Facts," Chapter in Human Rights Journalism: Advances in Reporting Distant Humanitarian Interventions (Palgrave Macmillan, Nov. 2011) [info]

World Refugee Week: Teacher’s Pack 2011 - An education resource to help secondary
students understand refugees in Australia (SBS, Amnesty International & the Refugee Council of Australia, 2011) [text]
- "The practical and widely accessible activities are a great way to get students of all ages and backgrounds thinking more clearly and communicating more honestly about the plight of refugees."

Tagged Publications.

13 December 2011

Last Minute December Events & Opportunities

La fabrique institutionnelle de l’asile, Neuchâtel, 16 décembre 2011 [info]
- A study day that focuses on the institutions of asylum and the practices and experiences of the people within them.

A Day of Global Action Against Racism and for the Rights of Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People, 18 December 2011 [info]

International Migrants' Day, 18 December 2011 [info]

Présentation du rapport "Aux bords de l’Europe : externalisation des contrôles migratoires," Bruxelles, 21 décembre 2011 [info]
- This event will focus on the following themes: "Détention, expulsion, externalisation des contrôles migratoires, Frontex, surveillance maritime, accords de réadmission... ."

Use of ICTs and Social Media for Human Rights Work, e-Learning Course, 1 February-17 April 2012 [info]
- The deadline for applications was 15 November 2011. However, there are still a few places available, but please note that applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.

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17 March 2010

New Issues of E&RS, EJML, JEMS; Free Content: JIRS; New Journal: J. Intl Humanit. Legal Studies

New issues:

Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 33, no. 4 (2010) [contents]
- Special issue on "New Racial Issues of Policing: International Perspectives on Evolving Law-Enforcement Politics."

European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 12, no. 1 (2010) [contents]
- Includes "A Contested Asylum System: The European Union between Refugee Protection and Border Control in the Mediterranean Sea."

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 36, no. 4 (2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Free content:

"Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies: Read 5 Most Downloaded Articles in 2009 for Free!" [access]
- Includes "U.S. Response to Human Trafficking: Is It Enough?"

New journal title:

Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies [info] [author instructions]
- First issue due in Spring 2010. Two prospective articles in the journal include:
"Disasters and displacement: Gaps in protection," by M. Bradley and R. Cohen, and "Mixing Apples and Hand Grenades: The Logical Limit of Applying Human Rights Norms to Armed Conflict," by G.S. Corn.

Tagged Periodicals.

08 July 2008

Research/Policy Papers: Afghans/Pakistan, Local Integration, Palestinian Refugees, Racism, Stranded Migrants

Brynen, Rex, "The Past as Prelude? Negotiating the Palestinian Refugee Issue," Briefing Paper, The Regional Dimension of the Palestinian Refugee Issue (Chatham House, June 2008) [text]

Burnett, Jon, "Racism, Destitution and Asylum," PAFRAS Briefing Paper, no. 6 (PAFRAS, June 2008) [text]

Dowd, Rebecca, "Trapped in Transit: The Plight and Human Rights of Stranded Migrants," New Issues in Refugee Research Paper, no. 156 (UNHCR, June 2008) [text]

Fielden, Alexandra, "Local Integration: An Under-reported Solution to Protracted Refugee Situations," New Issues in Refugee Research Paper, no. 158 (UNHCR, June 2008) [text]

Gal, Orit, "Israeli Perspectives on the Palestinian Refugee Issue," Briefing Paper, The Regional Dimension of the Palestinian Refugee Issue (Chatham House, June 2008) [text]

Schöch, Rüdiger, "Afghan Refugees in Pakistan during the 1980s: Cold War Politics and Registration Practice," New Issues in Refugee Research Paper, no. 157 (UNHCR, June 2008) [text]

Posted in Publications.

18 September 2007

Developments in Europe

The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) offers a useful weekly round-up of news on developments in Europe, at both the regional and national levels. The service was discontinued temporarily during the summer, but has now resumed operation once again with a September 15 update.

Here are links to some of the reports referenced in the update:

Country Reports (European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 2007) [access]
- Latest reports are highlighted on the CPT's home page; others can be accessed through the CPT database.

Forced to Flee: frequently asked questions about refugees and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland (Refugee Action Group, June 2007) [text]

Forgotten without Reason: Protection of Non-Refugee Stateless Persons in Central Europe (Hungarian Helsinki Committee, June 2007) [text]

Report on Racism and Xenophobia in the Member States of the EU (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, August 2007) [text]

Third Annual Report on Migration and Integration (European Commission, Sept. 2007) [text]

Unwelcome Responsibilities: Spain’s Failure to Protect the Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the Canary Islands (Human Rights Watch, July 2007) [text]

Posted in Publications and Web Sites/Tools.