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As part of Refugee Week (15-21 June), the Refugee Studies Centre is joining forces with Oxford Refugee Week and Asylum Welcome to hold a panel discussion on the topic: ‘How should Europe respond to the Mediterranean refugee crisis?’   Chair: Dr Jeff Crisp (independent consultant and RSC Advisor)   Speakers: Professor Alexander Betts (Refugee Studies Centre) Professor Cathryn Costello (Refugee Studies Centre) Dr Mariagiulia Giuffré (Edge Hill University and RSC Visiting Research Fellow) Dr Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham and RSC Research Associate)   Contact: Tamsin Kelk: tamsin.kelk@qeh.ox.ac.uk This event is open to the public and is free, but registration…
As part of Oxford Refugee Week, and the wider National Refugee Week, Oxford City Amnesty Group are holding a special edition of their monthly meeting and inviting local and national guests to speak about the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the UK government's response to date and how cities such as Oxford have the power to directly support some of the most vulnerable of Syrian refugees. Professor Dawn Chatty will speak at this event together with Amnesty UK's Country Co-ordinator for Syria, Hannah Slater, to set the situation in context. This event is free to attend and open to all. No…
As migration from the global South to increasingly multi-ethnic global North countries has accelerated in recent decades, questions of how belonging shapes social outcomes have permeated discussions of asylum policies, service provision, national security and other topics touching upon the relationship between birthplace and rights. Categorised most frequently as issues of integration, these debates generally assume the binary nature of belonging: one is either a member or an outsider. The narrower body of academic literature on refugee integration in global North resettlement countries is similarly beset by problems rooted in a false distinction between those with and without refugee status.…
This working paper traces the institutional dynamics surrounding the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM), the first ever EU pilot attempting to organize the administrative deportation of unaccompanied minors. The first phase of ERPUM was initiated in January 2011, and its second stage began in December 2012 and was then discontinued in June 2014. Its core members were Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, and its observers were Denmark and Belgium. The pilot illustrates how bureaucratic networks in the European landscape of asylum policy interpreted the need to find “durable solutions” for unaccompanied minors as providing justification…
Cross-posted from The Individualisation of War The iris of an eye is surely one of the most individual parts of a person – a unique signifier of each one of us. Today, Syrian refugees standing at ATM machines in Jordan are being recognized by iris scanning technology so they can withdraw UN cash that enables their families to survive another month. This level of individualization marks a high point in a process of the individualization of humanitarian aid in armed conflict that has developed slowly but surely over the last 150 years. Long before the UN Charter found its main…
All are warmly invited to attend the RSC's 2015 Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture. More information, including details on how to register, is below. Speaker Professor Miriam Ticktin (The New School for Social Research) Abstract With the grounding assumption that innocence plays a central role in the politics of forced migration and asylum, this lecture will delve into the idea of innocence, trying to understand it and render its workings more legible, and arguing that it is a political – not simply a religious or moral – concept. By examining the figure of the child, the trafficked victim, the migrant, asylum…
[Infographic] How Public-Private Partnerships Between Telecommunications and Humanitarian Agencies Can Save Lives   Worldwide, 19.03.2015 - In preparation for their upcoming AIDF Asia: Aid & Response Summit, the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) has released a Mobile for Development infographic, visualising the growing ubiquity of the mobile phone in the developing world, its uses in disaster relief and resilience and highlighting partnerships between humanitarian agencies and telecommunication providers. With 89% mobile penetration in the developing world, aid groups increasingly recognise that information and the ability to communicate are as important as physical aid. The infographic showcases the power of…
Since 2009 there has been a growing interest in defining and operationalising innovation for use in the humanitarian context. The increase in scale of new crises, the urbanisation of many displaced populations, and stretched financing for humanitarian assistance are forcing international aid agencies to think and act in new ways. Along with other international humanitarian actors, several United Nations (UN) bodies are engaging with new tools and practices to bring innovation to the forefront of their work. Within these agencies, there has been a growing movement to establish ‘innovation spaces’ or ‘innovation labs’. These labs take different forms – some…
Bring your lunch and join Amy Rhoades (IOM's Humanitarian Communications Programme Manager) and Sarah Mace (previously OCHA's Iraq Communication with Communities Coordinator), to discuss learning from setting up Iraq's first inter-agency two way communications centre for displaced communities. For the first time, a national toll-free hotline for populations affected by the recent displacements in Iraq is being implemented as an inter-agency initiative, involving IOM, NRC, UNHCR, UNOPS, WFP, and World Vision. The hotline provides information about humanitarian aid such as food distribution points, medical services, and shelter. Using Community Response Map, an online feedback platform, the call centre also registers…
This paper argues that the criminalisation of smuggling has undermined refugee protection for sea-borne asylum seekers. It is pivotal to consider the categorical differentiation of sea-borne asylum seekers in the Canadian refugee system because, although there have been only seven notable cases of boat arrivals in Canada from 1986 to the present, they have triggered significant reforms in Canadian refugee law. At the intersection of international criminal law, Canadian criminal law and Canadian refugee law, the criminalisation of smuggling has resulted in an inability of sea-borne asylum seekers to access refugee status because they have assisted other presumptive refugees during…
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