Conference: ‘Undesirable & Unreturnable’, 25-26 January 2016

Impediments to the expulsion of migrants suspected or convicted of serious criminality pose an increasing challenge for public policy in both the national and international spheres. These obstacles can be ‘practical’, such as the lack of means to send the person to their country of origin, or ‘legal’ in nature, as where human rights standards prevent removal. However, even though such cases appear comparatively few in number, they tend to attract significant public interest due to the real concerns that they generate for State migration control, the integrity of the institution of asylum, the role of human rights in contemporary society, and the bringing to justice of perpetrators of serious crimes.

These challenges raise formidable empirical and theoretical questions for refugee, criminal and human rights law which, despite their pressing contemporary relevance, have thus far received minimal scholarly attention. By providing a forum for advancing thinking on these topics, the ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable?’ conference seeks to integrate a wide range of participants to address these issues in a comparative international perspective from the standpoint of both legal and non-legal disciplines.

Registration for the conference on ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable’ migrants in London on 25-26 January has opened. You can register here.

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Conference: Frontex, legal questions and current controversies

On 27 November, the Research Unit in Law at UL is holding a conference on ‘Frontex: legal questions and current controversies’. The conference will examine various legal issues concerning the European Agency Frontex and its activities.

Europe is faced with an ongoing influx of migrants, causing political controversy and public concern, and placing a critical focus on Frontex.
The event will provide a platform for discussing of a number of issues starting with the legal status of Frontex in the EU legal order. Panels will cover the agency?s operational mandate and international activities and question its position as an actor on the global arena.

Details about the conference and how to register can be found here.

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Masterclass by Prof. Kees Groenendijk (Giessen, Germany)

The Faculty of Law, Prof. Dr. Jurgen Bast, and the Giessen Graduate Centre for Social Sciences, Business, Economics and Law at Justus Liebig University Giessen will host a Masterclass on European and Comparative Migration Law with Prof. Kees Groenendijk on 20 November in Giessen, Germany. This Masterclass gives five selected PhD students and postdocs the opportunity to present their research project and get expert feedback.

Participation is open for a limited number of advanced undergraduate students, PhD students and Postdocs. The deadline for applications is Friday 13 November 2015.

More information can be found here

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Fellowship: School of Advanced Study (Refugee Law Initiative) – London

The School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London, at which the Refugee Law Initiative is based, is accepting candidates for the Leverhulme Trust national competition for three-year Early Career Fellowships. Up to four such Fellowships would be funded across SAS.

The attached paper provides details of the SAS part of the application process and also links to the Leverhulme Trust scheme. In brief, the fellowships would commence between September 2016 and May 2017, run for three years and pay a full-time salary at the RLI. The Leverhulme website stipulates eligibility criteria (i.e. you must have submitted your PhD thesis by 10 March 2016, had your viva no earlier than 10 March 2011, and not have held a full-time permanent post in a UK university).

If you are interested in applying for this scheme, you will need to make your preliminary application to SAS by 8 January 2016.

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publication: the contribution of the Inter-American Court of HR to the protection of irregular immigrants’ rights

by a member of the Interest Group
by Ana Beduschi

Ana Beduschi has published an article in the Refugee Survey Quarterly about the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and irregular immigrants’ rights. In this article Beduschi aim to re-evaluate and clarify the significance of the contribution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to the protection of these rights. She argue that this Court has placed itself at the forefront of a renewed approach to immigration, confirming its potential to promote an extended form of protection of irregular immigrants’ rights in Latin America. However, the actual protection of irregular immigrants’ rights promoted by the Court depends on Latin American countries’ capability to overcome several important challenges, in particular with respect to the compliance with judicial decisions and the effectiveness of the protection of rights.

You can read the article here.

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Blogpost: an a State Refuse Migrant Family Allowances Due to Irregular Reunification?

Publication by a member of the Interest Group
by Nikolaos Sitaropoulos

In Osungu and Lokongo v. France (delivered on 8/9/2015), the European Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) rejected as “manifestly ill-founded” two applications submitted by Congolese regular migrants. The proceedings concerned the French authorities’ refusal to grant the migrants family allowances for their minor children who had entered and resided in France, in contravention of the family reunification rules (§§21-26).

These cases raise important jurisprudential and practical issues. As also noted by an EU study published last year, provision of social security is of prime importance to efforts made to reduce poverty and inequality among migrants.

You can read the blogpost here

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Call for papers: Rethinking Forced Migration and Displacement

The 16th conference of IASFM will take place on July 12-15, 2016 at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. It will be hosted by the Centre for Migration Studies, the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, and the Faculty of Law and Public Administration.

This is the first time that IASFM members will gather in Central Europe. The setting for the 16th IASFM conference is especially important as we watch the most recent refugee crisis unfold in Europe, including in countries that historically were refugee-producing spaces and now have to provide durable solutions for forced migrants fleeing armed conflicts and asking for refuge in Europe. These developments constitute a significant opportunity to rethink and redefine forced migration. Existing concepts and definitions are rooted in historical transformations–political, legal and social—that led to refugee movements post-World War II and during the Cold War, but are they appropriate for the diversity and complexity of the 21st century forced migration?

Abstracts are due by February 1, 2016. More information can be found here

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New blog: on EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy

A new blog has been launched on the EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy. The mission of this blog is to provide a critical analysis of recent developments in the immigration and asylum law and policy of the European Union.

Through a predominantly legal analysis of legislation and jurisprudence, as well as political developments and institutional considerations, this blog aims to enhance and deepen the debate on EU immigration and asylum. Following developments in the field as they happen, the subjects discussed will include the Common European Asylum System, border control, visa policy, legal migration and the free movement of people. Contributions to the blog will focus on the European Union, although significant developments at the national level in EU Member States will also be covered.

The articles published on the blog are written by university academics from across the whole of the European Union who specialise in immigration and asylum law. This diversity provides a pan-European approach to current events.

You can find the blog here

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Call for papers: Crimmigration in the shadow of sovereignty

For the third CINETS (Criminal Control International Net of Studies) Conference, held 6-7 October in Maryland, USA, the organizing committee is now calling for papers to be submitted. The thems of the conferences are:

  1. Federalisms and sovereignties
  2. Technologies and control
  3. Borders, enforcement and detention
  4. Trafficking and forced migration

Paper submissions will be considered for possible publication for the 3rd CINETS book.

More information can be found here

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Winter Course: Migration in the margins of Europe

The Institute for Migration & Ethnic Studies (IMES), The Netherlands Institute at Athens, The Netherlands Institute in Turkey, organize together a winter school for Master and PhD on Migration in the margins of Europe: From Istanbul to Athens in January 4 – 31, 2016.

A major part of the seminar will focus on how immigrants experience the new conditions after the collapse of the eastern Block and the larger socioeconomic transformations in Africa and Asia, and how they adapt in the new new cultural contexts.

How do the new migrants experience their mobility from Turkey to Greece, how do they view Europe and what expectations, aspirations and dreams do they have? How is Turkey different from Greece and in what ways do Istanbul and Athens become homes, or merely transit points?

The course will be supplemented with a small field research in both Istanbul and Athens; students will be able to contribute to our migration project by recording and illustrating life experiences of various migrants.

More information about the winter course can be found here. Deadline for applying is 9 November 2015. 

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