Research and Orientation Workshop on Migration and Forced Migration Studies in Kolkata

24 April, 2018

Applications are invited for a Research and Orientation Workshop to be held in Kolkata from 25 November to 30 November 2018. The workshop will be held by Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

It will address the following themes:(a) Global compact on migration and refugees; promises and paradoxes;(b) Racialisation of migration: race, religion, gender, and other fault lines in the global protection system, (c) Power and responsibility in the protection system ( global, regional, and national) in the context of mixed and massive population flows; the need to redefine the “responsibility to protect”;  (d) Migrant and refugee labour and immigrant economies, camps, and urban refugees; privatisation of care and protection (e) Statelessness, international conventions, and the need for new initiatives; (f) Refugee crisis in Asia, in particular South Asia: common features with the European scenario; and (g) Perspectives on the need for New Global, Regional, and National Responses (with special reference to Asia).

Research papers relevant to the themes mentioned above will be presented by selected participants in the workshop which will deliberate on the findings, and reports will be prepared in the working group discussions. These reports will be presented in a plenary conference with which the programme will end.

Applicants must have (a) experience in research work in migration and forced migration studies or policy work in relevant areas, or, at least 5 years’ experience in the work through different mediums for the protection of the migrants and the victims of forced migration, and (b) proficiency in English. Besides giving all necessary particulars an application must be accompanied by two recommendation letters and a 1000 word write up on how the applicant’s work is relevant to the themes of the workshop. Selected participants from South Asia will have to pay a registration fee of Rs. 5000 (or USD 100) and from outside South Asia USD 500. CRG will provide boarding and lodging for six nights. Inquiries related to the application process are welcome. Application form can be downloaded from the CRG website –

  Lucy Granados, photo supplied OTTwp

The deportation of Lucy Granados shows how hollow government ‘compassion’ is

Article in OttawaCitizen
16 April, 2018

A sad story that illustrates well how immigration authorities prioritise applying general rules to all migrants, whatever their circumstances (to ensure the “integrity of the system” and/or avoid electoral fallouts), rather than think through what the best individual outcome would be in the case at hand, considering all circumstances. Migrants should be treated with case management tools familiar to social workers, rather than being treated like objects, regardless of individual consequences.

Lucy came to Canada in 2009 after fleeing gang-related violence in Guatemala. Her refugee claim was denied in 2012, but she opted to stay rather than face danger upon return. During her nine years in Montreal, Lucy became an integral part of Montreal’s migrant justice community through her work with the Non-Status Women’s Collective and the Temporary Agency Workers Association. She had no criminal record and was the sole provider for her three children.

In September 2017, Lucy pursued the only available legal avenue to get permanent resident status in Canada: She submitted an application based on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds. This application, which will assess her establishment in Canada and the hardship she would face if deported to Guatemala, is still waiting to be processed.

Remarkably, the fact that Lucy submitted this application did not protect her from deportation.

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  No 10 acknowledged that a request had been received from the Caribbean high commissioners and confirmed that a meeting had not been scheduled. Photograph: Vianney Le Caer/Rex/Shutterstock

No 10 refuses Caribbean request to discuss children of Windrush

Article in The Guardian
16 April, 2018

The smugness of the British authorities! They needed workers for post-war growth and, fifty years later, they barely acknowledge the issue of the legal status of their then – now aging – children and make them responsible for getting the right papers in time or face deportation. These persons are not responsible for the changes in British migration policies and, after a lifetime spent working and raising children in the UK, they should not be made to bear the administrative burden of having to prove who they are. Britain should put in place a clearing house mechanism for all those who arrived then and facilitate any type of administrative regularisation needed

The refusal has given Caribbean diplomats the impression that the UK government is not taking a sufficiently serious approach to the problem that is affecting large numbers of long-term UK residents who came to Britain as children.

Some have been threatened with deportation to countries they left as children 50 years ago and have not returned to since. Others have been denied access to healthcare, lost jobs or been made homeless because they do not have sufficient paperwork to prove they have the right to be in the UK.”

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Our World’s Refugees

Interview with Professor François Crépeau in ThoughtEconomics
14 April, 2018
François Crépeau: Migration is the result of push and pull factors. We as a species always go from a place of trouble or lack of resources, to a place with less trouble and more resources. It is what we have always done, how we have prospered on this planet. We often talk about push factors such as violence and poverty, but the biggest reason for migration is jobs. People think about migration for work as being from the ‘poor South’ to the ‘rich North’, but we all migrate, we travel, and we do so not because of poverty, deprivation or violence. We all migrate. We talk about migrants as if migration from the North  does not exist, and that’s only true because, in the North, migrants do not like to be called “migrants”: they prefer to be called expats, students or retirees. We talk often about push factors, but the major pull factor, jobs, is rarely talk about. People move to where they can establish themselves, create economic and social conditions conducive to having a family, and creating a future for one’s children. This is what we all want.


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Envisioning Justice for Migrant Workers: A Legal Needs Assessment

Migrant Worker Center, BC
3 April, 2018

The report provides a literature review, which covers key themes and existing research relevant to migrant workers’ legal needs; explores the ways in which migrant workers in BC currently access legal information and services; reports on the legal needs of migrant workers, specifically the areas of law that are of priority need for workers; outlines and analyzes the barriers that migrant workers experience when accessing legal information and services and presents a set of key recommendations for improving migrant worker access to legal information and services.

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