On Thursday, April 30, from 12:30-2:00pm EST, the Overseas Development Institute in London will hold a public event on “Europe’s migrant crisis: What can be done?” The event will also be livestreamed and tweeted using the hashtag #MigrantCrisis. To register, and for further details, see below or visit ODI’s website.
This year has already seen more than 1,750 migrants die in the Mediterranean as thousands attempt to flee Africa and the Middle East for Europe – largely from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia where conflict is rife.
With sophisticated criminal networks helping more and more people into boats, a lack of funding or support for search and rescue operations and a rising hostility towards migrants across Europe, what can be done to stop the soaring death rate in its tracks? For those tens of thousands who do make it ashore every week, what should happen next?
Can and should development policies play a greater role in supporting migration? Join ODI for this timely debate with migration experts and representatives with first-hand experience of making the journey.
Kevin Watkins, Executive Director, ODI
Chair: Paul Kenyon, BAFTA-winning Panorama journalist
Gonzalo Fanjul, Head of Research, porCausa Foundation (Madrid)
Marta Foresti, Director of Governance, security and livelihoods, Politics and Governance, ODI
Laurence Hart, Head of Migrant Assistance Division, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Alexander Betts, Associate Professor of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford
Gonzalo Vargas Llosa, Representative to the UK, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
- Since October, more than 47,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended on the U.S.-Mexico border, particularly in Arizona and regions of South Texas that have not seen such high immigration in over a decade. (The New York Times Editorial Board provides one of the best overviews of the crisis to date, as well as some suggestions.)
- A recent UNHCR report address some of the reasons for the rise, including gang influences and rumors of immigration permits for youth. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared “a level-four condition of readiness” in the Rio Grande Valley and President Obama responded by forming a special task group under FEMA and an initiative to provide child immigrants with lawyers.
- Volunteers with groups such as the Phoenix Restoration Project have struggled to aid women and children “dumped” at bus stations without food, water, or means to contact family members, although there are reports of attempted remedies.
Saturday night was something no one in Israel had ever seen before. It was supposed to be a small demonstration – a quiet march of several hundred Israeli activists and African asylum seekers, coming on the heels of two Marches for Freedom earlier in the week, to protest a new amendment to Israel’s Anti-Infiltration Act. Legislated after the High Court scrapped an earlier amendment, the new version authorizes the automatic detention of asylum seekers for up to one year in an ostensibly “open” detention facility, including asylum seekers already living freely in the country. Since the earlier marches were intercepted and suppressed by immigration authorities, initially it didn’t seem that Saturday’s march would get much (if any) media attention. But from the second it began, it was clear to all present that this time was different.
More than 2,000 asylum seekers, all in danger of immediate and permanent imprisonment following the passage of the new amendment, marched in the streets of south and central Tel Aviv. The asylum seekers, who had likely seen pictures or heard stories of their friends’ desert marches, were in high gear and bursting with energy. They started running through the streets, chanting just two slogans over and over again: “No more prison!” and “we want freedom!” Read more…
Job Announcement: Tenure-track position in the Anthropology of Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut
AccessDenied readers may be interested in the following position announcement:
The University of Connecticut has initiated a search for a tenure-track assistant professor of anthropology specializing in the anthropology of global health and human rights. The position will be a joint appointment between UConn’s Department of Anthropology and Human Rights Institute. The position announcement, with full details, is accessible online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3626. Candidates are urged to apply by December 6, 2013.