Tag Archives: Human rights and international law
By aaronf | Published: May 8, 2012
Name of Practitioner: Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict – Brandeis University Website: http://heller.brandeis.edu/academic/coex/ Contact Information: The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University 415 South Street Waltham, MA 02454-9110 USA Boston area, Waltham, Phone: +1-617-775-4530 Email: COEX@brandeis.edu Practitioner’s aims, programs of activities and fields of expertise: The Graduate Programs in Coexistence [...]
By anne | Published: May 3, 2012
Author: David Bacon Date: May 2012 Source: SAN FRANCISCO AND OAKLAND, CA – Among the many different events celebrating May Day in San Francisco and Oakland were the occupation of an intersection in San Francisco’s financial district, and an immigrant rights march through East Oakland. Participants in Occupy San Francisco, groups in the Progressive Workers [...]
By anne | Published: January 30, 2012
Author: David Bacon Date: January 2012 Source: Working In These Times SACRAMENTO, CA – Early Tuesday morning busses of domestic workers and their children began arriving at the huge grassy mall in front of California’s state capitol building. Dozens of Mexican, Filipina and African American moms, kids in tow, poured out onto the steps leading [...]
By anne | Published: July 25, 2011
The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) is an international not-for-profit organisation in the field of refugees and migration. THP facilitates coordinated collaboration globally in the field of migration, in all its forms, with a focus on protecting human rights through policy development and engendering effective policy-to-practice solutions.
By anne | Published: June 28, 2011
The Trafficking in Persons Report reports on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons. It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it.
By aaronf | Published: April 8, 2011
The logo of the project Migrant in Romania The project Migrant in Romania is funded by the European Fund for Integration and is implemented in partnership by the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara and the Association of Refugee Women in Romania. The main goal is to enhance consultation and civic participation of migrants and its main [...]
By daniel | Published: April 5, 2011
The Safe Integration Project (SIP) was launched by the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) in London, Ontario, Canada with the aim to prevent family violence within families coming from conflict zones that have experienced pre-migration trauma. SIP provides families and individuals coming from conflict zones with crisis intervention skills and safe [...]
By daniel | Published: March 4, 2011
On January 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group reviewed the status of Human Rights in 50 countries from across the world – including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Ghana, Mexico and South Africa – and released a series of recommendations for these countries. The Federation of Ethnic [...]
By daniel | Published: February 10, 2011
Detention and deportation of children is a common practice in many European countries. Thousands of migrant children are detained and forcibly brought to detention centres every year. Despite they have not committed any crime, they have to endure prison-like conditions, being deprived of education and suffering phychologically. Sometimes they are also exposed to abuse and [...]
By daniel | Published: February 3, 2011
Migrante-Middle East, an alliance of various Filipino migrant rights groups in the Middle East, strongly condemned the on-going crackdown on freedom of the Egyptian people and the violence used by some demonstrators. John Leonard Monterona, Migrante Middle East regional director said that in order to concretely express their solidarity with the Egyptians and other peace [...]
By daniel | Published: January 27, 2011
When or how a comprehensive immigration reform will happen in the US remains uncertain. However, one of the issues that will be considered is the possibility for gays and lesbians to sponsor their life partners for residency in the US. An increasing number of Fortune 500 companies, such as Pfizer, American Airlines, Cisco Systems, Nike [...]
By aaronf | Published: January 14, 2011
The LSE Migration Studies Unit is a multi-disciplinary research group for migration scholars currently hosted by the Department of Government. It is the focus point for migration research across all LSE departments. Through the initiative of students and academics working together, the Unit offers a network for migration scholars and policy-makers inside and outside LSE, at the cosmopolitan crossroads of London.
By daniel | Published: December 14, 2010
The European Parliament disagreed on a draft law that would introduce a European single permit for migrants. The proposal was rejected (306 in favour, 350 against and 25 abstentions) on the grounds that it would create a a two-tier workforce. EU’s current approach to economic migration encourages the immigration of highly qualified workers and temporary [...]
By daniel | Published: December 12, 2010
Made in L.A. is a documentary that follows the story of three Latina immigrants working in the clothing industry in Los Angeles that try to win basic labor protections from clothing retailer Forever 21. The documentary presents the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by their three-year odyssey. [...]
By daniel | Published: December 7, 2010
Migrant women make up a growing proportion of home-based employees in the United States, including caregivers for children, the elderly and those with disabilities, housekeepers and nannies. Mobilization of this collective is, however, challenging. They are often worried about their precarious immigration status. CASA de Maryland and Domestic Workers United (DWU), two leading migrants’ organizations [...]
By daniel | Published: November 26, 2010
Migration has become a major focus of policy attention in many countries and international organizations. International migration is directly related to levels of human security in countries of origin and destination. The International Institute of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS) has developed a new program that tackles these issues. The diploma program on [...]
By daniel | Published: November 19, 2010
UNHCR and the Council of Europe organized a round table of experts in Strasbourg in order to examine the role of local integration and resettlement as a means of addressing refugee problems and finding durable solutions. “The purpose of the round table was to hold a fruitful exchange of views and ideas as to how [...]
By daniel | Published: November 10, 2010
UK immigration minister Damian Green has recently spoken to the BBC about the new English tests that will be required for spouses and partners of migrants. To date, the Ministry of Immigration in the UK justified the language policy to the public by talking about the role it will play in promoting integration of migrants. [...]
By daniel | Published: November 8, 2010
Amnesty International and Mexican actor and producer Gael García Bernal, have launched a series of films about the journey that migrants make between Guatemala and Mexico on their way to the United States. "The Invisibles offers a unique testimony of migrants, aid workers and medical professionals who speak about the danger and hopes of thousands of men and women who cross Mexico in search of a better life." In April 2010, Amnesty International released a report called "Invisible Victims: Migrants on the Move in Mexico." The report registered the experience of abuses against migrants in Mexico including, for instance, nearly 10,000 migrants abducted, killed, robbed, or even assaulted and thrown off speeding trains.
By daniel | Published: November 1, 2010
A news item from the Migration Policy Group features excerpts from a interview with Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which she points out that integration is an important task for German people facing immigration. Germans need to accept that immigration is changing the character of the country. Indeed, "mosques will be a more prominent part of [the] urban landscape than before.” Merkel reminded that the German constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Respect and tolerance can only be guaranteed if laws and all articles of the constitution are respected.
By daniel | Published: October 19, 2010
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon addressed the European Parliament on the 60th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. In his speech, Ban Ki-moon acknowledged that Europe has been example of peaceful change through ever-closer integration and of respect to Human Rights. However, he showed his disappointment and concern on the situation of migrants in [...]
By daniel | Published: October 19, 2010
In an article published in the Minnpost, several experts analyze the status of migration in different regions of the world. Migration isn’t just about rich countries shunning the arrival of migrants from poorer ones. According to the UNDP, only about one-third of migrants move from a developing country to a developed one. The economic downturn [...]
By daniel | Published: October 13, 2010
Mexico City’s future intercultural strategy was discussed in a forum that took place in the city at the end of August. As a result, Mexico City is in the process of adopting a law titled “Hospitality, Intercultural Attention to Migrants and Human Mobility in the Federal District”. Mexico City is one of the most diverse [...]
By daniel | Published: October 13, 2010
Managing public perceptions through provision of illustrations and management of images play an essential role in the integration of migrants. Images have an impressive power in affecting collective subconscious. Images have invaded streets through advertising and livingrooms through television, the Internet and magazines. Campaign experts resort to suggestive images that cannot be ignored. Indeed, images [...]
In the last decades, Egypt has increasingly become a destination country for irregular migration as well as a transit country for migrants coming mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa en route to Europe, transiting through Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Three kinds of migrants arrive to Egypt: asylum seekers, internal migration from Upper Egypt and migrants from other countries that use Cairo as a stepping stone before emigrating to the EU.
Mexico is considered to be the most important migration corridor in the world. Mexico is a starting point for emigration as thousands of Mexicans try to cross the border with the USA in search of work. But Mexico is also one of the few countries in the world that is both a destination and transit route for migrants. Numerous civil society associations, faith-based groups and governamental organisms are promoting Human Rights and integration.
the City is now is a true melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Arabic communities. With four official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil) and an impressive number of religions practiced (Buddhism and Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, and 15% with no religious affiliation), Singapore is a true example of a cosmopolitan City.
By daniel | Published: September 7, 2010
Outside Paris’ city limits about 20 small pre-fabricated box homes talk about integration of Roma in France. This project was promoted by a charity and the local government. Roma that live there committed themselves to find a job and send their children to school. This project has proven that Roma are willing to integrate. The [...]
By daniel | Published: August 23, 2010
In reference to the expulsion of Roma people, Giancarlo Perego of the Italian Episcopal Conference defended that European citizens cannot be expelled only because they weigh heavily on the welfare system. Roma people are members of the EU. The free movement of people is “one of the fundamental principles of tomorrow’s Europe.” The creation of [...]
By aaronf | Published: August 19, 2010
AkiDwA Migrant Women's Health Project Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) focuses on conducting research on the health needs, in relation to FGM, of African/Migrant women in order to improve and inform service delivery and to influence mainstream policy. AkiDwA estimates in 2010 that there are over 3,170 women living in Ireland who have undergone FGM and over 11,500 women living there from FGM practicing countries. A FGM Health Forum was recruited and created and acts as an expert advisory group to the Project by means of sharing information and networking. A preliminary estimate for the number of women by country of origin and age group who are resident in Ireland and living with FGM was calculated using 2006 census data and published and updated in 2010. Collaboration with Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, MSc Women’s Health to write the first ever Irish handbook on FGM entitled “Female Genital Mutilation: Information for Health-Care Professionals Working in Ireland” it was launched in January 2009. Over 1,400 copies of the Handbook have been distributed in Ireland and internationally.
By aaronf | Published: August 19, 2010
The Refugee Children's Project is an advocacy and relief organisation with more than eight years of experience in working with refugee children by supporting, protecting and promoting their social justice, human rights and their access to basic resources and services for vulnerable refugee women and children. Its specific focus on children and their primary caregivers distinguishes RCP from other organisations assisting, protecting and advocating on behalf of refugees and migrants. Since its inception in 2002, RCP has delivered its mission with measurable success, assisting over 3,500 children of different nationalities. RCP aims to provide direct and indirect services that facilitate the integration of refugee women and children into the host community.
By daniel | Published: August 9, 2010
The Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG) is offering two writing fellowships on Forced Migration in South Asia. Eligible candidates from Nepal , Sri Lanka or Bangladesh should submit a research proposal on any field related to forced migration. Application deadline is 13th August 2010. Read more information here How useful was this information? Users ratings [...]
By Florence | Published: August 3, 2010
Female genital mutilation (FGM – also known as Female genital cutting), is a practice linked to cultural traditions that leads to severe physical and mental health consequences. It origins from earlier than Christianity and Islam, and is practiced heavily in certain parts of Asia and Africa. Despite an international protocol to end FGM and laws [...]
By daniel | Published: July 30, 2010
An estimated number of 200 million Chinese migrants has left the countryside and lives in cities. These internal migrants lack access to basic rights such as schooling, housing and education. A recent conference organized by the Association for Canadian Studies, with China’s Fudan University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, highlighted that the use [...]
By daniel | Published: July 23, 2010
Representatives of the 22 Portuguese-Spanish speaking countries convene in San Salvador on July 22 2010 to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on migrants and their families. IOM Deputy Director General, Ambassador Laura Thompson points out not only that migrants’ human rights have to be protected in the present time, but also that “migration [...]
By daniel | Published: July 23, 2010
In 2008, more than 60 people were killed during anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa – foreigners being seen as competition for the scarce jobs available. In 2010, 1.5 million to 2 million Zimbabweans work and live in South Africa. After the end of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, many Zimbabweans flee the country [...]
By daniel | Published: July 22, 2010
HRW's most recent report on US immigration law, called, “Tough, Fair, and Practical” proposes several changes in US law that may result in a better protection of the migrants Human Rights.
By estellet | Published: June 30, 2010
This Swiss TV program examines different patterns of the integration of "New Swiss" migrants in their host country. Videos report successful models of social integration, such as a the story of a Kosovar refugee who became an award-winning cheesemonger, a video of a Migrant Serb of Bosnia who is now Lieutenant for the Swiss Army, a report on a social worker from Albanian background, dedicated to the integration of youth from the Balkans, an interview of a Tamil war refugee engaged in local politics or the successful example of a Chinese refugee who owns a fashion label in Zurich.
By estellet | Published: June 9, 2010
According to a study released by the Migration Policy Institute called “The impact of immigrants in recession and economic expansion”, immigration improves employment, productivity and incomes in the U.S. Professor Giovanni Peri claims that the impact of immigration in the short term varies depending in the country economic health. According to Peri, “When an economy [...]
By estellet | Published: June 7, 2010
Labor regulations in Arab Mediterranean Countries (AMCs) impose rigid rules and costs but only provide a low level of protection for the majority of workers, increasing migration pressures for them as well. As result of immigration from the Arab Mediterranean Countries, the European Union is facing a new challenge in providing decent work opportunities for [...]
The Network for the Integration of Resettled Refugees was launched at the beginning of 2010. Its purpose is to provide adequate reception conditions to refugees resettled in France and to provide answer to their specific needs. They are provided accommodation in transitional flats for six months that can be renewed once for another 6 months. They also benefit from global assistance helping them to become autonomous (guidance on access to rights, training, housing, employment, etc.) The network includes three regions in France – two in the Paris region (Paris and Val de Marne) and one in a rural area (Deux Sèvres). The apartments are rented in either the public or the private sector. The reception of resettled refugees is ongoing. By the end of the year, the network will be receiving 100 persons – all of them are sent by...
The PARI project (in French, PARI is the acronym for “Pôle d’Appui aux Réfugiés pour l’Intégration” – Refugee Integration Support Centre) was launched in January 2009. It is based on the observation that beneficiaries of international protection have the right to benefit from social and public services but they don’t necessarily know how to make use of their rights. They might also need specific assistance because of their specific situation as forced migrants (impossibility to return to the country of origin, trauma, etc.). The objective of the PARI project is therefore to offer a global guidance and to assist the beneficiaries of international protection in all kinds of difficulties they might encounter. The services of the project allow these persons to receive all tools they need to construct or complete their integration process. The services...
Created in 1970, France terre d’asile is working in favor of the respect of the right to seek asylum and of all international conventions in this field. Its aim is to assist refugees and regular migrants and to act in favor of their integration through access to rights, language learning, employment, housing and mobility...
By aaronf | Published: May 25, 2010
PLURAL+ provide young people with an effective platform to express themselves on key migration and diversity issues, and give them the opportunity to reinforce the belief of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that youth are indeed powerful and creative agents of social change.
By aaronf | Published: May 21, 2010
I cannot be safe when others around me aren’t, I cannot have peace, when others around me don’t. It is in my selfish interests to take the responsibility to work for a better world so all of us can co-exist in relative harmony. The world is changing quite rapidly, while conflicts continue to rage, a new dimension is emerging vividly and growing strongly every day. Indeed, the world is moving towards a new paradigm of “Co-existence” also known as “Pluralism”. Pluralism is nothing more than an adjustment in one’s attitude towards others; it is indeed respecting the otherness of other and accepting the Genetic (God) given uniqueness of each one of the seven billion of us. If we can learn to accept 7 billion unique thumb prints and understand the existence of 7 billion DNA compositions, then why not accept the uniqueness of 7 billion of us? If we world. My role as a peace maker is to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill...
By estellet | Published: May 19, 2010
Immigration continues to be one of America's most polemic topics.
By estellet | Published: May 19, 2010
The report recommends that the relevant authorities investigate migrants’ inhumane working conditions.
This research project on the Italian migration in Bahia examined the migration patterns over the last 70 years. It focused on three different periods (1950-1970, 1970-2000 and 2000-2010) that follow completely different motivations, caracteristics and even different ways of transportation. The research also focused also on Italian indigents in Bahia, a phenomenon that is not [...]
The central position of Istanbul in Turkey has resulted in attracting migrants from far and wide and all in search of the economic, cultural, and social opportunities as well as from other parts of Turkey and the picture grows more complex with returns of Turkish migrants from abroad. Although the number of foreigners living in Istanbul has increased in last decades, there is little information on their potentials, transnational ties and their contributions to the society and so far the international migration has only been associated with problems. However, the orientation toward problems has been concealing the potentials and possibilities of diversity, multiculturalism and trans-nationalism for social, cultural and economic development, innovation as well as value creation. The project thus aims to identify what these potentials and...
This initiative, funded through IOM’s 1035 facility, aimed to contribute to the development of local migration policies and to enhance welfare officers in a better understanding of international migration. It strengthened their ability to deal with humanitarian needs of migrants in line with the Turkish framework and international best practices. Over an eight-day training, a group of 25 selected welfare officers have been exposed to techniques for the design and delivery of social services to migrants. The training, which will be extended throughout the country, also included migrant community leaders who provided information on migrants' access to basic services and this provided participants with a unique insight into problems and living conditions of migrants directly from themselves. Moreover, a training manual entitled “Delivery of Basic Social...
"migraSEARCH" is the latest online-tool of the Austrian Integration Fund. The optimized Google search engine scans about 750 websites which cover relevant topics on integration and migration. The ÖIF migraSEARCH allows a more efficient and faster research and an elimination of spreading loss whilst providing more accurate results. To optimize the results one can also choose certain file-types and dates of publication...
By aaronf | Published: May 5, 2010
Algeria is today a country of emigration, immigration and transition, linked particularly to France and Italy. The project Capitalize on Migrant Capacities in Algeria intends to maximize the development impact of migration in the socio-economic context of the country, by addressing the problem of brain waste and de-skilling of prospective migrants and returnees in order to transform it into brain gain. The second objective of the project is to strengthen the links and the dialogue among Algerian migrants in Italy and France and migrant associations and local authorities in Algeria in the field of migration issues. Among other formal activities, a major one is to have two career days, in two Algerian cities, each of them in the form of a career fair and pre-departure orientation seminars. These activities will increase the capacities of prospective
By aaronf | Published: May 5, 2010
This community-based study looks at the settlement experiences of family immigrants in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The importance of this study is in the opportunity to learn about settlement challenges newcomers face in smaller communities. This study helps to understand what changes need to be made in order to better serve and support their on-going transition. The best practices discovered as a result of this research are as follows: information and education about the diversity of cultural norms needs to be introduced to a community at every level to facilitate understanding and cooperation. Greater collaboration between organizations working with immigrants will help the integration process. The main reasons that retain newcomers are: affordability of basic life needs, accessibility and proximity to services (health care,...
By aaronf | Published: April 16, 2010
The Job Center at the Vienna Integration Center is a project financed by the Austrian Integration Fund. Anyone granted asylum or subsidiary protection can benefit from the ÖIF Job Center's services and can take advantage of professional counseling and support, including training on application and motivation and support in contacting employers.The integration center’s job coaches provide support in the preparation of application material and help in contacting potential employers. The Job Center also offers special support for adolescents in the search for an apprenticeship, advanced schools, and specific career training. The ÖIF Job Center also offers advantages to employers, with effective placement based on individual qualification surveys and preparing clients for the Austrian labor market...
By aaronf | Published: April 16, 2010
The purpose of this magazine is to make an objective, clear, and solution-oriented contribution to the discussion on migration, refugees, and integration. Focus on Integration is a media platform providing information about new projects, research, and initiatives for those working in the field of integration and migration. Focus on Integration is published quarterly for partners, NGOs, key communicators, employees, and others interested in the subject of integration. There are also special editions, such as the "European Funds" issue. Focus on Integration is an informational magazine aimed at the meeting users' needs: current reports on the ÖIF's plans and projects, experts, NGOs, and others working in the field of migration and integration can publish material on their projects and expertise, following the international and...
By Florence | Published: April 9, 2010
The City of Zurich has published a study on the phenomenon of forced marriages. The authors of the study, Janine Dahinden and Yvonne Riaño, from the University of Neuchatel, explain the recent increase by differences and conflicts between first and second generations of migrants. The study recommends mediation rather than lawsuits.
By estellet | Published: April 7, 2010
The ILO study, “International Labour Migration: A rights-based approach” is an analysis on international labor migration, its impacts on origin and destination countries, and the conditions of work experienced by migrant workers. How useful was this information? Users ratings 3.00 out of 5
By Florence | Published: March 31, 2010
The United States and Europe do not share the same set of political attitudes and policies on the integration of immigrant into their respective societies. This paper demonstrates different views and actions on integration and provide information from both sides of the Atlantic. Learn more about the paper How useful was this information? Users ratings [...]
By aaronf | Published: March 30, 2010
In the past decade, the United Kingdom has seen a significant increase in the arrival of individuals seeking political asylum in the country. As a result, the Police like other statutory partners have had to respond and deal with an increase in incidents and a variety of additional concerns, complicated by both language and cultural barriers. It became apparent that individuals arriving to the UK had little knowledge of their rights and responsibilities, particularly with regard to sensitive quality of life issues such as; when experiencing racial abuse, when suffering forms of domestic violence responsibilities in respect of children and their safety (i.e. leaving young children in the care of slightly older siblings) and having knowledge of the legal implications of using motor vehicles. These areas were further complicated because of a reluctance to...
By aaronf | Published: March 26, 2010
CDS wants to contribute to a nation of communities. Through families, congregations, neighborhoods and friends, what will define Switzerland of tomorrow is how we come together as one today. In healthy communities, we feel safe, valued, welcome, happy. What makes a community vibrant also makes a vibrant nation. CDS wants to create these community values - their essential belief that we are all connected to each other and interdependent, that the Switzerland community includes everyone and leaves no one behind, that we care for each other and believe in shared responsibility and shared sacrifice, that we know everyone has inherent value and worth in the story. CDS wants to develop the campaign for community values a national coalition that will bring together over 360 grassroots community organizations that is...