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  • Voices out of Conflict: Young People Affected by Forced Migration and Political Crisis

    12 December 2013

    This document is a report from the conference 'Voices out of Conflict: Young People Affected by Forced Migration and Political Crisis' held at Cumberland Lodge in March 2004. The aim of the conference was to increase understanding about young people’s experiences of conflict and displacement, and to generate ideas for more effective models of protection. It was proposed that there is an urgent need to move protection policy and practice toward a framework that engages young people as active participants in their own protection. Indeed, young people’s participation in protection mechanisms is necessary in order to make them more relevant, effective and sustainable, and to improve young people’s chances of survival and well-being in situations of extreme adversity.

  • Refugee studies at Oxford: 'some' history

    12 December 2013

    Barbara Harrell-Bond, the first RSC Director, explains the history of Refugee Studies at Oxford University at the conference 'The growth of forced migration: new directions in research policy and practice' at wadham College, 25-27 May 1998.

  • Faith-Based Humanitarianism: The Response of Faith Communities and Faith-Based Organisations in Contexts of Forced Migration

    12 December 2013

    The RSC hosted a one-day workshop (22 September 2010) The response of faith-based communities and faith-based organisations in the context of forced migration. The event brought together over 60 scholars and practitioners from different faith perspectives and diverse disciplinary backgrounds to explore the motives and practices of faith communities and faith-based organisations in their response to forced displacement. The workshop also examined the role of faith, religious conviction and spirituality in the experiences, practices and behaviours of forced migrants themselves. A selected number of papers will be included in a special issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies to be published in late 2011.

  • Aceh under Martial Law: Conflict, Violence and Displacement

    12 December 2013

    This report is an outcome of the workshop "Aceh under martial law: Conflict, violence and displacement", held at the RSC on 20 May 2004. Coinciding with the announcement of the cessation of martial law in Aceh on the 19 May 2004 the workshop brought together academics and practitioners to exchange perspectives and expertise to focus analysis and debate on recent developments in Aceh. Participants explored obstacles and opportunities for the long-term resolution of this protracted conflict. The workshop format allowed for the kind of analytical reflection and advocacy orientation that, it is hoped, policy makers might find especially useful.

  • Victoire in Kigali, or: why Rwandan elections are not won transnationally

    16 June 2016

    ABSTRACT This article brings together the literature on ‘electoral authoritarian regimes’ with the sub-fields of diaspora studies and transnationalism to evaluate the potential of political parties in exile to be forces for positive change in Rwanda. With this in mind, the article asks one simple question: is the participation of the Rwandan opposition in exile in electoral processes back home likely to be a positive force for change? It concludes that, in Rwanda at least, elections cannot be won transnationally. As such, those hoping for a more democratic Rwanda should look elsewhere. Operating in a transnational space appears to make life harder for the opposition, but not the Rwandan state. Further, the division, inconsistency, sudden shifts, splits, and volte-face of Rwanda’s diasporic opposition is produced, at least in part, by the competitive authoritarian nature of Rwanda. What the Rwandan case reveals, then, is at least one instance where unfair elections do not make future liberalisation more likely.

  • Implementation of the 2015 Council Decisions establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and of Greece

    10 March 2017

    This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee, examines the EU’s mechanism of relocation of asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other Member States. It examines the scheme in the context of the Dublin System, the hotspot approach, and the EU-Turkey Statement, recommending that asylum seekers’ interests, and rights be duly taken into account, as it is only through their full engagement that relocation will be successful. Relocation can become a system that provides flexibility for Member States and local host communities, as well as accommodating the agency and dignity of asylum seekers. This requires greater cooperation from receiving States, and a clearer role for a single EU legal and institutional framework to organise preference matching and rationalise efforts and resources overall.

  • The persistence of Bedouin identity and increasing political self-representation in Lebanon and Syria

    2 September 2014

    This paper examines the persistence of tribal identity and authority and the increasingly public self-representation of Bedouin in the Badia of Syria and the Bekaa of Lebanon. It sets out the significant challenges to Bedouin tribal identity and authority over the past three decades. The paper argues that, despite the formal annulling of the Bedouin tribes’ legal status in Syrian law in 1958 and the ‘silenced’ legal status of most Bedouin in Lebanon, tribal identity and the authority attached to traditional leaders continues to exist.

  • The politics of rights protection for environmentally displaced people

    31 May 2017

    Drawing on empirical evidence from Bangladesh and Ethiopia, the paper challenges the largely apolitical and ahistorical conceptualisation of the nexus between climate and environmental change and population displacement. Focusing specifically on rights protection, the paper argues that the rights discourse reveals how environmental variables shaping mobility decisions are strongly mediated by national (macro) and local (micro) level structures of political and social power and disempowerment. Both current politics and migration histories shape the way in which migration policy regimes are conceived and framed, and how rights are articulated for those susceptible to displacement in a context of environmental stress and climate change. By analysing these political conditions we can better appreciate the dominant ”hinge points” of power and the paradox that governments of highly impacted countries resist the provision of legal and normative frameworks to protect those who are displaced.