Launch event – Schooling in England Toolkit

A toolkit for newly arrived migrant parents and practitioners working with migrants.

Friday 10 June 2016, Middlesex University, NW4 4BT

The school system in England differs in many ways from that in other countries. In England schooling starts earlier than in many countries, generally before the child’s fifth birthday. Many parents and children, especially if they have only just arrived in Britain, are unprepared for this. Choosing a school and getting a child enrolled can be complicated, especially if you are unfamiliar with the system. The aim of this toolkit is to provide information and guidance to help migrant families and practitioners negotiate the school system and to suggest ways in which to support children settle into school and in progressing through primary school and the transition to secondary school.

To download the toolkit click here (the Toolkit is now available in English and Polish. More languages will be available in the coming days).

For further information about the event visit the Eventbrite page.

Search and Rescue at Sea: a Legal Obligation?

Search and rescue at sea: a legal obligation?
Humanitarian and legal perspectives on the ‘Refugee Crisis’

Wednesday 8 June 2016, Middlesex University (London)

An event co-organised by Middlesex University, AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe), University of Palermo and CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani)

Between January and May 2016, over 150,000 migrants crossed the Aegean sea to reach Europe, mostly escaping the war in Syria. In the same period, nearly 30,000 people reached the Italian shores through the central Mediterranean route. The majority of them flee their countries because of war, conflict or persecutions. Many of the migrants, who, risking their lives, undertook an extremely dangerous journey to look for a better life in Europe or to get international protection, died because they were not rescued in time.

The current debates on the issue offer lengthy press releases, shocking photographs and estimates of the number of people drowning in an attempt to reach safety. Tearful press obituaries and background policy analysis as to the reasons why this situation is occurring complete the picture. However, what is not heard enough is the voice of the Law: what are the obligations of the EU, its member states, and other neighbouring countries towards the migrants attempting this risky journey? Are there any legal steps that can be taken in order to help eliminate deaths in the Mediterranean?

Middlesex University (London), the Italian legal clinic CLEDU (Clinica Legale per i Diritti Umani) and the UK legal organisation AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) are working together to take forward this debate by holding a roundtable on the positive legal obligations of EU member states under international maritime law, EU law and national law towards migrants, asylum seekers and persons in distress at sea. The roundtable will take place in London, at Middlesex University, on 8 June 2016, bringing together European experts on the subject.

For further information and to book a place visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/search-and-rescue-at-sea-a-legal-obligation-tickets-25139773740

Kurdish Migration Conference 2016: call for abstracts

May 27, 2016, Middlesex University, London, UK

Call for abstracts – Deadline: February 1st – Click here to submit


Conference Aims and Objectives

The lack of a home nation state has led to a relative invisibility of Kurdish migrants both in public and academic spheres in the settlement countries where they have been registered according to their nationality but not ethnic affiliation. As a result of this, Kurdish migrants have constantly been encompassed in national categories of their country of origin. This was also reflected in a limited public and scholarly attention on them. However, local civic and cultural activism, together with transnationalized Kurdish political mobilisation has drawn attention to the Kurds in the Diaspora. Consequently, recent years have witnessed a growing number of theoretical, conceptual and empirical works on themes related to Kurdish migration. The Kurdish Migration Conference 2016 aims to bring together researchers from multiple disciplines working on Kurdish migration to exchange and share their research findings and experiences about all aspects of migration in, from and to Kurdistan.

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Migration at Middlesex University

Middlesex University has an outstanding reputation in conducting local, national and international research on migration, asylum and ethnic diversity, using interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. Many of our academics work as consultants and advisors for international organisations, community groups and the public and private sector, as well as contributing to the academic debate with cutting-edge publications and regular events.

The university’s School of Law – which includes the departments of Law and Policy and Criminology and Sociology – is a member of IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion), the largest European network of researchers on migration and integration.

This ‘Migration at Middlesex’ webpage offers and overview of our work and activities in this area and provides updates on events, publications, research projects, courses and other activities.

For further information or to get in touch, please visit the About Us page.