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News from the EUNWA
(European Neighbourhood Watch Association)

October 2016

Dear EUNWA Member/Network Partner, 

After the successful EUNWA Annual Conference in Vienna, we'll give you some additional information. First of all we can welcome two new EUNWA members: Nextdoor, from the Netherlands  and Grannkompaniet Ab, from Sweden (more information below) and read more about ” Crimmigration” from Maria João Guia.
 

Karl Brunnbauer
President

CONTENTS OF THIS NEWSLETTER

 
  1. EUNWA Third Annual Conference Vienna September 30 to October 1, 2016 – Final Report
  2. City Angels
  3. Nextdoor
  4. Grannkompaniet AB
  5. CINETS
  6. Access to member area
  7. Your conference presentation at our website
  8. Conference evaluation sheet available
 

1. EUNWA Third Annual Conference Vienna September 30 to October 1, 2016 – Final Report
 
The EUNWA-founder proNachbar Karl Brunnbauer had invited the Neighbourhood Watch Community to hold its third conference in Vienna and 44 participants who represented more than 32 organizations from 14 countries were happy to join him in Vienna.
The EUNWA third annual conference covered a wide variety of subjects:
Since the recent migration movements affect Austria rather heavily, there were contributions to the topics asylum seekers, migration, and integration. Another field was, of course, how to make our cities and neighbourhoods safer by means of several approaches. Organized crime and crime prevention were also discussed. We also heard some more talks about cyber-crime and nuclear safety.

Read more >
 
2. City Angels Italy
City Angels – Let’s help them open chapters all over Europe!

City Angels are street volunteers in red jacket and blue beret who prevent and fight crime through their collaboration with the Police. They also help homeless and people in trouble.
They are enjoying a huge success and have received many official acknowledgements from the public Institutions. They were founded in Milan, Italy in 1994. Now they are all over Italy and in Lugano, Switzerland. Wouldn’t it be great to open new chapters all over Europe?
What you need to open a new chapter:
1) A leader
2) At least 10 volunteers
3) Great enthusiasm!

You will receive all the necessary help and support from the Milan headquarters! Contact us at mario@cityangels.it Your mail will be read directly by Mario Furlan, the founder of City Angels who has been with us at the EUNWA meeting in Vienna!

For more information: www.cityangels.it (City Angels are also on the English Wikipedia page).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Angels  
 
3. Nextdoor - why a neighbourhood app and how does it work? by Tamar van de Paal from Nextdoor Nederlands
Tamar’s belief is: Social networks lower crime rates, and: Since the phone is part of the problem it should also be part of the solution!
So many people (1/4) do not know their neighbours. Knowing each other and interacting (like offering something or talking about a problem) will bring cohesion among the participants - which will bring about more safety. Since people are not present out of doors within their closest neighbourhood so much anymore, he has developed an app for digital neighbourhood watch as a Public Agency platform to be used also by police and local government.

Read more >
 
4. Grannkompaniet AB
 
Coyards – For efficient Neighbourhood Watch   by Alexis Nicou, Grannkompaniet AB, Sweden
In 2014, Alexis co-founded Grannkompaniet AB, which develops and operates various communication platforms tailored for different audiences. He says his apps are “user-friendly”, i.e. extremely easy to understand and work.

The platform gives more security by better crime and damage prevention and quick communication.

Read more >

5. CINETS
 
Maria João Guia
Researcher at the University of Coimbra Centre for Legal Research
Maria.joao.guia@ij.uc.pt
 
Participating in EUNWA 2016 conference was a very enriching experience. Much more than just debating the problem of global migrations and the way in which States have been solving the irregularity problem, I have met an extraordinary networking group that has the potential of moving knowledge forward in what concerns preserving the Human Rights of all Human Beings and getting civil society involved in preventing and fighting crime.
 
I have divided the thoughts of my communication in 7 points of analysis, trying to touch prejudices that we build around immigrants and asylum seekers motivated by what we assist to in mass-media communications.
 
The reflections I have made touched the question of the exception and of the subjective and objective power, especially concerning the use of certain words, the way in which those words may manipulate the information and public opinion about certain groups of people: the immigrants in the specific context of this conference. I also touched the exception as a creative way to install emergence measures (I would dare to say) in front of a possible “immediate danger”. These exceptional measures suddenly turn to become the rule, contrary to the rule of Law. We cannot detach this reflection from the austerity measures imposed over the economies and societies (or over the European to-be cohesive society), that allow a selection of those who look for better conditions of life and who find themselves, frequently, trapped in new forms of slavery (economic, labour, sex slavery and coercion, for example). Those forms may involve the victimisation on a criminal network (on migrant smuggling, aiding and abetting criminal networking, human trafficking) or in a State imposed measure of confinement to detention centres as the Returns directive previewed since 2008, among other measures. Naturally one may not leave outside the melting pot of these topics the Mediterranean crisis that induced almost all sciences to reflect upon the Human Rights of the mankind and triggered Europe into solutions that are still not found. It’s because that oblige us to analyse why are some human beings allowed to enter European Union space and deserve international protection and why others are “disposable people” (to use Kevin Bales title of book) and should be banned from the society through detention or even to be confined to prison as the Crimmigration paradigm implemented (following Stump’s first academic article on this topic in 2006). Briefly, I tried to analyse the dangers of the Crimmigration transplant over European Union Member States, as it has started already.
 
I am currently directing the CINETS group, the Crimmigration Control International Net of Studies, with 5 colleagues of mine from different countries and Universities (you may know more about us here: www.crimmigrationcontrol.com. We are a group of critical crimmigration researchers and we have been together since 2011. We have published some international books together and we are putting journals, articles and other academic productions together, such as applying to European Projects, organising international interchanges and other joint plans. Our next international conference will be held in Queen’s Mary University, London and Valsamis Mitsilegas will hold it in 2018. In between, we get together in other joint organisations and we try to help other scholars to reflect upon topics such as the detention of immigrants, the human rights of immigrants, the human trafficking crime, the borders and policing as well as other topics that directly or indirectly involve the Human Rights of Immigrants.
 
6. Access to member area
Paying members will get their individual access (User and PW) to the EUNWA website for the next period (until the next conference or for one year, beginning on October 1st ).
 
7. Your conference presentation at our website
Please respond if we are allowed to put your presentation in our member area!

8. Conference evaluation sheet available
For paying members available in the member area.
 
Please inform us of your organizational news.

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