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Recent International Coverage of Migration
Migration Research Center at Koç University

Migration Research Center at Koç University

International Press Reader
 October 15 - 21, 2016

Foreign Policy takes a look at museum exhibits about migration;  
but do the stories they tell justice to migrants' experiences?
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MIGRATION THIS WEEK

A collection of news articles, op-eds and thinkpieces on migration

Stranded in Greece

As the E.U. has relocated less than 4% of its promise of up to 160,000 refugees stranded in Greece and Italy, thousands remain in Greece. Even though the E.U. has made over one billion dollars available, most refugees live in hazardous and unsafe camps - some don’t even receive adequate food, while a 14-year old girl was recently raped, the Washington Post reports.

The Erection of Walls and Fences

As Donald Trump continues to boast about building a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, walls and fences are erecting across Europe to keep migrants from entering the Union. But critics doubt the efficacy of building barriers and show that they divert rather than prevent migration - at a huge human cost. Along the U.S.-Mexican border, migrants are forced to take more perilous routes through the desert, their fate left in the hands of smugglers and drug cartels. A new Rand analysis shows that re-establishing border controls in Europe would come with a huge economic cost, while undoing many of the positive social and political developments of the past decade.

Illustrated through video and sound, the Washington Post has issued a special, three episode-long feature exploring the recent historical trends towards border securitization and renewed divisions between nations as 64 borders have been walled or fenced across the world.

In a beautiful multi-media feature, the Washington Post takes a look at the increasing trend towards fencing off borders across the world.

The EU's Externalization of Migration Control

After signing a controversial readmission agreement with Afghanistan and deal with Turkey, migration along the Aegean and Balkan route have dropped steeply. At the EU headquarters in Brussels, it seems as if the ‘refugee crisis’ is over. But in actuality, as migrants are stranded in Greece and Turkey or are returned to their home countries, it’s clear that Europe needs to face its issues at home: increasing xenophobia, the rise of rightwing politics, and the crumbling idea of a unified Europe.

Last week, interior ministers of Europe met to discuss the continuing large migrant flow from Africa to Europe and Italy in specific. The EU now reportedly seeks deals with Ethiopia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal. The European Council on Refugees and Exiles has made an official statement condemning Europe’s externalization of migration control and outsourcing of refugee protection.

Explaining Fear of Refugees

In a video interview with Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, al Jazeera interrogates the fear of refugees and increasing anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and elsewhere.

Trafficking and deadly journeys

A new IOM survey has revealed that 70% traveling across the African continent to Europe fall victim to trafficking, while nearly half reported being detained as well as working without pay. These abuses are especially common in Libya, where armed smugglers exploit migrants on their way to Italy. Politico shares the little told story of Agedez, Niger, once a tourist destination, but this year transit to more than 170,000 African migrants, many of whom disappear in the desert. A global compact on migration to facilitate safer passages must incorporate sustainable development policies; one condition, Behzad Yaghmaian argues, is debt relief in developing countries.
OPPORTUNITIES

CALL FOR PAPERS: On February 17, 2017, Middlesex University will convene the IMISCOE Spring Conference, titled “The Tyranny of Categories in Migration Policy, Research and Data Production”. Researchers may still submit abstracts to present during the conference. Read more here. Application deadline: November 4.



CALL FOR PAPERS: The International Migration Conference is now accepting presentation proposals for its 17th annual conference, themed “Migration and Belonging”, to be held June 22-24, 2017, in Olten, Switzerland . The conference is bilingual in German and English. For more information, continue reading here. Submission deadline: December 31.
 



CALL FOR PAPERS: The Turkish Migration Conference this year moves to Athens, where it will convene under its new name Migration Conference on August 23-27, 2017. The conference organizers welcome applications until March 28, 2017. Read more about the revised format and broadened focus of the conference.
 



ONLINE COURSE: Migration Matters has released episode 1 of “Six Impossible Ideas after Brexit, a six-episode long course that explores migration in the UK after Brexit. The first episode features Dr. Suzi Hall from LSE, on how migrants shape cities. Each episode features 10 minutes of video as well as recommended reading.
PUBLICATIONS

The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies has released its new volume, a special issue called “Temporalities, Materialities, and Connecting Locales: Migration and Mobility in Asia-Pacific Cities”. Take a look at the list of articles here.
 



The Migration Policy Center, in collaboration with the Bertelsmann Stiftung, presents the findings of the study “From Refugees to Workers. Mapping Labour-Market Integration Support Measures for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in EU Member States”. The study identifies policies and practices in different EU member states to facilitate the labour market integration of recent refugees and asylum-seekers. You can access the study here.

About MiReKoç

Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc) was established in August 2004 as a grant-giving program by the joint initiation of Koç University (Istanbul) and the Foundation for Population, Migration, and Environment (PME, Zurich).

As of 2010 MiReKoc has become a fully functioning research center aimed at developing the research capacity to address migration issues in Turkey.

In addition to being an institutionalized hub for Turkey-related migration research, MiReKoc also initiates conferences, workshops, meetings and seminars aimed at engaging students, academics, bureaucrats, policymakers, stakeholders and civil society organizations (CSO).

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