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Wiener Library Event: The Forgiveness Project: A discussion about forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution

Wiener Library Event: The Forgiveness Project: A discussion about forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution | Refugees | Scoop.it
The Wiener Library is the world's oldest Holocaust archive and Britain's largest collection on the Nazi era. The Wiener Library hosts an annual programme of free events and exhibitions.
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The Forgiveness Project: A discussion about forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution.Tue 24 Jun 2014

Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

The Wiener Library is delighted to welcome Marina Cantacuzino to speak about the charity she founded called The Forgiveness Project. Marina began an initiative in 2003 in response to the imminent invasion of Iraq. She embarked on a personal project collecting stories of people who had lived through violence, tragedy or injustice and sought forgiveness/reconciliation rather than revenge. The resulting exhibition ‘The F Word’ led to Marina founding a charity called The Forgiveness Project. Crucial to the ethos of The Forgiveness Project is that it explores rather than propagates forgiveness and reflects the stories of real people rather than the opinions of experts. The charity has no political or religious affiliations.

 

Marina will be speaking about her own experiences and motivations behind The Forgiveness Project. The talk will be followed by a discussion with Marina about forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution.

http://theforgivenessproject.com/

 

All visitors are invited to attend an optional behind-the-scenes tour of the Wiener Library’s exhibition and archives after the talk at 1pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

 

Free but booking required due to limited places.

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Does detention increase removals and decrease asylum claims?

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TIME TO ACT - How the EU Can Lead on Climate Change and Migration | Heinrich Böll Stiftung European Union

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How should the EU respond to migration and climate change? | UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition

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We have worked with the Heinrich Boell Foundation to investigate how the European Union can respond to migration linked to climate change. Our new report argues that we could avoid the distress and deaths of people en route to Europe by creating new, legal migration options.

The report Time to Act – How the EU Can Lead on Climate Change and Migration is released today.

The report debunks some common myths and provides an understanding of key characteristics of migration in the context of climate change. With a focus on EU policies and legal frameworks in the area of migration and asylum policies, the report presents a series of policy recommendations to the EU.

The authors argue that by taking into account the phenomenon of climate change and migration, the EU can create a humane and functioning immigration and asylum system that is fit for purpose. The report highlights that by creating legal migration channels the EU can avoid the distress and deaths of persons en route to Europe. The EU should set up rules of how and when to provide refuge and protection during increasingly severe climate linked disasters.

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Sans Papier The Social and Economic Lives of Young Undocumented Migrants

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Islamic fundamentalists have opened new fronts in their battle to establish an Islamic state across Iraq and Syria as they launch attacks in cities which were previously under the control of the Baghdad government.
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Manus island Iraqi asylum seekers continue protests; IOM contradicts Minister – Iraq is unsafe : Refugee Action Coalition

Manus island Iraqi asylum seekers continue protests; IOM contradicts Minister – Iraq is unsafe : Refugee Action Coalition | Refugees | Scoop.it
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Up to 25 Iraqi asylum seekers in Delta Compound in the Manus Island detention centre are maintaining their protest for “Freedom.”

The Iraqis who began their peaceful protest last week have been maintaining a 24 hour-protest, since Friday 20 June, sleeping outside on the grass near the gate to the compound.

 

The Iraqis’ protest began as full-blown sectarian conflict engulfed most of Iraq and following comments from Scott Morrison that the Australian government would continue to forcibly deport Iraqis to the war zone, and would not progress protection claims by Iraqis on Manus or in Australia.

 

But IOM (International Organisation of Migration) has directly contradicted Morrison’s stance and says it will not facilitate any removals of Iraqis.

 

IOM told a handful of Iraqis on Manus Island who asked about possible voluntary returns that Iraq is too dangerous and the IOM and Iraqis will not be sent from Manus to Iraq.

 

“The IOM’s stance makes a mockery of Scott Morrison’s position. His position is completely untenable,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “The Iraqis are now in the same position as the Syrian asylum seekers; trapped between the danger of war in their home country and the menace and impasse of Manus Island.

 

“It is imperative that the Iraqi asylum seekers on Manus (and Nauru) be brought are brought to Australia, and that those in the Australian community be given the protection they need.”

 

There are over 100 Iraqi asylum seekers on Manus Island, most held for almost a year without processing. Last Friday (20 June), there had been Iraqi protests in two compounds on Manus Island. However, the situation regarding protests in the other compounds was not known as of Monday (23 June) morning.

 

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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Bhabha, J.: Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age (eBook and Hardcover).

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Causes and experiences of poverty among refugees and asylum seekers in the UK: Review of evidence (2013) - University of Birmingham

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Dr Nando Sigona, Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) with Jenny Allsopp, Oxford Institute of Social Policy, University of Oxford] and Professor Jenny Phillimore, IRiS.

From the mid-1990s onwards, policies and legislation governing the treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers have become more restrictionist in the UK. Experiences of poverty among this group have been well documented throughout this period, however, the resulting evidence base remains fragmented. Most qualitative data relates to the experiences of specific groups, for example, child asylum seekers; asylum seeking families; disabled asylum seekers; pregnant asylum seekers and female refugees. Furthermore a large and cumulative body of evidence exists on the experiences of refused asylum seekers. Quantitative data on poverty among asylum seekers and refugees remains scarce.

As part of a series of evidence and policy reviews commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, we aim to review evidence exploring the link between poverty and refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom, how it has it changed over time and how it compares among the nations of the UK.

This contested policy area has been the topic of a number of parliamentary enquiries in recent years (e.g. the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into the destitution of asylum seeking families), yet to date, strategies to tackle poverty among this group have been limited and partial. Indeed, some scholars have claimed that experiences of poverty, or ‘enforced destitution’, among asylum seekers, and among refused asylum seekers in particular, may be a planned outcome of public policy aimed to ‘disincentivise’ these individuals to remain in the UK and to deter future arrivals.

Whilst recent years have seen the emergence of some innovative initiatives at the local level in the UK, such as the passing of motions by a handful of local councils against policies which are deemed to cause destitution among members of this group, there seems scant evidence that political will to reform the situation has developed. Earlier this year, for example, the UK government chose not to increase asylum support rates in line with incremental increases in the cost of living.

Recognising that asylum seekers and refugees sit at the cross-roads of intersecting policy agendas in the UK and often have a range of complex support needs which correspond to a range of pathways into poverty, this review will engage in intersectional analysis of the causes and experiences of poverty in the UK among this population, paying attention to how these impact on different sub-groups within it. Based on these findings, it will draw some insights about what should be included in contemporary UK anti-poverty strategies relating to refugees and asylum seekers.

We welcome submissions of evidence from individuals and organisations.Please read the Call for Evidence for details.

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Aderonke Apata deportation case: 'If the Home Office doesn’t believe I’m gay, I’ll send them a video that proves it'

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