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Evidence and the politics of the UK migration debate – is there hope?


An interesting blog post was published on a session from ‘Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking: Where next?’, a Symposium from the Institute for Policy Research and Centre for Development Studies (CDS) at the University of Bath, September 14-15 2016.

Highlights and recordings from the Symposium can be found here.

N.B. For discussions on European migration policies, check out a dossier compiled by The Broker that includes a co-authored contribution by GGSJ senior researcher Jeff Handmaker.

Applications for the Critical Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights (CICCR) are open at www.hr4dev.be.

HR4DEV-logoThe course will take place in Ghent from August 28th until September 9th 2016. CICCR maps the potential and limits of a children’s rights approach towards global and local issues concerning the human rights of children. Key themes include a multidisciplinary introduction to children’s rights, contextualizing children’s rights in (local) governance, global challenges to children’s rights in a local context (including diversity, poverty, migration and health), and critical approaches to children’s rights in research, policy and practice. The preliminary programme can now be found here.

The course organizers offer a limited amount of scholarships from VLIR-UOS and UNESCO to candidates who fulfill the application criteria. Scholarship applicants are welcome to submit their application form until April 15th. The deadline for self-funded participants is May 15th. Only complete applications submitted through the website will be considered.

For more information, please refer to www.hr4dev.be.

The first issue of the 2016 volume of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, of which GGSJ Senior Researcher Professor Karin Arts is editor-in-chief, has been published.


  • Column on The EU Migration Crisis: What Next? by Thom Brooks
  • Article: Religious Organisations, Internal Autonomy and Other Religious Rights before the European Court of Human Rights and the OSCE by Sylvie Langlaude Doné
  • Article: The Functioning of the Pilot-Judgment Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights in Practice by Lize R. Glas
  • Article: Somali Piracy and the Human Rights of Seafarers by Sofia Galani
  • New documentation: Recent Publications on International Human Rights

The Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa (SIHMA) publishes the on-line (open access) African Human Mobility Review (AHMR)

Capture2-250x358Now in its third issue, the AHMR is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed on-line journal created in 2015 to encourage and facilitate the study of Human Mobility in Africa.

In the third (special) issue, there are articles on:

  • Violent xenophobic episodes in South Africa, 2008 and 2015
  • Preventing Xenophobia in Africa: What Must the African Union Do?
  • Violent Conflict and Forced Displacement in the Horn of Africa: Government and Donor Policies and Programs in Search of Durable Solutions
  • Development-Induced Displacement and Its Impacts on the Livelihoods of Poor Urban Households in Bahir Dar, North Western Ethiopia

Download the Special issue of AHMR.

Submission guidelines are available here.

showphoto.viewISS staff member Des Gasper, professor in the research area Governance, Globalization and Social Justice, has co-authored two journal papers published in 2015, on experiences with using human security frameworks in various areas of research and policy around the world.

The publications appear in the ‘Journal of Development Studies’ and the journal ‘Contemporary Politics’.


On 30 November 2015, GGSJ Researcher Mr. Fulgêncio Lucas Muti Seda defended his doctoral dissertation.


Entitled Border Governance in Mozambique: The Intersection of International Border Controls, Regional Integration and Cross-border Regions, Dr. Seda was supervised by a team of GGSJ researchers Prof. dr. Mohamed Salih and Dr. Helen Hintjens as well as Dr. Thanh Dam Truong.

As described in the abstract to his PhD dissertation:

A tension exists between the interests of states in protecting national security through border controls and those of communities in cross-border regions, to whom frequent border crossing is part of daily life – a necessary part of achieving their own wellbeing. The interplay between these two sets of interests has shaped particular ‘border regimes’ with varying degrees of selectivity in measures of the control of movements of people. In Mozambique, the securing of borders since the early 1990s in order to tackle unauthorised migration and organised crime has revealed a tension with border communities – the manifestation of which is regionally specific elements related to commuters (those crossing the border for shopping, schooling or medical care). This thesis applies qualitative research methods to a study of this multilevel (social, economic, cultural, security and political) problem of border governance in Mozambique.

The Management Team of GGSJ heartily congratulates Dr. Seda on his successful defence and wishes him all the very best in his future career!

GGSJ Senior Researcher Dr. Helen Hintjens will be speaking at a migration conference in Bucharest, Romania on 1 and 2 October 2015.

EUROMFThe conference is organised by Euromf (European Midfield) and supported financially by the European Union. It focuses on the “commitment of social partners to tackle social exclusion within the labour market”, and in particular on “tackling problems of migrant workers from inside and outside the EU”.

Dr. Hintjens will present on “Migrants in Europe and European Policies”.

GGSJ researchers at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam are alarmed at the ill-informed and increasingly racist tone of the “debate” in Europe on migration.

This “debate” is focused on narrow sectarian interests; it misses a social justice perspective, and not least the voices of migrants themselves.

In 2014, GGSJ researchers led by Dr. Thanh Dam Truong completed a 2-year, IDRC-funded project involving a global network of researchers. A book published by Springer, entitled Migration, Gender and Social Justice (available as an open access publication) was accompanied by a series of Policy Briefs.

These policy briefs, aimed at policy makers and the general public, make clear that this is a GLOBAL issue and not just a European one.

For example, one policy brief address the experiences of Senegalese women in Spain.



All publications are available on the project website: www.iss.nl/IDRC.

Contact person: Jeff Handmaker

Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality
16th Annual Student Human Rights Conference

Call for Papers Deadline: 15.01.2015


9am – 5pm, Saturday 7 March 2015
Law and Social Sciences Building, University of Nottingham

We would like to announce that the deadline for the call for papers for the 16th Annual Student Human Rights Conference Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality has been extended to Thursday 15 January 2015.   More

A new book has been published, co-edited by GGSJ researcher Professor Karin Arts (with Ambrus, Hey and Raulus) and including contributions by GGSJ researchers Dr. Jeff Handmaker and Dr. Karim Knio.

ExpertsBookAmbrus, Arts, Hey and Raulus (Eds.) The Role of ‘Experts’ in International and European Decision-Making Processes: Advisors, Decision Makers or Irrelevant Actors?, published by Cambridge University Press (2014).

Table of contents and a description of the book.

The book is the outcome of extensive collaboration between researchers of the ISS and Erasmus School of Law (ESL) within the framework of the “Rethinking the Rule of Law” Research Programme led by ESL Professor Sanne Taekema.

International Institute of Social Studies

The Governance, Globalization and Social Justice research programme aims to produce internationally leading, socially committed and societally relevant research outcomes on issues of governance from an explicitly social justice perspective. This blog is a forum on which to share and discuss themes and issues which fall within the broad framework of the programme.