The human behind the refugee category (Discover Society)

Marcia Vera Espinoza writes for Discover Society,

We question refugees’ motivations, scrutinize their stories, generalize their persecution, feel sorry for their plight, and invisiblize their individuality among the numbers that frame their displacement. The category that gives refugees international protection is the same that singles them out as a member of what seems to be a homogeneous group: refugees. By using this category in this way we generalize about their lives, we claim to understand their needs and we aim to find ‘solutions’ for them.

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Challenging Immigration Detention

What can be done? Friday 15th November 2019

Taking place at 1pm in CE.225 (second floor, Creative Edge)

The session, led by grass roots organisations working with and for people who have experienced immigration detention in the UK, will include presentations from:
a) Dr Vicky Canning from the University of Bristol;
b) Samuel Farmery and other members of Migrant Artists Mutual Aid;
c) Lauren Cape-Davenhill from Right to Remain / These Walls Must Fall.


The session will include the screening of a short film by These Walls Must Fall, as well as readings from ‘Strategies for Survival, Recipes for Resistance’. This will be followed by an activist session during which attendees will be able to plan any actions they could be involved in to challenge immigration detention and support those who have direct experience of it in the North West.

Further details of the session (or letting Migration NW know that you would like to attend) can be obtained by emailing Agnieszka Martynowicz @ martynoa@edgehill.ac.uk.

Sharing Sustainability event 7th November

Action for Refugees was delighted to attend the Sustainability event supported by the Institute for Social Responsibility on Wednesday in Church House, Ormskirk. We joined with friends from the SDG network to share our work.

Over 20 groups were represented including the local food bank and the Liverpool World Centre, as well as academics from Edge Hill working on research linked to sustainability. It was great to meet groups working on these important issues and develop our local networks.

Bluecoat Event: Hostile Environment – Maya Goodfellow in conversation

“The UK government proudly calls the aim of its immigration policy to be the creation of a “hostile environment, ” while refugees drown in the Mediterranean and Britain votes to leave the EU against claims that “swarms” of migrants are entering Britain. Meanwhile, study after study confirms that immigration is not damaging the UK’s economy, nor putting a strain on public services, but immigration is blamed for all of Britain’s ills. Yet concerns about immigration are deemed “legitimate” across the political spectrum, with few exceptions. How did we get here?

Through interviews with leading policy-makers, asylum seekers, and immigration lawyers, Maya Goodfellow illuminates the dark underbelly of contemporary immigration policies. A nuanced analysis of the UK’s immigration policy from the 1960s onwards, Hostile Environment links immigration policy and the rhetoric of both Labour and Tory governments to the UK’s colonial past and its imperialist present. Goodfellow shows that distinct forms of racism and dehumanisation directly resulted from immigration policy, and reminds us of the human cost of concessions to anti-immigration politics.”

To book and for more information see: http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/events/4035

For more information from the publisher (Verso) see:

https://www.versobooks.com/books/3064-hostile-environment

Why not volunteer?

Volunteer ESOL 1-1: Help with English is just one way to get involved

Do you have skills in ESOL or would you like to develop your understanding of ‘the refugee crisis’ beyond the tabloid headlines?

‘Skem International’ a group of refugees and community members from Skelmersdale, run two weekly events which are looking for more volunteers.

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New Arabic resources for the Primary classroom

Action for Refugees is delighted to present the second booklet in a series produced by students, working in partnership to develop resources for the primary classroom.

These booklets are developed by primary trainees to enable simple bilingual activities in the classroom, from labelling key parts of the room to basic greetings to welcome a learner.

Pictured here is the development team, including Mohammmed K who volunteered with the Edge Hill team on the project. Action for Refugees are very grateful for his time sharing his language skills.

These resources are available to download via the university’s online storage system ‘eshare’, and are open access to all. You can also access the first booklet in the series.

Arabic: http://eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/15300/

Farsi: http://eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/15301/

For more information please contact
Martin Ford
Subject lead ‐ Academic and Professional Development (APD)
fordm@edgehill.ac.uk

Story: Tales from a Refugee Camp – Free showing @edgehill

Thursday 14 November, 6pm

Edge Hill Lecturer, Yiannis Koufonikos’ new film, ‘Story: Tales from a Refugee Camp’ is the exciting outcome of a collaborative project with Coventry University, bringing together residents of the camp and the local community to share their stories.

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New play starring forced migrants @HOME Manchester

PIZZA SHOP HEROES

Four former unaccompanied child refugees from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Albania working your average shift in your average pizza shop take us on a journey across time and continents to show how extraordinary they are. Having told their stories to social workers and courts as part of their asylum claims, they are now reclaiming them.

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