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Refugee-refugee Relationality, Solidarity and Care in/as Research - Keynote




When: 2 October 2019
Where: Lecture Theatre 5, Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh

Prof Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s keynote lecture concludes a one-day workshop at the University of Edinburgh on 2nd October 2019 on 'Beyond ‘do no harm’- Questioning ethics in research with displaced people in the Global North and South'. Please see below for details about the workshop and how to register.

About the speaker: Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh is Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies and Co-Director of the Migration Research Unit at University College London (UCL), where she is also the Coordinator of the UCL-wide Refuge in a Moving World interdisciplinary research network (@RefugeMvingWrld).

Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh's research focuses on the intersections between gender and religion in contexts of displacement with a particular regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Drawing on an ethnographic, critical theoretical perspective, her work contributes to key debates surrounding refugees’ experiences of conflict-induced displacement, the nature of refugee-donor relations, and both North-South and South-South humanitarian responses to forced migration.

She is currently leading two research projects: the first is a 4-year project funded by the AHRC-ESRC, which examines local communities’ responses to displacement from Syria in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey (see www.refugeehosts.org, @RefugeeHosts). The second is a 5-year project funded by the European Research Council which examines Southern-led humanitarian responses to Syrian refugees (www.southernresponses.org, @SouthernResp).

Her recent books include The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (co-editor, Oxford University Press, 2014, pb 2016), South-South Educational Migration, Humanitarianism and Development: Views from the Caribbean, North Africa and the Middle East (Routledge, 2015), and the Handbook of South-South Relations (co-editor, Routledge, 2018).

About the workshop: This workshop invites academic researchers at all stages of their career as well as practitioners working with displaced populations in the Global North and South to reflect on and challenge prevailing approaches to research ethics. We will ask the following questions: Is ‘do no harm’ enough when thinking about research with displaced people? What does this type of research do, i.e. how does it affect study participants and others, often in long-lasting and unpredictable ways? Is research with displaced people always an ethical endeavour? How do (1) research norms (2) their colonial and racialised histories and (3) their ongoing legacies for displaced people in the Global North and South shape study design and practice?

To ensure space for discussion, places at the workshop are limited. To take part, please email the organisers at awagner3@ed.ac.uk.

Prof Fiddian-Qasmiyeh's keynote and the workshop are sponsored by the Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network, the GLIMER Project (JPI ERA Net / Horizon 2020) , the department of Social Anthropology and the School of Social and Political Science, all at the University of Edinburgh.

Language Education for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Scotland and Europe




When: 13 September 2019, 13:45-16:00
Where: Satinwood Room, Glasgow City Chambers

How does language training facilitate entry and integration in educational systems and/or employment service for asylum seekers and refugees in Europe?

The GLIMER project team will be presenting their findings from across our four European sites (Scotland, Sweden, Italy and Cyprus) on language provision for asylum seeker and refugees. We will be launching our policy briefs on this topic, as well as a holding a panel discussion with ESOL providers and policymakers in Scotland.

13:45 - 14:15 Welcome & Lunch

14:15 - 14:30 Language Education for asylum seekers and refugees in Calabria/Italy, Nicosia/Cyprus, Scotland/UK and Skane/Sweden
Prof. Nasar Meer, GLIMER Principal Investigator, University of Edinburgh

14:30 - 15:10 Language Education for Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Provision and Governance 

  • Dr Emma Hill, GLIMER Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • Maria Angeli, GLIMER Co-Investigator, MIGS
  • Dr Henrik Emilsson, GLIMER Research Fellow, Malmo University
  • Caludio Di Maio, GLIMER Research Fellow, Universitá della Calabria

15:10 - 15:30 Panel Commentaries

  • Jewels Lang, Scottish Refugee Council
  • Elisha Fisher, Scottish Government
  • Pinar Aksu, Maryhill Integration Network

15:30 - 16:00 Roundtable discussion
Chaired by Dr Timothy Peace, GLIMER Co-Investigator, University of Glasgow

This is a free event, but please register your place with ellen.cummings@ed.ac.uk


Housing for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe



When: 26 June 2019, 17:00 - 19:00
Where: Violet Laidlaw Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, University of Edinburgh

A team from the GLIMER project will present the findings from their research into housing for refugees and asylum seekers across Europe. Successes and failures will be discussed from across the case studies as we as what can be learned to improve accommodation for displaced migrants. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion involving key stakeholders who work with displaced migrants in Scotland.

This is a free event, but please book your place here.


Housing for Asylum Seekers and Newly Arrived Refugees



When: 28 February 2019
Where: Malmö University
Building GÄDDAN 8, Citadellsvägen 7
Room: STORM (entrance floor)

Housing for asylum seekers and refugees is, not least after the refugee immigration during
2015, an increasingly contested issue.

In Sweden a governmental investigation was initiated
to oversee the reception system and in the fall last year the governmental report An Orderly
Reception was published (SOU 2018:22). This panel debate takes this report as a starting point,
and it aims at discussing the preliminary proposal in the light of an on-going international
research project about reception and integration of asylum seekers and refugees and from
the perspective of different organisational bodies organising the reception in Malmö and the
Skåne Region.

08:30-08:50 Opening and introduction to current challenges and on-going transformations in Sweden and beyond

  • Erica Righard, Associate Professor, Malmö University

08:50-09:15 Housing for asylum seekers and refugees in Calbria/Italy, Nicosia/Cyprus, Scotland/UK and Skåne/Sweden

  • Nasar Meer, Professor and GLIMER Principal Investigator, University of Edinburgh

09:15-09:45 Coffee 

09:45-10:45 Panel commentaries | moderated by Henrik Emilsson, PhD, Malmö University

  • Gunilla Holmlin, Integration Developer, County Adm. Board Skåne
  • Ebba Cedergren, Senior Advisor, City of Malmö
  • Ingrid Sahlin, Professor, Lund University

10:45-11:30 Discussion

The event is free of charge. Places are limited, please sign-up by contacting jennie.strom@malmo.se

This panel debate is being held in partnership with Malmö Stad, Malmö University and Mistra Urban Futures.

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