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Multicultural Centre Prague

Multicultural Center Prague Migration Online is a specialized website of the Multicultural Centre Prague focusing on migration issues in Central and Eastern Europe. It maps migration reality, research and policy, offers a range of articles, interviews and reports and promotes debate among experts, public administrators, NGOs and the wider public. The section Refugees in CEE explores forced migration in Central and Eastern Europe, it points out similarities and differences in the experience of various actors involved in forced migration and it views the problem of refugees in Central Europe from different perspectives. Possible contributions may address but are not limited to: – newly created/dissolved borders and their influence on refugees’ access to protection and their migration strategies; – refugees involvement in transnational networks; – differentiation of statuses of international protection and its impact on social status of refugees; – continuing impact of the Dublin II Regulation on refugees’ access to protection; – application of asylum policies in everyday practice (at the EU borders, in contact with authorities, in refugee camps); – increasing use of detentions in CEE and its consequences. We are looking for contributions in the form of studies (maximum 4,000 words), fresh excerpts from the field, reports, essays, interviews (with migrants or experts) and information about interesting projects of NGOs or other organisations to the themes “Refugees in CEE”. Language: English or Czech Deadline for abstracts: 31st March, 2009 Please send the abstracts/suggestions/questions to the section coordinator: Radka Klvaňová (Masaryk University), e-mail: radka.klvanova(at)gmail.com.

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Mapping Minority Groups in Britain

In order to illustrate the current diversity of different parts of Britain, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has commissioned a new interactive map. When you click through you will find 30 cities or areas of Britain, which appear as red circles – if you double click on a circle this takes you to a detailed neighbourhood map showing the most numerous minority groups by postcode, in that area. The white British population is excluded as otherwise it would dominate the maps, obscuring the minority group data. Click here for more about how information was gathered and to access the map.

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Border Thinking Blog

Have a look at Laura Agustin’s fascinating blog:

http://www.nodo50.org/Laura_Agustin/

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Iraqis in Egypt: Time is Running Out

The film ‘Iraqis in Egypt: Time is Running Out’ is now available to view on the Forced Migration Online website.

This documentary film looks at the lives of six Iraqi families who have been forced to flee their homes and are now living as refugees in the massive urban sprawl of Cairo. As the years pass by, their situations are becoming increasingly desperate, with little or no rights in their country of first asylum.

Iraqis in Egypt: Time is Running Out:
http://www.forcedmigration.org/video/iraqis-in-egypt/

More videos can be viewed at:
http://forcedmigration.org/video/

To learn more & to find out how you can help, visit:
http://www.iraqisinegypt.org/

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Online video contest: Intercultural dialogue

Are you between 15 and 30  ? Do you feel like you have things to say
about Intercultural Dialogue in Europe? Do you like expressing
yourself with video?

The European project Xenoclipse.net is inviting young video/filmmakers
to submit their short clip now. We are looking for the most original,
creative and/or nuanced portrayal of cultural diversity in your
country, city, town, school, street or family…

What intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity mean we want to
leave up to you! You will be the ones showing diversity from different
viewpoints.

Your clip can be a short film, video-art, documentary, musical clip,
news item… Up to 15 nominees will be contacted and invited to
Barcelona for the international Award Event on November 21st and 22nd,
2008 and the winners will receive a prize award.

For more information look at: http://www.xenoclipse-net.eu/

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The Battle of Plassey: Young People’s Project

The Battle that changed East End

Brick Lane Circle is delighted to announce that it has received a grant of £46,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to engage a group of young people (18-25) to explore East London’s historical links with Bengal through researching and writing about the area’s East India Company sites. 

The project idea emerged out of the series of events that Brick Lane Circle organized in  June 2007 to commemorate the 250 Years Anniversary of the Battle of Plassey (23 June 1757), when the British achieved victory in Bengal under Robert Clive.  It was also the beginning of the British Indian Empire, under the banner of the English East India Company.  The research findings will be put together in a publication, which will be launched during October 2008 Black History Month at a specially organized event at the Museum in Docklands.  An exhibition illustrating the work of the young people, historical paintings and photographs and important documents will accompany the publication.  The work of the young people will be made electronically available and an education pack will be developed.

The young people will undertake research on a number of East India Company sites in East London, an area dotted with important locations and buildings that have historical links with Bengal.  It is also the home of the largest concentration of Bangladeshi people in the UK.  The 250 Years anniversary events of the British conquest of Bengal (organized by Brick Lane Circle during June 2007) provided a focus for generating interest in learning about the shared heritage of East London.  The young researchers will be primarily recruited from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and given workshops, guided tours, mentoring support and assistance in writing their chapters.  These activities will help familiarise participants about important East India Company sites and their historical links with Bengal and provide guidance on the sources of information. Continue reading

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MRN sponsored walk for PICUM

MRN is organising a fun sponsored walk along the River Thames in London, in order to raise money for the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM). PICUM works to promote respect for, and raise awareness of the issues faced by, undocumented migrants across Europe.

The walk will take place on Saturday 5th July 2008 and will take us from Greenwich to the London Eye, along the River Thames. It promises to be an enjoyable and worthwhile event, so please come and join us, and bring friends and family!

More details can be found on the MRN website at http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/ , including a downloadable registration form. If you’d like to come along, please contact Cristina (c.andreatta@migrantsrights.org.uk) by the 20th June.

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