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Research Impact in Action Workshop Event Programme Refugees, New Speakers and Global Law 23rd and 24th March

Our workshop ‘Refugees, New Speakers, and Global Law’ in Tilburg University, March 23-24 2017, is fast approaching. Please see our final event programme attached.

After the event we will post podcasts of the presentations and the plenaries from Max Spotti 'Language and asylum: the paradox of naming places and web truths' and Marcos Ezequiel Filardi 'Accomplishments, challenges and tensions in refugees´ protection in Argentina'. Through the presentations we will discuss how the law experienced through themes related to rights, protections, and voice and legality. We will also see language and legitimacy as central to this experience as we explore the issues of language learning, refugees voices through literature and as they are documented in historical narratives. Through the inclusion of community-led NGOs, refugees and other practitioners who work on asylum issues, we will finally consider how we as researchers can create impact.

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Refugee Voices: Experiences of Learning Dutch Language in AZC camp

Refugee Voices: Experiences of Learning Dutch Language in AZC camp

Anon. Voice from the Camp

This was written by someone with refugee status living in one of the AZC camp in the Netherlands.

I’ve been in the Netherlands for the past year, and in that time I have lived in five different Camps. Following are the difficulties that I experienced and observed during my course of learning the Dutch language being in the camp while getting transferred from one Camp to another.

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Call for papers Research in impact workshop: Refugees, New speakers and Global Law

Call for papers Research in impact workshop: Refugees, New speakers and Global Law

This Research Impact in Action workshop seeks to address the question of how scholars working at the intersection of law and sociolinguistics can contribute to shaping professional practice and policy and create on the ground impact within the field of migration and asylum. In this small event we aim to have presentations on grounded research related to refugees and asylum processes. Through workshops titled ‘Bridging the gap between research, policy and practice’ and Workshop: ‘Voice and Research Impacts’ we will discuss how to create impact in policy and practice through collaboration between different stakeholder groups and academics in the fields of law and socio-linguistics.

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Call for Mini-Blogs: Perspectives on Migration and Asylum from the ground

Call for Mini-Blogs: Perspectives on Migration and Asylum from the ground

This is a call to all academics, practitioners or forced migration to write a mini-blog (no more than 300 words) explaining about your research, work or experiences.

We wish to expand this platform to become more active, and provide people more opportunities to connect. These blogs will be shared on our social media platforms and on the COST New Speakers website. 

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New Speakers and Brexit

[This post was published as a report in July 2016 as a reflection of the Migration and Asylum Roundtable at the Second Whole Action Conference in Hamburg]

Moving on from the COST Migration and Asylum Roundtable: New Speakers and Brexit

The discussions at the Roundtable were fascinating and this is also a thank you to all those who attended and participated actively in the discussions. I originally intended to write a summary on the Roundtable and a call for further discussions on the participation from COST members on constructing a co-ordinated response to migration and asylum issues. In ordinary circumstances I would give a socio-legal argument, and discuss how the intersection of positive law, language and social realities places refugees on the social margins. However, recent events have made me view our discussions in a slightly different light.

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