New podcast explores Australia's offshore processing policy for asylum seekers
The first episode of Australia: Inside Out explores the history and politics behind the Australian model, and evaluates how successful the model has been in stopping asylum seekers arriving by boat. It features several experts on offshore processing, including one of the politicians behind the original policy implementation.
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The Australia: Inside Out podcast series seeks to explore aspects of Australian politics and society that are relevant to the UK and beyond.
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Precarious Places: social cohesion, resilience and place attachment of refugees in Lebanon
Precarious places was an 18-month project funded under the Tackling the UK's International Challenges scheme of the British Academy. The research responded to the protracted displacement of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, where interventions by non-governmental organisations were moving from humanitarian assistance to longer term resilience building. Rates of repatriation and resettlement in those displaced by conflict are low and integration is often not favoured by the host country. Thus, refugees may live in precarious situations for years, and commonly decades.
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Grounded in their lives: Comprehensive stakeholders engagement to change child marriage policy and programming for girls in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
Building on a 4 year long study undertaken by Dr Aisha Hutchinson, in partnership with Terre des hommes (Tdh), with refugee communities in Jordan and Lebanon, this project aimed to ensure child marriage policy and programming in the MENA region is comprehensively and explicitly grounded in the lived experience of adolescent girls. The research illuminates, in detail, the manifestation of child marriage within the broader social process of marriage, the impact of displacement, the ambivalent attitudes held, the role and responsibilities of faith-based actors and a comprehensive mapping of the response to child marriage across the two countries.
The research findings suggest significant changes are required to the current programmatic and policy response to child marriage. Find out more about the Grounded in their lives project.
Governments need to be more transparent about planned relocation
In the latest Forced Migration review, PhD researcher, Rachel Harrington-Abrams, explains how a lack of accountability and transparency around decisions on relocation and climate adaptation can lead to negative outcomes. Read more about Rachel's paper
The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Directory for Refugees and Migrants in London
This directory provides a detailed list of organisations offering services such as social and family support, legal advice and wellbeing services.
It can also be used to support professionals, such as medical practitioners, social workers and legal advisers, who need to refer refugees and migrants to relevant mental health and psychosocial support services in and around London. Read more about the directory
Enacting border security in the digital age: political worlds of data forms, flows and frictions’ (SECURITY FLOWS) is a five-year Consolidator Grant funded by the European Research Council.
The project proposes to analyse how datafication, the process of transforming our everyday lives into quantifiable digital data, is also transforming borders today. The project develops a novel interdisciplinary framework to understand how data is generated, exchanged and contested in border encounters, and to investigate the complex epistemic, practical, political and ethical implications of these transformations.
Find out more about the Security Flows project