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Newsletter - Jul 2020




The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement

Newsletter – July 2020







Centre Events

Our Centre events are now on pause for the Summer break but please do visit the recordings of some of the very interesting panels we hosted as part of our Global Conversations Series. Thank you to all that have joined us during the year and we look forward to catching up with you in the new academic year.

Global Conversations - Technology, Remote Work and Sustainable Livelihoods for Refugees We were joined from across the globe by frontline organisations Chams, Na’amal, Re:Coded,, NaTakallam as well as refugees working with them. The panelists provided an insight into the opportunities for remote sustainable digital livelihoods for refugees. We spoke to organisations that provide both the technical and soft skills for refugee remote work in the Middle East as well as provide digital livelihoods for refugees in general.

Global Conversations - Refugees and migrants at the US-Mexico Border during Covid-19 We were joined from San Antonio, Texas, by Mr Isaac Bencomo, who is part of efforts aimed at delivering primary and emergency care to displaced and migrant populations in Matamoros, Tamaulipas in Mexico. We discussed the situation of refugees and migrants at the US-Mexico border, particularly at the Brownville-Matamaros complex, the impact of the Migrant Protection Protocols and the contemporary health concerns of camp populations in Matamoros in light of Covid-19.

Global Conversations - Migrant Workers in the Gulf Region Mr Froilan Malit, a migration specialist at Gulf Labour Markets and Migration, joined us from Dubai for this virtual seminar where we explored the situation of migrant workers in the Gulf region. We focused on the coping and survival strategies of migrant workers during Covid-19 as well as the impact of Covid-19 on migration governance in the wider Gulf region.


-- CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY-- Submissions due by July 17th

Welcome Inn – Local Voices, Local Stories ‘Make our garden grow’

There are still a few days left to contribute to the Welcome Inn, a project being run by our Associate Director, Dr Jenny Mander with the Cams Music Trust and the English Pocket Opera Company. The project hopes to capture stories from the Cambridge community about what has kept families & local communities together over the past months. The musically minded can also take part in a video of the final chorus of Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide ‘Make Our Garden Grow’, instrumentalists and singers are welcome. For more information please see the attached flyers.


The Welcome Inn website can be found here:


Email your stories through to Mark Tinkler ( or Jenny Mander (



Idomeni - Waiting for Home

We would like to introduce you to Idomeni - Waiting for Home a documentary photo-book made by our long-standing colleague, Alkisti in collaboration with sociologist Nina Walch and the Intiative Minderheiten Tirol. The book aims to document and tell the story of those trapped in the refugee settlement of Idomeni, along the Greek-North Macedonian border, in 2016. Using a combination of photographs, stories & direct quotes from residents as well as sociological findings, it provides insight into the daily life of people living in the camp and their constant fight for their voices being heard. This book aims to shift rhetoric on migration to highlight the strength and resilience of Europe's displaced communities, while advocating for more dignified and humane treatment of people on the move. The book is available to order via:


10% of all proceeds from books sales directly through this website will be donated to charities still actively providing assistance to refugees in Greece.




Jul 15 2020, 7pm (New Zealand Standard Time)


Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies (CAPRS) at the University of Auckland will be formally launched online on July 15th 2020.


During this launch, They will present key issues it relates to conflict and climate induced displacement across the Asia Pacific region and how CAPRS plans to respond. 


The Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee is driven by a transformative agenda that places social justice and human rights as core aspects of our work that will empower refugee voices and build local capacities. Through a commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship, the Centre is committed to bringing together people from academia, refugee communities, government, civil society and the private sector to collaboratively work on meaningful and tangible projects on current and future forced displacement situations. 


Register via:  



July 31 2020, 6-7pm and

Aug 8 2020, 2-3pm

Iroko Theatre

The fabulous IROKO are back in action and wrapping up their Speaking Without Voice project with two free online events on the 31st of July and 8th of August 2020


The first event - Celebrating Heritage through Theatre - will present extracts of our musical theatre production ‘A Present for the Women of Uli’, along with Q&As and discussion of both the heritage and the making of the show. The event is on the 31st of Aug from 6-7pm.  Registration is via Eventbrite:  


The second - Discovering Nigerian Symbols and Pictographs - is a workshop with the chance for participants to get creative from home. The event is on the 8th Aug from 2-3pm. Registration is also via Eventbrite:




Centre Blog Submissions – Rolling call

The Centre has recently launched a new blog at where we aim to provide space for discussion amongst and between students, faculty, researchers, and community members regarding pressing issues of migration and to contribute to the global effort to address these issues. The blog is an open forum that encourages contributors and readers from all disciplines and affiliations to present and analyse ideas in an accessible format. If you are interested in contributing, please visit our submission guidelines at  


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