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Refugees and Migrants in Law and Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Civic Education

ISBN13: 9783319721583
Published: June 2018
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: Switzerland
Format: Hardback
Price: £219.50

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Refugees and migration are not a new story in humankind, but in the in the last few years have again been a topic of intensive and contentious discussion in politics, media as well as in scientific publications, against the background of an immense number of non-documented/irregular migrants, especially from war-torn countries. Two United Nations framework declarations on the sustainable development goals and for the refugees and migrants adopted in 2016 by consensus by all Member States have prompted the Editors, international criminologists by background, to invite over 50 authors from different countries to contribute their highly-relevant expertise on civic education aspects of the refugee and migrant crisis in the Global North and South.

The purpose of this book, comprising 33 articles, is to present an overview of interdisciplinary issues involved in irregular migration to and from different countries round the world. The book is addressed to educationists, educators, diplomats, mass media, decision-makers, criminologists and other specialists faced with questions involving refugees and migrants and also specialists who are interested in advancing the prospects of orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility, in the context of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. Rather than a timeline for migration policies based on the now, with States focusing on "stopping migration now", "sending back migrants now" or "bringing in technicians or low-skilled migrant workers now", there should be a long-term strategy for multicultural integration and economic assimilation. This book, prefaced by Francois Crepeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, and William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, from the academic and practical perspectives of experts in the field of social sciences and welfare, addresses the question of rights and responsibilities involved in irregular migration now, and charts the way until 2030 and beyond, also beyond the paradigm of political correctness.

The anthology features respective texts from the perspective of demography, public international law, education, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, crisis management, political science, practical theology, journalism, criminology, victimology, industrial development and non-governmental work. This evidence-driven book analyses various partisan approaches to dealing with the current and emerging calls for global and regional actions in the age of migration. Aware of divisive, internationally and domestically, refugee and other migration developments and concerns, the book advocates a greater alignment of academic and political discourse with the United Nations recommendations for sustainable development, with their ground-breaking new paradigm of inclusiveness. In this context, the anthology's contributors sensitize the readership to the need of careful differentiation of public, including populist, concerns (e.g. fear of crime and terrorism), to the role of mass media, of urban environment in crime prevention, and to the overriding humanitarian concerns involving refugees, including their acutely traumatic experiences.

The authors emphasize the importance of their and other immigrants' human rights, the practicality and viability of some approaches to educate and otherwise counter the experienced problems in integration and assimilation of refugees and migrants in respective intercultural, social and labour market terms, especially at the local level, starting with preschool education up to university level, wherever educating in critical thinking and shared responsibility is possible. In this book, those terms are also a part of the Global South internal and international migration, hence the respective expert contributions from the perspectives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Immigration, Asylum, Refugee and Nationality Law
Part I – The Background of the “Refugee Problem”: History, Present and Future in the Light of Research – The Role of the Media: Demography, Migration and the European Welfare State by Walter Baar
Immigration of Refugees into North-West Europe: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom by Rita Haverkamp
Law and (B)Order: Will Border Fence and Transit Zones Stop the Asylum Seekers Wave on the Balkan Route? by Szilveszter Póczik and Eszter Sárik
Who Can Claim Protection as a Refugee? A Sociological Critique of the Distinction Between Refugees and Migrants by Albert Scherr
Refugees and Migrants in the Media: The Black Hole by Thomas Hestermann
Media Reporting on Refugees and Related Public Opinion in Serbia by Aleksandra Ili?
Part II – The Two Sides of One Coin: Integration of Refugees/Migrants in Host Countries: Norms, Values and Education: How Different Are Immigrant Youth from Native Youth? Insights from the Third International Self-Report Delinquency Study (ISRD3) by Ineke Haen Marshall and Chris E. Marshall
Refugee Access to Tertiary Education by Michael Platzer
On the Importance of Preschool Civic Education for the Global Culture of Lawfulness by S?awomir Redo
“Living with and Learning from Refugees”. Schools in Vienna Dealing with Global Challenges by Andrea Lehner-Hartmann and Viera Pirker
Teaching about Migrants and Refugees of West African Countries: UNESCO’s Experience and Recommendations for Educationists and Educators by Akemi Yonemura
Democracy or Sharia? Political Attitudes among Refugees in Berlin in Summer 2016 by Ronald Freytag, Justin Reichelt and Vaishnavi Upadrasta
Migration in Germany. An International Comparison – On the Psychotraumatic Stress among Refugees by Helmut Kury, John P.J. Dussich and Maximilian Wertz
Psychological and Organizational Aspects of Migration of a Special Group of Refugees – The Example of the Special Quota Project Baden-Württemberg with Yazidi Women and Children in Freiburg by Jennifer Hillebrecht, Tina Zeiss and Jürgen Bengel
Labour Market Access and Labour Opportunities for Refugees. Examples from Freiburg by Jasmin Ateia, Philip Bona and Stephan Schmieglitz
A Culture of Welcome – Challenges and Experiences in the City of Freiburg/Germany by Hans Steiner and Antje Reinhard
Wounded and Uprooted: Seeking Refuge in the Land of Others by Steve S. Olweean
Generalized Trust and Attitudes towards Refugees in Portugal and Spain by Alfonso Serrano-Maillo
Part III – Meeting the Challenges for a Global Civic Education: Country Studies with Practical Experiences: Refugees in the United States of America from a Victimological Perspective by John P.J. Dussich
It’s Just Europe’s Turn: EU’s and Greece’s Response to the Current Refugee and Migration Flows by Anastasia Chalkia and Anastasios Giouzepas
Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Central-European Countries – Reality, Politics and the Creation of Fear in Societies by Witold Klaus, Miklós Lévay, Irena Rzepli?ska and Miroslav Scheinost
Migration Issues in Slovenia: Beyond the Rhetoric of University-level Criminology and Crime Prevention Education for Sustainable Development by Gorazd Meško, Rok Hacin, Urška Pirnat and Katja Eman
Crossing the Boundary: Refugees and (Illegal) Migrants in India – Challenge of Integration by Swati Shirwadkar
Regional Governance of Migration in the Southern African Development Community: Migration Regimes and their Implications for the Experience of Refugees and Migrants in South Africa by Tilmann Feltes, Saul Musker and Philine Scholz
Fear of Crime and Terrorism among Israeli and Swedish Citizens by Mally Shechory-Bitton and Esther Shachaf Friedman
Part IV – Refugees and Social/Criminal Behaviour: More Refugees, More Offenders, More Crime? Critical Comments with Data from Germany by Thomas Feltes, Katrin List and Maximilian Bertamini
Risk Factors for Violence against Refugee Women by Janet P. Stamatel and Chenghui Zhang
Refugees and Migrants in German Prisons – Outlining Problems and Solutions by Bernadette Schaffer and Joachim Obergfell-Fuchs
Part V – Next Steps: Who is a Refugee in the European Union? International and Supranational Aspects of Legal Reform and Integration by Rita Haverkamp
United Nations “Earth Jurisprudence”, its Golden Rule, the “Refugee Problem” and Urban Safety by S?awomir Redo
Addressing the Plight of Immigrants and Refugees: The Role of UNIDO by Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi and Inez Wijngaarde
Conflict Management for Refugee Management by Michael Reiss
Volunteers and Community Service Members in Support of Refugee Relief Programmes by Wolfgang Roth
Migration in the Light of Criminology and Psychology: “Win-win” in Theory and Practice by Magdalena Ickiewicz-Sawicka and Aleksandra Borkowska
Citizens of “Homeland Earth”. UNESCO on the Road to “Global Citizenship Education”: The Refugee Example by Werner Wintersteiner.