Refugees in Transit

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Refugees in Transit
Presenter(s) Nadira AlAraj, Victoria Araj, Bahar Jasim
Title(s)
Organization(s) ISOC Palestine, Bradford University
Project(s)
Country(ies) Palestine, Britain, asylum seeker(Denmark)
Social media
2017 theme Regions & Groups

Violent conflict is not the only reason millions of refugees seek safe territory. Many refugees are forced to leave their home country because of their strong political beliefs, ethnic or religious oppression, sexual orientation, and many other reasons. The discussion of this session will target the refugees who made it to safer shores, asylum centers or those still in transit to their safe haven in Australia, Europe or the Americas. In this session we are going to raise issues related to freedom of speech on the Internet, the accessibility and effectiveness of content and tools for refugees, including the dissemination of information regarding the asylum process, and the best way the Internet can be used as a tool to improve the process.


Session Goal:

The ultimate objective of the session is to formulate a research proposal and recruit a researcher/researchers who will be interested to work on the question of ‘How to ensure the Internet is an effective tool to both help refugees access the asylum process and integrate easily in their host countries’. This will be done through raising a series of refugee Internet-freedom related issues. Interested participants who would like to be part of the research proposal are welcomed.


Format Conversation
Target Groups Civil Society
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English


Session Outputs

The expected outcome of the session is the drafting of a proposal to collect empirical research on Internet freedom and the asylum process, this will culminate in an action agenda to ensure the Internet serves as an emancipatory tool to ensure the safety and legal rights of refugees.

Next Steps

Additional Notes

Relevant Resources

Contributors

Next Steps:

  • Reaching out to interested attendees to work towards joint actions to fight for the digital rights of refugees
  • The formation of a Digital Rights for Refugees Collective
  • To research the access and usability of information on the asylum process by the refugee community
  • To provide citizen solutions to the issue of Digital Rights of Refugees where the government has failed


Additional Notes:

Minutes of Session

  • Introductions
  • Presentation on the digital rights violations suffered by refugees in Sweden and the UK with regards to the asylum process in Europe.
  • Case Study of photojournalist Bahar Jassim

Discussion points raised

  • The use of mobile technology by refugee populations
  • Eurodac (the fingerprinting of refugees as young as 6) and the human rights challenges it poses
  • The Dublin regulation
  • The situation of refugees in Finland
  • The language barrier experienced by refugees and how it is exploited by the UK government to deport people quickly without knowing their rights
  • The language barrier experienced by refugees and how those with fluent English become a centerpoint for information
  • The importance of citizen action where governments have failed
  • Case Study of UNWRA in Palestine


Relevant Resources

Handy mobile applications:

REFUGEE HOTSPOT

A mobile device to remove the obstacles that refugees face when it comes to access the Internet is being developed by The Internet Society Netherlands (ISOC-NL) in dialogue with refugee collectives in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany

Contributors:

15 attendees

  • Developers and programmers interested in creating digitally secure and protected apps for refugees
  • Human rights practitioners
  • Researchers
  • Journalists