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…from Open Democracy this essay by Saskia Sassen describes emerging ‘tertiary spaces’ between the national and the global in which different actors engage. While her focus is more formal institutions, she also acknowledges that diffuse informal examples also exist – many refugee diasporas fit this description.

…from Spiked Online this article reports back from the first meeting of the Migration Parliamentary Group – and with little optimism. Yet, with the author recently launching Spiked’s open borders campaign, her disappointment with the tone and content of the meeting is perhaps unsurprising.

…from The Observer this comment piece discusses the ‘cultural relativism’ adopted by Western governments, commentators and corporations in refusing to take a stand on China’s human rights record. Is this a fair criticism, or is realpolitik pragmatism a necessary tactic in diplomatic relations with hugely influential nations like this?

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…from IDMC this update looks at the scale of displacement generated by the ongoing political and humanitarian crisis in Kenya, claiming that up to 100,000 people have so far been displaced.

…from the Economist this special report makes the case for governments continuing to facilitate greater labour migration, claiming that population movements have in recent years benefited both sending and receiving countries.

…from the New Statesman this article questions the EHRC’s lack of interest in the caste system still, apparently, prevalent among sections of Britain’s Asian community.

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…from Comment Central this post by Daniel Finklestein discusses the political gains and losses to be made by adopting a particular stance on immigration, particularly illegal immigration. While the reference point for this is the position of Republican candidates for next year’s US Presidential election, there are some interesting insights into the limits of recent Conservative policy on the issue.

…from Policy Network this article provides some further clarification on the lack of clarity with which we can assess immigration statistics. The author suggests that it is essential for Labour to develop new methods to measure migration flows in order to be able to confidently design any policy.

…from Eurozine this interview with French footballer Lilian Thuram is enlightening on race and integration. Thuram has lived and worked in three European countries and is a modest supporter of the French model of integration but thinks that race should be taken out of this equation.

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…from Eurozine this article discusses the impact on conducting research of changing discourses of race and ethnicity and self and other across the last three decades, suggesting that while advances have been made in talking about white racism, new taxonomies can generate new divisions.

…from New York Times this comment piece outlines Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s take on three recent events highlighting what she calls ‘Islamic justice’. Ali is adamant that it is a duty incumbent upon ‘moderate Muslims’ to play a part in exposing and campaigning against certain injustices within the Islamic world.

…from The New Statesman this book review explores a new volume of 16 stories of immigration to Britain. The reviewer suggests that the book is afresh and diverse take on the rich human detail that migration experiences comprise.