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Issue 15 - February 2007 | Page 1/5
 

Welcome to the first issue of 2007. To start the year we have two very interesting but different articles. The first is the Forced Migration Research project, the second from the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS). Both of whom have used JISCmail successfully for some years increasing their membership through careful and dedicated interaction. In the coming months we will also be including a series of articles from the National Grid Service starting with an introduction to the service in our next issue. If you have any suggestions for future articles or would like to contribute yourself, please contact the editor helpline@jiscmail.ac.uk. We would welcome your suggestions.

This year the JISC Annual Conference is being held on the 13 March at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham. If you would like to come along and talk to a member of the JISCmail team we can be found on stand 13.

Penny Windebank - Director

1. FORCED MIGRATION


Supporting the Forced Migration Research Community

Eight years after its inception, the discussion list
www.jiscmail.ac.uk/forced-migration
(FMLIST) is closing in on a membership of 1000. In an online environment dominated by blogs, wikis, and other social networking tools, the FMLIST has successfully used the LISTSERV© model

Sudanese Refugee Women

©UNHCR/H.Caux
Sudanese refugee women waiting for aid distribution in Djoran, Birak canton. Some 4,000 to 8,000 refugees are gathered at Djoran. Refugees say they walked from their villages in Sudan over the border to Chad when militia raided their village.

to exchange information and promote linkages within the forced migration research community.
What is forced migration? According to the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), it is a “general term that refers to the movements of refugees and internally displaced people (those displaced by conflicts) as well as people displaced by natural or environmental disasters, chemical or nuclear disasters, famine, or development projects.” The forced migration phenomenon is of interest to a diverse range of individuals, including those who study it, those who formulate policy about it, and those who provide assistance and protection to the people whose lives are impacted by it. Forced migration is a global issue, uprooting tens of millions of people every year. The FMLIST is owned and moderated by the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at the University of Oxford. The RSC’s mission is to undertake multidisciplinary research and teaching on the causes and consequences of forced migration; to disseminate the results of that research to policy makers and practitioners, as well as within the academic community; and to understand the experience of forced migration from

 
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