17 October 2014

Regional Focus: Americas


Colóquio Internacional em Comemoração ao Trigésimo Aniversário da Declaração de Cartagena sobre Refugiados, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 31 October 2014 [info]
- A "Declaration by the Academia" will be presented at this event.

InterAmerican Commission on Human Rights, 23 October-7 November 2014 [info]
- Note: The full schedule is not yet available.


"30 Años de la Declaración de Cartagena sobre Refugiados: Avances y Desafíos de la Protección de Refugiados en Latinoamérica," Agenda Internacional, Año XX, no. 31 (2013) [open access]

"African Migration to the United States: Assigned to the Back of the Bus," Chapter in Perspectives on the Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965 (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

"Harmonizing Immigration Policy with National Foreign Policy: The Contradictions of the Material Support Bar," Albany Government Law Review, vol. 7, no. 2 (2014) [full-text]

Keeping the Door Open: NGOs & the New Refugee Claim Process in Canada (Canadian Council for Refugees, Oct. 2014) [text]

"The Refugee Convention and the Convention Against Torture: Failures of China and the United States," Global Studies Law Review, vol. 13, no. 2 (2014) [open access]

Refugees and Asylees: 2013 (U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Aug. 2014) [text]

"You Don’t Have Rights Here": US Border Screening and Returns of Central Americans to Risk of Serious Harm (Human Rights Watch, Oct. 2014) [text]


Congolese Refugees Cry Out for Justice (Washington Post) [access]
- Follow link to access video report.

Desperate Journey: American Odysseys (IRIN) [access]
- Follow link to access documentary.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (6 Oct. 2014)

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16 October 2014

News: Free Chapter on "Health Crises and Migration"

From the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM):

"In light of the current Ebola crisis affecting large parts of West Africa and now threatening other nations, this recent chapter on 'Health Crises and Migration' by Michael Edelstein, Khalid Koser and David L. Heymann, examines migration implications in the context of large-scale health emergencies. It also provides a series of recommendations relevant to the handling of infectious diseases. The chapter appears in Humanitarian Crises and Migration: Causes, Consequences and Responses, edited by ISIM's Susan F. Martin, Sanjula Weerasinghe and Abbie Taylor (Routledge, 2014), and is available for download now."

[Note: Links were added in.]

Update: A brief note from UNHCR on "Ebola in West Africa."

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: MENA

Events & opportunities:

Workshop on International Refugee Law, Tunis, 20-21 October 2014 [info]
- This is a pre-IARLJ World Conference training session; "the aim of the workshop is to provide Tunisian judges and other relevant public officials with training on the principles of international and EU refugee law, in particular the Geneva Convention and the EU Directives on qualifications and procedures. ..."

Displacement and Integration in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: A Century Later, Oxford, 5 November 2014 [info]
- Annual Harrell-Bond lecture.

Palestine Refugees and International Law, Amman, 6-7 March 2015 & Beirut, 13-14 March 2015 [info]
- No application deadline is indicated; each session is limited to 25 participants.


Bringing Back the Palestinian Refugee Question, Middle East Report, no. 156 (International Crisis Group, Oct. 2014) [text via Refworld]

"An Essay on the Causes and Factors of the Unresolved Palestinian Refugee Problem: A View from an UNRWA Commissioner General,” Chapter 1 in Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014) [text via SSRN]

Immigration Detention in Egypt (Global Detention Project, Oct. 2014) [text]

Investing in the Future: Protecting Refugee Children - MENA, Sharjah, UAE, 15-16 Oct. 2014 [info]
- See also related UNHCR news story and press release. A set of principles on the protection of refugee children will be issued at the end of the conference.

Iraq Internal Displacement Crisis: Area of Origin Assessment Report (Shelter Cluster & REACH, Oct. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Obfuscation & Evasion: Discouraging Migrants & Asylum Seekers Globally (Regional MMS, Oct. 2014) [text]
- Focuses on Israel.

Second Strike and You are (Finally) Out? The Quashing of the Prevention of Infiltration Law (Amendment No. 4) (Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law, Sept. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA (25 Sept. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Health Literacy & Education


Health and Humanitarian Response in Complex Emergencies, Oxford, 6-7 December 2014 [info]
- No application date is indicated; the course is limited to 30 participants.


"Approaching the Vulnerability of Refugees: Evaluation of Cross-cultural Psychiatric Training of Staff in Mental Health Care and Refugee Reception in Sweden," BMC Medical Education, 14:207 (Sept. 2014) [open access]

"Building Information Resilience: How do Resettling Refugees Connect with Health Information in Regional Landscapes – Implications for Health Literacy," Australian Academic & Research Libraries, vol. 45, no. 1 (2014) [abstract]

"Health Literacy among Refugees in Sweden: A Cross-sectional Study," BMC Public Health, 14:1030 (Oct. 2014) [open access]

"Health Promotion and Education among Refugee Women: A Literature Review," Journal of Social Change, vol. 6, no. 1 (2014) [open access]

Mental Health Literacy of Resettled Iraqi Refugees in New South Wales: Paving the Way for Mental Health Education and Promotion in Vulnerable Communities (Univ. of Western Sydney, Sept. 2014) [text]

"Training and Deployment of Lay Refugee/Internally Displaced Persons to Provide Basic Health Services in Camps: A Systematic Review," Global Health Action 7:23902 (Oct. 2014) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (8 Oct. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

15 October 2014

New Issues of IMR, MPP, Migr. Stud., REMI, Rts. in Exile, Roma Rts., Yrbk. Intl. Humanit. Law

International Migration Review, vol. 48, Supp. 1 (Fall 2014) [free full-text]
- Special Golden Anniversary edition on "International Migration in the 21st Century: Advancing the Frontier of Scholarship and Knowledge." Articles will be freely available through Oct. 2015. Follow this link for presentations at IMR's 50th Anniversary Symposium.

Migration Policy Practice, vol. IV, no. 3 (July-Sept. 2014) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- Mix of articles.

Migration Studies, vol. 2, no. 2 (July 2014) [free full-text]
- Special issue on "Attitudes to Immigrants in Turbulent Times."

Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationles, vol. 30, no. 1 (2014) [contents]
- Special issue on "Mineurs en migration: enjeux juridiques, politiques et sociaux = Migrant Children: Legal, Political and Social Issues." Includes "Protecting Asylum Seeking Children on the Move."

Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 52 (Oct. 2014) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

Roma Rights, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]
- Theme is "Going Nowhere? Western Balkan Roma and EU Visa Liberalisation." Includes "Macedonia – Creating a Padlocked Cage for Roma Called 'Measures for False Asylum Seekers'," "Romani Migration Resulting in Statelessness: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina," "Blitzverfahren - German Asylum Procedures for Roma from Western Balkan Countries," and "Counting on Confusion: Romani Asylum-Seekers in the German Media, 2012-2013."

Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 2013, vol. 16 (Oct. 2014) [contents]
 - Mix of articles.

Tagged Periodicals.

14 October 2014

Regional Focus: Asia

"The 1989 Comprehensive Plan of Action (CPA) and Refugee Policy in Southeast Asia: Twenty Years Forward What has Changed?," Chapter in Regional Approaches to the Protection of Asylum Seekers : An International Legal Perspective (Ashgate, 2014) [info]
- Note: Follow the link to request a copy of this chapter from the author.

"The Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement Experience: A Workshop Report," Himalaya, vol.34, no. 1 (2014) [open access]

Inhumanity and Humanitarian Action: Protection Failures in Sri Lanka (Feinstein International Center, Sept. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

No Rush to Return for Kayin's Displaced (RI Blog, Oct. 2014) [text]

"North Korean Refugees in South Korea: Arduous Escape and Difficult Integration," KAS International Reports, no. 8 (Aug. 2014) [text]

"The Refugee Convention and the Convention Against Torture: Failures of China and the United States," Global Studies Law Review, vol. 13, no. 2 (2014) [open access]

Witchcraft Accusations & Persecution in Nepal: 2014 Country Report (WHRIN, April 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (19 Sept. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

13 October 2014

Thematic Focus: Children

Advisory Opinion OC-21/14, "Rights and Guarantees of Children in the Context of Migration and/or in Need of International Protection" (Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Aug. 2014) [text via Refworld]

"Australia's Treatment of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Children: The Views of Australian Paediatricians," Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 201, no. 7 (Oct. 2014) [open access]

Child Protection (Out of Home Care) Bill: What Protection for Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children? (aditus foundation, Oct. 2014) [text]

"The Utilisation of Mental Health Services by Children and Young People from a Refugee Background: A Systematic Literature Review," International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, vol. 7, no. 1 (2014) [free full-text]

Unaccompanied Alien Children: Demographics in Brief (U.S. Congressional Research Service, Sept. 2014) [text via Refworld]

*"Unaccompanied and Separated Minors: A Call for a Multidisciplinary Response to a Humanitarian Crisis," Migration Policy Practice, vol. IV, no. 3 (July-Sept. 2014) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- Scroll to p. 4.

*Unaccompanied Migrant and Refugee Children: Alternatives to Detention in Malta (IOM & UNHCR, Oct. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Unaccompanied Minor Asylum-seekers in Malta: A Technical Report on Age Assessment and Legal Guardianship Procedures (aditus foundation, Oct. 2014) [text]

Unaccompanied Minors Crisis has Receded from Headlines but Major Issues Remain (Migration Information Source, Sept. 2014) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children, esp. Central Americans (5 Sept. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Detention

Ad-Hoc Query on Detention in Dublin III Cases (European Migration Network, Sept. 2014) [text]

"Detention of Undocumented Immigrants and the Judicial Impact of the CJEU’s Decisions in France," International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 26, no. 3 (Oct. 2014) [full-text via Oppenheimer Chair]

"Ethical Challenges for Doctors Working in Immigration Detention," Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 201, no. 7 (Oct. 2014) [open access]

"Immigrant Detention and the Double Logic of Securitization in Italy," Chapter 8 in The EU, Migration and the Politics of Administrative Detention (Routledge, April 2014) [eprint via SSRN]
- Note: The published chapter was renamed as "A Typology of Centers in Italy."

Migrant Lives in the UK: The Deprivation of Liberty (openDemocracy, Sept. 2014) [text]
- First in a People on the Move series that focuses on immigration detention in the UK.

Parliamentary Assembly Adopts Landmark Resolution Calling for an End to Child Immigration Detention (International Detention Coalition, Oct. 2014) [text]

"Riotous Refugees or Systemic Injustice? A Sociological Examination of Riots in Australian Immigration Detention Centres," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 27, no. 3 (Sept. 2014) [full-text via Oppenheimer Chair]

*Unaccompanied Migrant and Refugee Children: Alternatives to Detention in Malta (IOM & UNHCR, Oct. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (Architecture Observer, Sept. 2014) [info]
- Follow link to read sample chapter in this graphic novel. See also related book review.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Detention (28 Aug. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

10 October 2014

News: New Refugee Law Blog

The University of Michigan Law School's Program in Refugee and Asylum Law has just launched RefLAW, "an online forum offering critical analysis on important new cases, legislation, and emerging issues in refugee law." (Here is the press release.) It plans to publish both longer articles (such as this one on an Australian Federal Court decision) and shorter notes (like this one on the recent Israeli Supreme Court judgment). Submissions for future commentary are currently being solicited.

RefLAW ultimately replaces the Refugee Caselaw site. As the web site notes: "Following UNHCR’s fundamental retooling of its caselaw collection, it became evident that there was no longer a need for refugeecaselaw.org to continue operating in its previous capacity."  While the latter site is still online, users should be aware that it is no longer being updated, and may ultimately be removed entirely.

Other blogs that regularly provide information and commentary on a range of refugee law and policy issues include the following (their focus is indicated in parentheses):

And of course, you can also find numerous references to relevant commentary appearing in more general legal blogs right here on Forced Migration Current Awareness!

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: ICTs


ReliefWeb User Survey [info]
- Provide your feedback on the ReliefWeb web site.

RFP: UNHCR.org Website Redesign [info]
- The deadline for proposals is 20 October 2014.


Humanitarian Innovation, Humanitarian Renewal? (NCHS Blog, Oct. 2014) [text]

Innovation: UNHCR and Vodafone Bring Tablet-based Learning to 18,000 Somali Refugees (UNHCR, Oct. 2014) [text]

"The Provision and Sharing of Information between Service Providers and Settling Refugees," Information Research, vol. 19, no. 2 (June 2014) [full-text]

Tools and Tips for Online COI Research, Practical Guides Series (EASO, June 2014) [text via Refworld]

"Trust, Learning Styles and Attitudes to Reading in the Information Literacy Practices of Resettled South Sudanese Refugees in Australia," Presentation at Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, Savannah, GA, 10-11 October 2014 [info]
- Note: This presentation is designated as open access but has not yet been uploaded.

Understanding the Information and Communication Needs among IDPs in Northern Iraq (CDAC Network et al., Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]


The Message Library (CDAC Network) [access]
- "[A]n online searchable database of messages that acts as a reference for those wanting to disseminate critical information to affected populations in an emergency."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs (13 Aug. 2014)

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09 October 2014

Events & Opportunities: Even More October 2014/November 2014


2nd Tripartite Roundtable, Luxembourg, 10 November 2014 [info]
- Registration deadline is 10 October 2014.

RFP: Production of a Video Series on Syrian Refugees in Western Europe [info]
- The closing date for submissions is 15 October 2014.

*Refugee and Forced Migration Studies: The State of the Art, RSC Seminar Series, 15 October-3 December 2014 [info]
- The first seminar on 15 October 2014 will officially launch the book on which this series is based, The Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Regional Statelessness Course: Middle East and North Africa, Istanbul, 8-12 December 2014 [info]
- Registration deadline is 29 October 2014.


2014 International Metropolis Conference, Milan, 3-7 November 2014 [info]
- Registration is ongoing.

Onward Migration Project [info]
- "Our feedback events will take place in the first week of November 2014 in four different cities: Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Manchester."

U.C. Hastings Refugee and Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship [info]
- Applications are due 1 November 2014.

Call for SciDev.Net Columnist: Migrants, Refugees and Science [info]
- Apply by 3 November 2014.

Protecting People on the Move in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change, Sydney, 4 November 2014 [info]

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture, Oxford, 5 November 2014 [info]
- This year's lecture is entitled "Displacement and Integration in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: A Century Later.

"Connecting Communities, Saving Lives," CCR Fall Consultation, Gatineau, 27-29 November 2014 [info]
 - Register by 7 November 2014 for reduced fees.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: More October 2014


Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Statelessness


As of 1 January 2015, the work of the Statelessness Programme based at Tilburg University in the Netherlands will be folded into the newly established Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion.  The Institute aims to serve as an expert source of research and information; build partnerships across disciplines and stakeholders; and function as a catalyst for new ideas and approaches.  It currently hosts an Online Forum on Statelessness. Read more about the Institute's work plans here.  See also this related blog post.


Regional Statelessness Course: Middle East and North Africa, Istanbul, 8-12 December 2014 [info]
- Registration deadline is 29 October 2014.


Churches Advocate for the Rights of Stateless People (World Council on Churches, Sept. 2014) [text]
- Follow link for "Den Dolder Recommendations."

A Comparative Analysis of Nationality Laws in the MENA Region (Statelessness Programme, Sept. 2014) [text]

The First Global Forum on Statelessness, The Hague, 15-17 Sept. 2014 [info]
- This blog post offers some highlights from the forum; see also keynotes by Nils Muižnieks and Volker Turk and photos.

Refugee Status, Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality, and Statelessness within the Context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, Legal and Protection Policy Research Series, no. 33 (UNHCR, Oct. 2014) [text]

Should Nationality have a "Minimum Content"? – Italian Supreme Court Passes Landmark Decision (ENS Blog, Sept. 2014) [text]

Stateless in Bahrain (Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Sept. 2014) [text]

Statelessness among Children in Latvia: Current Situation, Challenges and Possible Solutions (ENS Blog, Sept. 2014) [text]

Still Stateless, Still Suffering: Why Europe Must Act Now to Protect Stateless Persons (European Network on Statelessness, Oct. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (15 Sept. 2014)

Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.