02 October 2015

Regional Focus: Europe

Can the New Refugee Relocation System Work? Perils in the Dublin Logic and Flawed Reception Conditions in the EU (Centre for European Policy Studies, Oct. 2015) [text]
- See also related commentary.

"Country Notes," Migrant Crisis Web Site (Migration Policy Centre, Oct. 2015) [access]
- Eleven new notes have been added to this new micro-site for both Eastern European countries and Syrian refugee host countries in the region; each covers such things as the refugee population, refugee status, government's approach, refugee impact, reaction of host communities, and institutional actors.

Distribution Key: When, Who and Where to? (ICMPD, Sept. 2015) [text]

"Hotspot" for Asylum Applications: Some Things We Urgently Need to Know (EU Law Analysis Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]

History Matters… but Which One? Every Refugee Crisis has a Context (The Reluctant Internationalists Blog, Oct. 2015) [text]
- First in a new blog series on the theme of "Europe in Crisis."

Humane and Dignified? Migrants' Experiences of Living in a 'State of Deportability' in Sweden (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, 2015) [open access]
- Culmination of a project on "Migrants' experiences of forced return."  See also related policy brief.

The Humanitarian Caste System? (IRIN, Sept. 2015) [text]

Managing the Refugee Crisis: Budgetary Measures under the European Agenda on Migration (European Commission, Sept. 2015) [text]

More Frontex is not the Answer to the Refugee Crisis (openDemocracy, Oct. 2015) [text]

Refugee Crises and the Sad Legacy of the 1938 Evian Conference (Order from Chaos Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]

Some Historical Reflections on the Refugee Crisis by Professor Peter Gatrell (History@Manchester Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]

"Some Tips for the Long-Distance Traveller," London Review of Books, vol. 37, no. 19 (Oct. 2015) [full-text]

"Syrians in Paris: Rights, Refuge, and Reform," Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 63 (Oct. 2015) [full-text]

Two Years on from Lampedusa Tragedy, IOM Reflects on Mediterranean Deaths (IOM, Oct. 2015) [text]

"What to Do with the People Who Do Make It Across?," London Review of Books, vol. 37, no. 19 (Oct. 2015) [full-text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (29 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

News: Third State of the Humanitarian System Published

The 2015 edition of the State of the Humanitarian System is now available.  Here is part of the description:

"The State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) project is an independent study that compiles the latest statistics on the size and scope of the humanitarian system and assesses overall performance and progress every few years. This edition synthesises the findings of over 350 formal evaluations and other relevant documents, 340 key informant interviews and surveys of 1,271 aid practitioners (including host-government offi›cials) and 1,181 aid recipients, covering the period 2012–2014. The humanitarian system’s performance is assessed within its core functions of responding to major sudden-onset emergencies and supporting populations in chronic crisis, as well as its less well defined roles of humanitarian advocacy and support for resilience. This assessment is made based on standard evaluative criteria for humanitarian action (suffi›ciency/coverage, relevance/appropriateness, effectiveness, connectedness, effi›ciency and coherence)."

The report, a summary and annexes can be accessed via ALNAP.  A companion micro-site is also available.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

01 October 2015

Thematic Focus: Economic Impact/Supporting Livelihoods

I have come across a number of recent media & blog reports focusing on the generally positive impact refugees can have on host country economies.  Here are a few:

Analysts: Refugees 'May End Up Boosting European Economies' (EurActiv.com, Sept. 2015) [text]

The Big Myth about Refugees: Refugees can be an Investment, Rather than a Burden (Washington Post Wonk Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]
- Includes links to a number of academic studies.

Economics Without Borders? (BBC's In the Balance, Sept. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for video.

"Editorial: Europe Should See Refugees as a Boon, Not a Burden," New York Times, 19 Sept. 2015 [text]

"Germany's Economy Will Grow Faster Because of the Million Refugees It Is Helping, Study Finds," Independent, 17 Sept. 2015 [text]
- References research undertaken by Oxford Economics.

If You Like Football, You Should Welcome Migrants (Brookings' Future Development Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]

Is the Refugee Crisis an Opportunity for an Aging Europe? (Brookings' Future Development Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]

"Why Welcoming More Refugees Makes Economic Sense for Europe," New Scientist, 9 Sept. 2015 [text]
- Includes links to a few academic reports.

When the Boats Arrive (NPR's Planet Money, Sept. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for podcast and transcript. Discusses impact of Cuban boat people on Miami's economy in the early 1980s.

Two other recent studies focus on supporting livelihoods in protracted displacement:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: How Institutional Voids Shape Economic Opportunities in Refugee Camps (University of Cambridge, 2014) [text]
- See also related article in The Conversation.

Protracted Displacement: Uncertain Paths to Self-reliance in Exile (ODI & IDMC, Sept. 2015) [text]
- Follow link for report, policy brief, annexes and data.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Issues (9 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

New Issues of Anti-Traff. Rev., Disasters, IHL Mag., Intl. Migr., IMR, J. Immig. Min. Health, JIRS, Migr. Lett., New Intl., Rts. in Exile News

Anti-Trafficking Review, no. 5 (2015) [open access]
- This issue focuses on "Forced Labour and Human Trafficking."

Disasters, vol. 39, no. 4 (Oct. 2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles.  The full-text of an article on communication and coordination is available for free.

Disasters, vol. 39, no. s2 (Oct. 2015) [contents]
- Special issue on "Aid in the archives: academic histories for a practitioner audience." The full-text of an article on Save the Children is available for free.

International Humanitarian Law Magazine, no. 1 (2015) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- Inaugural issue, with a focus on journalists and IHL.

International Migration, vol. 53, no. 5 (Oct. 2015) [contents]
- Includes two sub-sections on "research methods" and "motivations to migrate." The former includes an article on "A Capture–Recapture Approach to Estimation of Refugee Populations" while the latter includes an article on "Is Preventing Coerced Repatriation Ethical and Possible? The Case of NGO Repatriation of South Sudanese in Israel."

International Migration Review, vol. 49, no. 3 (Fall 2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 17, no. 5 (Oct. 2015) [contents]
- Several articles focus on health issues relating to refugees.

Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 13, no. 3 (2015) [contents]
- Special issue on "Social Work and Migration in Europe." Includes an article on "(Dis)Empowering New Immigrants and Refugees through Their Participation in Introduction Programs in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway."

Migration Letters, vol. 12, no. 3 (Sept. 2015) [free full-text via EconPapers]
- Special issue on the Syrian refugee crisis.  The introduction is also available via ResearchGate.

New Internationalist, no. 485 (Sept. 2015) [partial free full-text]
- Focus is on Syria.

Rights in Exile Newsletter, no.63 (Oct. 2015) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.  (Note: The Oct. issue was not actually available as of this writing, but it will be soon!)

Tagged Periodicals.

New Book Titles

Please visit my Pinterest page to learn about new books due out in October 2015. I've also added information about a few new titles to the September 2015, New Legal Texts, and Reference Books boards.

If you have not joined Pinterest, these new titles are listed below for your reference (organized by title).

October 2015:

Andrea C. Simonelli, Governing Climate Induced Migration and Displacement: IGO Expansion and Global Policy Implications, Palgrave Macmillan, Oct. 2015

Andrea Schneiker, Humanitarian NGOs, (In)Security and Identity: Epistemic Communities and Security Governance, Ashgate, Oct. 2015

Steven Kirkwood, Simon Goodman, Chris McVittie & Andy McKinlay, The Language of Asylum: Refugees and Discourse, Palgrave Macmillan, Oct. 2015

Nina Gren, Occupied Lives Maintaining Integrity in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in the West Bank, American University in Cairo Press, Oct. 2015

Antonio de Lauri, The Politics of Humanitarianism: Power, Ideology and Aid, IB Tauris, Oct. 2015

Brett R. O'Bannon, ed., Reassessing the Responsibility to Protect: Conceptual and Operational Challenges, Routledge, Oct. 2015

Helen Taylor, Refugees and the Meaning of Home: Cypriot Narratives of Loss, Longing and Daily Life in London, Palgrave Macmillan, Oct. 2015

Gabriella Lazaridis & Khursheed Wadia, eds., The Securitisation of Migration in the EU: Debates Since 9/11, Palgrave Macmillan, Oct. 2015

Fernando Chang-Muy & Elaine Congress, Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees: Legal Issues, Clinical Skills, and Advocacy, 2nd ed., Springer, Oct. 2015

September 2015:

Alastair Ager & Joey Ager, Faith, Secularism, and Humanitarian Engagement: Finding the Place of Religion in the Support of Displaced Communities, Palgrave Pivot, Sept. 2015

Hugo Slim, Humanitarian Ethics: A Guide to the Morality of Aid in War and Disaster, Oxford University Press, Sept. 2015

Sharon Abramowitz & Catherine Panter-Brick, eds., Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice, University of Pennsylvania Press, Sept. 2015

Kai Koddenbrock, The Practice of Humanitarian Intervention: Aid Workers, Agencies and Institutions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Routledge, Sept. 2015

Eric Tang, Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the New York City Hyperghetto, Temple University Press, Sept. 2015

New Legal Texts:

Hans-Joachim Heintze & Pierre Thielbörger, eds., From Cold War to Cyber War: The Evolution of the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict over the Last 25 Years, Springer, Aug. 2015 

Gabriel J. Chin & Rose Cuison Villazor, eds., The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965: Legislating a New America, Cambridge University Press, Oct. 2015

Reference Book:

Anna Triandafyllidou, ed., Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies, Routledge, Oct. 2015

Tagged Publications.

30 September 2015

Regional Focus: MENA

"Addressing the Root of the Palestinian Refugee Problem," +972Magazine, 24 Sept. 2015 [text]

Gulf States Fend off Criticism about Doing Little for Syrian Refugees (NPR, Sept. 2015) [text]

Identifying IDPs in Palestine: New Thinking on Monitoring Internal Displacement in the West Bank (IDMC, Sept. 2015) [text]

Is Yemen Europe's Next Migration Crisis? (IRIN, Sept. 2015) [text]

Israel: Refugees not Welcome (openDemocracy, Sept. 2015) [text]

Libya Multi-Sector Needs Assessment (REACH, Aug. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Look for Another Homeland”: Forced Evictions in Egypt’s Rafah (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2015) [text]

Protecting Palestine Refugees (UNRWA, 2015) [text]

Resettling Syrian Refugees: Lessons from the (Forgotten) Iraqi Refugee Crisis (Markaz Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]

Two Years on: The Revolving Door of Expulsion and Re-migration of Ethiopians through Yemen (Regional MMS, Sept. 2015) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Syria (29 Sept. 2015)
- Regional Focus: MENA (17 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

29 September 2015

Regional Focus: Africa

Enquête sur les Intentions de Retour des Personnes Déplacées Internes à Bangui et à Boda en République Centrafricaine (CCCM Cluster & IOM, Sept. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Lake Chad Basin: Humanitarian Brief - An Overlooked Crisis in an Overlooked Region (OCHA, Sept. 2015) [text]

*"Migration and Asylum in the Horn of Africa: Causes, Factors and Possible Solutions," Horn of Africa Bulletin (July-Aug. 2015) [full-text]

"The 'Other' Refugees: Eritreans Pay the Price for African and Western Failure," America: The National Catholic Review, 20 Sept. 2015 [text]

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Violations and Abuses Committed by Boko Haram and the Impact on Human Rights in the Affected Countries, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/30/67 (UN Human Rights Council, Sept. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Sudan: A Country Study (Library of Congress, 2015) [text]
- Note: The Country Studies Program has now ended.  All country studies that have been produced over the years are available open access.

"Transnational Forced Migration and Negotiating Emotional Well-being: The Case of Women Refugees in South Africa," Social Dynamics: A Journal of African Studies, vol. 41, no. 1 (2015) [free full-text]

Joint Communiqué: Tripartite Commission for the Voluntary Repatriation of Somali Refugees from Kenya (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

*Voluntary Return and Reintegration of Somali Refugees from Kenya, Pilot Phase (8 Dec. 2014-30 June 2015) - Evaluation Report (UNHCR, 2015) [text]


Related posts:
- Feature: Country of Origin Information on Eritrea (18 Sept. 2015)
- Regional Focus: Africa (2 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Americas

"As Good as It Gets? Security, Asylum, and the Rule of Law after the Certificate Trilogy," Osgoode Hall Law Journal, vol. 53, no. 1 (forthcoming, 2015) [eprint via SSRN]

How the U.S. Compares with Other Countries Taking in Refugees (Pew Research FactTank, Sept. 2015) [text]

Humanitarian Action and the Politics of Transition: The Context of Colombia (ATHA, Sept. 2015) [text]  

"Irregular Immigrants in Australia and the US: Rights, Realities, and Political Mobilisation," Journal of Human Rights, Latest Articles, 2 April 2015 [postprint via Academia.edu]

More Syrian Refugees = More Asylum Seeker Delays? (The Asylumist, Sept. 2015) [text]

UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Colombia (UNHCR, Sept. 2015) [text]

"'Vast Hordes...Crowding in Upon Us': The Executive Branch's Response to Mass Migration and the Legacy of Chae Chan Ping," Oklahoma Law Review, vol. 68 (forthcoming, 2015) [full-text via SSRN]

"You Will Never Again be a Chilean Like the Others: From Diaspora to Diasporic Practices among Chilean Refugees Returning from Exile," Journal of Comparative Social Work, vol. 6, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (22 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

News: UN High-Level Meeting on Migration & Refugees

From the UN press release:

"On 30 September, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a high-level meeting at Headquarters on migration and refugee movements. All Member States have been invited at the highest level to the event, which will be held on the side-lines of the high-level segment of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The high-level side event will provide an important opportunity for Member States to discuss the challenges and responsibilities, as well as the opportunities, that large migrant and refugee movements bring. Different policy areas, from refugee and human rights, smuggling and trafficking to sustainable development and migration will be brought to bear on the current dramatic increase in forced displacement and mixed migration flows.

“Long-term strategies and commitments are needed, combined with action across a wide range of policy areas,” Mr. Ban said. “Migration can be well-managed and refugee movements can be governed in an efficient and principled manner through effective cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination. The international community must develop a response that is effective, feasible and in line with universal human rights and humanitarian standards, including the right to claim asylum.”

The Secretary-General will open the event, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Conference Room 4. The Prime Minister of Turkey and the Foreign Ministers of Mexico, Indonesia and Germany will also make addresses from the podium.

The general debate will start with Heads of State and Government addressing the meeting. Heads of regional organizations will intervene as discussants and a coalition of civil society organizations will have the opportunity to make a joint statement.

The Secretary-General will initially chair the meeting, followed by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Also delivering statements are High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration Peter Sutherland, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The Deputy Secretary-General will make concluding remarks and will speak to the press at the stakeout directly following the meeting.

The meeting and the media stakeout will be broadcast on UNTV and will be shown on UN WebTV at http://webtv.un.org."

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Syria

[Note: I am re-circulating this post due to the addition of several new items that have just come to my attention.]


*Panel Discussion: The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Challenges for Syria's Neighbors and the International Community, Washington, DC, 29 September 2015 [info]


"Evaluating a Vocational Training Programme for Women Refugees at the Zaatari Camp in Jordan: Women Empowerment - A Journey and not an Output," International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, Latest Articles, 22 Sept. 2015 [open access]

Factsheet: Refugees from Syria (Kaldor Centre, Sept. 2015) [text]

Food Security and Livelihoods Assessment of Lebanese Host Communities (REACH, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

*Jordan's Refugee Crisis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Sept. 2015) [text]

Kemal Kirişci on the Plight of Syrian Refugees (Brookings Institution, Sept. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

*Not Likely to Go Home: Syrian Refugees and the Challenges to Turkey—and the International Community, Turkey Project Policy Paper, no. 7 (Brookings Institution, Sept. 2015) [text]

Seven Factors Behind Movement of Syrian Refugees to Europe (UNHCR, Sept. 2015) [text]

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Panel Discussion, Sydney, 14 Sept. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Searching for Solutions, Baltimore, MD, 21 Sept. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for a summary and video of this symposium.

*Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Confronting Difficult Truths (Chatham House, Sept. 2015) [text]

Turkey Absorbs 2 Million Refugees, but Says They Can't Stay (NPR, Sept. 2015) [text]

"What Can Countries Do to Help Refugees Fleeing to Europe?," New York Times, 15 Sept. 2015 [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA (17 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Europe


Cities and Refugees: Barcelona’s Message (CIDOB, Sept. 2015) [text]

Europe’s Migration Crisis in Context: Why Now and What Next? (Migration Information Source, Sept. 2015) [text]

The European Migrant Crisis Situation Overview (REACH, Sept. 2015) [access via ReliefWeb]
- Follow link for seven sitreps for Greece and the Balkans.

"The Failure of Refugee Camps," Boston Review, 28 Sept. 2015 [text]

"'Forever Temporary': Migrants in Calais, Then and Now," The Political Quarterly, Early View, 18 Sept. 2015 [free full-text]

*The Next Big European Project? The Migration and Asylum Crisis: A Vital Challenge for the EU, Policy Brief, no. 25/2015 (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Sept. 2015) [text]

Responding to the Refugee Crisis in Europe (ATHA, Sept. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

"Safe Countries of Origin": A Safe Concept?, Legal Briefing, no. 3 (AIDA, Sept. 2015) [text]

"The Terrible Flight from the Killing," New York Review of Books, posted 23 Sept. 2015 [text]

Web sites:

Humans of New York: Refugee Stories [access]
- "For the next several days, I’m going to be sharing stories from refugees who are currently making their way across Europe. ..."

Migrant Crisis (Migration Policy Centre) [access]
- "The website will gather all the relevant data (statistics, graphs, maps, legislations, documents from governments and other stakeholders, etc.), accompanied by analytical notes and policy briefs. It will cover all the countries on the main migration routes to the EU, allowing comparison between EU and non-EU countries."


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (24 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

28 September 2015

Thematic Focus: General

Update on Search for New HC:

In an earlier post, I referenced the looming departure of the current head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Antonio Guterres, and the speculation surrounding his possible replacement.  Since then, a second candidate has been announced in the press: Achim Steiner of Germany, who is currently the head of the UN Environment Programme.  ICVA has also circulated a call to candidates to publicly respond to five questions.  Finally, the following two articles provide further insight into the selection process.

- Bad Time to Change UN Refugee Supremo? (IRIN, Sept. 2015) [text]
- The Right Person for the Job? Selecting the Next UNHCR Chief (BRICS Post, Sept. 2015) [text]


Alternatives to Camps: Making it Work - Good Practice and Guidance Series, Key Action #1: Settlement and Shelter Response (UNHCR, Sept. 2015) [text]

Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2014: The Numbers and Trends (CRED, Sept. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Crisis in Context: The Global Refugee Problem (Center for American Progress, Sept. 2015) [text]

Leaving No One Behind: Internal Displacement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (IDMC, Sept. 2015) [text]

Migration Crisis: Containing People is not the Answer (ODI Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]

Why Do Countries Build Border Fences? The Answer May Surprise You (UN Dispatch, Sept. 2015) [access]
- See also related Economist article.

The World’s Congested Human Migration Routes in 5 Maps (National Geographic, Sept. 2015) [text]

Web site:

Migrants in Countries in Crisis Initiative (IOM) [access]
-  Launched in 2014, MICIC is "a State-led undertaking which seeks to improve the ability of States and other relevant stakeholders to increase the protection and decrease the vulnerability of migrants affected by crisis situations." Read the background paper and concept note for more info.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (16 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

24 September 2015

Regional Focus: Europe


Social media project: #Rays of Hope, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights [info]
- You can also view the Thunderclap widget on the Commissioner's home page.  Read stories on his Facebook page and Twitter feed.


Europe’s Double Refugee Crisis, CEPS Commentary (Centre for European Policy Studies, Sept. 2015) [text]

How Europe’s Refugee Crisis Was Years in the Making (Frontline, Sept. 2015) [text]

International Migration Outlook 2015 (OECD, Sept. 2015) [text]
- Note: The launch event focused on the refugee crisis in Europe. Read the press release and a policy brief, Is This Humanitarian Migration Crisis Different?, that was released at the same time.

International Protection Considerations Related to the Developments in Ukraine – Update III (UNHCR, Sept. 2015) [text]

Managing the Refugee Crisis: Immediate Operational, Budgetary and Legal Measures under the European Agenda on Migration (European Commission, Sept. 2015) [text]

Relocation of 120,000 Refugees: European Commission Statement following the decision at the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council (European Commission, Sept. 2015) [text]

Relocation of Asylum-Seekers in the EU: Law and Policy (EU Law Analysis Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]

UNHCR Outlines Proposals to Manage Refugee and Migration Crisis in Europe Ahead of EU Summit (UNHCR, Sept. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (21 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

News: World Disasters Report 2015

The 2015 edition of the World Disasters Report was launched today.  The focus of the volume is "Local Actors, the Key to Humanitarian Effectiveness." Here's part of the description:
Local actors are often the most effective in conducting humanitarian operations. However, despite their critical role, they struggle to attract the funding and support they need.
  The 2015 World Disasters Report – launched today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – examines the complexities and challenges local actors face in scaling-up and sustaining their humanitarian response.
  Although widely recognized, the effectiveness of local or national humanitarian organizations is not reflected in humanitarian financing trends. The Report found, for example, that of the total funding given to international, regional, national and local NGOs between 2010 and 2014, only 1.6 per cent of these funds were channeled directly to national and local NGOs.
  The report calls on the humanitarian community to work together to ensure more equal partnerships with local actors and efficient financing flows, including at the community level, where humanitarian needs are the greatest and development impacts are felt the most.

The full-text of the report is provided in English, with summaries in Arabic, French and Spanish. A companion micro-site is also available. Previous editions can be read here.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is hosting a launch event in London on 8 October 2015. Further details can be found here.

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

23 September 2015

New ETDs - Pt. 3

Journey of Jeopardy: Using Multimedia Storytelling to Humanize the Immigration Experience of Central American Families Seeking Asylum in Oregon, Bachelor thesis (Univ. of Oregon, June 2015) [text]

Maternal and Perinatal Health of Refugees in Ontario: A Population-based Perspective, Dissertation (Univ. of Toronto, June 2015) [text]

Mental Health and Well-being of Refugees to Canada: A Brighter Future, Thesis (Univ. of Manitoba, Sept. 2015) [text]

The Need for International Policy for Environmental Refugees, Senior project (California Polytechnic State Univ., June 2015) [text]

Partnership for Education? A Case Study on Tumaco, Colombia on a North-South Co-operation for Education in Conflict Areas, Thesis (Univ. of Oslo, May 2015) [text]

[Esoteric note: If you ever wonder why I always break up these ETD posts into multiple parts, it's because Blogger limits the number of characters that I can use to create subject labels!]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs - Pt. 2

The Access of Refugee Children to Educational Services on a Local Level: A Case Study of the Community Schwetzingen and its Support Measures Concerning the Integration of Underage Refugees into the Education German System in the Year 2015, Bachelor thesis (Univ. of Twente, Sept. 2015) [text]

Connection between Refugee Housing Policy and Belonging in Norway, Thesis (Univ. of Stavanger, May 2015) [text]

The Externalisation of European Migration Control: How Can Human Security of Asylum Seekers be Achieved?, Thesis (Roskilde University, Aug. 2015) [text]

From Commitment to Compliance? Norway's International Human Rights Obligations and Practice towards Asylum Seekers, Thesis (Norwegian Univ. of Life Sciences, Aug. 2015) [text]

Speaking in New Ways: Media Representations of the Asylum Relay, Thesis (Univ. of Gothenburg, May 2015) [text]

'A Well-Founded Fear': Children's Literature about Refugees and its Role in the Primary Classroom, Dissertation (Goldsmiths Univ. of London, 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs - Pt. 1

(ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)

Cost and Quality of Healthcare Services Provided to Urban Refugees through In-House and Outsourced Health Facilities in Nairobi, Kenya, Thesis (Kenyatta University, Aug. 2015) [text]

An Exploratory Study of the Role That Identity Documents Play in the Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in South Africa: Reflections from Cape Town, Thesis (Univ. of Cape Town, Aug. 2015) [text]

Health Care Needs of Displaced Women Living in Osire Refugee Camp in Namibia, Dissertation (Univ. of Pretoria, July 2015) [text]

Lay Counselors Experiences with Counseling Their Peers: The Impact of Being a Lay Counselor and Providing Therapy to Traumatized Sudanese Refugees in Cairo, Thesis (American Univ. in Cairo, Fall 2015) [text]

The Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Negotiating Diasporic Identity through Sacred Symbols, Thesis (California State University, May 2015) [text]

What Makes a House a Home? The Meaning of Housing for Syrian Refugees in Their Process of Constructing a Home in Istanbul, Thesis (Utrecht University, Aug. 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.