01 July 2015

New Book Titles

Please visit my Pinterest page to learn about new books due out in July 2015. I've also added information about a few new titles to the June 2015 and New Legal Texts book boards.

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

July 2015:

Didier Fassin, ed., At the Heart of the State: The Moral World of Institutions, Pluto Press, July 2015; see esp. Chapter 3, "In Search of Truth: How Asylum Applications Are Adjudicated"

Caroline Shaw, Britannia's Embrace: Modern Humanitarianism and the Imperial Origins of Refugee Relief, Oxford University Press, July 2015

Laurie Berg, Migrant Rights at Work: Law's Precariousness at the Intersection of Immigration and Labour, Routledge, July 2015

Parvati Nair & Tendayi Bloom, eds., Migration across Boundaries: Linking Research to Practice and Experience, Ashgate, July 2015

Marit Fosse & John Fox, Nansen: Explorer and Humanitarian, Hamilton Books, July 2015

Azadeh Dastyari, United States Migrant Interdiction and the Detention of Refugees in Guantánamo Bay, Cambridge University Press, July 2015

June 2015:

Priya Kissoon, Intersections of Displacement: Refugees' Experiences of Home and Homelessness, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, June 2015

New Legal Texts:

Deborah Anker, Law of Asylum in the United States, Thomson Reuters, June 2015

Laura Westra, Satvinder Juss & Tullio Scovazzi, Towards a Refugee Oriented Right of Asylum, Ashgate, June 2015

Tagged Publications.

30 June 2015

New ETDs - Pt. 4

Last, but not least...!

Democratizing Refugee Governance through Critical Reflexivity, Dissertation (Virginia Tech, March 2015) [text]

EU Asylum Policy: To What Extent is the Asylum-burden, in Terms of Physical Distribution, Shifted Towards the EU External Border Countries, after the Adoption of the Dublin Regulation?, Bachelor thesis (University of Twente, 2015) [text]

Migration in the Mediterranean: Media Portrayals of Refugees and Migrants, Thesis (University of Tampere, March 2015) [text]

Mobilities of Self and Place: Politics of Well-being in an Age of Migration, Dissertation (University of Tampere, 2015) [text]

 The Refugee as Citizen: The Possibility of Political Membership in a Cosmopolitan World, Thesis (Stellenbosch University, Dec. 2014) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs - Pt. 3

A mix of ETDs... .

Contextualizing Exile: Understanding Failures of the International Refugee Regime through Narratives of Young Adult Syrian Urban Refugees in Amman, Jordan, Bachelor's thesis (Scripps College, 2015) [text]

English Language Acquisition by Chechen Programme Refugees in Roscommon, Ireland, Dissertation (Dublin Institute of Technology, 2014) [text]

Enterprising Outsiders: Livelihood Strategies of Cape Town’s Forced Migrants, Thesis (University of Western Ontario, 2015) [text]

Trafficking of Eritreans in Egypt: Facts and Misconceptions, Thesis (American University in Cairo, Spring 2015) [text]

Treatment of PTSD and Comorbid Symptoms in Adult and Elderly Refugees: Does Age Matter?, Thesis (Utrecht University, Feb. 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs - Pt. 2(b)

More ETDs from Swedish academic institutions.

Refuge beyond Safety: A Study on Syrian Refugees in Jordan Preparing for Irregular Onwards Travel to Europe, Thesis (Malmö University, Spring 2015) [text]

Refugees Don’t Drink Wine, but Gay Men Should: Exploring the Intersections of Refugeehood, Sexuality and Nationality among Gay Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, Thesis (Lund University, Spring 2015) [text]

Securitization of Transit Forced Migrants: An Analysis of the Changing Representations of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Indonesian Major Print Media, Thesis (Lund University, 2015) [text]

Seeking Asylum in the United States: Mandatory Detention and International Law, Thesis (Uppsala University, Spring 2015) [text]

Unaccompanied Children - The Effects of Asylum Process: A Study on the Effects of the Waiting Process of Asylum Seeking in Sweden for Unaccompanied Children, Thesis (Uppsala University, Spring 2015) [text]

When the Pain Has Gone Beyond: Adaptive and Maladaptive Coping among Congolese Refugees, Thesis (Stockholm University, 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs - Pt. 2(a)

All of these ETDs were prepared by students based at Swedish academic institutions.

Challenging the Principle of Solidarity in the Common European Asylum System: Towards a More Comprehensive Approach to Sharing Asylum Responsibilities, Thesis (Lund University, Spring 2015) [text]

Credibility Assessment of Testimony in Asylum Procedures: An Interdisciplinary Analysis, Thesis (Lund University, Spring 2015) [text]

Frontex and the Right to Seek Asylum: A Critical Discourse Analysis, One year Master's thesis (Malmö University, Spring 2015) [text]

Human Trafficking in the Sinai Desert: A Case Study of Egypt, Thesis (Uppsala University, Spring 2015) [text]

Knocking on Europe's Door: Investigating Modes of Governing and the Principle of Solidarity as EU Member States Respond to the Asylum Pressure on its Southern Borders, Thesis (Lund University, May 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs - Pt. 1

(ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)

I have accumulated quite a large number of references to ETDs and university student projects which I will share in the next several posts.  I have grouped them roughly by geography.  The titles below examine the situation of forced migrants in Canada and the United States.

Assessing and Addressing Protection Needs of Undocumented Migrant Children in North Carolina, Master's project (Duke University, May 2015) [text]

Assessing the Social and Mental Health Services Provided to Middle-Eastern Newcomers in the Resettlement Process in the National Capital Region, Thesis (University of Ottawa, 2015) [text]

Attitudes toward Refugees Entering the United States of America, Bachelor's thesis (University of Southern Mississippi, May 2015) [text]

Community and Identity among Iraqi Refugees in San Diego, Bachelor's thesis (Colorado College, May 2015) [text]

The Effect of Community Gardening on Social Integration of Refugees: A Process Evaluation of Global Growers Network, Atlanta, Georgia, Thesis (Emory University, 2014) [text]

The 'Good' Refugee is Traumatized: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder as a Measure of Credibility in the Canadian Refugee Determination System, Master's project (Ryerson University, 2014) [text]

Resettlement and Self-Sufficiency: Refugees' Perceptions of Social Entrepreneurship in Arizona, Thesis (Arizona State University, May 2015) [text]

The Role of Social Ties in the Process of Settlement of Migrant Survivors of Political Violence: A Critical Ethnographic Study, Dissertation (University of British Columbia, 2015) [text]

"When Are We Going To Be Settled Down and Know This Is Our Place?”: A Phenomenological Examination of Iraqi Refugee Families’ Lived Experiences with Resettlement, Dissertation (University of Tennessee, 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria


3RP Regional Progress Report (UNHCR, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

At the Breaking Point: Refugees in Jordan and Egypt (Refugee Council USA, March 2015) [text]

Imprisonment, Torture and Statelessness: The Darkening Reality of Human Rights Defenders in Bahrain (World Organisation against Torture, June 2015) [text]

Iraq: IDPs Caught between a Rock and a Hard Place as Displacement Crisis Deepens (IDMC, June 2015)[text]

Migration Trends across the Mediterranean: Connecting the Dots (IOM & Altai Consulting, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Prevalence and Correlates of Food Insecurity among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Data from a Household Survey," PLoS ONE 10(6): e0130724 (June 2015) [open access]

Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/29/52 (UN Human Rights Council, June 2015) [access]
- Follow link for text and other related documents. See also related IRIN news story.

Save the Children Egypt-Libya-Tunisia Assessment Report (Save the Children, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian Refugees and the UK, Briefing Paper, no. 06805 (UK House of Commons Library, June 2015) [text]

Turkey's Asylum Procedure and Plans for Reception and Detention Centres (AIDA, June 2015) [text]

Uprooted Livelihoods: Palestinian Villages and Herding Communities in the Jordan Valley (MA'AN Development Center, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

What You Need to Know about Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (BADIL, May 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Web site: 

Voices for Refugees [access]
- New UNHCR initiative to ensure voices of Syrian refugees continue to be heard.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Middle East (19 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

29 June 2015

Thematic Focus: Statelessness


CFP: Statelessness Working Paper Series [info]
- Submission deadline is 15 September 2015.


Civil Society in the Asia Pacific Agrees to Unite to End Statelessness (Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network, June 2015) [text]

Dominican Republic Urged not to Deport Stateless Dominicans (UNHCR, June 2015) [text]

The Jus Sanguinis Bias of Europe and What It Means for Childhood Statelessness (ENS Blog, June 2015) [text]

Ministerial Regional Conference on Statelessness, Abidjan, 23-25 Feb. 2015 (UNHCR & ECOWAS, 2015) [text]
- A summary of the meeting; more conf. docs. accessible via this earlier post.

Stateless at Sea: The Moken of Burma and Thailand (Human Rights Watch, June 2015) [text]

Stateless in the Sahel (IRIN, June 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness, esp. Affecting Children (15 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

New Issues of AULR, Intl. Migr., Intervention, JEMIE, JIRS, JMHS, Perspective, Res. Horizons

American University Law Review, vol. 64, no. 5 (2015) [full-text]
- Articles focus on immigration issues in the U.S., and include one entitled "Bordering Persecution: Why Asylum Seekers Should not be Subject to Expedited Removal."

International Migration, vol. 53, no. 3 (June 2015) [contents]
- Includes special section on "Discourses of Displacement and Deservingness: Interrogating Distinctions between 'Economic' and 'Forced' Migration."

Intervention: Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas, vol. 13, no. 2 (July 2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, vol. 14, no. 1 (2015) [full-text via ISN]
- Mix of articles, including "Remembering Homeland in Exile: Recollections of IDPs from the Abkhazia Region of Georgia."

Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 13, no. 2 (2015) [contents]
- Special issue on "Immigration and Civil Society." Also includes "The Integration of Forced Migrants into the Italian Labor Market."

Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 3, no. 2 (June 2015) [open access]
- Special edition released on "The US Refugee Protection System on the 35th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980: A Comprehensive Assessment of the System’s Strengths, Limitations, and Need for Reform Journal on Migration and Human Security."

Perspective, no. 2 (2015) [full-text]
- Focus is on education.

Research Horizons, no. 23 (Feb. 2014) [full-text]
- Includes Spotlight feature on "migration."

Tagged Periodicals.

Regional Focus: Asia

2014 Trends Analysis: Protection in the Urban Refugee Context in the Asia Pacific (Refugee Studies Forum, 2014?) [text]

A Case for Clarification: European Asylum Policy and North Korean Refugees (European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea, June 2015) [text]
- See also related The Diplomat article.

"Life after the Boat Journey in Malaysia," New Internationalist, 19 June 2015 [text]

Resolving Post-disaster Displacement Crises: Insights from the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, Washington, DC, 24 June 2014) [info]
- Follow link for audio of this event.

The Rohingya Migrant Crisis (Council on Foreign Relations, June 2015) [text]

Rohingya Refugees: Turks to the Rescue, RSIS Commentary, no. 122 (RSIS, May 2015) [text via ISN]

A Socio-Economic Review of Japan's Resettlement Pilot Project, New Issues in Refugee Research, Paper no. 276 (UNHCR, June 2015) [text]

Stateless at Sea: The Moken of Burma and Thailand (Human Rights Watch, June 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia (17 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: General


EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2014 (Council of the European Union, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Fragile States Index 2015 (Fund for Peace, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Free to Think: Report of the Scholars at Risk Academic Freedom Monitoring Project (Scholars at Risk Network, June 2015) [text via Clark Univ.]

Internal Displacement: Lessons Learned after 20 Years and Challenges Ahead, Washington, DC 26 June 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video of event.

Landmines/ERW, Refugees and Displacement (International Campaign to Ban Landmines, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Note: ERW = Explosive Remnants of War

The Perfect Storm: The Role of Public Health and Ethnic Composition in Refugee-related Conflict Initiation, Davis, California, 23 April 2015 [info]
- A copy of the paper presented is available here.

Refugees around the Globe: Statistics and Research on Living Conditions, Health, Assistance Efforts (Journalist's Resource, June 2015) [text]

Revealing the Routes to Policy in Practice (ODI, June 2015) [text]

Web sites:

Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues (ESPMI) [access]
- "Formerly known as the New Scholars Network, the ESPMI Network strives to connect emerging scholars, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, artists, and all those involved in forced migration and refugee studies to meaningful work and professional connections, as well as to produce new research and new interest in these important issues."

François Crépeau [access]
- "François Crépeau is United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. He holds the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law at the McGill University Faculty of Law where he teaches Migration Law, Immigration and Refugee Law, and Constitutional Law. The focus of his current research includes migration control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the conceptualization of security as it applies to migrants, and the Rule of Law in the face of globalization."

Refugee Research Review Blog [access]
- New blog aiming to serve two purposes: "First, RRR is meant to facilitate studies in the area of forced migration by centralizing online research in the form of journal articles, informative websites, and current news concerning forced migrants. Furthermore, book reviews, scholarly critiques of journal articles, and original research can also be found here. Second, RRR provides access to practical resources and information for those seeking to minister to and serve refugees within their own communities. Brief answers to frequently asked questions, service ideas and how to’s can all be found here."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (17 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

26 June 2015

News: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 were released by the U.S. State Department yesterday. From the DipNote blog:
"Today, Secretary Kerry will release the State Department’s 39th annual Human Rights Reports, a comprehensive review of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world. Mandated by Congress, these reports are the United States’ factual and authoritative statement on the progress of international human rights and the most widely read document issued by the State Department.
     The Human Rights Reports detail the violence and abuse suffered both at the hands of governments and of non-state actors by people all over the world. In some cases, as a result of civil society groups and sustained international pressure, conditions have changed for the better. Yet in others, human rights violations continue unchecked or have worsened. ..."

The Country Reports are frequently consulted by country of origin information researchers as part of the refugee status determination process. As such, they, along with other regularly issued human rights and conflict surveys, will eventually be incorporated into the repositories of country conditions databases produced by ecoi.net and Refworld.

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: Africa

Assessment of the Feasibility of Cash Transfer in Selected Refugee Settlements (WFP & USAID, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Chad: A Country on the Cusp - Humanitarian Brief (OCHA, June 2015) [text]

Forced Displacement in the Great Lakes Region: A Development Approach (World Bank & UNHCR, 2015) [text]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Eritrea, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/29/41 (Human Rights Council, June 2015) [text via Refworld]

Responsibility to Respond to Internal Displacement in the ECOWAS Region: Case Studies of Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia and Nigeria (ECOWAS & UNHCR, March 2015) [text]

Socioeconomic Impact of the Crisis in North Mali on Displaced People, Policy Research Working Paper, no. 7253 (World Bank, May 2015) [text]

The Unexpected Creativity That Thrives in Refugee Camps (The Conversation, June 2015) [text]
- See also related RSC announcement.

Zambia Shouldn’t Make Integration and Freedom of Movement Contingent on Registration with Rwandan Authorities (Justice Matters in Africa Blog, June 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (11 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: More on Resettlement

I just circulated a post on resettlement, but here are a few additional items from UNHCR that have just been published:

- A Socio-Economic Review of Japan's Resettlement Pilot Project, New Issues in Refugee Research, Paper no. 276 [text]

- UNHCR-NGO Toolkit for Practical Cooperation on Resettlement: A Repository for Exchanging Ideas on Resettlement Partnerships [access]

- UNHCR Refugee Resettlement Trends 2015 [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Resettlement (23 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

25 June 2015

Regional Focus: Europe

Event & opportunity:

"Drowning Humanity?" High-level Panel Discussion on the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis, Cambridge, UK, 25 June 2015 [info]

CFP: "Asylum in Europe," Forced Migration Review [info]
- Submission deadline is 7 September 2015.


The Creaking Dublin System: Hungary Pulls the Plug (Free Movement Blog, June 2015) [text]

EU: Bold Steps Needed on Mediterranean Crisis (Human Rights Watch, June 2015) [text]

EU States at Odds on Eve of Summit on Migration Crisis (Thomson Reuters Foundation, June 2015) [text]
- *Update*: "EU to take in 40,000 migrants from Italy, Greece - draft communique" (Thomson Reuters Foundation, June 2015); see also UNHCR news release.

EU Toughens Stance on Migrant Returns (IRIN, June 2015) [text]

Europe's Migration Crisis, Washington, DC, 24 June 2015 [info]
- Follow link for audio.

How Should Europe Respond to the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis?, Oxford, 17 June 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Migration Trends across the Mediterranean: Connecting the Dots (IOM & Altai Consulting, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (19 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

24 June 2015

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

Event & opportunity:

Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law, Lancaster, UK, 7 July 2015 [info]

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship [info]
- Scholarship to support students seeking an "MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance learning" at the University of London. Application deadline is 17 August 2015.


The Case Law of the European Regional Courts: The Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights - Refugees, Asylum-seekers, and Stateless Persons (UNHCR, June 2015) [text]

Guidelines on International Protection, no. 11: Prima Facie Recognition of Refugee Status (UNHCR, June 2015) [text]
- Other guidelines are available here.

"The International Human Rights Regime and Supranational Regional Organizations: The Challenge of the EU," Michigan Journal of International Law, vol. 36, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]

Report from the Nordic Asylum Law Seminar (Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network, June 2015) [text]

The Right to 'Seek' Asylum in Customary International Law? (Asher Hirsch Blog, April 2015) [text]

*Statement of the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, 63rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme, Geneva, 24-26 June 2015 [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law & Protection Policy (15 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

23 June 2015

News: OIOS Evaluation(s) of UNHCR

The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) recently completed an evaluation of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  The office's objective was to "determine, as systematically and objectively as possible, the relevance, effectiveness and impact of UNHCR in achieving its mandate with regard to protection, assistance and solutions in emergency and non-emergency contexts, with a focus on durable solutions to protracted refugee situations."

The Annex of the report includes a brief management response from UNHCR.

This appears to be the first such overall evaluation of UNHCR.  To date, the OIOS' examinations of UNHCR have taken the form of annual internal audits of programmes and operations, the findings of which are published as EXCOM documents for consideration during EXCOM plenary sessions (here is the most recent one).

Some of the individual audit reports themselves can be found on the OIOS web site, dating back to June 2013.  A list of those published in 2015 include (organized chronologically):

  • Audit of the operations in Kenya for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Jan. 2015)
  • Audit of the participation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation in Pakistan in the implementation of the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas programme (Jan. 2015)
  • Audit of the operations in Burkina Faso for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Feb. 2015)
  • Audit of the operations in Colombia for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Feb. 2015)
  • Audit of the operations in Eritrea for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Feb. 2015)
  • Audit of the operations in Kazakhstan for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Audit of the arrangements for supporting education programmes for refugees in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (April 2015)
  • Audit of the operations in Mozambique for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (May 2015)
  • Review of recurrent implementing partnership management issues in internal audit reports for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (June 2015)
  • Audit of the operations in Chad for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (avail. July 2015)
  • Audit of the operations in Jordan for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (avail. July 2015)
  • Audit of the operations in Rwanda for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (avail. July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Resettlement


Public Discussion: Resettling Increasingly Diverse Refugee Populations in the United States: Integration Challenges and Successes, Washington, DC, 26 June 2015 [info]
- Event held to discuss forthcoming MPI report, "The Integration Outcomes of U.S. Refugees: Successes and Challenges."


Instruments de Réinstallation des Réfugiés: Appréciation des Programmes à l’Échelle Européenne et Suisse (CIPADH, June 2015) [text]

[New Factsheets] (Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, June 2015)
- History of U.S. Refugee Resettlement
- United States Refugee Assistance and Resettlement Programs

New Zealanders Urged to Share the Peace and Welcome Refugees (Human Rights Commission, June 2015) [text]
- Supporter of campaign to #RaiseTheQuota of refugees resettled in New Zealand.  See also Doing Our Bit Facebook page for links to more press on this issue.

"The Pilot Refugee Resettlement Program in Japan: What Is Needed for the Successful Integration of Resettled Refugees?," The Journal of the Graduate School of Toyo Eiwa University, no. 11 (2015) [full-text]

Position Paper: Resettlement in the European Union (National Red Cross Societies in the European Union & IFRC, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Resettlement of Syrian Refugees: UK Bottom of League Table (Free Movement Blog, June 2015) [text]

UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2016 (UNHCR, June 2015) [text]
- Prepared for the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement, which will be held in Geneva on 29 June-1 July 2015.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Durable Solutions (11 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.