27 September 2014

Admin: Fall Break

This blog will be quiet next week.  Posts will resume again the first full week of October.

New Book Titles

Please check out my Pinterest page for new books due out in October 2014. I've also added information about a few additional titles to the Sept. 2014 and New Legal Texts book boards.

Tagged Publications. 

26 September 2014

Events & Opportunities: More October 2014

CFP: RLI Working Paper Series [info]
- New submissions are requested and will be considered on a rolling basis.

UK Parliamentary Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention [info]
- The deadline for submitting written evidence is 1 October 2014.

MHPSS Network Webinar series, 2 October-13 November 2014 [info]
- The first webinar is "The politics of mental health and psychosocial programmes in humanitarian settings" on 2 October 2014.

ECRE Annual General Conference and UNHCR NGO Consultations, Brussels, 15-17 October [info]
- Registration deadline is 3 October 2014.

Between Principle and Pragmatism: Australia and Refugee Law, 60 Years On, Sydney, 3 November 2014 [info]
- Register by 6 October 2014 for early bird rates.

Putting Affected People at the Centre of Humanitarian Response: Rhetoric or Reality?, London, 7 October 2014 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

"Fortress Europe" and the Migrant Deaths on the Mediterranean, Copenhagen, 9 October 2014 [info]
- A DIIS migration seminar.

XVI Humanitarian Congress Berlin, 10-11 October 2014 [info]
- Theme is "Protection: A Broken Promise?"; registration is ongoing.

'Secure the Borders!' The Cost and Consequences of Europe's 'Fight Against Irregular Migration', London, 14 October 2014 [info]
- A podcast of this event will be available after the fact.

RFP: Production of a Video Series on Syrian Refugees in Western Europe [info]
- Deadline for proposals is 15 October 2014.

Launch of World Disasters Report: Focus on Culture and Risk, London, 20 October 2014 [info]

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

Symposium on the Protection of Persons Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence, Luxembourg, 20 October 2014 [info]
- Free event but registration required.

CFP: African Human Mobility Review [info]
  - Articles sought for first issue of new journal; submission deadline is 30 October 2014.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: October 2014 & Last Minute September 2014

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

25 September 2014

Thematic Focus: General

Protection of and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, UN Doc. No. A/69/295 (UN General Assembly, Aug. 2014) [text via Refworld]
- The thematic section focuses on "the challenge of finding durable solutions for internally displaced persons in urban settings."

Security Sector Reform and Ending Displacement: Important, but Neglected, Connections (UpFront Blog, Sept. 2014) [text]

"Status and Treatment of Refugees," 53rd Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, Tehran, 15-18 Sept. 2014 [text]

UNHCR Asylum Trends, First Half 2014: Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries (UNHCR, Sept. 2014) [text]
*- See also related UNHCR news story, "Asylum Claims from Syria, Iraq and Other Conflict Zones Rise in First Half 2014."

UNHCR Policy on Alternatives to Camps (UNHCR, July 2014) [text]
- See also related RI blog post, "Out of Camp, Out of Mind?," and response in the Global Views blog.

[UNHCR RSD Statistics] (RSDWatch.org, Sept. 2014)
- The following blog posts analyze data from two recent UNHCR reports: 1) The Statistics are Coming (so here are some caveats); 2) UNHCR RSD Surges: Nearly 200,000 New Applicants in 2013; 3) Where is the UNHCR RSD Surge Happening?

What Facilitates Solutions to Displacement?, Evaluation & Learning Brief, no. 2 (Danish Refugee Council, June 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (11 Sept. 2014)


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Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Putting Affected People at the Centre of Humanitarian Response: Rhetoric or Reality?, London, 7 October 2014 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

XVI Humanitarian Congress Berlin, 10-11 October 2014 [info]
- Theme is "Protection: A Broken Promise?"; registration is ongoing.


The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid: An NGO Perspective (VOICE & DARA, May 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Global Conversation on Humanitarian Action Kicks off (IRIN, Sept. 2014) [text]

Histories of Humanitarian Action in the Middle East and North Africa, HPG Working Paper (ODI, Sept. 2014) [text]

Responsibility, Legitimacy, Morality: Chinese Humanitarianism in Historical Perspective, HPG Working Paper (ODI, Sept. 2014) [text]
- See also related policy brief.

Rethink Needed on Humanitarian Funding for National NGOs (IRIN, Sept. 2014) [text]

"Why Humanitarian Aid Became Professional: The Experience of MSF," Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (Sept. 2014) [full-text]

Related posts:
- News: GHA Report 2014 Published (10 Sept. 2014)
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (25 Aug. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Europe, esp. Migrant Deaths at Sea

Migrant deaths at sea:


"Fortress Europe" and the Migrant Deaths on the Mediterranean, Copenhagen, 9 October 2014 [info]
- A DIIS migration seminar.


"Business as Usual: Yet Another Refugee Tragedy on EU Borders," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, no. 829 (Sept. 2014) [text]

Campaign Launch: EU Must Take Urgent Action in the Face of Increasing Migrant Death Toll at Sea (Amnesty International, Sept. 2014) [text]
- Note: Amnesty will launch a report on 30 Sept. 2014 entitled "Lives Adrift: Refugees and Migrants Drowning in the Central Mediterranean."

The EU Must Take More Responsibility for the Migrants Risking Their Lives to Reach Italy (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2014) [text]

Is the EU Doing Enough to Prevent Migrant Deaths at Sea? (IRIN, Sept. 2014) [text]

Mare Europaeum? Tackling Mediterranean Migration, Issue Brief, no. 25 (Institute for Security Studies, Sept. 2014) [text]

Other publications:

EASO Multi-annual Work Programme 2014-2016: "Towards a Coherent Implementation of the Common European Asylum System" (EASO, Nov. 2013) [text]

The Future of the Common European Asylum System: The Disgrace of a Regulation - Dublin II and III by Comparison, Bachelor's essay (University of Twente, Sept. 2014) [text]

"Interpretation, Translation and Intercultural Communication in Refugee Status Determination Procedures in the UK and France," Language and Intercultural Communication, vol. 14, no. 3 (2014) [open access]

Mémorandum en Matière de Protection des Réfugiés, des Bénéficiaires de la Protection Subsidiaire et des Apatrides en Belgique (UNHCR, June 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (16 Sept. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: MENA

Briefing: What's in the UN's New Gaza Agreement? (IRIN, Sept. 2014) [text]

RAVEL: Evaluation of the the Regional Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme for Stranded Migrants in Egypt and Libya  (IOM & Global Migration Centre, June 2014) [text]

Gaza Initial Rapid Assessment (OCHA, Aug. 2014) [text]

Humanitarian Funding Analysis: Gaza (Development Initiatives, Sept. 2014) [text]

Iraq Internal Displacement Crisis: Assessment Report (Shelter Cluster & CCCM, Sept. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Israel: High Court Voids Migrant Holding Law (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2014) [text]

Protecting People on the Move: Mixed Migration in Volatile Contexts, Evaluation & Learning Brief, no. 3 (Danish Refugee Council, Sept. 2014) [text]
- Focuses on Libya.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA (9 Sept. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

24 September 2014

Event/New Issues of Anti-Traff. Rev., Crit. Stud. Security, Humanit. Exch., Intl. Migr., IMR, ICRC Rev., Lang. & Intercult. Comm., Med. Confl. & Survival


International Migration Review: 50th Anniversary Symposium, New York, 30 September 2014 [info]
- This event will also be webcast.

New issues:

Anti-Trafficking Review, no. 3 (2014) [open access]
- Special issue on "Following the Money: Spending on Anti-Trafficking."

Critical Studies on Security, vol. 2, no. 2 (2014) [contents]
- Includes special feature section on "Climate Change and Migration: From Geopolitics to Biopolitics." The first two articles are freely available.

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 62 (Sept. 2014) [full-text]
- Special feature on "The Crisis in the Central African Republic."

International Migration, vol. 52, no. 5 (Oct. 2014) [contents]
- Features two special sections on "Migration Issues in Eastern Europe" and "Return Migration."  Includes "Internal Displacement: Return, Property, Economy."

International Migration Review, vol. 48, no. 3 (Fall 2014) [contents]
- Features a special section on "Immigration Policy in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States."

International Review of the Red Cross, vol. 95, nos. 891-892 (Dec. 2013) [contents]
- Theme is "Multinational Operations and the Law."

Language and Intercultural Communication, vol. 14, no. 3 (2014) [contents]
 - Special issue on "Migrating Languages: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Refugees, Asylum, Migration and Language." Includes "Interpretation, Translation and Intercultural Communication in Refugee Status Determination Procedures in the UK and France," which is open access.

Medicine, Conflict and Survival, vol. 30, no. 3 (2014) [contents]
- Mix of articles; includes two freely available prize-winning student essays.

Tagged Periodicals and Events & Opportunities.

New ETDs - Pt. 2

(ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)

Charter Flights Full of Homosexuals: Policy Making on Homosexual Men in Dutch Immigration and Asylum Procedures 1945-2001, Thesis (Leiden University, July 2014) [text]

Comparing European Union and Dutch Asylum Law Procedures: Balancing Efficiency and Substantive Examination in Asylum Applications, Thesis (Victoria University of Wellington, Sept. 2014) [text]

Material Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers in the EU: The Swedish Implementation from a Perspective of Multi Level Governance, Thesis (Lund University, Spring 2014) [text]

Rationality and the Culture of Disbelief: Credibility Assessment at Application Centre Zevenaar, Thesis (Utrecht University, Aug. 2014) [text]

Sexual Violence and Sexual Health in Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Migrants in Europe and the European Neighbourhood: Determinants and Desirable Prevention, Dissertation (Ghent University, June 2014) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs - Pt. 1

(ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)

"The Capital of the Poor": The Meaning of Social Capital for Internally Displaced Persons in Bogotá, Thesis (Utrecht University, 2014) [text]

Designing Stories, Bridging Success: Multimodal Digital Storytelling with At-Risk Immigrant and Refugee Students, Thesis (University of British Columbia, Sept. 2014) [text]

Internal Displacement and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from Colombia and the Rest of the World, Thesis (RMIT University, Jan. 2014) [text]

A Mixed-methods Exploration: Refugees' Caring Relationships as a Source of Social Capital, Dissertation (University of Maryland, 2014) [text]

Representing Refugees: Canadian Newspapers’ Portrayals of Refugees of El Salvador’s Civil War, 1980-1992, Thesis (University of Manitoba/University of Winnipeg, Sept. 2014) [text]

Tagged Publications.

23 September 2014

65th Session of EXCOM

The 65th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme (EXCOM) will run from 29 September to 3 October 2014 in Geneva. This year's meeting will include a High-level Segment on Enhancing International Cooperation, Solidarity, Local Capacities and Humanitarian Action for Refugees in Africa. (*Here's a background paper for more info on the HLS.)

Here is the provisional agenda and the estimated schedule.

Side events taking place during this year's session include:
- 50 years of exile: concluding the chapter for Angolan refugees
- Cartegena+30: new protection and solutions responses in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Implementation of the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees: glass half full?
- Registration of Syrian refugees: where the response starts
- Mobilizing private sector for refugees – UNHCR’s new PSFR Strategy
- The Nansen Initiative reports back – human mobility and disasters in Africa
- Unaccompanied children in Europe: what is in their best interests?
- The Solutions Alliance: partnering on solutions to displacement
- Refugees and markets – UNHCR's Global Livelihoods Strategy
- NGO side event: Fresh thinking on alternatives to camps

In addition, the Nansen Refugee Award ceremony will be held the evening of the first day, with the honors going to the Colombian women's group, "Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future."

Plenary session documents can be accessed here.


Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

22 September 2014

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking


Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, Lincoln, NE, 9-11 October 2014 [info]
- Registration is ongoing.


Anti-Trafficking Review, no. 3 (2014) [open access]
- Special issue on "Following the Money: Spending on Anti-Trafficking."

Assessing New Zealand's Immigration Policy towards Victims of Human Trafficking: A Human Rights Approach, LLM Research Paper (Victoria University of Wellington, 2013; avail. June 2014) [text]

Guardianship for Children Deprived of Parental Care: A Handbook to Reinforce Guardianship Systems to Cater for the Specific Needs of Child Victims of Trafficking (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, June 2014) [text]

Journal on Human Trafficking [info]
- No issues have been published yet.

The Protection Project Review of the Trafficking in Persons Report (Protection Project, July 2014) [text]
- See also related remarks.

Smuggled Futures: The Dangerous Path of a Migrant from Africa to Europe (Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, May 2014) [text]
- See map above.

Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, UN Doc. No. A/69/269 (UN General Assembly, Aug. 2014) [text via Refworld]

"World's Most Dangerous Journey? Eritreans Risk Life and Limb to Get to UK," The Guardian, 6 Sept. 2014 [text]

Related posts:
- News: 2014 Edition of Trafficking in Persons Report (20 June 2014)
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Forced Labour (12 June 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Syria

An Afternoon on Syrian Displacement, and Protection in Europe, Oxford, 10 Sept. 2014 [info]
- Follow the link above for video of this event, or listen to podcasts of part 1 and part 2.

Are We Listening? Acting on Our Commitments to Women and Girls Affected by the Syrian Conflict (International Rescue Committee, Sept. 2014) [text]
- See also companion web site.

Bulgaria: New Evidence Syrians Forced Back to Turkey (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2014) [text]

Comparative Analysis of Syrian Refugees Staying In and Outside Camps: Kurdistan Region of Iraq (REACH, Sept. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also the individual assessment reports of Syrian refugees in camps and outside of them.

Ensuring Quality Education for Young Refugees from Syria: Mapping Exercise on Quality Education for Young Refugees from Syria (12-25 years) (Refugee Studies Centre, Sept. 2014) [text]

Futures under Threat: The Impact of the Education Crisis on Syria’s Children (Save the Children, Sept. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian Displacement: Views from the Region, Washington, DC, 16 Sept. 2014 [info]
- Follow link for audio.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Secondary and Tertiary Health Care at a Glance (UNHCR et al., June 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

20 September 2014

News: Latest Annual Disaster Statistical Review Published

Hot on the heels of IDMC's Global Estimates report for 2014 is the Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013: The Numbers and Trends.  Published by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), this annual report provides an analysis of disasters that occurred during the year under review and the impact they had on lives and livelihoods.  This CRED Crunch Newsletter published in April 2014 provided a provisional snapshot of natural disasters in 2013.

Previous editions of the annual review can be accessed via my research guide.

Tagged Publications.

News: UNHCR/NGO Consultations

This year, UNHCR's annual discussion with NGOs was held 17-19 June 2014 in Geneva.  The two final reports of the meeting are now available:

- 2014 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs: Rapporteur's Report [text]

- Report on the Annual Consultations with Non-Governmental Organizations [text]

In addition, a Tumblr site was set up to host videos and photos of, and social media feeds for, the various gatherings.

Next year's consultations will take place 1-3 July 2015, immediately following the UNHCR Standing Committee meeting from 29-30 June 2015.

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

Tip of the Week! Searching on URLs

I search on URLs all the time.  In other words, I will enter a URL into Google's search box at http://www.google.com and click on the "search" button.  Google will treat the URL as a "search term" and look for instances of it rather than take you to the site.

Is this something you do too?  If you don't, here are a few reasons for giving it a go.

1. Safety:

- I've mentioned before that I tend to quite safety-conscious when searching online. When you search on a URL, you can often learn whether or not it is part of a site that has been compromised in some way, as described in this earlier tip.
- You can also learn whether or not a site has changed hands without actually visiting the site.  This happened recently with http://frlan.tumblr.com, which used to be the URL for the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter.  Now it directs you to the site for International Thornes Bank!
- Another example: I was trying to determine if the Forced Migration Research Hub still has a presence online.  Its Twitter feed hasn't been updated since Nov. 2012, so rather than go directly to its site at http://formhub.net/, I searched on it.  The snippets in the search results indicate the site at that URL now focuses on mobile data collection.

2.  Identification:

This previous tip discussed "link expanders" that will identify the actual URL that a tiny URL directs you to. However, these services don't work for the perpetual URLs and permalinks that are often used in universities' institutional repositories.  For example, I recently referenced this dissertation on my blog: Asylum Seekers and Australian Politics, 1996-2007. The URL for it is http://hdl.handle.net/2440/84730, which isn't very informative. But what if you want to know precisely where that URL will lead you?  Search on it and you'll learn the dissertation resides in the University of Adelaide's digital library.

3. Google's cache:

The cache is a record of what a site or document looked like at the time it was indexed by Google. You can access the cached version of something by clicking on the upside-down green triangle that is displayed to the right of a URL in Google's search results. Why is this useful?  First, viewing the cached versions of PDF, Word, Excel or Powerpoint files is a quick way to determine whether or not a document is worth opening up, because you don't have to actually a) launch an application to view the text, or b) download the document onto your computer before you can view it.  Also, the cache will allow you to retrieve information from a site or a document that is temporarily inaccessible or has recently disappeared. (Note the emphasis on recently!  The cache is only a short-term backup solution.)

- You are looking for the most recent edition of IDMC's Global Estimates report. Type in >>global estimates 2014<<.  Notice in the search results that ReliefWeb has a PDF copy. Click on the green upside-down triangle, and select "cached." The text will be displayed very quickly because the graphics and special fonts, etc. are removed. (For this reason, sometimes you have to scroll down a bit to see the text.)
- On some sites, when you click on a link to view a PDF, the "save as" box opens up, meaning that you have to download a document in order to view it.  Here's an example: This page includes a link to ECRE's Information Note on Syrians Seeking Protection in Europe. If you want to view the document before downloading it, simply copy the URL (http://www.ecre.org/component/downloads/downloads/824.html), search on it in Google, and then view the cached version.
- I recently came across a presentation I wanted to look at.  However, it is in Powerpoint, and I don't have that application on my computer.  So I searched on the URL and viewed the cache of the .ppt file instead.
- I don't have a specific example of a recently disappeared document to share.  But the next time you click on a link that leads nowhere, try searching on the URL to see if a cached version is still available.

[Image credit: Wikipedia]

Tagged Tips.