29 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Terminology

A number of recent reports and studies have focused on the terminology used to describe and categorize the people currently moving across borders. Here is a sampling:

Call Me Illegal: The Semantic Struggle over Seeking Asylum in Australia (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 2015) [text]

Factbox: Refugee, Asylum Seeker, Migrant - What's the Difference? (Thomson Reuters Foundation, Aug. 2015) [text]

"From 'Swarm' to 'Illegal': Dissecting How We Talk about Migrants," CBC's The Current, 10 Aug. 2015 [access via RSC]

"Is It Time to Ditch the Word 'Migrant'?," Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2015) [text]

"The Readers' Editor on… the Semantics of Migration," The Guardian, 16 Aug. 2015 [text]

UNHCR Viewpoint: 'Refugee' or 'Migrant' - Which is Right? (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]

When to Use the M-word (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text]

"Why the Language We Use to Talk about Refugees Matters so Much," Washington Post, 30 July 2015 [text]

This type of discussion is not necessarily new.  The labels and definitions used in the forced migration context have always been and will continue to be a regular topic for debate. See, e.g., this recent post for references on how to distinguish between "trafficking and smuggling."  This post from Jan. 2014 focused on how migrants are portrayed in the media.  Also last year, PICUM launched a campaign to promote the use of more accurate and humane terminology while PANOS Europe released a "Media Friendly Glossary on Migration."  Growing concern about climate change has likewise led to discussions of appropriate terms to describe those who are ultimately displaced.

Tagged Publications.

27 August 2015

New Issue of RSQ

The latest issue of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) has been published. Contents of vol. 34, no. 3, September 2015 include:

  • A Gendered Human Security Perspective on Humanitarian Action in IDP and Refugee Protection [abstract]
  • Back Home Again: Assessing the Impact of Provisions for Internally Displaced Persons in Comprehensive Peace Accords [abstract]
  • The Role of Farming in Place-Making Processes of Resettled Refugees [abstract]
  • The Challenge of Durable Solutions for Refugees at the Thai–Myanmar Border [abstract]
  • The Reluctant Asylum-Seekers: Migrants at the Southeastern Frontiers of the European Migration System [abstract]

Tagged Periodicals.

New Issue of IJRL

The latest issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL) has been published. Contents of vol. 27, no. 3, October 2015 include:
  • Portuguese Refugee Law in the European Context: The Case of Sexuality-Based Claims [abstract]
  • The Discretion of States in the Dublin III System for Determining Responsibility for Examining Applications for Asylum: What Remains of the Sovereignty and Humanitarian Clauses After the Interpretations of the ECtHR and the CJEU? [abstract]
  • UNHCR and Preventing Indirect Refoulement in Europe [abstract]
  • Divorcing Sexual Orientation from Religion and Politics: Utilizing the Convention Grounds of Religion and Political Opinion in Same-Sex Oriented Asylum Claims [abstract]

Also included are case law summaries, five book reviews, and text of the The Michigan Guidelines on Risk for Reasons of Political Opinion in English and French.

Tagged Periodicals.

26 August 2015

Regional Focus: Europe


Report launch: Annual Report on the State of Asylum in Europe, Brussels, 10 September 2015 [info]

Conference: 5 Years of EASO and the CEAS: Results and Perspectives, Valletta, Malta, 23 September 2015 [info]
- Register by 11 September 2015.


"10 Truths about Europe’s Migrant Crisis," The Guardian, 10 Aug. 2015 [text]

Asylum Flows to the EU: Blip or Norm?, Issue Alert, no. 38 (EU Institute of Security Studies, July 2015) [text]

EU Pays Price for Lack of Migration Planning (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text

"Latest Asylum Trends and Main Countries of Origin," EASO Newsletter (July/Aug. 2015) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 2.

Playing the EU Asylum Lottery (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

The Provision of Asylum Statistics in the European Union, Legal Briefing, no. 2 (AIDA, Aug. 2015) [text]

The Refugee Crisis Facing Fortress Europe (openDemocracy, Aug. 2015) [text]

View from Europe: How Cities are Key to Refugee Policy (Opencanada.org, Aug. 2015) [text]

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

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information-related Items

"A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone," New York Times, 26 Aug. 2015 [text]

Climate Refugees as Mobile Technology Users in the Future: Scenario-based Insights on the Challenges and Possibilities, Presentation at "Sustainable Futures in a Changing Climate Conference," Helsinki, 11-12 June 2014 [text]
- Scroll to p. 145.

*"The Hospitality of Cyberspace: Mobilizing Asylum Seeker Testimony Online," Biography, vol. 38, no. 2 (Spring 2015) [abstract]

"Refugees, Post-migration Stress, and Internet Use: A Qualitative Analysis of Intercultural Adjustment and Internet Use among Iraqi and Sudanese Refugees to the United States," Qualitative Health Research, OnlineFirst, 18 Aug. 2015 [full-text via ResearchGate]

State of Social Media Technologies for Disaster Preparedness in Asia Pacific Region (Nanyang Technological University, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Stranger in a Strange Land: Enabling Information Resilience in Resettlement Landscapes," Journal of Documentation, vol. 71, no. 5 (2015) [abstract]

UN Agencies Launch Call Centre to Provide Displaced Communities across Iraq with Information on Humanitarian Assistance (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs (13 Aug. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Americas

Asylum Offices Publish Waiting Times (and the News is not Good) (The Asylumist Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

Central American Deportation Cases Dominate Immigration Courts (TRAC Immigration, Aug. 2015) [text]

"Fleeing Cuba: A Comparative Piece Focused on Toro and the Options Victims of Domestic Violence Have in Seeking Citizenship in the United States and Canada," Pace International Law Review, vol. 27, no. 2 (Summer 2015) [full-text]

Hispaniola: A Current Stateless Issue and a Looming Refugee Crisis (RefLaw Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

"The Last Preference: Refugees and the 1965 Immigration Act," Chapter in The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965: Legislating a New America (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming Oct. 2015) [eprint via SSRN]

"Locating Refugees: A Media Analysis of Refugees in the United States in 'World Refugee Day' Coverage," Journalism Practice, Latest Articles, 2 April 2015 [abstract]

"Unappealing: An Assessment of the Limits on Appeal Rights in Canada's New Refugee Determination System," UBC Law Review (Forthcoming, 2015) [eprint via SSRN]
- See also related news article.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (8 Aug. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

25 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Displacement

"The Arbitrary Project of Protecting 'Environmental Migrants'," Chapter in Environmental Migration and Social Inequalities (Springer, Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Climate Change Displacement: Are We Ready? (RI Blog, July 2015) [text]

Climate Change, Migration and the Incredibly Complicated Task of Influencing Policy, Keynote address at "Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention," Durham, UK, July 2015 [text]

Climate Displacement and Planned Relocation in Colombia: The Case of Gramalote (Displacement Solutions, Aug. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Climate Refugees: The Communities Displaced by Global Warming, Catastrophic Science Video Series (UNSWTV, Aug. 2015) [access]

Disasters, Displacement, and Climate Change: New Evidence and Common Challenges Facing the North and South (Planet Policy Blog, July 2015) [text]

Human Rights, Climate Change and Cross-border Displacement: The Role of the International Human Rights Community in Contributing to Effective and Just Solutions (Universal Rights Group, July 2015) [text]

New Zealand: "Climate Change Refugee" Case Overview (Law Library of Congress, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate/Environmental Displacement (25 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Event & Opportunities: Even More August & September 2015

Open until filled:

Vacancy: Herzberg Chair in International Migration, Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Washington, DC [info]
- Note: The successful candidate will serve concurrently as the Director of the ISIM. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled


Consultancy: Rights of Rohingya Project, Equal Rights Trust, London [info]
- Apply by 31 August 2015.

Vacancy: Director, Office of Resettlement Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC [info]
- Apply by 31 August 2015.


MA Programme: Reminder! MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London [info]
- Application deadline is 1 September 2015.

Vacancy: Research Officer, Mobile Welfare Project, Oxford [info]
- Apply by 4 September 2015.

Vacancy: Senior Research Officer, Migrants in Countries in Crisis, Oxford [info]
- Apply by 18 September 2015.

Vacancy: Director, European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), Brussels [info]
- Apply by 25 September 2015.

CFP: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration [info]
- Submission deadline is 30 September 2015.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: More August 2015/New September 2015

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

24 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Detention

Family Immigration Detention: Why the Past Cannot Be Prologue (American Bar Association, July 2015) [text]

Federal Court Ruling Upends Flawed Family Detention Policy (Human Rights First, Aug. 2015) [text]

Freedom from Detention for Central American Refugee Families (OUP Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

I Would Build… a Humane Asylum System (Centre for Crime & Justice Studies, July 2015) [text]

"Limiting Deterrence: Judicial Resistance to Detention of Asylum-Seekers in Israel and the United States," Texas International Law Journal, vol. 51 (Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Recent Challenges to Accelerated Procedures Involving Detention in the UK (EDAL, Aug. 2015) [text]

Understanding Immigration Detention and Deportation in South Africa: A Summary of Law, Practice and Human Rights Violations at the Lindela Detention Centre, Issue Brief, no. 11 (African Centre for Migration & Society, June 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Detention (19 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

21 August 2015

Thematic Focus: General

"Footing the Bill: Refugee-creating States' Responsibility to Pay," Foreign Affairs, 29 July 2015 [text]
- See also related keynote address.

Forgotten Conflicts (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [access]
- See also related map of current ongoing conflicts.

Power and Influence in the Global Refugee Regime, Oxford, 5 May 2015 [access]
- Follow link for podcast and PPT slides.

"The Readers' Editor on… the Semantics of Migration," The Guardian, 16 Aug. 2015 [text]

Refugia: The Limits and Possibilities of Buzi’s Refugee Nation (Postcards from... Blog, July 2015) [text]

Report of the Sixty-second Meeting of the Standing Committee (3-5 March 2015), UN Doc. No. A/AC.96/1144 (UN General Assembly, July 2015) [text]

State of the World's Emergencies: A Briefing for New UK Parliamentarians (Bond, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (28 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe

(Note: I am re-posting this to reflect some recent additions; a separate post on broader EU developments will be circulated later.)

Channel Tunnel Man: Refugees Should not be Prosecuted for Irregular Entry (Free Movement Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as a Country of Asylum: Observations on the Situation of Asylum-seekers and Refugees in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]

"'I Am Strange Here': Conversations with the Syrians in France’s Most Famous Migrant Camp," The Atlantic (Aug. 2015) [text]

In the Crosscurrents: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Ukraine (Equal Rights Trust, Aug. 2015) [text]
- See esp. "Discrimination against Internally Displaced Persons," pp. 200-205.

Migration to the UK: Asylum (Migration Observatory, Aug. 2015) [text]

Time to Put Hungary on the EU’s Refugee Agenda, Strategic File, no. 15 (Polish Institute of International Affairs, July 2015) [text]

UNHCR Observations on the Proposed Amendments to the Danish Social Security Legislation (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (8 Aug. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

19 August 2015

News: World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is commemorated annually on August 19th.  WHD pays "tribute to all people affected by humanitarian crises and those who lost their lives in humanitarian service. It's a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world."  Visit the WHD Facebook page for press releases, statements and tributes.


Doing the Thing Right or Doing the Right Thing? (ALNAP Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

*How Can We Keep Aid Workers Safe? (Political Violence @ a Glance, Aug. 2015) [text]

A Job Well Done is the Best Possible Humanitarian Motivation (ALNAP Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

Life on the Humanitarian Frontlines: The Challenge of Staying the Course (ODI, Aug. 2015) [text]

On this World Humanitarian Day, Reflections on the Protection of Aid Workers (ATHA Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

On World Humanitarian Day, a New Idea to Protect Aid Workers (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text]

On World Humanitarian Day: Could We Do Better with Cash? (Humanitarian Space, Aug. 2015) [text]


Aid Worker Attacks (IRIN & Humanitarian Outcomes) [access]
- See also related IRIN news story.

Aid Worker Security Database (Humanitarian Outcomes) [access]
- Here are the latest figures tracked by the database.

The Protection of Humanitarian Aid Workers under International Law, Webcast, 30 July 2015 [access]


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