17 April 2014

Admin: Spring Break

This blog will be quiet until the last week of April.

Regional Focus: Europe

Access to Protection: A Human Right = Accesso alla Protezione: Un Diritto Umano (EPIM &Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati, Oct. 2013) [text]
- Spanish text with English summary.

Bulgaria as a Country of Asylum: UNHCR Observations on the Current Asylum System in Bulgaria (UNHCR, updated April 2014) [text]
- See also related briefing note.

EASO Quarterly Asylum Report: Quarter 4, 2013 (European Asylum Support Office, April 2014) [text]

Quelle Politique de l'Asile pour l'Europe ? Organisation d'une Table Ronde, Paris, 15 avril 2014 [access via EASO]
- Follow link for video.

Rapport d’Information Déposé en Application de l’Article 146-3, alinéa 6, du Règlement par le Comité d’Évaluation et de Contrôle des Politiques Publiques sur l’Évaluation de la Politique d’Accueil des Demandeurs d’Asile (Assemblée Nationale, Avril 2014) [text]
- See also related RFI news article (in English).

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Protection at Sea, esp. in the Mediterranean (16 April 2014)
- Regional Focus: Europe (10 April 2014)

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


Asylum Seekers Left High and Dry in Indonesia (IRIN, April 2014) [text]

Boat People, Politics and Humanity (Agora Dialogue, April 2014) [text]

Expedited Processing of Asylum Seekers: The Future of Refugee Status Determination in Australia?, Bachelor's thesis (Murdoch University, Nov. 2013) [text]

Offshore Processing: Lessons from the ‘Pacific Solution’ (FlagPost, April 2014) [text]

Post Return Assessment in Tirah Valley: Consultation with Returnees and Mission Conducted from 25 to 29 March 2014 (Protection Cluster, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Rohingya Refugee Making Factory (openDemocracy, March 2014) [text]

United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Statement at the Conclusion of Its Visit to New Zealand (24 March-7 April 2014) [text via Human Rights Commission]

Why Refugees Need Legal Aid (Castan Centre, April 2014) [text]

Web site:

APRRN Wiki [access]
- "This database has been created as a source to easily access information for those who work with legal aid for refugees."

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Asia (8 April 2014)
- Regional Focus: Australia (1 April 2014)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

16 April 2014

Thematic Focus: Protection at Sea, esp. in the Mediterranean


Migrants: Parliament Approves Search and Rescue Rules to Prevent Deaths at Sea (European Parliament, 16 April 2014) [access]
- "New search and rescue rules to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The regulation, already informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators, should enter into force before this summer."  Further information is available via the links on the right side of the page.

For a bit of background, see this overview from the European Parliamentary Research Service.  See also related press releases from The Greens/European Free Alliance and Migreurop.

Upcoming events:

Heading to Europe: Safe Haven or Graveyard?, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 16 May 2014 [info via Migrants at Sea]
- "The aim of the panel discussion is to provide an overview of the legal rules and processes applicable to migration by sea in the Mediterranean and to reflect on their wider sociological implications."

'Boat Refugees' and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights, London, 23-24 June 2014 [info]
- "This conference aims to comprehensively address the contemporary phenomenon of ‘boat migration’ with a holistic approach. We will consider its multiple facets, combining knowledge from several disciplines and regions of the world, with a view to making a decisive contribution to our understanding of current trends, against the background of the fragmentary responses adopted and innumerable tragedies occurred thus far." Registration details are not yet available.

High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva, 10-11 December 2014
- While no official information is available yet, the HC announced the following in his closing remarks at the 2013 HC Dialogue: "I would like to announce that our intention is to have the Dialogue next year focus on Protection at Sea. I think we are all aware that this represents one of the areas with the most dramatic protection gaps in today's world. We are starting the preparations in close cooperation with the International Maritime Organization, IOM and other organizations to have a meaningful dialogue next year on this topic." UNHCR is also in the process of developing a Global Strategy on Protection at Sea.


"The Essential Role of Malta in Drafting the New Regional Agreement on Migrants at Sea in the Mediterranean Basin," Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, vol. 44, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

"International Judges and the Protection of Human Rights at Sea," Chapter in International Courts and the Development of International Law (Asser Press & Springer, 2013) [preview]

"Irregular Migration across the Mediterranean Sea: Problematic Issues Concerning the International Rules on Safeguard of Life at Sea," Paix et Sécurité Internationales, no. 1 (Janvier-Décembre 2013) [full-text via Peace Palace Library]

Italy Rescues 6,000 People Crossing Mediterranean in Four Days (UNHCR, April 2014) [text]

Lecture Series on Migration in the Mediterranean, Brussels, 10-31 March 2014 [access]
- Although this series has now concluded, information about each of the four lectures is available via the link, as well as podcasts for two of the events.

"Strengthening the Protection of Migrants and Refugees in Distress at Sea through International Cooperation and Burden-Sharing," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Access, 24 March 2014 [abstract]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Boat Migration & Maritime Protection (4 March 2014)
- Focus: Maritime Protection (11 Sept. 2012)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

New ETDs

(ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)

Analysing Visual Representations in the North Korean Refugee Movement for Social Change and Justice, Thesis (Malmö University, Jan. 2014) [text]

Conditional Belonging: Listening to Unaccompanied Young Refugees’ Voices, Dissertation (Uppsala University, 2014) [text]

Education for Refugees: Examining Access to Basic Education in Dadaab Refugee Camps of Ifo, Hagadera and Dagahaley, Kenya, Thesis (Kenyatta University, Feb. 2014) [text]

Migration and Perceptions of War: Simultaneous Surveys in Countries of Origin and Settlement, Dissertation (Uppsala University, 2013) [text]

Therapeutic Alliance with Traumatized Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Relation to Treatment Change, Thesis (Utrecht University, July 2013) [text]

Unfolding Transitions: A Collaborative Investigation of the Education and Career Pathways of African Youth from Refugee Backgrounds in South Australia, Dissertation (Flinders University, Dec. 2013) [text]

Welfare for Unaccompanied Minors: A Comparative Study of Canada's and Sweden's Implementation of the CRC, Thesis (Linköping University, Jan. 2014) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

15 April 2014

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items, esp. Regional Institutions

Conscientious Objection to Military Service, Written Statement Submitted by FWCC to the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council (Friends World Committee for Consultation, Feb. 2014) [text via Quaker UN Office]

Edward Snowden and the Right to Travel (Mint Press News, March 2014) [text]

HIRC Co-writes Amicus Brief on Gang-Based Asylum Case (HIRC Blog, March 2014) [text]

"Psychology & Refugee Status Determination: Psychological Evidence to Help Inform Refugee Status Determination," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 47 (April 2014) [full-text]

Regional jurisprudence & refugee protection:

The ECtHR and CJEU as Refugee Law Courts: An Assessment, Presentation at EDAL Conference 2014, Dublin, 17-18 Jan. 2014 [access]

Refugees, Forced Migrants and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Oxford, 19 Feb. 2014 [info]

The Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum under the African Human Rights System, Oxford, 26 Feb. 2014 [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

Supervision of the Execution of Judgments and Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, 7th Annual Report of the Committee of Ministers 2013 (Council of Europe, March 2014) [access]
- See esp. "Issues related to Foreigners," pp. 101-109.

The Two European Courts on Seeking Asylum due to Religious Persecution (EDAL, March 2014) [text]

Urgent Need to Deal with New Failures to Co-operate with the European Court of Human Rights (PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Feb. 2014) [access]
- Scroll down for links to relevant documents.

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (25 March 2014)
- Thematic Focus: Asylum and European Courts (18 Oct. 2013)

Tagged Publications.  

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Analysis: Scaling Up Accountability to Communities (IRIN, April 2014) [text]

Humanitarian Aid vs Resilience Debate Should Put Priorities in Context (Global Observatory, March 2014) [text]

"Managing the 'Republic of NGOs:' Accountability and Legitimation Problems Facing the UN Cluster System," Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, vol. 47, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]

NGO-NGO Learning: What Works? (IRIN, April 2014) [text]

NGO Safety and Security Training Project: How to Create Effective Security Training for NGOs (InterAction & European Interagency Security Forum, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Reporting on Humanitarian Crises: A Manual for Trainers & Journalists and an Introduction for Humanitarian Workers (Internews Network, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Web site:

EU Aid Explorer [access]
- "EU Aid Explorer is a unique tool showing what we fund and where, with easy searches providing many different details. EU Aid Explorer is a one-stop shop for aid information – facilitating donor coordination, ensuring transparency and improving accountability to citizens in the EU and developing countries."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (8 April 2014)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

14 April 2014

Thematic Focus: ICTs


Philippines: Information, Accountability and Media - From Yolanda to the Next Disaster, London, 15 April 2014 [info]


"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]

Communicating with Persons of Concern in the Syrian Refugee Response (CDAC Network, April 2014) [text]

Factsheet: Mass Communication Assessment, Domiz Camp, Duhok Governorate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (UNHCR, March 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Quantifying Information Flow during Emergencies," Scientific Reports 4: Article no. 3997 (Feb. 2014) [open access]
- See also related iRevolution blog post.

"The Role of Digital Literacy Practices on Refugee Resettlement: The Case of Three Karen Brothers," Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, vol. 57, no. 5 (Feb. 2014) [abstract]

Social Media and Migration Research, Working Paper, no. 68 (UNU-MERIT, Dec. 2013) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs (7 March 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Education


Access to Education an Added Challenge for Refugees in Egypt (IRIN, April 2014) [text]

Applying the INEE Minimum Standards to Education in a Protracted Refugee Situation: Part I (INEE Blog, March 2014) [text]

Experiences of African Refugees Who Transition to University: A Question of Resilience, Bachelor’s Thesis (Edith Cowan University, Oct. 2013) [text]

Gender, Security and Access to Education in the Dadaab Refugee Camps, Online Discussion, 26 March-16 April 2014 [access]
- This discussion will soon be over; follow the link to view the exchanges so far.

Issues of Recognition and Participation in Changing Times: The Inclusion of Refugees in Higher Education in the UK, Paper presented at "Changing Configurations of Adult Education in Transitional Times," 7th European Research Conference, Berlin, 4-7 Sept. 2013 [text via Sussex Research Online]

"Jordan’s Response to Refugee Education Crises: Lessons from the Syrian and Iraqi Cases," The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, 7 April 2014 [text]

Web site: 

Global Education Cluster [access]
- "The Education Cluster envisions a world in which all those affected by humanitarian crisis have equitable access to education in a safe and protective environment."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Education (28 Jan. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects

Assessment of the Impact of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Their Employment Profile (International Labour Organization, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Catching Up: The Labor Market Outcomes of New Immigrants in Sweden (Migration Policy Institute & International Labour Organization, April 2014) [text]

Economic Integration of Intermarried Labour Migrants, Refugees and Family Migrants to Sweden: Premium or Selection?, Discussion Paper, no. 8065 (Institute for the Study of Labor, March 2014) [text]
Enhancing the Economic Resilience of Displaced Iraqis and Poor Jordanians - Economic Assessment: Opportunities and Constraints for Vulnerable Women and Youth in Zarqa, Jordan (Near East Foundation, March 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Impact of Religious Difference and Unemployment/underemployment on Somali Former Refugee Settlement in Australia," Journal of Muslim Mental Health, vol. 8, no. 1 (2014) [open access]

PACE Tackles Refugees and the Right to Work (PACE, April 2014) [access]
- Follow link for debate on this issue and final resolution.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (3 April 2014)

Tagged Publications.  

Regional Focus: Middle East


UNRWA has a new Commissioner-General.  As of 30 March 2014, Pierre Krähenbühl assumed the leadership of the agency after Filippo Grandi ended his four-year term.  Mr. Krähenbühl was formerly Director of Operations at ICRC.


Choices Made, Choices Denied: A Perspective on the Question of Palestine Refugees, Birzeit University, 20 March 2014 [text]

Does the Refugee Convention Only Apply if Jews are the Refugees? (The Times of Israel Blogs, April 2014) [text]

Fragmented Lives: Humanitarian Overview 2013 (OCHA, March 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Hidden Victims of the Syrian Crisis: Disabled, Injured and Older Refugees (Handicap International & HelpAge International, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related press release.

The Prevention of Infiltration Act in the Supreme Court: Round Two (MigRefLaw Blog, April 2014) [text]
- See also an update on the High Court hearing originally posted on the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants Facebook page.

Turkey’s Ambitions as a Rising Donor (IRIN, March 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA (27 March 2014)

Tagged Publications.

13 April 2014

Tip of the Week! National Library Week Freebies

To commemorate National Library Week in the U.S., various publishers are offering U.S.-based users free access to some of their products from 13-19 April 2014, including:

Oxford University Press USA [access]
- "Libraries are a vital part of our communities - they feed our curiosity, bolster our professional knowledge, and provide a launchpad for intellectual discovery. In celebration of these cornerstone institutions, we are offering unprecedented free access to all our Online Resources [excluding journals] to support our shared mission of education." Check out the multi-disciplinary and law resources, in particular. (Note on 15 April: Apparently, because of technical difficulties, some resources are not available after all!)

ProQuest [access]
- Five databases will be freely available this week.

SAGE [access]
- "Register for a free trial to any SAGE or CQ Press library product and you will automatically be entered to win a six-month subscription to that product. All you have to do to enter is sign up during National Library Week!"

I plan to explore these databases to see what relevant items can be retrieved, so I'll add some notes about my findings accordingly!

Tagged Tips.

11 April 2014

Thematic Focus: Children

"Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Childhood Educator's Role," Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 39, no. 1 (March 2014) [free full-text]

Better Protection Needed for Migrant Children in Denmark (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, March 2014) [text]

A Case Study on Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children in Sweden: Migration Patterns and Reasons, Bachelor's Thesis (Södertörn University, Spring 2013) [text]

Psychosocial Support for Youth in Post-Conflict Situations: A Trainer’s Handbook (IFRC, Feb. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

"What's going to happen tomorrow?": Unaccompanied Children Refused Asylum (Children's Commissioner, April 2014) [text]

See also recent posts on statelessness and detention.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (27 March 2014)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Africa, esp. Somalis in Kenya


FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 13 May 2014.


Application of the UNHCR's "Ceased Circumstances" Cessation Clauses to the Rwandan Refugee Crisis, Undergraduate Honors Thesis (Duke University, June 2013) [text]

The Conflict, Disaster, and Displacement Nexus: Implications for Protection and Resilience in the Horn of Africa, New York, 3 April 2014 [info]
- Follow link for video of event.

Persecution through Prosecution: Possible Implications of Uganda’s Anti-gay Law for Kenya’s Asylum Space (Refugee Consortium of Kenya Blog, March 2014) [text]

"Political Refugee, Diva or International Kingpin? Evolving Confidentiality Requirements of Asylum Proceedings in South Africa and Beyond," Michigan State International Law Review Forum Conveniens, vol. 2 (2014) [full-text]
- See also SSRN version.

Somalis in Kenya:

Image credit: HRW
"Conflict and Migration: The Case of Somali Refugees in Northeastern Kenya," Global Social Welfare, OnlineFirst, 27 March 2014 [free full-text]
- See also related UNCRD project description.

Ethnic Somalis under Pressure in Kenyan Capital (IRIN, April 2014) [text]

"Human Security Issues of Somali Refugees and the Host Community in Northeastern Kenya," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 12, no. 1 (2014) [preview]
- See also related UNCRD project description.

Kenya: Halt Crackdown on Somalis (Human Rights Watch, April 2014) [text]

*Kenya: Somalis Trapped in ‘Catch-22’ Amid Crackdown on Refugees (Amnesty International, April 2014) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (3 April 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

10 April 2014

New Issues of Africa in Fact, Austr. Intl. Law J., Comp. Migr. Stud., Diversities, FRLAN, Global Eye, JIMI, Migr. Pol. Pract., Statewatch J., WAN

Africa in Fact: The Journal of Good Governance Africa, no. 21 (April 2014) [full-text]
- The theme of this issue is "Departures and Displacements."

Australian International Law Journal, vol. 20 (2013) [contents]
- Features a mini symposium section on "Creating New Futures for All: International Law and the Protection of Migrant Children at Risk."  Includes "Of Relative Rights and Putative Children: Rethinking the Critical Framework for the Protection of Refugee Children and Youth" and "Indefinite Security Detention and Refugee Children and Families in Australia: International Human Rights Law Dimensions."
Comparative Migration Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2014) [open access]
- Special issue on "Canada’s and Germany's policies and approaches towards immigration and integration." Includes "Shifting Up and Back: The European Turn in Canadian Refugee Policy."

Diversities, vol. 15, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]
- Special issue on "Female Migration Outcomes II."  Includes "Casamance Refugee Women’s Engagement with Development Programming in the Gambia" and "Engendering Refugees' Livelihood Strategies: The Case of the Iraqi Diaspora in Damascus."

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 47 (April 2014) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

 Global Eye on Human Trafficking, no. 13 (Sept. 2013) [full-text]
- Focus is on preventing human trafficking. Includes two perspectives on the efficacy of awareness-raising campaigns.

Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 15, no. 2 (May 2014) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Migrant Organisations in Humanitarian Action."

Migration Policy Practice, vol. IV, no. 1 (Feb./March 2014) [full-text]
- Mix of articles including "Protecting the Rights of Migrants in Europe: The Role of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe."

Statewatch Journal, vol. 23, nos. 3/4 (Feb. 2014) [full-text]
- Theme is "Borders, Deaths and Resistance."

Women's Asylum News, no. 122 (March/April 2014) [full-text]
- Lead article is "Refused Asylum Seeking Women’s Experiences of Maternity Care in Glasgow."

Tagged Periodicals.

Regional Focus: Europe

Arrivals by Sea, New Italian "Emergency" and EU Solidarity: Asilo in Europa's Position and Recommendations (Asilo in Europa, April 2014) [text]

Challenges of the Common European Asylum System, Tallinn, 20 March 2014 [info]
- See also related UNHCR news article; also includes link to video of conference.

ECRE Reaffirms Its Call for the Suspension of Transfers of Asylum Seekers to Bulgaria under the Recast Dublin Regulation (ECRE, April 2014) [text]

Keep Shining a Light on Bulgaria's Refugee Policy (RI Blog, April 2014) [text]

"Protecting the Rights of Migrants in Europe: The Role of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe," Migration Policy Practice, vol. IV, no. 1 (Feb./March 2014) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- Scroll to p. 28.

Refugee Action Wins Case on Behalf of Destitute Asylum Seekers (Free Movement, April 2014) [text]
- See also new campaign against low asylum support rates in the UK.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (4 April 2014)

Tagged Publications.