27 August 2014

Regional Focus: Syria


An Afternoon on Syrian Displacement and Protection in Europe, Oxford, 10 September 2014 [info]
- Launch event for a forthcoming RSC policy briefing (an executive summary of which is referenced below) and the next Forced Migration Review issue (due to be published 2 September 2014), both of which focus on Syria. The event will also be livestreamed.


Finding Solutions for Syrian Refugees: Resettlement and Other Forms of Admission of Syrian Refugees (UNHCR, updated Aug. 2014) [text]

Protection in Europe for Refugees from Syria (RSC, Aug. 2014) [text]

Quality of Life of Syrian Refugees Living in Camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (PeerJ, 2014) [preprint]

Syrian Refugee Response: Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (UNHCR, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian Refugee Situation Analysis of Youth in Lebanon (UNHCR, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Syria (8 Aug. 2014)

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26 August 2014

News: Free JRS Issue

FYI, the contents of the most recent issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (reported on in this earlier blog post) are currently being made freely available to readers "for a limited time." So be sure to visit sooner rather than later!

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Regional Focus: Australia & New Zealand


The Detention and Abuse of Child Asylum Seekers, Melbourne, 28 August 2014 [info]

Refugee Policy in Election Year, Auckland, 30 August 2014 [info]
- View the press release for this event on the Doing Our Bit Facebook page.

Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum is Legal and Australia’s Policies are Not, Sydney, 24 September 2014 [info]
- Q&A with one of the authors of a soon-to-be published book.



Australia's Highest Court to Hear Test Case on Asylum Seekers (Thomson Reuters Foundation, Aug. 2014) [text]

The Construction of Borders: Discursive Representations of Asylum Seekers in Australian Press (Lund University, Spring 2014) [text]

An Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014 (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee) [info]
- Follow "submissions" link on the right for commentary re. the Bill.

New Zealand:

"Cultural Case Workers in Child Disability Services: An Evidence-based Model of Cultural Responsiveness for Refugee Families," Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, Latest Articles, 11 Aug. 2014 [open access]

"'Going through the doors of pain': Asylum Seeker and Convention Refugee Experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand," Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, Latest Articles, 20 Aug. 2014 [open access]

I ōrea te tuātara ka patu ki waho: Competing Priorities in the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy (Fulbright New Zealand, Aug. 2014) [text]

"The New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy: Implications for Identity, Acculturation and Civic Participation," Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, Latest Articles, 20 Aug. 2014 [open access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Oceania (14 Aug. 2014)

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25 August 2014

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Building a Better Response: Strengthening Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Capacity and Engagement in the International Humanitarian Architecture [access]
- Recently launched e-learning course. More information is available via International Medical Corps.

State of the Humanitarian System Survey [info]
- Take the survey to help contribute to the next SOHS report, due out in July 2015.


Aid Workers Could Secure Better Protection under the Protection of Civilians Mandate (IntLawGrrls, Aug. 2014) [text]

Experts Weekly: Where are the Humanitarians? (Think Africa Press, July 2014) [text]

Global Humanitarian Overview: Status Report (OCHA, Aug. 2014) [text]

Negotiating Perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban Views of Aid Agencies, HPG Policy Brief, no. 61 (ODI, Aug. 2014) [text]

The Security Council and Humanitarian Relief in Opposition-held Territories (EJIL: Talk Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

Too Many Humanitarian Crises, not Enough Global Resources (Global Post Blog, July 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (23 July 2014)

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Regional Focus: MENA

Aiding Iraqis Meets Responsibility to Protect, and Could Lead to Common Ground on Syria (IPI Global Observatory, Aug. 2014) [text]

Analysis: Iraq's Forgotten Displaced (IRIN, Aug. 2014) [text]

Cities, Displacement and Stranded Migrants, Policy Report, no. 02/08 (UNU-GCM, 2014) [text]

Gaza Crisis Atlas (OCHA, Aug. 2014) [text]

The Implications of the Acquisition of a New Nationality for the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees (SSRN, Aug. 2014) [text]

The Migration Dilemma in North Africa (Foresight for Development Blog, July 2014) [text]

Refugee Politics in the Middle East and North Africa: Human Rights, Safety, and Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, May 2014) [info]
- Read the preface and chapter 1.

Scenarios: Humanitarian Implications of Violence in Northern and Central Iraq (ACAPS, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Scenarios: Where is Lebanon Heading Now? (ACAPS, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Middle East (4 Aug. 2014)

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22 August 2014

Regional Focus: Africa

Another Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 Famine (Feinstein International Center, Aug. 2014) [text]

As DRC Ratifies the Kampala Convention, IDMC Asks: What Difference Will it Make? (IDMC Blog, July 2014) [text]

From Post-conflict Recovery and State Building to a Renewed Humanitarian Emergency: A Brief Reflection on South Sudan (Feinstein International Center, Aug. 2014) [text]

"The Material and Cultural Recovery of Camels and Camel Husbandry among Sahrawi Refugees of Western Sahara," Pastoralism, 4:7 (June 2014) [open access]

Ministerial Meeting of the High Commissioner's Global Initiative on Somali Refugees, Addis Ababa, 20 Aug. 2014
- Read the text of the Communiqué from this meeting and a related press release.

Reluctant to Return? The Primacy of Social Networks in the Repatriation of Rwandan Refugees in Uganda, Working Paper, no. 103 (RSC, Aug. 2014) [text]

Somali Refugees Show How Conflict, Gender, Environmental Scarcity Become Entwined (New Security Beat Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (7 Aug. 2014)

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Regional Focus: Europe


Launch of the Second AIDA Annual Report, Brussels, 9 September 2014 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.


Countries which are Victims of Terrorism Harden Their Attitudes toward Accepting Asylum Seekers (LSE's EUROPP Blog, July 2014) [text]

Data Protection Rights and Administrative Proceedings (EU Law Analysis Blog, July 2014) [text]

Divided and Displaced in Ukraine: Two Groups Facing Two Different Futures? (IDMC Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

Language Testing of Asylum Claimants: A Flawed Approach (Institute of Race Relations, Aug. 2014 [text]

Migration to the UK: Asylum (Migration Observatory, July 2014) [text]

Spain: Halt Summary Pushbacks to Morocco (Human Rights Watch, Aug. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (12 Aug. 2014)

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19 August 2014

News: Today is World Humanitarian Day!

World Humanitarian Day commemorates "all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and [celebrates] the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world."  Visit the WHD site and Facebook page to learn more and to express your support for aid workers and their contributions.  You can also follow ReliefWeb's coverage of the day.


Aid in Danger: Violence against Aid Workers and the Future of Humanitarianism, London, 19 August 2014 [info]
- This panel discussion will also be livestreamed.

#HumanitarianHeroes Come Together at the U.N., New York, 19 August 2014 [info]
- Watch live online.

Messengers of Humanity, Geneva, 19 August 2014 [info]
- Watch live online.

National Memorial for Humanitarian Aid Workers, London, 19 August 2014 [info]
- Ceremony at Westminster Abbey, with the RSC's Gil Loescher laying a wreath.

You can learn about more events taking place by following #WHD2014 and #HumanitarianHeroes.


Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism (University of Pennsylvania Press, July 2014) [info]

Aid Worker Security Report 2014 (Humanitarian Outcomes, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

International Humanitarian Day: Staying Safe (IRIN, Aug. 2014) [text]

Prioritizing Chaos: The Challenges Humanitarians Face When Responding to Crises (Huffington Post, Aug. 2014) [text]
- Part of a series of posts commemorating WHD.

Safety & Security Topic Page (ReliefWeb) [access]

World Humanitarian Day: Remembering Humanitarian Heroes (UpFront Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

World Humanitarian Day: UNHCR Pays Tribute to Courage and Sacrifice of Aid Workers (UNHCR, Aug. 2014) [text]

World Humanitarian Day 2014: Reflecting on 10 Years of Forgotten Crises (Global Humanitarian Assistance Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

I will add more as the day unfolds.

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18 August 2014

Thematic Focus: Nationality & Statelessness


27 Countries Limit a Woman’s Ability to Pass Citizenship to her Child or Spouse (Pew Research Center, Aug. 2014) [text]

Ambiguities in the Categories of Migration, Policy Report, no. 02/06 (UNU-GCM, 2014) [text]

*"Beyond the Ethics of Admission: Stateless People, Refugee Camps and Moral Obligations," Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. 40, no. 7 (Sept. 2014) [abstract]
- The author gave a lecture on this subject in Toronto, 13 Jan. 2013; follow the link for the video and a pre-circulated paper.

Human Rights and Support for Stateless People around the World: Japan’s Role - International Academic Conference Report, Senri Ethnological Reports, no. 118 (National Museum of Ethnology, 2014) [text]

Is the Discussion of "Statelessness" in the UN Security Council a Question of Human Security or of International Security?, Policy Report, no. 02/02 (UNU-GCM, 2014) [text]

Problematizing the Conventions on Statelessness, Policy Report, no. 02/01 (UNU-GCM, 2014) [access]

Reflections on Quasi-loss of Nationality in Comparative, International and European Perspective, Liberty & Security in Europe Paper, no. 66 (CEPS, Aug. 2014) [text]

Register Me! The UNHCR ExCom Conclusion on Civil Registration (Child Rights Connect, 2014) [access via Plan International]

Web site:

Statelessness.tv [access]
- Launched during the conference, "Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration," Barcelona, 24-25 July 2014.  Scroll to p. 29 in the conference program for more information.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (28 July 2014)

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Thematic Focus: Children

Afghan Unaccompanied Minors in the Netherlands: Far Away from Home and Protected?, Working Paper, no. 2014/037 (UNU-MERIT, 2014) [text]

Asylum Policies for Unaccompanied Children Compared with Expedited Removal Policies for Unauthorized Adults: In Brief (U.S. Congressional Research Service, July 2014) [text via Refworld]

"Giving Voice to Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings," Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution, vol. 21, no. 1 (2013) [text via SSRN; posted May 2014]

Protecting the Lonely Children: Recommendations to the Australian Government and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child with Respect to Unaccompanied Children who Seek Asylum and Refuge in Australia (Australian Churches Refugee Task Force, July 2014) [text]

Roundtable: Child Psychology in Asylum and Immigration Cases  (CSEL Blog, June 2014) [text]

The Surge of Unaccompanied Children from Central America: Root Causes and Policy Solutions (Center for American Progress, July 2014) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Americas, incl. Unaccompanied Minors (6 Aug. 2014)
- Thematic Focus: Children (29 July 2014)

Tagged Publications.

CFP/New Issues of Comp. Migr. Stud., Dev. in Pract., Euro. J. Public Health, FP Essent., Griffith Law Rev., Humanity J.


Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees [info]
- Articles sought for special issue on "The Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement and the Launch of Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program."  Deadline for abstracts is 1 December 2014.

New issues:

Comparative Migration Studies, vol. 2, no. 2 (2014) [open access]
- First four articles are contributions to a special symposium on "After the Arab Spring: EU Asylum and Migration Policy in Flux."

Development in Practice, vol. 24, no. 4 (2014) [contents]
- Special issue on "Climate Change Adaptation and Development." Free access is provided to several articles.

European Journal of Public Health, vol. 24, suppl. 1 (Aug. 2014) [contents]
- Supplement issue focusing on "Immigration and Health: North Africans in Europe."  Includes "Refugees in and out of North Africa: A Study of the Choucha Refugee Camp in Tunisia" and "The Big Crossing: Illegal Boat Migrants in the Mediterranean."

FP Essentials, no. 423 (Aug. 2014) [contents]
- Focus is on "Immigrant and Refugee Health."

Griffith Law Review, vol. 22, no. 3 (2013) [contents]
 - Symposium issue on "Emerging Mechanisms of Legislative and Political Power in Response to Irregular Migration."

Humanity Journal, vol. 5, no. 2 (July 2014) [contents]
- Several articles on humanitarianism, including "Between Communal Survival and National Aspiration: Armenian Genocide Refugees, The League of Nations, and the Practices of Interwar Humanitarianism."


The Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now the Rights in Exile Newsletter.  The URL for the newsletter's web site has changed accordingly.

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15 August 2014

New Issue of RSQ

The latest issue issue of Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) is now available.  Contents for vol. 33, no. 3, Sept. 2014 include:

  • UNHCR International Protection Policies 2000–2013: From Cross-Road to Gaps and Responses [abstract]
  • The New Wave: Forced Displacement Caused by Organized Crime in Central America and Mexico [open access]
  • Paradigm Shift or Business as Usual? An Historical Reappraisal of the “Shift” to Securitisation of Refugee Protection [abstract]
  • Displacing Equality? Women’s Participation and Humanitarian Aid Effectiveness in Refugee Camps [abstract]
  • Advocating “Dignity” and “Return” for Lebanon’s Palestinians: Imagining a Diasporic Project [abstract]

Kudos to David James Cantor for making his article "open access."  I believe it's the first official OA article to be published in RSQ (although other articles have temporarily been made freely available in the past; see, e.g., vol. 33, no. 1, March 2014, the full-text contents of which are all currently accessible). Hopefully, more authors will follow in Dr. Cantor's footsteps!

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Thematic Focus: General

Better Together: Regional Capacity Building for National Disaster Risk Management (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Aug. 2014) [text]

Critical Perspectives on Crisis and Migration (openDemocracy, May 2014) [text]

Decision-making under the Gambler’s Fallacy: Evidence from Asylum Judges, Loan Officers, and Baseball Umpires (National Bureau of Economic Research, Aug. 2014) [text]

Human Development Report 2014 (UNDP, July 2014) [text]
- The theme is "Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience."

Human Migration: Myths, Hysteria and Facts (Hein de Haas Blog, July 2014) [text]

The Use of Private Companies to Enforce Migration Control Measures and Problems of Democratic Accountability (UNU-GCM, July 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (24 July 2014)

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Regional Focus: United States

Events & opportunities:

Jobs: Immigration Judges, Various locations [info]
- Application deadlines vary, but mainly early September.

11th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, Washington, DC, 21 October 2014 [info]
- Registration is open.


"'Conditional Admission' and Other Mysteries: Setting the Record Straight on the 'Admission' Status of Refugees and Asylees," New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, vol. 17, no. 1 (Winter 2014) [full-text]

"The Life of a Refugee: Fleeing Forced Labor, Finding Financial Limbo - What It's Like to be a Refugee in America," The Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2014 [text]

The Stalemate over Unaccompanied Minors Holds Far-reaching Implications for Broader U.S. Immigration Debates (Migration Information Source, Aug. 2014) [text]

"The U.S. Asylum Adjudication System: Failure to Protect," Penn Undergraduate Law Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (Fall 2013) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 73.

Where Refugees to the U.S. Come from (Pew Research Center, July 2014) [text]

Young Migrants May Request Asylum, but It's Hard to Get (NPR, Aug. 2014) [access]


Toolkit for Working with Unaccompanied Children (CLINIC) [access]
- "The following resources provide information about the surge in unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border and the common forms of relief available to them."

Withholding-only Proceedings Toolkit (Center for Immigrants’ Rights & Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center) [access]
- "This Toolkit aims to provide new practitioners and pro bono attorneys with an overview of withholding-only proceedings. According to the 2013 Statistical Yearbook, the number of withholding-only cases before immigration courts has significantly increased, due in large part to the number of individuals found to have a 'reasonable fear' of persecution or torture in their home countries. ..."

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas, incl. Unaccompanied Minors (6 Aug. 2014)

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