28 July 2015

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


Irregular Maritime Migration in the Bay of Bengal Region: The Challenges of Protection, Management, and Cooperation, Bangkok, 29 July 2015 [info]


Forgotten Displacement: Why It’s Time to Address the Needs of West Timor’s Protracted IDPs (IDMC, July 2015) [text]

Humanitarian Trends and Challenges for the Pacific Region (ODI, July 2015) [text]

Improving Refugee Protection in Asia-Pacific: How Australia Can Make a Practical Difference (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2015) [text]

Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM, the SRSG for Migration and Development, and UNODC (July 2015) [text]
- Re. "irregular movement of migrants and refugees in South East Asia."

Persecuting "Evil Way" Religion: Abuses against Montagnards in Vietnam (Human Rights Watch, June 2015) [text]

Time for a New Approach: Ending Protracted Displacement in Sri Lanka (IDMC, July 2015) [text]

Uighur Refugee Dispute Sheds Light on Thai Asylum Practices (RefLaw Blog, July 2015) [text]

World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for the Pacific: Preparatory Stakeholder Analysis (World Humanitarian Summit, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia (29 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: General


Twitter Chat on Urban Displacement, 30 July 2015 [info]
- Discussion on "the knowledge gap concerning assistance to urban refugees and IDPs, and the difficulties in conducting research. Use the Hashtag #urbanchat to take part... ."

*"Boat People": The Emerging Challenge in Forced Migration, Webinar, 19 August 2015 [info]


17 Years in a Refugee Camp: On the Trail of a Dodgy Statistic (Singular Things Blog, July 2015) [text]

63rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme, Geneva, 24-26 June 2015 [access]
- Documents and oral updates are now available.

Age, Gender and Diversity: Accountability Report 2014 (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

FactCheck: Is This the Greatest Period of Humanitarian Need since WWII? (The Conversation, July 2015) [text]

Refugee Settlement and Self-reliance: New Challenges for UNHCR (RI Blog, July 2015) [text]

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 (Minority Rights Group, July 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (29 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

CFP/New Issues of Dev. in Practice, EJML, Health Cult. & Soc., Intl. Migr., JIMI, MP&P, Rts. in Exile, Third World Q.


Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies [info]
- Articles sought for next issue to be published Winter 2015.  Theme is "Internationalization."  Submission deadline is 10 August 2015.

New issues:

Development in Practice, vol. 25, no. 5 (2015) [contents]
- Includes special section on development-induced displacement in Asia.

European Journal on Migration and Law, vol. 17, nos. 2-3 (2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Strengthening the Protection of Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in Immigration Control Proceedings."

Health, Culture and Society, vol. 8, no. 1 (2015) [open access]
- Mix of articles including "They [do more than] Interrupt Us from Sadness: Exploring the Impact of Participatory Music Making on Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing for Refugees in Australia" and "If It Is Meant to Be, Let It Be: Risk Communication among Bosnian Refugees Resettled in the U.S."

International Migration, vol. 53, no. 4 (Aug. 2015) [contents]
- Features special sections on "Developing Frameworks for the Protection of Trafficked Persons" and "Integration in Societies of Destination."  The latter section includes "Identifying Gaps in Health Research among Refugees Resettled in Canada."

Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 16, no. 3 (Aug. 2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Living Without Economic Assets: Livelihoods of Liberian Refugees in the Buduburam Camp, Ghana," "Karen Resettlement: A Participatory Action Research Project" and "Does Compliance with the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights Improve State Treatment of Migrants and Asylum Seekers? A Critical Appraisal of Aliens’ Rights in Greece."

Migration Policy Practice, vol. V, no. 2 (April-June 2015) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- This issue reproduces in short form "a selection of some of the most noteworthy papers discussed at the 13th plenary meeting of the Transatlantic Council on Migration."

Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 61 (July 2015) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

Third World Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 6 (2015) [contents]
- Special issue on "The power of human rights/the human rights of power." Includes articles on Lampedusa and Mexican asylum claims in Canada.

Tagged Periodicals and Events & Opportunities.

25 July 2015

Regional Focus: Middle East

As the Conflict Marches on in Yemen, its Displaced Citizens are Close to a Tipping Point (IDMC Blog, July 2015) [text]

Asylum-Seekers for Sale (Access Denied Blog, July 2015) [text]

Can the UN's Agency for Palestinians be Fixed? (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

Desperate Migration in the Middle East (YaleGlobal Online, July 2015) [text]

Impact of Humanitarian Aid on the Lebanese Economy (UNDP & UNHCR, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Israel’s Policies toward Asylum-Seekers: 2002-2014, IAI Working Paper, no. 15 (Istituto Affari Internazionali, May 2015) [text via ISN]

Rwanda or Saharonim - Monitoring Report: Asylum Seekers at the Holot Facility (Hotline for Refugees & Migrants, July 2015) [text]

Yarmouk Camp no Longer Besieged, UN Rules (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (30 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Climate/Environmental Displacement

Climate Displacement and the Paris Agreement, UNFCCC Side Event, Bonn, 3 June 2015 [text]

Conceivable Legal Responses to Environmental Displacement (FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog, July 2015) [text]

"Human Displacement and Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific," Chapter 6 in Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, March 2015) [eprint via SSRN]

Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention, Durham University, UK, 28 June-1 July 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video of keynote presentations.

Migration and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (UKCCMC, July 2015) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

The Pope’s Environmental Encyclical: Making it about Poverty, not Politics (RI Blog, June 2015) [text]

Real Risk or Overrated? Environmental Migration and Violent Conflict (FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog, July 2015) [text]

There is no Point in Waiting: Walter Kälin and the Nansen Initiative for Disaster-induced Displacement (FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog, July 2015) [text]

Why We Need a Protection Toolbox to Assist People Displaced by the Impacts of Disasters and Climate Change (Kaldor Centre, June 2015) [text]

Related posts:
- News: IDMC's Global Estimates 2015 Published (22 July 2015)
- Thematic Focus: Climate/Environmental Change & Migration (15 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

24 July 2015

Thematic Focus: Detention


Alternatives to Detention, 63rd Meeting of the Standing Committee, UN Doc. No. EC/66/SC/CRP.12 (EXCOM, June 2015) [text]
- See also related introductory remarks.

Children in Immigration Detention: Challenges of Measurement and Definition (Global Detention Project, June 2015) [text]

A Humane Approach Can Work: The Effectiveness of Alternatives to Detention for Asylum Seekers (American Immigration Council & Center for Migration Studies, July 2015) [text via ImmigrationProf Blog]

The Legality of Detention of Asylum Seekers under the Dublin III Regulation, Legal Briefing, no. 1 (AIDA, June 2015) [text]

Obama Administration Relaxes Family Detention Policy (ImmigrationProf Blog, June 2015) [text]
- See also related HRW comment.

"Quality of Life among Immigrants in Swedish Immigration Detention Centres: A Cross-sectional Questionnaire Study," Global Health Action, 8: 28321 (July 2015) [open access]

Web site: 

Behind the Wire: Stories From Mandatory Detention [access]
- "[A]n oral history project documenting the stories of men, women and children who have experienced Australian mandatory detention over the past 22 years. It seeks to bring a new perspective to the public understandings of mandatory detention by sharing the reality of the people who have lived it."

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

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Syria

Adapting to an Urban World - Urban Case Study: Syria Crisis (Lebanon & Jordan) (ALNAP, WFP & Global Food Security Cluster, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

From Turkey to Syria: The Murky World of Cross-border Assistance  (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, July 2015) [text]

Jordan: Comprehensive Child Focused Assessment (Unicef, June 2015)
- Azraq refugee camp, Jordan [text via ReliefWeb]
- Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan [text via ReliefWeb]

Moderate Need, Acute Need: Valid Categories for Humanitarian Needs Assessments? Evidence from a Recent Needs Assessment in Syria (ACAPS, March 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Public Health Impact of the Syria Crisis (Conflict & Health, 2015) [access]
- Open access article collection.  See also related blog post.

*Refuge in Europe: Syrian Aspirations, Oxford, 18 June 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Syria’s Refugees: A Global Responsibility (openDemocracy, July 2015) [text]

"The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Comparison of Responses by Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 3, no. 3 (2015) [open access]

Total Number of Syrian Refugees Exceeds Four Million for First Time (Human Rights Watch, July 2015) [text via Refworld]

What Turkey’s Open-door Policy Means for Syrian Refugees (Order from Chaos Blog, July 2015) [text]

Why are so many Syrian Children Being Left Stateless? (openDemocracy, July 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (30 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Australia

"Asylum Seekers and Resettled Refugees in Australia: Predicting Social Policy Attitude from Prejudice versus Emotion," Journal of Social and Political Psychology, vol. 3, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

Australia/Papua New Guinea: Asylum Seekers Detained at Manus Island File Class Action Suits (HR Brief Blog, July 2015) [text]

Community Support Programme: Discussion Paper (Australian Dept. of Immigration & Border Protection, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Department of Immigration: From Building the Nation to Managing the Border (FlagPost Blog, June 2015) [text]

In Focus: Paying People Smugglers (Kaldor Centre, July 2015) [access]

The Pacific Non-Solution: Two Years on, Refugees Face Uncertainty, Restrictions on Rights (Human Rights Watch & Human Rights Law Centre, July 2015) [text]

*A Place to Call Home? The Impact of Australia’s Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policies on Community Cohesion (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2015) [text]

Sudanese Refugees' Experiences with the QLD Criminal Justice System (Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (22 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

23 July 2015

Regional Focus: Europe

Addressing Crisis at Europe’s Borders: Are Policymakers Moving in the Right Direction?, Teleconference, 8 July 2015 [access]
- Follow link for audio.

Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union 2014 (EASO, July 2015) [text via Refworld]

Enhancing the Common European Asylum System and Alternatives to Dublin: Study for the LIBE Committee (European Parliament, July 2015) [text]

How Do You Measure Persecution? (Open Society Foundations, July 2015) [text]

How to Sink a Boat: A Legal Analysis of the Right to Seek Asylum (RefLaw Blog, July 2015) [text]

Information Note on the Recast Reception Conditions Directive (ECRE, July 2015) [text]

Irregular Migration Threatens Asylum in Europe (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

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

Remarks by António Guterres, Informal Meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, Luxembourg, 9 July 2015 [text]

Solidarity and Asylum Seekers: Member States Agreed to Disagree (European Policy Centre, June 2015) [text]

Tragedies in the Mediterranean: Analyzing the Causes and Addressing the Solutions from the Roots to the Boats (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, July 2015) [text via ISN]

UNHCR's Recommendations to Luxembourg and the Netherlands for the EU Presidency (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (3 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

10 Common Principles for Multi-purpose Cash-based Assistance to Respond to Humanitarian Needs (ECHO, March 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Aid: It's Complicated (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

Aid Worker Attacks (IRIN, July 2015) [access]
- See also related IRIN news story.

Humanitarian Cash Transfers: Cost, Value for Money and Economic Impact - Background Note for the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers (ODI, July 2015) [text]
- See also three related briefing papers available via the navigation menu on the right.

The Humanitarian Economy (IRIN, July 2015) [text]
- See also IRIN's related article on the "Humanitarian One Percent."

Humanitarians under Attack: Tensions, Disparities, and Legal Gaps in Protection (ATHA, July 2015) [text]

Localising Humanitarianism: Improving Effectiveness through Inclusive Action (ODI, July 2015) [text]

Managing Crises Together: Towards Coherence and Complementarity in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (ODI, July 2015) [text]

"The State of the Humanitarian Sector," Revue Internationale et Stratégique, no. 98 (2015) [full-text]

Strengthening Access and Proximity to Serve the Needs of People in Conflict (ODI, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (18 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Africa

Central African Republic: The Spotlight is Gone, the Crisis Continues (Refugees International, July 2015) [text]

Displacement and Housing, Land and Property Disputes in Puntland (Norwegian Refugee Council, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Operation Mbata ya Bakolo: Mass Expulsions of Foreign Nationals in the Republic of Congo (Amnesty International, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

‘Refugee Artists’ or ‘Artists Who Happened to Become Refugees’? (HIP Blog, July 2015) [text]

"South Africa: A Radical Move to Allow the Public and the Media Access to the Refugee Appeal Board’s Proceedings in Appropriate Cases," Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 61 (July 2015) [full-text]

South Sudan Macro-Conflict Analysis: Informing Operating Assumptions of Humanitarian Action Workshop Outcome Paper (South Sudan Humanitarian Project, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

South Sudanese Refugees in Adjumani District, Uganda: Telling a New Story? (International Refugee Rights Initiative, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Sudanese Refugees in Chad: Passing the Baton to No One (Refugees International, July 2015) [text]

Their Suffering, Our Burden? How Congolese Refugees Affect the Ugandan Population (SSRN, Aug. 2014) [text]

Too Soon to Turn Away: Security, Governance and Humanitarian Need in the Central African Republic (International Rescue Committee, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The True Human Rights Situation in Eritrea: The New UK Home Office Guidance as a Political Instrument for the Prevention of Migration, RLI Working Paper, no. 14 (Refugee Law Initiative, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (26 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

22 July 2015

News: IDMC's Global Estimates 2015 Published

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) recently released the sixth edition of its annual report, Global Estimates 2015: People Displaced by Disasters. Here is part of the description:
"Latest figures from IDMC estimate that more than 19.3 million people were forced to flee their homes by disasters in 100 countries in 2014. Hundreds of thousands more are still displaced following disasters in previous years. Since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people per year have been displaced from their homes by disasters brought on by natural hazards. This is the equivalent to one person being displaced every second. The number and scale of huge disasters creates significant fluctuation from year to year in the total number of people displaced, while the trend over decades is on the rise."

The report, dataset, press releases, infographics and more are all available here.

All previous editions can be accessed via my research guide.

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Health (General)

"Access to Health Care Services by Refugees in Southern Africa: A Review of Literature," Southern Africa Journal of Demography, vol. 16, no. 1 (June 2015) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 7.

Common Ethical Principles of Health Care in Conflict and Other Emergencies (ICRC, June 2015?) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Diabetes among Refugee Populations: What Newly Arriving Refugees Can Learn from Resettled Cambodians," Current Diabetes Reports, vol. 15, no. 7 (July 2015) [full-text via ResearchGate]

Emergency Contraception during Humanitarian Crises: Guideline on the Use of Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP) (UN Population Fund, June 2015?) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Health Status of Newly Arrived Refugees in Toronto, Ont.," Canadian Family Physician, vol. 61, no. 7 (July 2015) [pt. 1: infectious diseases] [pt. 2: chronic diseases]

"Mechanisms Underpinning Interventions to Reduce Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: A Realist-informed Systematic Review," Conflict and Health, 9:19 (July 2015)

"Refugee Experiences of General Practice in Countries of Resettlement," British Journal of General Practice, vol. 65, no. 632 (March 2015) [full-text via SEMML]

Saving Lives: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response in Emergencies (UN Population Fund, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

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

Tagged Publications.

21 July 2015

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

Events & opportunites:

Webinar: Beyond Asylum: Adapting the Global Protection Systems to Better Meet Escalating Needs, 22 July 2015 [info]

Distance Study: MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, University of London [info]
- Application deadline is 1 September 2015. (Note: Some interested students may be able to benefit from the Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship.)

CFP: Second Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition [info]
- Submission deadline is 13 November 2015.


"Access to Justice for Asylum Seekers: Developing an Effective Model of Holistic Asylum Representation," University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, vol. 48, no. 4 (2015) [full-text]

Applications for Asylum in the Developed World: Modelling Asylum Claims by Origin and Destination (Centre for Economic Policy Research, June 2015) [text]

Case Report: Contributing to an Asylum Case of "Language Analysis" without Knowledge of the Language in Question, Paper presented at IAFPA Annual Conference 2015, Leiden, 7-10 July 2015 [text]

"Constitutional Constraints on Asylum Termination by the United States Department of Homeland Security," Cardozo Law Review, vol. 36, no. 5 (2015) [full-text]

"Credibility Assessment in Refugee Status Determination," National Law School of India Review, vol. 39, no. 26 (2014) [text via SSRN]

"Tough on Terror, Short on Nuance: Identifying the Use of Force as a Basis for Excluding Resisters Seeking Refugee Status," Canadian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 4, no. 2 (2015) [full-text]

What if a Refugee Allegedly Supports Terrorism? The CJEU Judgment in T (EU Law Analysis Blog, June 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (24 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

07 July 2015

Admin: Summer Recess

This blog is taking a little break, but will resume posts later in the summer!

Thematic Focus: Education


*Call for Chapter Proposals: Educating Refugee-background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts [info]
- Submit proposals by 15 October 2015.


Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises: Toward a Strengthened Response (ODI, June 2015) [text via INEE]

Humanitarian Aid for Education: Why It Matters and Why More is Needed (UNESCO, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Mediational Role of Schools in Supporting Psychosocial Transitions among Unaccompanied Young Refugees upon Resettlement in Norway," International Journal of Educational Development, vol. 41 (March 2015) [open access]

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

Student Perceptions on Refugees: An Evaluation Based on Multiculturalism, Paper prepared for International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Education, Dubai, 17-19 May 2015 [text]
- Scroll to p. 112.

Study to Design a Programme/Clearinghouse Providing Access to Higher Education for Syrian Refugees and Internal Displaced Persons (PROMAN, March 2015) [text]

Walk the Talk: Review of Donors’ Humanitarian Policies on Education (NRC & Save the Children, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Education (29 May 2015)

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Durable Solutions

10% of Refugees from Syria: Europe’s Resettlement and Other Admission Responses in a Global Perspective (ICMC, July 2015) [text]

Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2015: Settling in (European Commission & OECD, July 2015) [text]

The Integration Outcomes of U.S. Refugees: Successes and Challenges (MPI, June 2015) [text]
- Also watch related video.

"Policy vs. Practice: The Effectiveness of Refugee Integration Policies in the Czech Republic," European Spatial Research and Policy, vol. 22, no. 1 (June 2015) [open access]  

Solution Strategies, UN Doc. No. EC/66/SC/CRP.15, 63rd Meeting of the EXCOM Standing Committee, 8 June 2015 [text]

UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 1-3 July 2015 [access]
- The theme was "In Pursuit of Solutions."  Follow the link for a number of background papers and watch for the final report.

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: More on Resettlement (26 June 2015)
- Thematic Focus: Resettlement (23 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.