29 April 2016

News: 30th Anniversary of Imposing Aid

Barbara Harrell-Bond's book, Imposing Aid: Emergency Assistance to Refugees, was published in 1986 but remains an influential text in the field of refugee studies today. To commemorate this anniversary, the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) is hosting a new seminar series during its Trinity Term to "reflect on the continuing relevance of the themes raised in Imposing Aid, and its enduring influence on the shape of the discipline: the way humanitarian organisations work or do not work, the critical study of how such organisations may be paternalistic or unaccountable, the conflicts of interest and disparities of power which characterise the interactions between refugees and their ostensible helpers, and the place of refugees in the complex order of international emergency relief settings."

If you have not yet read this seminal work, you can find it in Forced Migration Online's Digital Library. And to get a sense of why it was an important study, read this article by Elizabeth Colson.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Thematic Focus: General


Photo exhibit: REFUGEE, Los Angeles, 23 April-21 August 2016 [info]
 - See also panel discussion with the photographers.

CFP: Migration in the 21st Century, e-International Relations [info]
- Submit abstract of proposal by 15 May 2016.


*The Global Humanitarian Regime: Priorities and Prospects for Reform (Council on Foreign Relations, April 2016 [text]
- See also related CFR blog post.

Global Migration Trends 2015 Factsheet (IOM, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2015 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report (UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Humanitarian Index 2016 (Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, April 2016) [access]
- Follow link for infographics and findings.

Public Perceptions of the Refugee Crisis (Tent Foundation & AudienceNet, April 2016) [text]

UNHCR Engagement with National Human Rights Institutions for IDP Protection: Stocktaking Exercise (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also related checklist.

Web resources:

Covering the Refugee Crisis (AFP) [access]
- Provides access to blog posts by AFP's journalists on the global refugee crisis as of Jan. 2015.

Refugee Research Blog [access]
- This new blog "provides a platform for academic and non-academic research and comment on issues surrounding people seeking asylum and refugees."


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (18 April 2016)

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

Regional Focus: Australia


Book Launch: Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, Sydney, 9 May 2016 [info]

National Conference on Migration, Media and Integration, Melbourne, 31 May-1 June 2016 [info]
- Theme of the conference is "Media Representations of Ethnic Communities and Their Impacts on Integration and Social Mobility."


Bilateral and/or Multilateral Arrangements for Processing Claims for International Protection and Finding Durable Solutions for Refugees (UNHCR Canberra, April 2016) [text]

Changing Worlds: The Resettlement Experiences of African Migrants in Australia and an Evaluation of Current Support Services, Dissertation (Murdoch University, Aug. 2015) [text]

Dispatches: Papua New Guinea to Close Refugee Detention Center (Human Rights Watch, April 2016) [text]

"Go back to where you came from": Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy, 2007-2015, Master's thesis (RMIT University, Aug. 2015) [text]

"Nope, nope, nope": Australia's Response to the Refugees Crises in the Andaman Sea and in the Mediterranean in 2015 (Middle East Institute, April 2016) [text]

Operation Secret Borders: What We Don’t Know, Can Hurt Us (Liberty Victoria, April 2016) [text]

PNG Court Decision Forces Australia to Act on Manus Island Detainees (The Conversation, April 2016) [text]

"Strangers to the World: Australian Asylum and Refugee Policies," Griffith Review, vol. 51 (2016) [full-text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (19 April 2016)

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28 April 2016

Regional Focus: Americas

Events & opportunities:

Conference: Shifting Landscapes of Asylum in North America, Cambridge, MA, 2-3 May 2016 [info]

Consultancy: Consultoría para la elaboración de material audiovisual, Erradicación de la apatridia proyecto [info]
- Apply by 6 May 2016.

Call for videos: Festival do Minuto [info]
- Submit one-minute videos relating to asylum by 31 May 2016.


"Commentary: Fractured Families: US Asylum Backlog Divides Parents and Children Worldwide," Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, OnlineFirst, 14 April 2016 [free full-text]

FY 2015 Statistics Yearbook (U.S. Dept. of Justice, April 2016) [text]

Haiti: 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (January-December 2016) (OHCA, April 2016) [text]

In the Balance: Backlogs Delay Protection in the U.S. Asylum and Immigration Court Systems (Human Rights First, April 2016) [text]

"Multicultural Media Use and Immigrant Settlement: A Comparative Study of Four Communities in Ottawa, Canada," Journal of International Migration and Integration, OnlineFirst, 26 April 2016 [abstract]
- See also related journal article published in 2015.

Myths and Facts on Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Assistance (U.S. Dept. of State, April 2016) [text]

"States' Rights and Refugee Resettlement," Minnesota Journal of International Law (Forthcoming, 2016) [eprint via SSRN]

Un/Wanted? Canada and the Resettlement of Chilean, Indochinese and Somali Refugees (Pier 21 Blog, April 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (7 April 2016)

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27 April 2016

Thematic Focus: Climate Change


*Symposium: Disasters and Displacement in a Warming World: Current Realities, Legal Perspectives, Lund, 3-4 May 2016 [info]
- Follow link for summary note.


Are We Prepared for Climate Change Refugees? (ResearchGate Blog, April 2016) [text via RSC]

Bigger Slums or Better Homes? Solving the Global Climate Displacement Crisis Begins with Land, Geneva, 26 April 2016 [info]
- See also the roundtable opening statement.

"Climate Migrants as Protesters? Dispelling Misconceptions about Global Environmental Change in Pre-revolutionary Syria," Contemporary Levant, vol. 1, no. 1 (2016) [free full-text]

Data on Environmental Migration: How Much Do We Know?, GMDAC Data Briefing Series, no. 2 (IOM, March 2016) [text]

Environmental Migration and Displacement in Azerbaijan: Highlighting the Need for Research and Policies, Migration, Environment & Climate Change Policy Brief Series, vol. 2, no. 4 (IOM, April 2016) [text]

"Evaluating the 'Climate Change Displacement Coordination Facility': How the UNFCCC Can Address Forced Migration after Paris COP21," Columbia Law Review (Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Migration a Climate Adaptation Strategy, but Displacement More Dangerous (New Security Beat, March 2016) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

"The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees," Scientific American, 17 Dec. 2015 [text]

Paris Climate Deal: It's Time to Get Real (RI Blog, April 2016) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change (14 March 2016)

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26 April 2016

Events & Opportunities: More May 2016

Course: International Summer School in Forced Migration, Oxford, 4-22 July 2016 [info]
- Apply by 1 May 2016.

Seminar: Bottom-up Salvation? Institutionalised Practical Cooperation in EU Asylum Policy, London, 4 May 2016 [info]

Seminar: Statelessness Determination Procedures: Policy Options, Practical Experiences and Challenges, Dublin, 5 May 2016 [info]

CFP: Refugee Crisis in South East Europe, Birmingham, UK, 21 June 2016 [info]
- Deadline for abstract submissions has been extended for participants outside of academia to 6 May 2016.

Call for applications: Odysseus Prizes for Publications on EU Immigration or Asylum Law [info]
- Submit applications by 8 May 2016.

Funding opportunity: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees in the Balkans [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 9 May 2016.

Panel discussion: Middle East in Crisis: How the World Should Respond, London, 10 May 2016 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

Lecture: Refugees in our Time: The Challenges of Protection and Security, Sheffield, UK, 11 May 2016 [info]

Seminar series: Imposing Aid: Thirty Years of Emergency Assistance to Refugees, Oxford [info]
- New series begins in May, with seminars scheduled 11 May, "Camps as containment: a genealogy of the refugee camp," 18 May (topic to be decided), and 25 May, "Are camps good for kids?."

CFP: European Educational Research Journal [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue on "Amplifying refugee voices in European educational spaces." Submission deadline is 13 May 2016.

Call for applications: (Forced) Migration and Media Workshop, Leicester, UK, 13-14 June 2016 [info]
- Apply by 15 May 2016.

CFP: Forced Migration Review [info]
- Contributions sought for issue on "Local communities: first and last providers of protection." Submission deadline is 16 May 2016.

Debate: Mental Health: The World's Forgotten Crisis, 19 May 2016 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

Seminar: The Syrian Refugee Crisis and International Law, Oxford, 19 May 2016 [info]

Seminar: Eritrea Research Network, London, 27 May 2016 [info]

Conference: Health Needs of Those from Forced Migrant Groups, Norwich, UK, 27 May 2016 [info]
- No deadline indicated.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: April 2016 Continued/New May 2016

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

22 April 2016

Regional Focus: Europe

AIDA Report Spain: Overcrowded Conditions and Barred Access to the Procedure at the Border (AIDA, April 2016) [text]

The Children of Refugees in Europe: Aspirations, Social and Economic Lives, Identity and Transnational Linkages - Final Report (SNIS, 2015) [text]

EU "Hotspots" Spread Fear and Doubt (Oxfam, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

The EU-Turkey Statement: A Treaty That Violates Democracy (EJIL Talk Blog) [part 1] [part 2]

Managing the Refugee Crisis: Commission Reports on Implementation of EU-Turkey Statement (European Commission, April 2016) [text]

Migration Emergency Over (for Now), but Not Because of the EU-Turkey Deal (RealTime Economic Issues Watch, April 2016) [text]

Trapped in Greece: An Avoidable Refugee Crisis (Amnesty International, April 2016) [text]

UNHCR Comments on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Border and Coast Guard and Repealing Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004, Regulation (EC) No 863/2007 and Council Decision 2005/267/EC (UNHCR, April 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (14 April 2016)

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Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

An Analysis of the Situation of Maritime Movements of Rohingya Refugees in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea (APRRN, April 2016) [text]

APRRN Calls on New Zealand to Increase Refugee Resettlement Quota (APRRN, April 2016) [text]

Asian Boat People and the Challenges of Migration Governance: A Source Country Perspective  (Middle East Institute, April 2016) [text]

Pakistan: Frequently Asked Questions about the Return Process (Protection Cluster, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Rocks and Hard Places: Where Will All the Afghans Go?, Policy Brief, no. 2 (Global Migration Centre, April 2016) [text]

The Rohingyas Refugee Crisis: A Regional and International Issue? (Middle East Institute, March 2016) [text]

UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Afghanistan (UNHCR, April 2016) [text]

Where are the Rohingya Boat Survivors Now? (IRIN, April 2016) [text]

Where History and Humanitarianism Collide: The Bay of Bengal "Migrant" Crisis (Middle East Institute, March 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (31 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Children

Egyptian Unaccompanied Migrant Children: A Case Study on Irregular Migration (IOM, April 2016)[text]

A Future in the Balance: How the Conflict in Syria is Impacting on the Needs, Concerns and Aspirations of Young People across the Middle East (Norwegian Refugee Council, April 2016) [text]

A Future in the Balance: Lebanon (Norwegian Refugee Council, April 2016) [text]

Hundreds of Children Seeking UK Asylum are Disappearing from Care (BuzzFeed & BBC Radio 5, April 2016) [text]

"'Illegal Bodies' on the Move: A Critical Look at Forced Migration towards Social Justice for Young Asylum-seekers," Chapter in Perspectives on Youth, vol. 3 (Council of Europe, March 2016) [text via Academia.edu]
- Scroll to p. 83.

The Impact of Protection Interventions on Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Humanitarian Crises: An Evidence Synthesis Protocol (Oxfam et al., April 2016) [text]

"The Politics of Fear: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and the Case of the Southern Border," Villanova Law Review, vol. 61 (Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Putting Children at the Heart of the World Humanitarian Summit: Children's Perspectives and Engagement in Humanitarian Emergencies (Plan International, 2016) [text via PreventionWeb]

Revealed: Fourfold Rise as 95,000 Unaccompanied Children Claim Asylum in Europe in 2015 (Bureau of Investigative Journalism, April 2016) [text]

"Understanding the Perspectives of Refugee Unaccompanied Minors Using a Computer-Assisted Interview," Forum: Qualitative Social Research, vol. 17, no. 2 (2016) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (7 April 2016)

Tagged Publications.

21 April 2016

Regional Focus: Africa


Call for manuscript chapters: Sub-Saharan African Migrations: Challenges, Failures, and Coping Strategies [info]
- Deadline for submissions is 30 July 2016.


"African Migration: Is the Continent Really on the Move?," N-IUSSP, 29 March 2016 [text]

"Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Migration History Marked by Crises and Restrictions," Migration Information Source, 20 April 2016 [text]

"Eritrea at the Center of the International Migration Crisis," International Affairs Forum, vol. 1, no. 1 (Winter 2016) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 70.

Humanitarian Funding Overview: Malawi (Mozambique Refugees) (START Network & Global Humanitarian Assistance, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Kenya Country Profile (Regional MMS, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Nigeria: Exploratory Mission Report (Première Urgence Internationale, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Nigeria's Displaced Women and Girls: Humanitarian Community at Odds, Boko Haram's Survivors Forsaken (Refugees International, April 2016) [text]

Regional Outlook for the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region: Recommendations for Humanitarian Action and Resilience Response, April-June 2016 (OCHA, April 2016) [text]

République Centrafricaine Enquête sur les Intentions de Retour (IOM, Mars 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016 (OCHA, March 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (7 April 2016)

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Thematic Focus: Women

Funding opportunity:

Global Innovation Programs to Promote the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 20 June 2016.


"Belonging and 'Unbelonging': Jewish Refugee and Survivor Women in 1950s Britain," Women's History Review, Latest Articles, 11 April 2016 [open access]

Book Review: Who is Worthy of Protection? Gender-Based Asylum and US Immigration Politics (LSE Review of Books Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

*Breaking Barriers: Challenges to Implementing Laws on Violence Against Women in Afghanistan and Tajikistan with Special Consideration of Displaced Women (Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, 2016) [text]

"Comprehensive Development and Testing of the ASIST-GBV, a Screening Tool for Responding to Gender-based Violence among Women in Humanitarian Settings," Conflict and Health, 10:7 (April 2016) [open access]

"Effectiveness of Interventions, Programs and Strategies for Gender-based Violence Prevention in Refugee Populations: An Integrative Review," PLoS Currents: Disasters, Edition 1 (April 2016) [open access]

Falling through the Cracks: Refugee Women and Girls in Germany and Sweden (Women's Refugee Commission, March 2016) [text]

Nigeria's Displaced Women and Girls: Humanitarian Community at Odds, Boko Haram's Survivors Forsaken (Refugees International, April 2016) [text]

*Researching Violence against Syrian Refugee Women (Voices Blog, April 2016) [text]

UN CSW: Ending Impunity for Gender-based Crimes against Women Refugees (openDemocracy, March 2016) [text]

Women, Work & War: Syrian Women and the Struggle to Survive Five Years of Conflict (CARE, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Women (8 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

19 April 2016

Regional Focus: Australia

Australia's Response to a World in Crisis: Community Views on Planning for the 2016-17 Refugee and Humanitarian Program (Refugee Council of Australia, March 2016) [text]

Churches and the Law of Sanctuary in Australia (bepress, 2016) [text]

"The Ethics of Resettlement: Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region," International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 20, no. 2 (2016) [free full-text]

The Forgotten Children Report, RegNet Research Paper, no. 104 (Australian National University, 2016) [text via SSRN]

"From Resettled Refugees to Humanitarian Actors: Exploring the Role and Potential of Diaspora Community-based Organisations in Protracted Refugee Situations in Africa," Proceedings of the 38th AFSAAP Conference: 21st Century Tensions and Transformation in Africa, Deakin University, 28th-30th October 2015 (AFSAAP, Feb. 2016) [text]

"The people they make us welcome": A Sense of Belonging for Newly Arrived Young People (Centre for Multicultural Youth, March 2016) [text]

Plaintiff M68-2015: Offshore Processing and the Limits of Chapter III (Australian Public Law Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

"'We are the forgotten people': The Anguish of Australia's 'Invisible' Asylum Seekers," The Guardian, 13 April 2016 [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (11 March 2016)

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