29 January 2015

Thematic Focus: General

Events & opportunities:

Courses: Certificate in International Migration Studies, Georgetown University [info]
- Enrollment is open for Spring 2015.

CFP: Migration on the Margins: Exploring Constructions of the 'Illegitimate Migrant', Oxford, 15-16 May 2015 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 15 February 2015.

CFP: De-mythifing Forced Migration: Place, Temporariness and Access in an Era of (Im)Mobility, 10th Annual Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) Student Caucus Conference, Toronto, 1-2 May 2015 [info]
- Abstract submission deadline is 27 February 2015.

CFP: Reframing the Migration Debate, 1st Postgraduate Workshop on Migration, Sheffield, UK, 11 June 2015 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 15 March 2015.

CFP: Producing Knowledge on Migration: Methodology, Epistemology, Ethics, Paris, 28-29 May 2015 [info]
- Submit proposals by 15 April 2015.


"Deciphering Deportation Practices across the Global North," Chapter 10 in The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration (Routledge, Sept. 2014) [eprint via SSRN]

The Field of Migration Studies Loses a Giant: Graeme Hugo (Migration Policy Institute, Jan. 2015) [text]
- Note: References to Prof. Hugo's research and scholarship can be found in the University of Adelaide's institutional repository.

"The International Refugee Regime: A Failing System," Ramapo Journal of Law & Society, vol. 1, no. 2 (Fall 2014) [full-text]

Migrants in Crisis Situations, New York, 16 Jan. 2015 [agenda] [background paper]
- Watch the panel discussion on video.

"On the Margins: Noncitizens Caught in Countries Experiencing Violence, Conflict and Disaster," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 3, no. 1 (2015) [open access]
- Note: This article is part of a series of papers that provide "topical analysis on specific protection gaps and recommendations to strengthen and reform the US system of refugee protection."

Refugees and the Roman Empire, Oxford, 21 Jan. 2015 [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (13 Jan. 2015)

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News: 2015 Edition of HRW's World Report

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published its World Report for 2015.  The 25th edition of this "annual review of human rights practices around the globe...summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide."  Read the press release for a brief overview.

The report's web site provides access to individual country chapters, as well as an introduction on "Tyranny’s False Comfort: Why Rights aren’t Wrong in Tough Times," three thematic essays, and three photo collections.

Previous editions of the World Report are available here.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

News: Free OUP Journal Articles

The following collections of articles from journals published by Oxford University Press (OUP) are currently being made freely available to commemorate Human Rights Day and International Migrants Day.

Free access is provided for a limited time only, so please visit sooner rather than later!

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28 January 2015

Regional Focus: Europe

Event & opportunity:

Job: Senior Legal Officer, ECRE [info]
- Apply by 16 February 2015.

Seminar: Whose Refugee am I? Recent Developments in the Dublin Regime, Montreal, 20 February 2015 [info]


International Protection Considerations Related to the Developments in Ukraine – Update II (UNHCR, Jan. 2015) [text]

"The League of Nations and Armenian Refugees. The Formation of the Armenian Diaspora in Syria," Central and Eastern European Review, vol. 8, no. 1 (Dec. 2014) [open access]

"A Matter of Value: Exploring What Underlies Adjudication in the French Court of Asylum," Migration Letters, vol. 11, no. 1 (2014) [open access]

The Real Winners of Greece's Elections: Refugees (IRIN, Jan. 2015) [text]

"The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland," Irish Community Development Law Journal, vol. 3, no. 2 (Dec. 2014) [full-text]

Whose Mare? Rule of Law Challenges in the Field of European Border Surveillance in the Mediterranean, Liberty and Security in Europe, no. 79 (CEPS, Jan. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (24 Jan. 2015)

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26 January 2015

Thematic Focus: Children

Children Asking for International Protection: Information for Unaccompanied Children who are Applying for International Protection pursuant to Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 (European Commission, 2014) [text via Refworld]

"Detention, Denial, and Death: Migration Hazards for Refugee Children," The Lancet Global Health, vol. 2, no. 6 (June 2014) [open access]

"Finnish Refugee Children’s Experiences of Swedish Refugee Camps during the Second World War," Migration Letters, vol. 12, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

"Greece's Not-so-warm Welcome to Unaccompanied Minors: Reforming EU Law to Prevent the Illegal Treatment of Migrant Children in Greece," Brooklyn Journal of International Law, vol. 39, no. 2 (2014) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 745.

Junk Science? Four Arguments against the Radiological Age Assessment of Unaccompanied Minors Seeking Asylum (Lund University, Jan. 2015) [text via SSRN]

"Neglected Child Refugees: Undiscovered Issues and Suggestions for Services," Journal of Counseling in Illinois, vol. 3, no. 1 (Fall 2014) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 48.

Risk and Protection in Mental Health among Syrian Children Displaced in Lebanon, Paper presented at The Second World Congress on Resilience: From Person to Society, Timisoara, Romania, 8-10 May 2014 [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (15 Dec. 2014)

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Regional Focus: Americas

"15 Minutes to Leave": Denial of the Right to Adequate Housing in Post-quake Haiti (Amnesty International, Jan. 2015) [text]

Changing Times: The International Response to Internal Displacement in Colombia (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Dec. 2014) [text]

Lessons Learned from Cases Lost (The Asylumist, Jan. 2015) [text]

The Political Origins of Refugee Resettlement Policy: Insights from the Policy Process in Canada (1938-1951) (University of Toronto, Oct. 2014) [text]
- Winner of the Gunn Award.

Seeking Asylum, Finding God: Religious Conversion for Immigration Purposes and the Politics of Deservingness in Contemporary America, Discussion paper for the Comparative Social Analysis Seminar Reunion Conference, Los Angeles, 22-23 Jan. 2015 [access
- Scroll down to locate paper.

The Tragic Link between Gang Violence and Displacement in Central America (RI Blog, Jan. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (7 Jan. 2015)

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25 January 2015

Legal/Protection-related Events & Opportunities

Expert panel: Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, Geneva, 28 January 2015 [info]

Course: MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, University of London [info]
- Distance study course; application deadline is 1 February 2015.

Jobs: Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Sydney [info]
- Two positions are currently being advertised: Senior Research Associate and Centre Executive Manager. The application deadline for both is 5 February 2015.

Job: Asylum Access, Oakland, CA [info]
- Apply for the position of "International Refugee Rights Program Associate" by 13 February 2015.

Seminar series: International Refugee Law, London, Feb.-May 2015 [info]
- Three more seminars are scheduled: "Moving Beyond Protection Space: Developing a Law of Asylum in Asia," 10 February 2015; "The Protection of Conscientious Objectors and UNHCR's Role as a Norm Entrepreneur," 10 March 2015; and "The Extraterritorial Application of the Non-refoulement Obligation in International Human Rights Law," 5 May 2015.

Course: Palestine Refugees and International Law, Amman, 6-7 March 2015 & Beirut, 13-14 March 2015 [info]
- No application deadline is indicated; each session is limited to 25 participants.

Seminar: Nordic Asylum Law, Uppsala, 7-8 May 2015 [info]
- Registration deadline is 25 March 2015.

Courses: International Refugee Law, Sanremo, Italy, March-April 2015 [info]
- Three courses are currently scheduled in English, French and Spanish, respectively.  Application deadlines are one month prior to the start of each course.

Education: Diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement, University for Peace, March-December 2015 [info]
- Diploma is awarded when five online classes are completed; each course is also available on a stand-alone basis. The diploma is limited to 25 participants. (No registration deadline is indicated.)

Education: Master's in International Migration and Refugee Law, VU University Amsterdam [info]
- Application deadline is 1 April 2015 for students outside the EU and 1 June 2015 for all other students.

Legal Fellowship: Refugee Legal Aid Project, Cairo [info]
- Apply by 15 April 2015.

Course: Legal Environment of Forced Migration, Geneva, 11-15 May 2015 [info]
- Application deadline is 27 April 2015.

Related posts:
- Events & Opportunities: Additional Jan. & Feb. 2015
- Legal Events & Opportunities: January 2015

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24 January 2015

Regional Focus: Europe


Safe Routes, Safe Futures: How to Manage the Mixed Flows of Migrants across the Mediterranean?, Brussels, 26-27 January 2015 [info]
- Launch of the European Migration Forum; while only invited individuals will be participating, this event will be livestreamed.  Follow link for background paper and programme.


"Asile et Immigration = Asylum and Immigration," Journal européen des droits de l'homme = European Journal of Human Rights, no. 5 (2014) [eprint via SSRN]

Forced Migration Processes and Global Refugees at the Borders of Europe in Ukraine, Dissertation (University of Minnesota, Aug. 2014) [text]

France: Migrants, Asylum Seekers Abused and Destitute (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2015) [text]

The Law and Practice of Expulsion and Exclusion from the United Kingdom (Free Movement, Jan. 2015) [text]

Protecting Forced Migrants. A State of the Art Report of Concepts, Challenges and Ways Forward (Swiss Federal Commission on Migration, Dec. 2014) [access]
- While the referenced report takes a broad look at protection, the analysis and recommendations focus more particularly on the Swiss context.

UNHCR Observations regarding the Rome Conference of the EU Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative, 28 Nov. 2014 (UNHCR, Dec. 2014 [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (16 Jan. 2015)

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22 January 2015

Thematic Focus: Women

Historic U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals Decision Recognizes Domestic Violence and Gender as the Basis for Asylum (RefLaw Blog, Dec. 2014) [text]

I am Human: Refugee Women’s Experiences of Detention in the UK (Women for Refugee Women, Jan. 2015) [text]

Normative Frameworks’ Role in Addressing Gender-based Violence in Disaster Settings, Disaster Law Working Paper Series, no. 3 (IFRC, Jan. 2015) [text]

"The Politics of Domestic Violence‐based Asylum Claims," Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, vol. 22, no. 1 (Fall 2014) [full-text]

Private Violence, Public Concern: Intimate Partner Violence in Humanitarian Settings - Practice Brief (International Rescue Committee, Jan. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Protection Gap (Asylum Aid, Dec. 2014) [text]
- See also related blog post.

Women's Asylum News, no. 128 (Nov./Dec. 2014) [full-text]
- Lead article is "UN Committee issues new guidance on refugee, stateless and migrant women."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Women (7 Nov. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Asia


Webinar: What Have Humanitarians Learned from Their Response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Haiti Earthquake?, Online, 26 January 2015 [info]


Bangladesh: Comprehensive Response Required to Complex Displacement Crisis (IDMC, Jan. 2015) [text] - See also related blog post.

"Migration and Law in Japan," Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Early View, 5 Jan. 2015 [open access]

One Year after the Korean Refugee Act (RefLaw Blog, Jan. 2015) [text]

Philippines: Why Housing Rights Must be Prioritised to End Displacement of Zamboanga’s Urban Poor (IDMC, Jan. 2015) [text]

"'Thunder without Rain': ARCI, the Far East Refugee Program, and the U.S. Response to Hong Kong Refugees," Journal of Cold War Studies, vol. 16, no. 4 (Fall 2014) [free full-text]

"The Typhoon Haiyan Response," Humanitarian Exchange, no. 63 (Jan. 2015) [full-text]
- "This edition...focuses on lessons from the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan, the worst disaster ever to hit the Philippines."  See also related blog post.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia (18 Dec. 2014)

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Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


"Aid and the Islamic State," Crisis Brief (IRIN & HPG, Dec. 2014) [text]

As the UN Launches Its Biggest Ever Humanitarian Appeal, Here Are Five Things the Numbers Tell Us (ODI, Dec. 2014) [text]

Attacks on Humanitarians are Attacks on Humanity (TEDxPlaceDesNations, Jan. 2015) [access]
- TED Talk by Vincent Cochetel.

"Clouds over Charities for Refugees in Islamic Countries," YaleGlobal Online (Dec. 2014) [text]

Review of Natural Catastrophes in 2014: Lower Losses from Weather Extremes and Earthquakes (Munich Re, Jan. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related IRIN news story.

What Has Changed in Humanitarian Responses since the 2004 Tsunami? (ODI, Dec, 2014) [access]

What Trends Will We See in Humanitarian Policy and Practice in 2015? (Policy & Practice Blog, Jan. 2015) [text]

Web resource:

Humanitarian Key Facts (Oxfam) [access]
- "A digest of statistics illustrating the scale and impact of recent crises, and the need for greater assistance and lasting solutions for the millions of people affected."  See also related blog post.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (15 Dec. 2014)

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21 January 2015

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Migration

"Adaptation in an Era of Vanishing Territory: The Political Economy of the Impact of Climate Change versus Total Migration, Status of Statehood and Refugees in Africa," Environmental Economics, vol. 5, no. 2 (2014) [text via Academia.edu]

Climate Change and Migration: How Are They Linked?, London, 12 Dec. 2014 [info]
- Follow link for podcast of and a paper summarizing the event.

"Environmental Migrations: Rethinking the Need to Take into Account Local Contexts in legal and Policy Responses," Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity, vol. 2, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]

Falling through the Cracks: A Briefing on Climate Change, Displacement and International Governance Frameworks (Environmental Justice Foundation, Dec. 2014) [text]

Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change: Recommendations from the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility, COP 20 Lima, Peru (Advisory Group, 2014) [info. note] [recommendations]

"Out of Harm's Way: Preventive Resettlement of at Risk Informal Settlers in Highly Disaster Prone Areas," Procedia: Economics and Finance, vol. 18 (2014) [open access]

The State of Environmental Migration 2014: A Review of 2013 (IOM & Sciences Po, Jan. 2015) [text]

Symposium on Environmental Change and Migration: State of the Evidence, Washington, DC, 28-29 May 2014 [agenda] [background paper] [symp. report]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change (12 Dec. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

CFP/New Issues of JEMS, J. Intl. Humanit. Legal Stud., Migr. Letters, REMI, Torture J.


- Articles on "Palestinian Refugees from Syria" sought for forthcoming issue. Submit abstracts by 1 February 2015.

New issues:

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (Forthcoming, 2015)
- Even though this special issue on deportation is not yet available, you can read the editorial introduction to learn more about its focus and you can browse abstracts of some of the articles in this list.

Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies, vol. 5, nos. 1-2 (2014) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Protection for Resettled Island Populations: The Bikini Resettlement and its Implications for Environmental and Climate Change Migration," "Attributing Wrongful Conduct of Implementing Partners to UNHCR: International Responsibility and Human Rights Violations in Refugee Camps," "Non-State Actors and the Evolution of Humanitarian Norms: Implications of the Sphere Charter in Health and Nutrition Relief," and "The US Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act: Maintaining Humanitarian Space in US Legislation."

Migration Letters, vol. 12, no. 1 (2015) [open access]
- Mix of articles including "Finnish refugee children’s experiences of Swedish refugee camps during the Second World War" and "Asylum-seekers falsely implicating themselves in international crimes: Should they be informed of the existence of Article 1F of the Refugee Convention?."

Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, vol. 30, no. 2 (2014) [contents]
- Special issue on "Composer (avec) la frontière: Passages, parcours migratoires et échanges sociaux = Negotiating Boundaries: Passage, Migratory Itineraries and Social Exchanges." Includes "Passages de frontières des Palestiniens du Liban : de refuges en migrations" and "Franchir les dispositifs établis par Frontex: Coopérations policières transfrontalières et refoulements en mer Égée."

Torture Journal: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, vol. 24, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]
- Includes several articles investigating trauma experienced by refugees and asylum-seekers and appropriate interventions.

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