27 February 2010

Publications: Burden-sharing/Europe, Climate Migration/Latin America, Detention Reform/Australia, Iraqi Refugees, Legal Refugee Research, UNFPA Report

Climate Migration in Latin America: A Future ‘Flood of Refugees’ to the North? (Council on Hemispheric Affairs, Feb. 2010) [part 1] [part 2]

Detention reform and alternatives in Australia: Case management in the community as an alternative to detention (International Detention Coalition, posted Feb. 2010) [text]

"No Place Like Home: Iraq’s Refugee Crisis Threatens the Future of Iraq," Terrorism Monitor, vol. 8 , No. 8 (Feb. 2010) [text]

Researching the Legal Aspects of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom (GlobaLex, updated Jan./Feb. 2010) [text]

State of the World Population 2009 - Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate (UNFPA, 2009) [text]
- See esp. chapter 3: "On the Move."

What system of burden-sharing between Member States for the reception of asylum seekers? (European Parliament, Directorate-General for Internal Policies, Jan. 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

26 February 2010

Multimedia: African Migrants/Europe, Climate Displaced, Conflict Zones, Haiti

Film: "6 Billion Others: Climate Voices" (GoodPlanet, 2010?) [access via Towards Recognition]
- Film project featuring "testimonies...gathered from every continent, where the population is directly affected by climate change."

Film: Europe or Die Trying - The Series (BBC, 2009) [access]
- Three part documentary series on African migrants attempting to reach Europe.

Photos: "Showcase: Exiled by Weather" (NYT, Feb. 2010) [access]
- Photos of communities in Eastern Africa displaced by climate change.

Video: "Forced to Flee - Chapter 7: Haiti's Homeless Hotel" (IRIN, Feb. 2010) [access]
- Latest addition to IRIN's series of short films on internal displacement.

Video: "In Low-Lying Bangladesh, the Sea Takes a Human Toll" (Yale Environment 360, 2010?) [access via Towards Recognition]
- Video reports "chronicling the lives of people struggling to survive just a few feet above sea level."

Video: Our world at war: 10 multimedia clips from 8 conflict zones (ICRC, 2009) [access]
- Features "individual stories of loss and suffering in war."

[Photo credit: Showcase: Exiled by Weather, Jan Grarup/Noor]

25 February 2010

Legal Events & Opportunities: Meetings, Training Resources


Refugee Law Reader [access]
- This "on-line model curriculum for the study of the complex and rapidly evolving field of international asylum and refugee law" is now available in French, Russian and Spanish.


"Renewing U.S. Commitment to Refugee Protection: The 30th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980," Human Rights First & Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, 16 March 2010 [info]
- Symposium with the High Commissioner for Refugees as a special guest.

UPDATED: "The European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights as 'asylum courts'," ELENA Training Course, Prague, 7-9 May 2010 [info]
- Deadline for registration is 24 March 2010.

39th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi, 24-25 April 2010 [info]
- One of the conference themes will be "Forced Migration: Emerging Global Legal & Policy Issues." Submit paper proposal by 15 April 2010.

"European Union Law and Policy on Immigration and Asylum," European Summer School, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 28 June-9 July 2010 [info]
- The "aim of the Summer School is to provide its participants with an comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the European Union from a legal point of view."

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

24 February 2010

Publications: Displaced Iraqis, Pakistan & 1951 Conv., Refugee Resistance/Australia, Security, Women Asylum Seekers/UK

Accession of Pakistan to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees: 'Signing on Could Make All the Difference' (Pakistan Law Review, 2010) [text via SSRN]

Fast-Tracked Unfairness: Detention and Denial of Women Asylum Seekers in the UK (HRW, Feb. 2010) [text]

The Great Escape: Refugees, Detention and Resistance, University of New South Wales Law Research Paper No. 2010-8 (UNSW, 2010) [text via SSRN]

Refugees, Security and Human Rights: Working Out the Balance (IARLJ Australasian Chapter, 2010) [text via SSRN]

A Tough Road Home: Uprooted Iraqis in Jordan, Syria and Iraq (International Rescue Committee, Feb. 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Publications: Child Trafficking, Citizenship/UK, Humanitarian-Military Relations, UNEP Yearbook

Citizenship for Refugees in the UK: Key Issues and Research (ICAR, Feb. 2010) [text]

In pursuit of good practice in responses to child trafficking: Experiences from Latin America, Southeast Europe and South Asia (Terre des Hommes, Feb. 2010) [text via ReliefWeb]

Position Paper on Humanitarian-Military Relations (SCHR, Jan. 2010) [text via ReliefWeb]

Taking Prevention Seriously: Developing a Comprehensive Response to Child Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-03 (Georgia State University College of Law, Jan. 2010) [text via SSRN]

UNEP Year Book: New Science and Developments in Our Changing Environment (UNEP, Feb. 2010) [text]
- See esp. the fifth chapter on "disasters and conflicts."

Tagged Publications.

23 February 2010

Web Sites: CPC Learning Network, Haiti Crisis Map, IAPS, Riverbank Erosion/Bangladesh, Migration Malta, ReliefWeb News

Agency Learning Network on the Care and Protection of Children in Crisis-Affected Countries (CPC Learning Network) [site]
- "The goal of the CPC Learning Network is to further strengthen and to systematize child care and protection through the collaborative action of humanitarian organizations, local institutions, and academic partners." See esp. the bibliography and full-text document library under "resources."

Haiti: The 2010 Earthquake in Haiti [site]
- "This Crisis Map of Haiti represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date crisis map available to the humanitarian community. The information here is mapped in near real time and gathered from reports coming from inside Haiti via: SMS, Web, Email, Radio, Phone, Twitter, Facebook, Television, List-serves, Live streams, Situation Reports."

International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) [site]
- This digital library is particularly useful for those interested in involuntary resettlement and development-induced displacement.

Kazipur, Sirajganj, Bangladesh (1989-90): An anthropological and photographic exploration of riverbank erosion and flood in rural Bangladesh [site]
- Makes available three analytical essays, including "Not Just Dis-placed and Poor: How Environmentally Forced Migrants in Rural Bangladesh Recreate Space and Place under Trying Conditions," a lengthy list of references, and a sizable collection of photos; provided by Doreen Marie Indra and Norman Buchignani.

Migration Malta: An Information Source [site]
- Provides links to reports and videos relating to migrants heading for Malta and their treatment there.

ReliefWeb News Monitor [site]
- News service that's updated every 10 minutes with stories from around the world relating to complex emergencies and natural disasters. Readers can access news by theme, region and type of disaster.

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

22 February 2010

Open Access Articles in Conflict & Health, JHA, J. Identity & Migration Studies, Prehosp. & Dis. Medicine

"Advocacy: A Good Word Gone Bad," Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (21 Feb. 2010) [text]

"The Burden of Acute Respiratory Infections in Crisis-affected Populations: A Systematic Review," Conflict and Health 4:3 (2010) [text]

"Immigrant Integration: Acculturation and Social Integration," Journal of Identity and Migration Studies, vol. 3, no. 2 (2009) [text]

"Outbreak of Chickenpox in a Refugee Camp of Northern Thailand," Conflict and Health 4:4 (2010) [text]

"Psychosocial Health in Displaced Iraqi Care-Seekers in Non-Governmental Organization Clinics in Amman, Jordan: An Unmet Need," Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol. 24, no. 4 (July/August 2009) [text]

"The Sphere Project: Next Steps in Moving Toward a Rights-Based Approach to Humanitarian Assistance," Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol. 24, no. 3 (May/June 2009) [text]

"Why Was There Still Malnutrition in Ethiopia in 2008? Causes and Humanitarian Accountability," Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (21 Feb. 2010) [text]

To locate additional open access journal articles, conduct a search in the DOAJ.

Tagged Publications.

20 February 2010

New Issues of Health & HR, HRQ, INSCAN, J. Peace Res., Monday Dev., Women's Asylum News

Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, vol. 11, no. 2 (2009) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 1 (Feb. 2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "The High Cost of Freedom: A Legal and Policy Analysis of Shelter Detention for Victims of Trafficking."

INSCAN: International Settlement Canada, vol. 23, no. 3 (Winter 2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Journal of Peace Research, vol. 47, no. 2 (March 2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Monday Developments, no. 27 (Jan. 2010) [sample article]
- Focus is "The Tsunami: Reflecting on Five Years of Recovery."

Women's Asylum News, no. 89 (Jan./Feb. 2010) [full-text]
- Lead article is "Gender Equality, Displacement and Statelessness: Putting CEDAW to Work."

Tagged Periodicals.

19 February 2010

New Resources: Periodicals Guide, Forced Migration Definitions

Forced Migration Online (FMO) has kindly made available a re-configured and updated version of my Guide to Forced Migration Periodicals. You can view it in a structured format or as a collection of bookmarks on the Delicious service.

And on my Forced Migration FAQ, I have added a list of links to various resources that discuss, debate and analyze definitions of forced migration and forced migrants. They can be viewed in the sidebar. The collection is also available as a separate bibliography.

[Photo credit: "Surplus journals," D'Arcy Norman's Flickr Photostream]

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

18 February 2010

Asia Focus

The Asia Pacific Refugee Research Network (APRRN) now has an official web site. The aim of the network is to "advance the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific region." Working groups focus on different geographic regions (South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Australia/Pacific) and different thematic issues (detention, legal aid and advocacy, women and girls at risk, right to health, and international advocacy).

One focus of the APRRN's has been the treatment of refugees from Myanmar, the largest populations of which are in Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh and India, and include ethnic Rohingya, Chin and Karen. Several reports have been issued recently that look more closely at their situation, particularly that of the Rohingya in Bangladesh:
  • Burma: Rohingya A Year Later (World Bridge Blog, Jan. 2010) [text]
  • Burmese border refugee sites with population figures: December 2009 (TBBC, Jan. 2010) [text]
  • In-Depth: Myanmar’s refugees still on the run (IRIN, Feb. 2010) [access]
  • Myanmar: Increasing displacement as fighting resumes in the east (IDMC, Jan. 2010) [access]
  • Thailand - Cease Intimidation of Karen Refugees: Push-backs to Burma into Heavily Mined Areas Threaten Lives (HRW, Feb. 2010) [text]
  • Unregistered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: Crackdown, forced displacement and hunger (Arakan Project, Feb. 2010) [text]
  • Violent crackdown fuels humanitarian crisis for unrecognised Rohingya refugees Bangladesh (MSF, Feb. 2010) [text]
[Map credit: 2010 UNHCR country operations profile - Myanmar]

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

IDP Publications

The 13th session of the Human Rights Council will be held 1-26 March 2010. Advance edited copies of reports from the Representative of the Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons are now available, including the overall report of the Representative and mission reports to Serbia & Montenegro, Somalia, Georgia and Chad. Still to come is the Framework on Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons (A/HRC/13/21/Add.4).

In addition, the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement has just released the three following reports:
  • Integrating Internal Displacement in Peace Processes and Agreements (Feb. 2010) [text]
  • (Re)Introducing the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (Feb. 2010) [text]
  • Resolving Iraqi Displacement: Humanitarian and Development Perspectives (Feb. 2010) [text]
Tagged Publications.

17 February 2010

ISA Papers

The International Studies Association (ISA) is holding its 51st convention in New Orleans this week. The theme is "Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners." A number of the panels such as those listed below focus on forced migration-related issues. These are not the only with relevant papers - at 210 pages, the program is vast and forced migration papers are also included in panels that focus on other topics.

The titles below link to conference abstracts. All participants must eventually provide the complete texts of their papers, but only some are available online as of this writing. Of these, most texts can be accessed via the abstract. Other titles are available in full-text, but can only be retrieved by conducting a search of the conference papers database and not through the abstract. These titles are marked with an asterisk (*).

To locate additional titles beyond those listed below, browse the program or conduct a search of the database (for example, on keywords such as "stateless" or "trafficking").

Wednesday, 17 February

The Global Governance of Forced Migration
- Survival Migration: A New Protection Framework, Alexander Betts: University of Oxford
- *Responding to Forced Migration in a 'Reforming' UN System: The Case of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania, James Milner: Carleton University
- UNHCR’s Evolving Role in Protecting 'People on the Move', Jeff Crisp: UNHCR
- Embracing the ‘Responsibility to Protect’: A Repertoire of Measures Including Asylum for Potential Victims, Brian A. Barbour: Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre Ltd.

Locating Humanitarian Space: Considerations for International Peacebuilding
- Women’s Rights in Humanitarian Space, Miriam J. Anderson: Memorial University
- Humanitarian Space and Protection in Situations of Regime‐Induced Displacement, Philip Orchard: University of Queensland
- *Spatializing Communicative Ethics: Politics & Legitimacy in Peace Negotiations, Lisa M. Smirl: University of Cambridge & Naomi C. Head: Aberystwyth University
- International Peacebuilding, the 'International Community' and Virtual Politics, John D. Heathershaw: University of Exeter

Not by Choice: Displaced Peoples and Forced Migration
- UNHCR: Preventing or Enabling State‐Sponsored Violence?, Maria B. Struble: Western State College of Colorado
- *Repatriation and Peacebuilding: A Comparative Analysis of the Handling of Displacement in Bosnia‐Herzegovina and Nagorno‐Karabakh, Patrik Johansson: Umeå University
- Resolving Internal Displacement in Israel, Megan E. Bradley: Saint Paul University
- Nomads or Internally displaced? The transformation of Afghanistan's Kuchis, Susanne Schmeidl: Asia‐Pacific College for Diplomacy, Australian National University & Alexander Mundt: UNHCR

Protections for Victims of Armed Conflict
- *The Fog of Protection: An Inquiry into Ambiguities in the Civilian Protection Regime, Betcy Jose‐Thota: University of Pittsburgh
- Emergence and Evolution of the International Norm for the Protection of and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, Shigehiro Suzuki: City University of New York
- *The Tipping Point: Prosecuting Individuals Enlisting, Conscripting, and Using Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rachael S. Kemp: University of Saint Thomas
- Government and Rebel Group Restraint in Civil War: The Influence of International Humanitarian Law, Jessica Stanton: University of Pennsylvania

Thursday, 18 February

An Exploration of the Notion of ‘Citizens’ in Relation to Immigration Policies
- ‘Too Many To Be Related’: Notions of ‘Family’ and Somali Refugee Claims in Canada, Johanna Reynolds: York University
- Hegemonic Strategies: South Africa and the Regional Politics of Migration, Alexander Betts: University of Oxford
- The Language Policies on Immigrants and the Notion of Citizenship, Reiko Shindo: University of Wales, Aberystwyth
- Beyond the Immigration Imaginary of Core Nation and Successive Invasions ‐ Thinking ‘Citizens’ Outside the Us/Them Dualism, Aoileann Ni Mhurchu: Dublin City University

Refugees and the State
- Why Refugees Rebel, Micah Lebson: University of Maryland College Park
- Why Are Human Rights Withheld From Those Who Ask For Them? A Foucaultian Analysis of the Asylum Seeker Problem, Alexndria J. Innes: University of Kansas
- *Refugees, the State and the Politics of Asylum in Africa, James Milner: Carleton University

Friday, 19 February

The Nexus Between Trafficking and Humanitarian Crises: Filling in the Gaps
- Red Light Flashing: The Economic, Political, and Societal Factors that Lead to Human Trafficking, Alicja Jac: University of California at Davis
- Trafficking and Humanitarian Crises: Linkages Across Stages of Conflict, Janie Leatherman: Fairfield University
- Theory and Practice of Protecting Children in Humanitarian Crises from Trafficking, Ana Marie N. Siscar: Fairfield University
- Leveraging International Economic Tools to Confront Child Soldiering, Diane Desierto: Yale University

The Theory and Practice of International Assistance
- Science, Culture, and Politics in the Study of Humanitarian Action, Peter J. Hoffman: City University of New York, Grad Center
- Conflict Sensitivity: A Study on the Theory vs. Practice Divide in Aid Agencies, Jaroslav Petrik: Masaryk University
- Humanitarian Action: Is There Room for a Nerd in the Team?, Anicee M. Van Engeland: Law School, University of Bedfordshire
- Post‐Conflict Reconstruction and the Challenge of Globalization, Agnieszk Paczynska: George Mason University

Saturday, 20 February

Fighting Abroad to Return: New Insights on Refugee Militarization and its Implications
- The Dynamics of a Non‐Signatory Region: The Evolution and Politics of the International Refugee Regime in Southeast Asia, Alistair D.B. Cook: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- Refugee Return and Violence in Afghanistan, Kristian Berg Harpviken: International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)
- Refugee Return and Political Violence: Rwandan Hutu Returnees After the Genocide, Sarah K. Lischer: Wake Forest University
- Rwandan Refugees and the Return Home, Jude Murison: Univesity of Edinburgh
- *Return in Transition: The Integration of Exile Elites into Burundi’s Political Transition since 2000, Judith Vorrath: ETH / University of Zurich

International Organization and Refugees
- Empowerment in Exile? The Construction of Gender Policy in International Refugee Management, Elisabeth Olivius: Umeå University
- Institutional Arrangement of the United Nations for the Protection of and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons “Collaborative Approach” and Alternative Approaches, Shigehiro Suzuki: City University of New York
- The 2003 Iraq War and the Rupturing of Social Bonds and Networks Amongst Iraqi Refugees: Ramifications for Refugee Survival and the Rebuilding of Iraq, Victoria Mason: Lancaster University

Re‐visiting the Status of Refugees in Human Rights Analysis
- Human Rights and the Paradox of Refugees, Laura Harris: York University
- *Forced Environmental Migrants: Challenging the Gap between Normative Human Rights and Refugee Policy, Nicole Marshall: University of Alberta
- Migration and 'Unfinished' Modernization in the Philippines, Indonesia and Mexico ‐ Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice, Ariel M. Penetrante: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
- Ontological Security as a Human Right: A Framework for Analysis of Refugees’ Status and Conditions in Temporary Camps and Holding Centres in Europe, Alexndria J. Innes: University of Kansas
- Is the Distinction Between 'Economic Migrants' and 'Genuine Refugees' Valid?, Yohannes Woldemariam: Fort Lewis College

Tagged Events & Opportunities and Publications.

16 February 2010

FMR: Urban Displacement

Forced Migration Review's latest issue focuses on "urban displacement," with "26 articles by a wide range of authors – practitioners, policymakers and researchers." It also includes a spotlight on Haiti and 12 general articles on a range of topics, including the new "Kampala Convention" (the AU convention on internal displacement), shade netting, IDPs in Pakistan and Timor-Leste, Iraqi refugees, and the voluntary repatriation of Mauritanian refugees.

The editors' overview of the issue also provides an interesting explanation of how the cover image was created.

Tagged Periodicals.

15 February 2010

Things to do in February, March and April

"Theory vs Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners," International Studies Association Annual Convention 2010, New Orleans, 17-20 February 2010 [info]

"Access to Natural Resources, Human and Humanitarian Rights, Justice and Essential Medicines," 15th Annual Humanitarian Conference, Webster University, Geneva, 18-19 February 2010 [info]
- The meeting will focus on three themes: Access and Outreach to Victims and Communities at Risk; Access and Value of Political and Civil Rights; and, Access to Natural Resources, Economic and Social Development.

"Promoting Better Protection of Internally Displaced Persons," Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Washington, DC, 19 February 2010 [info]

Refugee Law Courses, International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Sanremo, various dates beginning 13-16 April 2010 [info]
- Registration deadline for first course is 12 March 2010.

"The Meaning and Practice of Immigration Detention: Perspectives from Legal, Political, and Social Theory," Oxford, 21 May 2010 [info]
- Deadline for submitting papers is 2 April 2010.

"Global Health Challenges of Tomorrow," Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference, Dubai, 4-6 April 2010 [info]

"Statelessness and International Law," RSC Short Course, Oxford, 16-18 April 2010 [info]

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

13 February 2010

Publications: Accountability, People Smuggling & Trafficking/Horn & Asia, U.S. Asylum System

"A Guinean Refugee's Odyssey: In Re Jarno, the Biggest Asylum Case in U.S. History and What It Tells Us about Our Broken System," Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 23, nos. 2-4 (Winter, Spring, Summer 2009) [text via Law Professor Blogs Network]

SCHR Peer Review on Accountability to Disaster-Affected Populations: An Overview of Lessons Learned (SCHR, Jan. 2010) [text via ReliefWeb]

Special coverage: Escaping the Horn - the story behind people smuggling in the Horn of Africa (AlertNet, Feb. 2010) [access]

"Suffocation Inside a Cold Storage Truck and Other Problems with Trafficking as 'Exploitation' and Smuggling as 'Choice' along the Thai-Burmese Border," Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 26, no. 3 (Fall 2009) [text]

Up Against the Asylum Clock: Fixing the Broken Employment Authorization Asylum Clock (Center for Immigrants’ Rights and the Legal Action Center, 2010?) [text]

Tagged Publications.

12 February 2010

New Issues of Australasian J. Dis. & Trauma Studies, Cultures & Conflits, J. Immigr. & Minority Health, JEMS, PTSD Res. Q., Third World Q.


The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies
, no. 1 (2010) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

Cultures & Conflits, no. 75 (Hiver 2009) [contents]
- Special focus on "Crises et organisations internationales."

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 36, no. 3 (2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "Perfectly American: Constructing the Refugee Experience" and "Refugees' Experiences of Home Office Interviews: A Qualitative Study on the Disclosure of Sensitive Personal Information."

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 12, no. 1 (Feb. 2010) [contents]
- Special focus: "Immigration Worldwide."

PTSD Research Quarterly, vol. 20, no. 4 (Fall 2009) [full-text]
- Focus is on the "Impact of Disasters and Political Violence on Mental Health in Latin America."

Third World Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 1 (2010) [contents]
- Special issue on "Governance, Development and the South: Contesting EU Policies."

Tagged Periodicals.

09 February 2010

Publications: Accountability/Emergency Relief, Humanitarian Futures, Psychosocial Support/Haiti, Signatories/AU IDP Convention, Security/Somalia

The Changing Security Situation in Somalia: Implications for Humanitarian Action (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Jan. 2010) [text]

Guidance Note for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support: Haiti Earthquake Emergency Response (IASC, Jan. 2010) [text]

Humanitarian Horizons: A Practitioners' Guide to the Future (Feinstein International Center, Jan. 2010) [text]

List of Countries which have signed, ratified/acceded to the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention) (as of 31 Dec. 2009) (UNHCR Addis, 2010) [text]

Quality and Accountability in New Emergencies: Quick Reference for Staff (HAP, Feb. 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

08 February 2010

New Issues of Coping w/ Crisis, Disasters, JHA, Mig. Soc.

Coping with Crisis, no. IV (2009) [full-text]
- Focus is on psychosocial issues and research.

Disasters, early view (Feb. 2010) [access]
- Series of articles now online which appear to be part of an upcoming special issue
on the "social dynamics of humanitarian action."

Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (5 Feb. 2010) [full-text]
- New article entitled "Why was there still malnutrition in Ethiopia in 2008? Causes and humanitarian accountability."

Migrations Société, vol. 22, no. 127 (Jan. 2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Tagged Periodicals.

06 February 2010

Detention in Europe

JRS Europe's "Detention in Europe" project reported recently on the new Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) resolution on the detention of asylum-seekers and irregular migrants in Europe. They provide a summary of the resolution, and include links to the texts of not only the resolution, but also of PACE's recommendation and the background report of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population's rapporteur.

For more information on the detention conditions in individual European countries, browse JRS' "Information by Countries" pages and the Global Detention Project's country profiles.

[Photo credit: JRS Europe]

Tagged Publications.

05 February 2010

Publications: Detention/Australia, Disaster Recovery, Forced Labor & Child Soldiers, GHP Meeting, Housing Commentary, Humanitarian Action Rpt.

Brief Commentary on Article 21 (Housing) of the 1951 Refugee Convention (Displacement Solutions, posted Feb. 2010) [access]
- Note: This is a Word doc.

Global Humanitarian Platform Meeting (Feb. 2010) [access]
- Documents from the meeting are available.

"The Health of People in Australian Immigration Detention Centres," Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 192, no. 2 (Jan. 2010) [text via JRS Europe]

Humanitarian Action Report 2010: Partnering for Children in Emergencies (UNICEF, Feb. 2010) [access]

The Industrial Organization of Rebellion: The Logic of Forced Labor and Child Soldiering, HiCN Working Paper 72 (IDS, Jan. 2010) [text]

Virtual Issue on Earthquakes, Disasters (2010) [access]
- Collection of free articles from Disasters journal: "Over the years Disasters has published important articles on urban disaster recovery, cost effectiveness of disaster preparedness, post-earthquake delivery of relief and livelihood support, and survivor needs and the psychological impact of earthquakes, which can inform practitioners and policy-makers involved in disaster relief and reconstruction efforts in Haiti."

Tagged Publications.

04 February 2010

Publications: Accountability Principles, Aid Worker Prot./Darfur, Lessons Learned/Haiti, Refugees/DRC, Stateless/Jordan, U.S. Immig. System Reform


Lessons Learned from Past Experience for International Agencies in Haiti (CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Feb. 2010) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Summarizes key lessons from Rising from the Ashes: Development Strategies at Times of Disaster.

Principles of Accountability (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, Jan. 2010) [text]

The Protection of Aid Workers: Principled Protection and Humanitarian Security in Darfur, Security in Practice 2 (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Feb. 2010) [text via Human Security Gateway]

Reforming the Immigration System: Proposals to Promote Independence, Fairness, Efficiency, and Professionalism in the Adjudication of Removal Cases (American Bar Association, 2010) [text]

Refugees in Eastern DRC: A Discussion Document (International Alert, Jan. 2010) [text]

Stateless Again: Palestinian-Origin Jordanians Deprived of their Nationality (Human Rights Watch, Feb. 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

03 February 2010

Publications: Accountability, HIV & Malaria Control Programmes, Humanitarian Space, Migrants/Italy, Property Issues, Refugee Repatriation

2010 Improving Accountability Workshop (HAP, Jan. 2010) [access] [access]
- Selection of presentations available.

"Conflict-affected Displaced Persons Need to Benefit More from HIV and Malaria National Strategic Plans and Global Fund Grants," Conflict and Health 4:2 (29 Jan. 2010) [text]

Homeward Bound? Towards a New and Political Understanding of Refugee Repatriation, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 185 (UNHCR, Feb. 2010) [text]

Over the Wall: A Tour of Italy's Migrant Centres (MSF, Jan. 2010) [text]

Safeguarding Humanitarian Space: A Review of Key Challenges for UNHCR, PDES/2010/01 (UNHCR, Feb. 2010) [text]

Solving Property Issues of Refugees and Displaced Persons, Resolution 178 (Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly, Jan. 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Legal Items: Asylum Lawmaking, Climate Change & Statelessness, Non-Conv. Refugees, Preventing Child Trafficking, Prima Facie RSD, Temporary Protection

'Disappearing States', Statelessness and the Boundaries of International Law, UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2010-2 (SSRN, Jan. 2010) [text]

"Optimal discretion in asylum lawmaking," International Review of Law and Economics, vol. 30, no. 1 (March 2010) [free full-text]

Prima facie determination of refugee status: An overview and its legal foundation, RSC Working Paper, no. 55 (RSC, Jan. 2010) [text]

Refugees: The Good, the Bad and the Environmental? (IntLawGrrls, Jan. 2010) [text]

Status Anxiety: Complementary Protection and the Rights of Non-Convention Refugees, UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2010-1 (SSRN, Jan. 2010) [text]

Taking Prevention Seriously: Developing a Comprehensive Response to Child Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation (SSRN, Jan. 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

More February Deadlines

Here are two calls for papers with rapidly approaching deadlines:

- A special journal issue on forced migration and mobilities research seeks papers "analysing environmentally induced migration from a mobilities perspective." The deadline is 5 February 2010.

- The deadline for submitting abstracts for the CRS Annual Student Conference, "(Un) Routed Identities: Borders, Boundaries, and Betweens," has been extended to 15 February 2010.

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

02 February 2010

Publications: Climate Case Studies, Haiti Reconstruction, IDPs/Serbia, Iraqis/Jordan, Irregular Migration, Preventing Corruption, Rohingya/Malaysia

Addressing the Humanitarian Challenges of Climate Change: Regional and National Perspectives - Case Studies on Climate Change Adaptation (IASC, Jan. 2010) [text]

Conference on Irregular Migration: Legal and Policy Perspectives (Center for Migration Studies & IOM, Jan. 2010) [access]
- Statements, presentations and background papers are available.

Living in Limbo: Iraqi Young Women and Men in Jordan (Women's Refugee Commission, Dec. 2009) [text]

Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Operations: A Handbook of Good Practices (Transparency International, Feb. 2010) [text via ReliefWeb]

Reconstructing Haiti (Oxfam, Jan. 2010) [text]

Report of the Representative of the Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Walter Kälin: addendum, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/13/21/Add.1 (UNGA, Human Rights Council, Dec. 2009) [text via Refworld]

Trapped in a cycle of flight: Stateless Rohingya in Malaysia (Equal Rights Trust, Jan. 2010) [text via FMO]

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New RSC Working Papers

The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) has posted the following five new working papers:
  • no. 59. From ethnic insiders to refugee outsiders: A community level ethnography of Greek Cypriot identity formation and transference since displacement [text]
  • no. 58. Civilian protection in Sri Lanka under threat [text]
  • no. 57. The securitisation of asylum: Protecting UK residents [text]
  • no. 56. Did 9/11 matter? Securitisation of asylum and migration in the European Union from 1992 to 2008 [text]
  • no. 55. Prima facie determination of refugee legal status: An overview of its legal foundation [text]
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New Issues of AJEM, Humit. Exchange, ICRC Review, RSC News

Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 25, no. 1 (Jan. 2010) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 45 (Dec. 2009) [full-text]
- Features articles on humanitarian action in Colombia.

International Review of the Red Cross, no. 875 (Sept. 2009) [full-text]
- Special issue on displacement, now available in full on the ICRC site.

RSC Newsletter, no. 5 (Spring 2010) [full-text]
- News from the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC).

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01 February 2010

Humanitarian Assistance: Assessing Performance, Evidence-based Decision-making, Reform Progress

1. ALNAP has issued the first The State of the Humanitarian System: Assessing Performance and Progress (Jan. 2010). This pilot report's objective, as indicated in the executive summary, was:
to provide a system-level mapping and assessment of international humanitarian assistance. To this end, the report 1) defines key criteria for assessing system performance and progress, 2) assesses the system’s performance over the past two years against these criteria, 3) presents new, previously unavailable descriptive statistics and 4) highlights some new initiatives in policy and practice.
The introduction describes the scope and methodology used, chapter 2 reviews the composition of the humanitarian system, and chapter 3 assesses performance. The plan is to repeat this assessment on a biennial basis.

2. A recent HPN Network Paper examines "Evidence-based Decision-making in Humanitarian Assistance" (Dec. 2009). The report "highlights key concepts in evidence-based practices, examines recommendations from recent published humanitarian reviews, and presents options to strengthen evidence-based decision-making in the design, implementation and evaluation of humanitarian assistance."

3. The most recent edition of Humanitarian Exchange includes an article entitled "Humanitarian reform: a progress report," which highlights findings from the Synthesis Report Review of Engagement of NGOs with the Humanitarian Reform Process.

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