30 April 2010
- Video on how linguists are studying immigrant and diaspora groups in New York City in the interest of preserving declining languages.
FMO Photo Gallery [access]
- FMO recently relaunched its photo collection. It now offers 600 images that can be browsed and searched. The photo shown on the right is from FMO's latest collection of photos of self-settled refugees in Uganda.
IRIN Talks [access]
- Weekly podcast series.
Living in Limbo (BBC, April 2010) [access]
- Documentary on failed asylum seekers in the UK.
Seeking Asylum in the UK (Red Cross, April 2010) [access]
- Podcast of a woman from Cameroon recounting her experience as a refugee.
Sergio Documentary Highlights a Life Committed to UN Principles (WorldBridge Blog, April 2010) [text]
- Information on a forthcoming documentary on Sergio Vieira de Mello, UN Special Representative in Iraq.
Tagged Web Sites/Tools.
Publications: Humanitarian Assist./Burma, Immigr. Detention/US, Language Issues & Research, Migrant Smug., Push-backs/Italy, Separated Children/Neth.
Locked Up But Not Forgotten: Opening Access to Family & Community in the Immigration Detention System (NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic et al., April 2010) [text via NYT] - See related NYT article.
Migrant Smuggling Issue Papers (UNODC, April 2010) [access]
- Two titles currently available.
Non-written Languages and Refugee Research (Andrew Rasmussen's blog, April 2010) [text]
Position paper on the return of separated children to reception houses in countries of origin (Defence for Children-ECPAT & UNICEF, April 2010) [text]
Report to the Italian Government on the visit to Italy carried out by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) from 27 to 31 July 2009 (European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, April 2010) [text]
- Examines Italy's "push-back" policy; see also press release.
29 April 2010
The Universal Periodic Review is a "process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years." It is structured to provide each State the opportunity "to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations."
The next session (9th) is scheduled for November 2010. The U.S. is one of the countries slated for review. As a result, a number of NGOs and other organizations have prepared reports for the UN Human Rights Council that express their concerns regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees and provide proposals for reform. These will eventually be made available via the UPR web site but in the interim, here are a few examples of submissions that focus on the U.S. record:
- Human Rights First Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Human Rights First, March 2010) [text]
- Submission by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Compilation Report Universal Periodic Review: United States of America (UNHCR, April 2010) [text]
- Takin' it to the Council (IntLawGrrls, April 2010) [text] (blog post that links to four different reports compiled by immigrant and refugee rights organizations)
- Universal Periodic Review: United States (Human Rights Watch, March 2010) [text] (see subsection on "Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers")
The U.S. State Department has more information on the UPR process and how to provide feedback.
UNHCR has prepared submissions on other countries as well; these can be accessed via Refworld. Not all country profiles are currently available but no doubt will be posted in the near future.
See UPR-Info.org and UPR Watch for more general information on the UPR process; both sites allow you to search by theme (e.g., "asylum seekers," "refugees," etc.), but the latter produces more focused results.[Photo credit for Human Rights Council image: US Mission in Geneva]
28 April 2010
Connecticut Journal of International Law, vol. 25, no. 1 (Fall 2009) [full-text]
- Includes presentations from symposium on "The Commodification of Human Beings: Exploring the Reality and Future of Modern Day Slavery."
European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 12, no. 2 (2010) [contents]
- Theme of this issue is "The Laws of Undocumented Migration."
Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (2008-2009) [full-text]
- Includes presentations from symposium on "Immigrants' Rights: From Global to Local."
"Negotiating the Claim to Inclusion: Statelessness and the Contestation of the Limits of Citizenship," CLPE Research Paper No. 07/2010 (March 2010) [text via SSRN]
"Performing Refugeeness in the Czech Republic: Gendered Depoliticisation through NGO Assistance," Gender, Place & Culture, vol. 17, no. 4 (2010) [text via SSRN]
"Rethinking Immigration Detention," Columbia Law Review Sidebar, vol. 110 (2010) [text via SSRN]
"What a Multilateral Solution for North Korean Refugee Resettlement Can Learn from the Indochinese Refugee Crisis," Journal of International Law and International Relations (Winter 2010) [text via SSRN]
Tagged Periodicals and Publications.
Legal/Policy Items: Asylum Lawmaking, Asylum System/EU, Case Law/France, Human Rights & Emergencies, Iraqi Refugee Crisis,
- Link leads to texts of decisions discussed in article.
Human Rights, Emergencies, and the Rule of Law (SSRN, April 2010) [text]
"The Iraqi Refugee Crisis: Whose Problem Is It? Existing Obligations under International Law, Proposal to Create a New Protocol to the 1967 Refugee Convention, & U.S. Foreign Policy Recommendations to the Obama Administration," Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, vol. 19, no. 1 (Winter 2010) [text]
"Optimal Discretion in Asylum Lawmaking," International Review of Law and Economics, vol. 30, no. 1 (March 2010) [free full-text]
Towards a Common European Asylum System: Explanatory Note (European Parliament, April 2010) [text]
27 April 2010
Publications: Chronic Disease/US, Civilian Prot./Iraq, Family Reunion/UK, Livelihoods/Haiti, Statistics/US, Unacc. Minors/Spain, Viol. against Women
Iraq: Civilians under Fire (Amnesty International, April 2010) [text]
- Chapter 6 focuses on displaced people.
Livelihoods and the Humanitarian Response in Haiti (Women's Refugee Commission, April 2010) [text]
'One Day We Will Be Reunited': Experiences of Refugee Family Reunion in the UK (Scottish Refugee Council, April 2010) [text]
Refugees and Asylees: 2009 (U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics, April 2010) [text]
Report on conditions and abuses in Basque centre for unaccompanied foreign minors (Statewatch, April 2010) [text]
Les violences faites aux femmes pendant leur voyage clandestin: Algérie, France, Espagne, Maroc, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 188 (UNHCR, April 2010) [text]
Refugee Contribution to British Life, UCL Bloomsbury Theatre, 12 May 2010 [info]
- Lecture by the Archbishop of Canterbury; register by 5 May 2010.
COI Training, Blended Learning Course, 25 May -18 June 2010 [info]
- E-training course, which includes a face-to-face meeting in Vienna, 24 June 2010; register by 10 May 2010.
Boundaries, borders and belonging: a workshop to explore migration, citizenship and global development, University of Leeds, 11 May 2010 [info]
- "This workshop on migration and citizenship aims to facilitate an exchange of ideas and networking between researchers from multiple disciplinary perspectives."
Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2010, "The complexity of powerlessness: What makes human rights law perform," University of Oxford, 26 May 2010 [info]
- Lecture given by Professor Saskia Sassen.
FY 2010 Funding Opportunity Announcement to Strengthen Evidence-based Decision Making, Conduct Assessments, and Conduct Research Relevant to PRM-Funded Humanitarian Programs Worldwide, U.S. Department of State [info]
- Deadline for proposal submission is 28 May 2010.
Eighth Annual Winter Course on Forced Migration, Kolkata, 1-15 December 2010 [info]
- Register by 31 May 2010.
Building Resilience Under Pressure and Managing Others in High Stress Environments, London, 22 June 2010 [info]
- Led by InterHealth and the Management Centre.
26 April 2010
- Mix of articles including two book reviews on the humanitarian world and Sergio Vieira de Mello, respectively.
Disaster Prevention and Management, vol. 19, no. 2 (2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Disasters and 'responsibility to protect' – should nations force aid on others?".
Field Exchange, no. 38 (April 2010) [full-text]
- Mix of field and research reports on nutrition issues; includes "Review of NGO engagement with the humanitarian reform process" and "Review of tools developed by the Global Nutrition Cluster" and an Agency Profile of UNHCR.
Refugee Research Network E-Newsletter, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 2010) [full-text]
Women's Asylum News, no. 91 (April 2010) [full-text via Refworld]
- Lead article is "Rape and sexual violence: the experiences of refugee women in the UK."
Publications: Env. Emerg., Intl. Law & Climate Victims, Ref. Policy/Bosnia, Returns/DRC, Sexual Viol./DRC, Unacc. Minors/Europe, Xenophobia/S. Africa
- From Thomas Hammarberg's blog.
Environmental Emergencies: Learning from multilateral response to disasters (UNEP & OCHA, 2009; launched April 2010 for Earth Day) [text via ReliefWeb]
DR Congo: Unstable Areas Endanger Returns (Refugees International, April 2010) [text]
International Law and the Victims of Climate Change: Creating a Framework for Managing Impacts and Displaced People (American Security Project, April 2010) [text via Towards Recognition]
May 2008 Violence against Foreign Nationals in South Africa: Understanding Causes and Evaluating Responses (FMSP, CoRMSA & Oxfam, April 2010) [text]
"Now, The World Is Without Me": An investigation of sexual violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative & Oxfam, April 2010) [text]
"The Politicisation of Humanitarian Assistance: Refugee and IDP Policy in Bosnia and Herzegovina," Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (April 2010) [text]
17 April 2010
Publications: Children's Health & Conflict, IDP Children/Burma, Emergency Needs/Iraq, EU Integration
Emergency Needs Assessments: Four Years of Post-Samarra Displacement in Iraq (IOM, April 2010) [text via Human Security Gateway]
Hirsi and Others v. Italy: Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, March 2010) [text]
Integration of Beneficiaries of International Protection in the European Union - Recommendations to the European Ministerial Conference on Integration, Zaragosa (15 and 16 April 2010) (UNHCR, April 2010) [text]
The Impact of Violent Conflict on Child Health: What Are the Channels?, Policy Briefing no. 6 (MICROCON, April 2010) [text]
16 April 2010
Publications: Aid & Security/Kenya, Cash Transfers, Civilian Protection/Sudan, Involuntary Resettlement/Sri Lanka, Lesbian & Gay Asylum-Seekers/UK
Failing the Grade: Home Office initial decisions on lesbian and gay claims for asylum (UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group, April 2010) [text]
Innovative approaches for involuntary resettlement (UN-HABITAT, 2009; posted 2010) [text via PreventionWeb]
Sudan: No complacency on protecting civilians (Refugees International, April 2010) [text]
Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship Between Aid and Security in Kenya (Feinstein International Center, April 2010) [text]
- Mix of articles.
INSCAN, vol. 23, no. 4 (Spring 2010) [contents]
- Includes special feature on mental health services.
New Zealand Law Review, vol. 2009, pt. 2 [contents]
- Special issue on "Human Rights at the Frontier: An International Human Rights Law Perspective on New Zealand’s Immigration Legislation." Includes "Status Anxiety: The New Zealand Immigration Bill and the Rights of Non-Convention Refugees" and "Non-Refoulement on the basis of Socio-Economic Deprivation: The Scope of Complementary Protection in International Human Rights Law."
The Researcher, vol. 5, no. 1 (March 2010) [full-text via Refworld]
- Includes the following articles: "International Humanitarian Law in Subsidiary Protection Applications"; "Braving the Cold in Calais"; "The Rights of Minors to be Heard in Asylum Cases"; "Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)"; "Recent Developments in Refugee and Immigration Law"; "Case Study: Domestic Violence and Access to Protection"; and "Recent Developments in UNHCR Ireland."
Resettlement News, no. 20 (July 2009) [full-text]
- Lead article is "Transparency and Accountability in Resettlement Programmes."
Resettlement News, no. 21 (Jan. 2010) [full-text]
- Lead article is "IHA's Draft Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP): Experts Find Shortcomings, Omissions and Errors in the Draft Protocol."
15 April 2010
Multimedia: ECHR, Humanitarian Obligation, Land Disputes/Liberia, Urban Refugees/Kenya, Women IDPs/Colombia
- Marks the 60th anniversary of the Convention.
From Common Humanity to Humanitarian Obligation: Suffering Strangers, Progress, and Emergencies (Social Science Research Council, March 2010) [access]
Hidden Voices: Urban Refugees in Nairobi, Kenya (International Rescue Committee & MediaServe International, March 2010) [access]
We are in the water already: Land disputes in post-conflict Liberia (Danish Institute for International Studies, 2010) [access]
The women of Mampujan: Colombian displaced persons reconstructing communities, reclaiming the towns they left (Andrew Rasmussen's blog, March 2010) [access]
Tagged Web Sites/Tools.
14 April 2010
Legal Items: De Facto Statelessness, GDISC Asylum Conf., Refoulement/Italy, RSD/South Africa, UDHR & Protection
"On Dignity and Whether the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Remains a Place of Refuge after 60 Years," American University International Law Review, vol. 25, no. 1 (2009) [text]
Protection and Pragmatism: Addressing Administrative Failures in South Africa’s Refugee Status Determination Decisions (FMSP, April 2010) [text]
Pushing Back Against Italy's "Push-Back" Policy (IntLawGrrls blog, April 2010) [text]
UNHCR and De Facto Statelessness (UNHCR, April 2010) [text]
- Courses include "Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of Refugees," 6-10 June 2010; "Refugee Participation: Where is the Voice of the Refugees," 13-17 June 2010; "Introduction to International Refugee Law," 20-26 June 2010. Application deadline is 1 May 2010.
"Unaccompanied Minors Expert Level Meeting," General Directors' Immigration Services Conference, Oslo, 4-5 May 2010 [info]
"International Refugee Law and Contemporary Challenges," HREA & the Human Rights Center of the University for Peace, 26 May–6 July 2010 [info]
- E-learning certificate course. Register by 10 May 2010.
"How Country Information Can Assist in Refugee Status Determination: Half Day Courses on Afghanistan, Iran and Sri Lanka," UK Immigration Advisory Service), dates range from 13 May to 30 June 2010 [info]
"Solidarity and Protection: Our obligations at home and abroad," Ottawa, 3-5 June 2010 [info]
- Register by 14 May 2010 for reduced fees.
UNHCR Annual Consultations with Non-Governmental Organizations, Geneva, 29 June-1 July 2010 [info]
- Register by 5 June 2010.
"Challenges and Commonalities in Providing Objective Evidence for Refugee Status Determination," University of Westminster, 10-11 June 2010 [info]
13 April 2010
New Issues of Austral. Family Physician, Coping w/ Crisis, Env. & Urban., E&RS, Suffolk Trans. Law Rev.
- Special feature on "Culture and diversity"; includes "Compassionate listening: Managing psychological trauma in refugees" and "Vitamin B12 deficiency: Why refugee patients are at high risk."
Coping with Crisis, no. 1 (2010) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.
Criminology & Public Policy, vol. 9, no. 2 (May 2010) [contents]
- Special issue on "Identifying Human Trafficking Victims."
Environment and Urbanization, vol. 22, no. 1 (April 2010) [contents]
- Special issue on "Governance, migration and local development."
Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 33, no. 5 (2010) [contents]
- Special issue on "Young People, Ethnicity and Social Capital."
Suffolk Transnational Law Review, vol. 33, no. 1 (Winter 2010) [contents]
- Lead articles focus on the responsibility to protect in Rwanda. Also includes "The Plight Of The Persecuted: The European Union And United States Asylum Law."
12 April 2010
I would like to invite readers to help me compile a list of remarkable films that share useful insights into refugee, asylum and forced migration issues. Please provide your nominations by leaving a comment to this post with all the relevant details, including what you liked about the film(s). I'll circulate a consolidated list at a future point in time.
Thanks for your suggestions!
- For an example of a related film list, check out "Top War & Peace Films of the Decade."
- The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival will be in New York in June.
Forced Migration Review has issued a call for papers for its October 2010 issue on the Democratic Republic of Congo/Great Lakes region. A number of publications have recently been made available on the DRC, including:
Congo: Refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (ReliefWeb, March 2010) [access]
Congo's Refugee Crisis (IRIN, April 2010) [access]
- In-depth news report.
Democratic Republic of Congo: Over 2.1 million IDPs in the context of deteriorating humanitarian conditions (IDMC & NRC, Feb. 2010) [text]
- Country profile.
DR Congo: Precarious conditions for refugees returning home (WorldBridge Blog, Feb. 2010) [text]
- Blog post.
DRC Congo: Spotlight on the Equateur Crisis (Refugees International, March 2010) [text]
- Field report.
Refugees in Eastern DRC: A Discussion Document (International Alert, Jan. 2010) [text]
Who Belongs Where? Conflict, Displacement, Land and Identity in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (International Refugee Rights Initiative & Social Science Research Council, March 2010) [text]
- Working paper.
09 April 2010
Publications: Biharis/Bangladesh, Children & Armed Conflict Guide, Returnees/Liberia, Community-based Protection, Urban IDPs/Uganda
Children and Armed Conflict: A Guide to International Humanitarian and Human Rights (International Bureau for Children's Rights, 2010) [text]
Ex-combatants, Returnees, Land and Conflict in Liberia, Working Paper, no. 5 (DIIS, 2010) [text]
Safety with dignity: Integrating community based protection into humanitarian programming, Network Paper, no. 68 (HPN, March 2010) [text]
Why Being Able to Return Home Should be Part of Transitional Justice: Urban IDPs in Kampala and their Quest for a Durable Solution, Working Paper, no. 2 (Beyond Juba, March 2010) [text]
08 April 2010
Publications: Accountability, Asylum Backlog/UK, Human Security, Labour Market/EU, Violence against Women/Afghanistan
- Meeting report; see also speaking notes and lessons learned.
"Hearing Their Voices and Meeting Their Needs: Victims of Violence Against Women in Afghanistan," Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (April 2010) [text]
Human Security: Report of the Secretary-General, UN Doc. No. A/64/701 (UN General Assembly, March 2010) [text via UN Pulse]
Promote the Inclusion of Refugees and Asylum Seekers into the Labour Market (ECRE, April 2010) [text]
- Recommendations for the 2010 Ministerial Conference on Integration.
UK Border Agency: Follow–up on Asylum Cases and E–Borders Programme (UK House of Commons, April 2010) [text]
07 April 2010
Several other resources that focus on gang-related claims for asylum, particularly in the U.S. context, have recently become available, including:
- Chief of Asylum Division Rules that Former Gang Membership can be the Basis for a "Particular Social Group" (ILW, April 2010) [text]
- "Examining the Board of Immigration Appeals' Social Visibility Requirement for Victims of Gang Violence Seeking Asylum," Maine Law Review, vol. 62, no. 1 (2010) [info]
- Matter of S-E-G and Gang-based Asylum Claims [access]
A forthcoming resource from UNHCR on this issue is "Living in a World of Violence: An Introduction to the Gang Phenomenon," the background research report for the aforementioned note.
06 April 2010
Publications: Alerta Rpt., Asylum Bill/Canada, HIV Guidelines, Info. Mgmt., Preventing Displacement, Transitional Justice
Guidelines for Addressing HIV in Humanitarian Settings (IASC, Dec. 2009; posted March 2010) [text]
- Update of "Addressing HIV/AIDS Interventions in Emergency Settings" (2004).
Present Humanitarian Information Management: Its Accessibility, Inclusiveness and Offline Crowdsourcing (Harvard International Review, 2010?) [text]
Prevention of forced displacement: the inconsistencies of a concept, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 186 (UNHCR, April 2010) [text]
Reconceiving refugees and internally displaced persons as transitional justice actors, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 187 (UNHCR, April 2010) [text]
Speed, but at What Cost? (IntLawGrrls Blog, April 2010) [text]
05 April 2010
- Mix of articles.
Humanitarian Exchange, no. 46 (March 2010) [full-text]
- Focus is "Humanitarian Protection"; includes "A community-based approach to refugee protection in a protracted refugee situation."
Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (April 2010) [full-text]
- Two new articles: "Commitment and Implementation Gap in Managing the Internal Displacement Crisis: Case Studies of Colombia and Liberia" and "A Safe Place to Call Home: Securing the Right of Rwandan Genocide Survivors to Resettlement Outside Rwanda."
Yale Journal of International Affairs, vol. 5, no. 1 (Winter 2010) [full-text]
- Includes discussion on development aid.
Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, vol. 11 (2008) [contents]
- Published April 2010. Mix of articles.
02 April 2010
Publications: Homelessness/Hungary, Reconstruction/Haiti, Right to Work, Shelter/Sri Lanka, Unacc. Minors/EU
Banking on solutions: A real-time evaluation of UNHCR's shelter grant programme for returning displaced people in northern Sri Lanka (UNHCR, March 2010) [text]
Guidance Note on Refugee Claims Relating to Victims of Organized Gangs (UNHCR, March 2010) [text]
Haiti: Stabilisation and Reconstruction after the Quake (International Crisis Group, March 2010) [text]
"The Michigan Guidelines on the Right to Work," Michigan Journal of International Law, vol. 31, no. 2 (March 2010) [text] [text via FMO] [explanatory note]
Refugee Homelessness in Hungary (UNHCR, March 2010) [text]
[Photo credit: "Down and Out in Budapest," UNHCR/B.Szandelszky]
01 April 2010
- Conference organized by the Programme for the Study of Global Migration (Graduate Institute, Geneva) and the Institut d'Ethnologie (Université de Neuchâtel), with support from UNHCR.
"Disabled refugees and asylum seekers: key issues in support," London, 14 April 2010 [info]
- Talk by ICAR staff members at City University's Centre for Disability and Social Inclusion.
The Humanitarian Studies Course, Boston, 18-28 April 2010 [info]
- Course organized by Brigham and Women's Hospital's Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs.
"Environmentally Induced Migration and Climate Change," New York, 20 April 2010 [info]
- Seminar organized by UNITAR.
"Mitigating Risk of Gender-Based Violence," Addis Ababa, 27-30 April 2010 [info] [more info]
- Course organized by the Women's Refugee Commission, with support from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
"The Common European Asylum Policy: Towards a Balanced, Flexible and Comprehensive System," Brussels, 29 April 2010 [info]
- Conference organized by the Centre for Parliamentary Studies.
[Photo credit: Environmentally induced Migration and Climate Change, UNITAR]
Cambodia: New Regulations Fail Refugees (HRW, March 2010) [text]
Joint NGO Statement to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights on the Protection of Refugees in Southeast Asia (APRRN, March 2010) [text]
Lack of India refugee law leaves many in limbo (AlertNet, March 2010) [text]
Milestone in Asia as Ethiopian man is granted South Korean citizenship (UNHCR, March 2010) [text]
Refugee Regime under SAARC: An Agenda for Action (APRRN, April 2010) [text]
Tajikistan: Fears of Refugee Influx May Lead to Legal Reform (HR Brief Blog, March 2010) [text]
For more info.:
Refugee Law Reader now has regional sections; see IV, "Asian Framework for Refugee Protection."
See map of States Parties to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and/or its 1967 Protocol.
- Asia Focus (2/10)
- Asia Focus: Round-up of Resources (11/09)
- Regional Focus: Asia (4/09)