Humanitarian Action under Scrutiny: Criminalizing Humanitarian Engagement (HPCR, Feb. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
Migrants in an Irregular Situation Employed in Domestic Work: Fundamental Rights Challenges for the European Union and its Member States (European Agency for Fundamental Rights, July 2011) [text via Refworld]
Refugees, Migrants and the Equality Act 2010: A Briefing for Public Authorities (Equality and Diversity Forum, June 2011) [text]
Refugees, Migrants and the Equality Act 2010: A Briefing for Refugee and Migrant Community Organisations (Equality and Diversity Forum & REAP, June 2011) [text]
UNHCR's Response to the Somali Displacement Crisis into Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya (UNHCR, July 2011) [text]
Access Denied: A Conversation on Unauthorized Im/migration and Health [access] - "The aim of this blog is to challenge readers and contributors to re-think the political common sense that denies migrants and immigrants access to health care and impedes their capacity to enjoy the social determinants of good health."
Ensuring Access to Health Care: Operational Guidance on Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas (UNHCR, 2011) [text]
"Equity and Access: Understanding Emergency Health Service Use by Newly Arrived Refugees,"Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 195, no. 2 (July 2011) [full-text]
"Floods in Pakistan: A Public Health Crisis," Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 89, no. 3 (March 2011) [full-text]
- Bi-monthly updates from the Asylum Research Consultancy that provide "an update of Country Guidance case law, UKBA publications and developments in refugee producing countries."
CRS Report: Country Conditions Are the Driving Force Behind Asylum Seekers (The Asylumist, July 2011) [text]
The Use of Country of Origin Information in Deciding Asylum Applications: A Thematic Inspection (Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, July 2011) [text] - "While Case Owners are generally familiar with, and use, the reports produced by the Country of Origin Information Service (COIS), I found evidence that country information had been used selectively or otherwise inappropriately in decision-making. In addition, there was inconsistency in the way Case Owners obtained information in the absence of a COIS report and in the way it was referenced in decision letters to asylum applicants."
"Country of Origin Information," European Asylum Curriculum [info]
- Online portion begins 16 Jan. 2012, face-to-face dates are 14-17 Feb. 2012; register by 15 Nov. 2011.
"Improving Member States Asylum Systems and Defining Good Practices," European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, 22-23 Sept. 2011 [info]
- Includes a session on "Country of Origin Information: collection and use in individual cases."
"Researching Country of Origin Information," COI Training Network [info]
- The next Blended Learning course will take place in Sept. 2011.
British Journal of Sociology, vol. 62, no. 1 (March 2011) [free full-text]
- Focus is on "The Displaced and Dispossessed of Darfur." See also related podcast.
Columbia Human Rights Law Review, vol. 42, no. 3 (Spring 2011) [full-text] - Mix of articles, including "Refugees and the Biometric Future: the Impact of Biometrics on Refugees and Asylum Seekers," "Beyond the Guantánamo Bind: Pragmatic Multilateralism in Refugee Resettlement" and "Unsettling Developments: Terrorism and the New Case for Enhancing Protection and Humanitarian Assistance for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, Including Victims of Natural Disasters."
Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, vol. 18, no. 3 (June 2011) [contents] - Special "focus on temporal and spatial encounters with waiting and (im)mobility among migrants." Includes "Waiting for what? The feminization of asylum in protracted situations," "Where asylum-seekers wait: feminist counter-topographies of sites between states" and "Dublin II and Eurodac: examining the (un)intended(?) consequences."
Harvard Human Rights Journal, vol. 24, no. 1 (2011) [full-text] - Mix of articles.
Journal of East Asia and International Law, vol. 3, no. 2 (2010) [contents] - Focus is on "Human Rights Protection of the Vulnerable in an Age of Globalization."
Following up on this earlier post, here are two blog posts by Jaya Ramji-Nogales at IntLawGrrls which further explore the intersection of international criminal law and refugee law via a detailed analysis of two recent court cases.
International criminal law meets non-refoulement [text] - Discusses "how international criminal courts should address refugee claims that arise as a result of involvement in their legal processes."
Refugee law meets international criminals [text] - Discusses "how refugee determination processes should address the alleged commission of international crimes by refugee claimants."
Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking Within a ‘Non-Refoulement’ Framework: is Complementary Protection an Effective Alternative in Canada and Australia? [abstract]
Cessation and Assessment of New Circumstances: a Comment on Abdulla, CJEU, 2 March 2010 [abstract] [conf. paper]
A Double Bind: Malta and the Rescue of Unwanted Migrants at Sea, a Legal Anthropological Perspective on the Humanitarian Law of the Sea [abstract]
Also included are two UNHCR documents from a recent meeting on climate change and displacement, and a review of the book The Securitization of Humanitarian Migration: Digging Moats and Sinking Boats (Routledge 2009).
Implementation of the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, July 2011) [text]
"Prevalence of Victims of Torture in the Health Screening of Quota Refugees in New Zealand during 2007–2008 and Implications for Follow-up Care," Journal of the New Zealand Medical Association, vol 124, no. 1338 (July 2011) [full-text]
Protecting the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons in Natural Disasters: Challenges in the Pacific (OHCHR, April 2011) [text]
"Refugees, Mass Casualties, and Hepatitis B Transmission," Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 204, no. 3 (August 2011) [full-text]
Seeking Asylum: A Case of Zimbabwean Asylum Seekers in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Humanities (Univ. of the Witwatersrand, 2011) [text]
Better Protected? Stabilisation Strategies and the Protection of Civilians, Geneva, 25 March 2011 [summary]
Expert Seminar: Shared Responsibility in International Refugee Protection, Amsterdam, 30 May 2011 [summary]
The Nansen Lecture: "The Changing Face of Displacement in the 21st Century," New York, 20 June 2011 [access]
- Keynote by Jan Egeland.
Regional Workshop on Internal Displacement Caused by Natural Disasters and Climate Change in the Pacific, Suva, Fiji, 3 May 2011 [report]
Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate, New York, 23-25 May 2011 [access]
- Conference materials, powerpoints, notes, video recordings and other background resources are available.
Harnessing the Power of Evaluation in Humanitarian Action: An initiative to improve understanding and use of evaluation (ALNAP, June 2011) [text]
"One Mouth Too Many," New York Times Magazine, 1 July 2011 [full-text] - Profile of RefugePoint's work in Kenya.
Reference Guide II: Normative Decisions of Key Governing Bodies of Funds, Programmes and Specialized Agencies of the United Nations System in Humanitarian Assistance, Policy and Studies Series, vol. 1, no. 3 (OCHA, 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
Ten Observations on the Challenges of Humanitarian Work in Urban Settings (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, June 2011) [text]
The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) were just held in Geneva from July 4-6. The meeting brings together representatives of governments, IGOs, and NGOs to address issues relating to resettlement. This year, the Refugee Council USA served as the NGO focal point; the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) will serve next year. The Refugee Council co-chaired the meeting with UNHCR and the U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.
On the agenda: - the "widening gap between global resettlement needs and available places" - "problems with the management of the resettlement process" - "the strategic use of resettlement to provide solutions for refugees otherwise not eligible for resettlement" - "the promotion of measures to improve the reception and integration of refugees once they reach their new destination"
Resettlement was also a topic for discussion at the recent UNHCR-NGO Consultations; read the background paper for the session on "Overcoming barriers: Strategies for the robust and effective use of resettlement as a protection tool."
And finally, here are two recently launched resources:
UNHCR-NGO Toolkit for Practical Cooperation on Resettlement (UNHCR et al., June 2011) [access]
- See also related press release. The toolkit "provides practical guidance for the UN refugee agency and NGOs to cooperate in areas such as operational activities; community outreach; information sharing, planning and advocacy; and reception and integration."
UNHCR Resettlement Handbook (UNHCR, revised edition July 2011) [access]
- Serves as the principal reference text for UNHCR's resettlement work.
Armed Non-State Actors and the Protection of Internally Displaced People, Geneva, 23-24 March 2011 [text]
Conference on the Implementation and the Further Development of EAC, Valletta, 21-22 June 2011 [summary] [UNHCR speech]
Iraq: IDPs and Their Prospects for Durable Solutions: Briefing paper presented at the UNHCR annual consultations with non-governmental organisations, 28–30 June 2011, Geneva (IDMC, June 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
North Africa in Transition: Mobility, Forced Migration & Humanitarian Crises, Oxford, 6 May 2011 [workshop report]
Regional Conferences on Refugee Protection and International Migration in Central America, Western Africa, Eastern Africa and Asia: Selected Conference Materials (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]
- Reproduces materials from six conferences.
To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments, Washington, DC, 21 June 2011 [transcript/audio]
These are not the only annual reports available nor are they the most important - they just happen to be the ones that have popped up on my radar recently! For others, browse through these ReliefWeb search results.
Annual Report 2010 (Danish Refugee Council, May 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
Annual Report 2010 (La Trobe Refugee Research Centre, 2011) [text via Refugee Research Network]
Annual Report 2010: Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN, June 2011) [text]
Annual Report 2010 on the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Policies and their Implementation (European Commission, June 2011) [text via Human Security Gateway]
OCHA Annual Report 2010 (OCHA, June 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
UNHCR Global Report 2010 (UNHCR, June 2011) [access]
Failed States Index 2011 (Fund for Peace & Foreign Policy, June 2011) [access] [access] - "The new edition of the index draws on some 130,000 publicly available sources to analyze 177 countries and rate them on 12 indicators of pressure on the state during the year 2010 -- from refugee flows to poverty, public services to security threats. Taken together, a country's performance on this battery of indicators tells us how stable -- or unstable -- it is. ..."
Global Peace Index 2011 (Institute for Economics and Peace, 2011) [text via ReliefWeb] - "This is the fifth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI). It has been expanded to rank 153 independent states and updated with the latest-available figures and information. The index is composed of 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from respected sources, which combine internal and external factors ranging from a nation’s level of military expenditure to its relations with neighbouring countries and the level of respect for human rights."
Complementarities between International Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, and International Human Rights Law, Panel at IASFM13, Kampala, 3-6 July 2011 [info]
- Chaired by Guy Goodwin-Gill; three papers by Agnes Hurwitz, Kate Jastram, and Geoff Gilbert.
Forced Displacement and International Crimes (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]
- Paper commissioned for the Expert Meeting on Complementarities between International Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, and International Human Rights Law, Arusha, 11-13 April 2011; see also an earlier concept note, the agenda and summary conclusions.
"Crosstalk 2.0: Asylum and Communicative Breakdowns," Text & Talk, vol. 31, no. 4 (July 2011) [full-text]
ECRE Recommendations to the Polish Presidency of the EU (ECRE, June 2011) [text]
"English for Communication Purposes among Non-native Speaking Heterogeneous Urban Refugees in Thailand: Discouragement in Bilingual and Biliteracy Development," Modern Journal of Applied Linguistics 3:2 (Summer 2011) [full-text]
No Place for Children: Detention on Christmas Island (Chilout, June 2011) [text via BroCAP]
Too Little, Too Late: Child Protection Funding in Emergencies (Global Protection Cluster, July 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
Breaking into Israel (Unreported World, June 2011) [access] - Video report on African immigrants trying to get to Israel.
Conversations with America: Helping the World’s Refugees (DipNote Blog, June 2011) [access] - Video discussion between Eric Schwartz (U.S. Dept. of State) and George Rupp (IRC).
The Last Survivor (SnagFilms, June 2011) [access] - Presented on World Refugee Day, this film "follows survivors of four different mass atrocity crimes - Darfur, Rwanda, Congo, and the Holocaust."
On the Run: Photography Has a Voice (BBC News, June 2011) [access] - Feature on photographer Espen Rasmussen's work with refugees and IDPs. (HT Refugee Archives.)
Refugee Status in Law and in Practice (Global Conversation, posted May 2011) [access] - Video of Brown University student discussing her senior thesis, "Defining the Borders of the Nation: Refugee Policy, Regime Security, and the Formation of National Identity in Jordan."
Rwanda and the Cessation Clause (LoonarCity Productions, 2011) [access] - Documentary on Rwandan refugees in Uganda who will lose their refugee status come December 2011. (HT SRLAN.)
Slideshow: Palestinian Refugees (Christian Aid, June 2011) [access]
- Companion to report launched on World Refugee Day.