31 October 2012

New Web Sites/Networks

Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS) [access]
- "Dedicated to improving the assessment of needs in complex emergencies and crises" by providing "tools, know-how and training to a wide range of humanitarian actors."

Context [access]
- A humanitarian staff development project that offers a training programme in management and leadership skills and core skills.

Global Protection Cluster [access]
- "The Global Protection Cluster coordinates and provides global level inter-agency policy advice and guidance on the implementation of the cluster approach to Protection Clusters in the field, supports protection responses in non-refugee situation humanitarian action as well as leads standard and policy setting relating to protection in complex and natural disaster humanitarian emergencies, in particular with regard to the protection of internally displaced persons."

Humanitarian Innovation Project [access]
- This project "seeks to explore the emerging and under-researched way in which innovation can be harnessed to transform humanitarian assistance, particularly in relation to refugee protection."

IMPALA: International Migration Policy and Law Analysis Database [access]
- Read the position paper to learn more about this initiative.

Urban Humanitarian Response Portal [access]
- The site provides access to "a searchable inventory of documentation related to emergency response, rehabilitation and reconstruction in urban environments."

When the War Was Over: European Refugees after 1945 [access]
- "We believe that historical case studies such as this provide a valuable means of interpreting contemporary issues concerning the causes of flight, the categorisation of people as refugees and asylum seekers, the incarceration of refugees and Displaced Persons in camps, the experiences of refugees, and so forth."


AidSource [access]
- A humanitarian social network.

Keep in Touch with UNHCR [access]
- "This community brings together former and current UNHCR staff members and their families."

Worldwide Community of Resettled Refugees [info] [access]
- Online community for "any refugee or former refugee who has resettled in a third country... ."  Free, but requires invitation to join; find out how via the info link.

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

Focus: Children

Broken Futures: Young Afghan Asylum Seekers in the UK and on Return to their Country of Origin, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 246 (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

"Children and War: How 'Soft' Research Can Answer the Hard Questions in Political Science," Perspectives on Politics, vol. 10, no. 2 (June 2012) [full-text via Chris Blattman]

Child Protection Network (Community-based Child Care Center) Nepal (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]
- Looks at Mentor-Mentee Program.

Child Protection Network (Early Childhood Development Center) Nepal (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Child Protection Network (Community-based Child Care Center) Nepal (UNHCR, Aug. 2012) [text]
- Looks at Community based Child Care Center (CCCC) program.

Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors in Australia: An Overview of National Support Arrangements and Key Emerging Issues, MYAN Policy Paper (Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Sept. 2012) [text via BroCAP]

Tagged Publications. 

Focus: Health

An article entitled "Non-clinicians' Judgments about Asylum Seekers' Mental Health: How Do Legal Representatives of Asylum Seekers Decide When to Request Medico-legal Reports?" has just been published as an open access text in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (vol. 3, 2012).  One of the authors is Jane Herlihy who is with the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law, a co-organizer of the upcoming seminar series on "Refugee Protection and Psychology."

Other publications:

"Evaluating the Mental Health Training Needs of Community-based Organizations Serving Refugees," Advances in Social Work, vol. 13, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]
Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health into Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (WHO et al., Oct. 2012) [text]

Mental Health Needs Not Being Met for Immigrants and Refugees (CERIS, Sept. 2012) [text]

"Occupational Upheaval During Resettlement and Migration: Findings of Global Ethnography With Refugees With Disabilities," OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, vol. 32, no. 1 (Suppl.) (Winter 2012) [full-text via Creighton University]

"Refugees’ views of the Effectiveness of Support Provided by their Host Countries," European Journal of Psychotraumatology, vol. 3 (2012) [open access text]

"A Study of Complementary Therapies and Counselling: An Integrative Model for Refugee Health Care," BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 12(Suppl 1):P368 (June 2012) [open access text]

Torture: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, vol. 22, no. 1 (2012) [access]
- Issue includes "Prospective one-year treatment outcomes of tortured refugees: a psychiatric approach," "Social support, coping and posttraumatic stress symptoms in young refugees," and "Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of refugees and survivors of torture: a review and proposal for action."

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

30 October 2012

Focus: Middle East

Egyptian Policy Toward the Palestinian Refugees, 1948 to 1952: Incorporating Arab Sources into the Historiography of the 1948 War for Palestine (SSRN, 2012) [text]

Israel: Asylum Seekers Blocked at Border (Human Rights Watch, Oct. 2012) [text]

Palestinian Refugee Experience in a Changing Humanitarian Order, Working Paper, no. 2011/58 (Birzeit University, 2011) [text via SSRN]

"Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the State of Israel," Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, vol. 6, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]

"Some UNRWA Refugees Have Resettled," Middle East Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2012) [full-text]

Spatializing Identity: The Changing Landscape of Palestinian Refugee Camps, Working Paper, no. 2011/50 (Birzeit University, 2011) [text via SSRN]

Tagged Publications. 

Focus: Africa

Bulletin spécial sur Mtabila (UNHCR Burundi, Oct. 2012)
- No. 1, no. 2 and no. 3 are available via ReliefWeb.

Burundi-Tanzania: A Troubled Homecoming (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

From Arid Zones into the Desert: The Uganda National IDP Policy Implementation 2004-2012, RLP Working Paper, no. 23 (Refugee Law Project, Oct. 2012) [text]

Internal Displacement in Africa: A Development Challenge (IDMC, Oct. 2012) [text]

Kenya: Refugee Relocation Order Sparks Concern (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Kenya’s Neglected IDPs: Internal Displacement and Vulnerability of Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya (IDMC & ISS, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related IRIN report.

Tagged Publications. 

29 October 2012

New Book Resource

I was going to wait until November 1st to launch this new book resource but since I am located in an area that may lose power as a result of Hurricane Sandy, I thought it might be better to let readers know about it sooner rather than later!

I created a Pinterest page to highlight new books as well as selected book titles in other categories like Reference, Kids and Full-text.  This will replace the Diigo bookmark list that I have been using to date to announce new books each month.

Why November 1st?  It marks this blog's seventh anniversary!

Hope you find the page useful!

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Focus: Economic Issues

Connecting with Emigrants: A Global Profile of Diasporas (OECD, Oct. 2012) [text]

Economic Assistance in Conflict Zones: Lessons from Afghanistan (Center for Global Development, Oct. 2012) [text via Human Security Gateway]

Impact and Costs of Forced Displacement, Research Project, 2010-present (RSC, 2012) [info] [overview]
- Outputs from this project for the World Bank include the following:  Assessing the Impacts and Costs of Forced Displacement, vol. I - A Mixed Methods Approach (May 2012); Study on Impacts and Costs of Forced Displacement, vol. II - State of the Art Literature Review (June 2011); Guidelines for Assessing the Impacts and Costs of Forced Displacement (July 2012);

The Labour Market Integration of Refugee and Family Reunion Immigrants: A Comparison of Outcomes in Canada and Sweden, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 6924 (Institute for the Study of Labor, Oct. 2012) [text via SSRN]

Labour Mobility for Refugees: Workshop in Geneva, 11-12 September 2012 - Summary Conclusions (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Réintégration Économique des Femmes et Filles Refugiées dans des Centres Urbaines (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Remittances to Transit Countries: The Impact on Sudanese Refugee Livelihoods in Cairo, Cairo Studies on Migration and Refugees, no. 3 (CMRS, Sept. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

Legal Items

"Displacement Disparity: Filling the Gap of Protection for the Environmentally Displaced Person," Valparaiso University Law Review, vol. 46, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Do Human Rights Laws Help Asylum-Seekers? An Empirical Study of Canadian Refugee Jurisprudence Since 1990, Paper prepared for the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, 7 June 2012 [text]

Guidelines on International Protection No. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Reparations for the Uyghur Refugees Illegally Detained at Guantánamo Bay (ExpressO, 2012) [text]

"Seeking Asylum for Former Child Soldiers and Victims of Human Trafficking," Pepperdine Law Review, vol. 39, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Tagged Publications. 

Refugee Camp Programmes

Important but Neglected: A Proposal for Human Rights Education in Refugee and Displacement Camps (SSRN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Iridimi Refugee Camp Library, Eastern Chad (Bookwish, 2012) [access]

R2E: Human Rights Mobile Library (i-Act, 2012) [access]

Top Kenyan University Opens Campus next to World's Largest Refugee Camp (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

What Happens after the War? How Refugee Camp Peace Programmes Contribute to Post-conflict Peacebuilding Strategies, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 245 (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

27 October 2012

Open Access Week 2012: OA Theses

A brief comment today:  Electronic Theses and Dissertations, or ETDs, are another type of scholarly output that is becoming increasingly easier to access through institutional repositories.  I started to track theses more systematically in August 2011, and since that time, I've referenced close to 150 titles.  Some may be embargoed until a particular date, but most of them are designated as open access at the time of deposit.

Tagged Publications. 

26 October 2012

Focus: Europe

"La Crainte est-elle fondée ?" Utilisation et application de l'Information sur les pays dans la procédure d'asile (Comité Belge d'Aide aux Réfugiés, June 2011) [text via Refworld]

Displacement in Cyprus: Consequences of Civil and Military Strife Report Series (PRIO Cyprus, June 2012) [access]

EU: Step Up Sea Rescues to Save Lives (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2012) [text]

Frontière - Asile - Détention: Législation belge, normes européennes et internationales (Comité Belge d'Aide aux Réfugiés, Jan. 2012) [text via Refworld]

Integrating Refugee and Asylum-seeking Children in the Educational Systems of EU Member States (Center for the Study of Democracy, 2012) [text via EMN Belgium]

"Populism in Brussels? How to Solve the Balkan Asylum Crisis," EU Observer, 24 Oct. 2012 [text]

Tagged Publications. 

Open Access Week 2012: OA Authors

Yesterday's post noted some of the complexities associated with mandates for Open Access.  The hope is that these mandates will lead to a much greater increase in scholarly works deposited in institutional repositories.  But at the same time, it's important to keep in mind that anyone can self-archive, mandate or not!  Here are four examples of OA articles whose authors are affiliated with institutions that do not have mandates (at least not at the time the articles were written):

Katrine Fangen, "Humiliation Experienced by Somali Refugees in Norway," JRS 19(1) (2006) [access]
- Note: The Univ. of Oslo adopted an institutional mandate in 2012.  The a/m article was made OA via Oxford Open.

Jenni Millbank & Laurie Berg, "Constructing the Personal Narratives of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Asylum Claimants," JRS 22(2) (2009) [access]
- This is an example of a preprint deposited in a disciplinary repository.

Tara Polzer, "Invisible Integration: How Bureaucratic, Academic and Social Categories Obscure Integrated Refugees," JRS 21(4) (2008) [access]
- The a/m article was made OA via Oxford Open.

Sarah Steimel, "Refugees as People: The Portrayal of Refugees in American Human Interest Stories," JRS 23(2) (2010) [access]
- This is an example of a postprint deposited in an institutional repository.

Other examples of authors who self-archive are listed in this post from last year.

Of course, you do not have to be affiliated with an academic institution to make your work OA.  If you are an independent researcher or employed by any kind of organization without its own institutional repository, you can always take advantage of disciplinary repositories like Forced Migration Online (FMO), the Refugee Research Network (RRN),  or the previously-mentioned Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Others are listed here.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Free Content in IJRL, JRS and RSQ

I just noticed that book reviews, documents, conference reports, and other short pieces in the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL), the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) and the Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) are freely available (gratis OA, not libre OA!).  In JRS, this type of content was free as of the 2005 volume; I'm not sure about the start date for the other titles.  (Several articles are available free of charge, as well, but that's not a recent development.)

This is no doubt the case for other Oxford Journal titles too.  Perhaps because it's Open Access Week?  I don't know, but check it out!

Tagged Periodicals.  

25 October 2012

Open Access Week 2012: OA Mandates

Despite the many benefits of Open Access, advocates acknowledge that authors have been slow to jump on the OA bandwagon.  As I mentioned in yesterday's post, one of the proposed solutions is some kind of mandate requiring researchers to make their scholarly output Open Access. These mandates might come from the institutions that employ scholars or the bodies that fund research.  There are also mandates that focus specifically on theses and dissertations.  For a list of who has what kind of mandate, visit the ROARMAP collection.

So do any forced migration authors in JRS come from institutions which mandate Open Access?  Looking just at the affiliations of JRS authors who published articles in the 2010 volume and the first two issues of the 2011 volume, I identified six institutions with institutional mandates.  One could assume that some eprint version would be available in full-text: either the preprint, for which authors maintain copyright, or the postprint, at least for the issues for which the embargo period of 24 months stipulated by OUP is over.  I looked for the specific JRS reference in the repository as well as other references for the author.  Here is what I found (the indicated year is when the mandate was due to "come into force"):

Belgium:  Ghent University (2010) [mandate] [access]
- A record for the relevant 2011 JRS article is available; however, no eprints are provided.  Perhaps this is because, as the policy stipulates, "Only publications with attached electronic full text can be included in libraries."  At the same time, the record indicates a PDF of some version is available but only to IR staff.

Finland: University of Tampere (2011) [mandate] [access]
- Even though ROARMAP indicates that the institutional mandate was registered with them in 2009, the policy itself wasn't implemented until two years later, so after the publication of the 2010 JRS article in question.  As such, there is no record of the article in the IR.

Norway: University of Bergen (2010) [mandate] [access]
- The mandate requires the deposit of peer-reviewed journal articles.  Therefore, no record for the 2011 JRS article in question could be located in the IR since the embargo period for the postprint is not yet completed, and the preprint by definition is not peer-reviewed.

UK: Queen Margaret University (2008) [mandate] [access] [article about the IR]
- Extract from the policy:  "We have...adopted the policy that all research output is to be archived in the departmental institutional repository before or after peer-reviewed publication."  In other words, either the pre- or postprint.  Records for two 2010 JRS articles by three authors affiliated with this institution were located in the IR.  Both the records indicate full-texts are available (although it is not clear what version they are), but apparently only repository staff have access to them.  I clicked on the "request a copy" button for both, and will report back accordingly.

UK: University of Strathclyde (2009) [mandate] [access]
- Extract from the policy: "Staff are required to deposit from October 1st 2009: Bibliographic details of all research outputs, and the full text of other research outputs where appropriate."  The bibliographic record for the relevant 2010 JRS article is available, but not the full-text.  I sent an email to the IR requesting clarification; the reply indicated that I could alert the author about the status of the publication and request a copy of the full-text.  In the process, this could hopefully result in the postprint being uploaded to the IR.

US: Princeton University (2011) [mandate] [access]
- While the mandate was established after the publication of the 2010 JRS article in question, it is interesting to note that Princeton apparently adopted its mandate before it even had established an institutional repository!  It has one now, but holdings are limited.

So while mandates sound good in theory, there is no standardization in terms of how they are worded.  As these examples demonstrate, you really have to read the fine print to learn what authors are expected to deposit and what consumers can expect to find in a given institutional repository.  (Read this article for more information about variations in mandates and the impact on repository holdings.)

Tagged Web Sites/Tools. 

Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Exploring the History of Humanitarianism and Development, Tufts Seminar Series, Sept. 2012-April 2013 [info]
- Upcoming seminars in November, February and April; details will be posted at link above closer to each seminar date.

WDR launches:
- "World Disasters Report Launch: Forced Migration and Displacement," London, 18 Oct. 2012 [access webcast]
- "Disasters and Displacement: Exploring the Connections," Washington, DC, 25 Oct. 2012 [access webcast]
- "Editing the IFRC’s World Disasters Report 2012," Oxford, 30 Oct. 2012 [info]


Fifty Shades of Aid: Love in the Field (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Humanitarian Policy Group Annual Report 2011-2012 (ODI, Sept. 2012) [text]

Humanitarian Staff Development Project: Programme Guide (Context, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Notes from the Field: Haiti - Displacement and Development in the "Republic of NGOs" (UpFront Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Resisting the Mantra of Resilience (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Tools for the Job: Supporting Principled Humanitarian Action (NRC & HPG, Oct. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Focus: UK

Asylum Conditions in Italy Not Severe Enough to Prevent Removal of Refugees from the UK (UK Human Rights Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]
- Discusses the case "EM (Eritrea) and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department."

Research Note: Immigration and Asylum Services (Legal Services Consumer Panel, Oct. 2012) [text]

Study of Afghan Children Seeking Asylum in the UK (Univ. of Oxford, Oct. 2012) [text]
- Provides brief overview of findings reported in "PTSD in Asylum-Seeking Male Adolescents from Afghanistan."

The Truth about Asylum (Refugee Council, Oct. 2012) [text]
- Guide to the facts about asylum-seekers and refugees.

Whither Refugee Protection in the Changes to the Canadian and British Asylum Systems? Presentation to RLI Seminar, 17 Oct. 2012 [text]

Why UK Asylum Advocacy Should Take Citizens’ Complaints Seriously, RSC Working Paper, no. 84 (RSC, Oct. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

24 October 2012

Open Access Week 2012: OA Archives

As promised, today's post looks at trends in "self-archiving," or the second strategy that authors can use to make their scholarly work Open Access.  Yesterday, I mentioned the recent study (Gargouri et al., 2012) that concluded that the overall growth in Open Access materials was largely due to self-archiving (or "green OA") rather than publishing in OA journals ("gold OA").  So are more forced migration researchers also depositing eprint versions of their journal articles in an institutional or disciplinary repository?

In 2010, I undertook a study of just one journal, the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS), to determine to what extent authors self-archived.  Over a five-year period (2005-2009), I identified only one instance of an eprint.  I thought it might be interesting to see if more JRS authors had self-archived since that time, so I conducted searches on the titles of JRS articles and field reports published since 2010.  Again, only one eprint was identified!  (Although, as the original study also found, publisher PDFs invariably make their way online; this time, I located seven, mainly on author web sites.)

What about eprints of articles published in other journals?  An informal check of references on my blog identified as pre- or postprints turned up the following totals:
- 2009 = 5
- 2010 = 23
- 2011 = 31
- 2012 = 32

Not very big numbers, but at least a generally upward trend!  A majority of eprints that I happen to cite on my blog are deposited in the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), and counting them is a very inexact science.  For example, I excluded working papers or conference papers, versions of which often end up as journal articles; moreover, authors may initially deposit eprints, but then replace them with the final article text at a later date.   Regardless, SSRN is definitely becoming better known in the forced migration sphere; it houses a sizable number of articles, working papers and eprints deposited by forced migration researchers, particularly in the legal arena, and it was even mentioned recently on UNHCR's Policy Development and Evaluation Service Facebook page!

That said, as the aforementioned study on green vs. gold OA notes, "spontaneous overall OA growth rate is still very slow (about 1% per year)" and "what is needed in order to maximize research access and impact is policies from researchers’ institutions and funders mandating Green OA self-archiving."  Tomorrow, I'll look at who self-archives and examine the role of institutional mandates.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Focus: Middle East, Syrians

Iranian Defects at UN General Assembly: A New Case for Political Asylum (HR Brief Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Refugees in the Middle East Peace Process: Evaluating the Impasse (PRRN Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Restricted Existence: A Study of the Social Dynamics and Legal Challenges Faced by Non-camp Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon, IMES Capstone Paper Series (George Washington University, May 2012) [text]


Amnesty "Deeply Alarmed" at UK Government Attempt to Return Syrian Activist to Damascus (Amnesty International UK, Oct. 2012) [text]

Analysis: Not-so-open Borders for Syrian Refugees? (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Back From the Field: Turkey, Jordan & Iraq (Refugees International, Oct. 2012) [text]
- Map image sourced from this posting.

Europe: Act Now to Help Refugees Fleeing Syria (Amnesty International, Oct. 2012) [text]

Iraq/Turkey: Open Borders to All Syrian Refugees (Human Rights Watch, Oct. 2012) [text]

"Syria's Refugees Face a Bleak Winter," The Lancet, vol. 30, no. 9851 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

Tagged Publications. 

23 October 2012

Focus: Canada


*New Canadian Law Attempts to Block Bogus Refugees (The Asylumist, Oct. 2012) [text]

Shaping the Future: Canada’s Rapidly Changing Immigration Policies (Maytree, Oct. 2012) [access]

Update on Impact of Federal Cuts to Refugee Health Services (Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, Sept. 2012) [text]

*Whither Refugee Protection in the Changes to the Canadian and British Asylum Systems?, Presentation to RLI Seminar, 17 Oct. 2012 [text]

Events, past and future:

CARL Annual General Meeting and National Conference, Toronto, 14 Sept. 2012 [info]
Webcast of the event is available.

After Bill C-31: Changes to Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications, Webinar, 29 October 2012 [info]

SOS International Law: International Law in Times of Crisis and Emergency, Ottawa, 8-10 November 2012 [info]
- Includes a panel on "Migration of Criminals: National Responses to the Phenomenon of Refugees with a Possible Criminal Background."

From Singh to C-31: What....Happened?, 5th Annual Howard Adelman Lecture, Toronto, 15 November 2012 [info]

CFP: Encounters in Canada: Contrasting Indigenous and Immigrant Perspectives, Toronto, 15–17 May 2013 [info]
- Submission deadline is 1 December 2012.

Web site:

Refugee Diaries [access]
- Blog started by Canadian doctor to document stories of uninsured.


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

Open Access Week 2012: OA Journals

As you learned from the "Very Brief Introduction to Open Access," one of the Open Access (OA) delivery mechanisms available to authors is the Open Access journal.  The forced migration field now has several options to choose from, as noted in this previous post.  One new development in this regard:  Refuge is due to become a fully Open Access journal, according to this vacancy announcement for a new editor-in-chief of the periodical.

Other options:  During Open Access Week 2011, I highlighted examples of OA journal titles that have carried forced migration-related articles.  For today's post, I looked through article references posted over the course of the past year and identified quite a few additional journal titles, including:

Not only has the list of OA journal titles expanded, but the number of articles in OA journals that I've cited has also increased significantly from a handful in 2010 to over 60 in 2012.

Another growing trend, at least reflected in this blog, is more instances of articles published according to what is referred to as the hybrid OA model.  This is when a traditional subscription-based journal offers to make articles Open Access upon payment of a processing fee.  Most journal publishers offer some version of this model, for example, Oxford University Press (OUP) has Oxford Open, Springer has Open Choice, etc.  Here are examples of five articles made available under this arrangement:

  • "Are There Differences in Injury Mortality among Refugees and Immigrants Compared with Native-born?," Injury Prevention, OnlineFirst, 24 May 2012 [text]
  • "Hidden Violence is Silent Rape: Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Migrants in Belgium and the Netherlands," Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care, vol. 14, no. 5 (2012) [text]
  • "‘I felt that I was benefiting someone’: Youth as Agents of Change in a Refugee Community Project," Health Education Research, vol. 27, no. 5 (Oct. 2012) [text]
  • "Insecticide-Treated Plastic Sheeting for Emergency Malaria Prevention and Shelter among Displaced Populations: An Observational Cohort Study in a Refugee Setting in Sierra Leone," American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 87, no. 2 (Aug. 2012) [text]
  • "Perceived Needs, Self-reported Health and Disability among Displaced Persons during an Armed Conflict in Nepal," Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, vol. 47, no. 4 (April 2012) [text]

Articles published in these OA journals are open access in terms of not only cost, but also restrictions regarding their re-use.  In other words, both price and permission barriers are removed.  This is sometimes referred to as "libre OA."  However, for many researchers, simply removing the price barrier from journal articles renders them sufficiently "open" to qualify as OA; this is referred to as "gratis OA."

Given the legal focus of forced migration, this blog references numerous articles published in legal journals and law reviews.  These titles are very often posted online as "gratis OA" publications, i.e., they are made freely accessible but retain copyright.  For multiple examples, browse through posts assigned the "law reviews" label.

So judging solely from what has been posted on my non-comprehensive, non-representative blog (!), it would seem that there is an upward trend in publishing in OA journals.  On a larger scale, this study finds that more of the growth in Open Access has come by way of self-archiving, or the second OA delivery mechanism that authors can use.  This will be the subject of tomorrow's analysis!

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

22 October 2012

Open Access Week 2012

Open Access Week 2012 runs from 22-28 October!  In the past, I have used this week to:

- introduce Open Access (OA) and its benefits to the forced migration research community;
- provide forced migration-specific examples of journals and scholarly research that are OA;
- spotlight forced migration authors who deposit their articles in OA archives; and
- provide strategies to forced migration authors to encourage them to make their work OA.

There are many encouraging signs that OA is becoming a more familiar concept in our field, and so this week, I plan to look at the inroads that OA has made in the forced migration context.

If you need a brief refresher on what Open Access is and the main mechanisms for delivering it, check out this "Very Brief Introduction to Open Access."  Or for a slightly longer overview, read my article in FMR on "Open Access to Scholarly Research."

You can also browse through all my previous posts from past Open Access weeks.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

New Issues of EASO News, EMN Bull., ISIL Yrbk., JIRS, J. Pop. & Soc. St., Pop. Sp. & Pl., Torture

EASO Newsletter (Oct. 2012) [full-text via EASO Monitor]
- News and information from the European Asylum Support Office.

EMN Bulletin (June-Sept. 2012) [full-text]
- News and information from the European Migration Network.

ISIL Year Book of International Humanitarian and Refugee Law, vol. 10 (2010) [contents via IL Reporter]
- Mix of articles including "UNHCR After Six Decades and Beyond" and "Prevailing Relevance of the 1951 Convention on its 60th Anniversary."

Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 10, no. 3 (2012) [contents]
- Special issue that "reviews the use of models for international comparisons of citizenship and immigrant integration."

Journal of Population and Social Studies, vol. 21, no. 1 (July 2012) [full-text]
- Special issue on "Migrants, Minorities and Refugees: Integration and Well-being."

Population, Space and Place, vol. 18, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2012) [contents]
- Special issue on immigration detention.

Torture: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, vol. 22, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]
- Mix of articles including three on refugees.

Tagged Periodicals.  

Focus: Asia Pacific

Australian Government Assistance to Refugees: Fact versus Fiction (Parliamentary Library of Australia, Sept. 2012) [text]

Burma's Rohingya: Beyond the Communal Violence (Refugees International, Oct. 2012) [text]

Disaster Needs Analysis: Afghanistan Conflict and Displacement (ACAPS, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Humanitarian Space in India: Why Humanitarian Agencies do not Respond Adequately to Needs Generated by Internal Armed Conflict," Humanitarian Exchange, no. 55 (Sept. 2012) [full-text]

"IDP Vulnerability Assessment and Profiling (IVAP) in Pakistan: A Report and Appraisal," Humanitarian Exchange, no. 55 (Sept. 2012) [full-text]

Pakistan: No End to Humanitarian Crises, Asia Report, no. 237 (International Crisis Group, Oct. 2012) [text]

Papua New Guinea: No Relief for Flood-affected Refugees (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

"Redefining Humanitarian Space: The Kachin IDP Crisis in Myanmar," Humanitarian Exchange, no. 55 (Sept. 2012) [full-text]

UNHCR Advice on Papua New Guinea (UNHCR Canberra, Oct. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

19 October 2012

Events & Opportunities: November 2012

Job Vacancy: Legal Officer, Actors of Protection and the Internal Protection Alternative, ECRE [info]
- Apply for 16-month part-time position by 5 November 2012.

Online Programme: Certificate in Refugee and Forced Migration Issues [info]
- Apply by 5 November 2012.

"A fair and honourable future for refugee and immigrant families," CCR Fall Consultation 2012, Toronto, 29 November-1 December 2012 [info]
- Register before 9 November 2012 for reduced rates.

Wanted: New Paradigms? Forced Migration, Mobilities and Humanitarianism in Australia and Beyond, Melbourne, 12-13 November 2012 [info]
- A programme is now available.

CFP: Spaces of Refuge: Exploring Practices, Perceptions and Policies in Forced Migration and (Re)Settlement, CARFMS 2013, Halifax, 7-10 March 2013 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 15 November 2012.

CFP: St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) [info]
- Theme is the "Gendered Refugee Experience." Abstracts and book review proposals due by 16 November 2012.

CFP: 28th ALNAP Meeting on Evidence and Knowledge in Humanitarian Action, Washington, DC, March 2013 [info]
- Deadline is 16 November 2012.

Call for Large Grant Applications: Humanitarian Innovation Fund [info]
- Deadline for applications is 18 November 2012.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

Focus: Europe

Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries, First Half 2012: Statistical Overview of Asylum Applications Lodged in Europe and Selected Non-European Countries (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [access]

EU, as Peacemaker, Should Welcome Those Fleeing War (European Voice, Oct. 2012) [text]
- "Human Rights Watch gives its view of the award of the Nobel peace prize to the European Union."

Fear and Loathing on the Streets of Athens (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Greece Failing Asylum Seekers (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective, Working Paper, no. 308 (Center for Global Development, Oct. 2012) [text]

Syria Crisis: UNHCR Urges European Union States to Honour their Asylum System Principles (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

Identification Issues

"Anonymous Aliens? Questions of Identification in the Detention and Deportation of Failed Asylum Seekers," Population, Space and Place, vol. 18, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2012) [abstract]
- See also info. on author's research interests.

Establishing Identity for International Protection: Challenges and Practices (European Migration Network, 2012) [access]
- Read a brief overview of the study's objectives; follow the link above for background info. and texts of national contributions.

Failed Asylum Seeker Stuck in Samoa (The Asylumist, Oct. 2012) [text]
- Notes that World Passport was used as travel document.

Guide for Issuing Machine Readable Convention Travel Documents for Refugees and Stateless Persons (ICAO & UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

18 October 2012

Focus: Climate Change/Environmental Displacement


"11 Islands That Will Vanish When Sea Levels Rise," Business Insider, 12 Oct. 2012 [access]
- Photo essay including image on the left.

*Climate Change & Migration: What is the Role for Migration Policies? Policy Brief (ICMPD, May 2012) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

ClimMig Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Change, Migration and Displacement, Vienna, 20-21 September [access]
- Some of the presentations at this conference are beginning to be made available, including "Forced Migration Norms in the Context of Climate Change: A Case Study of Somalia" and "Constitutionalism of Climate Justice: Towards An International Legal Framework for Responding to Climate Induced Migration and Displacement."

DS Hosts International Workshop on Land Solutions to Climate Displacement (Displacement Solutions, Oct. 2012) [info]
- Note reference to forthcoming edited volume of papers from this workshop.

"'Environmental Refugees': Aspects of the Law of State Responsibility," Chapter in Migration and Climate Change (Cambridge Univ. Press, June 2011; posted Aug. 2012) [postprint]

"Sinking Islands? Formulating a Realistic Solution to Climate Change Displacement," New York University Law Review, vol. 87, no. 4 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

"Thematic Section: Climate Change and Migration," Part III in Human Rights of Migrants: Note by the Secretary-General, UN Doc. No. A/67/299 (UN General Assembly, Aug. 2012) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

What Research on Climate Change and Human Mobility Can/Should Provide for Practitioners and Policy Makers, Informal Lunch Roundtable on Climate Change and Human Mobility, Washington, DC, 26 September 2012 [meeting report]

Upcoming event:

Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration, Bielefeld, Germany, 9-13 December 2012 [info]
- Concept note and list of speakers/accepted participants now available.


Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Oxford Events

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture: The Architecture of Refugee Protection, Oxford, 7 November 2012 [info]

Seminar Series: Forced Migration and Citizenship, Oxford, Oct.-Nov. 2012 [info]
- Podcasts for past seminars in this series are posted on FMO.

"Work in Progress" Seminar Series, Oxford, Oct.-Nov. 2012 [info]

Refugee Studies Centre 30th Anniversary Conference: Understanding Global Refugee Policy, Oxford, 6-7 December 2012 [info]
- A draft programme is now available and registration is open.

Refuge from Inhumanity: Enriching Refugee Protection Standards through Recourse to International Humanitarian Law, Oxford, 11-12 February 2013 [info]
- The final programme is now available and registration is open: "A limited number of places are available and will be allocated in order of registration. Please book early to avoid disappointment."

International Conference on Development-Induced Displacement and Resettlement, Oxford, 22-23 March 2013 [info]
- Reminder: Abstracts must be submitted by 31 Oct. 2012.  Conference registration is now open and will continue up to 15 Feb. 2013.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

EU Anti-Trafficking Day

Today is the sixth EU Anti-Trafficking Day.  A conference organized to mark the day will focus on "Working Together towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings: The Way Forward."  The text of the speech given by EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, is available through her web site.

Links to more information about European efforts undertaken to address human trafficking can be found via this press release.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

17 October 2012

Events & Opportunities: Last Minute Oct. 2012

Stabilization in Situations Other than War: The Rio Experience, Copenhagen, 23 October 2012 [info]
- Register by 22 October 2012.

Treatment of African Asylum-Seekers in Israel, Oxford, 23 October 2012 [info]

ELENA Advanced Course on "The Rights of Refugees," Madrid, 30 November-2 December 2012 [info]
- The closing date for registration is 26 October 2012.

Rescuing Migrants in Libya: The Political Economy of State Responses to Migration Crisis – The Case of Ghana, Copenhagen, 30 October 2012 [info]
- Register by 29 October 2012.

Community Conversation: Responding to Young Asylum Seekers' Trauma, Footscray, Australia, 1 November 2012 [info]
- Register by 29 October 2012.

Supporting Teachers in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States, Washington, DC, 30 October 2012 [info]
- Register to attend.

Photo Contest: "Envisioning Safe Livelihoods" [info]
- Submit photo(s) by 30 October 2012.

Voices of Courage Awards 2013: "Refugees and Displaced Persons with Disabilities" [info]
- Submit nomination for honoree by 31 October 2012.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

Focus: Children

Upcoming opportunity:

Research Assistant, RSC [info]
- Will "work on a project exploring transitions to adulthood of former unaccompanied children in Europe." Apply by 12 November 2012.


Education Cannot Wait: Protecting Children and Youth’s Right to a Quality Education in Humanitarian Emergencies and Conflict Situations (Global Partnership for Education, Sept. 2012) [access]

Forced From Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America (Women's Refugee Commission, Oct. 2012) [access]

Protecting Children on the Move: Addressing Protection Needs through Reception, Counselling and Referral and Enhancing Cooperation in Greece, Italy and France (UNHCR et al., July 2012) [text]

Syria's Children: A Damaged Generation (Refugees International Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Event after the fact:

International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October 2012 [access]
- First observance of this day; theme was "Ending Child Marriage."  See also related Huffington Post story.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.