22 December 2012

Admin: Holiday Break

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21 December 2012

Focus: Children


Blog Carnival to Mark the Irish Refugee Council’s 6 Month Review of the Independent Advocacy Pilot (Irish Refugee Council & Human Rights Ireland, Dec. 2012) [access]
- Compilation of blog posts on issues relating to separated children seeking asylum.

Evaluation of the Independent Advocacy Pilot: The First 6 Months (Irish Refugee Council, Dec. 2012) [text]
- The IAP aims to support separated children and "promote the young person's integration into Irish society and his/her understanding of the asylum process."

Children First: The Child Protection System in England (UK House of Commons, Education Committee, Oct. 2012) [text]

Guidelines on Statelessness No. 4: Ensuring Every Child’s Right to Acquire a Nationality through Articles 1-4 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

Jordan: Syrian Child Refugees Who Work - Culture or Coping Mechanism? (IRIN, Dec. 2012) [text]

A Milestone in Child Protection: Child Protection Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Action (U.S. Dept. of State, Nov. 2012) [text]

Web sites:
End Immigration Detention of Children [access]

EU's Assistance for Children in Conflict [access]
- The EU will use its Nobel Peace Prize award to support education projects for children in conflict.  See also related UNHCR press release.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Focus: Europe


Access to Family Reunification for Beneficiaries of International Protection in Central Europe (UNHCR Central Europe, Dec. 2012) [text]

"Detained at the Eastern Border – Part 2," IPS, 18 Dec. 2012 [text]

Greece: The End of the Road for Refugees, Asylum-seekers and Migrants (Amnesty International, Dec. 2012) [text]
- See also related news release.

Migration and Asylum in Malta and the European Union (Malta University Press, 2012) [info]

Note on Dublin Transfers to Hungary of People Who Have Transited through Serbia (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]
- An update of the Oct. 2012 version.

Restrictions on Defenders of Migrants’ Rights Should Stop (Human Rights Comment, Dec. 2012) [text]

Event after the fact:

The Silent Humanitarian Crisis in Greece: Devising Strategies on National, European and International Levels to Improve the Situation of Migrants in Greece, Athens, 3 December [info]
- Follow the link for English-language videos of portions of this event.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Focus: Americas

At a recent meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil, the member countries of Mercosur (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela) plus two other countries (Bolivia, Chile) signed the Mercosur Declaration of Principles on International Protection of Refugees, and pledged to "adopt common policies for the protection of asylum seekers and refugees and strengthen the humanitarian space in the region."  They also discussed plans for commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration, which will take place in 2014.  More information is available in this news story from ACNUR (in Spanish).

Other news:

Changes to Canada's RSD system went into effect on 15 December 2012.  For more information about the new provisions, visit CCR's "Refugee Reform" page, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers' (CARL) site, and the CIC's "Protecting Canada’s Immigration System" page.


Canadian Compassion Towards Refugees: A Case for Open Borders (Students for Liberty, Dec. 2012) [text]

"Gang and Cartel Violence: A Reason to Grant Political Asylum from Mexico and Central America," Yale Journal of International Law Online, vol. 38 (Fall 2012) [full-text]

Haiti: A Humanitarian Crisis in Need of a Development Solution (IDMC, Dec. 2012) [text]

IDP Registration in Haiti: Update and Analysis of the Population Remaining in IDP Sites (IOM & Govt. of Haiti, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Event after the fact:

Lessons from Haiti: Innovations in Tracking and Housing Internally Displaced Persons, Washington, DC, 13 Dec. 2012 [access]
- Audio for this event is available along with handouts and presentations.

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

Focus: Africa

Global Insider: Kampala Convention Sets a Global Example for IDP Protection (World Politics Review, Dec. 2012) [text]

Kenya's Decision to Confine Refugees and Asylum-seekers in Camps is Unlawful (Amnesty International, Dec. 2012) [text]

Refugee Resettlement: The View from Kenya - Findings from Field Research in Nairobi and Kakuma Refugee Camp, Research Report 2012/01 (KNOW RESET, 2012) [text]

Rescuing Migrants in Libya: The Political Economy of State Responses to Migration Crises – The Case of Ghana, Working Paper, no. 16 (DIIS, Dec. 2012) [text]

"Tanzania’s Mtabila Camp Finally Closed," Pambazuka News, no. 610 (Dec. 2012) [text]

Toward a Regional Solution for Rwanda’s Returning Refugees, Backgrounder no. 45 (Africa Initiative, Nov. 2012) [text]

Transnational Exile Complex: How to Think about African Diaspora Politics, Working Paper, no. 88 (RSC, Dec. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications.  

Focus: Middle East

Upcoming opportunity:

Course: Palestine Refugees and International Law, Amman, 15-16 March 2013 [info]
- Only 25 spaces are available so apply early!


Camp New Iraq (formerly Camp Ashraf) Residents and the Determination of their International Protection Needs, Update no. 4 (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

Jordan: Syrian Child Refugees Who Work - Culture or Coping Mechanism? (IRIN, Dec. 2012) [text]

The State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT 2012 (Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Includes a chapter on refugees and asylum-seekers.

Syria Regional Response Plan: January to June 2013 (UN, Dec. 2012) [text]
- See also related UNHCR press release.

Tortured in Sinai, Jailed in Israel: Detention of Slavery and Torture Survivors under the Anti-Infiltration Law, June-September 2012 (Hotline for Migrant Workers, Oct. 2012) [text]

Why They Left: Stories of Iranian Activists in Exile (Human Rights Watch, Dec. 2012) [text]


Where the War Still Echoes: Syrian Refugees in Jordan (IRIN) [access]
- Film that tells the story of a family in Za’atari camp.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

20 December 2012

Focus: Statelessness


Honduras is the latest state to accede to the 1961 Statelessness Convention, bringing the total number of states that are a party to that treaty to 49.


"Atlantis, Narnia and Statelessness: How Political and Environmental Factors Can Cause Statelessness," Social & Political Review, vol. XXII (2012) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 73.

A Call to Include the Stateless on International Human Rights Day (ENS Blog, Dec. 2012) [text]

Children and Their Search for a Home: What It Means to be Stateless in the 21st Century (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, July 2012) [text]

Citizens of Nowhere: Solutions for the Stateless in the U.S. (UNHCR & Open Society Justice Initiative, Dec. 2012) [text]
- See also related Refugees International blog post.

Naturalization of Stateless Persons: Solution of Statelessness?, Thesis submitted to the Department of European and International Public Law (Tilburg University, 2012) [text]

S. Sudan Takes Vital Step to Prevent Statelessness (RI Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

"Statelessness and the Politics of Misrecognition," Res Publica, vol. 18, no. 1 (2012) [eprint]

Statelessness in Southern Africa, Briefing Paper for UNHCR Regional Conference on Statelessness in Southern Africa, Mbombela (Nelspruit), South Africa, 1-3 November 2011 [text]

Event after the fact:

International Developments in the Field of Statelessness and the Situation in the Netherlands, Tilburg, Netherlands, 13 Dec. 2012 [symposium summary]
- See videos of the opening address, a presentation on "Statelessness: right to residence for stateless people under the 1954 Convention, and the closing address.

[Image credit: "Growing support for establishment of statelessness procedure in the Netherlands," ENS Blog, Dec. 2012]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Focus: Australia

Australia and Asylum Seekers: Media Perspectives (London Progressive Journal, Dec. 2012) [text]

Boat People Economics 101: Exposing the Flawed Logic of Asylum Seeker Policy (The Conversation, Dec. 2012) [text]

Cognitive Dissonance and Sunk Cost: The Psychology of Seeking Asylum (The Conversation, Nov. 2012) [text]

Defiance and Compliance: Australia and the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, Thesis submitted to the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations (Victoria University of Wellington, 2011; posted July 2012) [text]

Immigration Detention on Christmas Island:  Observations from Visit to Immigration Detention Facilities on Christmas Island (Australian Human Rights Commission, Dec. 2012) [text]

Policy Déjà Vu Will Have a Devastating Effect on Asylum Seeker Mental Health (The Conversation, Dec. 2012) [text]

UNHCR Mission to the Republic of Nauru 3-5 December 2012 (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]
- See also related press release.

"What Does the Literature Say about Resilience in Refugee People? Implications for Practice," Journal of Social Inclusion, vol. 3, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Tagged Publications.  

19 December 2012

ETDs in International Relations, Law, Political Science

At Law's Border: Unsettling Refugee Resettlement, Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (Univ. of British Columbia, Dec. 2012) [text]

Human Security in the Pacific: The Climate Refugees of the Sinking Islands, Thesis Submitted to the School of Law (Golden Gate University, Nov. 2012) [text]

Impacto en las relaciones estatales binacionales de las migraciones forzadas transfronterizas de Colombianos a Venezuela del año 2000 al 2010, Thesis submitted to the Facultad ce Ciencia Política y Relaciones Internacionales (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, March 2012) [text]

The Importance of Judicial Protection in Asylum Procedures within the European Union, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Law (Ghent University, 2012) [text]

Instruire la demande d’asile: Étude comparative du processus décisionnel au sein des administrations allemande et française, Dissertation submitted to the Social Sciences Faculty (Université de Strasbourg &Philipps-Universität Marburg, Sept. 2012) [text]

The Use of English as a Lingua Franca in the Belgian Asylum Procedure: A Case Study, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Arts (Ghent University, 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications.  

ETDs in Applied Psychology, Education, Language, Sociology, Theology

Corporeal Conjunctures No-w-here: Failed Asylum Seekers and the Senses of the International, Dissertation submitted to the School of Management (University of Tampere, May 2012) [text]

An Exploration of Refugees, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Quality of Life, Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences (Canterbury Christ Church University, Nov. 2012) [text]

Exploring the Dynamics of the Refugee Phenomenon and Its Relevance in South Africa's Development: Towards the Merging of Theory and Practice for Ministry to Refugees, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Theology (Stellenbosch University, Dec. 2012) [text]

Liberian Youth Speak: Life Histories of Young Former Refugees and their Interactions with the Canadian School System, Thesis submitted to the Graduate Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning (University of Toronto, Nov. 2012) [text]

‘Means of Survival’ as Moderator of the Relationship between Cumulative Torture Experiences and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Refugees, Dissertation submitted to the College of Education (Georgia State University, Dec. 2012) [text]

Secular and Faith-based NGOs: A Content Analysis of Priorities, Thesis submitted to the Graduate School (Ball State University, May 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications.  

Last Minute Dec. 2012 Events & Opportunities

CMRS Winter Short Courses, Cairo, January 2013 [info]
- Three courses are on offer: Community Interpretation: Practice and Policy in Migration Transit Countries (January 13-17, 2013); From Arab Winter to Arab Spring: Refugee and Migration Movements in the Middle East and North Africa (January 20-24, 2013); and Do No Harm Frameworks in Assistance Programs (January 27-31, 2013).  The application deadline is 20 December 2012.

CFP: CARFMS13 - Spaces of Refuge: Exploring Practices, Perceptions and Policies in Forced Migration and (Re)Settlement, Halifax, 7-10 March 2013 [info]
- Deadline for abstract submissions extended to 21 December 2012.

Senior Liaison Assistant, UNHCR EASO Liaison Office, Malta [info via EASO Monitor]
- Apply by 27 December 2012.

CFP: Religion on the Move: Movement, Migration, Missions and New Media across Religious Traditions, New York, 26 April 2013 [info]
- Submit abstract by 28 December 2012.

Related post:
- Employment Opportunities: Dec. 2012 Deadlines

Tagged Events & Opportunities.  

CFP/New Issues of FEX, IZA J. Migration, Prot. Cluster Dig., Prot. Proj. J. HR & Civil Society

Call for papers:

Forced Migration Review issue on "Detention and Deportation" [info]
- Submit articles by 15 April 2013.

New issues:

Field Exchange, no. 44 (Dec. 2012) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

IZA Journal of Migration [access]
- A new open access journal that "covers all issues related to the economics of migration and ethnicity."  While to date none of the posted articles address forced migration issues specifically, the journal welcomes, among others, "papers which focus on the role of migration policies dealing with the monitoring of immigration flows, the process of naturalization, and asylum or illegal migration... ."

Protection Cluster Digest, vol. 2 (2012) [full-text]
- The theme of this newsletter issue is "Protection without Access?"

The Protection Project Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society, vol. 5 (Fall 2012) [full-text]
- Focuses on human trafficking; includes "Human Trafficking and Natural Disasters: A Vulnerability Approach."

Tagged Periodicals and Events & Opportunities. 

Survey of Palestinian Refugees & IDPs

BADIL has published a new edition of its biennial Survey of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, covering 2010-2012.  Here's part of the description:
"BADIL's 7th installment of its Survey builds on a decade of research on Palestinian refugees worldwide, especially in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mandate Palestine. The Survey is a distillation of secondary and primary research of use to practitioners, scholars and activists concerned with refugee and IDP rights. Newly included, is a chapter (Chapter Three) of data from an original opinion poll of refugee camp residents regarding humanitarian services they receive. We are confident to say that although the 2010 – 2012 edition is shorter than previous installments, it is a richer resource."

A PDF copy can be downloaded via BADIL and ReliefWeb.  Previous editions can be accessed from BADIL's publications section.

 Tagged Publications.  

18 December 2012

International Migrants Day

Today is International Migrants Day, held on the day that the General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.  For more information, visit the UN's special page.

Here is a round-up of messages in support of migrants from a sampling of organizations:

  • Europe Cold-shoulders Migrants’ Plight (Amnesty International) [text] [report]
  • International Migrants Day (European Commission) [text]
  • International Migrants Day: Ensuring Migrants’ Rights’ in Times of Crisis (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) [text]
  • International Migrants Day: Working to Tackle Organized Crime and the Exploitation of Migrants (UNODC) [text]
  • Message by the ILO's Director-General on the occasion of International Migrants Day (ILO) [text]
  • Migrant Workers Hit by Crises Need Comprehensive, Long Term Help, Says IOM on International Migrants Day, 2012 (IOM) [text]
  • Stranded at the Border: Migrants and Refugees Trapped in a No Man’s Land (Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network) [text]

Resources relating more generally to international migration issues can be found in these recent posts from May and December.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

17 December 2012

Focus: Detention

"Detention with a View to Expulsion Based on the Prognosis that the Application for International Protection Will Be Rejected," Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, vol. 6, no. 2 (2012) [full-text]
- Scroll down to p. 282.

Dialogues on Detention: Applying Lessons from Criminal Justice Reform to the Immigration Detention System, Washington, DC, 2012/2013 [info]
- Series of events on immigration detention convened by Human Rights First. View the "Latest News" tab for  factsheets, key takeaways, and other resources relating to the dialogues that have already taken place.

The Effectiveness and Impact of Immigration Detention Casework (Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Dec. 2012) [text]

End Immigration Detention of Children [access]
- New campaign web site.

"Human Rights and the Elusive Universal Subject: Immigration Detention under International Human Rights and EU Law," Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, vol. 19, no. 1 (Winter 2012) [full-text via U3A Sunshine Coast]

Immigration Detention on Christmas Island: Observations from Visit to Immigration Detention Facilities on Christmas Island (Australian Human Rights Commission, Dec. 2012) [text]

Toward Temporal Limits on Mandatory Immigration Detention (SSRN, Nov. 2012) [text]

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

Focus: Development Displacement/Forced Evictions

Applying the Concept of Human Security to Research on the Consequences of Mining-Induced Displacement and Resettlement (SSRN, Nov. 2012) [text]

"As Coal Boosts Mozambique, the Rural Poor Are Left Behind," New York Times, 10 Nov. 2012 [text]

Corporate Responsibility to Respect the Rights of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples (Minority Rights Group, Oct. 2012) [text]

Know Your Obligations: A Guide to Preventing Forced Evictions (Amnesty International, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Preventing Displacement by Recognizing the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Rural Communities (TerraNullius, Dec. 2012) [text]

Salt in the Wound: The Urgent Need to Prevent Forced Evictions from Camps in Haiti (Oxfam, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Tagged Publications.

Focus: Climate-related Migration

Climate Change: Snapshot of Wins and Losses at the Doha Talks (IRIN, Dec. 2012) [text]

Climate Change and Migration: The UNFCCC Climate Negotiations and Global Forum on Migration and Development (Transatlantic Study Team on Climate-Induced Migration, Nov. 2012) [access]

Climate Change and Statelessness: Assessing the Risks and the Legal Implications, Presentation at the ESF-ZIF-Bielefeld University Research Conference on Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration, Biefeld, Germany, 9-13 December 2012 [access]
- See also the conference web site.

Climate Change, NAPAs, Agriculture, and Migration in LDCs (Transatlantic Study Team on Climate-Induced Migration, Nov. 2012) [access]

"Environmental Migration Towards Terminological Coherence," Presentation at the First Networking Workshop on Human Rights Legal Frameworks in the Climate Change Regime, Utrecht, 6-7 September 2012 [access]
- See also the conference programme.

Meeting the Challenges of Severe Climate-Related Hazards: A Review of the Effectiveness of the International Humanitarian Regime (Transatlantic Study Team on Climate-Induced Migration, Nov. 2012) [access]

The State of Environmental Migration 2011 (IDDRI & IOM, Nov. 2012) [access]
- The second edition of this annual series.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

14 December 2012

Focus: Europe

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Dilemma Facing Refused Asylum Seekers (Refugee Council, Dec. 2012) [text]

Do the European Integration Fund and European Refugee Fund Contribute Effectively to the Integration of Third-Country Nationals?, Special Report, no. 22 (European Court of Auditors, Dec. 2012) [text]

Frontex: More of the Same?, Paper presented at conference on "The Governance of Asylum and Migration in the European Union," Salford, UK, 26-27 January 2012 [text]

Human Rights Violations in the Field of Migration: A Collective Responsibility (European Policy Centre, Dec. 2012) [text]

Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, and Ethnic and Religious Minorities in the Leveson Report (Compas Blog, Dec. 2012) [text]

"Migrant Deaths and the Kater Radez I Wreck: From Recovery of the Relict to Marine Taphonomic Findings and Identification of the Victims," International Journal of Legal Medicine, Online First, 12 Dec. 2012 [free full-text]
- Note: Free access is only available through December 2012.

"My Life as a Refugee" Photography Exhibit (JRS Europe) [access]
- Taken by refugees themselves, these photos "show the daily life of refugees in five European countries: Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania and the United Kingdom."  See image above.

Statewatch Analysis: The Common European Asylum System: State-of-play Update (Statewatch, Dec. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Focus: Africa


CFP: "Repatriating from Camps to Post-conflict Societies in Southern Africa," Panel at 5th European Conference on African Studies, Lisbon, 26-28 June 2013 [info]
- See the general CFP for more information; papers are due 16 January 2013.


Gaps in Geneva, Gaps on the Ground: Case Studies of Somalis Displaced to Kenya and Egypt during the 2011 Drought, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 248 (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

"Human Rights, Dignity and Well Being: The Plight of Zimbabwean Refugees and Displaced People in Southern Africa," Developing Country Studies, vol. 2, no. 10 (2012) [open access text]

Mali: Outside the Spotlight, Displaced People in Urgent Need of Assistance (Refugees International, Dec. 2012) [text]
- Includes video report.

Our Lives: A Survivors' Guide to Hard Time (IRIN, Dec. 2012) [access]
- "A new IRIN series following 20 people in 10 countries as they try to get by in these testing times. The men and women featured - from teachers to truck drivers - describe how they cope with the rising cost of living, and explain their hopes for the future. This series will be regularly updated."  One of the women featured is "Jane Njeri – Displaced person, Kenya."

A Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Rapid Assessment: Doro Refugee Camp, Upper Nile State, South Sudan (Danish Refugee Council, July 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Strengthened Protection for Internally Displaced Persons in Africa: The Kampala Convention Comes Into Force," ASIL Insights, vol. 16, no. 36 (Dec. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

13 December 2012

Focus: Ideas/Innovations


Are Migrants Spurring Innovation?, MPC Research Report 2012/11 (Migration Policy Centre, 2012) [text]
- See also related Debate Migration blog post.

The Best Small Ideas of 2012 (Foreign Policy Magazine, Dec. 2012) [text via USCRI FB]

"Out of Africa: A Scheme Where Helping Refugees Helps Everybody," The Independent, 17 Nov. 2012 [text]

Refugee Livelihoods, Innovation and the Private Sector, Oxford, 26 Nov. 2012 [access]
- Conference organized by the Humanitarian Innovation Project.  See also video highlights.

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (Edward Elgar, Aug. 2012) [info]
- Includes chapter on "Starting a Movement for Refugee Rights in the Global South: Asylum Access and Beyond."  See also related blog post.

"A Vacant Lot Offers Refugees a Taste of Home," New York Times, 27 Nov. 2012 [text]


Senior Program Associate: Internews Center for Innovation and Learning [info]
- Apply by 11 January 2013.

[Image credit: Pushing the Envelope Blog]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Migration-related Items

The Migration Information Source has posted its Top 10 Migration Issues of 2012 list on its web site.  Included are:

IRIN also recently published an indepth feature on migration - "Crossing into the Unknown" - noting in the overview article that "Increasingly, the traditional distinctions between refugees, asylum seekers, forced and economic migrants are becoming less clear as people move from one country to another for a combination of reasons. In some cases, these may include fear of persecution, but often they also include the wish to improve economic prospects or reunite with family members."

Other resources include:

New books

The Global Economic Crisis and the Future of Migration: What Will Migration Look Like in 2045? (Palgrave Macmillan, Dec. 2012) [info]
- See also earlier related report.

The Migration Industry and the Commercialization of International Migration (Routledge, Dec. 2012) [info]
- See also earlier related policy brief.


50 Years of International Migration: Virual Issue [access]
- "Celebrating 50 years of International Migration this Virtual Issue includes classic articles from each Volume of International Migration selected by the ediitor and are free to download."

*Despite Crises, Migration Still a Political Hot Potato (IPS, Dec. 2012) [text]

Migrants in Times of Crisis: An Emerging Protection Challenge, New York, 9 October 2012 [access]
- The final report for this workshop is not yet available, but related materials are.

Moving to Safety: Migration Consequences of Complex Crises, International Dialogue on Migration, no. 20 (IOM, 2012) [text]
- Includes the "the report and supplementary materials of a workshop...which was held in Geneva, Switzerland on 24 and 25 April 2012."

Protecting Migrants during Times of Crisis: Immediate Responses and Sustainable Strategies, International Dialogue on Migration, no. 21 (IOM, 2012) [text]
- Includes the "the report and supplementary materials of a workshop...which was held in Geneva, Switzerland on 13 and 14 September 2012."

Upcoming event & opportunity

Migration and Asylum (Foundation Course), HREA E-Learning Course, 13 Feb. - 26 March 2013 [info]
- Discounts available for those who register before 15 December 2012 and 15 January 2013.

International Migrants Day, 18 December 2012 [info] [info]
- Held on the day that the General Assembly adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.


Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

12 December 2012

Resettlement Resources

EASO & Refugee Resettlement (EASO Monitor, Nov. 2012) [text]

"Expanding Our Community: Independent and Interdependent Factors Impacting Refugees' Successful Community Resettlement," Advances in Social Work, vol. 13, no. 2 (Summer 2012) [open access text]

"Japan Announces that '0' Refugees Will be Resettled This Year," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 32 (Dec. 2012) [full-text]

New Refugee Resettlement Strategy Unveiled (New Zealand Government, Dec. 2012) [text]

Refugee Resettlement Needs Outpace Growing Number of Resettlement Countries (Migration Information Source, Nov. 2012) [text]

Self-Study Module: Resettlement Learning Programme (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Starting from Refugees Themselves: Towards an Institutional Ethnography of Resettlement, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 247 (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

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.

[Image credit: Worldwide Community of Resettled Refugees web site]

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Employment Opportunities: December 2012 Deadlines

Refugee Status Determination Coordinator, with the African Refugee Development Center in Tel Aviv, Israel [info]
- Apply by 16 December 2012.

Public Relations Officer, Strategic Communications Section, with UNHCR in Geneva, Switz. [info]
- Apply by 17 December 2012.

Psychosocial & Mental Health Consultant on Addressing Human Trafficking, Kidnapping and Smuggling of Persons in East Sudan and Khartoum, with UNHCR in Kassala, Sudan [info]
- Apply by 18 December 2012.

Research Consultancy on the Study of Human Trafficking, Kidnapping and Smuggling of Persons in the East of Sudan, with UNHCR in Kassala, Sudan [info]
- Apply by 18 December 2012.

Information Management Officer, UN OCHA, in New York [info]
- Apply by 21 December 2012.

Education Consultant: Ninemillion Project Officer, with UNHCR in Geneva, Switz. [info]
- Apply by 24 December 2012.

Education Officer: UNHCR Education Strategy Rollout, with UNHCR in Geneva, Switz. [info]
- Apply by 30 December 2012.

Executive Director, USA for UNHCR, in Washington, DC [info]
- Apply by 31 December 2012.

Tagged Events & Opportunities.   

New Issue of RSQ

The latest issue (vol. 31, no. 4, Dec. 2012) of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) has been published.  The theme is "Refugees in the European Union after the Treaty of Lisbon and the Stockholm Programme."  Many of the topics highlighted in the articles were discussed at an earlier conference organized by the guest editors on "The Governance of Asylum and Migration in the European Union.".

Contents include:

  • The European Union Asylum Policy after the Treaty of Lisbon and the Stockholm Programme: Towards Supranational Governance in a Common Area of Protection? [abstract]
  • How Effective are National and EU Policies in the Area of Forced Migration? [abstract] [working paper]
  • Resisting Distalization? Malta and Cyprus' Influence on EU Migration and Asylum Policies [abstract]
  • The "Other" Greek Crisis: Asylum and EU Solidarity [abstract] [working paper]
  • Readmission Agreements of EU Member States: A Case for EU Subsidiarity or Dualism? [abstract] [preprint]
  • The European Returns Policy and the Re-shaping of the National: Reflections on the Role of Domestic Courts [abstract]
  • It is about More than Just Training: The Effect of Frontex Border Guard Training [abstract]

Tagged Periodicals.  

Focus: Human Trafficking/Forced Labour

The 2012 Global Report on Human Trafficking was released this week by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  As part of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking, the UN General Assembly mandated that the UNODC "collect information and report biennially, starting in 2012, on patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at the national, regional and international levels in a balanced, reliable and comprehensive manner, in close cooperation and collaboration with Member States, and share best practices and lessons learned from various initiatives and mechanisms" (see para. 60).

As such, the newly published report "provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2007 and 2010 (or more recent). The report also includes a chapter on the worldwide response to trafficking in persons. The Country Profiles of the Global Report present a national level analysis for each of the 132 countries covered by this edition of the report."

This is the first issue of the global report under the UNGA mandate; an earlier 2009 report with the same title was produced within the framework of the UN.GIFT initiative.

Other recent publications:

Human Trafficking, a Shadow of Migration: Evidence from Germany, Discussion Paper, no. 1246 (German Institute for Economic Research, Sept. 2012) [text]

"Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling: Similar Nature, Different Concepts," Studies of Changing Societies: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Focus, vol. 1, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

"A Labor Paradigm for Human Trafficking," UCLA Law Review, vol. 60, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

The Protection of Internationally Trafficked Persons in Canada: Critical Gaps in Immigration Policy (Oppenheimer Chair, Dec. 2012) [text]

Secular and Faith-based NGOs: A Content Analysis of Priorities, Thesis submitted to the Graduate School (Ball State University, May 2012) [text]

Trafficking in Persons: U.S. Policy and Issues for Congress (U.S. Congressional Research Service, Dec. 2012) [text]

Understanding Forced Migration and Unfree Labour in the Global Economy, Keynote Lecture at Migration in a Changing World: Where Do We Go Now?, 5-9 Nov. 2012 [access]

Event & opportunity:

Research Network on Human Trafficking (Danish Institute for International Studies) [info]

Tackling Human Trafficking in Europe: Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, Brussels, 30 January 2013 [info]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

11 December 2012

Focus: Asia, esp. Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Humanitarianism in Uncertain Times (Feinstein International Center, Dec. 2012) [text]

Afghanistan - Insurgent Strategies: Intimidation and Targeted Violence against Afghans (EASO, Dec. 2012) [text]
- Second country of origin information report from EASO; see also related press release.

Disasters: Asia's 2012 Figures and Trends (IRIN, Dec. 2012) [text]

Migration, Refugees, and Borders in Hong Kong, Toronto, 30 Nov. 2012 [info]
- Only the programme for this event is available, but abstracts for the three presentations are included.

The State of Human Rights 2012 (Asian Human Rights Commission, Dec. 2012) [access]
- Reports available for Bangladesh, Burma, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Talking to the Other Side: Humanitarian Engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan (ODI, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related policy brief.

Tagged Publications.

Focus: Health

"Barriers and Facilitators of Social Supports for Immigrant and Refugee Women Coping with Postpartum Depression," Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 35, no. 3 (July/Sept. 2012) [free full-text]

"The Burden of Tuberculosis in Crisis-affected Populations: A Systematic Review," The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 12, no. 12 (Dec. 2012) [free full-text with registration]

Caring for Volunteers: A Psychosocial Support Toolkit (IFRC, Aug. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Determinants of Health in Recently Arrived Young Migrants and Refugees: A Review of the Literature," Italian Journal of Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Do's and Don'ts in Community-based Psychosocial Support for Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict-affected Settings (WHO et al., 2012) [text]

"The Impact of Risk and Protective Factors on Mental Health and Well-being: Austrian Adolescents and Migrant Adolescents from War-affected Countries," Italian Journal of Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Conflict-related Sexual Violence: 10 Myths (WHO et al., 2012) [text]

Refugee Health Care: A Handbook for Health Professionals (NZ Ministry of Health, June 2012) [text]

"Well-Being in Refugee Women Experiencing Cultural Transition," Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 35, no. 3 (July/Sept. 2012) [free full-text]

Tagged Publications. 

Legal Events & Opportunities

EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies, HREA E-Learning Course, 13 Feb. - 26 March 2013 [info]
- Different discounts available for those who register before 15 December 2012 and 15 January 2013.

European Union Asylum Law and Policy, London, 4 Feb. - 25 March 2013 [info]
- Eight week evening course.  Apply by 19 December 2012.

The International Protection of Refugees and Other Displaced Persons, London, 6 Feb. - 27 March 2013 [info]
- Eight week evening course.  Apply by 19 December 2012.

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship, American Society of International Law [info]
- Provides financial assistance for "law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas." Application period runs until 7 January 2013.

Vacancy: Andrew W. Mellon University Lecturership in International Human Rights and Refugee Law, RSC [info]
- Apply by 9 January 2013.

Call for Papers: The Changing Face of Global Governance: International Institutions in the International Legal Order, Oxford, 12-13 April 2013 [info]
- Submit an abstract by 15 January 2013.

Call for Papers: University of Massachusetts Law Review [info]
- Theme issue on "Politics and the Law" and "Immigration and the Law." Abstracts due 15 January 2013.

Call for Papers/Registration: 2013 Nordic Asylum Seminar, Bergen, 6-7 June 2013 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 28 January 2013.

Call for Papers: Europe at the Edge of Pluralism Conference, Poznan, Poland, 13-14 June 2013 [info]
- Note the panel on "Migration Law, Human Rights and Beyond." The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 February 2013.

Center for Forced Migration Studies' Summer Institute: The Refugee Status Determination Process, Evanston, IL, 2-9 June 2013 [info]
- Registration is open; apply before 2 May 2013 for a discounted rate.

Tagged Events & Opportunities.   

10 December 2012

RSC's 30th Anniversary Conference: Resources

The Refugee Studies Centre's 30th Anniversary Conference on global refugee policy took place in Oxford on 6-7 December 2012.  A background paper and related comprehensive literature review were issued in advance of the meeting.

For those who were not able to attend, podcasts of the opening and closing plenaries have now been posted on Forced Migration Online (FMO).

In addition, you can get a sense of some of the individual presentations by reviewing Nando Sigona's and Hein de Haas' tweets from the respective days of the conference.

Additional presentations (this list will be added to as more become available):

"Going Back to Go Forward: Comparing the UK Policy Responses to Refugee Doctors in the 1930s and 2000s," Presentation by Ceri Butler, University College London, & John Eversley, London Metropolitan University

"Making of Global Refugee Policy A Practitioner's Reflections," Speech by Eric P. Schwartz, Dean of Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.