22 July 2017

Regional Focus: United States

Challenging Customs and Border Protection's Unlawful Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers (American Immigration Council, July 2017) [text]
- See also related blog posts from Immigration Impact and IntLawGrrls.

"Moving Beyond Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Trump: Principles, Interests, and Policies to Guide Long-Term Reform of the US Immigration System," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 5, no. 3 (2017) [open access]

The Rise in Criminal Prosecutions of Asylum Seekers (Human Rights First, July 2017) [text]

Secure Communities and Unsecure Households (Border Criminologies Blog, July 2017) [text]

"A Statistical and Demographic Profile of the US Temporary Protected Status Populations from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 5, no. 3 (2017) [open access]

Trump Administration Reportedly Moving Toward Implementing Expanded Expedited Removal (ImmigrationProf Blog, July 2017) [text]

US: Homeland Security Needs Reform, not Expansion (Human Rights Watch, July 2017) [text]

We’re All in Atlanta Now (The Asylumist Blog, July 2017) [text]

More on travel ban, including its impact on refugee resettlement (org. chronologically):

Trump Administration Slams the Door on Refugees (Human Rights First, 12 July 2017) [text]

"US Hits 50,000 Refugee Cap, but Some Others Still Allowed in," New York Times, 12 July 2017 [text]

"U.S. Judge Narrows Travel Ban in Defeat for Trump," Reuters, 13 July 2017 [text]

Back to the Supreme Court on the Scope of the Entry Ban Injunction: First Thoughts (Just Security Blog, 17 July 2017) [text]

"Grandmas, Grandpas from Travel Ban States Now Welcome: U.S. Cable," Reuters, 17 July 2017 [text]

Federal Government Asks Supreme Court to Clarify Order in Travel Ban Litigation (SCOTUSblog, 15 July 2017) [text]

The Supreme Court, the Trump Administration and the Travel Ban (ISIM Blog, 18 July 2017) [text]

Litigating the Supreme Court’s Entry Ban Opinion: What’s the Required Connection? (Just Security Blog, 19 July 2017) [text]

Refugee EO Update: The Supreme Court Hands Each Side a Partial Victory (Forced Migration Forum, 20 July 2017) [text]

"Supreme Court Allows 'Grandparent' Exemption to Trump Travel Ban," NPR, 20 July 2017 [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: United States (12 July 2017)

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21 July 2017

Thematic Focus: Health

"Accelerated Training of Skilled Birth Attendants in a Marginalized Population on the Thai-Myanmar Border: A Multiple Methods Program Evaluation," PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164363 (Oct. 2016) [open access]

"Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Prevention amongst Syrian Refugees: Mixed Methods Study of Médecins Sans Frontières Programme in Jordan," Conflict and Health, 11:14 (July 2017) [open access]

"Dietary Diversity is Related to Socioeconomic Status among Adult Saharawi Refugees Living in Algeria," BMC Public Health, 17:621 (July 2017) [open access]

"Evaluation of the Field Performance of ImmunoCard STAT!® Rapid Diagnostic Test for Rotavirus in Dadaab Refugee Camp and at the Kenya–Somalia Border," American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 96, no. 6 (June 2017) [open access]

Family Planning Saves Lives and Promotes Resilience in Humanitarian Contexts (CARE et al., July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Giving It Our Best Shot? Human Papillomavirus and Hepatitis B Virus Immunization among Refugees, Massachusetts, 2011–2013," Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 14:160442 (June 2017) [full-text]

"High-risk Human Papillomavirus Infection and Abnormal Cervical Cytology among Nepali and Bhutanese Refugee Women Living in Eastern Nepal," BMC Infectious Diseases, 17:73 (Jan. 2017) [open access]

Integrating Refugees into the Greek Health System Will Benefit Both Newcomers and Their Hosts (Chatham House, July 2017) [text]

Meeting the Maternal and Newborn Needs of Displaced Persons in Urban Settings (New Security Beat, June 2017) [text]

*Politics Trumps Health to Confine Asylum Seekers to Greek Islands (Refugees Deeply, July 2017) [text]


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- Thematic Focus: Health (21 June 2017)

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20 July 2017

Thematic Focus: Children

Belgrade’s Young Refugees Once Hidden in Plain Sight, Now Disappear (Refugees Deeply, June 2017) [text]

A Child-Rights Framework for Understanding ‘Being Persecuted’: The Case of JA (child – risk of persecution) Nigeria (RefLaw Blog, July 2017) [text]

Greece: Lone Migrant Children Left Unprotected (Human Rights Watch, July 2017) [text]

How the U.K. Government Ignored Offers to Take in More Lone Children (Refugees Deeply, July 2017) [text]
- See also related Guardian article.

In Search of Opportunities: Voices of Children on the Move in West and Central Africa (Unicef, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Injured, Hunted, Lost: Mapping Journeys of Refugee Children Aiming for UK," The Guardian, 13 July 2017 [text]

No One is Counting Europe’s Missing Refugee Children (Refugees Deeply, July 2017) [text]

Protecting Syrian Children en Route to Europe: A Study Conducted in Syria, along Transit Routes & in Hosting Countries (Save the Children, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Unaccompanied and Separated Children Perceptions in Greece, Round 1 (Ground Truth Solutions & Mixed Migration Platform, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Way Forward to Strengthened Policies and Practices for Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Europe (UNHCR, Unicef & IRC, July 2017) [text]
- See also related call to action.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children & Family Reunification (3 July 2017)

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Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects

Aid in Context: The Importance of Market-based Approaches to Aid Delivery in Northern Syria (IIED, June 2017) [text]

Area-Based Livelihoods Assessment (REACH & DRC, June 2017) [text]

Conflict in Ukraine: Socio-Economic Impacts of Internal Displacement and Veteran Return (World Bank, May 2017) [text]

The Future of Work for Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan: Is the “Gig Economy” an Opportunity? (Jadaliyya, July 2017) [text]

"Japan Has a Labor Crisis That Refugees Could Fix—If Only Its Government Would Let Them," QZ, 6 July 20176 [text]

Leading, Learning, and Saving: Refugees as Important Providers of Assistance (Agenda for International Development, July 2017) [text]

Refugees are Helping Others in Their Situation as Social Entrepreneurs (The Conversation, July 2017) [text]

Sustainable Livelihoods for Refugees in Protracted Crises (UK DFID, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Uganda Refugee Hosting Districts: Investment Profiles (UNDP, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Work Permits and Employment of Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Towards Formalising the Work of Syrian Refugees (ILO, June 2017) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (29 June 2017)

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Regional Focus: Europe

Europeans Would Accept More Refugees—If the Asylum System Were Fair (LSE Government Blog, July 2017) [text]

Hotspots under a Spotlight: The Legality of the Hotspot Approach in Italy (EDAL Blog, June 2017) [text]

"Human Rights Beyond Humanitarianism: The Radical Challenge to the Right to Asylum in the Mediterranean Zone," Antipode, Early View, 5 July 2017 [free full-text]

Médecins Sans Frontières: ‘Calais has become a cage in a jungle’ (Border Criminologies Blog, July 2017) [text]

Meet the Gambian Migrants under Pressure to Leave Europe (IRIN, July 2017) [text]

The Missing Reflection Paper on Asylum Policy (Flüchtlingsforschung Blog, July 2017) [text]

Named and Shamed: EU Countries are Failing to Share Responsibility for Refugees (The Conversation, July 2017) [text]

New Updates on the Refugee Hotspots in Italy and Greece (ECRE, July 2017) [access]

Proposed Code of Conduct for Search and Rescue Putting Lives at Risk (ECRE, July 2017) [text]

Refugee, Asylum-Seeker and Migrant Perceptions in Gaziantep and Kilis, Quantitative Round (Ground Truth Solutions & Mixed Migration Platform, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Refugee, Asylum-Seeker and Migrant Perceptions in Istanbul, Turkey, Quantitative Round (Ground Truth Solutions & Mixed Migration Platform, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Responsibilities Towards Refugees Fleeing Atrocities: A Failure to Learn Lessons from Srebrenica? (Refugee History Blog, July 2017) [text]

Rights and Effective Protection Exist Only on Paper: The Precarious Existence of Beneficiaries of International Protection in Greece (Pro Asyl & Refugee Support Aegean, June 2017) [text]

UNHCR Seeks Support for Alternatives to Dangerous Refugee Journeys (UNHCR, July 2017) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Indiv. Countries (13 July 2017)
- Regional Focus: Europe - General (13 July 2017)

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19 July 2017

Thematic Focus: Mental Health

Approaches to Providing Psycho-social Support for Children, Teachers and Other School Staff, and Social and Emotional Learning for Children in Protracted Conflict Situations (UK Department for International Development, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Assessment of Suicide Risks and Factors in a Refugee Camp in Thailand (IOM, 2017) [text]
- See also related Reuters article.

"The Centrality of Social Ties to Climate Migration and Mental Health," BMC Public Health, 17:600 (July 2017) [open access]

"The Effect of Ginkgo Biloba and Psycho-education on Stress, Anxiety and Fatigue among Refugees," Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, 27 June 2017 [open access]

EU/Greece: Asylum Seekers’ Silent Mental Health Crisis (Human Rights Watch,
July 2017) [text]

"The Impact of the Asylum Process on Mental Health: A Longitudinal Study of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in Norway," BMJ Open, 7:e015157 (June 2017) [open access]

"The Mental Health Crisis in Syria: A Major Gap in Humanitarian Medical Response," Charged Affairs, 10 July 2017 [text]

Psychological First Aid for Children II: Dealing with Traumatic Responses in Children (Save the Children, May 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Recommendations for Canadian Mental Health Practitioners Working with War-Exposed Immigrants and Refugees," Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, e-First Article, 30 June 2017 [open access]

"The Relationship of Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in a Culturally Distinct, Conflict-affected Population: A Study among West Papuan Refugees Displaced to Papua New Guinea," Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8:73 (May 2017) [open access]

Seeking Asylum May Be Dangerous to Your Health, Your Children’s Health, and Even Your Unborn Baby’s Health (The Asylumist, July 2017) [text]

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- Thematic Focus: Mental Health (14 June 2017)

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18 July 2017

Regional Focus: Syria


Panel discussion: Out of Syria, Searching for Safety: Creative Approaches to Refugee Protection, Sydney, 9 August 2017 [info]


7 Years into Exile: How Urban Syrian Refugees, Vulnerable Jordanians and Other Refugees in Jordan are Being Impacted by the Syria Crisis (CARE, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Beyond Europe: Routes, Destinations, and Challenges Faced by Syrian Refugees Seeking Asylum Outside of Europe (Mixed Migration Platform, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Changing Borders and Borderlands of Syria in a Time of Conflict," International Affairs, vol. 93, no. 4 (July 2017) [free full-text]
- Note: This article is part of a special issue on "Contentious Borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Post-2011." All articles are freely available.

Do Refugees Impact Voting Behavior in the Host Country? Evidence from Syrian Refugee Inflows in Turkey, Discussion Paper, no. 10849 (IZA, June 2017) [text]

Enacting Urban Cash for Work Programmes in Lebanon in Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Guidance Note for Humanitarian Practitioners (IIED et al., June 2017) [text]

Summary of Focus Group Discussions in Northern Iraq, Qualitative Round 1 (Ground Truth Solutions & Mixed Migration Platform, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian War and the Plight of Afghan Refugees: Iran Coercing Afghans to Fight in the Conflict (Forced Migration Forum, July 2017) [text]

The Toll of War: The Economic and Social Consequences of the Conflict in Syria (World Bank, July 2017) [text]

UNHCR Seeing Significant Returns of Internally Displaced Amid Syria's Continuing Conflict (UNHCR, June 2017) [text]
- See also related series of tweets unpacking these figures.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Syria (23 June 2017)

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17 July 2017

Regional Focus: MENA


CFP: Forced Migration Review [info]
- Submissions sought for feature issue on "Displacement in the Middle East." Deadline is 23 October 2017.


At Any Cost: The Civilian Catastrophe in West Mosul, Iraq (Amnesty International, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Feeling Unwanted and Unwelcome, African Migrants Hit by New Tax in Israel," Reuters, 3 July 2017 [text]

Mixed Migration Trends in Libya: Changing Dynamics and Protection Challenges (Altai Consulting, June 2017) [access]
- Follow link for executive summary and report. See also related UNHCR press release.

Refugee Perceptions in Lebanon: Summary of Focus Group Discussions, Round 2 (Ground Truth Solutions & Mixed Migration Platform, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Refugees in Urban Egypt: It’s Time to Reassess UNHCR’s 2009 Policy on Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas (IIED et al., June 2017) [text]

"What Would Happen If Palestinian Refugees Could Return?," +972 Magazine, 7 July 2017 [text]

Yemen, Libya, and 21st Century Migration Challenges (ISIM Blog, June 2017) [text]


Displacement Tracking Matrix (IOM) [access]
- In the MENA region, IOM tracks displacement and population mobility in IraqLibya and Yemen.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA (23 June 2017)

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Regional Focus: Americas

15 Años del Sistema Nacional de Protección de Refugiados en Guatemala (UNHCR, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"After a Harrowing Flight from U.S., Refugees Find Asylum in Canada," New York Times, 16 July 2017 [text]

Americas: Population Movement (ACAPS, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Argentina Grants 1,000 Scholarships to Syria Refugees, Urges Others to Follow," Reuters, 7 April 2017 [text]

As Asylum Applications by Venezuelans Soar, UNHCR Steps up Response (UNHCR, July 2017) [text]

"'At home, we couldn’t get by': More Venezuelans Flee as Crisis Deepens," The Guardian, 17 July 2017 [text]

Canada’s Syrian Refugees Ill-served by Media Coverage (The Conversation, July 2017) [text]

"Down on the Border," Maclean's, 11 July 2017 [text]
- Report from the U.S.-Canada border.

"Haiti Still in Dire Straits, Number of Migrants Shows," VOA News, 13 July 2017 [text]

"How Venezuelan Refugees are Surviving in Brazil," Americas Quarterly, 11 July 2017 [text]

*"'It's like I've been born again': The Young Syrians Making a New Life in Mexico," The Guardian, 14 July 2017 [text]

Mexico’s Southern Border: Security, Central American Migration, and U.S. Policy (Washington Office on Latin America, June 2017) [text]

Salvadorans Fleeing Street Gangs Find Safety in Belize Village (UNHCR, July 2017) [text]


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- Regional Focus: Americas (10 July 2017)

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16 July 2017

Regional Focus: Africa

*Aligning Refugee Policy with Refugee Realities (International Refugee Rights Initiative, July 2017) [text]

Displaced Congolese Civilians Sent Back to a Widening War (IRIN, July 2017) [text]

"Don't Just Blame Drought for Displacement in Horn of Africa," Thomson Reuters Foundation, 7 June 2017 [text]

Étude de Profilage: Personnes Déplacées Internes, Rapatriées et Retournées (IOM et al., Juin 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Focuses on Mali.

Evaluation de la Situation en Termes de Protection des Personnes Déplacées à Diffa (REACH, May 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"'Getting angry with honest people': The Illicit Market for Immigrant 'Papers' in Cape Town, South Africa," Migration Studies, vol. 5, no. 2 (July 2017) [open access]

Humanitarian Exchange Magazine, no. 68 (Jan. 2017) [full-text]
- Themed issue on "The Crisis in South Sudan."

New Refugee Framework “Dead in the Water” without More International Support (IRIN, July 2017) [text]
- Focuses on Uganda.

"'Now we're back it's even worse': The Bangui Residents Who Preferred a Refugee Camp to Their Home City," The Guardian, 5 July 2017) [text]

The Return to Somalia: Home Sweet Home? (Amnesty International, Jul 2017) [text]

Securitising Africa’s Borders is Bad for Migrants, Democracy, and Development (IRIN, July 2017) [text]

Uganda Summit Shows Why Aid Definitions Matter (Refugees Deeply, July 2017) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (29 June 2017)

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Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

Afghanistan: Baseline Mobility Assessment - Summary Results (IOM, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related IOM press release.

Assessment of Incoming Afghan Nationals (Torkham Border) (IOM, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Community Study on the Needs of Returned Migrants Following the Andaman Sea Crisis (IOM, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

A Continuing Humanitarian Tragedy: Ongoing Abuses and Oppression against the Rohingya in Myanmar (Refugees International, July 2017) [text]

IDP Protection Assessment Report: Armed Confrontations and Displacement in Marawi (AFP vs Maute), Issue no. 01 (UNHCR, June 2017) [text]

Past and Present Responsibility-sharing Arrangements for Refugees in the Asia Pacific Region (APRRN, July 2017) [text]

Reflections on the Significance of the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants for the Asia Pacific Region (APRRN, June 2017) [text via UNHCR]

Reluctant Refuge: Rohingya Safe but not Secure in Bangladesh (Refugees International, July 2017) [text]

Thailand: Implement Commitments to Protect Refugee Rights (Human Rights Watch, July 2017) [text]

"Understanding the Importance of a National Legislation for Refugee Protection in India," Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 83 (July 2017) [text]

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- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (28 June 2017)

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