10 December 2018

Thematic Focus: Mental Health

"The Assessment of Grief in Refugees and Post-conflict Survivors: A Narrative Review of Etic and Emic Research," Frontiers in Psychology, 22 Oct. 2018 [open access]

"An Ecological Approach to Psychological Adjustment: A Field Survey among Refugees in Germany," International Journal of Intercultural Relations, vol. 68 (Jan. 2019) [free full-text]

"Enablers of Psychological Well‐being for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Living in Transitional Countries: A Systematic Review," Health and Social Care in the Community, Early View, 11 Nov. 2018 [open access]

"Exploring Risk Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Refugee Women Living with HIV," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 15, no. 10 (Oct. 2018) [open access]

How to Develop the Mental Health Care That Refugees Really Need (The Conversation, Dec. 2018) [text]

Human Devastation Syndrome: The Impact of Conflict on Mental Health (Syrian American Medical Society Foundation, Nov. 2018) [text]
- See also related update on SAMS psychosocial work.

Indefinite Despair: The Tragic Mental Health Consequences of Offshore Processing on Nauru (MSF, Dec. 2018) [text]
- See also related press release.

"Mental Health Outcomes among Arab Refugees, Immigrants, and U.S. Born Arab Americans in Southeast Michigan: A Cross-sectional Study," BMC Psychiatry, 18:379 (Dec. 2018) [open access]

Mental Health Promotion and Mental Health Care in Refugees and Migrants: Technical Guidance (WHO Europe, 2018) [text]

"Modeling the Effects of War Exposure and Daily Stressors on Maternal Mental Health, Parenting, and Child Psychosocial Adjustment: A Cross-sectional Study with Syrian Refugees in Lebanon," Global Mental Health, vol. 5: e40 (Dec. 2018) [open access]

"Psychological and Psychosocial Interventions for Refugee Children Resettled in High-income Countries," Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, vol. 27, no. 2 (April 2018) [free full-text]

"Psychological Burden in Female, Iraqi Refugees Who Suffered Extreme Violence by the 'Islamic State': The Perspective of Care Providers," Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8 Nov. 2018 [open access]

"Psychotherapeutic Group Intervention for Traumatized Male Refugees Using Imaginative Stabilization Techniques: A Pilot Study in a German Reception Center," Frontiers in Psychiatry, 29 Oct. 2018 [open access]

Refugees' Experiences of Grieving (Open University, Dec. 2018) [text]

"Regulatory Focus, Coping Strategies and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression: A Comparison Between Syrian Refugees in Turkey and Germany," PLoS ONE 13(10): e0206522 (Oct. 2018) [open access]

"Trauma without Borders: The Necessity for School-based Interventions in Treating Unaccompanied Refugee Minors," Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, vol. 35, no. 6 (Dec. 2018) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Mental Health (21 Oct. 2018)

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News: New Open Access Book

In an earlier post on Europe, I referenced Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), a new open access book by Nick Gill and Anthony Good that was due to be published in November. However, it ended up being delayed a bit, and was supposed to be pushed back until January 2019. That said, I am happy to say it is now available! Here is the description:
"Drawing on new research material from ten European countries, Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives brings together a range of detailed accounts of the legal and bureaucratic processes by which asylum claims are decided. The book includes a legal overview of European asylum determination procedures, followed by sections on the diverse actors involved, the means by which they communicate, and the ways in which they make life and death decisions on a daily basis. It offers a contextually rich account that moves beyond doctrinal law to uncover the gaps and variances between formal policy and legislation, and law as actually practiced. 
The contributors employ a variety of disciplinary perspectives – sociological, anthropological, geographical and linguistic – but are united in their use of an ethnographic methodological approach. Through this lens, the book captures the confusion, improvisation, inconsistency, complexity and emotional turmoil inherent to the process of claiming asylum in Europe."

I will add a link to this title on my "Open Access Books" page over on my Forced Migration Library blog.

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Children & Families


Alone and Unsafe: Children, Migration and Sexual and Gender-based Violence (IFRC, Nov. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Asylum Procedures in Greece: The Case of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Minors," Chapter in Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, Dec. 2018) [open access]

Child-related Concerns and Migration Decisions: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll, Innocenti Discussion Paper, no. 2018-17 (Unicef, Dec. 2018) [text]

ChildMove: A Discussion on the Project Following Unaccompanied Young Refugees across Europe, Brussels, 27 Nov. 2018 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

"Children in Migration: Collateral Damage?," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 30 Nov. 2018 [text]

A Right to be Heard: Listening to Children and Young People on the Move (Unicef, Dec. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Towards a Child Rights-based Assessment Tool to Evaluate National Responses to Migrant and Refugee Children, Innocenti Discussion Paper, no. 2018-04 (Unicef, Dec. 2018) [text]


"Administrative Chaos: Responding to Child Refugees—U.S. Immigration Process in Crisis," Washington and Lee Law Review, vol. 75, no. 3 (2018) [full-text]

Away from Home, and All Alone: Helping Displaced Children Understand Foster Care (UNHCR, April 2018) [text]
- This Handbook was developed to provide better care to unaccompanied and separated children in Malaysia; see also other related resources: 1) Handbook for Foster Care Agency; 2) Handbook for Foster Parents; 3) Manual on Foster Care for Unaccompanied and Separated Children.

Briefing: How Lawyers Can Help Young People in the Asylum System (Free Movement Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]
- Focuses on the UK.

The Chaos Behind Donald Trump's Policy of Family Separation at the Border (CBS News, Nov. 2018) [access]
- "A 60 Minutes investigation has found the separations that dominated headlines this summer began earlier and were greater in number than the Trump administration admits." Follow link for transcript and video. See also related Just Security blog post.

Crisis in the Central African Republic: In a Neglected Emergency, Children Need Aid, Protection – and a Future (Unicef, Nov. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

I Want to Feel Safe: Strengthening Child Protection in the Initial Reception of Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Sweden (UNHCR, Dec. 2018) [text]

*For Refugees on Nauru, Little Joy on Children’s Day (Human Rights Watch, Nov. 2018) [text]

Impact of Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance on Child Labour among Syrian Refugee Children in Bekaa, Lebanon (World Vision, Nov. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Seeking Safety, Finding Fear: Syrian Families’ Experiences of (Im)Mobility and the Implications for Children and Family Rights," Canadian Journal of Children's Rights, vol. 5, no. 1 (2018) [open access]

*The Tornillo Influx Care Facility: Concerns About Staff Background Checks and Number of Clinicians on Staff (Office of Inspector General, Nov. 2018) [text]
- See also related Immigration Impact blog post.

Young Refugees Have Unique Needs That Require Special Support (The Conversation, Nov. 2018) [text]
- Focuses on Canada.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children & Families (13 Nov. 2018)

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Thematic Focus: Global Compact for Migration Round-up


The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was adopted today by 164 countries at the Intergovernmental Conference that is currently taking place in Marrakech. To follow discussions, read concept notes & statements, and consult other resources, visit the conference web site.

Other news & commentary on the GCM:

10 Steps to Implementing the Global Compact for Migration Through Global Skill Partnerships (CGD Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]

"Children and Adolescents on the Move: What Does the Global Compact for Migration Mean for Their Health?," The Lancet, Online First, 5 Dec. 2018 [free full-text]
- Note: Requires registration to access full-text.

"European Governments in Melt-down over an Inoffensive Migration Compact," The Economist, 6 Dec. 2018 [text]

Global Compact for Migration: What is It and Why are Countries Opposing It? (The Conversation, Dec. 2018) [text]

"Is the U.N.’s New Migration Compact a Major Breakthrough?," WP's Monkey Cage, 9 Dec. 2018 [text]

"The Nonbinding Migration Pact That was Too Much for Trump," Slate, 7 Dec. 2018 [text]

"U.N. Remains Defiant Amid Last Minute U-turns on Global Compact for Migration," IPS News, 10 Dec. 2018 [text]

"US Intensifies Opposition to UN Global Compact on Migration," Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2018 [text]
- See also text of U.S. statement on the global compact.

What Now? An Implementation Proposal for the Global Compact for Migration (GPPI, Dec. 2018) [text]

What’s to Fear in the U.N. Global Compact for Migration? (Refugees Deeply, Dec. 2018) [text]

Reports & briefings:

Data Bulletin Series: Informing the Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration (IOM, 2018) [text]
- "This collection, released ahead of the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration taking place in Marrakesh on 10 and 11 December, is meant to provide a useful resource for decision-makers as they begin to think about implementation of the Global Compact for Migration and the related data needs."

GCM Commentary Blog Series (RLI Blog on Refugees and Forced Migration, Dec. 2018) [access]
- Final three posts with analyses of the following Global Compact for Migration objectives: Obj. 2 (minimize drivers that compel people to leave); Obj. 10 (combat trafficking in persons); Obj. 19 (sustainable development).

Global Compact for Migration, Explained (UN Dispatch, Dec. 2018) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

"Making the Non-binding Bind: A Critical Analysis of the Global Compact for Migration," Essay in Mixed Migration Review 2018 (Mixed Migration Centre, 2018) [text]

Statelessness and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: Considerations for GCM Implementation Process (European Network on Statelessness, Dec. 2018) [text]

Statelessness and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: Policy Brief (European Network on Statelessness, Dec. 2018) [text]

The United Nations Global Compact for Migration, Research Briefing (UK House of Common Library, Dec. 2018) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Global Compacts Round-up (29 Nov. 2018)

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Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies - Pt. 2

Reports & journal articles:

*"Designing User‐Centered Humanitarian Technologies with Displaced People in Iraq: Lessons from Refunite's Mobile Family Tracing Platform," International Migration, Early View, 12 Nov. 2018 [free full-text]

Human Rights Impact Assessment: Facebook in Myanmar (Business for Social Responsibility, Oct. 2018) [text]
- See also related QZ article.

The Humanitarian Metadata Problem: ‘Doing no harm’ in the Digital Era (Privacy International & ICRC, Oct. 2018) [text]

"Instagrammable Humanitarianism and the Politics of Guilt," Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, vol. 10, no. 2 (2018) [open access]
- See also related Humanitarian News Research Network blog post.

ITU Releases 2018 Global and Regional ICT Estimates (ITU, Dec. 2018) [text]
- "For the first time, more than half of the world's population is using the Internet."

"Let’s Talk about Refugees: Network Effects Drive Contributor Attention to Wikipedia Articles about Migration-related Topics," Paper prepared for 7th International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications, Cambridge, UK, 11-13 Dec. 2018 [text]

"Search and Rescue with Autonomous Flying Robots through Behavior-based Cooperative Intelligence," Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 3:18 (Dec. 2018) [open access]

"The Smartphone as a Lifeline: An Exploration of Refugees’ Use of Mobile Communication Technologies during Their Flight," Media, Culture & Society, 30 Nov. 2018 [open access]

Transformative Technology for Migrant Workers: Opportunities, Challenges, and Risks (Open Society Foundations, Nov. 2018) [text]
- See also related blog post.


Article 26 Backpack: The Universal Human Rights Tool for Academic Mobility (UC Davis) [info]
- "[A] mechanism to safely store, share, and have evaluated documentation of transcripts, diplomas and other forms of certification. Much more than just 'an app', the project creates an ecosystem that makes it possible for refugee and other at-risk young people to connect with those institutions, programs and employers that can best help them." See also related news story.

Global Broadband Plan for Refugees [info]
- "[P]roject to create a Global Broadband Plan for Refugees... . It reflects the increasing recognition that in addition to emergency responses, the world’s growing refugee population requires investments in long-term solutions, and that in today’s connected world, a sound investment strategy should include initiatives that increase refugee access to broadband."

MigApp 3.0 (IOM) [info]
- IOM launched a re-designed version of this app in November 2018; for more info., read this Aid Forum story. See also related SOAS blog post.


Related post:
Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies - Pt. 1 (10 Dec. 2018)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies - Pt. 1

New developments & blog posts:

At the Heart of the Community: How to Work with Community-based Organizations (UNHCR, Aug. 2018) [text]
- Discusses the work of the Community Technology Empowerment Network in Uganda.

Blockchain Can Empower Stateless Refugees (Law360, Dec. 2018) [text via SSRN]

English-learners and Social Media: Can Facebook Boost Literacy in Two Languages? (Learning the Language Blog, Nov. 2018) [text]

How Do NGOs Attract News Coverage in a Digital News Landscape? (Humanitarian News Research Network, Nov. 2018) [text]

Intolerance on Social Media: #Refugeeswelcome and the Paris Terrorist Attacks (The Conversation, Nov. 2018) [text]

Media and Social Media Responsibilities in the Integration of Refugees (Humanitarian News Research Network, Nov. 2018) [text]

MIT Workshop Teaches Refugee Children Joys of Digital Design (UNHCR, Nov. 2018) [text]

The Role of Technology in the Criminalization of Migration (Border Criminologies Blog, Nov. 2018) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information-related Items (2 Nov. 2018)

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07 December 2018

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

News: Launch of several key resources

Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 (OCHA, Dec. 2018) [access]
- The GHO is the "most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of priority global humanitarian needs and how to respond to them." For more info., follow link for report, background documents, videos and other related press materials. See also the GHO's companion report below on data and trends.

The Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, 4th ed. (Sphere, Nov. 2018) [access]
- "This fourth edition marks the 20th anniversary of The Sphere Handbook and reflects changes in the humanitarian sector over that time. It includes new guidance for working in urban settings, for addressing Minimum Standards in protracted crises, and for delivering assistance through markets as a way to meet the standards. All technical chapters have been updated to reflect current practice, and the harmonised Core Humanitarian Standard replaces the previous Core Standards."

The State of the Humanitarian System, 4th ed. (ALNAP, Dec. 2018) [access]
- The SOHS "is an independent study that compiles the latest statistics on the size, shape and scope of the humanitarian system and assesses overall performance and progress. Published every three years, it provides a unique sector-level mapping and assessment of international humanitarian assistance." Follow link for microsite and text of the report.

World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2018 (OCHA, Dec. 2018) [access]
- The WHDT "highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their causes and drivers. This year’s report includes case studies on the evolution of protracted crises, attacks on health care, attacks on education, water and conflict, and strengthening local action through country-based pooled funds."


As Local as Possible, as International as Necessary: Understanding Capacity and Complementarity in Humanitarian Action (ODI, Nov. 2018) [text]

Humanitarian Action and Foreign Policy: Balancing Interests and Values (ODI, Nov. 2018) [text]

Humanitarian Evidence Week, 19-25 Nov. 2018 [access]
- Follow link for a variety of blog posts and webinars that "highlight topics related to generation, use and dissemination of evidence in the humanitarian sector."

Launch of the Humanitarian Assistance Steering Council (U.S. State Dept., Nov. 2018) [text]

Measuring the Iceberg: The Opportunities and Limits of Better Tracking of Resources Beyond International Humanitarian Assistance (ODI, Nov. 2018) [text]

Scoping Study: Civil Society Space in Humanitarian Action (ICVA, Nov. 2018) [text]

The State of Humanitarian Journalism (University of East Anglia, Oct. 2018) [text via Academia]
- See also related IRIN story.

UK Counterterrorism Travel Ban Could Criminalise Humanitarian Assistance (ODI Comment, Nov. 2018) [text]

What Do African Aid Recipients Think of Charity Ads? (NPR, Nov. 2018) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (14 Nov. 2018)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Internal Displacement


El Salvador: ACNUR Conmemora 20 Años de la Creación de los Principios Rectores de los Desplazamientos Internos (UNHCR, Nov. 2018) [text]
- See also related info re. this forum.

Forced Migration Review, no. 59 (Oct. 2018) [open access]
- Issue theme is "Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement."

Global Partnership on Internal Displacement, 2019-2023 (IOM & IDMC, Nov. 2018) [text]
- See also info on two related IDMC-IOM workshops on internal displacement dataand research that will take place in Abuja, Nigeria on 11 December 2018 and Maiduguri, Nigeria on 13-14 December 2018.

"Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement: Expression of Lex Lata or De Laga Ferenda? Status in International Law and Implications on the Law on International Peace and Security," Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, vol. 35, no. 2 (2018) [full-text]

International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 30, no. 2 (June 2018) [contents]
- Special issue on the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

"Niger Adopts Law to Protect Displaced People in First for Africa," Reuters, 6 Dec. 2018 [text]

Reaching Internally Displaced Persons to Achieve the 2030 Agenda (International Peace Institute, Nov. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Ripple Effect: Multidimensional Impacts of Internal Displacement (IDMC, Oct. 2018) [text]
- "This report presents the results of a systematic review of nearly 1,000 publications on the impacts of internal displacement in each of these dimensions": health, livelihoods, education, housing and infrastructure, security, the environment and social life.


Brookings Internally Displaced Persons Archive (Bodleian Social Science Library) [info]

Holding On: A Virtual Experience of Internal Displacement (IOM) [info]

Internal Displacement in 2018, Brussels, 14 Nov. 2018 [info]
- Follow link for video of this event.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Internal Displacement (26 Sept. 2018)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

06 December 2018

Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 2 (Africa)

Against the Odds: Refugee Integration in Kenya (ODI, Dec. 2018) [text]

Dreams Deterred: Opportunities to Promote Self-reliance for Somali Refugee Youth in Kenya (International Rescue Committee, Nov. 2018) [text]

Local Integration Focus: Somaliland 2018 - Durable Solutions Analysis (ReDSS, Nov. 2018) [text]

Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa, 26-30 November 2018, Nairobi, Kenya [info]
- Follow link for concept note and programme.

Solutions in West Africa: Exempted Refugees in West Africa (UNHCR, Dec. 2018) [text]

Solutions in West Africa: Ghanaian Refugees in Togo (UNHCR, Dec. 2018) [text]

Solutions in West Africa: Ivorian Refugees in West Africa (UNHCR, Sept. 2018) [text]

Solutions in West Africa: Mauritanian Refugees in Senegal and Mali (UNHCR, Sept. 2018) [text]

Solutions in West Africa: Togolese Refugees in Ghana (UNHCR, Sept. 2018) [text]

What Ghana Can Teach Us about Integrating Refugees (World Economic Forum Blog, Nov. 2018) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 1 (6 Dec. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 1

The Case for Expanding Community Sponsorship of Refugees (Niskanen Center Blog, Nov. 2018) [text]

How Not to Promote Voluntary Repatriation: The UNHCR and Chin Refugees from Myanmar (South Asia @ LSE Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]

"Migrant Integration and Cultural Capital in the Context of Sport and Physical Activity: A Systematic Review," Journal of International Migration and Integration, Latest Articles, 5 Dec. 2018 [open access]

Operation Syrian Refugees: An Overview of Canada’s Resettlement Initiative and Early Outcomes (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, March 2018) [text]

Pathways of Settlement among Recent Migrants in Super-diverse Areas, IRiS Working Paper, no. 25 (Univ. of Birmingham, 2018) [text]

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Refugees: The Impacts of and on Integration Domains, IRiS Working Paper, no. 28 (Univ. of Birmingham, 2018) [text]

Special Humanitarian Intakes: Enhancing Protection through Targeted Refugee Resettlement, Policy Brief, no. 7 (Kaldor Centre, Dec. 2018) [text]
- See also related news story.

The Way We Talk of Integration Will Lead to Segregation, Not Inclusion (Refugees Deeply, Nov. 2018) [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 1 (14 Nov. 2018)
- Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 2 (Integration) (14 Nov. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Persons with Disabilities & Older People

Children with Disabilities in Situations of Armed Conflict (Unicef, Dec. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Determining Physical and Mental Health Conditions Present in Older Adult Refugees: A Mini-Review," Gerontology, Online First, 21 Aug. 2018 [free full-text]

Displaced Children with Disabilities Face Overlapping Barriers (World Education Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]

Emergency Protection-based Support to Conflict-affected Older Women and Men in the Government-controlled Areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts: Baseline Report, Ukraine (HelpAge International, July 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Engaging Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Responses," Societies, vol. 8, no. 4 (Nov. 2018) [open access]

"Fostering Community-Academic Partnerships to Promote Employment Opportunities for Refugees with Disabilities: Accomplishments, Dilemmas, and Deliberations," Societies, vol. 8, no. 3 (Sept. 2018)  [open access]

Global Disability Summit, London, 24 July 2018 [info]
- Follow link for video and outcomes of meeting; see also remarks by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and UNHCR news story.

Health of Older Refugees and Migrants (WHO Europe, 2018) [text]

"Immigrants and Refugees," Entry in Disability in American Life: An Encyclopedia of Concepts, Policies, and Controversies (ABC-CLIO, Dec. 2018) [info]
- Preview entry on p. 361 in Google Books.

"Left Out of the Loop: Older People and Persons with Disabilities," Chapter in World Disasters Report 2018 (IFRC, Oct. 2018) [text]

Removing Barriers: The Path Towards Inclusive Access (Humanity & Inclusion and iMMAP, July 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]
- "Disability assessment among Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon."

Service Responses for People with Disabilities from Refugee Backgrounds in Northern Melbourne (Refugee Council of Australia, Oct. 2018) [text]

Support for Refugees with Disabilities and Other Specific Health Care Needs (RefLaw Blog, Aug. 2018) [text]

Syrian Refugee Women, Girls, and People with Disabilities in Turkey, K4D Helpdesk Report (DFID, July 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Persons with Disabilities & Older People (17 July 2018)

Tagged Publications. 

05 December 2018

Regional Focus: Middle East

Assessing Vulnerabilities in Palestinian Gatherings in Lebanon: Results of the 2017 Household Survey (UNDP, Sept. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Dignity and Displaced Syrians in Lebanon (ODI, Nov. 2018) [text]

"A Human Rights Based Approach to Refugees: A Look at the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Responses from Germany and the United States," Duke Forum for Law & Social Change, vol. 9, no. 1 (2017) [full-text]

"The Legality of the Right of Return for the Palestinian Refugees and the Legitimacy of the Struggle for It," Journal of Law, vol. 13, no. 2 (2018) [open access]

Long Road to Return: Towards a Durable Solutions Deal for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (11.11.11, Nov. 2018) [text]

Picking Up the Pieces: Realities of Return and Reintegration in North-East Syria (REACH, Nov. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

President Trump's Misguided Approach on UNRWA (RI Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]

Reasons to Remain: Categorizing Protracted Displacement in Iraq (IOM, Nov. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Regular Surveys on Social Tensions throughout Lebanon, Wave IV (UNDP & UNHCR, Sept. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Syrian Conflict’s Next Front (Human Rights Watch, Nov. 2018) [text]

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Eight Years On: What Works and Why that Matters for the Future (CARE, Nov. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Still Reluctant to Go Home (Open Migration, Nov. 2018) [text]

"To Stay or to Leave? The Unsolved Dilemma of the Eritrean Asylum-Seekers in Israel," Harvard International Law Journal Online, vol. 59, no. (Spring 2018) [full-text]

UN Appeals for Record $4 Billion to Help the People of Yemen (IRIN, Dec. 2018) [text]

UNRWA and Neutrality (UNRWA, Nov. 2018) [text via Refworld]

Without Choice? Understanding War-affected Syrian Families’ Decisions to Leave Home, Migration Research Series, no. 54 (IOM, 2018) [text]

*"Yemen's 'descent into hell' in Numbers," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 5 Dec. 2018 [text]


Related posts:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria - Pt. 1 (12 Nov. 2018)
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria - Pt. 2 (12 Nov. 2018)

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 2

Let their Knowledge Flow: The Effect of Returning Refugees on Export Performance in the Former Yugoslavia, Working Paper, no. 7371 (CESifo, Nov. 2018) [text]

Manufacturing Illegality: The Impact of Curtailing Asylum Seekers’ Right to Work in South Africa (Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa, Nov. 2018) [text]

"Measuring Immigration’s Role in U.S. Rise as Economic Power," Yale News, 1 Nov. 2018 [text]

Mixed Migration, Forced Displacement and Job Outcomes in South Africa, Working Paper, no.  127706 (World Bank, June 2018) [text]

Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, vol. 8, no. S4 (2018) [open access]
- Special issue on "Refugees and Immigrants Working in the Nordics," with 5 articles.

Opinion: Granting Refugees the Right to Work Can Help Revitalize Economies (Devex, Nov. 2018) [text via CGD]

Paradigm Shift: How Investments Can Unlock the Potential of Refugees (Refugee Investment Network, Oct. 2018) [text]

"Refuge, Reformed," Foreign Policy, 22 Nov. 2018 [text]
- "Kenya has found a way to make refugee camps benefit host communities. Other countries should follow its lead."

Tech Jobs for Refugees: Assessing the Potential of Coding Schools for Refugee Integration in Germany (Migration Policy Institute, Oct. 2018) [text]
- See also related webinar.

"Trump Administration Continues to Ignore History, Science, and Its Own Conclusion That Refugees Actually Improve America’s Finances," Above the Law, 14 Nov. 2018 [text]

Work to Belong: A New Approach is Needed to Resolve the Employment Challenges Faced by Stateless Persons in the EU (ENS Blog, Oct. 2018) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 1 (5 Dec. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 1


Report launch: Is Italian Agriculture a “Pull Factor” for Irregular Migration—and, If so, Why?, Brussels, 6 December 2018 [info]


Are Refugees a Burden? Impacts of Refugee Inflows on Host's Consumption Expenditures (SSRN, Nov. 2018) [text]

“Asylum Seekers' Limited Right to Work in the Netherlands,” Chapter 7 in Towards a Decent Labour Market for Low-Waged Migrant Workers (Amsterdam University Press, 2018) [open access]
- Scroll to p. 169.

Can Job Search Assistance Improve the Labour Market Integration for Refugees? Evidence from a Field Experiment, Working Paper, no. 7292 (CESifo, Oct. 2018) [text]

Economic Value of Peace 2018 (Institute for Economics and Peace, Oct. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"An Estimate of the Effect of Waiting Time in the Danish Asylum System on Post-resettlement Employment among Refugees: Separating the Pure Delay Effect from the Effects of the Conditions under Which Refugees are Waiting," PLoS ONE 13(11): e0206737 (Nov. 2018) [open access]

Ethiopia’s Refugee Response: Focus on Socio-economic Integration and Self-reliance (Institute for Security Studies, Oct. 2018) [text]

The Impact of Low-Skill Refugees on Youth Education, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 11869 (Institute of Labor Economics, Oct. 2018) [text]

Integrating Venezuelans into the Colombian Labor Market: Mitigating Costs and Maximizing Benefits (Brookings Institution, Dec. 2018) [text]

Is Quick Formal Access to the Labor Market Enough? Refugees' Labor Market Integration in Belgium, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 11905 (Institute of Labor Economics, Oct. 2018) [text]

Labour Mobility for Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Mending or Eroding Protection Systems? (Fluchtforschung Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 1 (30 Oct. 2018)
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 2 (Europe) (30 Oct. 2018)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

04 December 2018

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2

Do Sociotropic Concerns Mask Ethnic Biases? Experimental Evidence on the Sources of Public Opposition to Immigration (SSRN, Nov. 2018) [text]

Home Office “Too Accepting” of Dire Asylum Accommodation, Immigration Inspector Finds  (Free Movement Blog, Nov. 2018) [text]

"Inter-generational Transnationalism: The Impact of Refugee Backgrounds on Second Generation," Comparative Migration Studies, 6:30 (Oct. 2018) [open access]

"Italy’s New Migration Control Policy: Stemming the Flow of Migrants from Libya without Regard for Their Human Rights," Italian Yearbook of International Law, vol. 27 (2017) [Academia]

The Kindertransport: Contesting Memory, Oxford, 21 Nov. 2018 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Legal Analysis: Hungary's Special Tax on Migration-Related Activities (Open Society Foundations, Nov. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Refugees, not Economic Migrants: Why Do Asylum‐Seekers Register in Hungary?," International Migration, Early View, 18 Nov. 2018 [free full-text]

Report of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Dunja Mijatović Following Her Visit to Greece from 25 to 29 June 2018 (Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Nov. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Solidarity, Vulnerability, and the Labour of Refugee Activism, Oxford, 14 Nov. 2018 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

"Violence Experience among Immigrants and Refugees: A Cross-Sectional Study in Italy," BioMed Research International, vol. 2018, art. ID 7949483 (Sept. 2018) [open access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (4 Dec. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1


Call for interest to participate: 5th European Migration Forum, Brussels, 3-4 April 2019 [info]
- Submission deadline is 14 January 2019.


Case Report: EASO’s Involvement in Greek Hotspots Exceeds the Agency’s Competence and Disregards Fundamental Rights (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Nov. 2018) [text]

ECRE Comments on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard (ECRE, Nov. 2018) [text]

ECRE Comments on the Commission Proposal for the Recast Return Directive (ECRE, Nov. 2018) [text]

"The Fragmentation of Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers in the European Union: Protecting Fundamental Rights or Preventing Long-term Integration?," Freedom, Security & Justice: European Legal Studies, no. 3 (2018) [full-text]

How the Debate Over Flags Sidelined Europe’s Migrant-Rescue Ships (Refugees Deeply, Nov. 2018) [text]

"Implementing and Rethinking the European Union's Asylum Legislation: The Asylum Procedures Directive," International Migration, Early View, 14 Nov. 2018 [open access]

To Dublin or not to Dublin? (ECRE, Nov. 2018) [text]
- "ECRE's assessment of the policy choices undermining the functioning of the Dublin Regulation, with recommendations for rights-based compliance."

Towards a Genealogy of Europe’s Migrant Spaces: A Map-Archive of Border Zones (Border Criminologies Blog, Nov. 2018) [text]

What It Means for Migrants When Europe Blocks Sea Rescues (Refugees Deeply, Nov. 2018) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (9 Nov. 2018)
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2 (9 Nov. 2018)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Thematic Focus: Health - Pt. 2

The Challenges in Providing Health Care to Syrian Refugees (Future Development Blog, Nov. 2018) [text]

"Factors Associated with Unsuccessful Treatment Outcome in Tuberculosis Patients among Refugees and Their Surrounding Communities in Gambella Regional State, Ethiopia," PLoS ONE 13(10): e0205468 (Oct. 2018) [open access]

Forced Displacement, Migration and Pregnancy Risk: Micro-level Evidence from Burundi, GPS Policy Brief, no. 2 (PRIO, Oct. 2018) [text]

"Health Challenges and Access to Health Care among Syrian Refugees in Jordan: A Review," Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, vol. 24, no. 7 (2018) [full-text]

"Health Status of Returning Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, and the Host Community in a Post-conflict District in Northern Sri Lanka: A Cross-sectional Survey," Conflict and Health, 12:31 (Oct. 2018) [open access]

"Integrating Human Rights Approaches into Public Health Practices and Policies to Address Health Needs amongst Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: A Systematic Review and Meta-ethnographic Analysis," Archives of Public Health, 76:59 (Oct. 2018) [open access]

"Reducing Chronic Disease through Changes in Food Aid: A Microsimulation of Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Disease among Palestinian Refugees in the Middle East," PLoS Medicine, 15(11): e1002700 (Nov. 2018) [open access]

"Resilience Capacities of Health Systems: Accommodating the Needs of Palestinian Refugees from Syria," Social Science & Medicine, vol. 220 (Jan. 2019) [open access]

"'We need good nutrition but we have no money to buy food': Sociocultural Context, Care Experiences, and Newborn Health in Two UNHCR-supported Camps in South Sudan," BMC International Health and Human Rights, 18:40 (Nov. 2018) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health - Pt. 1 (4 Dec. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Health - Pt. 1

"Area of Exposure and Treatment Challenges of Malaria in Eritrean Migrants: A GeoSentinel Analysis," Malaria Journal, 17:443 (Nov. 2018) [open access]

"A Bibliometric Analysis of Global Research Output on Health and Human Rights (1900-2017)," Global Health Research and Policy, 3:30 (Oct. 2018) [open access]

"Challenges and Opportunities for Implementation of Substance Misuse Interventions in Conflict-affected Populations," Harm Reduction Journal, 15:58 (Nov. 2018) [open access]

"Development and Evaluation of a Web-based Capacity Building Course in the EUR-HUMAN Project to Support Primary Health Care Professionals in the Provision of High-quality Care for Refugees and Migrants," Global Health Action, vol. 11, no. 1 (2018) [open access]

"Global Overview of Refugees: Comparison of 2005 and 2015 Data for the 10 Most Affected Countries," Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, In Press, 26 July 2018 [open access]

"Healthcare Utilization in a Large Cohort of Asylum Seekers Entering Western Europe in 2015," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 15, no. 10 (Oct. 2018) [open access]

"Improving Access to Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis Diagnostic and Health Services for Refugees and Migrants," BMC Medicine, 16:221 (Nov. 2018) [open access]

"Infectious Disease Profiles of Syrian and Eritrean Migrants Presenting in Europe: A Systematic Review," Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, vol. 25 (Sept.-Oct. 2018) [open access]

Integrating Palliative Care and Symptom Relief into Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies and Crises: A WHO Guide (WHO, Sept. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Migrant and Refugee Populations: A Public Health and Policy Perspective on a Continuing Global Crisis," Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, 7:113 (Sept. 2018) [open access]

"National Approaches to the Vaccination of Recently Arrived Migrants in Europe: A Comparative Policy Analysis across 32 European Countries," Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, In Press, 16 Oct. 2018 [open access]

"Towards Universal Health Coverage: Including Undocumented Migrants," BMJ Global Health, vol. 3, no. 5 (Oct. 2018) [open access]

"Universal Health Coverage for Refugees and Migrants in the Twenty-first Century," BMC Medicine, 16:216 (Nov. 2018) [open access]

What Strategies to Address Communication Barriers for Refugees and Migrants in Health Care Settings Have Been Implemented and Evaluated across the WHO European Region?, Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report, no. 62 (WHO Europe, 2018) [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Health - Pt. 1 (Europe) (13 Sept. 2018)
- Thematic Focus: Health - Pt. 2 (13 Sept. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

03 December 2018

New Book Titles

Please see references to new books posted on my Forced Migration Library blog.

Tagged Books.

30 November 2018

Open Access Round-up: 30 Nov. 2018

Below is a listing of Open Access literature that I have referenced on this blog since 31 Oct. 2018. If you are not familiar with Open Access, please visit my other blog for an introduction.

Green Open Access [info]


"Can International Law Trump Trump’s Immigration Agenda? Protecting Individual Rights Through Procedural Jus Cogens," Illinois Law Review (Forthcoming, 2018)
- Preprint version of article.

"Trauma Inflicting, Not Trauma Informed: The U.S. Federal Government’s Double Standard toward Migrant Children," Social Work, Advance Articles, 26 Oct. 2018
- Preprint version of article.

Book chapters:

"Central Issues in the Protection of Child Migrants," Introduction to Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice (Edward Elgar, 2018)
- Preprint version of chapter.

Gold Open Access [info]


"Addressing Refugees and Non-refugees in Adult Education Programs: A Longitudinal Analysis on Shifting Public Concerns," RELA: European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, vol. 9, no. 2 (2018)

"Bibliometric Analysis of Peer-reviewed Literature on Syrian Refugees and Displaced People (2011–2017)," Conflict and Health, 12:43 (Oct. 2018)

"Blockchain for Humanitarian Action and Development Aid," Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 3:16 (Oct. 2018)

"Domestic Violence and International Child Abduction at the Border of Canadian Family and Refugee Law," Journal of Law and Social Policy, vol. 29 (2018)

"An Evaluation of Kenya’s Parallel Legal Regime on Refugees, and the Courts’ Guarantee of Their Rights," Law, Democracy and Development, vol. 21 (2017)

"The Impact of Emergency Aid Work on Personal Relationships: A Psychodynamic Study," Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 3:14 (Nov. 2018)

"A Plan Nobody Hopes They Will Need: New Zealand and Climate Change Migration," The Koa Koa: Pacific Journalism Review, vol. 24, no. 1 (2018)

"Refugee Students in Spain: The Role of Universities as Sustainable Actors in Institutional Integration," Sustainability, vol. 10, no. 6 (June 2018)

"Revisiting the Issues of Access to Higher Education and Social Stratification through the Case of Refugees: A Comparative Study of Spaces of Opportunity for Refugee Students in Germany and England," Social Sciences, vol. 7, no. 10 (Oct. 2018)

"Second Language Acquisition Effects of a Primary Physical Education Intervention: A Pilot Study with Young Refugees," PLoS ONE 13(9): e0203664 (Sept. 2018)

"A Step Forward in the Protection of Urban Refugees: The Legal Protection of the Rights of Urban Refugees in Uganda," African Human Rights Law Journal, vol. 17, no. 1 (2017)

"Understanding Refugee Durable Solutions by International Players: Does Dialogue Form a Missing Link?," Cogent Social Sciences, vol. 4, no. 1 (2018)

"Why Here? Factors Influencing Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Choosing Germany or Sweden as Asylum Destinations," Comparative Migration Studies, 6:29 (Dec. 2018)

Book chapters:

"The Return of Banishment," Part III of Debating Transformations of National Citizenship (Springer, 2018)

"Social Innovation in Community Development: Self-organisation and Refugees," Chapter 10 in Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives (Routledge, Oct. 2018)


Forum: Qualitative Social Research, vol. 19, no. 3 (2018)
- Special issue on "Research Ethics in Qualitative Research," with four relevant articles.

Freedom, Security & Justice: European Legal Studies, no. 2 (2018)
- Articles focus on migration to Europe, with 8 articles.

Movements: Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies, vol. 4, no. 1 (2018)
- Theme is “Wissensproduktionen der Migration (Knowledge Production of Migration),” with nine articles.

REMHU: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, vol. 26, no. 53 (May-Aug. 2018)
- Theme is "Racismos e Migrações." 14 articles in total.

Hybrid Open Access [info]

"Commentary: Unsettling Friendship and Using Friendship to Unsettle," Urban Studies, vol. 55, no. 3 (2018)

"The Diversity Wave: A Meta-analysis of the Native-born White Response to Ethnic Diversity," Social Science Research, vol. 76 (Nov. 2018)

"Elites and Emulators: The Evolution of Iraqi Kurdish Asylum Migration to Europe," Migration Studies, Advance Articles, 31 Oct. 2018

"Good Citizens? Ugandan Asians, Volunteers and ‘Race’ Relations in 1970s Britain," History Workshop Journal, vol. 85 (Spring 2018)

"Resettlement as Climate Change Adaptation: What Can be Learned from State-led Relocation in rural Africa and Asia?," Climate and Development, Latest Articles, 3 March 2018

"Social Distance toward Syrian Refugees: The Role of Intergroup Anxiety in Facilitating Positive Relations," Journal of Social Issues, Early View, 14 Nov. 2018

Law Reviews


"Climate Change and Human Migration," UC Irvine Law Review, vol. 8, no. 4 (July 2018)

"A Constitutional Case for Extending the Due Process Clause to Asylum Seekers: Revisiting the Entry Fiction after Boumediene," Fordham Law Review, vol. 87, no. 1 (Oct. 2018)

"The European Union’s Refugee Deal with Turkey: A Risky Alliance Contrary to European Laws and Values," Houston Journal of International Law, vol. 40, no. 2 (Spring 2018)

"Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement: Expression of Lex Lata or De Laga Ferenda? Status in International Law and Implications on the Law on International Peace and Security," Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law, vol. 35, no. 2 (2018)

"A Lost Generation: Syrian Refugees and the Right to Education in Turkey," Fordham International Law Journal, vol. 42, no. 1 (2018)

"Non-Refoulement Obligations under Article 1F(a) of the Refugee Convention," Houston Journal of International Law Sidebar, vol. 41, no. 1 (Sept. 2018)

"Punishment and Protection, Two Sides of the Same Sword: The Problem of International Criminal Law under the Refugee Convention," Harvard International Law Journal, vol. 59, no. 2 (Summer 2018)

"La Réforme du Système d’Octroi de l’Asile au Canada: Où en Sommes-nous? = The Refugee Reform in Canada: Where Do We Stand?," La Revue des Droits de l'Homme, no. 14 (2018)

"Study Group on Immigrant Representation: The First Decade," Fordham Law Review, vol. 87, no. 2 (Nov. 2018)


"Immigration Law & Resistance: Ensuring a Nation of Immigrants," UC Davis Law Review, vol. 52, no. 1 (2018)
- Symposium issue with 15 articles.

Related post:
- Open Access Round-up: 31 Oct. 2018

Tagged Publications.