22 January 2019

Regional Focus: Africa


32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, Addis Ababa, 10-11 February 2019 [info]
- Theme is "Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa." In advance of the summit, meetings will be held by the Permanent Representatives’ Committee (15-16 Jan. 2019) and the Executive Council (7-8 Feb. 2019). The opening of the PRC can be viewed via the a/m link.


"Assessing the Relative Contribution of Economic, Political and Environmental Factors on Past Conflict and the Displacement of People in East Africa," Palgrave Communications, 4: art. no. 47 (April 2018) [open access]

"Community Resilience and Social Capital in the Reconstruction and Recovery Process for Post-election Violence Victims in Kenya," African Journal on Conflict Resolution, vol. 18, no. 2 (2018) [full-text]

Displaced and Distressed: People’s Mental Health in East Africa (MSF, Jan. 2019) [text]

"Encampment and Cash-Based Transfer: Concord and Controversy in the World Food Programme’s Pilot Project in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Latest Articles, 11 Jan. 2019 [open access]

Free and Safe Movement in East Africa: Research to Promote People’s Safe and Unencumbered Movement across International Borders (ACMS & Samuel Hall, Oct. 2018) [text]

"How Uganda and UNHCR Failed Refugees," ISS Today, 16 Jan. 2019 [text]

"The Impact of the United Nations Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework on Conflict Dynamics," Conflict Trends, no. 3 (Dec. 2018) [full-text]

Nobody Came to Ask Us: South Sudanese Refugee Perceptions of the Peace Process (Institute for Security Studies, Dec. 2018) [text]

Refugee Economies in Uganda: What Difference Does the Self-Reliance Model Make? (Refugee Studies Centre, Jan. 2019) [access]
- See also related Research in Brief paper, via a/m link.

"Resilience in Displacement and the Protection of Civilians in South Sudan," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 21 Jan. 2019 [abstract]
- Watch a related presentation at a DIIS event.

"Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression among Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia: Identifying Direct, Mediating and Moderating Predictors from Path Analysis," BMJ Open, vol. 9, no. 1 (Jan. 2019) [open access]

Uganda and the Refugee Problem: Challenges and Opportunities, Working Paper, no. 5 (Univ. of Antwerp, May 2018) [text]

"The Wellbeing of Somali Refugees in Kampala: Perceived Satisfaction of Their Human Needs," Journal of Science and Sustainable Development, vol. 6, no. 1 (2017) [open access]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 2 (Africa) (18 Jan. 2019)
- Regional Focus: Africa (4 Jan. 2019)

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21 January 2019

Thematic Focus: General


Course: MSC in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford [info]
- Apply by 25 January 2019.


30,000 Irregular Migration Deaths, Disappearances Between 2014-2018: IOM Report (IOM, Jan. 2019 [text]

"Back Home or Not," Nature Sustainability, vol. 1 (8 Jan. 2019) [full-text via author]

"Civilian Resettlement Patterns in Civil War," Journal of Peace Research, OnlineFirst, 21 Jan. 2019 [open access]

Criminal Justice Research in an Era of Mass Mobility Blog Series (Border Criminologies Blog, Jan. 2019 [access]
- Here is the introduction. Links to the seven posts to date are available via the menu on the right side of the page.

DRC Return Policy: Positions and Guiding Principles for DRC’s Engagement in Return of Refugees, IDPs and Rejected Asylum Seekers (Danish Refugee Council, Oct. 2018) [text]

Let’s be Transparent about Refugee and IDP Statistics (Development Matters Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]

Lethal Choices: The Rising Death Toll of Mixed Migration (Mixed Migration Centre, Jan. 2019) [text]

Need to Solve a Border Dispute? Look to Ethiopia or Uzbekistan (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2019) [text]

Prejudice-Relevant Correlates of Attitudes Towards Refugees: A Meta-Analysis (OSF Preprints, Jan. 2019) [text]

"Support for Resettling Refugees: The Role of Fixed-Growth Mindsets," Psychological Science, 11 Jan. 2019 [postprint]

Updated: Research on the Effect of Refugees (Twitter, Jan. 2019) [access]
- A mini bibliography reported via Twitter Moments.

Global Compacts:

"The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: An Unlikely Achievement,"  [free full-text]

An Overheated Narrative Unanswered: How the Global Compact for Migration Became Controversial (Migration Policy Institute, Dec. 2018) [text]

"Refugees and (Other) Migrants: Will the Global Compacts Ensure Safe Flight and Onward Mobility for Refugees?," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Articles, 11 Jan. 2019 [free full-text]
- See also related FullFact article.

"The UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: What Place for Human Rights?," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Articles, 9 Jan. 2019 [free full-text]

New resource:

The Arc: How Science Can Improve Communications about Refugees and Humanitarian Innovation (UNHCR Innovation Service & University of Florida Center for Public Interest Communication) [access]
- "The Arc is a series that explores how we can use behavioral, cognitive and social science to change conversations, mindsets and behavior around humanitarian innovation and displaced populations." A number of essays were posted in mid-December on different facets of using research to improve communication around and perceptions of refugee issues.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (8 Jan. 2019)

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

18 January 2019

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 2 (Africa)

"Dispelling the Myth of Dependency," Inside Story, 21 May 2018 [text]
- Focuses on Kakuma refugee camp.

"Do Refugee Camps Help or Hurt Hosts? The Case of Kakuma, Kenya," Journal of Development Economics, vol. 130 (Jan. 2018) [postprint]
- Note: The full-text may be requested via the link provided.

How to Ensure Ethiopia’s 'Jobs Compact' Works for Refugees (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2019) [text]
- See also related Thomson Reuters Foundation News article and UNHCR press release.

Kigali Sees Economic Sense in Helping Refugee Entrepreneurs (UNHCR, Dec. 2018) [text]

Livelihoods in Lóvua Settlement (UNHCR, Aug. 2018) [text]

"Livelihoods Programming and Its Influence on Secondary Migration," Forced Migration Review, no. 58 (June 2018) [open access]

"The Power of Markets: Lessons from Uganda," Forced Migration Review, no. 58 (June 2018) [open access]

A Refugee Community in Kenya is Open for Business (International Finance Corporation, May 2018) [text]

"Refugees and Host Communities in the Rwandan Labour Market," Forced Migration Review, no. 58 (June 2018) [open access]

"Refugees’ Engagement with Host Economies in Uganda," Forced Migration Review, no. 58 (June 2018) [open access]

Refugees in Djibouti Can Now Open Bank Accounts (UNHCR, Aug. 2018) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 1 (18 Jan. 2019)

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Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 1

Blog posts & commentary:

"Actually, the Numbers Show That We Need More Immigration, Not Less," New York Times, 15 Jan. 2019 [text]

European Migration Network Study on Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination Examines Right to Work (Right to Work for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

How Central American Migrants Helped Revive the US Labor Movement (The Conversation, Jan. 2019) [text]

"A Wall Can’t Solve America’s Addiction to Undocumented Immigration," New York Times, 9 Jan. 2019 [text]

Reports & journal articles:

Building Bridges to Work: Final Report on the Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers Program (Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Dec. 2018) [text]

"Can Labor Immigration Work for Refugees?," Current History, vol. 118, no. 804 (Jan. 2019) [full-text via Migration Policy Centre]

Different Selection Processes, Different Outcomes? Comparing Labour Market Integration of Asylum Seekers, Resettled Refugees and Their Reunited Family Members in Finland (SSRN, Dec. 2018) [text]

Humanitarian Migrants, Work and Economic Security on the Urban Fringe (Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Nov. 2018) [text]

"'I would call it a social capital building exercise': The Nature of Networks That Enable Women with a Refugee Background to Access Sustainable Employment in Regional Australia," Journal of Social Inclusion, vol. 9, no. 2 (2018) [open access]

Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Remote Areas with Declining Populations, OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Working Paper, no. 2018/03 (OECD, Dec. 2018) [text]

Is It Merely a Labor Supply Shock? Impacts of Syrian Migrants on Local Economies in Turkey, PERI Working Paper, no. 454 (Univ. of Massachusetts, Feb. 2018 [text]
- See also related Turkish work permit FAQ.

"The New Era of Refugee Investing," Stanford Social Innovation Review, 14 Jan. 2019 [text]

The Role of Non-state Actors in the Integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers, OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Working Paper, no. 2018/02 (OECD, Dec. 2018) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (21 Dec. 2018)

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Regional Focus: Americas


2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview: Colombia (OCHA, Jan. 2019) [text]

Central America’s ‘Migrant’ Caravans, Making the Invisible Visible (IDMC Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

Diálogo del Alto Comisionado sobre los Desafíos de Protección: "Protección y soluciones en entornos urbanos: comprometerse con las ciudades," Ginebra, 18-19 Diciembre 2018 - Documento Conceptual [text]
- Other Spanish-language documents from the HC's Protection Dialogue are available here.

"Hundreds of Hondurans Set Off Toward United States in New Caravan," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 15 Jan. 2019 [text

"Inter-American Standards on Migration, Asylum and Refugee Law," University of Vienna Law Review, vol. 2, no. 2 [open access]

Resisting Displacement: Interpersonal Ties as Shield and Deterrent in Medellín, Colombia (SSRN, Nov. 2018) [text]

Sustainable Reintegration: Strategies to Support Migrants Returning to Mexico and Central America (Migration Policy Institute, Jan. 2019) [text]


As Venezuela’s Denied Crisis Deepens, Local Aid Groups Shift Tactics (IRIN, Jan. 2019) [text]

Crises Colliding: The Mass Influx of Venezuelans into the Dangerous Fragility of Post-Peace Agreement Colombia (Refugees International, Jan. 2019) [access]
- Available in English and Spanish.

False Paradise: Caribbean Island-Nations Must Respect Venezuelans’ Rights (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2019) [text]

How the Diaspora is Helping Venezuela's Migration Crisis (World Economic Forum Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

Worries Grow as More Venezuelans Look to Peru (IRIN, Jan. 2019) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (19 Dec. 2018)

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17 January 2019

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


IOM Data Report on Asia and the Pacific: 2017-June 2018 (IOM, Jan. 2019) [text]
- "Unique IOM data and information contained in this report will contribute to an increased understanding of migration in and from the Asia and the Pacific region by touching upon various aspects of human migration. International migration, cross border mobility and resettlement figures are analyzed. Internal and international displacement, human trafficking, and the impacts of identity and document fraud on irregular migration are other aspects covered in this report."

Protecting Civilians in the Kachin Borderlands, Myanmar: Key Threats and Local Responses (ODI, Dec. 2018) [text]

"Strengthening Responsibility Sharing with South–South Cooperation: China’s Role in the Global Compact on Refugees," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Articles, 24 Dec. 2018 [open access]

"Thailand Signals Major Shift in Refugee Policy after Rahaf Mohammed Case," The Guardian, 17 Jan. 2019 [text]
- See also earlier related UNHCR statement.

"Too Scared to Return Home, Myanmar Refugees in Thai Camps Face an Uncertain Future," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 14 Jan. 2019 [text]

"Vanishing Selves under Hong Kong’s Unified Screening Mechanism," Cultural Diversity in China, vol. 3, no. 1 (July 2017) [open access]

Rohingya crisis:

"Asylum Seekers in a Non-Immigrant State and the Absence of Regional Asylum Seekers Mechanism: A Case Study of Rohingya Asylum Seekers in ACEH-Indonesia and ASEAN Response," Indonesia Law Review, vol. 7, no. 3 (2017) [SSRN]

Flow Monitoring Surveys: Insights into the Profiles and Vulnerabilities of Myanmar Migrants to Thailand (IOM, Dec. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Hundreds of Rohingya Families Flee India after Deportations," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 17 Jan. 2019 [text]
- See also earlier related UNHCR statement.

"If Not Now, When?": The Responsibility to Protect, the Fate of the Rohingya and the Future of Human Rights, Occasional Paper, no. 8 (Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Jan. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Rohingya Crisis: What to Watch for in 2019 (RI Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

"Rohingyas in Limbo as Diplomacy Falters," The Diplomat, 15 Jan. 2019 [text]

"The Rohingyas' Plight: What Options Under International Law?," The Diplomat, 15 Jan. 2019 [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia (19 Dec. 2018)

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News: HRW's World Report for 2019 Just Published

Human Rights Watch has published its annual human rights survey, World Report 2019: Events of 2018. As the Foreword notes, "World Report 2019 is Human Rights Watch’s 29th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2017 through November 2018."

The subject of the introductory essay is "World’s Autocrats Face Rising Resistance." The companion web site provides access to other thematic essays and multimedia presentations. Visitors will also find a menu for abridged versions of the report in six other languages.

Readers can download the entire report or browse by individual country. Previous editions of the World Report can be found here.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

New book:

LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees from a Legal and Political Perspective: Persecution, Asylum and Integration (Springer, Dec. 2018) [info]
- "This book addresses the ‘three moments’ in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers’ and refugees’ efforts to secure protection: The reasons for their flight, the Refugee Status Determination process, and their integration into the host community once they are recognized refugee status. ..."

Other publications:

A Double Challenge: LGBTI Refugees and Asylum Seekers in South Africa (Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Oct. 2018) [text

Estudio sobre la situación de las personas LGTBI del norte de Centroamérica con necesidades de protección internacional en Guatemala y México (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo, Aug. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Gender, Sexuality, Asylum and European Human Rights," Law and Critique, vol. 29, no. 2 (July 2018) [open access]

Genius: Journal of Legal Studies on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, no. 2 (Nov. 2018) [full-text]
- Includes focus section on "Protezione internazionale e SOGI = International protection and SOGI." Articles are in Italian or English.

"'I've got to go somewhere': Queer Displacement in Northern Central America and Southern Mexico," Chapter in LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees from a Legal and Political Perspective: Persecution, Asylum and Integration (Springer, Dec. 2018) [preprint]

"Lesbian and Gay Immigrants' Post-Migration Experiences: An Integrative Literature Review," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 16, no. 3 (2018) [abstract]

LGBTQ Caravan Migrants May Have to 'Prove' Their Gender or Sexual Identity at US Border (The Conversation, Nov. 2018) [text]

"Sexuality and Integration: A Case of Gay Iranian Refugees’ Collective Memories and Integration Practices in Canada," Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latest Articles, 28 Nov. 2018 [preprint]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (3 Oct. 2018)

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16 January 2019

Regional Focus: United Kingdom


Seminar series: "Refugees in the United Kingdom," Oxford [info]
- The following three seminars will be held on: 1) 16 Jan. 2019: "Transnationalism, return visits, home and belonging: second generation from refugee backgrounds"; 2) 23 Jan. 2019: "Refugees and the UK labour market"; 3) 30 Jan. 2019: "Building inclusive cities: emerging learning from a knowledge exchange with UK cities."


"After Arrival, the Problems Facing Refugees and Their Families: A Clinical Legal Response," International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, vol. 25, no. 2 (2018) [open access]

Are Refugees Obliged to Claim Asylum in the First Safe Country They Reach? (Free Movement Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

"Channel Migrant Crossings: Who is Coming and Why?," The Guardian, 28 Dec. 2018 [text]

"The Emotional Impacts of Working as an Asylum Lawyer," Refugee Survey Quarterly, Advance Articles, 16 Jan. 2019 [free full-text]
- Note: A postprint version has been deposited in the author's institutional repository, although the full-text is not yet available for public download; however, a copy may be requested from the author.

A “Manufactured” Brexit Migrant Crisis Masks New Risks Ahead (IRIN, Jan. 2019) [text]

Manufacturing Discontent: Q and A on the Legal Issues of Asylum-seekers Crossing the Channel (EU Law Analysis Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

Migration to the UK: Asylum and Refugees (Migration Observatory, updated Jan. 2019) [text]

"Refugees as/at Risk : The Gendered and Racialised Underpinnings of Securitisation in British Media Narratives," Security Dialogue (In Press, 2019) [postprint]

What Britons Get Wrong about Immigration – and Why Politicians Need to Tell Them the Truth (The Conversation, Jan. 2019) [text]
- References research on misperceptions around immigration.

Why the UK Should Stay within the EU's Asylum System after Brexit (The Conversation, Jan. 2019) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2 (19 Dec. 2018)
- Regional Focus: United Kingdom (11 May 2018)

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Open Access Round-up: 15 Jan. 2019

Below is a listing of Open Access literature that I have referenced on this blog since 15 Dec.. 2018. If you are not familiar with Open Access, please visit my other blog for an introduction.

Green Open Access [info]

"Detainers, Discretion, and State Law's Historical Constraints," Brooklyn Law Review (Forthcoming, 2019)
- Preprint version of article.

"Fieldwork after Conflict: Contextualising the Challenges of Access and Data Quality," Disasters, Early View, 10 Dec. 2018
- The postprint version of this article is currently under embargo.

"Refugee Protection and State Security in Australia: Piecing Together Protective Regimes," Australian Journal of Administrative Law, vol. 24, no. 4 (2018)
- Preprint version of article.

Gold Open Access [info]


"Analysing the Effectiveness of Foster Care Arrangement for Unaccompanied Refugee Children at Tongogara Refugee Camp, Zimbabwe," African Journal of Social Work, vol. 8, no. 2 (2018)

"Building Resilience: The Emergence of Refugee-Led Education Initiatives in Indonesia to Address Service Gaps Faced in Protracted Transit," Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, vol. 11, no. 2 (Forthcoming, 2018)

"'Climate Refugees': Is It Time to Legally Acknowledge Those Displaced by Climate Disruption?," Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 42, no. 6 (Dec. 2018)

"Crowdsourced Mapping in Crisis Zones: Collaboration, Organisation and Impact," Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 4:1 (Jan. 2019)

"Global Patterns of Mortality in International Migrants: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," The Lancet, vol. 392, 10164 (15 Dec. 2018)

"Health Impacts of Parental Migration on Left-behind Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," The Lancet, vol. 392, 10164 (15 Dec. 2018)

"Higher Acceptance Rates of Asylum Seekers Lead to Slightly More Asylum Applications in the Future," Demographic Research, vol. 39, art. no. 47 (Dec. 2018)

"In and Beyond the Camp: The Rise of Resilience in Refugee Governance," Oñati Socio-Legal Series (Forthcoming, 2019)

"Is Makassar a ‘Sanctuary City’? Migration Governance in Indonesia after the ‘Local Turn’," Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, vol. 11, no. 2 (Forthcoming, 2018)

"Making Refugees (Dis)Appear: Identifying Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Thailand and Malaysia," Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, vol. 11, no. 2 (Forthcoming, 2018)

"Refuge in the City," Social Sciences, vol. 7, no. 12 (Dec. 2018)

"The Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar: When the Stateless Seek Refuge," Health and Human Rights Journal, vol. 20, no. 2 (Dec. 2018)

"Sexual Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress among African Female Refugees and Migrants in South Africa," South African Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 24, no. 1 (2018)

"Unaccompanied Minors: Worldwide Research Perspectives," Publications, vol. 7, no. 1 (Dec. 2018)

"Unpacking Attitudes on Immigrants and Refugees: A Focus on Household Composition and News Media Consumption," Media and Communication, vol. 7, no. 1 (In Press, 2019)

Journal issues:

AMA Journal of Ethics, vol. 21, no. 1 (2019)
- Special issue on "Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants," with 15 articles.

The Morning Watch: Educational and Social Analysis, vol. 46, nos. 1-2 (Fall 2018)
- Special issue on "Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Newcomer Integration," with 13 articles.

Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, vol. 34, no. 2 (2018)
- General issue, with 13 articles focusing variously on Europe, refugee health care in Canada, labels and identities, asylum seeker stories in the U.S., and education among other issues.

Urban Planning, vol. 3, no. 4 (2018)
- Issue focus is "European Cities Planning for Asylum," with 9 articles.

Hybrid Open Access [info]

"Estimation of Emigration, Return Migration, and Transit Migration Between All Pairs of Countries," PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 116, no. 1 (2 Jan. 2019)

"Finding Your Way into Employment Against All Odds? Successful Job Search of Refugees in Austria," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 5 Dec. 2018

"Inclusion through Political Participation, Trust from Shared Political Engagement: Children of Migrants and School Activism in Italy," Journal of International Migration and Integration, Latest Articles, 7 Jan. 2019

"Managing Stake and Accountability in Prime Ministers' Accounts of the 'Refugee Crisis': A Longitudinal Analysis," Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, vol. 28, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2018)

"A Multi-religious Response to the Migrant Crisis in Europe: A Preliminary Examination of Potential Benefits of Multi-religious Cooperation on the Integration of Migrants," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 45, no. 1 (2019)

"Refugees, EU Citizenship and the Common European Asylum System: A Normative Dilemma for EU Integration," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Latest Articles, 9 Jan. 2019

"Strengthening Responsibility Sharing with South–South Cooperation: China’s Role in the Global Compact on Refugees," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Articles, 24 Dec. 2018

Law Reviews


"The Alienation of Adjudication and the Weakening of Procedural Rule of Law within the Context of Asylum in Europe," Columbia Journal of European Law, vol. 24, no. 3 (Fall 2018)

"De la Défaillance Systémique à la 'Policiarisation' des Conditions d’Accueil des Demandeurs d’Asile en France," La Revue des Droits de l’Homme, no. 14 (2018)

"Refugees Welcome?," Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, vol. 28 (2018)

"Restoring the Statutory Safety-Valve for Immigrant Crime Victims: Premium Processing for Interim U Visa Benefits," Northwestern University Law Review Online, vol. 113 (Forthcoming, 2019)

Journal issues:

La Revue des Droits de l’Homme, no. 13 (2018)
- Includes a "Dossier Thématique" on "La Crise de la Protection des Réfugiés," with 9 articles.

Washington University Global Studies Law Review, vol. 17, no. 3 (2018)
- Includes an essay on "Child Migrants and Child Welfare: Toward A Best Interests Approach," with three articles responding to and expounding on the author's propositions.

Washington & Lee Law Review, vol. 75, no. 3 (2018)
- Nine articles focus on immigration law and policy in the United States.

Related post: 
- Open Access Round-up: 15 Dec. 2018

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News: New Country of Origin Information (COI) Partnership

(This announcement re. changes to the Refworld and ecoi.net databases was posted on ecoi.net's blog and is reproduced with permission.)

Joint Communication by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Austrian Red Cross

UNHCR and the Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation (ACCORD), a department of the Austrian Red Cross, are partnering up for a streamlined content division between their protection information databases, Refworld and ecoi.net.

The new content division will enable Refworld and ecoi.net to strengthen the provision of easily accessible, high-quality, and relevant information to support and enhance informed decision-making on claims for international protection worldwide.

As of 1 January 2019, ACCORD’s ecoi.net will be endorsed by UNHCR as the main global platform for country of origin information. At the same time, UNHCR’s Refworld will reinforce its law and policy collections in the course of 2019, relaunching its protection information platform in 2020. Together these platforms will enable end-users to have easy and fast access to high-quality and up-to-date protection information.

ecoi.net will add selected sources which previously were covered by Refworld, but not on ecoi.net. 

UNHCR and ACCORD have been cooperating since ACCORD’s founding in the field of COI. UNHCR was also involved in the initiation of ecoi.net in 2001.

For more details, see the FAQ on UNHCR’s Refworld.

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15 January 2019

Regional Focus: Europe

The Annual Conference on European Asylum Law 2018: Latest Policy Developments and European Case Law, 18-19 October 2018, Trier (RLI Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

A Brief Timeline of the Human Rights Situation in the Calais Area (Refugee Rights Europe & Help Refugees, Oct. 2018) [text]

"A Contingency Plan for Disembarkation and Relocation," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 11 Jan. 2019 [text]

Greece: A Tale of Two Migration Stories (LSE EUROPP Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

The Greek Response to the Refugee Crisis in Eastern Mediterranean (the Period of 2015-2016): An Overview (Koc University, Jan. 2019) [text]

"An 'Informal' Turn in the European Union’s Migrant Returns Policy towards Sub-Saharan Africa," Migration Information Source, 10 Jan. 2019 [text]

Italy and Immigration: Europe’s Achilles’ Heel (Order from Chaos Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

"The Migrant Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights: Critique and Way Forward," SSRN, 18 Dec. 2018 [text]

"No Country for Asylum Seekers? How Short-term Exposure to Refugees Influences Attitudes and Voting Behavior in Hungary," SocArXiv, 6 Jan. 2019 [preprint]

"Refugees, EU Citizenship and the Common European Asylum System: A Normative Dilemma for EU Integration," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Latest Articles, 9 Jan. 2019 [open access]

Solidarity – from the Heart or by Force? The Failed German Leadership in the EU's Refugee and Migrant Crisis, EUI Working Paper, no. RSCAS 2019/01 (European University Institute, Jan. 2019) [text]

UNHCR Welcomes Malta Disembarkation of Sea Watch and Sea Eye Passengers, Calls for Better, Predictable Approach (UNHCR, Jan. 2019) [text]

"Unpacking Attitudes on Immigrants and Refugees: A Focus on Household Composition and News Media Consumption," Media and Communication, vol. 7, no. 1 (In Press, 2019) [open access]
- Surveys attitudes in Belgium, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands.

Urban Planning, vol. 3, no. 4 (2018) [open access]
- Issue focus is "European Cities Planning for Asylum," with 9 articles.

Vulnerable and Abandoned: How the Greek Reception System is Failing to Protect the Most Vulnerable People Seeking Asylum (Oxfam, Jan. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Why Europe Needs Legal Migration and How to Sell It (Centre for European Reform, Dec. 2018) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (4 Jan. 2019)
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2 (4 Jan. 2019)

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News: New Guidance on Domestic & Gang Violence Claims

From the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS):

"The Center for Gender & Refuge Studies (CGRS) is pleased to share the government’s new guidance for asylum cases which clarifies that there is no blanket rule against claims involving applicants fleeing domestic violence and gang violence. The guidance was issued in accordance with U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan’s recent ruling in Grace v. Whitaker." [read more]

Follow the "new guidance" link for guidance circulated to both EOIR immigration judges and USCIS asylum officers.

See also related news report:
- "Emails Reveal How the Trump Administration Backed Down on Asylum Restrictions," Pacific Standard, 14 Jan. 2019 [text]

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14 January 2019

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 2 (Border Wall)

Border wall commentary & analysis:

Crime Along the Mexican Border is Lower Than in the Rest of the Country (CATO at Liberty Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

"Donald Trump’s Failure to Address the Real Crisis at the Border," New Yorker, 6 Jan. 2019 [text]

"Fact Check: Trump’s Speech on Border ‘Crisis’," Politico, 8 Jan. 2019 [text]

“Immigrants are coming over the border to kill you” is the Only Speech Trump Knows How to Give (Vox, Jan. 2019) [text]

Is There a Crisis at the US-Mexico Border? 6 Essential Reads (The Conversation, Jan. 2019) [text]

Terrorists and the Southern Border: Myth and Reality (Just Security Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

*"Trump Says There’s a ‘Crisis’ at the Border. Here’s What the Data Says," PBS Newshour, 8 Jan. 2019 [text]

Trump’s Bogus Justifications for the Border Wall (Order from Chaos Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]
- See also related charts.

A Wall Can’t Fix What Global Migration and Refugee Compacts Can (Up Front Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

A Wall Cannot Fix Problems at Border; Smart Solutions for Asylum Crisis Can (Migration Policy Institute, Jan. 2019 [text]

*"What is Life Really Like in Border Country, Where Trump Wants His Wall?," The Guardian, 15 Jan. 2019 [text]

What’s Actually Happening at the US-Mexico Border, Explained (Vox, Jan. 2019) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1 (14 Jan. 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1

Events & opportunities:

Panel discussion: Prisons and Punishment: Punitive Policies Harm Asylum Seekers & Immigrants in California, Los Angeles, 24 January 2019 [info]

Symposium: Immigration in the Trump Era, Los Angeles, 1 February 2019 [info]

Training seminar: Making Sense of Immigration Law, San Francisco, 6 February 2019 [info]
- Register by 1 February 2019.


Advocacy Groups Submit Comments Opposing Trump’s Asylum Ban
(Immigration Impact Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

American Asylum: How the Policy of Turning Away Asylum Seekers Violates National and International Law (Kentucky Law Journal Blog, Nov. 2018) [text]

*Cancelled Immigration Court Hearings Grow as Shutdown Continues (TRAC, Jan. 2019) [text]
- See also related Immigration Impact blog post and letter from the National Association of Immigration Judges to Congress.

Haiti, TPS, and Racial Bias (Jeffrey S. Chase Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

"Justice Dept. Admits Error But Won’t Correct Report Linking Terrorism to Immigration," Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2019 [text]
- The Justice report in question is "Executive Order 13780: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States - Initial Section 11 Report."

The Law of Nations, Sovereign Power Over Immigration, and Asylum: It’s Not as Clear as It Seems (CATO at Liberty Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]

*New Guidance Requires Fair Process for Domestic Violence, Gang Asylum Claims at the Border (Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, Jan. 2019) [text]

No Agency Adjudication? (CMS Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]

"The Shutdown Makes Trump’s Priorities Painfully Clear," The Atlantic, 8 Jan. 2019 [text]

"Trump is Rewriting Asylum Law," The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2018 [text]

UNHCR Balances Interests in Response to Trump Asylum Policy (Devex, Nov. 2018) [text]

Washington & Lee Law Review, vol. 75, no. 3 (2018) [full-text]
- Nine articles focus on immigration law and policy in the United States.

Zero Protection: How U.S. Border Enforcement Harms Migrant Safety and Health (Physicians for Human Rights, Jan. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: United States (8 Jan. 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies

"Africa and the Digital Savior Complex," Journal of African Cultural Studies, Latest Articles, 14 Dec. 2018 [free full-text]

Below the Surface: Results of a WhatsApp Survey of Syrian Refugees and Host Communities in Lebanon (UNDP, Dec. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Busting a Myth: There’s Very Often Not an App for That! (UNHCR, Oct. 2018) [text]

"Computer says no": Facing up to the Full Implications of a Digitised Immigration System (Free Movement Blog, Dec. 2019) [text]

The Contested Technologies That Manage Migration (Centre for International Governance Innovation, Dec. 2018) [text]

"Crowdsourced Mapping in Crisis Zones: Collaboration, Organisation and Impact," Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 4:1 (Jan. 2019) [open access]

The Everyday Projects: Using Instagram to Challenge Stereotypes about Faraway Countries and Unrepresented Populations (Humanitarian News Research Network, Dec. 2018) [text]

How to Work with Mobile Network Operators: Lessons from Tanzania (UNHCR, Nov. 2018) [text]

Humanitarianism is in Crisis. Digital Innovation Won’t Fix It (IRIN, Jan. 2019) [text]

*ICTs and Livelihood Supports of Refugees and IDPs, K4D Helpdesk Report, no. 504 (Institute of Development Studies, Nov. 2018) [text]

The Importance of New Technologies for Modern Migrants, Policy Report, no. 04/06 (UNU-GCM, 2018) [text]

The Link Between Migration and Technology is not What You Think (World Economic Forum Blog, Dec. 2018) [text]

The National Vetting Enterprise: Artificial Intelligence and Immigration Enforcement (Lawfare Blog, Jan. 2019) [text]

Sparrow’s RefugeeMobile Program Shows Smartphones Help Refugee Families Arriving in the US Resettle More Successfully (Sparrow, Dec. 2018) [text]
- See also related Fast Company article.


Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies - Pt. 1 (10 Dec. 2018)
- Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies - Pt. 2 (10 Dec. 2018)

Tagged Publications.