27 September 2016

Thematic Focus: General

Events & opportunities: 

Symposium: Global Migration/Asylum Governance: Advancing the International Agenda, Geneva, 10-11 October 2016 [info]

Conference: The Global Migration Crisis, New York, 20 October 2016 [info]

CFP: Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies, Oxford, 16-17 March 2017 [info]
- Submit abstract/panel proposals by 15 November 2016.


"Are We Really Facing an Unprecedented Migrant Crisis?," Swissinfo.ch, 22 Sept. 2016 [text]
- Finds that overall migration is actually in decline.

EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2015 (Council of the European Union, June 2016 [thematic] [country/regional]

Global Mapping of UNDP Initiatives on Migration and Displacement (UNDP, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also UNDP's related publications listed on the right side of the page.

How Many Years do Refugees Stay in Exile? (Dev4Peace Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]
- Analysis finds the often-cited "average length of time that refugees spend in camps is 17 years" statistic to be inaccurate.

How Should the International Community Respond to Migration and Refugees? (WiderAngle Blog, Sept. 2016 [text]

 An Inter-religious Statement on Behalf of Forced Migrants (Jesuit Refugee Service, Sept. 2016) [text]

The Invisible Majority: Helping Internally Displaced People (OCHA et al., Sept. 2016) [text]

The Refugee Crisis Needs Concrete Solutions—Here are Three (Order from Chaos Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]

Refugees 101 (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2016) [text]

Responding to Crises, Helsinki, 23-24 Sept. 2016 [info]
- See concept note; videos will soon be posted.

"Three Emergent Migrations: An Epochal Change," Sur Journal, vol. 13, no. 23 (2016) [full-text via SSRN]

Related posts:
- News: Refugee Summits' Round-up (26 Sept. 2016)
- Thematic Focus: General (16 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

26 September 2016

News: Refugee Summits' Round-up

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants was held on 19 Sept. 2016 and the Leaders' Summit on Refugees took place on 20 Sept. 2016. For outcome documents, statements, and other meeting-related information and multimedia, visit the Summits' respective web sites via the links above.

Here is a selection of reporting/commentary on what the Summits achieved:

Mismatch between Rhetoric and Reality at Refugee Summits (Refugees Deeply, Sept. 2016) [text]

Plenty of Hype, No New Ideas at UN Migration Summit (IRIN, Sept. 2016) [text]

Refugees and Migrants: The View from This Week's New York Summits (ODI, Sept. 2016) [text]

States are Ducking Their Responsibilities to Refugees. This U.N. Declaration Might Just Start to Change That (Monkey Cage Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]

UN Summit Commits to Protect Refugee, Migrant Rights (UNHCR, Sept. 2016) [text]

UNHCR Welcomes New Support for Refugees at Leaders' Summit (UNHCR, Sept. 2016) [text]

"U.S. Says Some 360,000 Refugee Spots Pledged at United Nations," Reuters, 21 Sept. 2016 [text]

"US-led Coalition to Double Refugee Resettlement Places and Expand Aid," The Guardian, 20 Sept. 2016 [text]

The Week That Refugees Were at the Top of the U.N. Agenda (Refugees Deeply, Sept. 2016) [text]

World Refugee Summits Fail Refugees (HRW's Dispatches, Sept. 2016) [text]

Related posts:
- News: UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants/Free Content (19 Sept. 2016)
- News: Refugee Summits Next Week (15 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

23 September 2016

New Issue of JRS

The latest issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) has been published. Contents of vol. 29, no. 3, Sept. 2016 include:

  • Measuring the Potential for Mass Displacement in Menacing Contexts [abstract]
  • Unpredictability, Invisibility and Vulnerability: Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors’ Journeys to Australia [free full-text]
  • Socio-Economic Impact of the Crisis in Northern Mali on Displaced People [abstract] [working paper]
  • Organized Chaos: Informal Institution Building among Palestinian Refugees in the Maashouk Gathering in South Lebanon [abstract]
  • Internal Displacement, the Camp and the Construction of Citizenship: Perspectives from Northern Uganda [abstract]
  • Chronicle of a Reform Process: The Irish Working Group on Protection [abstract]

Eight book reviews are also featured.

Tagged Periodicals.

Opportunities: Writing for Journals

European Journal of Operational Research [info]
- Papers sought for issue focusing on "Operational Research Applied to Humanitarian Operations." The submission deadline is 31 October 2016.

Forced Migration Review [info]
- Articles sought for upcoming issue of this open access publication on "Resettlement." Submission deadline is 10 October 2016.

Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies [info]
- Contributions sought for general issue of this open access journal. The submission deadline is 31 October 2016.

movements: Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies [info]
- Contributions are sought for vol. 3, no. 2 of this open access journal. The theme is "Turkey’s Changing Migration Regime and its Global and Regional Dynamics." The deadline for abstracts is 16 October 2016.

Refugee Review [info]
- Submissions are sought for vol. 3 of this open access e-journal. The theme is "Refugees and Work." The deadline for abstracts is 7 October 2016.

Z'Flucht [info]
- Submissions are sought for a new journal that is edited by Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung (the Refugee Research Network). Articles are primarily in German, but some English- and French-language contributions are also possible. No deadline indicated.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

21 September 2016

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information Services


Invitation to Tender: Country of Origin Information Reviews, Independent Advisory Group on Country Information [info]
- Application deadline is 23 September 2016.


"Born in Facebook: The Refugee Crisis and Grassroots Connective Action in Hungary," International Journal of Communication, vol. 10 (2016) [open access]

Come and be Welcomed! An Exploration of Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees in the United States, Poster prepared for IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Columbus, Ohio, 13-19 August 2016 [access]

"Communicating Global Inequalities: How LGBTI Asylum-specific NGOs Use Social Media as Public Relations," Public Relations Review, vol. 42, no. 2 (June 2016) [full-text via Academia.edu]

Digital Technology and Resettled Refugees in New Zealand (Auckland University of Technology, Sept. 2016) [access]
- Follow link for video.

EASO Launches ‘EU Relocation Programme’ Mobile App (EASO, Aug. 2016) [info]

Tweeting about Refugees: Exploring Where Refugees are Most Welcome in the U.S., according to Twitter (ABODO & IRC, Aug. 2106) [text]

The WhatsApp-Response (Social Media for Good Blog, Aug. 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information Services (2 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Children


Forced to Flee: Inside the 21st Largest Country (Save the Children, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Guidelines on Children's Reintegration (Inter-agency Group on Children’s Reintegration, Sept. 2016) [text]

Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, UN Doc. no. A/71/205 (UN General Assembly, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related news release.

Safe Spaces: The Urgent Need for Early Childhood Development in Emergencies and Disasters (A World at School, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

We Believe in Youth: Global Refugee Youth Consultations Final Report (UNHCR & Women's Refugee Commission, Sept. 2016 [text]

"Why Are You Keeping Me Here?": Unaccompanied Children Detained in Greece (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Young and on the Move: Children and Youth in Mixed Migration Flows within and from the Horn of Africa (Regional MMS, Sept. 2016) [text]


Research Watch: Children on the Move (Unicef) [access]
- "Research Watch is a multi-media scan of major children’s research themes that are just emerging, or yet to emerge, in global child rights discourse. It typically consists of video conversations and text commentaries from leading researchers intended to stimulate thinking and discussion on gaps in knowledge on children."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (7 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe


Webinar: Cities and Refugees: The European Response, Online, 22 September 2016 [info]


"Agency, Resistance and (Forced) Mobilities: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Transit through Italy," REMHU: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, vol. 24, no. 47 (May/Aug. 2016) [full-text]

Cities and Refugees: The German Experience (Brookings, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also related webinar above.

Europe’s Refugees and Migrants: Hidden Flows, Tightened Borders and Spiralling Costs (ODI, Sept. 2016) [text]
- Also access related video and infographic via the same link, and this IRIN news story.

European Opinions of the Refugee Crisis in 5 Charts (Pew Research, Sept. 2016) [text]

Exploding Europe: Germany, the Refugees and the British Vote to Leave, SPERI Paper, no. 31 (Univ. of Sheffield, Sept. 2016) [text]

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 67 (Sept. 2016) [full-text]
- This issue features 16 articles which focus on "Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants in Europe."

openMovements (openDemocracy, Sept. 2016) [access] -
- Four-part blog series on the theme of "Migrant Self-organisation and Solidarity."

"Prediction of Approved Asylum Seekers in European Countries," Procedia Engineering, vol. 159 (2016) [open access]

Research Finds WW1 French and Belgian Refugees were Branded 'Shirkers' in the UK and Faced Similar Pressures to Today's Immigrants (Goldsmiths, Univ. of London, Sept. 2016) [text]

Survey Snapshot: Italy (North Africa Mixed Migration Hub, August 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (15 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

Aid Security Incident Statistics: 18-month Trends Based on Open Source Reported Events Affectng Aid Infrastructure, December 2014 to May 2016 (Insecurity Insight, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Cash Transfer Programming and Persons of Concern: Briefing Note (Cash Learning Partnership, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Challenges to Principled Humanitarian Action: Perspectives from Four Countries (Norwegian Refugee Council & Handicap International, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Commitments to Action (World Humanitarian Summit, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Humanitarian Country Team Protection Strategy: Provisional Guidance Note (Protection Cluster, Sept. 2016) [text]

In Control: A Practical Guide for Civilian Experts Working in Crisis Management Missions, 3rd ed. (ENTRi, 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Protracted Conflict and Humanitarian Action: Some Recent ICRC Experiences (ICRC, Sept. 2016) [text]

Saving Lives and Staying Alive: Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management, Hurst Publishers, Feb. 2016 [info via MSF-CRASH]
- Follow the link to access several excerpts from this book.

Suggested Actions for Intercluster Coordination Groups to Strengthen Accountability to Affected Populations and Protection in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (IASC, Sept. 2016) [text]

Survey: Most Humanitarians Favour the Use of Drones in Disaster Zones (NCHS Blog, Sept. 2016)[text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (19 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

20 September 2016

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


Course: Asia Pacific Short Course on Refugee Rights and Advocacy, Bangkok, 28 November-1 December 2016 [info]
- Registration deadline is 26 September 2016.

Seminar: Representing Refugees in the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, Auckland, 10 November 2016 [info]
- A livestream will also be available.


EdUHK Research: Half of the Hong Kong People Misinformed about Refugee Issue (Education Univ. of Hong Kong, Aug. 2016) [text]

Innovative Electronic Cash Transfer Programme for Emergencies: An Oxfam-Visa Case Study in the Philippines (Oxfam, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Mixed Movements Update for South-East Asia, January-June 2016 (UNHCR, June 2016) [text]

Moment of Decision: Seeking Durable Solutions in Southeast Asia (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

National Policy on Durable Solutions for Conflict-affected Displacement (Govt. of Sri Lanka, Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related IDMC blog post.

Pathways to Protection: A Human Rights-based Response to the Flight of Asylum Seekers by Sea (Australian Human Rights Commission, Sept. 2016) [text]
- Discusses protection in both Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Refugee Crisis: An Asian Experience (APRRN, Sept. 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (20 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Australia


Conference: From Refugee Emergency to Protracted Exile: The Role of 'Time' in International Protection, Kaldor Centre Annual Conference, Sydney, 18 November 2016 [info]
- Deadline for early bird registration is 7 October 2016.


At What Cost? The Human, Economic and Strategic Cost of Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policies and the Alternatives (Save the Children & Unicef, Sept. 2016) [text]

Australia’s Offshore Processing of Asylum Seekers in Nauru and PNG: A Quick Guide to Statistics and Resources (Parliamentary Library of Australia, updated June 2016) [text]

"Creating Criminals: Australia's Response to Asylum Seekers and Refugees," Chapter 16 in The Immigrant Other: Lived Experiences in a Transnational World (Columbia University Press, March 2016) [preprint via Academia.edu]

"Escaping Accountability: A Case of Australia's Asylum Seeker Policy," Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 29, no. 6 (2016) [full-text via SSRN]

Offshore Processing Centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea: Procurement of Garrison Support and Welfare Services (Australian National Audit Office, Sept. 2016) [text via APO]

Pathways to Protection: A Human Rights-based Response to the Flight of Asylum Seekers by Sea (Australian Human Rights Commission, Sept. 2016) [text]

Refugee Resettlement to Australia: What are the Facts? (Parliamentary Library of Australia, updated Sept. 2016) [text]

Web site:

Refugee Research Blog (Researchers for Asylum Seekers) [access]
- "[P]rovides a platform for academic and non-academic research and comment on issues surrounding people seeking asylum and refugees."

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (8 Sept. 2016)

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

19 September 2016

Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria

Can Israel Freely Interpret the Refugee Convention (When It Comes to Palestinian Asylum Seekers)? (RefLaw Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]

The Economic Impact of Conflicts and the Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (IMF, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related staff discussion notes.

From Words to Action: Reviewing the Commitments Made at the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' Conference Six Months on (Oxfam, Sept. 2016) [text]

Invisible Lives: How the International Community is Failing Syrian Women Refugees (Islamic Relief, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Iraq: Comparative Multi-Cluster Assessment of Internally Displaced Persons Living in Camps (REACH, June 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Periodic Monitoring Report: 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan - oPt, Covering 1 January to 30 June 2016 (OCHA, Sept. 2016) [text]

"Refugee Camps and the Spatialization of Assyrian Nationalism in Iraq," Chapter 9 in Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere: Jews and Christians in the Middle East (Brill, 2016) [open access]

Refugees and Energy Resilience in Jordan (Chatham House, Aug. 2016) [text]

Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, UN Doc. no. A/HRC/33/55 (UN Human Rights Council, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also related news release.

Syrian Refugees and Western Inaction (Brookings, Sept. 2016) [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Political and Financial Dynamics (ACAPS, Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"What Syrians Want: New Survey Data Show which Side Refugees Support," Foreign Affairs, 14 Sept. 2016) [extract]
- Register to access one free article per month.

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: MENA (9 Sept. 2016)
- Regional Focus: Syria (20 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications.  

News: UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants/Free Content

The United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants is currently underway. You can watch the proceedings via the UN's Web TV.

I have updated my earlier post with additional commentary.

In addition, take advantage of this reading list of freely available articles from the Journal of Refugee Studies, provided via an OUP blog post on the refugee summits. Its aim is to "help inform changes to some of the most fundamental failings of the international protection regime."

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

16 September 2016

Thematic Focus: General


"Borders and Duties to the Displaced: Ethical Perspectives on the Refugee Protection System," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 4, no. 3 (2016) [open access]

Building Livelihood Opportunities for Refugee Populations: Lessons from Past Practice (Migration Policy Institute, Sept. 2016) [text]

Chatham House Primer: What is a Refugee? (Chatham House, Sept. 2016) [access]
- Follow link for video.

Forcibly Displaced: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts (World Bank, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also related press release and video.

In Challenge Lies Opportunity: How the World Must Respond to Refugees and Mass Migration (The Elders, Sept. 2016) [text]

Internal Displacement Update: January-August 2016 (IDMC, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also related press release.

Key Facts about the World’s Refugees (Pew Research, Sept. 2016) [text]

Migration and Protracted Crises: Addressing the Root Causes and Building Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods (FAO, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Report on the Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants in the Context of Large Movements, UN Doc. no. A/HRC/33/67 (UN Human Rights Council, Sept. 2016) [text via Refworld

What’s Driving the Global Refugee Crisis? (International Crisis Group, Sept. 2016) [text]

Web sites:

Refugee Research Blog (Researchers for Asylum Seekers) [access]
- "[P]rovides a platform for academic and non-academic research and comment on issues surrounding people seeking asylum and refugees." While the blog was started by an Australia-based group, its posts are not limited geographically.

Road to Refuge (World Bank) [access]
- New topic page on the World Bank web site.

Related posts:
- News: Refugee Summits Next Week (15 Sept. 2016)
- Thematic Focus: General (12 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Education

Education for Syrian Refugee Children: What Donors and Host Countries Should Do (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also related web page.

Germany Seeks to Integrate Refugees through Education (Refugees Deeply, Aug. 2016) [text]

Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis (UNHCR, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also related open letter to world leaders.

Not There Yet: An Investigation into the Participation of Students of Refugee Backgrounds in the Australian Higher Education System (National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Aug. 2016) [text via APO]

Refugee Education Crisis Requires a Global Employment Strategy (Refugees Deeply, Sept. 2016) [text]

"Validation is a Question of Identity: Political and Economic Refugees in Slovenia," Elm: European Lifelong Learning Magazine, 10 June 2016 [text]
- See also related EPALE Blog post.

"We’re Afraid for Their Future": Barriers to Education for Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan (Human Rights Watch, Aug. 2016) [text]
- See also related video.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Education (2 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Detention


Report launch: Detention Action’s New Report on Alternatives to Detention, London, 26 September 2016 [info]


Administrative Detention of Children is a Violation of Children's Rights (Unicef, Sept. 2016) [text]

Beyond Detention: A Global Strategy to Support Governments to End the Detention of Asylum-seekers and Refugees, 2014-2019 (UNHCR, Aug. 2016) [baseline report] [progress report]
- See also related UNHCR press release. For individual country progress reports, visit this page and scroll down.

Detention of Asylum-seekers under the Scope of Article 5(1)(f) of ECHR: Some Thoughts Based on Recent ECHR and CJEU Jurisprudence (EDAL, Sept. 2016) [text]

Divided by Detention: Asylum-Seeking Families' Experiences of Separation (American Immigration Council, Aug. 2016) [text]

Ending Child Immigration Detention (Inter-Agency Working Group to End Child Detention, Aug. 2016) [text]

"The Extraordinary Cost of Keeping Asylum Seekers in Detention: Over $500,000 Each," Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Sept. 2016 [text]

Immigration Detention in the UK (Migration Observatory, Sept. 2016) [text]

Summary of Normative Standards and Recommendations on Ending Child Immigration Detention (Inter-Agency Working Group to End Child Detention, Aug. 2016) [text]

"Why Are You Keeping Me Here?": Unaccompanied Children Detained in Greece (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Detention (3 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.