13 September 2019

Regional Focus: Africa

News: 50th Anniversary of the OAU Refugee Convention

The OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa turned 50 this week. For more information, see:

1969 OAU Refugee Convention: Factsheet (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

African Refugee Convention Turns 50 to Warm Welcome (UNHCR, Sept. 2019) [text]

Judges’ Role in Africa’s Expanded Refugee Definition (Kaldor Centre, Sept. 2019) [text]

Events & opportunities:

IGAD Regional Consultative Process, Addis Ababa, 7-8 October 2019 [info]
- "A Regional Exchange on Experiences in Supporting Resilience and Durable Solutions to Internal Displacement in the IGAD Region."

Call for submissions: Award for Research on Forced Displacement in Africa [info]
- Submission deadline is 31 December 2019.

Blog posts & media:

A Generation in Limbo: Protracted Refugee Situations in Kenya Must be Addressed (New Security Beat, Aug. 2019) [text]

Generous Africa Needs New Partners and Innovation to Help Forcibly Displaced – UN Refugee Chief (UNHCR, Aug. 2019) [text]

International Conference on Forced Migration in Africa, Hosted by Centre for Human Rights, Calls for Decisive Action (Centre for Human Rights, Sept. 2019) [text]
- See also related conference statement.

Sudan’s Unrest and the Challenge of Understanding Internal Displacement (IDMC Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

Tanzania Wants Burundian Refugees Sent Home. But They Face Big Challenges (The Conversation, Aug. 2019) [text]

"Three Challenges for the African Union’s New Humanitarian Agency," The New Humanitarian, 28 Aug. 2019 [text]

"UN Probe Finds Sudan Staff Member Solicited Bribes from Refugees," The New Humanitarian, 15 Aug. 2019  [text]

Reports & journal articles:

Ethiopia: Returns of Internally Displaced Persons (Protection Cluster, March 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Exploring Assumptions Behind ‘Voluntary’ Returns from North Africa, RSC Research in Brief, no. 13 (Refugee Studies Centre, Aug. 2019) [text]

"Like a Drop of Water on a Fire": Inadequate Investment in Durable Solutions for Drought IDPs in Ethiopia (Refugees International, Sept. 2019 [text]

"Once the road is safe": Displacement and Return in North-eastern Nigeria (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Aug. 2019) [text]
- Part of the "Invisible Majority" thematic series.

"They’re All Terrorists: The Securitisation of Asylum in Kenya," Chapter in Extremisms in Africa, vol. 2 (Tracey McDonald Publishers, June 2019) [ResearchGate]

Understanding Conflict Dynamics Around Refugee Settlements in Northern Uganda (International Refugee Rights Initiative, Aug. 2019) [text]

"Unpacking Domestic Preferences in the Policy-‘receiving’ State: The EU’s Migration Cooperation with Senegal and Ghana," Comparative Migration Studies, 7:35 (Dec. 2019) [open access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (14 Aug. 2019)

Tagged Publications.

12 September 2019

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2

Reports & journal articles:

"As Lesvos Battles Migration Crisis Fatigue, the Value of Centralized Migration Management Is Questioned," Migration Information Source, 12 Sept. 2019 [text]

"The Care/Security Nexus of the Humanitarian Border: Assisted Return in Norway," International Migration, Early View, 25 Aug. 2019 [open access]

The Christmas Market Attack in Berlin and Attitudes Toward Refugees: A Natural Experiment with Data from the European Social Survey (SocArXiv, Aug. 2019) [preprint]

"Collective Narcissism and In-group Satisfaction Predict Opposite Attitudes Towards Refugees via Attribution of Hostility," Frontiers in Psychology, 4 Sept. 2019 [open access]
- Focuses on Poland.

The Common European Asylum System: Promising Practices of Responsibility Sharing (CEASEval, Aug. 2019) [text]

Cut Adrift in the Med (Amnesty International, Sept. 2019) [text]
- New campaign.

Germany’s New Migration and Asylum Legislation: Extraordinary Opening, Shrinking Protection Space, or Both? (Mixed Migration Centre, Aug. 2019) [text]

Qualifications, Potentials and Life Courses of Syrian Asylum Seekers in Germany, MEA Discussion Paper, no. 1 (Max Planck Institute, Aug. 2019) [text via SSRN]

Rethinking the Economics and the Governance of Reception of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Other Migrants: The Case of Italy, RSCAS Working Paper, no. 2019/51 (European Univ. Institute, 2019) [text]

"'You Shall Not Pass!' How the Dublin System Fueled Fortress Europe," Chicago Journal of International Law, vol. 20, no. 2 (Forthcoming, Winter 2019) [preprint]

Related post:
Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (12 Sept. 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1

ELENA course:

International Protection in Europe: Persistent Challenges and Litigation Opportunities, Seville, 8-9 November 2019 [info]
- Register by 26 September 2019.

Blog posts & media:

Asylum Decisions in the First Half of 2019: Unlocking Statistics (AIDA, Sept. 2019) [text]

Britain’s Juxtaposed Borders: The Human Consequences (Border Criminologies Blog, Sept. 2019) [text]

The Dublin System in the First Half of 2019 (AIDA, Aug. 2019) [text]

"For Ukrainians Displaced by War, Five Years in a Grey Container Block," The New Humanitarian, 10 Sept. 2019 [text]

"Nearly 900,000 Asylum Seekers Living in Limbo in EU, Figures Show," The Guardian, 25 Aug. 2019 [text]

Nearly 17,000 Migrants Returned Voluntarily from Greece in Past 3 Years (IOM, Aug. 2019) [text]


On the Wrong Path? Protecting the European Union’s External Border in the Western Balkans, Webinar, 15 July 2019 [access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (24 Aug. 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Events: Upcoming Meetings & Presentations in the US

Insights into Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis: A Conversation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, Chapel Hill, NC, 19 September 2019 [info]
- More info in this UNC news story.

If Walls Could Talk: Reflections and Responses to Refugees at the Border, Los Angeles, 26 September 2019 [info]

(Un)Settling Middle Eastern Refugees: Regimes of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, New Haven, CT, 27 September 2019 [info]

Escape from Limbo: Forced Migration, Refugee Home-making, and How Feminist Geopolitics Offers Policy-makers a Way Out, Providence, RI, 2 October 2019 [info]

*16th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, Washington, DC, 7 October 2019 [info]

Forced Migration, Protection, and Border Control, Annual Academic & Policy Symposium, New York, 17 October 2019 [info]


Tagged Events & Opportunities.

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 2

Reports & journal articles:

2019 Report Card: The Trump Administration's Performance on Refugee and Humanitarian Protection (Refugees International, Sept. 2019) [text]

"Central American Immigrants in the United States," Migration Information Source, 15 Aug. 2019 [text]
- See also Spanish version.

"Humanitarian Capital: How Lawyers Help Immigrants Use Suffering to Claim Membership in the Nation-state," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 5 March 2019 [preprint]

Immigration, Citizenship, and the Federal Justice System, 1998-2018 (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Aug. 2019) [text]
- See also related ImmigrationProf blog post.

Increasing Numbers "Remain in Mexico" Awaiting Immigration Court Hearings (TRAC, Aug. 2019) [text]

"An Overview and Critique of US Immigration and Asylum Policies in the Trump Era," Journal on Migration and Human Security, OnlineFirst, 14 Aug. 2019 [open access]

"Universal Representation: Systemic Benefits and the Path Ahead," Journal on Migration and Human Security, OnlineFirst, 14 Aug. 2019 [open access]

Related post:
Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1 (12 Sept. 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1

Blog posts & media:

"AP Explains: What Changed in 90 Days of Immigration Accord?," New York Times, 4 Sept. 2019 [text]

Asylum for People with Serious Medical Conditions (The Asylumist Blog, Sept. 2019) [text]

Chaos and Dysfunction at the Border: The Remain in Mexico Program Firsthand (Immigration Impact Blog, Sept. 2019) [text]

Court Allows Government to Enforce Restrictive Asylum Rule Nationwide (SCOTUSblog, Sept. 2019) [text]
- See also related ImmigrationProf blog post and Immigration Impact blog post.

*Fear and Loathing on the Border: A First-Hand Look at the Travesty (Just Security Blog, Sept. 2019) [text]

"Inside the World of Asylum Forensic Exams," Chicago Reader, 28 Aug. 2019 [text]

"Is It Time to Remove Immigration Courts from Presidential Control?," Marshall Project, 28 Aug. 2019 [text]
- See also related statement from the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) and blog post on Immigration Impact.

Migrant "Protection" Protocol: A Report from the Front Lines (Insightful Immigration Blog, Sept. 2019) [text]

"Rollercoaster US Foreign Aid Spending in Four Charts," The New Humanitarian, 27 Aug. 2019 [text]
- See also related CGD blog post.

A Timeline of the Trump Administration's Efforts to End Asylum (NIJC Commentary Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

Trump Administration Revives Public Charge Clause That Kept Nazi-era Refugees from the US (The Conversation, Aug. 2019) [text]

"UN Rights Chief Slams US Asylum Policy," VOA News, 4 Sept. 2019 [text]

US Government May be Illegally Transporting Would-be Asylum Seekers Back to Danger (Immigration Impact Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

Want to Lose Your Asylum Hearing in Immigration Court? Then Don’t Prepare in Advance (The Asylumist Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]


Related posts:
Thematic Focus: Children & Families - Pt. 2 (U.S.) (23 Aug. 2019)
- Regional Focus: United States (15 Aug. 2019)

Tagged Publications.

11 September 2019

Thematic Focus: General

Events & opportunities:

International Displacement Conference, Geneva, 1 October 2019 [info]
- Registration details are not yet available.

Migration and Development in the ‘Global South’: Research Challenges and Policy Implications, MiReKoc 15th Anniversary Conference, Istanbul, 24-25 October 2019 [info]

Blog posts & media:

Are Water Shortages Driving Migration? Researchers Dispel Myths (World Economic Forum Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

Are We Suffering from Obsessive Measurement Disorder? (From Poverty to Power Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

"Financing the World’s Refugee Camps," World Finance, 13 Aug. 2019 [text]

First Global Refugee Forum, 17 and 18 December 2019, Palais des Nations, Geneva (UNHCR, Aug. 2019) [text]

IDRC-LERRN Initiative to Support Refugee Research (Carleton Univ., Sept. 2019) [text]

*"Immigration Panic: How the West Fell for Manufactured Rage," The Guardian, 27 Aug. 2019 [text]

"Leak Suggests UN Agency Self-censors on Climate Crisis after US Pressure," The Guardian, 11 Sept. 2019 [text]

No Refuge: Why the World’s Swelling Refugee Population Has Shrinking Options - A CFR InfoGuide (Council on Foreign Relations, 2019) [access]
- Note: A link to educational resources is also provided.

Reports & journal articles:

*Cities and Displacement: Goodwin-Gill on Improving Policy and Practice, Remarks at Cities and Displacement Learning Exchange, Sydney, 27 Aug. 2019 [text]

Evaluative Review of UNHCR’s Policies and Procedures on the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, ES/2019/03 (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]
- See also management's response.

Foreign Aid, Bilateral Asylum Immigration and Development, GLO Discussion Paper, no. 378 (Global Labor Organization, 2019) [text via EconStor]

"Mapping Migration Studies: An Empirical Analysis of the Coming of Age of a Research Field," Migration Studies, Advance Articles, 3 Aug. 2019 [open access]

Monitoring Food Security in Countries with Conflict Situations: A Joint FAO/WFP Update for the United Nations Security Council (WFP & FAO, Aug. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"New Directions in Migration Studies: Towards Methodological De-nationalism," Comparative Migration Studies, 7:36 (Dec. 2019) [open access]

Thematic Listing of Forced Migration Review Articles on...Root Causes of Displacement (FMR, April 2019) [text]

Where Do Migrants from Countries Ridden by Environmental Conflict Settle? On the Scale, Selection and Sorting of Conflict-Induced Migration, Chapter in Environmental Conflicts, Migration and Governance (Bristol Univ. Press, Forthcoming) [preprint]

"Who’s About to Leave? A Global Survey of Aspirations and Intentions to Migrate," International Migration, Early View, 15 Aug. 2019 [open access]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (13 Aug. 2019)

Tagged Publications.

10 September 2019

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items



Laws [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue on "Regional Human Rights Regimes and the Protection of Migrants’ Rights." Submission deadline is 31 October 2019.

6th Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition [info]
- "Papers may address any topic related to international law and refugees, stateless persons, internally displaced persons, and forced migrants. Student authors must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited university at the time of submission. Papers should be submitted by 15 January 2020."


101st International Refugee Law Course, Sanremo, 29 October-2 November 2019 [info]
- Application deadline is 13 September 2019.

103rd International Refugee Law Course (Arabic), Sanremo, 17-21 December 2019 [info]
- Application deadline is 21 September 2019.

17th International Migration Law Course, Sanremo, 19-23 November 2019 [info]
- Application deadline is 27 September 2019.

17th Course on the Law of Internal Displacement, Sanremo, 25-29 November 2019 [info]
- Application deadline is 4 October 2019.

18eme Cours de Droit des Personnes Déplacées Internes, Sanremo, 26-30 November 2019 [info]
- Note: No deadline is indicated but probably similar time frame as 17th course listed above.

102nd International Refugee Law Course, Sanremo, 10-14 December 2019 [info]
- Application deadline is 18 October 2019.


The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime (Stanford Univ. Press, Forthcoming Oct. 2019) [info]
- Drafts of the chapters in this book were originally circulated online to solicit comments and feedback. See this earlier post for more info. Additional commentary was provided here, here and here.

Cascading toward “De-Solidarity”? The Unfolding of Global Refugee Protection (Third World Approaches to International Law Review, Sept. 2019) [text via CRS]

Compulsory Secondary Movement and Article 32 of the Refugee Convention (RefLaw Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

“Forced Human Displacement, the Third World and International Law: A TWAIL Perspective,” Melbourne Journal of International Law, vol. 20, no. 1 (July 2019) [full-text]

Refugee Legal Status vs. Labeling (RLI Blog, Sept. 2019) [text]

"Unresolved and Unresolvable? Tensions in the Refugee Regime," Ethics & International Affairs, vol. 33, no. 1 (Spring 2019) [free full-text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (18 Aug. 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

New Book TItles

Better late than never! Please see references to new books posted on my Forced Migration Library blog.

Tagged Books.

04 September 2019

Thematic Focus: Education

Assessment of Education Strategies and Interventions Adopted in Jordan as a Response to the Syrian Crisis (Univ. of Sussex, 2019) [access]
- Follow link for several recent publications related to this research project.

Beyond Survival: Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh Want to Learn (Unicef, Aug. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Do not Forget Families and Households When Addressing Urban Refugee Education," Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, Latest Articles, 11 June 2019 [full-text via Univ. of Nebraska]
- Focuses on Kenya.

Education (UNHCR, Aug. 2019) [text]
- A Global Refugee Forum factsheet.

"'I don't know what my future will be': Advocacy Update on Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh (Amnesty International, Aug. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"It Starts with Us: Including Refugees in Rural Schools and Communities," The Rural Educator, vol. 40, no. 2 (2019) [open access]

"'My study is the purpose of continuing my life': The Experience of Accessing University for People Seeking Asylum in Australia," Australian Universities' Review, vol. 61, no. 2 (2019) [full-text]

People from Refugee and Asylum Seeking Backgrounds: An Open Access Annotated Bibliography, 2nd ed. (Refugee Education Special Interest Group [Australia], Aug. 2019) [text via APO]

Stepping Up: Refugee Education in Crisis (UNHCR, Sept. 2019) [text]
- See also related press release, which notes that "[o]f the 7.1 million refugee children of school age, 3.7 million - more than half - do not go to school." The High Commissioner also provided this commentary in Project Syndicate.

"Systemic Policy Barriers to Meaningful Participation of Students from Refugee and Asylum Seeking Backgrounds in Australian Higher Education: Neoliberal Settlement and Language Policies and (Deliberate?) Challenges for Meaningful Participation," Chapter in Educational Policies and Practices of English-Speaking Refugee Resettlement Countries (Brill, May 2019) [ResearchGate]

Teaching about Refugees: Teaching Materials (UNHCR) [access]
- See updated versions of "Guidance on Working with Refugee Children Struggling with Stress and Trauma" and "Language Acquisition Guide." Additional materials can be accessed via the a/m link.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Education (23 July 2019)

Tagged Publications.

03 September 2019

New Issue of RSQ

The latest issue of Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) has been published. Contents of vol. 38, no. 3, September 2019 include:
  • Subversive Humanitarianism: Rethinking Refugee Solidarity through Grass-Roots Initiatives [abstract] [postprint]
  • “Not Without My Daughter”: EU Asylum Law, Gender, and the Separation of Refugee Families [abstract]
  • Tibetan Refugee Journeys: Representations of Escape and Transit [abstract]
  • The Importance of Employment in the Acculturation Process of Well-Educated Iraqis in Finland: A Qualitative Follow-up Study [open access]

Tagged Periodicals.

24 August 2019

Admin: Summer Break #4

For the last time this summer, this blog will be quiet for a week or so.

Regional Focus: Europe

Events & opportunities:

Workshop on Legal Implications of European Trends in the Externalisation of Migration Management, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 19 September 2019 [info]
- Register by 12 September 2019.

ECRE Annual General Conference, Brussels, 23-24 October 2019 [info]
- Register by 15 September 2019.

The Need for Evidence-based Policies in Migration Management, The Hague, 18 October 2019 [info]

Blog posts & media:

CONREP Blog [access]
- The CONREP project "researches the impact and effects of the externalisation of refugee policies in two regions: Australia's activities in Southeast Asia and the Pacific; and the European Union and its member states' activities in North Africa." Follow the a/m link to browse a number of recent blog posts that focus on current refugee-related developments in Europe.

The Criminalisation of Solidarity (Refugee Rights Europe Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

"EU-Rwanda Plan: Another Short-sighted Answer to Libya Migration Crisis," The New Humanitarian, 16 Aug. 2019 [text]

Europe’s New Border Guards (NCHS Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

Flexible Borders: The Fiction of Non-entry and Asylum Seekers in Germany (CONREP Blog, July 2019) [text]

From Burdens to Assets, and Back Again: Shifting UK Press Portrayals of EU Migrants (LSE British Politics & Policy Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

The New Polish Migration Policy – False Start (openDemocracy, Aug. 2019) [text]

Solidarity “A La Carte”: The EU’s Response to Boat Migration (OpinioJuris Blog, Aug. 2019) [text]

Reports & articles:

The 2019 Participatory Assessment Report of Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine (UNHCR, Aug. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Does Refugee Status Matter? Medical Needs of Newly Arrived Asylum Seekers and Resettlement Refugees: A Retrospective Observational Study of Diagnoses in a Primary Care Setting," Conflict and Health, 13:39 (Aug. 2019) [open access]
- Focuses on Germany.

Learning to be Unbiased: Evidence from the French Asylum Office (Stanford Univ., July 2019) [text]
- Winner of best paper, 2019 APSA Migration and Citizenship Section.

No End in Sight: The Mistreatment of Asylum Seekers in Greece (Refugee Rights Europe et al., Aug. 2019) [text]

"Parochialism, Social Norms, and Discrimination against Immigrants," PNAS, vol. 116, no. 3 (Aug. 2019) [abstract]
- Focuses on Germany. See also related article in Penn Today newsletter.

"Participation and Wellbeing in Urban Greenspace: ‘Curating Sociability’ for Refugees and Asylum Seekers," Geoforum, vol. 106 (Nov. 2019) [open access]
- Focuses on urban areas in Germany and the UK.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (9 Aug. 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.