22 June 2007

Summer Schedule

I will be offline for the next couple of weeks. Please check back in mid-July.

20 June 2007

World Refugee Day - 20 June

Today is World Refugee Day. The following sites provide examples of some of the many activities organized around the world to mark the day and to honor the courage of refugees and other displaced populations in the face of adversity.

ACNUR's Día Mundial del refugiado 2007 [access]

Amnesty International [access]

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights [access]

European Council on Refugees and Exiles [access]

Forum réfugiés [access]

InterAction [access]

International Rescue Committee [access]

Refugees International [access]

Women's Commission for Refugee Women & Children [access]

UNHCR's World Refugee Day site [access]

U.S. Committee for Refugees [access]

In the UK, events honoring Refugee Week have been taking place since Monday. A companion blog was also launched by the UK Refugee Council. Australia has been commemorating its own Refugee Week since Sunday.

Posted in Events.

19 June 2007

New Pubs.: Asylum/UK, Conflict, Darfur, Human Trafficking, Hum. Aid, Integration, Internal Displacement, Intl. HR Law, Refugees/EU, Statistics

2006 Global Trends: Refugees, Asylum-seekers, Returnees, Internally Displaced and Stateless Persons (UNHCR, June 2007) [text]

Bridging Divides: The Role of Ethnic Community-based Organizations in Refugee Integration (MPI, June 2007) [text]

Detention of asylum seekers in the UK (ICAR, June 2007) [text]

Failed States Index 2007 (Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy, June 2007) [access]

Human Security in Darfur and Eastern Chad: An Overview (sudanreeves.org, June 2007) [part one, part two]

Humanitarian Aid: Frequently asked questions (European Commission, June 2007) [text]

The Non-Legal Role of International Human Rights Law in Addressing Immigration (SSRN, June 2007) [access]

The operation of the asylum determination process (ICAR, June 2007) [text]

Removals [of asylum-seekers from the UK] (ICAR, June 2007) [text]

UNHCR's Recommendations for Portugal's European Union Presidency, July-December 2007 (UNHCR, June 2007) [text]

Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000: Trafficking in Persons Report 2007 (U.S. State Dept., June 2007) [text]

Vulnerable groups in the asylum determination process (ICAR, June 2007) [text]

When Displacement Ends: A Framework for Durable Solutions (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, May 2007) [text]

Posted in Publications.

18 June 2007

New Periodical Issues: Courrier, Dis. Prev. & Mgmt., EJML, FMR, Intl. Mig., IMR, Refuge, WRR

Courrier de la Planète, no. 81-82 (2007) [selected full-text]
- Special issue on international migration; includes an interview with Stephen Castles.

Disaster Prevention and Management, vol. 16, no. 3 (2007) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 9, no. 2 (2007) [contents]
- Includes one article on the detention of asylum-seekers, and another on EU asylum policy, among others.

Forced Migration Review, special issue (June 2007) [full-text]
- The theme of this special issue is "Iraq's displacement crisis:the search for solutions." Access is provided by whole issue or individual article.

International Migration, vol. 45, no. 2 (June 2007) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

International Migration Review, vol. 41, no. 2 (June 2007) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including one on human smuggling.

Refuge: Canada's Periodical on Refugees, vol. 24, no. 1 (Jan. 2007) [contents]
- Focus is on urban refugees. Articles available thru. Amazon.com as of June 2007.

World Rivers Review, vol. 22, no. 1 (2007) [full-text]

Posted in Periodicals.

15 June 2007

Refworld re-launched as online RSD tool

Once a CD-ROM product, Refworld has re-defined itself as a web-based tool for facilitating the refugee status determination process. Officially unveiled yesterday at www.refworld.org, the new service provides access to country reports, legal information, policy documents, and thematic papers. While there is likely to be some overlap with ecoi.net on the country of origin information side, Refworld's law and policy collections in particular will no doubt prove useful to legal practitioners.

Posted in Web Sites/Tools.

12 June 2007

New Pubs.: Asylum/Europe, Forced Resettlement/Tibet, Iraqi Refugees/Syria, Migration/Uganda, Security, Unaccompanied Minors, UNHCR, UNHCR/Morocco

Contribution à une sociologie politique du HCR: le cas des politiques européennes et du HCR au Maroc (TERRA, mai 2007) [text]

Green Paper on the Future of the Common European Asylum System (European Commission, June 2007) [text]

Iraqi Refugees in the Syrian Arab Republic: A Field-Based Snapshot (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, June 2007) [text]

“No One Has the Liberty to Refuse”: Tibetan Herders Forcibly Relocated in Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, and the Tibet Autonomous Region (Human Rights Watch, June 2007) [text]

NSPCC’s Response to Planning Better Outcomes and Support for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (NSPCC, May 2007) [text]

Out-migration, Return, and Resettlement in Karamoja, Uganda: The case of Kobulin, Bokora County (Feinstein International Center, June 2007) [text]

SIPRI Yearbook 2007: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security (SIPRI, June 2007) [chapter summaries]

UNHCR Global Report 2006 (UNHCR, June 2007) [access]

Posted in Publications.

06 June 2007

New Pubs.: Burma, Human Trafficking, Kenya, Kosovo, Peace, Refugee Law, Remittances

Forced Migration/Internal Displacement in Burma: With an Emphasis on Goverment-Controlled Areas (IDMC, May 2007) [text]

Global Peace Index [access]

No Forcible Return of Minorities to Kosovo (Amnesty International, May 2007) [text]

Nowhere to go: Forced Evictions in Mau Forest [Kenya] (Amnesty International, May 2007) [text]

Remittances during Crises: Implications for Humanitarian Response, HPG Report 25 (ODI, May 2007) [text]

The U.S. Response to Human Trafficking: An Unbalanced Approach (Women's Commission, May 2007) [text]

"Why Refugee Law Still Matters," by J. Hathaway, Melbourne Journal of International Law, vol. 8 (May 2007) [text]

Posted in Publications.

05 June 2007

New Forced Migration Blogs

Three new blogs have recently been launched by UK-based groups:

1. Forced Migration Online's Blog aims to "better inform users about our plans for FMO and flag current issues we think interesting, important and perhaps worthy of wider discussion."

2. The rationale for the Refugee Council's Poliblog is to keep readers "up to date with the reflections, insights and musings of those who spend their working lives advocating for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the public square."

3. Public Libraries and Multicultural Relationships was started up by Helen Carpenter, project coordinator for Welcome to your Library (described in this earlier post), to share her reflections while visiting public libraries in Canada, USA, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium.

I've added these to my forced migration blogs search engine!

Posted in Web Sites/Tools.

04 June 2007

New Periodical Issues: AWR, CS&D, Dev. in Pract., GILJ, Global-e, HRQ, ICRC Rev., JPR, Voice

AWR Bulletin, vol. 45, no. 1 (2007) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including one on refugee protection and human rights.

Conflict, Security and Development, vol. 7, no. 2 (2007) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Development in Practice, vol. 17, no. 3 (2007) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 21, no. 2 (Winter 2007) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Global-e: A Global Studies Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (2007) [full-text]
- Newly-launched open access electronic journal; first issue includes an article on "global migration in global society."

Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 2 (May 2007) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

International Review of the Red Cross, no. 864 (2006) [full-text]
- Theme is "methods of warfare."

Journal of Peace Research, vol. 44, no. 3 (May 2007) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Voice Out Loud, no. 5 (May 2007) [full-text]
- Focus is on "vulnerability in humanitarian crisis."

Posted in Periodicals.

01 June 2007

Calls for Papers: JHA, MJHR

Two opportunities to write on forced migration topics:

The Journal of Humanitarian Assistance has launched a new "Practitioner Analysis and Reflection" series, and the editors are seeking contributions from aid workers with field experience.

The Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights is planning a special issue on migration and refugees, and the editors are requesting submissions by June 30th. The issue will be published in late 2007.

Posted in Opportunities.