29 January 2010

New Issues of Conflict Tr., Intl. J. HR, Soc. Sci. & Med., Sur, Trends in Org. Crime

Conflict Trends, no. 4 (2009) [full-text]
- Special issue on "Conflict in the Developing World"; includes "Conflict Induced Displacement: The Pandits of Kashmir."

International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 14, no. 1 (2010) [contents]
- Special Issue on "Human Rights and Poverty: African Dimensions." Includes "Policing with prejudice: how policing exacerbates poverty among urban refugees."

Social Science & Medicine, vol. 70, no. 1 (Jan. 2010) [free full-text]
- Special issue on "Conflict, Violence & Health"; includes the article "Forced migration and child health and mortality in Angola."

Sur – International Journal on Human Rights, no. 10 (June 2009) [full-text]
- Includes special feature on "Human Rights of People on the Move: Migrants and Refugees," with five articles.

Trends in Organized Crime, vol. 12, nos. 3-4 (Sept. 2009) [contents]
- Mix of articles including three on human trafficking: in the U.S., the UK and West Africa.

Tagged Periodicals.

UNHCR: Urban Displacement Feature

As part of its ongoing effort to highlight the challenge of urban displacement, UNHCR has been running a series of stories on this issue, a list of which can be found below.
  • 27 January 2010: Down and out in Budapest: Somali refugees face winter struggle [text]
  • 22 January 2010: Lancet article calls for changes in health care practice for conflict-afflicted [text]
  • 11 January 2010: You can't grow crops in asphalt: displaced Colombians struggle in the city [text]
  • 4 January 2010: Displaced Colombians turn an unwanted corner of a major coastal port into a decent home [text]
  • 23 December 2009: Education helps young refugees in Jordan cope with exile and the past [text]
  • 21 December 2009: After feeling rural massacre, former tobacco farmer sells coffee in the city [text]
  • 17 December 2009: Zimbabwean teenage asylum-seeker learns the high cost of freedom [text]
  • 8 December 2009: Some 3000 Afghan refugees to leave Islamabad slum for new home [text]
  • 7 December 2009: Urban refugee women teach themselves knitting - and self-confidence [text]
  • 7 December 2009: Urban refugees struggle to make ends meet in South Africa [text]
  • 7 December 2009: Responding to a growing challenge - protecting refugee in towns and cities [text]
  • 4 December 2009: Africa on the front line as more refugees flock to cities [text]
  • 4 December 2009: Protecting refugees in towns and cities across the Middle East - innovative operations but no durable solution in sight [text]
  • 4 December 2009: Protecting refugees in towns and cities across Asia [text]
In addition, here are a few other UNHCR reports and discussion papers issued in conjunction with the HC's Dialogue on Protection Challenges that focused on people of concern in urban settings:

Designing appropriate interventions in urban settings: Health, education, livelihoods and registration for urban refugees and returnees (UNHCR, Dec. 2009) [text]

Refugee Education in Urban Settings: Discussion Paper for the High Commissioner's Dialogue (UNHCR, Dec. 2009) [text]

Refugee Education in Urban Settings: Case Studies from Nairobi, Kampala, Amman, Damascus (UNHCR, Dec. 2009) [text]

Refugee Livelihoods in Urban Settings: Discussion Paper for the High Commissioner's Dialogue (UNHCR, Dec. 2009) [text]

Return to, and Reintegration into, Urban Settings: Discussion Paper for the High Commissioner's Dialogue (UNHCR, Dec. 2009) [text]

Urban Refugee Health: Discussion Paper for the High Commissioner's Dialogue (UNHCR, Dec. 2009) [text]

Tagged Publications.

28 January 2010

February Deadlines

"The Forty Years' Crisis: Refugees in Europe, 1919-1959," Birkbeck College London, 15-17 September 2010 [info]
- Submit abstracts of proposed papers by 1 February 2010.

"Dialogues between Academia and Practice," RSC Public Seminar Series, Oxford [info]
- The series is held weekly and runs through 10 March; the first Feb. seminar will be 3 February 2010.

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program, American Society of International Law, Washington, DC [info]
- Submit your application by 12 February 2010.

"Essentials of Humanitarian Practice," RedR, UK [info]
- Next training takes place 15-19 February 2010.

"Investigating and Prosecuting Trafficking in Human Beings," Academy of European Law, Trier, Germany, 22-23 March 2010 [info]
- Register by 22 February 2010 for discounted rates.

[Photo credit: FMO, "Eastern European refugees in Germany, 1953"]

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

27 January 2010

Publications: Climate Knowledge, NGO Safety, Refugees/Cameroon, Refugees/Sweden, U.S. Policy/Haiti

Joint NGO Safety and Security Training (European Interagency Security Forum, Dec. 2009) [text]

Linking Climate Knowledge and Decisions: Humanitarian Challenges, Pardee Papers, no. 7 (Boston University, Dec. 2009) [text]

Refugees in Cameroon: An Overview (Pambazuka News, Jan. 2010) [text]

Resettled and Included? The Employment Integration of Resettled Refugees in Sweden (Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Dec. 2009) [text]

U.S. Immigration Policy on Haitian Migrants (Congressional Research Service, Jan. 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

26 January 2010

Country of Origin Information Report

A report entitled "The Refugee Roulette: The Role of Country Information in Refugee Status Determination" was issued yesterday by the UK's Immigration Advisory Service (IAS). Here's a description of the report and its findings from the executive summary:

Country of origin information (COI) is an important part of the refugee status determination process. If legal representatives, advisors or decision-makers are unable properly to access, understand and utilise country information, they cannot provide quality advice and representation to asylum seekers or make adequate decisions. ...Data was gathered from UK Borders Agency (UKBA) staff, legal representatives, immigration judges (IJs) and experts. Overall, insufficient usage of country of origin information is reported to be commonplace, particularly at the initial decision making phase, despite improvements under the New Asylum Model (NAM). Furthermore, a varied use of country information owing to differential levels of knowledge, application and analysis of the information, is observed within each of the stakeholder groups. It is proposed that improvements in using COI can impact on a rigorous determination system.

Other related reports from this project are available on the "Improving the Use of Country Information in Asylum Advice and Representation" page.

Tagged Publications.

New Issues of African J. Conflict Res., African Yrbk. IHL, Am. J. Disaster Med., Europ. J. Dev. Research, Lancet, Nordic J. Intl. Law

African Journal on Conflict Resolution, vol. 9, no. 3 (2009) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law
(2008) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 4, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2009) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

European Journal of Development Research, vol. 21, no. 5 (Dec. 2009) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "The Gendered Economy of the Return Migration of Internally Displaced Women in Sierra Leone" and "Great Expectations and Reality Checks: The Role of Information in Mediating Migrants' Experience of Return."

The Lancet, vol. 375, no. 9711 (23 Jan. 2010) [contents]
- Special issue on violent conflict and health; register for access to free full-text.

Nordic Journal of International Law, vol. 78, no. 4 (Dec. 2009) [contents]
- This issue celebrates the "60th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions."

Tagged Periodicals.

25 January 2010

Survey of Palestinian Refugees and IDPs

Badil's 2008-2009 edition of the Survey of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons is now available. The purpose of the survey is to "address the lack of information or misinformation about Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to counter political arguments that suggest that this issue can be resolved outside the realm of international law and practice applicable to all other refugee and displaced populations." The volume provides an historical overview of Palestinian displacement, statistical data on the scope of displacement and the distribution of refugees and IDPs, an outline of the protection and assistance framework, and a discussion of durable solutions and political initiatives.

Previous editions of the survey can be accessed via the Publications section.

Tagged Publications.

Multimedia: Asylum Seekers/Europe, Burmese/UK, Climate Displacement, IDPs/Afghanistan, Women Asylum Seekers/UK


Audio: More Effective Protection for Internally Displaced Persons in Southern Afghanistan (Dec. 2009) [access]

Film: Moving to Mars [access]
- Documentary that tracks two Burmese refugee families from their stay in a Thai refugee camp to their resettlement in the British city of Sheffield.

Photo Gallery: Climate Change and Displacement (Dec. 2009) [access]
- UNHCR photos of people displaced by natural disasters, which many feel are the direct result of climate change.

Slideshow: Search for Survival in Europe: The Journey of Migrants and Asylum Seekers (Dec. 2009) [access]
- "MSF urges European governments to respect life, dignity and healthcare of migrants and asylum seekers."

Video: Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum (Dec. 2009) [access]
- Looks at how poorly women asylum seekers are treated in the UK.

Video: The Rising Tide (Jan. 2010) [access via Towards Recognition]
- Looks at the impact of climate change on the Sunderban Islands in India.

[Photo credit: UNHCR/R.LeMoyne, from "Some 15,000 families displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan," 2006]

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

23 January 2010

Haiti: Logistics, Social Media

These blog posts discuss the complexities of delivering emergency relief in Haiti:

Logistical Nightmares in Humanitarian Disaster Response (Humanitarian Relief, 19 Jan. 2010) [text]

Logistics questions around the Haiti earthquake (A Humourless Lot, 16 Jan. 2010) [text]

The unique challenges of Haiti’s emergency logistics (Roxanna Samii blog, 18 Jan. 2010) [text]

These resources highlight how information technology and social media are being used to help:

Disaster Relief 2.0: Tech Tools Help Focus Haiti Resources (Wired, 20 Jan. 2010) [text]

Haiti Earthquake - January 2010 (ICT4Peace Inventorisation Wiki) [access]

IRIN Weekly Podcast (IRIN Radio, 21 Jan. 2010) [access]
- "Sanjana Hattotuwa, special advisor to ICT4Peace Foundation, talks about technology platforms and the earthquake disaster response; and Paul Currion, humanitarian coordination specialist and blogger, talks about new ideas for 'building back' Haiti better than before."

[Map credit: OCHA, "Haiti: International Humanitarian Action Overview"]

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Haiti: Learning from Previous Emergencies

A partial listing of evaluation and lessons learned resources:

Drawing Humanitarian Lessons from Disasters (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Jan. 2010) [text]

Getting Humanitarian Relief Right: In Haiti, heed lessons from past disasters (Forbes.com, 18 Jan. 2010) [text]

The Haiti catastrophe: Lessons learned from previous operations (ODI Blog, 19 Jan. 2010) [text]

Lessons from Aceh: Key Considerations in Post-Disaster Reconstruction (Disasters Emergency Committee, Jan. 2010) [text]

Lessons learned from past disaster responses and other information useful for the Haiti earthquake (Good Intentions Blog, 14 Jan. 2010) [text]

Myths and realities in disaster situations (WHO, n.d.) [text]

Responding to earthquakes 2008: Learning from earthquake relief and recovery operations (ALNAP, 2008) [text]

Selected Bibliography: Samoan Tsunami/Padang Earthquake (TorqAid, Dec. 2009) [text]

For more information, visit the following sites:
  • Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) (see esp. the Evaluative Reports Database under Resources)
[Map credit: PAHO]

Tagged Publications.

22 January 2010

Publications: Displaced Iraqis, Health Care & Conflict, Mortality Rates & War, Unacc. Children/Europe

Call for a European Protection of Unaccompanied Children (France Terre d'Asile et al., Jan. 2010) [access]

"Health-care needs of people affected by conflict: future trends and changing frameworks," The Lancet, vol. 375, no. 9711 (Jan. 2010) [access via press release]
- Note: The Lancet article requires free registration.

The Impact of U.S. Military Drawdown in Iraq on Displaced and Other Vulnerable Populations: Analysis and Recommendations (RAND Corporation, Jan. 2010) [text]

Regional Response Plan for Iraqi Refugees 2010 (OCHA, Jan. 2010) [text]

The Shrinking Costs of War (Human Security Report Project, Jan. 2010) [access]

Tagged Publications.

21 January 2010

Publications: Asylum Seekers/UK, Eritreans/Egypt, Guiding Principles & Domestic Law, Indigenous People, Statistics/UK

Chance or choice? Understanding why asylum seekers come to the UK (Refugee Council, Jan. 2010) [text]

Incorporating the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement into Domestic Law: Issues and Challenges (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Jan. 2010) [text]

Key statistics about asylum seeker applications in the UK (ICAR, Dec. 2009) [text]

Refugee credibility assessment and the "religious imposter" problem: A case study of Eritrean Pentecostal claims in Egypt, CMRS Working Paper no. 9 (Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, Dec. 2009) [text]

State of the World’s Indigenous People (UN, Jan. 2010) [text via UN Pulse]

Tagged Publications.

New Issues of GILJ, HR Brief, ICRC Rev., JPR

Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 23, nos. 2-4 (Winter, Spring & Summer 2009) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "What is rights-based refuge," "Shelter from the Storm: An Analysis of U.S. Refugee Law as Applied to Tibetans Formerly Residing in India," and "A Guinean Refugee's Odyssey: In Re Jarno, the Biggest Asylum Case in U.S. History and What it Tells Us About Our Broken System."

Human Rights Brief, vol. 17, no. 1 (Fall 2009) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

International Review of the Red Cross, vol. 91, no. 875 (Sept. 2009) [contents]
- The focus of this issue is "Displacement."

Journal of Peace Research, vol. 47, no. 1 (Jan. 2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

VOICE Out Loud, no. 10 (Dec. 2009) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- Focus is on humanitarian aid and security.

Tagged Periodicals.

20 January 2010

World Report 2010

Human Rights Watch released its World Report 2010 today. It "summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide" and includes four thematic essays, one of which focuses on unaccompanied migrant children in Europe.

The text is available as individual HTML country chapters or as a single PDF.

Previous editions of HRW's world reports are available since 1989.

Tagged Publications.

19 January 2010

CFPs/New Issues of Addis News, DEP, DIP, J. Confl. Res.

New Issues:

DEP: Deportate, Esuli e Profughe, no. 11 (July 2009) [full-text]
- Special issue on " Violenza, conflitti e migrazioni in America latina."

Development in Practice, vol. 20, no. 1 (2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Highlights from Addis, vol. 3, no. 2 (Dec. 2009) [full-text]
- Focus is on the adoption of the African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa.

Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 54, no. 1 (Feb. 2010) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Calls for Papers:

Conflict Trends [info]
- General articles are sought for the first issue of 2010. Deadline = 5 February 2010

DEP: Deportate, Esuli e Profughe [info]
- Seeks article for special issue on the theme "Gender and forced migration: displaced women in contemporary China." Deadline = 31 March 2010

Journal of Internal Displacement [info]
- Submissions are requested for the inaugural issue of this new journal. The focus is "Internal Displacement: Definitions, Scope, Theories and Concepts." Deadline = 30 May 2010

Tagged Periodicals and Events & Opportunities.

15 January 2010

Round-up of blog posts on Haiti

Here is a list of recent posts on the devastating earthquake in Haiti that have appeared on the blogs I'm subscribed to. I've organized them generally according to their focus. For much more blog coverage, browse through the AidBlogs aggregator, for news updates, go to Humanitarian News and AlertNet, and for operational updates, visit ReliefWeb's Haiti page.

Humanitarian Assistance/Relief & Development:

Haiti & Disaster Aid (The Viral Web, 13 Jan. 2010) [text]

Haiti Disaster Relief: How to Contribute (Towards Recognition, 15 Jan. 2010) [text]

Haiti Earthquake: Finding Loved Ones, Donating, Following Up (Humanitarian Relief, 13 Jan. 2010) [text]

Haiti earthquake: Help navigating complex terrain of disaster relief (Aid Watch, 13 Jan. 2010) [text]

Haiti’s recent troubled past (Aid Watch, 15 Jan. 2010) [text]

Haiti: Tracing the missing and the dead (Irin, 14 Jan. 2010) [text]

Let's Make Sure that Help is on the Way to Haiti (ImmigrationProf Blog, 14 Jan. 2010) [text]

On Not Caring about Haiti (Humanitarian.info, 14 Jan. 2010) [text]

Rights Amid the Rubble: Human Rights for Haiti's Quake Victims (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, 13 Jan. 2010) [text]

Three Keys to Success for Haiti Relief (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, 14 Jan. 2010) [text]


Haiti Earthquake Maps (Google Maps Mania, 13 Jan. 2010) [text]

Logistics Information on Haiti (AidWorkers Network, 15 Jan. 2010) [text]

Road and bridge damage, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (UN Pulse, 15 Jan. 2010) [text]

U.S. Response:

Crisis in Haiti (ImmigrationProf Blog, 13 Jan. 2010) [text]

Earthquake in Haiti Changes Immigration Policy in the US (Seeking Asylum from the Mainstream, 14 Jan. 2010) [text]

Good News From Washington: Haitians granted TPS! (ImmigrationProf Blog, 15 Jan. 2010) [text]

Help Haitians Help Haiti (NYT, 14 Jan. 2010) [text]

A Note to the United States: Please Provide Relief to Haitians! (ImmigrationProf Blog, 13 Jan. 2010) [text]

In Quake Aftermath, U.S. Suspends Deportations to Haiti (NYT, 13 Jan. 2010) [text]

Refugees International Statement on Haiti Earthquake (WorldBridge, 14 Jan. 2010) [text]

What We Can Do for Haiti: An Immigration Perspective (IntLawGrrls, 15 Jan. 2010) [text]

[Map credit: ReliefWeb's Maps on Haiti]

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Networking Resources

Academia.edu, "Refugee Studies" [access]
- This resource was set up to answer the question, "Who's researching what?" After registering, you can "can create an easy-to-maintain academic webpage, listing your research interests and any papers you have written," "keep track of the latest developments in your research area - the latest papers, talks, blog posts and status updates," and "find people with similar research interests to you." There are currently 114 people with research interests in "refugee studies."
- Note: ResearchGATE seems to be similar to Academia.edu, however, it does not appear to offer a way to locate researchers with an interest in "refugee studies" or "forced migration studies"; the search engine retrieves plenty of literature references to these terms, though, so it may be worth exploring further.

Enhanced Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA) [web site]
- This is the "first collaborative network dedicated to supporting partnerships between Higher Education institutions in the UK and humanitarian organisations and partners around the world." It does this by identifying appropriate academic institutions as partners for humanitarian groups with research needs, and appropriate humanitarian groups as partners for academic institutions with field needs. ELRHA is also investigating the need for professional accreditation of humanitarian workers.

Humanitarian Law and Policy Forum [web site]
- This forum was established as a corollary to the online courses offered by Harvard's Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. With registration, you can join discussions, access resources and multimedia, and participate in live seminars.

International Humanitarian Studies Association (IHSA) [web site]
- This is a new "network of people engaged in the study of humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster, conflict or political instability." The first World Conference on Humanitarian Studies which established the association was held in February 2009. The next conference will be held at Tufts University in June 2011. Free membership is offered until mid-2011.

Refugee Research Network [web site]
- This network was created to "encourage as much online collaboration, networking and information-sharing among researchers doing work on refugee and forced migration-related issues as possible." The site aims to achieve these goals by making a variety of tools available to researchers in the form of blogs, forums, working groups, research clusters, and providing space for sharing content, event announcements, research products, and profiles.

[Image credit: Screenshot of Academia.edu taken from "Social networking with a brain: a critical review of academic sites."]

Tagged Web Sites/Tools.

14 January 2010

Publications: Asylum Law, Domestic Violence, EU Asylum Policy, Refugees/Canada


The European Union's Stockholm Program: Less Ambition on Immigration and Asylum, But More Detailed Plans (Migration Information Source, Jan. 2010) [text]

Good Practices for a Europe of Protection: A Memorandum for the Trio of Spain, Belgium and Hungary (ECRE, Jan. 2010) [text]

"Leveraging Asylum," University of Melbourne Law School Research Series, no. 430 (Nov. 2009) [text via SSRN]

"Optimal discretion in asylum lawmaking," International Review of Law and Economics, vol. 30, no. 1 (March 2010) [text]

"Pulling the Trigger: Separation Violence as a Basis of Refugee Protection for Battered Women," American University Law Review, vol. 59, no. 2 (Dec. 2009) [text]

Refugees on Prince Edward Island, Canada [access]
- See various papers recently posted on SSRN.

Tagged Publications.

13 January 2010

Publications: Asylum/Greece, Freedom in the World, IDPs/Georgia, Voluntary Return

Factors affecting participation in assisted voluntary return programmes and successful reintegration: a review of the evidence, Research Report 29 (Research Development Statistics, UK Home Office, Jan. 2010) [text]
- See also report summary.

Freedom in the World 2010: Erosion of Freedom Intensifies (Freedom House, Jan. 2010) [access]

Observations on Greece as a country of asylum (UNHCR, Dec. 2009) [text]

Out of the margins: Securing a voice for internally displaced people - lessons from Georgia (Conciliation Resources, Oct. 2009) [text]

The Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) 2004 and 2004 extension: monitoring report, Research Report 30 (Research Development Statistics, UK Home Office, Jan. 2010) [text]
- See also report summary.

Tagged Publications.

12 January 2010

New Issues of Australasian J. Dis. & Trauma Studies, AWR, Europ. J. Criminology, Intl. J. Multicultural Soc., Intl. Migration

The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, no. 2009-1 [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

AWR Bulletin, vol. 47, nos. 2-3 (2009) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including one on statelessness in Liechtenstein; child soldiers; and EU asylum policy.

European Journal of Criminology, vol. 7, no. 1 (Jan. 2010) [contents]
- Special issue on "Human Trafficking: Issues and Perspectives."

International Journal on Multicultural Societies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2009) [full-text]
- Special issue on the "Human Rights of Migrants." Includes an article on refugee integration and an article on refugee domestic workers in Egypt.

International Migration, vol. 48, no. 1 (Feb. 2010) [free full-text]
- Free sample issue focusing on refugees; includes articles on economic aspects, Sudanese refugees in Australia, Somali refugees, educated refugees in the Netherlands, refugees in Serbia, Belgian asylum policy, EU asylum policy in the context of Italy and Libya, protecting women refugees, and why people seek asylum.

Tagged Periodicals.

11 January 2010

Publications: Adolescent Girls & Protection, Conflict Annual Rpt., ECRE EU Rec., Long-term Encampmt., Open Centres' Lit. Rev., Property Issues

Displaced adolescent girls’ protection: Could casuistry be a methodology for humanitarians?, Working Paper, no. 53 (RSC, Dec. 2009) [text]

ECRE Memorandum to the Spanish Presidency (ECRE, Jan. 2010) [text]

Global Report 2009: Conflict, Governance, and State Fragility (Center for Systemic Peace & Center for Global Policy, 2009) [text]
- For previous issues, visit the Global Report series page.

How long is too long? Questioning the legality of long-term encampment through a human rights lens, Working Paper, no. 54 (RSC, Dec. 2009) [text]

A Proposal to Undertake an International Literature Review on the Open Centre for Migrants, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees in Europe (Thomas Cameron, Jan. 2010) [text]

Solving Property Issues of Refugees and Displaced Persons (Council of Europe, Jan. 2010) [text via ReliefWeb]

Tagged Publications.

09 January 2010

Information-related Items: Gathering Evidence, Information Management/Emergencies, New Acquisitions, Researching COI Course, RSC Library Catalogue

Gathering Evidence Effectively: A rough guide to navigating secondary sources of data and information on refugees and asylum seekers in the UK (ICAR, Dec. 2009) [text]
- See also slides from the related seminar.

Information Management and Communication in Emergencies and Disasters: Manual for Disaster Response Teams (PAHO, Dec. 2009) [text]
- Covers "How to plan communication, How to manage information, How to work with the media, How to prepare messages and materials."

Quarterly Accessions List (Refugee Council Archives at UEL, Dec. 2009) [text]
- Provides bibliographic details of new books, journals, reports and documentation received by the Refugee Council Archive at UEL.

Refugee Studies Centre Library web catalogue (FMList, Dec. 2009) [text]
- Notice re. the transfer of RSC library records.

"Researching Country of Origin Information" Blended Learning Course, 25 January-19 February 2010, with a face-to-face meeting in Vienna on 24 February [info]
- The course "combines an electronic learning phase with a face-to-face meeting. During the three week e-learning phase the participants work through the modules of the COI Module of the European Asylum Curriculum (EAC). They are accompanied by an e-tutor and can interact on the forum of the course. During the one day face-to-face meeting the newly acquired knowledge is applied by solving a case study." Apply by 18 January 2010.

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

08 January 2010

Publications: Asylum Seekers/Libya, Human Trafficking Case/ECHR, Humanitarian Headlines, Resilience/Ethiopia, Undocumented Migrants/UK

Baseline Report: Africa Community Resilience Project, Tsaeda Amba Woreda, Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia, Research Program on Livelihood Change Over Time (World Vision & Tufts Univ., Dec. 2009) [text]

Do They Know?: Asylum Seekers Testify to Life in Libya (Jesuit Refugee Service, Dec. 2009) [text]

Landmark Judgment on Human Trafficking (ECHR Blog, Jan. 2010) [text]
- Summary of the case Rantsev v. Cyprus and Russia.

'No right to dream': The social and economic lives of young undocumented migrants in Britain (City Univ. London & RSC, Dec. 2009) [text]

Ten Humanitarian Headlines for 2010 (WorldBridge Blog, Jan. 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

07 January 2010

Thinking ahead to summer...

Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability, "Protecting environmental migrants: creating new policy and institutional frameworks," Munich Re Foundation and UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security, Munich, 25–31 July 2010 [site]
- Applications accepted until 15 January 2010.

Centre for Refugee Research Summer School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 8-12 February 2010 [site]
- Deadline for applications is 1 February 2010.

Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Toronto, 8-16 May 2010 [site]
- Apply by 26 February 2010 for the lower rate.

International Summer School in Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, 5-23 July 2010 [site]
- Closing date for applications is 1 March 2010; reduced rate available until 31 March.

Note: Other regularly-held summer courses are hosted by the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS), the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), and the Odysseus Network but schedules are not yet available.

For more training opportunities, visit ReliefWeb's directory.

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

06 January 2010

Human Trafficking: Events, Resources

- In the U.S., President Obama has declared January 2010 as "National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month"; this dovetails with National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th.

- A topical research digest on "Human Rights and Human Trafficking" has been compiled by Human Rights and Human Welfare, the book review resource.

- More papers are available from the First Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking, held last year in October.

- The ILO has published Forced Labour and Human Trafficking: Casebook of Court Decisions. A training manual for judges, prosecutors and legal practitioners (2009).

- Also available is "An agenda for change: Implementing the platform for action against human trafficking" from the OSCE's Special Representative whose three-year term just ended 31 December 2009.

Tagged Events & Opportunities and Publications.

04 January 2010

Things to do in January


Apply for the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS) "Teaching Fellowship in Refugee and Human Rights Law" by 15 January 2010.

Submit an abstract for the CRS Student Conference, "(Un) Routed Identities: Borders, Boundaries, and Betweens," which will be held at York University in Toronto, 8-9 April 2010. Deadline is 15 January 2010.

Participate in the next "Researching Country of Origin Information" Blended Learning Course, 25 January-19 February 2010, in Vienna. Apply by 18 January 2010.

Apply for the "Protection Project Legal Internship Program Spring 2010" by 22 January 2010. The "recipient will be responsible for a number of projects related to human rights, including conducting legal research, editing human trafficking publications, and assisting in the organizations of workshops and conferences, both nationally and internationally."

Write a paper for the CARFMS 2010 conference, which will be held at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 6-8 May 2010. The theme is "Forced Migration: Challenges and Change," and abstracts are due by 30 January 2010.

Submit an article to Forced Migration Review's themed issue on "Disability and Displacement"; contributions are due by 31 January 2010.

Register for the Refugee Council's 2010 Conference, "From theory to practice: How asylum policy impacts on the refugee experience," which will be held on 5 February 2010.

Write a paper for the IFRC's Disaster Law Working Paper Series. Manuscripts are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

03 January 2010

Publications: Conflict Barometer, COP15 Analysis, Detention/US, IDP Health/Uganda, Refoulement/Yemen

Climate Shame: Get Back to the Table. Initial Analysis of the Copenhagen Climate Talks (Oxfam, Dec. 2009) [text] [text via ReliefWeb]

Conflict Barometer 2009 (HIIK, Dec. 2009) [text]
- See also the maps that are available for download.

"An exploration of social determinants of health amongst internally displaced persons in northern Uganda," Conflict and Health 3:10 (16 Dec. 2009) [text]

Hostile Shores: Abuse and Refoulement of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Yemen (Human Rights Watch, Dec. 2009) [text]

Jailing Refugees: Arbitrary Detention of Refugees in the US Who Fail to Adjust to Permanent Resident Status (Human Rights Watch, Dec. 2009) [text]

Tagged Publications.

02 January 2010

New Issues of FEX, IJHR, KANERE, Torture J., Transcultural Psych.

Development in Practice
- Journal web site has been re-organized.

Field Exchange, no. 37 (Nov. 2009) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 13, no. 5 (2009) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "Trafficking in women and children in India: nature, dimensions and strategies for prevention."

Kakuma News Reflector (Dec. 2009) [full-text]
- Mix of articles in this blog-format news service from Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya.

Torture Journal, vol. 19, no. 3 (2009) [full-text]
- Mix of articles, including "An explorative outcome study of CBT-based multidisciplinary treatment in a diverse group of refugees form a Danish Treatment Centre for Rehabilitation of Traumatized Refugees."

Transcultural Psychiatry, vol. 46, no. 4 (Dec. 2009) [contents]
- Special issue on "Migration and Mental Health." Includes "Resettling Refugees and Safeguarding their Mental Health: Lessons Learned from the Canadian Refugee Resettlement Project" and "Help-seeking for Mental Health Problems in Young Refugees: A Review of the Literature with Implications for Policy, Practice, and Research."

Tagged Periodicals.