31 March 2011

Publications: Aid & Ethics, Asylum Policy, Housing/Scotland, IOM & Env. Migration, Urban Refugees

Asylum Policy Primer (Migration Observatory, 2011) [text]

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in IOM's Response to Environmental Migration (IOM, 2011) [text via PreventionWeb]

"The Ethics of Refugee Aid," Éthique et économique, vol. 8, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]

A Practitioners' Guide to Housing Refugees (Scottish Refugee Council, March 2011) [text]

Urban Refugees "101" (Women's Refugee Commission Blog, March 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

30 March 2011

Legal Items

"Determining Refugee Status Under Directive 2004/83: Comment on Bolbol (C-31/09)," European Law Review, vol. 36, no. 1 (Feb. 2011) [full-text]
- Scroll down to p. 135

Do I Need to Pin a Target to My Back?: The Definition of 'Particular Social Group' in U.S. Asylum Law (SSRN, March 2011) [text]

"Externalized Borders and the Invisible Refugee," Columbia Human Rights Law Review, vol. 40, no. 3 (Spring 2009) [full-text]

"Navigating North: How the Canadian Approach to Firm Resettlement Should Guide U.S. Implementation of the Refugee Conventions," Columbia Human Rights Law Review, vol. 40, no. 3 (Spring 2009) [extract]

"Unrepeatable Harms: Female Genital Mutilation and Involuntary Sterilization in U.S. Asylum Law," Columbia Human Rights Law Review, vol. 40, no. 1 (Fall 2008) [extract]

Tagged Publications.

29 March 2011

Publications: Asylum Stats., Colombians/Panama & Ecuador, Gender & Disasters, Gender & Mental Health, Info. Sharing/Haiti

Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries 2010: Statistical overview of asylum applications lodged in Europe and selected non-European countries (UNHCR, March 2011) [text]
- See also related press release.

Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies (UN Foundation, March 2011) [text]

Gender and Disaster (IntLawGrrls Blog, March 2011) [text]

"Gender-related Mental-health Differences between Refugees and Non-refugee Immigrants: A Cross-sectional Register-based Study," BMC Public Health 11:180 (March 2011) [open access article]

Living on the Edge: Colombian Refugees in Panama and Ecuador (Refugee Council USA, March 2011) [text]

"Quiet Crisis: Colombian Refugees in Panama and Ecuador," The Refugee Voice (Jesuit Refugee Service USA, March 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

28 March 2011

Focus on Libya

This new blog from Hein de Haas provides commentary on recent developments in Libya.

See also these recent blog posts:
  • Libya: The Humanitarian Emergency We See and the One We Don’t (UpFront Blog, March 2011) [text]
  • Libya: Will it remain the southern wall of Fortress Europe (Asylum-Network, March 2011) [text]
  • Libya and Refugees: Dirty Dealing with Qaddafi [text via LGBT Asylum News]
  • The Libyan Refugee Crisis (NCADC News, March 2011) [text]

Other types of resources include:

Events after the fact

"Contemporary Challenges for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons," Annual Student Conference, Human Rights Law Centre, Nottingham, UK, 26 Feb. 2011 [info]
- Videos of most of the keynote speakers are available; check back for papers presented by students.

"Humanitarian Engagement with Nonstate Armed Groups: Enhancing the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict," New York, 20 July 2010 [info]
- Some presenters' remarks and photos are available at the link above, along with a meeting summary.

"Humanitarian Space: A Review of Trends and Challenges," London, 20 Oct. 2010-30 April 2011 [info]
- Six round-tables were held; meeting summaries currently available for "Humanitarian Space: concepts, definitions and uses" and "Politicisation and securitisation of Aid: challenges to humanitarian space in Somalia." Check back for the others.

"Launch of the 2010 Global Overview Report on Internal Displacement," New York, 23 March 2011 [info]
- A transcript of the panel discussion is available, along with photos and a link to the report. A video of the presentation is available here.

"Reinforcing the International Legal Framework for Protecting and Assisting IDPs: The Kampala Convention," 22 March 2011 [info]
- A recording of the discussion is now available; see also a related video of a post-seminar interview with Chaloka Beyani.

Third Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights, Bangkok, 25-27 Nov. 2010 [info]
- In addition to the meeting report, some presentations from the consultation are now available via the link above.

27 March 2011

Opportunity: Small Grants Programme

UNHCR's Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES) invites applications to its 2011 Small Grants Programme.

The purpose of the programme is to encourage and enable original research and writing to be undertaken on refugee, displacement, migration and humanitarian issues and situations that are closely related to UNHCR's mandate and operational activities.

The maximum amount payable under this programme is $7,500, for projects that can be completed within a maximum of six months and which result in the preparation of a 20-40 page paper that can be published in the PDES working paper series 'New Issues in Refugee Research'.

To apply for a grant under this programme, please submit (1) a one-page project proposal, (2) an indicative budget, (3) a CV and (4) a writing sample, to hqpd00@unhcr.org, with 'Small grant' in the subject line. Applications that do not conform to this format will not be considered.

The application period closes on 31 May 2011.

Please apply for a grant under this programme only if you are serious about undertaking the proposed research. PDES has a limited amount of resources available for this initiative and if you are awarded a grant that is not effectively used for the stated purpose, you will be depriving other people of the opportunity to participate in the programme and will be contractually required to repay any funds advanced to you.

With best regards,

Dr. Jeff Crisp,
Head, PDES

25 March 2011

Focus on Europe

The European Union will celebrate its Annual Resettlement Day on 30 March 2011 in Brussels. For more information about the programme, how to attend, and background documents, visit ECRE's page on the event.

Here are some other recent resources relating to a variety of forced migration issues in Europe:

Access to Justice for Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Europe (Council of Europe, 2009) [text]

Integration of Beneficiaries of International Protection in the European Union: Observations and Recommendations to the European Commission in its consultation on the upcoming Second European Union Agenda for Integration (UNHCR, March 2011) [text]

Public Statement concerning Greece (European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, March 2011) [text]

Report Submitted by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Manfred Nowak: Mission to Greece, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/16/52/Add.4 (UN Human Rights Council, March 2011) [text]

Trafficking in Human Beings, 7860/11 (Council of the European Union, March 2011) [text]

Unaccompanied Children in Europe: Issues of Arrival, Stay and Return (Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, March 2011) [text via Refworld]

Tagged Publications.

Publications: Bidoon/Kuwait, Bhutanese/US, Civilian Protection, Statelessness/Americas, Violence/Libya

Fleeing the Violence in Libya: At the Saloum Border Crossing (Humanitarian Practice Network, March 2011) [text]

Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness and Protection of Stateless Persons in the Americas, AG/RES. 2599 (XL-O/10) (OAS, June 2010) [text via Refworld]

Protecting Civilians in Disasters and Conflicts, Policy Brief #182 (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, March 2011) [text]

Stateless in Kuwait: Who Are the Bidoon? (Open Society Blog, March 2011) [text]

"Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Resettled Bhutanese Refugees, United States, 2008-2011," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 60, no. 11 (March 2011) [full-text]

Tagged Publications.

24 March 2011

Last minute March events/More April deadlines


Les migrations environnementales, Paris, 25-26 March 2011 [info]
- Reservations advised.

Asian Refugee Legal Aid Network (ARLAN) Workshop, Kuala Lumpur, 29 March-1 April 2011
- For more info., contact ARLAN regional partner, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

National Refugee and Statelessness Consultation, New Delhi, 30-31 March 2011
- Organized by The Other Media; for more info., contact the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

La Détention des demandeurs d'asile au Canada: impact et alternatives, Montréal, 31 mars 2011 [info]
- Hosted by the Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) de la Montagne.


Reminder: Refugee Rights Day, Canada, 4 April 2011 [info]
- Theme is "Honouring Refugee Rights: 60 Years of the Refugee Convention."

Student Colloquium on International Migration Law, Montreal, 9 April 2011 [info]
- Includes panel on "The Protection of Refugees and Migrants."

Refugee Rights Leadership Training, Geneva, 24-26 June 2011 [info]
- Confirm your participation by 20 April 2011.

Call for Papers: Fences, Networks, People - Exploring the EU/AFRICA Borderland, Pavia, Italy, 15-17 Dec. 2011 [info]
- Submit abstract by 30 April 2011.

Related posts:

Publications: Asylum Process./E. Timor, Humanit. Info./N. Africa, Intl. Disaster Resp. Law, Irreg. Migrants/Norway, Palestinians/Lebanon

Asylum Seeker Processing in East Timor: A Solution for Whom? (Inside Story, March 2011) [text]

Beyond the Disaster: A Call for Japanese Leadership in International Disaster Response Law (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, March 2011) [text]

Humanitarian Information Assessment at Choucha Camp on the Tunisia/Libya Border (Internews, March 2011) [text]

Investigating Grey Areas: Access to Basic Urban Services in the Adjacent Areas of Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon (UN-HABITAT & UNDP, 2011) [text]

No Way In, No Way Out? A Study of Living Conditions of Irregular Migrants in Norway (Fafo, March 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

23 March 2011

New Issues of al-Majdal, Coping w/ Crisis, HRQ, Intl. Migration, Torture J.

al-Majdal, no. 45 (Winter 2010) [full-text]
- "[T]he second of two issues focusing on the secondary forced displacement of Palestinian refugees."

Coping with Crisis, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]
- Focus is on "Children in Emergencies."

Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 1 (Feb. 2011) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

International Migration, vol. 49, no. 2 (April 2011) [contents]
- Includes feature on "Immigration Policy in the EU."

Torture Journal, vol. 21, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]
- Focus is on best practices for serving torture survivors.

Tagged Periodicals.

Internal Displacement Report

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) has just launched its latest annual report, Internal Displacement: Global Overview of Trends and Developments in 2010. This "summary of the humanitarian and human rights situations of people internally displaced by conflict and violence...offers detailed figures and global, regional and national analysis of the more than 50 displacement situations which IDMC monitors."

According to the report, the total figure for people displaced within their own countries is now up to 27.5 million. However, while displacement continued to rise in the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, it declined in Africa. This factsheet provides more figures and trends.

The focus of the report is on people displaced by conflict and violence. This year, though, the report includes a brief chapter on "internal displacement and natural disasters."

Previous editions are available via IDMC's publications pages.

Tagged Publications.

21 March 2011

SRLAN Bibliography: Apostasy/Religion

"Germany's Asylum Policy and Iran's New Apostasy Law," International Journal for Religious Freedom, vol. 2, no. 1 (2009) [full-text]
- Scroll down to p. 133.

"Paradise Lost: The Impact of the Changed Country Conditions in Post-Soviet Ukraine on Pending Religious Asylum Proceedings in the United States," Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion, vol. 6 (2004) [full-text]

"Persecution for Reasons of Religion under the 1951 Refugee Convention," Chapter 2 in Permutations of Order: Religion and Law as Contested Sovereignties (Ashgate, 2009) [info] [preview]

"Proving Persecution: The Burden of Establishing a Nexus in Religious Asylum Claims and the Dangers of New Reforms," Ave Maria Law Review, vol. 5, no. 2 (2007) [full-text]

"Refining Chevron—Restoring Judicial Review to Protect Religious Refugees," Administrative Law Review, vol. 60, no. 3 (Summer 2008) [full-text]

"The Religion Clauses and Political Asylum: Religious Persecution Claims and the Religious Membership-Conversion Imposter Problem," Georgetown Law Journal, vol. 88, no. 7 (July 2000) [excerpt]

"Standing with the Persecuted: Adjudicating Religious Asylum Claims After the Enactment of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998," Brigham Young University Law Review, vol. 2003, no. 2 (2003) [full-text]

Tagged Publications.

SRLAN Bibliography: Military Service Evasion

"Assessing Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello within the Refugee Status Determination Process: Contemplations on Conscientious Objectors Seeking Asylum," Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 20, no. 3 (Spring 2006) [full-text]

"Examining Sexual Violence in the Military within the Context of Eritrean Asylum Claims Presented in Norway," International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 19, no. 3 (2007) [full-text]

Tagged Publications.

SRLAN Bibliography: Gangs and Asylum

I regularly update the "Current Awareness Bibliography" I compiled for SRLAN. However, not much information is available for several of the special RSD issues I track, including "gang-based asylum claims," "military service evasion," and "apostasy/religious conversion." In light of this, I recently carried out a number of searches to try to locate additional resources that address these issues in particular, and I'm posting the results accordingly. Here is the first of three posts:

Central American Gang-related Asylum: A Resource Guide (Washington Office on Latin America, May 2008) [text via USCRI]

Central American Gang Related Asylum Cases: Background, Leverage Points and the Use of Expert Witnesses (ILW.com, Dec. 2009) [text]

"Challenging the 'Political': U.S. Asylum Law and Central American Gang Warfare," Guild Practitioner, vol. 65, no. 4 (2008) [full-text]
- Go to p. 242.

Gang-related Asylum Resources (U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants) [access]
- Includes case law, decisions, reports, and news articles.

"Marked for Death: The Maras of Central America and Those Who Flee Their Wrath," Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 20, no. 3 (Spring 2006) [full-text via USCRI]

18 March 2011

Publications: Detention/US, Human Trafficking & ICC, Migration/Libya, Sampling Refugee Groups, Sexual Violence/Haiti

The Libyan Migration Corridor (CARIM, March 2011) [text]

Prosecuting Human Trafficking as a Crime Against Humanity under The Rome Statute (SSRN, March 2011) [text]

Report on Immigration in the United States: Detention and Due Process (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Dec. 2010; released March 2011) [text]
- See also related blog post, "Packing a Regional Punch."

"Sampling Challenges in a Study Examining Refugee Resettlement," BMC International Health and Human Rights 11:2 (March 2011) [open access article]

Sexual Violence in Haiti's IDP Camps: Results of a Household Survey (Center for Human Rights & Global Justice, March 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Anniversary Items


The UN Refugee Convention at 60: The Challenge for Europe (Chatham House, March 2011) [text]


Strengthening the International Legal Framework on Statelessness: Expert Meeting Series (venue TBD, 2nd quarter 2011) [info]
- Aim of the meetings is to "develop the international legal framework on statelessness through the development and dissemination of UNHCR guidelines on statelessness-related issues."

Looking Forward: The Refugee Convention at 60, Washington, DC, 20 April 2011 [info]
- This conference "examines the current dynamics of forced displacement, highlighting the challenges that particular flows pose to existing legal standards, and focusing attention on the breadth and limits of the Convention as a framework for international refugee protection."

Honouring Refugee Rights: 60th Anniversary of the Refugee Convention, Hamilton, Canada, 26-28 May 2011 [info]
- The Canadian Council for Refugees Spring Consultation is now open for registration.

"UNHCR and Landmark Commemorations in 2011," The Researcher, vol. 6, no. 1 (March 2011) [text]
- Scroll down to p. 23 for events taking place in Ireland during the latter part of the year.

Year of International Human Rights (YIHR), 2011-2012: Refugees and Migration, Webster University [info]
- Activities have not yet been planned but likely will include films, art exhibits, speakers and conferences.

For more information, see UNHCR's updated calendar of events.

Related posts:

Film Festivals/Competitions

Refuge in Films 2011 [info]
- Organizers are calling for "films produced between January 2008 and April 2011, on the subjects of Immigration, Refuge and Displacement." Films will be shown during UK Refugee Week. The deadline is 30 March 2011.

Refugee Film Festival [info]
- Films are sought on "issues of refugees, internal displacement and statelessness, and/or films made by former/current refugees." Submit by 30 April 2011.

UNRWA Film Competition for Young Palestinian Refugees [info]
- Youth are invited to submit films on the theme of "My World" to mark World Refugee Day. Send films in by 9 May 2011.

17 March 2011

Publications: Colombians/Canada, Human Traff. Concepts, IDPs/Horn of Africa, Islamic Humanit., Peace Efforts/Sudan, Tunisia

[Blogging from Tunisia] (WorldBridge, 2011) [access]
- Series of blog posts documenting Refugees International's mission to Tunisia.

The Forgotten People (Horn of Africa: Global Affairs Blog Network, March 2011) [text]

The Future of Colombian Refugees in Canada: Are We Being Equitable? (Canadian Council for Refugees, March 2011) [text]

Qatar Charity in Niger: Biopolitics of an International Islamic NGO, RSC Working Paper, no. 73 (RSC, March 2011) [text]

Slavery, Forced Labor, Debt Bondage, and Human Trafficking: From Conceptual Confusion to Targeted Solutions (Rights Work, Feb. 2011) [text]

Sudan: Overcoming Obstacles to Peace (Refugees International, March 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

CFPs: Disasters, FMR, JID, OxMo

The Journal of Internal Displacement (JID) has extended its CFP deadline for its July 2011 issue to 1 April 2011. The theme for prospective articles is "Definitions, Scopes, Theories and Concepts: Focus on Africa."

Disasters has issued a CFP for a special issue on "Humanitarian Action in Urban Areas." Send in an abstract by 4 April 2011. Full papers will be due 27 June 2011.

Forced Migration Review (FMR) is allowing more time for submissions to its Sept. 2011 issue on "Technology and Communications." Articles are now due 18 April 2011.

After a successful launch of its inaugural issue, the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo) is now seeking contributions to its second issue, to be published in September 2011. The deadline is 24 June 2011.

16 March 2011

Kampala Convention Events

Seven African countries have now ratified the AU Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (Kampala Convention). They are the Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Uganda, and Zambia. Fifteen are needed for the Convention to come into force. Two upcoming events aim to raise more awareness of the Convention and its role in protecting and assisting IDPs:

African Union Regional Consultative Meeting on the Implementation of the Plan of Action for the Outcomes of the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, Lilongwe, Malawi, 17-18 March 2011 [info]
- Read the concept note, draft agenda and programme.

Reinforcing the International Legal Framework for Protecting and Assisting IDPs: The Kampala Convention, 22 March 2011 [info]
- Live seminar hosted by Harvard University's Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. Registration is required for online participation.

New Web Sites/Blogs

The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) has re-launched its site. The new design is cleaner and better organized, so much easier to navigate. Note: You will need to update any sub-links, as they have changed.

New sites:

Africa Portal (Centre for International Governance Innovation, Makerere University, and the South African Institute of International Affairs) [access]
- "An online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa." Covers a variety of issues including migration and conflict resolution. Check out the library and submit your details to be included in the experts directory.

The Child Recovery and Reintegration Network (Centre for Rural Childhood & Oak Foundation) [access]
- "Supports and strengthens research, knowledge and learning surrounding the recovery and reintegration of children affected by sexual exploitation and trafficking globally."

Human Rights of Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights) [access]
- Access positions, viewpoints, and other information on the work of the current Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg.

Humanitarian Response in North Africa (OCHA et al.) [access]
- Track unfolding developments in North Africa.

Refugee Cooperation (Middle East Institute & Fondation pour la recherche stratégique) [access]
- Access information about and papers and case studies produced by a research project set up to "suggest ways to enhance transatlantic coherence and cooperation in humanitarian action in regard to refugee/IDP-related problems." The project's three study groups focus on Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan.

New blogs:

Microcon: Researchers' Reflections on Violent Conflict [access]

Urban Refugee [access]
- Blog from a graduate student in social work.

Voice of Migration [access]
- Migration-related stories from a humanitarian analyst.

Catastrophes in Japan

To follow unfolding developments and relief efforts in Japan:
  • 2011 Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami (Google Crisis Response) [access]
  • Japan: Earthquake and Tsunami - Mar 2011 (ReliefWeb) [access]
  • Japan Quake and Tsunami (AlertNet) [access]

See also various resource pages specifically for refugees/foreigners in Japan:
  • International Organization for Migration [access]
  • Japan Association for Refugees [access]
  • Refugee Studies Forum [access]

Other commentary/analysis:

Devastation in Japan: The Aftermath and Implications of the World’s Fifth Largest Earthquake, Washington, DC, 18 March 2011 [info]
- Panel discussion at the Brookings Institution.

Japan's Unfolding Disaster (Reuters, March 2011) [text]

What a Difference a Government Makes: Japan's Earthquake (Up Front Blog, March 2011) [text]

[Map credit: OCHA Reference Map, ReliefWeb]

Publications: Alternate Refuge & Sexual Minorities, Human Traff./Malaysia, Humanit. Action Annual Rpt., Intercept. at Sea, Stateless Person Definition

"The Alternate Refuge Concept: A Source of Systematic Disadvantage to Sexual Minority Refugee Claimants," University of New Brunswick Law Journal, vol. 60 (2010) [full-text]

Bondaged Souls: Migration and Situation of Trafficking in Sabah, Malaysia (ICMC, 2011) [text]
- Training manual.

De Jure Statelessness in the Real World: Applying the Prato Summary Conclusions (Open Society Foundations, March 2011) [text]

Humanitarian Action for Children (UNICEF, March 2011) [text]

The Right to Seek Asylum: Interception at Sea and the Principle of Non-Refoulement (Fondation Philippe Wiener-Maurice Anspach, Feb. 2011) [text via Migrants at Sea]
- Lecture given by Guy Goodwin-Gill.

Tagged Publications.

15 March 2011

Focus on Women & Asylum


Invitation to Tender: Women and Women’s Issues in Country of Origin Information (COI) Reports produced by COI Service, UK Border Agency and the Home Office [info]
- Deadline for consideration is 18 March 2011.


Guide to Establishing the Asylum Eligibility of Victims of Human Trafficking and Forced Marriage (World Organization for Human Rights USA, 2011) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

"In Search of Guidance: An Examination of Past, Present, and Future Adjudications of Domestic Violence Asylum Claims," Vanderbilt Law Review, vol. 64, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]

"Toward a Compassionate Solution: The UNHCR Guidance Note and Asylum for Parents of Female Genital Mutilation Vulnerable Children,"  Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, vol. 11, no. 2 (2011/12) [eprint via bepress]

Women, Asylum and the Need for Fairer Decisions (JCWI Blog, March 2011) [text]

Publications: Central Asia & Evaluation, Climate & Migration, Mental Health/Philippines, Peace Processes, Social Group & Asylum Claims

2011 Yearbook on Peace Processes (Escola de Cultura de Pau, 2011) [text]

Climate Change, Migration, and International Security Considerations (IOM, March 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Crisis in Central Asia: Lessons Learned from UNHCR’s Response to the 2010 Emergency in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, PDES/2011/02 (UNHCR, March 2011) [text]

"Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care for Displaced Populations: The Experience of Mindanao, Philippines," Conflict and Health 5:3 (2011) [open access article]

"Social Group Asylum Claims: A Second Look at the New Visibility Requirement," Yale Law & Policy Review, vol. 29, no. 1 (Fall 2010) [full-text]

Tagged Publications.

14 March 2011

New Issues of FEX, IMR, Intervention, JEMS, Migration Lett., Researcher

Field Exchange, no. 40 (Feb. 2011) [full-text]
- Special issue on Ethiopia, 25 years after the famine in the 1980s. Includes "The experience of multi-storey gardens in Ethiopian refugee camps."

International Migration Review, vol. 45, no. 1 (Spring 2011) [free full-text]
- Mix of articles.

Intervention: International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict, vol. 9, no. 1 (March 2011) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 37, no. 4 (2011) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "Stateless by Any Other Name: Refused Asylum-Seekers in the United Kingdom" and a book review of Social Work and Migration: Immigrant and Refugee Settlement and Integration.

Migration Letters, vol. 8, no. 1 (April 2011) [contents]
- Special issue on "Survival Strategies of Irregular Immigrants." Includes "Who is a refugee? Reflections on social classifications and individual consequences."

The Researcher, vol. 6, no. 1 (March 2011) [full-text]
- Includes articles on human trafficking, LGBTI asylum applications, and family reunification in Ireland.

Tagged Periodicals.

Publications: Africans/Israel, Child Soldiers/US, Destitution/UK, Urban Disasters/Haiti, Women Refugees/Uganda

The Living Ain't Easy: Urban Refugees in Kampala (Women's Refugee Commission, March 20110 [text]

Ordered Disorder: African Asylum Seekers in Israel and Discursive Challenges to an Emerging Refugee Regime, New Issues of Refugee Research, no. 205 (UNHCR, March 2011) [text]

"Sinners or Saints: Child Soldiers and the Persecutor Bar to Asylum After Negusie v. Holder," Boston College Third World Law Journal, vol. 31, no. 1 (Winter 2011) [full-text]
- Go to p. 71.

21 Months Later (Refugee Survival Trust & British Red Cross, Feb. 2011) [text]

Urban Disasters: Lessons from Haiti (Disaster Emergency Committee, 2011) [text via PreventionWeb]

Tagged Publications.

11 March 2011

More March Events & Opportunities

Regional Conference on Refugee Protection and International Migration in Central Asia, Almaty, 15-16 March 2011 [info]
- Jointly organized by UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.

IASFM13, Kampala, 3-6 July 2011 [info]
- Apply for travel subsidies by 18 March 2011.

World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Medford, MA, 2-5 June 2011 [info]
- Register by 18 March 2011 for reduced rate.

CFP: "Managing" Muslim Migration in the 21st Century: Between Spiritual Geographies and Global Security Regimes, Panel at American Anthropological Association Meeting, 11-14 November 2011 [info]
- Submit an abstract by 30 March 2011.

New Research on LGBT Asylum and Refuge in Scotland, Glasgow, 30 March 2011 [info]
- Launch of report and panel discussion.

Related posts:

Focus on Asia Pacific

Events & Opportunities:

David and Goliath: Children’s Unequal Battle for Refugee Protection, Hong Kong, 15 March 2011 [info]
- Lecture given by Jacqueline Bhabha.

Job Opportunity: Interpretation, Training and Outreach Officer, Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre [info]
- Apply by 21 March 2011.

Events after the Fact:

Online Discussion: Assessing the Impact of a Changing Climate on Human Displacement, Asian Development Bank, 9 February 2011 [info]
- Transcript available.

Regional Expert Roundtable on Good Practices for the Identification, Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness and the Protection of Stateless Persons in South East Asia, Bangkok, 28-29 October 2010 (UNHCR, 2011) [discussion paper] [conf. report]

Report of the 3rd Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights, Bangkok, 25-27 November 2010 (APRRN, 2010) [text]
- See also brief summary.


Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific: Draft Edition (Asian Development Bank, Feb. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Final report to be issued in March.

"A New Comprehensive Plan of Action: Addressing the Refugee Protection Gap in Southeast Asia through Local and Regional Integration," Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 2011) [full-text]

Update on UNHCR’s operations in Asia and the Pacific - 2011 (UNHCR, Feb. 2011) [text]

Web Sites:

Refugee Studies Forum [access]
- Newly established project in Tokyo which will undertake research, hold meetings, publish a journal, and network with scholars.

[Photo credit: "Group Photo of Delegates in Bangkok," Vision First]

Focus on Human Trafficking


From Migration to Trafficking: A Slippery Slope (ICMC, Feb. 2011) [text]

"Human Trafficking," The Researcher, vol. 6, no. 1 (March 2011) [full-text]

"Human Trafficking: Challenges and Opportunities for Police," Gazette, vol. 72, no. 3 (2010) [full-text]

"Human Trafficking Revisited: Legal, Enforcement and Ethnographic Narratives on Sex Trafficking to Western Europe," Trends in Organized Crime, vol. 14, no. 1 (March 2011) [open access article]

"Microcredit: Not Yet a Panacea to End Trafficking in Women," University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, vol. 13, no. 1 (2010) [full-text]

Presidency Conclusions from the Conference "Towards a multidisciplinary approach to prevention of trafficking in human beings, prosecution of traffickers and protection of victims," Brussels, 18-19 October 2010 (European Commission, Jan. 2011) [text]

"Shaking Up the Grounds for Human Trafficking on Hispaniola," Diversities, vol. 13, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]

Unprotected Work, Invisible Exploitation: Trafficking for the Purpose of Domestic Servitude (OSCE, 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

10 March 2011

Libya Updates


I mentioned earlier that OCHA is compiling "Unrest Situation Reports" for Libya, which are posted on ReliefWeb. Now you can also read UNHCR updates on the "Humanitarian Situation in Libya and the Neighboring Countries," four of which have been made available to date:
These can also be accessed through ReliefWeb.

UNHCR now has a web page devoted to the humanitarian situation in North Africa, with links to news, appeals, sitreps, videos and photos.

[Photo credit: OCHA]

Tagged Publications.

Publications: Age Estimates, Chechens/Europe, Mobility & Durable Sol., NGO Coord., North Africans/EU, Smuggling

The Five Elements of NGO Coordination (Humanitarian.info, March 2011) [text]

Guidelines on the Treatment of Chechen Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe (ECRE, March 2011) [text]

"Migrant Smuggling and Human Rights: Notes from the Field," Gazette, vol. 72, no. 3 (2010) [full-text]

Migratory Flows from North Africa: Challenges for the EU (EPC, March 2011) [text]

Mobility and Durable Solutions: A Case Study of Afghan and Somali Refugees, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 204 (UNHCR, March 2011) [text]

"Proof of Age Required: Estimating Age in Adults without Birth Records," Australian Family Physician, vol. 39, no. 6 (July 2010) [full-text]

Tagged Publications.

More March Happenings/Looking Ahead to April

Grants for Refugee Academics, Council for Assisting Refugee Academics [info]
- Apply for a grant by 18 March 2011.

4th Annual Frontiers of Humanitarianism Conference, New York, 30 March 2011 [info]
- The theme is "Innovation and Humanitarian Action," with four panels discussing different aspects of this theme throughout the day at four academic institutions.

CFP: Journal of Internal Displacement [info]
- The submission deadline has been extended to 1 April 2011.

Refugee Rights Day, Canada, 4 April 2011 [info]
- Check for events and register your own.

Unsettling Resettlement: Summer Institute on Forced Migration Studies, Evanston, IL, 10-17 July 2011 [info]
- Registration is open; the deadline for visa applicants is 15 April 2011.

Refugee Health Conference, Toronto, 1-3 June 1-3 2011 [info]
- Register by 4 April 2011 for reduced rate.

Evidence and Country Information (COI) in the Practice of European Courts, Budapest, 13-15 April 2011 [info]
- A conference for judges; register ASAP to ensure participation.

Third Annual European Public Policy Conference, Budapest, 18-19 April 2011 [info]
- This year's focus is "Migration in Europe: opportunities and challenges."

Visitorship Opportunities for Scholars at Risk: Sigrid Rausing Trust, University of Cape Town [info]
- Apply by 20 April 2011.

[Photo credit: 2010 Frontiers of Humanitarianism Conference; source: Fordham Univ.]

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

09 March 2011

Events after the fact

50th Meeting of the Standing Committee, Geneva, 1-3 March 2011 [access]
- Includes "Questions and answers on UNHCR's Protection Cluster coordination role in natural disasters."

Conference on Returns and Readmission, Brussels, 8 Nov. 2010 [conf. report]
- Focus is on Eastern Europe.

The Forty Years' Crisis: Refugees in Europe 1919–1959, Birkbeck College, London, 14-16 September 2010 [abstract]
- Conf. report available in History Workshop Journal, Advance Access, 4 March 2011.

Media and Forced Migration, 21-23 Jan. 2011 [summary of conf.]
- Organized by the Calcutta Research Group.

Refugee Status Determination and Rights in Southern and East Africa, Kampala, 16-17 Nov. 2010 [workshop papers]
- Papers on RSD in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa, and Zambia are now available.

U.S. Efforts to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, 8 Feb. 2011 [info]
- Transcript and video are available.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Inaugural Issue of OxMo

The first issue of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo) is now available. This new student-run publication offers 11 short essays, personal accounts and academic articles "from authors in Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Ecuador, Hong Kong, the UK, and the USA." Titles include:
  • The Politics of Social Exclusion: Asylum Support Provisions in the UK's Draft Immigration Bill 2009
  • Terms of Endangerment: Evolving Political and Legal Terminology for North Koreans
  • Protecting Internally Displaced Women Leaders in Colombia: From Policy to Practice
  • Education of Young Burmese Refugees in the Midwestern United States
  • Beyond the Hostile State: Imagining Universities of Sanctuary
  • Living up to Human Rights in Australia: Observations on Granting Asylum
  • Sales over Substance: Pandering to Populism on the Right and the Left
  • An Epic Journey towards a Refugee Visa
  • A Culture of Disbelief or Denial? Critiquing Refugee Status Determination in the United Kingdom
  • A New Comprehensive Plan of Action: Addressing the Refugee Protection Gap in Southeast Asia through Local and Regional Integration
  • "Come, we kill what is called 'persecution life'": Sudanese Refugee Youth Gangs in Cairo
While not explicitly designated an "open access" journal, OxMo does provide free full-text access to its articles, and does not restrict their downloading, reproduction or circulation.

The publication continues to accept submissions. Its second issue will be published later in the year.

Tagged Periodicals.

08 March 2011

Focus on Europe

Asylum Situation in Greece Including for Dublin II Transferees (UNHCR, Jan. 2011) [text]

Coping with a Fundamental Rights Emergency: The Situation of Persons Crossing the Greek Land Border in an Irregular Manner (FRA, 2011) [text]

EU: Controls, Detention and Expulsions at Europe’s Borders (Statewatch, 2010) [text]

"Fortress Europe": One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (NCADC, March 2011) [text]

Interactive Map: Deaths at Europe's Borders (Migrants at Sea, March 2011) [text]
- Introduces resource that shows the number of migrants that have died trying to reach Europe's borders since 1988.

The Refuge, vol. 8, no. 5 (Feb. 2011) [full-text]
- From Jesuit Refugee Service-Europe; includes reports on an event held to "advocate against the indiscriminate closure of the EU borders to those in need of protection," a new JRS Portugal book on detention, and the M.S.S. vs. Belgium and Greece case, among other items.

Zambrano Case (Free Movement Blog, March 2011) [text]
- Reports on a European Court of Justice judgment that "seems to have held that the parents of a child born in a Member State must be granted the right to work and the right of residence in that Member State in order to protect the right of the child to live in Europe."