30 June 2011

New Web Sites/Blogs

Champions of Change (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre) [access]
- Not a new blog, but new to me! Focus is on Australia.

European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) [access]
- ECRE has dramatically transformed their web site, adding more color and highlighting the Weekly Bulletin and social media connections. They deserve particular commendation for adopting a Creative Commons license which more clearly defines how visitors can use their content. Now if they can just update their RSS feed... !

Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) [access]
- The RCOA's web presence has been given a new look and enhanced navigation, providing easier access to news and key sections of the site.

RefugePoint [access]
- Formerly Mapendo International. The name might have changed, but the mission remains the same: To provide assistance to "individuals, families and groups of people overlooked by existing aid programs." Read the press release to learn more about the name change and subscribe to the RSS feed to keep up with new content.

Resource Centre: Free Movement and Migration (European Council) [access]
- Provides access to backgrounders, news, multimedia, and event information relating to freedom of movement and migration.

New Publications

Afghanistan: Responsible U.S. Transition Must Address Displacement Crisis (Refugees International, June 2011) [text]

"Criminalising the Enemy and its Impact on Humanitarian Action," Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (June 2011) [text]

Exiles from Libya Flee to Egypt: Double Tragedy for Sub-Saharan Africans (FIDH, June 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

No Other Option: Testimonies from Asylum Seekers Living in Ukraine (JRS Europe, June 2011) [text]

Snakes in Ireland: Questioning the Assumption of 'Collective Responsibility' to Protect Refugees, Amsterdam Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-12 (Univ. of Amsterdam, posted June 2011) [text via SSRN]

Tagged Publications.

29 June 2011

Focus on "Boat People" in Europe

Hirsi v. Italy Case:

22 June, 09.15 CEST, ECtHR Grand Chamber Hearing in Hirsi and Others v. Italy (Migrants at Sea Blog, June 2011) [text]

Case Watch: Italian “Push-Backs” of Migrant Boats Under Scrutiny (Open Society Blog, June 2011) [text]

Hirsi v Italy: Summary of Oral Submission made by Govt. of Italy to Grand Chamber ECtHR (Migrants at Sea Blog, June 2011) [text]

Italy’s Migrant Rights Record Under Scrutiny (Open Society Blog, June 2011) [text]

UNHCR's Oral Intervention at the European Court of Human Rights - Hearing of the Case Hirsi and Others v. Italy (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

Inquiries and Resolutions:

HRC Adopts Resolution on Migrants and Asylum Seekers Fleeing North Africa; Calls for Inquiry Into Allegations of Failures to Rescue Boats in Distress (Migrants at Sea Blog, June 2011) [text]

PACE Adopts Resolution and Recommendation Regarding the Interception and Rescue at Sea of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Irregular Migrants (Migrants at Sea Blog, June 2011) [text]

PACE Launches Inquiry into Responsibility for Lives Lost in the Mediterranean (PACE, June 2011) [text]
- See also link to web file on "Europe's boat people."


"A Double Bind: Malta and the Rescue of Unwanted Migrants at Sea - A Legal Anthropological Perspective on the Humanitarian Law of the Sea," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Access, 22 June 2011 [abstract]

Fishers of Men? The Interception of Migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and Their Forced Return to Libya (INEX, Oct. 2010; posted June 2011) [text via SSRN]

[Photo credit: Wikipedia]

Tagged Publications.

Round-up of Climate Resources


Environmental Change and Migration in Historical Perspective, Munich, 4-6 August 2011 [info]
- Will focus on the "historical intersections between environmental change and migration."

Events after the fact:

Climate Change and the Risk of Statelessness: The Situation of Low-lying Island States (UNHCR, May 2011) [text]
- Updated for the Expert Roundtable on Climate Change and Displacement, Bellagio, 22-25 February 2011.

Climate Change Displacement and International Law: Complementary Protection Standards (UNHCR, May 2011) [text]
- Prepared for the Expert Roundtable on Climate Change and Displacement, Bellagio, 22-25 February 2011.

Climate Change Induced Displacement: Adaptation Policy in the Context of the UNFCCC Climate Negotiations (UNHCR, May 2011) [text]
- Prepared for the Expert Roundtable on Climate Change and Displacement, Bellagio, 22-25 February 2011.


"At the Water's Edge: Legal Protections and Funding for a New Generation of Climate Change Refugees," Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, vol. 16, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]

Maladapted Migration: What Does It Mean? (Centre for Refugee Research, May 2011) [text]
- Adapted from "Chapter Three of the author's current PhD study on climate-change induced migration at UNSW."

An Ounce of Prevention: Preparing for the Impact of a Changing Climate on US Humanitarian and Disaster Response (CNA & Oxfam America, June 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

New Health-related Publications

Acculturation and Psychosocial Adjustment of African Adolescent Refugees in the United States: The Role of Social Support, Dissertation submitted to the Graduate School (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2011) [text]

"Clinical Trial of Extended-dose Chloroquine for Treatment of Resistant Falciparum Malaria among Afghan Refugees in Pakistan," Malaria Journal 10:171 (June 2011) [open access article]

HIV/AIDS and Refugees, UN Doc. No. EC/62/SC/CRP.15/Rev.1 (EXCOM Standing Committee, June 2011) [text]

Medical Innovations in Humanitarian Situations: The Work of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, 2011) [text]

"Suicide Death and Hospital-treated Suicidal Behaviour in Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands: A National Registry-based Study," BMC Public Health 11:484 (June 2011) [open access article]

Tagged Publications.

28 June 2011

New Items on Refugee Law & Protection

"The Board of Immigration Appeals's New 'Social Visibility' Test for Determining 'Membership of a Particular Social Group' in Asylum Claims and its Legal and Policy Implications," Berkeley Journal of International Law, vol. 29, no. 2 (2011) [full-text]

Europe: Refugee Protection – Illusion or Reality? (JRS Europe, June 2011) [text]

An End to Deterrence and Detention: How a Regional Protection Framework for Refugees in the Asia-Pacific Would Improve Australia's Compliance with International Refugee Law, Thesis submitted to the Department of International Relations (University of Amsterdam, May 2011) [text]

No Credibility: UKBA Decision Making and Section 4 Support (Asylum Support Appeals Project, April 2011) [text]

Polish Asylum Procedure and Refugee Status Determination: Report Following the Mission to Poland from 12 to 15 September 2010 (Belgian Refugee Council, June 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Trafficking in Persons Report 2011

The 2011 edition of the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) was released yesterday by the U.S. Department of State. The report assesses over 180 countries, including the U.S., on their efforts to combat trafficking. Countries are placed into one of three Tiers, as follows:

  • Tier 1: Countries whose governments fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
  • Tier 2: Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards.
  • Tier 3: Countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so.
A more detailed explanation about the Tiers is available here.

Previous editions of the TIP can be accessed here.

Tagged Publications.

27 June 2011

New Periodical Issues

Coping with Crisis, no. 2/2011 (June 2011) [full-text]
- Includes a focus on Japan.

International Migration Review, vol. 45, no. 2 (Summer 2011) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Human Smuggling in Austria: A Comparative Analysis of Data on Smuggled Migrants from Former Yugoslavia and the Russian Federation."

IOM Research Newsletter (May 2011) [full-text]
- New periodical with updates on IOM's research activities.

Women's Asylum News, no. 102 (May/June 2011) [full-text via Refworld]
- Lead article is "Women seeking asylum in Merseyside: Access to support for survivors of sexual violence in conflict and civil unrest."

Tagged Periodicals.

New Publications

Disaster-conflict Interface: Comparative Experiences (UNDP, 2011) [text via PreventionWeb]

Exploding the Myths: UNRWA, UNHCR and the Palestine Refugees (Ma'an News Agency, June 2011) [text via PRRN Blog]

Global Phenomenon, Invisible Cases: Human Trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP Observatory on Migration, Feb. 2011) [text]

Memorandum of Understanding between the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

Navigating the Refugee Fact Free Zone (Centre for Policy Development, June 2011) [text]

Shelter from the Storm: A Real-time Evaluation of UNHCR’s Response to the Emergency in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, PDES/2011/07 (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

UNHCR's Contribution to the Secretary-General's Report on Progress and Implementation of the General Assembly Resolution 64/169 on the Initiatives Contributing to the Activities in the Framework of the International Year for People of African Descent (UNHCR, May 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

24 June 2011

Publications: Asylum Seekers/Israel, Failed States, Recommend. re. Racism, Ref. Week Celeb., Resettlement Toolkit, Withdrawal of Ref. Status/S. Africa

Failed States Index 2011 (Fund for Peace, June 2011) [text]

In the Matter of: Lieutenant-General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa’s Presence in South Africa (Southern Africa Litigation Centre, posted June 2011) [text]
- See also related press release.

On the Morality and Legality of Borders: ‘Hot Returns’ and Other Policies Towards Asylum Seekers at the Israeli-Egyptian Border (ExpressO, June 2011) [text]

Reasons to be Cheerful: 10 Things to Celebrate during Refugee Week (OpenDemocracy, June 2011) [text]

UNHCR-NGO Toolkit for Practical Cooperation on Resettlement (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

UNHCR’s Contribution to the Secretary-General’s Report with Recommendations on Global Trends in the Fight against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance to the General Assembly for Its 66th Session Pursuant to A/RES/64/148 (UNHCR, June 2011)[text]
- See also GA Resolution A/RES/64/148.

Tagged Publications.

23 June 2011

World Refugee Day Web Sites/Resources

Think Africa Press launched a special series of articles that examine who a refugee is, some of the many challenges they are confronted with, and the contributions they make to their new environments.

The Guardian produced an interactive map using UNHCR's latest statistics to show where refugees come from, where they go, and how many return.

Refugees International created an interactive online quiz with 15 questions to help readers test their knowledge of refugee issues.

The U.S. State Department's DipNote Blog posted a number of stories from State Dept. employees who were former refugees.

Finally, you can use ReliefWeb to search for any stories that reference "World Refugee Day." From your results list, click on the RSS icon on the right side to generate a customized feed, then subscribe to this feed to receive alerts any time a new reference to WRD appears.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

22 June 2011

More info. on events in June and July

I highlighted several meetings scheduled to take place just after World Refugee Day in an earlier post. At the time, only limited information was available, so I am re-referencing them so readers have a chance to review background papers on issues that will be discussed.

51st Meeting of EXCOM's Standing Committee, Geneva, 21-23 June 2011 [work programme]
- Visit ICVA for a list of documents under discussion; most are not yet available in full-text but they will eventually be posted on the UNHCR web site.

Expert Meeting on International Cooperation to Share Burden and Responsibilities, Amman, 27-28 June 2011 [concept note/draft agenda] [discussion paper]

UNHCR/NGO Consultations, Geneva, 28-30 June 2011 [info]
- Here is the final agenda, the theme of which is "60 Years of Partnerships: The Road Ahead." In addition, background papers for the thematic and regional sessions have now been posted, along with information on two side events (Distance Learning and Strengthening National RSD Systems). Some of the issues to be addressed during the thematic sessions include statelessness among children, urban refugees, resettlement as a protection tool, UNHCR's regional dialogues with women and girls, housing/land/property rights, durable solutions for IDPs, Sudan, and detention.

In addition, some new information on IASFM13, which will be held in Kampala, 3-6 July 2011: A draft programme is now available .xls format. The programme lists all the panels and notes presenters for each. Titles of specific presentations can be located here.

[Photo credit: UNHCR/NGO Consultations, 2010]

Publications: Emerg. Response/UK, Palestinian Ref. & IDPs, Resettlement/Australia, Unacc. Minors & Health, UNHCR GBV Strategy

Action against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: An Updated Strategy (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

Cause for Hope? DFID's Response to the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review, HPG Briefing Note (ODI, June 2011) [text]

Economic, Social and Civic Contributions of First and Second Generation Humanitarian Entrants (National Centre for Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems, University of Adelaide, June 2011) [text via BROCAP]

Q&A: What You Need to Know about Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (Badil, May 2011) [text]

Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers' Health Promotion in a Reception Center: Recommendations for Good Practice, Thesis submitted to Dept. of Health Care (Laurea University of Applied Sciences, 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

21 June 2011

Focus on Statelessness

UNHCR announced recently that Panama will accede to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, which brings the total states parties to 66 and 38, respectively.

Elsewhere, some new publications:

"Addressing Statelessness," Global Report 2010 (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

Children without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge (MIT Press, March 2011) [info]
- Click on the widget to view the table of contents and read sample pages. See also an interview with the editor, Jacqueline Bhabha.

"Nationality and Statelessness," chapter in Foundations of International Migration Law (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2012) [eprint via SSRN]

Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness and Protection of Stateless Persons in the Americas, Doc. No. AG/RES. 2665 (XLI-O/11) (OAS, June 2011) [text via Refworld]

Statelessness: A Hidden Crisis, Fact Sheet (U.S. State Department, May 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Focus on Asylum in Europe

Asylum Improvement Project: Report on Progress (UK Border Agency, May 2011) [text]

Asylum Lawmaking in the EU and Codecision, Paper presented at the 2011 Meeting of the European Public Choice Society, Rennes, France, 28 April-1 May 2011 [text]

En-gendering the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) (Amnesty International et al., May 2011) [text]

Improving Policies in the Field of Asylum and Human Rights Protection in the US and EU, EU-US Immigration Systems, no. 2011/13 (European University Institute, June 2011) [text]

UNHCR Statement on Religious Persecution and the Interpretation of Article 9(1) of the EU Qualification Directive (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

20 June 2011

Focus on Human Trafficking


Preventing Trafficking in Human Beings for Labour Exploitation: Decent Work and Social Justice, Vienna, 20-21 June 2011 [info]
- The 11th High-level Alliance against Trafficking in Persons conference, organized by the OSCE. Parts of the conference will be streamed live.

2011 Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking: What we know and what we need to know, Lincoln, Nebraska, 29 September-1 October 2011 [info]
- The programme will be posted mid-summer. Papers from the conference will be made available via the University of Nebraska's institutional repository.

New Journal Issue:

Revue Internationale de Droit Penal, vol. 81, no. 3/4 (2010) [contents]
- Focus is on human trafficking.


Disposable Victims: How the TVPA Fails to Protect Victims of Human Trafficking (ExpressO, 2011) [text]

Joint United Nations Submission on the Future European Union Comprehensive Anti-Trafficking Strategy (UNHCR et al., May 2011) [text]

Preventing and Combating the Trafficking of Girls in India Using Legal Empowerment Strategies: A Rights Awareness and Legal Assistance Program in Four Districts of West Bengal, June 2010 – March 2011 (IDLO, 2011) [text]

Web Resource:

The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery [access]
- The aim of the project is to "amplify the voices of the victims, highlight success stories and help unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life."

CFP/New Issues of Alert Q., Disasters, JIRS, Rev. Intl. Droit Penal, VOICE,

To mark World Refugee Day and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, a special virtual issue of Disasters has been compiled which gathers together previously published articles on refugees and displaced persons and provides access to them in full-text.

Other new issues:

Alert Quarterly, vol. 12, no. 5 (Spring 2011) [full-text]
- The lead article is "Aid and Accountability: A Necessary Debate." Also includes report from Dagahaley Refugee Camp in Kenya.

Disasters, vol. 35, no. 3 (July 2011) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 9, no. 2 (2011) [contents]
- Includes "When Refugees Don't Go Home: The Situation of Liberian Refugees in Ghana," "Rohingya Refugees to Bangladesh: Historical Exclusions and Contemporary Marginalization," "Humanitarian Alliances: Local and International NGO Partnerships and the Iraqi Refugee Crisis," and "Job Search Methods of Refugees in the Netherlands: Determinants and Consequences." Also includes a book review of The Politics of Innocence: Hutu Identity, Conflict, and Camp Life.

Torture Journal, vol. 21, no. 2 (2011) [full-text]
- Includes "Psychotherapy and psychosocial care of torture survivor refugees in Hungary."

VOICE Out Loud, no. 13 (May 2011) [full-text]
- This issue examines the question "Is Independent Humanitarian Action a Myth?"


Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration [info]
- This is a reminder that submissions for the second issue of this new periodical are due 24 June 2011.

Tagged Periodicals and Events & Opportunities.

Publications: Conservation Refugees, Dadaab Conditions, Fact Sheets, Palestinian Refugees, Pregnancy Outcomes/Thai-Burmese Border

Fact Sheets 2011 (U.S. Department of State, 2011) [access]
- Includes coverage of refugee admissions, protracted refugee situations, Iraqi refugee resettlement and more.

"Improved Pregnancy Outcome in Refugees and Migrants Despite Low Literacy on the Thai-Burmese Border: Results of Three Cross-sectional Surveys," BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 11:45 (June 2011) [open access article]

Locked Out: Palestinian Refugees and the Key to Peace (Christian Aid, June 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

No Way In: The Biggest Refugee Camp in the World is Full (MSF, May 2011) [text]
- See also related article.

A Story of Conservation Refugees: Vulnerability and Coping Strategies, Paper presented at ICARUS II conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 5‐8 May 2011 [text]

Tagged Publications.

World Refugee Day, June 20th

Today is World Refugee Day (WRD). I posted earlier about some of the events that are being planned to honor refugees around the world, not only on this day but during the rest of the week as well.

UNHCR's official WRD campaign is Do 1 Thing. The site provides access to videos and photos, as well as encourages participation in raising awareness of refugee issues. The companion Facebook page offers this badge for people to show their support.

The refugee agency has also released its review of 2010: UNHCR Global Trends 2010; here's the press release. Statistical annexes are available on this page for downloading.

There are so many activities and events taking place to mark WRD 2011 that it is impossible to highlight them all! However, I will include references and links in my regular line-up of posts as I come across them and when they are appropriate and relevant.

17 June 2011

Publications: Burden-sharing, Cash Transfer, Domestic Violence & Asylum, EASO, Education/Uganda, EU Presidency

Cash Transfer Programming in Emergencies, Good Practice Review, no. 11 (HPN, June 2011) [text]

Frequently Asked Questions: The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) (EUROPA, June 2011) [text]

"Insufficient Government Protection: The Inescapable Element in Domestic Violence Asylum Cases," Minnesota Law Review, vol. 95, no. 5 (2011) [full-text]

International Cooperation to Share Burden and Responsibilities, Expert Meeting in Amman, Jordan, 27 and 28 June 2011: Discussion Paper (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

UNHCR’s Recommendations to Poland for its EU Presidency, July – December 2011 (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

Unprepared for Peace: Education in Northern Uganda in Displacement and Beyond: Case Study on Education and Internal Displacement (IDMC, June 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

16 June 2011

Events after the fact


Conference on Asylum Related Questions Regarding Afghanistan, Vienna, 31 March-1 April 2011 [info]
- Scroll down for a link to the Conference Reader and various PowerPoint presentations.

Conference on Displacement and Reconciliation, Ottawa, 9-10 June 2011 [info]
- Two summaries of the conference are provided on the PRRN Blog: Day 1, Day 2

Final Conference of the Project "Transnational advisory and assistance network for asylum seekers under a Dublin process," Brussels, 26 May 2011 [final report]

IDPs in Protracted Displacement: Is Local Integration a Solution? [seminar report]
- Report from the Second Expert Seminar on Protracted Internal Displacement, 19-20 January 2011, Geneva. See also the report containing six case studies commissioned for the seminar, entitled "Resolving internal displacement: Prospects for local integration."

Migration: Economic Change, Social Challenge, London, 6-9 April 2011 [info]
- Video and audio are available via the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM); browse the programme for relevant presentations (e.g., Session D14: Forced Migration), then check here for available papers.

Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century, Oslo, 5-7 June 2011 [info]
- A number of presentations are available via the above link; see also a summary report from IISD.

NIU Law Review Symposium on Human Trafficking, Dekalb, IL, 14-15 April 2011 [info]
- Here is a paper from one of the presenters entitled "On Making Persons: Legal Constructions of Personhood and Their Nexus with Human Trafficking." Other presentations will be published in a future issue of the Northern Illinois University Law Review.

Resettlement as a Durable Solution and Strategic Tool in Protracted Displacement Situations: Transatlantic Views and Visions, Experts Meeting, Washington, DC, 6 June 2011 [summary of proceedings]

15 June 2011

Publications: Boat People/Australia, Detention/UK, IDPs & Land/Colombia, Labor Migration/Cambodia, Palestinians/Egypt

Cambodia's Labor Migration: Analysis of the Legal Framework (Asia Foundation & USAID, April 2011) [text]

Fast Track to Despair: The Unnecessary Detention of Asylum-seekers (Detention Action, May 2011) [text]

"Internal Displacement, Land Restoration, and the Ongoing Conflict in Colombia," Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (June 2011) [full-text]

The Invisible Community: Egypt's Palestinians (al-shabaka, June 2011) [text]

Letter to UNHCR regarding the Refugee/Asylum Seeker Exchange Agreement between Australia and Malaysia (Human Rights Watch, June 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

14 June 2011

Publications: EU Funding & Home Affairs, Forced Migration/Serbia, Internal Displ./Iraq, Intl. Migration/Australia, Statelessness/Kuwait

Challenges of Forced Migration in Serbia: Position of Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, Returnees and Asylum Seekers (Group 484, June 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Managing International Migration in Australia: Human Rights and the 'Last Major Redoubt of Unfettered National Sovereignty'," International Migration Review (forthcoming, 2011) [preprint via SSRN]

Prisoners of the Past: Kuwaiti Bidun and the Burden of Statelessness (Human Rights Watch, June 2011) [text]

Some Reflections on the Institutional Aspects of Responding to Internal Displacement in Iraq (Refugee Cooperation, June 2011) [text]

UNHCR's Observations on Future Arrangements for EU Funding in the Area of Home Affairs after 2013 (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

13 June 2011

Recent Theses

With the growth in research repositories at academic institutions, theses are becoming a bit easier to find online in full-text. Here is a sampling of titles, predominantly from 2011, and by graduates from a diverse cross-section of universities:

  • Analyzing Educational Attainments and Occupational Outcomes of Tibetan Refugees Living in India, Thesis submitted to the Department of Sociology (University of Kentucky, May 2011) [text]
  • Challenges of Reintegrating Returning Refugees: A Case Study of Returnee Access to Land and to Basic Services in Burundi, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education (University of Tromsø, March 2011) [text]
  • Exploring the Education Experiences of Sudanese Refugee Women Living in the United States, Thesis submitted to the Graduate College (Bowling Green State University, May 2011) [text]
  • Finding Meaning in Oral History Sources through Storytelling and Religion: Case Study of Three Cambodian Refugees, Thesis submitted to the Department of History (Concordia University, April 2011) [text]
  • Keeping the Flame of Hope Alight: Refugees and Right to Access to Healthcare Services in South Africa, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Health Sciences (University of the Witwatersrand, March 2011) [text]
  • The Right to Return from Lebanon: Stuck between Statelessness and a Hostile Host Country; Options for Palestinian Refugees, Thesis submitted to Center for Conflict Studies (Universiteit Utrecht, 2011) [text]
  • The State of Statelessness: Justice, Violence, Subjectivity, and Urban Asylum Seeking and Refugee Women in Cairo, Thesis submitted to the Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women's Studies (The American University in Cairo, July 2010) [text]

Tagged Publications.

11 June 2011

Publications: FM & Climate Change, HR/Malta, Migrant Smuggling/W. Africa, Protection/Asia-Pacific, Social Assistance/S. Africa, UK Border Agency Rpt.

Background Paper on Access to Social Assistance for Refugees in South Africa (CoRMSA, Feb. 2011) [text via ACMS]
- Note: Provided in .doc format.

Forced Migration and Climate Change (Immigration Advice & Rights Centre, April 2011) [text]

Refugee Protection in the Asia Pacific Region (SRLAN, 2011) [access]
- New resource page.

Report by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, following his visit to Malta from 23 to 25 March 2011 (Council of Europe, June 2011) [text]

The Role of Organized Crime in the Smuggling of Migrants from West Africa to the European Union (UNODC, posted May 2011) [text]

The Work of the UK Border Agency (November 2010-March 2011) (UK Home Affairs Committee, May 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

10 June 2011

June 20th: World Refugee Day; Refugee Weeks/Australia & UK

UNHCR announced today that the theme of this year's World Refugee Day (WRD) is "One Refugee Without Hope is Too Many." This ties in with an awareness-raising campaign encouraging people to "Do 1 Thing." In its news story entitled "UNHCR plans rich World Refugee Day programme during 60th year," the organization also lists some of the myriad activities planned in different regions around the world to honor refugees. While the main UNHCR web site has not yet posted specific details on its WRD page, UNHCR Australia's public information section provides a glimpse of some of the resource materials that will be used in the campaign.

Both Australia and the UK organize Refugee Weeks to coincide with World Refugee Day. Australia's will run from June 19th to June 25th, while the UK's will begin June 20th and continue through the 26th. Both sites highlight country-wide events, suggest ways to get involved, and provide access to information and resources to learn more about refugees and refugee issues.

Other high-level meetings to be held immediately before and after World Refugee Day include:

Events & Opportunities and Web Sites/Tools.

Multimedia Resources

Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS, June 2011) [access]
- Documentary series on six "Australians who...go on a confronting 25-day journey tracing in reverse the journeys that real refugees have taken to reach Australia." Will be aired June 21-23. The web site also includes an interactive simulation called "Asylum: Exit Australia." See related article on the series.

Helping the Displaced: A Long Road Home (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, May 2011) [access]
- Video podcast from Elizabeth Ferris.

Inside Disaster: Haiti (PTV, 2011) [access]
- "An interactive educational website about the Haiti earthquake and humanitarian work" that was produced as a companion to a three-part documentary. The section on the earthquake itself includes a simulation which requires participants to make decisions as earthquake survivors, aid workers, or journalists. Also included are videos, photos and background information on the earthquake and on humanitarianism generally.

New Videos from Our Detention and Asylum Program (Women's Refugee Commission, June 2011) [access]
- Four new short videos on "some of the most pressing issues facing immigrants and those seeking asylum in the United States."

Refugee Studies Centre Resource DVD (available July 2011) [info]
- Provides free access to RSC publications, or "over 1700 items on 100 countries, most published within the last five years. All publications are available either as web pages or PDF files. They are subdivided by geographical area and by theme, including recent additions on statelessness, environmental change and migration, urban displacement, protection, research and methodology, and many more."

Visit a Virtual Refugee Camp: The City That Shouldn't Exist (Danish Refugee Council, June 2011) [access]
- "An interactive game on Facebook [that] challenges young people to take on the role of a humanitarian aid worker." Presumably this is a re-worked version of the original game that was removed from the web.

[Photo credit: Inside Disaster, "The Haiti Earthquake"]

Publications: AGDM Policy, Aid & Protracted Crises, Art in Camps, Border Controls, Humanitarian Leadership

Age, Gender and Diversity Policy: Working with People and Communities for Equality and Protection (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

Aid Policy: Classifications Questioned in Protracted Crises (IRIN, June 2011) [text]

Border Control and the Limits of the Sovereign State, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 32/2011 (University of Oxford, May 2011) [text via SSRN]

Leadership in Action: Leading Effectively in Humanitarian Operations (ALNAP, June 2011) [text]

Positive Energy: A Review of the Role of Artistic Activities in Refugee Camps, PDES/2011/06 (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

09 June 2011

More June Happenings

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is convening two June workshops to discuss climate-induced migration in Asia and the Pacific, in Geneva on the 9th and in Bangkok on the 16th and 17th.

The RSC's annual Elizabeth Colson lecture will be given by Professor Didier Fassin on the 15th. The theme is "The Vanishing Truth of Refugees."

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is holding back-to-back events on the 20th and the 21st. The first will focus on "Humanitarian Partnerships" and will officially launch the most recent issue the Humanitarian Exchange which featured articles on this theme; the second will discuss DFID's response to the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review.

On the 24th, ORAM will host its second lecture series on "Hidden Topics in LGBTI Asylum and Refugee Law"; more information is available here.

As previously noted, the UNHCR/NGO Consultations take place 28-30 June 2011 in Geneva. Here's the agenda. Asylum Access has scheduled a "Refugee Rights Leadership Training" just before the consultations on 24-26 June 2011, also in Geneva.

Related posts:

Legal Items: Cessation Clauses, Climate Displacement, Economic Persecution, Particular Social Group, Piracy & Asylum Claims

"Forced to Flee and Forced to Repatriate? How the Cessation Clause of Article 1C(5) and (6) of the 1951 Refugee Convention Operates in International Law and Practice," Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, vol. 44, no. 3 (May 2011) [full-text]

"Germany Homeschoolers as 'Particular Social Group': Evaluation Under Current U.S. Asylum Jurisprudence," Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, vol. 34, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]

"A New Standard for Evaluating Claims of Economic Persecution Under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees," Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, vol. 44, no. 2 (March 2011) [full-text]

"Pirates and Impunity: Is the Threat of Asylum Claims a Reason to Allow Pirates to Escape Justice?," Fordham International Law Journal, vol. 34, no. 2 (forthcoming, January 2011) [text via SSRN]

"Review of Climate Change and Displacement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives," New Global Studies, vol. 5, no. 1 (June 2011) [text via bepress; registration required]

Tagged Publications.

08 June 2011

Publications: Africans/Europe, Children in Detention/UK, Displ. Women/Pakistan, Malaria in Kakuma/Kenya, Resettlement/Europe

African Migrants are Drowning in the Mediterranean (Human Rights Comment, June 2011) [text]

Briefing Paper on Flood-displaced Women in Sindh Province, Pakistan (IDMC and NRC, June 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Last Resort or First Resort? Immigration Detention of Children in the UK (Bail for Immigration Detainees, May 2011) [access]

"Malaria in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana, Kenya: Facilitation of Anopheles Arabiensis Vector Populations by Installed Water Distribution and Catchment Systems," Malaria Journal 10:149 (2011) [open access article]

Paving the Way: A Handbook on the Reception and Integration of Resettled Refugees (ICMC, June 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Focus on Australia

A few updates regarding the proposed refugee agreement between Australia and Malaysia:
  • Refugee Protection Needs Ignored in Rush to "Stop the Boats": A Joint Statement by Australian NGOs (Refugee Council of Australia, June 2011) [text]
  • UNHCR Statement: Australia-Malaysia MoU (UNHCR Australia, June 2011) [text]
  • "We Will Judge the Final Standards: Towle," ABC TV Lateline, 2 June 2011 [text]

Other issues:

"Assessment and Management of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in a Refugee Population in the Northern Territory," Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 194, no. 11 (June 2011) [full-text]

Immigration Detention at Villawood (Australian Human Rights Commission, May 2011) [text]
- See also related press release.

"A New Way Home: Refugee Young People and Homelessness in Australia," Journal of Social Inclusion, vol. 2, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]

Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test and Other Provisions) Bill 2011, Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee (UNHCR Australia, May 2011) [text]

"Welcome to Country? Aboriginal Sovereignties and Asylum Seekers," Australian Studies, vol. 3 (2011) [open access article]

And finally, a reminder about next week's conference convened by the UNSW Centre for Refugee Research:

Looking to the Future, Learning from the Past: A Conference to Mark 60 Years of the Refugee Convention, Sydney, 14-17 June 2011 [info] [programme]
- The meeting will include discussions of asylum and settlement issues in Australia and beyond.