31 January 2012

Focus on Statelessness

Czech Republic’s Declarations to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons: Analysis of the consequences of the Czech Republic’s declarations and reservations to Article 27 and Article 28 of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons in respect of the status of stateless persons in the Czech Republic (UNHCR, 2011?) [text]

Human Rights and Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality: Report of the Secretary-General, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/19/43 (UN General Assembly, Dec. 2011) [text via Refworld]

Issues to be Raised Concerning the Situation of Stateless Rohingya Children in Myanmar (Burma) (The Arakan Project, Jan. 2012) [text]

Regional Dialogue on Gender Equality, Nationality and Statelessness: Overview and Key Findings (UNHCR & CRTD-A, Jan. 2012?) [text]

Stateless and Detained in the Netherlands (Statelessness Programme Blog, Jan. 2012) [text]

Ukraine: Time to Accede (Statelessness Programme Blog, Jan. 2012) [text]

World Sees Breakthrough on Tackling Statelessness - UN (AlertNet, Jan. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Focus on Conflict

Conflict Barometer 2010 (Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, 2011) [text]
- Note: The 2011 edition will be published on February 20.

Conflict-Induced Displacement, Understanding the Causes of Flight, Dissertation submitted to the Department of Political Science (University of New Mexico, July 2011) [text]

The Diffusion of Atrocities: A Spatial Analysis on the Role of Refugees, Working Paper, no. 5 (Network of European Peace Scientists, 2011) [text]

Global Report 2011: Conflict, Governance, and State Fragility (Center for Systemic Peace, Dec. 2011) [text]

Peace and Conflict 2012 (Center for International Development and Conflict Management, Jan. 2012) [exec. summary]

"A Taxonomy of Armed Conflict," forthcoming chapter in Research Handbook on International Conflict and Security Law (Edward Elgar, 2012) [eprint via SSRN]

Tagged Publications.

30 January 2012

Focus on Humanitarian Assistance


Upcoming events:

ICVA Annual Conference, Geneva, 19 March 2012 [info]
- The theme is "Adjusting to Reality?"; register by 10 February 2012.

17th International Humanitarian Conference, Geneva, 1-2 March 2012 [info]
- Webster University's annual meeting; this year's theme is "Refugees and Armed Conflict"; registration is open and papers are being accepted.

Event after the fact:

Negotiating Humanitarian Access: How Far to Compromise to Deliver Aid, Washington, DC, 26 Jan. 2012 [info]
- Discussion hosted by the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. A full transcript and video are available.


Developing a Profiling Methodology for Displaced People in Urban Areas (Feinstein International Center, Jan. 2012) [text]
- The final report and two case studies (Thailand and Yemen) are available.

General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance (U.S. Department of State, Jan. 2012) [text]

In Focus: The Future of Aid (AlertNet, Jan. 2012) [access]

UNHCR Operational Guidance on the Use of Special Nutritional Products to Reduce Micronutrient Deficiencies and Malnutrition in Refugee Populations (UNHCR, 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Various Europe-related Items

Recurring themes are forced returns, responsibility sharing, and solidarity... .

Comparative Study on Best Practices in the Field of Forced Return Monitoring (European Commission, Nov. 2011) [text]

Country Information in Asylum Procedures: Quality as a Legal Requirement in the EU (Hungarian Helsinki Committee, 2011) [text via ecoi.net]
- Updated edition of 2007 paper.

Communication on Enhanced Intra-EU Solidarity in the Field of Asylum: An EU Agenda for Better Responsibility-sharing and More Mutual Trust (European Commission, Dec. 2011) [text]

Northern Europe's Complicity in Greece's Migrant Crisis (Open Society Blog, Jan. 2012) [text]

Putting Solidarity to the Test: Assessing Europe’s Response to the Asylum Crisis in Greece, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 231 (UNHCR, Jan. 2012) [text]

Rules Governing Enforced Removals from the UK (House of Commons, Jan. 2012) [text]

You Want to be Free? You Pay Money! Corruption in the Immigration Detention and Asylum System of Ukraine (Border Monitoring Project Ukraine & Pro Asyl, Dec. 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

27 January 2012

Last Minute January Events/More February Events

Comparative Approaches to the Use of International Human Rights Law in Asylum Cases in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, London, 31 January 2012 [info]
- The next lecture in the Refugee Law Initiative's seminar series.

Forced Migration, Statelessness and Issues of Citizenship in South Asia, New Delhi, 22-23 March 2012 [info]
- Application deadline is 31 January 2012.

Using Evidence to Support Traumatised Women Seeking Asylum, London, 7 February 2012 [info]
- Scroll to p. 17; free training by the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law; register by 31 January 2012.

Reminder! CARFMS12: Restructuring Refuge and Settlement - Responding to the Global Dynamics of Displacement, Toronto, 16-18 May 2012 [info]
- The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 31 January 2012.

Ockenden International Lecture, Oxford, 7 February 2012 [info]
- Lecture marking the "establishment of the Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellowship in Refugee Studies and Forced Migration."

Junior International Law Scholars Association, Athens, Georgia, U.S., 10 February 2012 [info] [info]
- Panel 3 will focus on "New Perspectives on Human Rights, Refugee, and International Humanitarian Law."

Transnational Migration and Global Development, 2012 PhD Conference, Bergen, 20-22 June 2012 [info]
- Includes a thematic area on "Segregated zones of living: refugee camps, asylum centers, ghettos." Abstracts must be submitted by 15 February 2012.

Related post:

Focus on Asylum Issues in the U.S. and UK

Credibility Determinations are not Credible (The Asylumist, Jan. 2012) [Part one] [Part two] [Part three]

Discretionary Powers of the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals and Issues Surrounding Particular Social Groups (Birdsong's Law Blog, Jan. 2012) [text]

Guidance for Adjudicating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Refugee and Asylum Claims (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Dec. 2011) [text]

"I feel like as a woman I'm not welcome": A Gender Analysis of UK Asylum Law, Policy and Practice (Asylum Aid, Jan. 2012) [text]

The Interpretation of the Convention Ground of 'Membership of a Particular Social Group' in the Context of Gender-related Claims for Asylum: A Critical Analysis of the Tribunal’s Approach in the UK, Working Paper, no. 3 (Refugee Law Initiative, Jan. 2012) [text]

"Rough Justice: Inside the British Asylum System," Refuge, vol. 27, no. 2 (2010) [full-text]

Tagged Publications.

26 January 2012

New Issues of Conflict & Education, JID, Intl. Migration, Refuge

Conflict and Education, vol. 1, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2011) [full-text]
- Inaugural issue. The journal's purpose is "to promote research and inform policy so that access to, and quality of education delivery in war-affected societies may be improved." Includes "Conflict, Education and Displacement."

International Migration, vol. 50, no. 1 (Feb. 2012) [contents]
- Includes features on "Turkish Migration" and "Diaspora."

Journal of Internal Displacement, vol. 2, no. 1 (Jan. 2012) [open access]
- Contents include "Development induced displacement in the African context: what says the African Union convention?," "The fourth republic, the orgy of violence and the plight of internally displaced persons in Nigeria, 1999-2009," "Return and resettlement of the displaced Pandits in Kashmir, India," "The war against terror and the issue of internally displaced people in Pakistan in the post 9/11 period," and "Politics of the ungoverned: accountability structures for the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon." Also includes one book review. Visitors must register to gain access to the complete texts of articles.

Refuge: Canada's Periodical on Refugees, vol. 27, no. 2 (2010) [full-text]
- Special issue on "Higher Education." Also includes articles on the British asylum system and on EXCOM Conclusions, as well as three book reviews.

Tagged Periodicals.

Health-related Articles

"Epidemiology of Respiratory Viral Infections in Two Long-term Refugee Camps in Kenya, 2007-2010," BMC Infectious Diseases 12:7 (Jan. 2012) [open access text]

"The Hopes of West African Refugees during Resettlement in Northern Sweden: A 6-year Prospective Qualitative Study of Pathways and Agency Thoughts," Conflict and Health 6:1 (Jan. 2012 [open access text]

"An Ill Wind? Climate Change, Migration and Health," Environmental Health Perspectives, Online Ahead of Print (Jan. 2012) [open access text]

"Long-Term Impact of War on Healthcare Costs: An Eight-Country Study," PLoS ONE 7(1): e29603 (Jan. 2012) [open access text]

"A New Clinic Model for Refugee Health Care: Adaptation of Cultural Safety," Rural and Remote Health, vol. 12, art. no. 1826 (Jan. 2012) [open access text]

"Policies and Practices in the Health-related Reception of Quota Refugees in Denmark," Danish Medical Journal, vol. 59, no. 1 (Jan. 2012) [full-text]

"Refugees and Mental Health Care in Africa: What Can Be Done?," African Journal of Traumatic Stress, vol. 2, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 10.

"Somali Refugees, Mental Health and Employability in the South West: Exploring the Barriers to Inclusion," CESR Review (Jan. 2012) [full-text]

Tagged Publications.

25 January 2012

Writing Opportunities

UNHCR's Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES) is now accepting contributions to its working paper series, "New Issues in Refugee Research." Here is the style guide.

In addition, the following journals have issued calls for papers:

Journal of Internal Displacement [info]
- The July 2012 issue will focus on "Forced Migration and Displacement during the Arab Spring." The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2012.

Migration Studies [info]
- This new journal, to be launched in Spring 2013, is seeking contributions; no deadline has been specified.

Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration [info]
- Submissions for the Spring 2012 issue will be accepted until 6 February 2012.

Refuge: Canada's Periodical on Refugees [info]
- Articles are requested for a special issue on the 60th anniversary of the Refugee Convention: "Is the 1951 Convention Outdated?"; deadline is 30 March 2012.

Finally, Forced Migration Review (FMR) is soliciting feedback regarding proposed themes for its forthcoming issues. More information can be found in this FMList posting.

24 January 2012

Focus on Children, Education



Comparative Study on Practices in the Field of Return of Minors (ECRE & Save the Children, Dec. 2011) [text via Refworld]
- See also related checklist. For more information about this project, visit ECRE's web page.

Higher Education for Refugees. Special issue of Refuge: Canada's Periodical on Refugees, vol. 27, no. 2 (2010) [full-text]

Landing in Dover: The Immigration Process Undergone by Unaccompanied Children Arriving in Kent (Children's Commissioner of England, Jan. 2012) [text]

Seeking Support: A Guide to the Rights and Entitlements of Separated Children, 4th ed. (Coram Children's Legal Centre, Jan. 2012) [text]
- See also related web site.

"Supporting Refugee Students in Schools: What Constitutes Inclusive Education?," International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol. 16, no. 1 (2012) [preprint]

Voice of Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers on Guardianship: A Study on Guardians of Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers in Cyprus (Hope for Children, 2011) [text via Terre des Hommes]

We Have Arrived: A Dialogue with Young Refugees in Germany (UNHCR, Dec. 2011) [text]

Winding Pathways: Supporting Refugee Students in High School - A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of One EAL Teacher in Manitoba, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (University of Manitoba, Dec. 2011) [text]

Forthcoming publication:

"I just want to study": Access to Higher Education for Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Refugee Support Network, Jan. 2012) [info]

Web site:

Irregular Voices: Snapshots of the everyday lives of migrant children in Britain [access]
- "This is the blog of the 'Migrant Children in the UK' project at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford."

23 January 2012

Focus on MENA


The Arab Spring and the Death Toll in the Mediterranean: The True Face of Fortress Europe (StateWatch, Jan. 2012) [text]

The EU's Self-interested Response to Unrest in North Africa: The Meaning of Treaties and Readmission Agreements between Italy and North African States (StateWatch, Jan. 2012) [text]

Real Time Evaluation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Response to the MENA Civil Unrest (IFRC, Aug. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Year of Rebellion: The State of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa (Amnesty International, Jan. 2012) [text]

Upcoming events & opportunities:

The Arab Spring and Beyond: Human Mobility, Forced Migration and Institutional Responses, Oxford, 20 March 2012 [info]

CFP: Journal of Internal Displacement [info]
- Special focus on "Forced Migration and Displacement during the Arab Spring." The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2012.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2012

Human Rights Watch has released its annual World Report for 2012, which "summarizes human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide in 2011." The introduction focuses on the Arab Spring and is accompanied by various multimedia resources available online.

Visitors can download the full report, browse by country, and read thematic essays. Previous editions are available here.

Tagged Publications.

18 January 2012

ETDs in Cultural Anthropology, Education, Intl. Migration & Ethnic Relations, Law, Political Science, Social Sciences,

Caught in the Borderlands: Discursive, Bodily, and Collective Frontiers of Violence and Suffering of Eritrean Refugees in Israel, Thesis submitted to the Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Utrecht University, Dec. 2011) [text]

"Environmental Refugees," Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Social Sciences Department (California Polytechnic State University, Winter 2011) [text]

Migration and Asylum in the Accession Process of Turkey to the EU: A Case of 'Securitisation' According to the Copenhagen and the Paris Schools of Critical Security Studies?, Thesis submitted to the Political Science Department (Lund University, 2011) [text]

"The Political Construction of Climate Change Induced Migrants: A Study of the Connection between Immigration/Asylum and Climate Change in the EU," Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Department of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (Malmö University, Spring 2010) [text]

"Refugeeship" - A Project of Justification: Claiming Asylum in England and Sweden, Dissertation submitted to the Department of Education (Stockholm University, 2011) [text]

Turkey: Between Eden and Hades/Revisiting Nation State Practice through the Field of Asylum in Turkey and its Path to EU Accession, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Law (Lund University, Spring 2011) [text]

Turkey's Asylum Policy in the Light of EU Accession: The Impact of its Geographical Limitation to the Geneva Convention, Thesis submitted to the Department of Political Science (Lund University, 2011) [text]

Women in the Asylum-seeking Process: The Gender Aspects of the Czech Republic's Asylum Policy, Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Department of Political Science (Masaryk University, Nov. 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Focus on Development-induced Displacement


A Critique of the Global Literature on the Conservation Refugee Problem, Thesis submitted to the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences (Victoria University of Wellington, 2011) [text]

"Development Induced Displacement in the African Context: What Says the African Union Convention?," Journal of Internal Displacement, vol. 2, no. 1 (2012) [access]
- Full-text available upon registration.

"A New Path Forward: Researching and Reflecting on Forced Displacement and Resettlement - Report on the International Resettlement Conference: Economics, Social Justice, and Ethics in Development-Caused Involuntary Migration, The Hague, 4–8 October 2010," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Access, 5 Jan. 2012 [abstract]
- Note: Here is the programme for the conference.

"Report on Development-induced Displacement in India," Chapter 8 in Ending the Displacement Cycle: Finding Durable Solutions through Return and Resettlement (Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, June 2011) [text]
- Scroll to p. 97.

"The Role of External Actors in Development-induced Displacement in Myanmar," Chapter 7 in Ending the Displacement Cycle: Finding Durable Solutions through Return and Resettlement (Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, June 2011) [text]
- Scroll to p. 83.

"Waiting Here for Death": Forced Displacement and "Villagization" in Ethiopia’s Gambella Region (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications.

17 January 2012

Events after the fact

2011 Refugee Conference Youth Forum: Celebrating the Voices of Young People from Refugee Backgrounds (Centre for Refugee Research, Sept. 2011) [conf. report]

Atelier de Réflexion sur les Solutions Durables pour des Personnes Déplacées Internes, Bujumbura, Dec. 2011 [workshop report]

Between Protracted and Crisis Displacement: Policy Responses to Somali Displacement, Nairobi, Nov. 2011 [conf. report]

Conference Report on the Involvement of the Private Security Sector in Humanitarian Assistance Operations in Africa, Addis Ababa, Sept. 2011 [text]

EASO Consultative Forum, Valletta, Dec. 2011 [access]
- Archived webcasts of the discussions; see also relevant posts on the EASO Monitor blog.

Panel on Migrants in Crisis Situations: Human Security Concerns, New York, Dec. 2011 [access]
- Follow link for presentations and background materials.

Risk, Adaptation and Innovation in Humanitarian Action, New York, Dec. 2011 [access]
- Visit link for presentations and final report. See also related comment on Global Observatory.

"Seeking Asylum in Europe," Panel at PES Progressive Convention, Brussels, Nov. 2011 [info] [panel report]

"Urbanisation, Displacement & Humanitarian Action," Paper presented at World Conference of Humanitarian Studies, Boston, June 2011 [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Focus on the Caucasus

Armenia: Living on the Edge (Institute for War & Peace Reporting, Dec. 2011) [access]
- "Images of refugees settled in border areas of Armenia."

Azerbaijan: A Long Displacement (Institute for War & Peace Reporting, Nov. 2011) [access]
- "Video: Hardship, but hope too, among Azerbaijanis driven from their homes by 1990s war."

Azerbaijan - Building Assets and Promoting Self Reliance: The Livelihoods of Internally Displaced Persons (World Bank, Oct. 2011) [text]

"Can You Be an IDP for Twenty Years?" A Comparative Field Study on the Protection Needs and Attitudes Towards Displacement Among IDPs and Host Communities in Azerbaijan (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Dec. 2011) [text]

Forced Displacement in the Nagorny Karabakh Conflict: Return and its Alternatives (Conciliation Resources, Aug. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

"From Solidarity to Solutions: The Government Response to Internal Displacement in Georgia," Case Study in From Responsibility to Response: Assessing National Approaches to Internal Displacement (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Nov. 2011) [text]
- Scroll to p. 179.

Individual Rights, Societal Choices: Confronting Legacies of Displacement in the Nagorny Karabakh Conflict (Conciliation Resources, Nov. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Tagged Publications.

February Events & Opportunities


CFP: The Future of Multiculturalism: Structures, Integration Policies and Practices, Surrey, UK, 26-27 June 2012 [info]
- The deadline for submitting an abstract is 1 February 2012.

Part-time Research Assistantship on Methodology and the Production of Knowledge in Forced Migration Contexts, Centre for Refugee Studies [info]
- Apply by 3 February 2012.

Regional Conference of Australasian Chapter, IARLJ, Melbourne, 3 February 2012 [info]
- "The conference is intended to address current issues of practice, procedure and law impacting upon the work of members and to provide both a training opportunity and an opportunity to exchange views on issues of current importance."

Job Vacancy: ECRE Secretary-General [info]
- Apply by 5 February 2012.

CFP: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration [info]
- Closing date for submissions is 6 February 2012.

"Whose Country is it Anyway? Opportunities and Challenges for Visible Migrants and Refugees in Rural and Regional Australia," Melbourne, 9 February 2012 [info]
- Free public forum that precedes academic conference indicated in this earlier post.

Third Annual University of California Conference on International Migration: Politics and Governance, San Diego, California, 10 February 2012 [info]
- Includes a panel on "Refugees and Security."

From DR Congo to Tel-Aviv: A Story of Congolese Refugees, Activism and Microfinance, Oxford, 24 February 2012 [info]
- Presented by the Oxford Central Africa Forum (OCAF) and the Refugee Studies Centre.

CFP: "Power, Representation, and Identity: Narratives by, about, and around Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Persons," 2012 Centre for Refugee Studies Graduate Student Conference, Toronto, 20-21 April 2012 [info]
- Submit an abstract by 28 February 2012.

Call for Nominations: Nansen Refugee Award [info]
- The deadline for submissions is 29 February 2012.

16 January 2012

More January Events & Opportunities

The Refugee Studies Centre's seminar series on environmental displacement kicks off on 18 January 2012 with "Environmental Displacement: Future Scenarios and Modes of Protection Re-examined."

Other happenings include:

A Long Way from Home? The Rural and Regional Resettlement Experiences of Visible Migrants and Refugees, Melbourne, 10 February 2012 [info]
- Deadline for early bird registration is 20 January 2012.

Reminder! Job Vacancy: Director, Fahamu Refugee Programme, Oxford, UK [info]
- Start date: ASAP; deadline for applications is 20 January 2012.

Is UNHCR Becoming a Migration Agency? An Analysis of UNHCR's Engagement in 'Mixed Movements', Oxford, 23 January 2012 [info]
- A special seminar hosted by the RSC.

Negotiating Humanitarian Access: How Far to Compromise to Deliver Aid, Washington, DC, 26 January 2012 [info]
- Panel discussion hosted by the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

CARFMS12: Restructuring Refuge and Settlement - Responding to the Global Dynamics of Displacement, Toronto, 16-18 May 2012 [info]
- The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 31 January 2012.

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

14 January 2012

Protection-related Issues

"Considering the Totality of the Circumstances for Asylum Applicants: Why the Bars to Asylum Are in Desperate Need of Reform," University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, vol. 88, no. 2 (Winter 2010) [full-text]

The Experience of Refugee Claimants at Refugee Hearings at the Immigration and Refugee Board (Canadian Council for Refugees, Jan. 2012) [text]

"Perdomo v. Holder: A Step Forward in Recognizing Gender as a 'Particular Social Group' Per Se," Boston College Law Review, vol. 52, eSupp. (2011) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 109.

The Search for the Least Bad Asylum Seeker Policy (Left, Right, Left Blog, Dec. 2011) [text]

Struggling to Survive: Sexual Exploitation of Displaced Women and Girls in Port au Prince, Haiti (MADRE et al., Jan. 2012) [access]

Note: Here are a few other related studies that were conducted earlier:
  • Driven by Desperation: Transactional Sex as a Survival Strategy in Port-au-Prince IDP Camps (UNHCR, May 2011) [text]
  • Recommendations to Reduce Sexual Violence in Haitian Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) Camps, New Voices in Public Policy, vol. v (School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Spring 2011) [text]
  • Sexual Violence in Haiti's IDP Camps: Results of a Household Survey (Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, March 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

13 January 2012

New Issues of AWR, Conflict Tr., Disasters, Intl. J. Contemp. Iraqi Studies, J. Applied Res. Children, Refugee Watch

AWR Bulletin, vol. 49, no. 4 (2011) [contents]
- Focus is on integration. Includes "Integration of Chechen refugees in Poland."

Conflict Trends, no. 4 (2011) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

Disasters, vol. 36, no. 1 (Jan. 2012) [free full-text]
- Mix of articles including "Preventing corruption in humanitarian assistance: perceptions, gaps and challenges."

International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, vol. 5, no. 2 (Nov. 2011) [contents]
- Special issue on Iraqi displacement.

Journal of Applied Research on Children, vol. 2, no. 1 (2011) [open access]
- Focus is on human trafficking.

Refugee Watch, no. 38 (Dec. 2011) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Disasters and Displacement: Gaps in Protection" and "Patterns of Internal Displacement in Nepal."

Tagged Periodicals.

Update on Statelessness


UNHCR welcomes Georgia's accession to the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons (UNHCR, Dec. 2011) [text]
- The 1954 convention now has 71 parties, while the 1961 convention now has 42 state parties.


Invisible Citizens: Humiliation and a Life in the Shadows: A Legal and Policy Study on Statelessness in Lebanon (Frontiers Ruwad, Jan. 2012) [text]

Looking Back on 2011, an Historic Year for Statelessness (Statelessness Programme Blog, Jan. 2012) [text]

The Right to Nationality (ICHRP Blog, Dec. 2011) [text]

Waking Up Stateless in Jerusalem (Huffington Post, Dec. 2011) [text]

We May Be Stateless but We Are not Voiceless (openDemocracy, Dec. 2011) [text]


Breakthrough on Statelessness (UNHCR, Dec. 2011) [access]

Tagged Publications.

12 January 2012

Last Minute Opportunity: Head of EASO Information Centre

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is seeking a Head for its Information, Documentation and Analysis Centre. Here is the job description; applications are due 16 January 2012.

For a better understanding of EASO's mission and goals, refer to its Work Programme for 2012. More information about EASO generally can be found via the EASO Monitor blog.

Focus on Economic Aspects, Employment Issues


The Cost of Living: An Analysis of the Time and Money Spent by Refugees Accessing Services in Nairobi, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 230 (UNHCR, Jan. 2012) [text]

"Direct Costs of a Single Case of Refugee-imported Measles in Kentucky," Vaccine, vol. 30, no. 2 (Jan. 2012) [abstract]

An Economic Perspective on the Refugee Crisis in Africa's Horn (Brookings Institution, Sept. 2011) [text]

Empowering Congolese Refugee Women in the Western Cape through Microfinance, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (University of Stellenbosch, March 2011) [text]

Putting Down Roots: A Case Study of the Participation of Somali Bantu Refugees in the Global Gardens Refugee Farming Project in Boise, Idaho, Thesis submitted to the Dept. of International Studies (University of Oregon, June 2011) [text]
- Note: Open access is embargoed until June 2012.

"Refugee and Asylum Seeker Self Harm with Implications for Transition to Employment Participation: A Review," Suicidologi, vol. 16, no. 3 (2011) [full-text]

A Selected Bibliography (with hyperlinks) on the Right to Work of Asylum Seekers (Right to Work for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Blog, Jan. 2012) [text]

"Struggle for Recognition: Bosnian Refugees' Employment Experiences in Sweden," Refugee Survey Quarterly, Advance Access, 9 Jan. 2012 [abstract]

Upcoming event:

"Cents-ible Justice: Affordable Solutions for Refugees and Immigrants," CCR Spring Consultation 2012, Fredericton, Canada, 31 May-2 June 2012 [info]
- "In these tough economic times how do we ensure that refugees are treated fairly and honourably, in a process that is independent and affordable? How can we promote immigration policies and practices that avoid unnecessary costs for newcomers and the Canadian taxpayer?"

11 January 2012

Focus on Asia

Refugees International (RI) has just released a new report called "Burma: An Opportunity to Expand Humanitarian Space." In addition, the Women's Foreign Policy Group will host a brown bag lunch on Friday, which will feature a presentation by one of the report's authors, Lynn Yoshikawa, who just returned from Burma.


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Inside Story, Dec. 2011) [text]

Ending the Displacement Cycle: Finding Durable Solutions through Return and Resettlement (Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, June 2011) [text]
- This report came out of a workshop held 28–29 January 2011 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

"Human Insecurities or Liabilities? The Changing Security Paradigms and the Case of the North Korean Refugees," Chapter in Human Security: Securing East Asia’s Future (Springer, Jan. 2012) [info]

"Migration Control and the Solutions Impasse in South and Southeast Asia: Implications from the Rohingya Experience," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Access (15 Dec. 2011) [abstract]

A Primer on North Korea (Birdsong's Law Blog, Jan. 2012) [text]

Rohingya Refugees and Thailand’s 'Push-Back' (Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies, Dec. 2011) [text]


APRRN Newsletter (Dec. 2011) [full-text]
- Reports news and updates from the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

Refugee Watch, no. 38 (Dec. 2011) [contents]
- Includes articles on India and Nepal.

Refugee Watch Online (Dec. 2011) [full-text]
- Focus is on refugees in Nepal.

ETDs in Development Studies, Education, History, Intl. Studies, Law, Medicine, Social Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Women's Studies

A Decade Later: The Mental Health Picture of Bosnian Refugees Living in the United States, Dissertation submitted to the College of Education (Pennsylvania State University, Aug. 2011) [text]

Les Déterminants de la Santé des Personnes Exposées à des Crises Majeures: Le Cas des Déplacés Internes au Burundi, Dissertation submitted to the Faculté de médecine (Université de Montréal, issued July 2011) [text]

O Esquecimento do Passado por Refugiados Africanos = The Forgetting of the Past by African Refugees, Thesis submitted to the Institute of Psychology (Universidade de São Paulo, 2011) [text]

Getting Beyond Politics and Bad Blood: The Protection of Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia, Thesis submitted to the Department of Law (American University in Cairo, May 2011) [text]

The Grassroots Pro-Asylum Seeker Movement in the Republic of Ireland: A Social Movement Perspective, Dissertation submitted to the Dept. of Sociology (National University of Ireland Maynooth, Dec. 2011) [text]

Greeting the Stranger: Examining the (Un)familiar in Australia’s Detention History, Undergraduate thesis submitted to the Dept. of History (Univ. of Sydney, Oct. 2011) [text]

Resettlement Challenges and Gender: A Case Study of Liberian Refugees in Nova Scotia, Thesis submitted to the Department of International Development Studies (Dalhousie University, issued April 2011) [text]

A Social Ecology of Stress and Coping among Homeless Refugee Families, Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School (Univ. of Minnesota, Aug. 2011) [text]

They Are in Silence: Refugee Women's Narratives, Thesis submitted to the Department of Women's and Gender Studies (University of Louisville, May 2011) [text]

Masters Internship reports:

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Rights (Univ. of Sydney, Dec. 2011) [text]

To What Extent Does the Securitisation of Asylum Seekers Contribute to Australia’s Failure to Meet its Relevant International Human Rights Obligations? (Univ. of Sydney, Dec. 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

10 January 2012

Focus on Climate/Environmental Migration


Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict: Addressing Complex Crisis Scenarios in the 21st Century (Center for American Progress, Jan. 2012) [access]
- "This report provides the foundation and overview for a series of papers focusing on the particular challenges posed by the cumulative effects of climate change, migration, and conflict in some of our world’s most complex environments. ...In this paper we detail that nexus across our planet and offer wideranging recommendations about how the United States, its allies in the global community, and the community at large can deal with the coming climate-driven crises with comprehensive sustainable security solutions encompassing national security, diplomacy, and economic, social, and environmental development."

Migration and Global Environmental Change: Review of Drivers of Migration. Special issue of Global Environmental Change, vol. 21, supp. 1 (Dec. 2011) [free full-text]
- "In this special issue we focus particularly on the factors which drive migration and the extent to which these are influenced by changing environments and risks. Together, they provide evidence to support the notion that migration influenced by environmental change cannot be separated from migration associated with a range of other drivers."

The State of Environmental Migration 2010, IDDRI Study, no. 7 (Sciences Po & IOM, Dec. 2011) [text]
- "[O]ur objective in assembling this volume has been to provide empirical evidence on the linkages between environmental change and migration. While media reports often capture the basic facts on the ground, our student-authors have dug further and unearthed answers to more fundamental questions. Who moved, and under what circumstances? What sort of assistance did they receive, and from whom? Was return migration possible, and if not, where are those displaced now living?"


Climate Change Adaptation in a Post-Durban World (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Jan. 2012) [access]
- Audio of a panel discussion.

The Nexus of Climate Change, Migration, and Security: Overlapping Problems Need a New Approach (Center for American Progress, Jan. 2012) [access]
- Video of a panel discussion.

Focus on Human Trafficking

The following new books focus on various aspects of human trafficking:

Child Exploitation and Trafficking Examining the Global Challenges and U.S. Responses (Rowman & Littlefield, Jan. 2012) [info]

From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Reframing Contemporary Slavery (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, Dec. 2011) [info]

Human Rights and Migration: Trafficking for Forced Labour (Palgrave Macmillan, Dec. 2012) [info]

Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities (CRC Press, Dec. 2011) [info]

Other recent resources include:

Human Trafficking in Mexico and Neighbouring Countries: A Review of Protection Approaches, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 229 (UNHCR, Jan. 2012) [text]

Michigan Journal of International Law, vol. 33, no. 1 (2011) [full-text]
- Features articles from a symposium on "Successes and Failures in International Human Trafficking Law."

Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking: An Overlooked Issue, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of International Studies (Salve Regina University, 2011) [text]

More 'Trafficking,' Less 'Trafficked': Trafficking for Exploitation Outside the Sex Sector in Europe (GAATW, 2011) [text]

Sex Trafficking: Victims Unique Experiences and Psychosocial Needs Post Trafficking, Undergraduate Thesis in Sociology (Ohio State University, Dec. 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

09 January 2012

Protection Issues: Cessation, Conscientious Objection, Detention


Guidelines on Exemption Procedures in respect of Cessation Declarations (UNHCR, Dec. 2011) [text]

Note on Suspension of "General Cessation" Declarations in respect of Particular Persons or Groups Based on Acquired Rights to Family Unity (UNHCR, Dec. 2011) [text]

Cessation Clauses - Rwandans:

"Report of Meeting Granted by UNHCR Officials to Delegation of Rwandan Refugee Organisations," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 22 (Jan. 2012) [text]
- Scroll to p. 11.

UNHCR's Most Recent Statement on the Rwandan Cessation Clause (SRLAN, posted Jan. 2012) [text]

Conscientious Objection:

International Standards on Conscientious Objection to Military Service (Quaker United Nations Office, Nov. 2011) [text]

Les personnes refusant de servir doivent obtenir l’asile (OSAR, Dec. 2011) [text]


The Human and Financial Cost of Detention of Asylum-seekers in Canada (Univ. of Ottawa, Dec. 2011) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Focus on Shelter/Housing

After the Deluge: Gender and Early Recovery Housing in Sindh, Pakistan, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 228 (UNHCR, Jan. 2012) [text]

"Between Control and Assistance: The Problem of European Accommodation Centres for Asylum Seekers," International Migration, forthcoming (posted Jan. 2012) [preprint via SSRN]

Home: From Displacement Camps to Community in Haiti (Other Worlds, Jan. 2012) [text]

Literature Review for Shelter after Disaster (Shelter Centre et al., 2011) [text]

Transitional Shelter Guidelines, draft for review (Shelter Centre, DFID, IOM, 2011) [text]
- Revised version will be made available early this year.

Tagged Publications.

Focus on Humanitarian Assistance

ALNAP is requesting input for its next State of the Humanitarian System report, which is due to be published in early Summer 2012. Surveys are available for humanitarian practitioners with international aid agencies, national/regional aid agencies, and governments, and for aid recipients.


A Partnership at Risk? The UN-NGO Relationship in Light of UN Integration (Norwegian Refugee Council, Dec. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Reference Guide: Normative Developments on the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance in the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council since the Adoption of General Assembly Resolution 46/182 (2nd Edition) (OCHA, Nov. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

"We’re Not in the Field Anymore": Adapting Humanitarian Efforts to an Urban World
- Background paper for 27th ALNAP Meeting, Chennai, India, 17-19 Jan. 2012 [text]

Winning Hearts and Minds? Examining the Relationship between Aid and Security in Afghanistan (Feinstein International Center, Jan. 2012) [text]

Past event:

Risk, Adaptation and Innovation in Humanitarian Action, New York, 12-13 Dec. 2011 [info]
- See OCHA news story and related comment.  Follow the link above for presentations and final report.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

06 January 2012

Last Minute January Opportunities

Undergraduate Bursaries Available for Asylum Seekers, Dependents & People with DLR [info]
- Support for undergraduate study at various universities in the UK; apply by 15 January 2012.

Job vacancy: Part-time Managing Editor, Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees, Toronto, Canada [info]
- Start date 1 February 2012; apply by 16 January 2012.

Job vacancy: Director, Fahamu Refugee Programme, Oxford, UK [info]
- Start date: ASAP; deadline for applications is 20 January 2012; early application is encouraged.

Danish Presidency of the EU

Denmark took over the EU Presidency at the start of the new year. One of its goals is to "finalise the Common European Asylum System by the end of 2012." (For more, see "Asylum and Migration," pp. 42-44.)

Additional information on existing EU approaches to asylum and migration is available in the Justice and Home Affairs section of the Danish Presidency web site.

Recommendations on specific aspects of the EU's asylum policy have been published by both ECRE and UNHCR.

The latter's recommendations begin by referencing the recent Declaration on the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, in which the EU "reaffirms its commitment to this unique instrument as the foundation of the international regime for the protection of refugees," "recalls its commitment to the development of a common policy on asylum based on the full and inclusive application of the 1951 Convention, and reaffirms its attachment to the absolute respect of the right to asylum," and "reiterates its commitment to further developing the Common European Asylum System based on high protection standards combined with fair and effective procedures."