31 January 2013

New Issue of IJRL

The latest issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL) is now available.  Contents for vol. 24, no. 4, Dec. 2012 include:

  • Addressing Internal Displacement through National Laws and Policies: A Plea for a Promising Means of Protection [abstract]
  • State Responsibility Beyond Borders: What Legal Basis for Italy’s Push-backs to Libya? [abstract]
  • Where Disability and Displacement Intersect: Asylum Seekers and Refugees with Disabilities [abstract] [conf. paper]
  • The Internal Protection Alternative under European Union Law: Examining the Recast Qualification Directive [abstract]
  • North Korean Asylum Seekers and Dual Nationality [abstract]
  • HJ (Iran) and HT (Cameroon) – Reflections on a new test for sexuality-based asylum claims in Britain [abstract] [conf. paper]
  • Does IHL Prohibit the Forced Displacement of Civilians during War? [abstract]

Three book reviews are also available.

Tagged Periodicals.  

More Events & Opportunities: February 2013

UNHCR Consultancy on "Review of UNHCR’s engagement with the UN human rights mechanisms and evaluation of the impact of the use of human rights tools in UNHCR operations," Geneva [info] [info]
- Note: The TOR was originally posted on the PDES Facebook page on 31 Jan. 2013.  Scroll down to locate the announcement.  The timing of the study is negotiable.

Seeking Security: Australia’s Refugee Policy in a Time of Complexity and Change, Melbourne, 13 February 2013 [info]
- Please RSVP.

Multiple Online Courses, Human Rights Education Associates [access]
- Follow the link to view details of a wide variety of e-learning courses offered by HREA, including on "Forced Migration," "Human Trafficking and Smuggling," "Psychosocial Consequences of Migration and Asylum," and "EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policies."  The registration deadline for most of these is 15 February 2013.

Improving Communication between Aid Agencies and Crisis-affected People, London, 20 February 2013 [info]
- This event will also be streamed live.

Grants Manager, IDMC, Geneva [info]
- Closing date for applications is 25 February 2013.

Short Course on Refugee Law, Bangkok, 8-12 April 2013 [info]
- Application deadline is 28 February 2013.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: Feb. 2013

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

World Report 2013

Human Rights Watch has published its 2013 World Report.  One of the main themes of the report is "How to Build Rights-Respecting Democracies after the Dictator Falls."  Read the press release and view the launch video for more information.

In addition to summaries of the human rights conditions in more than 90 countries and territories during 2012, the 665-page volume includes essays on children's rights, corporate accountability and LGBT rights. The report's web site also showcases photo exhibits on disability rights in Russia, the hazards of gold mining in Nigeria, and xenophobia in Greece.

Previous editions are available here.

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Detention

The Detention of Vulnerable People: Human Rights Breaches in the UK (Detention Forum, Dec. 2012) [text]

Immigration Detention Working Group, Asia Pacific Regional Workshop, Bangkok, 23-24 October 2012 [text]

"Island Detentions," Special issue of Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, vol. 6, no. 2 (2012) [full-text]

"Migration, Nationality and Detention," Special issue of Prison Service Journal, no. 205 (Jan. 2013) [full-text]

Roadmap for Change - How We Will Challenge Immigration Detention  (Detention Forum, Dec. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Statelessness

Addressing Statelessness in Europe: Kick-off Seminar of the European Network on Statelessness, Budapest, 19-21 Nov. 2012 [info]
- Follow the link for the programme, a factsheet on protecting stateless persons, and five presentations.

Engaging the Human Rights World on Statelessness (ENS Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Recommendations of the African Union Symposium on "Citizenship in Africa: Preventing Statelessness, Preventing Conflicts," Nairobi, 22-24 October 2012 [text via Refworld]

A Responsibility to Protect: UNHCR and Statelessness in Egypt, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 250 (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]

Solving Statelessness in Southern Africa (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]
- See also related profile of stateless man in South Africa.

"Statelessness and Economic and Social Rights," Chapter 9 in The State of Economic and Social Human Rights: A Global Overview (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming Feb. 2013) [info]

Statelessness Status Determination in Italy: Quality Assurance Needed! (ENS Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

30 January 2013

Thematic Focus: Climate Change

Arctic Indigenous Peoples, Displacement, and Climate Change: Tracing the Connections, Washington, DC, 30 Jan. 2013 [access]
- Follow the link for a background paper and three case studies on indigenous communities in Alaska, the Russian North and Scandinavia.

The Big Thaw (Brookings Institution, Jan. 2013) [text]
- Memorandum written as part of "Big Bets and Black Swans: A Presidential Briefing Book."

*"Challenges Relating to Climate Change Induced Displacement," UNHCR remarks given at conference on Millions of People without Protection: Climate Change Induced Displacement in Developing Countries, Berlin, 29 January 2013 [text]

Climate Refugees in the 21st Century (Regional Academy on the United Nations, Dec. 2012) [text]

Displacement, Migration, and Climate Change: The Discussion at COP18 (Yale Climate & Energy Institute, Dec. 2012) [text]

Does International Law Provide Adequate Protections to Refugees? Climate Change, Displacement and International Law: The Protection Gap and How to Close It (e-IR, Dec. 2012) [text]

"Policy Arena: Environmentally Induced Migration, Vulnerability and Human Security: Consensus, Controversies and Conceptual Gaps for Policy Analysis," Feature section in Journal of International Development, vol. 24, no. 8 (Nov. 2012) [contents]

Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (Catholic Relief Services, 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]


Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

New Book Titles

I have posted information about several books due to be published in February over on my Pinterest page.  I've also added titles for more books with January 2013 publication dates.  Please note that some of the books are highlighted because they include a relevant chapter on forced migration; I try to point this out in the caption.

As you may have noticed, many publication dates are estimates.  I generally go by the ones indicated on publishers' pages, rather than those noted by Amazon or Google Books.  However, these can slip for various reasons.  When I catch a change, I move the book to the new date category accordingly, so that's why you may see a title popping up in different places!  

Tagged Publications. 

29 January 2013

Regional Focus: Asia

Upcoming opportunity:

Short Course on Refugee Law, Bangkok, 8-12 April 2013 [info]
- Application deadline is 28 February 2013.


Disaster-induced Internal Displacement in the Philippines: The Case of Tropical Storm Washi/Sendong (IDMC, Jan. 2013) [text]

Feet of Clay: Aung San Suu Kyi, UNHCR and the Rohingya Refugees (Footsteps to Freedom Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Promoting Psychosocial Resilience among Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal: A Study of Ethnopsychology, Coping Strategies, and Community Resources 2011-2012 (Transcultural Psychosocial Organization-Nepal, 2012) [text]

Refugee Watch Online (Jan. 2013) [full-text]
- News and views on displaced people in South Asia.

Working Differently in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations: The ADB Experience (Asian Development Bank, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Syria

An International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria will be held tomorrow in Kuwait City.  In advance of the conference, the U.S. has just pledged $155 million, while the EU has promised €100 million. The UN is seeking a total of $1.5 billion in assistance. You can monitor funding on the Syria Information Hub and via the Financial Tracking Service.

More information on the role the European Union has played in the Syrian crisis, in terms of both humanitarian aid and accepting refugees, is available on the newly launched web site from the Migration Policy Centre: "Syrian Refugees: A Snapshot of the Crisis - in the Middle East and Europe."


Hospitals and Doctors under Attack in Syria: Q&A with the Chair of the Humanitarian Aid Committee for the Syrian Expatriates Organization (Migration Information Source, Jan. 2013) [text]
- Audio of the Q&A is also available.

Kurdistan’s Syrian Refugee Crisis (Cato Institute, Jan. 2013) [text]

Syria’s Afghan Refugees Trapped in a Double Crisis (UN Dispatch, Jan. 2013) [text]

Syrian Refugees: Facts and Figures (Library of the European Parliament, Dec. 2012) [text]

UN: To Avoid Tensions with Refugees, Lebanese Hosts Need Support (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Economic/Work Issues

Economic Empowerment of Urban Refugee Youth: Guiding Principles (Women's Refugee Commission, Jan. 2013) [access]
- Follow the link for access to the text of the Guiding Principles, an executive summary and a presentation about them.  See also related blog post.

"The Economic Security of Refugees and IDPs: Social Capital, Remittances and Humanitarian Assistance," Chapter in Global Migration: Challenges in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2012) [info]

"The Economics of Forced Migration," Journal of Development Studies, Forthcoming (SSRN, Jan. 2013) [preprint]
- See also related COMPAS blog post.

Making Work Safe: Safety Mapping Tool (Women's Refugee Commission, Jan. 2013 [access]
- "Watch this 2-minute video to learn how to make your livelihoods program safe for women."

Why Aren't Refugees Allowed to Work? Asylum Access Launches Global Refugee Work Rights Survey (Refugee Work Rights, Jan. 2013) [text]
- Includes an invitation to join the Refugee Work Rights Coalition.

Tagged Publications. 

25 January 2013

Regional Focus: Europe

Comparative Study on the Best Practices for the Integration of Resettled Refugees in the EU Member States  (European Parliament, Jan. 2013) [text]

Consultative Forum's 2nd Meeting: What Do We Think?  (EASO Monitor, Dec. 2012) [text]

Georgia and Russia: The Humanitarian Situation in the Conflict- and War-affected Areas (PACE, Dec. 2012) [text]

Justice at Risk: Quality and Value for Money in Asylum Legal Aid (Runnymede, Nov. 2012) [text]

"A Lost Generation: Alessandro Penso's Award-winning Work - in Pictures," The Guardian, 22 Jan. 2013 [access]
- Focus is on young immigrants and refugees in Greece; for more images, visit the photographer's web site.

Migration and Asylum: Mounting Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean (PACE, Jan. 2013) [text]

Refugees in Scotland after the Referendum (Scottish Refugee Council, Jan. 2013) [text]

Turned Away: Summary Returns of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adult Asylum Seekers from Italy to Greece (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2013) [text]

Undocumented Lives [access]
- Focus is on irregular migrants in Europe.

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: Syria

Breaking Down 'One Billion' (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

La crise syrienne et ses répercussions: les réfugiés à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur, MPC Rapport de recherche, no. 2013/02 (Migration Policy Centre, 2013) [text]

Egypt: Don't Force Palestinians Back to Syria (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2013) [text]

Refugees from Syria Face Further Suffering if Jordan Closes Border (Amnesty International, Jan. 2013) [text]

Sanctions Hit Humanitarian Aid to Syria (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]

Syria Refugee Crisis: EU Should Do More (AI, CCME, ECRE & ICMC, Jan. 2013) [text]

*Syria’s Escalating Humanitarian Crisis (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Jan. 2013) [access]
- Podcast.

"Syrians Struggle in an Uneasy Lebanon," New York Times, 23 Jan. 2013) [text via ICMC]


Tagged Publications.  

24 January 2013

ETDs in Counseling Psychology, Education, Family Social Sciences, Intl. Studies, Law

Cultural Traditions and the Reproductive Health of Somali Refugees and Immigrants, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences (University of San Francisco, Nov. 2012) [text]

Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Social Inclusion among Refugee Children in Canada and Sweden, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (University of Manitoba, Jan. 2013) [text]

'Means of Survival' as Moderator of the Relationship between Cumulative Torture Experiences and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Refugees, Dissertation submitted to the College of Education (Georgia State University, Dec. 2012) [text]

Refugee Identity and the Influence of International Refugee Law, Thesis submitted to the Department of Law (American University in Cairo, Dec. 2012) [text]
- Access restricted for three months from issue date (i.e., check back in mid-March).

Surviving War: The Congolese Refugee Experience, Dissertation submitted to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto, Dec. 2012) [text]

Strategies and Therapies for English Language Learners as Refugees (STELLAR), Thesis submitted to the Department of Language, Learning, and Leadership (State University of New York at Fredonia, July 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications.  

Events & Opportunities: February 2013

Evidence & Knowledge in Humanitarian Action, Washington, DC, 5-7 March 2013 [info]
- Registration continues and the programme is now available.

Job vacancy: Assistant to the International Summer School and Conferences Manager, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford [info]
- Apply by 1 February 2013.

SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference, Sydney, 22 February 2013 [info]
- Includes a session on "Developments in Human Rights and Refugee Law in 2012."  Early bird deadline is 1 February 2013.

Summer Course on Refugee and Forced Migration Issues, Toronto, 13-19 May 2013 [info]
- Deadline for early bird rate and visa applicants' registration is 1 February 2013.

Responding to Urban Disasters: Learning from Previous Relief and Recovery Operations, Webinar, 7 February 2013 [info]

Urban Displacement and Development: Moving the Debate Forward, Copenhagen, 7-8 February 2013 [info]
- Space is limited, so apply ASAP!

CFP: Complexities and Challenges in Afghan Migration - Research and Policy Event, Brussels, 8-9 April 2013 [info]
- Deadline for abstracts is 8 February 2013.

Conflict and Intervention in Mali: The Humanitarian Consequences, London, 11 February 2013 [info]
- This panel discussion will also be streamed live.

New Perspectives on the Common European Asylum System: Ensuring Better Integration of Asylum Seekers in the EU, Brussels, 13 February 2013 [info]

CFP: Refuge special issue on "Environmentally Induced Displacement" [info]
-  The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2013.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

23 January 2013

North American Legal Items

Last minute opportunity:

Asylum Decisions by Immigration Judges: Latest Findings and Reports, Online, 24 January 2013 [info]
- Free webinar that will discuss recent findings regarding asylum cases in the U.S.


Comment on BC Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down Smuggling Law (Canadian Council for Refugees, Jan. 2013) [text]
- See also related news story.

The Inefficiencies of American Refugee Law as Highlighted by the Current Plight of Mexican Immigrants, Paper presented at 47th Annual Conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Boston, 14-18 Nov. 2012 [text]

The Impact of the Lack of Legal Representation in the Canadian Asylum Process (UNHCR Canada, Nov. 2012) [text]

Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola v. Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Supreme Court of Canada, Jan. 2013) [info]
- See also related news story, CARL factum and CCLA factum.

Reclassifying "Terrorists" as Victims: Integrating Terrorism Analysis into the Particular Social Group Framework of Asylum (ExpressO, Jan. 2013) [text]

"What You Are Depends on Where You're Standing: How Expanding Refugee Protections to the Internally Displaced through the Refugee Act of 1980 Violates International Law," University of Pittsburgh Law Review, vol. 74, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Law/Policy Items

"The Case for Procedural Safeguards in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program," Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, vol. 20, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Exclusion from Refugee Convention (Free Movement, Jan. 2013) [text]
- Comment on Al-Sirri v Secretary of State for the Home Department; DD (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department.

"Faith and Protection," High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva, 12-13 December 2012 [access]
- Follow the link for background documents, programme, participants, and the HC's opening and closing speeches.

Human Rights at International Borders: Exploring Gaps in Policy and Practice Geneva, Switzerland, 22-23 March 2012 [summary conclusions]

IARLJ World Conference Reports (IARLJ, 2013) [access]
- PDFs for reports from the first eight conferences are now available online.

 "One Health, One World—The Intersecting Legal Regimes of Trade, Climate Change, Food Security, Humanitarian Crises, and Migration," Laws, vol. 1, no. 1 (Dec. 2012) [open access text]

"Protection," Oxford, 16 Jan. 2013 [access]
- Podcast for the first presentation in the RSC's Public Seminar Series on "protection."

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

Upcoming event: 

A Global History of Modern Humanitarian Action: Regional Conference on East and Southeast Asia, Singapore, 29-30 January 2013 [info]
- Registration undertaken on a first-come-first-served basis.


Aid Worker Security Report 2012: Host States and Their Impact on Security for Humanitarian Operations (Humanitarian Outcomes, Dec. 2012) [text]

Mapping and Navigating the Humanitarian System: An Interactive Guide (Development Initiatives, Jan. 2013) [access]

"Principles and Practices of Evaluating Humanitarian Programmes," Workshop at 10th EES Biennial Conference, Helsinki, 1-5 October 2012 [info]
- See also related ALNAP and DARA blog posts.

Protection in Practice: Food Assistance with Safety and Dignity (World Food Programme, Jan. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The State of HR in International Humanitarian and Development Organisations 2013 (People In Aid, Jan. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Children, Education

Upcoming event:

Enfants migrants et réfugiés: droit et accès aux soins de santé au Canada, Montréal, 26-27 mars 2013 [info]
- Free and open to the public; follow the link for registration information.


Getting Real on Children's Rights: Is Offshore Processing Compatible with Australia's Legal Obligations to Child Refugee Applicants? (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Sept. 2012) [text]

"Rethinking the Guardianship of Refugee Children after the Malaysian Solution," Sydney Law Review, vol. 34, no. 3 (Sept. 2012) [full-text]

"United by Language, Literacy and Learning: Creating Spaces in Schools to Support Refugee Literacy," PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, vol. 1, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

What Future for Undocumented Migrant Children in the UK? (Postcards from..., Jan. 2013) [text]

"Where Have All the Teachers Gone? Why There Are Never any Teachers in Africa’s Refugee Camps and What We Can Do about It," Chapter in Next Steps in Managing Teacher Migration: Papers of the Sixth Commonwealth Research Symposium on Teacher Mobility, Recruitment and Migration, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8-9 June 2011 (UNESCO & Commonwealth Secretariat, 2012) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 88.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Australia

Upcoming event:

SCIL International Law Year in Review Conference, Sydney, 22 February 2013 [info]
- Includes a session on "Developments in Human Rights and Refugee Law in 2012."


Activists Rap Australia's Offshore Processing of Migrants (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]
"Collateral Damage: The Impact of Australian Asylum Seeker Policy on Christmas Islanders (2001-2011)," Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, vol. 6, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Experiences of Parenting among Burmese Refugee Mothers in a Facilitated Playgroup (Edith Cowan University, Oct. 2012) [text]
- Looks at the experiences of refugee families in Australia.

"Dark Justice: Australia's Indefinite Detention of Refugees on Security Grounds under International Human Rights Law," Melbourne Journal of International Law, vol. 13, no. 2 (Forthcoming, Nov. 2012; posted Jan. 2013) [text via SSRN]

"'Fair Shake of the Sauce Bottle': Reform Options for Making ASIO Security Assessments of Refugees Fairer," Alternative Law Journal, vol. 37, no. 4 (2012) [preprint via SSRN]

Insider Resistance: Understanding Refugee Protest against Immigration Detention in Australia 1999-2005 (Centre for Human Rights Education, Nov. 2012) [text]
- Includes link to thesis.

Released but not yet Free: Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Community after Long-term Detention (Centre for Human Rights Education, Dec. 2012) [text via BroCAP]

"UNHCR Takes Aim at Australia over Nauru Detainees ," Town & Country Magazine, 14 Dec. 2012 [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

22 January 2013

Regional Focus: Africa


The Adoption and Ratification of the African Union's Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa: An Analysis of the Discourse of States and the International Humanitarian Aid Community (University of the Witwatersrand, Feb. 2011) [text]

Kenya: Don’t Force 55,000 Refugees into Camps (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2013) [text]

Kenya: Somali Refugees under Threat (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Mali's Conflict Refugees: Responding to a Growing Crisis, Briefing Paper, no. 167 (Oxfam, Jan. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Prepare for Displacement Crisis in Mali (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Upcoming event:

Conflict and Intervention in Mali: The Humanitarian Consequences, London, 11 February 2013 [info]
- This panel discussion will also be streamed live.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

18 January 2013

African Protection Mechanisms

The 1969 OAU Refugee Convention and the Protection of People fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence in the Context of Individual Refugee Status Determination, Legal and Protection Policy Research Series, no. PPLA/2013/01 (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]
- Note: "This paper was commissioned by UNHCR in the context of a project on Developing Guidelines for the protection of people fleeing violence and conflict across borders."  Other commissioned papers in this series are listed in this earlier post.

Asylum in the Practice of Latin American and African States, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 249 (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]
- This paper looks in part at asylum-related provisions within the constitutions of African states.  One of the authors will also discuss the paper's findings at an International Refugee Seminar in London, 13 May 2013.

Experts Weekly: The Kampala Convention on IDPs Enters into Force (Think Africa Press, Dec. 2012) [text]
- "What will be the potential effects of the Kampala Convention and what are its successes and shortcomings?"

Internal Displacement and the Kampala Convention: An Opportunity for Development Actors (IDMC & NRC, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
- "This analytical paper examines how displacement-relevant international and national human rights instruments and frameworks, including the recent Kampala Convention, can influence and strengthen the design and implementation of development interventions targeting IDPs in Africa."

Also watch for this forthcoming volume:

Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum under the African Human Rights System (Martinus Nijhoff, March 2013) [info]
- "This Commentary [by Chaloka Beyani) provides a valuable insight into the use of human rights in the protection of refugees through the prism of the African Human Rights System."

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Europe

2012: Another Hard Year for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (Poliblog, Jan. 2013) [text]

European Migration and Asylum Policies: Coherence or Contradiction?  An Interdisciplinary Evaluation of the EU Programmes of Tampere (1999), The Hague (2004), Stockholm (2009) (Bruylant, 2012) [info]
- This book "offers an overview and a comprehensive approach of the developments in four core topics of the European asylum and immigration policy: the right to asylum; border controls and the fight against irregular migration and human trafficking; legal migration and integration; and the synergy between migration and development."

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Country Update, 1 October-31 December 2012 (UNHCR, Jan. 2012) [text]

Greek Court Acquits Immigrants Who Escaped Appalling Detention Conditions (EJIL: Talk!, Jan. 2013) [text]

UNHCR at the Informal Meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Health

"Description and Predictive Factors of Individual Outcomes in a Refugee Camp Based Mental Health Intervention (Beirut, Lebanon)," PLoS ONE, vol. 8. no. 1 (Jan. 2013): e54107 [open access text]

"Forced Migration and Mental Health: Prolonged Internal Displacement, Return Migration and Resilience," International Health, Advance Access, 21 Dec. 2012 [free full-text]

"A Grounded Theory Investigation into the Experiences of African Women Refugees: Effects on Resilience and Identity and Implications for Service Provision," Journal of International Women's Studies, vol. 13, no. 1 (2012) [open access text]

"High Rates of Pneumonia in Children under Two Years of Age in a South East Asian Refugee Population," PLoS ONE, vol. 8. no. 1 (Jan. 2013): e54026 [open access text]

"The Refugee Medical Exam: What You Need to Do," Journal of Family Practice, vol. 61, no. 12 (Dec. 2012) [free full-text]

"A Study of Refugee Maternal Mortality in 10 Countries, 2008–2010," International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, vol. 38, no. 4 (Dec. 2012) [free full-text]

Tagged Publications.

17 January 2013

Thematic Focus: Refugees & Host Communities

Helpdesk Research Report: Preventing Conflict between Refugees and Host Communities (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Helping Refugees by Respecting and Assisting their Hosts in Burkina Faso (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]

"Host Community Impacts from the Dadaab Refugee Camps in Kenya," World Disasters Report 2012 (IFRC, Sept. 2012) [text]

"Large Refugee Populations, Resource Scarcity and Conflict," Paper presented at the International Political Science Association World Congress, Madrid, 8-12 July 2012 [text]

"Perceptions of the Impact of Refugees on Host Communities: The Case of Liberian Refugees in Ghana," Journal of International Migration and Integration, Online First, July 2012 [abstract]

Radio Station Launched to Foster Peace among Refugees and Host Communities in Kenya (IOM, Nov. 2012) [text]

South Sudan: Tensions Grow between Refugees and Host Community (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications.  

Regional Focus: Africa


Africa's Illiberal State-builders, Working Paper, no. 89 (Refugee Studies Centre, Jan. 2013) [text]

Baseline Report: The Right to Information for Internally Displaced Persons in Kenya (Article 19, Dec. 2012) [text]

Kenya: Discrimination against Rift Valley Displaced (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2013) [text]

Mali: Outside the Spotlight, Displaced People in Urgent Need of Assistance (Refugees International Blog, Dec. 2012) [text]
- Includes video report.

Receiving LGBTI Refugees in South Africa: Towards a Culture of Non-Discrimination and Human Rights, Working Paper, no. 5 (Refugee Rights Unit, 2012) [text]

The Right to Stay: Fighting Slum Evictions in Kenya (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]

Women Refugees and Sexual Violence in Kakuma Camp, Kenya: Invisible Rights, Justice, Protracted Protection and Human Insecurity (Erasmus University, Dec. 2012) [text]

Web site:

Stop Rwandan Cessation [access]
- Campaign to stop the cessation clause from being invoked for Rwandan refugees on 30 June 2013.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

16 January 2013

Regional Focus: North America

After analyzing asylum decisions for FY 2012, the TRAC Immigration Project found that the "odds of an asylum claim being denied in Immigration Court reached an historic low..., with only 44.5 percent being turned down. Ten years ago, almost two out of three (62.6%) individuals seeking asylum lost their cases in similar actions. Twenty years ago fewer than one out of four (24.0%) asylum applicants won their cases, while three out of four (76.0%) lost."  More information is available on the project's web site.  See also asylum decisions made on a judge-by-judge basis.

Other publications:

Blueprints for the Next Administration (Human Rights First, Dec. 2012) [access]
- Three sets of recommendations on LGBTI refugees, repairing the asylum and refugee resettlement systems, and immigration detention.

CARL in the Courts: Ezokola v. Canada, a Primer (Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers, Jan. 2013) [access]
- Intervention on case involving exclusion.

"Domestic Violence as a Basis for Asylum: An Analysis of 206 Case Outcomes in the United States from 1994 to 2012," Hastings Women’s Law Journal, vol. 24, no. 1 (2013) [full-text via SSRN]

"Indirect Refoulement: Challenging Canada’s Participation in the Canada-United States Safe Third Country Agreement," Wisconsin International Law Journal, vol. 30, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Year in Review: Changes in 2012 for Refugees and Other Newcomers to Canada (Canadian Council for Refugees, Jan. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Statelessness, esp. re. Children


Because Quality Matters - in Statelessness Determination as Well (ENS Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Governments Should Act in the Best Interest of Stateless Children (Human Rights Comment, Jan. 2013) [text]
- This comment from the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner was also reproduced as a guest post on the ENS blog.

Guidelines on Statelessness No. 4: Ensuring Every Child's Right to Acquire a Nationality through Articles 1-4 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

"I am Kuwaiti" (Open Society Foundations, Jan. 2013) [text]
- Includes photo exhibit.

Nationality: From Genuine Connections to Tenuous Links (Oecumene Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Report of the Regional Workshop on Statelessness and the Rights of Women and Children, Manila, 18-19 November 2011 [text]
- See also summary from the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

UNHCR Intervention at the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Paris, 12 November 2012 [text]
- Relates to acquiring a nationality in Europe.


BBC Inside Out [access]
- Includes segment on stateless children; see also related blog post on (non)Citizens of the World.

Upcoming event:

Seminar on the Right to Citizenship: Towards Fuller Implementation of Art. 15 UDHR, Maastricht, 7 March 2013 [info]
- Programme now available.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

15 January 2013

Free Content/CFPs/New Issues of Confl. Tr., Humanit. Exch., Migr. Pol. Pract.

Free content:

As occurs every year, Wiley is beginning to make the content in its first journal issues of the year freely available.  Check out this Disasters issue (vol. 37, no. 1, 2013) for starters, and keep an eye out for forthcoming issues from International Migration and International Migration Review.

Call for papers:

Ìrìnkèrindò: A Journal of African Migration [info]
- Abstracts sought for special issue on "Women, Water and Migration"; deadline is 22 March 2013.

New issues:

AWR Bulletin, vol. 50, no. 3-4 (2012) [contents]
- Includes a number of papers presented at the AWR's 62th International Congress on "The State of the European Union Asylum Directives: Accomplishments, Pitfalls an Reparations in the Light of Current Refugee and Migration Challenges."

Conflict Trends, no. 3 (2012) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- This issue commemorates the 20th anniversary of ACCORD.

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 56 (Jan. 2013) [full-text]
- Special focus "on issues related to humanitarian civil–military coordination."

Migration Policy Practice, vol. 2, no. 5 (Dec. 2012-Jan. 2013) [full-text]
- Mix of articles.

Red Cross, Red Crescent Magazine, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]
- Theme is "Humanity Inc., Generating Profit for Care."

Tagged Periodicals and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Urban Displacement

Upcoming event:

Urban Displacement and Development: Moving the Debate Forward, Copenhagen, 7-8 February [info]
- "There is a broad consensus within the humanitarian sector about the prevalence, causes and consequences of urban displacement, and the pressing need for coherent and targeted action to respond to the challenges it presents. This conference aims to engage new actors in the debate about how to address urban displacement. The event will bring together development specialists and humanitarian professionals to explore new approaches to addressing the plight of the urban displaced."  More information is available here.


Challenges and Livelihood Strategies of Darfurian Refugees Living in Kampala, Uganda, Thesis presented to the Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences (University of San Francisco, Dec. 2011) [text]

Refugees: The Urban Challenge (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]
- Part of feature on "Aid in an Urbanizing World."

Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement and Vulnerability in the Gaza Strip, HPG Working Paper (ODI, Dec. 2012) [text]

Syria: A Regional Crisis (IRC, Jan. 2013) [text]
- Notes the urgent needs of urban refugees.


Hidden Lives: The Untold Story of Urban Refugees, London, 6-31 January 2013 [access]
- On view at St. Pancras Train Station.

14 January 2013

New Novel: Five Grounds

The Asylumist blog just reported on the publication of a new novel called Five Grounds.  It's written by Scott Rempell, a former immigration lawyer in the U.S. and now a professor at South Texas College of Law.  It tells the stories of three different asylum-seekers, the journeys they undertake to leave their countries, and their experiences with the U.S. asylum system.

Visit the companion web site for more information.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Middle East

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has just released a new report entitled Syria: A Regional Crisis.  Discussion of the report's findings is currently taking place at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) [click on Livestream link]. See also the press release.

Also today, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement is hosting a discussion on "What’s Next for Syria: Humanitarian and Political Perspectives," in Washington, DC. If you miss it, check back for a summary/audio of the event.

Other publications:

Displacement Monitoring and Needs Assessments: Final Report 2012 (IOM Iraq, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Palestinian Refugees in the Arab World: Realities and Prospects, Doha, 24-25 March 2012 [access]
- Follow the link for an overview of the meeting and links to seminar papers.

Trapped between the Fences (Oxford Human Rights Hub, Sept. 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

11 January 2013

Regional Focus: Europe

Upcoming event:

Final Conference of the European Network for Technical Cooperation on the Application of the Dublin II Regulation, Brussels, 31 January 2013 [info]
- Research partners will present findings from their study, "The Dublin II Regulation: Lives on Hold"; confirm your participation by 18 January 2013.


Droit d'asile: l'assemblée du contentieux du Conseil d'Etat reconnaît que les fillettes risquant l'excision sont un groupe social (La Cimade, Jan. 2013) [text]

From Despair Comes Resistance (Institute of Race Relations, Dec. 2012) [text]

The Hague: Refugees Evicted from Protest Camp (Institute of Race Relations, Jan. 2013) [text]

"Homeless Refugees in Hungary," European Journal of Homelessness, vol. 6, no. 2 (Dec. 2012) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 149.

Rebuilding Lives: Regional Solutions to Displacement in the Western Balkans (International Peace Institute, Oct. 2012) [text]

Where are Newcomers Going to Live? Perspectives on Swedish and Danish Refugee Settlement Policies from Malmö and Århus, Research Report, no. 3 (Institute for Futures Studies, 2012) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.