22 October 2013

Admin: Fall Break

This blog will be quiet until November.  Apologies for the flurry of postings yesterday - just trying to get some things out before Fall Break!

Please take advantage of Open Access Week, which runs 21-27 October 2013.  Its theme this year is "Redefining Impact." In the past, I have run a series of posts to raise awareness about open access in the forced migration context, but will not be able to do so this go-round since I'll be away from my computer!  Please check out previous posts for more information.

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

21 October 2013

COI News


"COI Online: Evolution of Electronic Systems in the RDC," The Researcher, vol. 8, no. 2 (Oct. 2013) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 19.

"Training Manual Researching Country of Origin Information, 2013 Edition Will be Presented on 28 October 2013," The Researcher, vol. 8, no. 2 (Oct. 2013) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 11.  Note: The new edition of the COI Manual will be available as of 29 Oct. 2013!


The Independent Advisory Group on Country Information in the UK is inviting the following tenders:

- to evaluate the Home Office’s Country of Origin Information (COI) Reports and Operational Guidance Notes (OGNs) on India, Syria and Zimbabwe [info]
- to evaluate how sexual orientation and gender identity (also referred to as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex or LGBTII issues) are dealt with in the Home Office’s Country of Origin Reports [info]

Deadline for submissions of interest is 1 November 2013.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Europe

Asylum, Refugees and IDPs: The Challenges of Social Cohesion in Armenia, CARIM-East Explanatory Note 13/132 (Migration Policy Centre, Oct. 2013) [text]

Disentangling the Migration and Asylum Knot: Dealing with Crisis Situations and Avoiding Detention, RSCAS PP 2013/19 (RSCAS, 2013) [text]

ECRE Information Note on the Qualification Directive (recast) (ECRE, Oct. 2013) [text]

"Fortress Europe: How the EU Turns Its Back on Refugees," Spiegel Online, 9 Oct. 2013 [text]

Not Just Numbers: An Educational Toolkit about Migration and Asylum in Europe (IOM & UNHCR, 2013) [access]
- "The toolkit has been designed to help teachers and other educators engage young people in informed discussion on this important subject. It is suitable for teaching young people between the ages of 12 and 18 and is available in 24 EU Member States in 20 languages."

Renvois Intenables vers l’Italie (Organisation suisse d’aide aux réfugiés, Oct. 2013) [access]

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Detention

Detention under Scrutiny: A Study of the Due Process for Detained Asylum-seekers (Swedish Red Cross, 2013) [exec. summ.]
- See also the full report in Swedish.

"'Less than human': The Detention of Irregular Immigrants in Malta," Race & Class, vol. 55, no. 2 (Oct.-Dec. 2013) [free full-text]

New Working Papers (Global Detention Project, Sept. 2013) [access]

"No Boat: Christmas Island and the Architecture of Detention," Architectural Theory Review, vol. 18, no. 2, 2013 [full-text via Academia.edu]

Visiting Immigration Detention Centres: A Guide for Parliamentarians (Association for the Prevention of Torture & Council of Europe, Sept. 2013) [access]
- Available in English and French.  See also related video.

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Syria

Getting It Right for Syrian Refugees the Second Time Round (IRIN, Oct. 2013) [text]

"The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis," New York Times, 16 Oct. 2013 [access]
- Photo essay.

The One Thing Everyone is Forgetting about Syria's Refugees (PolicyMic, Oct. 2013) [text]

To be a Syrian Refugee in Egypt (NYT's Latitude, Oct. 2013) [text]

Under Pressure: Lebanon and Turkey Need More Support to Address Syrian Refugee Crisis (Refugees International, Oct. 2013) [text]

UNHCR Highlights Dangers Facing Syrians in Transit, Urges Countries to Keep Borders Open (UNHCR, Oct. 2013) [text]

'We Cannot Live Here Any More' : Refugees from Syria in Egypt (Amnesty International, Oct. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Africa

A Cautious Return: Malian IDPs Prepare to go Home (IDMC, Oct. 2013) [text]

Make No Mistake: Mali’s Displacement Crisis Isn’t Over (Refugees International, Oct. 2013) [text]

Somalia: Safe for Returns? (Free Movement, Oct. 2013) [text]

'We are committed to listen to you': World Vision's Experience with Humanitarian Feedback Mechanisms in Darfur (ALNAP & CDA, Oct. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Why They Leave," The Economist,  12 Oct. 2013 [text]

Tagged Publications.

18 October 2013

Update on Crisis Migration Project

Earlier in the year, I reported on the three-year Crisis Migration project at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM).  Since then, the project has produced some additional resources including:

- "Humanitarian Crises and Human Movement: Year One," which reports on activities of the project to date;
- an intervention at the "Interactive Roundtable 2: Respect for and Protection of the Human Rights of All Migrants," during the High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (see also the background paper for the roundtable);
- a new working paper series; the inaugural issue is "Lessons Learned from the Development of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement".

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking


Today is EU Anti-Trafficking Day.  Here is a statement by Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström.  Follow the link for additional information on human trafficking in Europe.  It is also Anti-Slavery Day UK and the beginning of Swiss Week against Trafficking in Persons.


Global Slavery Index 2013 (Walk Free Foundation, Oct. 2013) [access]
- Inaugural issue.  See also related IRIN and Washington Post news stories..

How to Tackle Slavery in Asia (IRIN, Sept. 2013) [text]

"The Rerouted Trafficking in Eritrean Refugees," Middle East Report, no. 268 (Fall 2013) [text]

Still at Risk: A Review of Support for Trafficked Children (Children's Society, Sept. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

World Disasters Report 2013

The 2013 edition of the World Disasters Report was launched yesterday. The focus of this issue is "Technology and the Future of Humanitarian Action."  Here's part of the description:

"The World Disasters Report 2013 examines the profound impact of technological innovations on humanitarian action, how humanitarians employ technology in new and creative ways, and what risks and opportunities may emerge as a result of technological innovations. The responsible use of technology offers concrete ways to make humanitarian assistance more effective, efficient and accountable and can, in turn, directly reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience. Finding ways for advances in technology to serve the most vulnerable is a moral imperative; a responsibility, not a choice."

A related blog is also available.  The report is provided in English, with summaries in Arabic, French and Spanish.  Previous editions can be accessed via my research guide.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Asylum and European Courts


Asylum Cases before the ECtHR, Strasbourg, 26-27 November 2013 [info]
- Register before 26 Oct. 2013 for a discount.


"The Contribution of the European Courts to the Common European Asylum System and Its Ongoing Recast Process," Maastricht Journal, vol. 20, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

The Court of Justice of the EU as a European and International Asylum Court, Working Paper, no. 118 (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Aug. 2013) [text]

The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: A Commentary (Hart Publishing, Oct. 2013) [info]

"European Court of Asylum—Does It Exist?," Chapter in Protecting Human Rights in the EU: Controversies and Challenges of the Charter of Fundamental Rights (Springer, Sept. 2013) [info]

In the Footsteps of John Marshall: European Courts and the Expansion of Protection of Forced Migrants, Legal Studies Paper No. 350 (Brooklyn Law School, Aug. 2013) [text via SSRN]

Reforming the Common European Asylum System: Legislative Developments and Judicial Activism of the European Courts (Springer, Oct. 2013) [info]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

17 October 2013

Thematic Focus: General


"The Enemy at the Gates: International Borders, Migration and Human Rights," Laws, vol. 2, no. 3 (July 2013) [open access text]

Guidance Note: Supporting Displaced People and Durable Solutions (FAO, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The High-Level Dialogue: Sizing up Outcomes, Implications, and Future Forms of Engagement on Migration and Development (Migration Information Source, Oct. 2013) [text]
- See also the text of the declaration of the High-Level Dialogue.

The Lampedusa Tragedy Prompts the Question: Does the UN Have Any Impact on the World’s Migrants? (Migration Policy Institute, Oct. 2013 [text]

Refugee-related Research Themes & Questions for Students (Refugee Research Network, Sept. 2013) [text]

UNHCR Structured Dialogue Documents (ICVA, 2013) [access]
- See recent documents relating to the UNHCR/IFRC/NGOs partnership process.

Who Cares When Migrants Become Internally Displaced Persons? (UpFront Blog, Oct. 2013) [text]

Annual reports:

Preventing Crisis, Enabling Recovery: A Review of UNDP’s Work in Conflict and Disaster-Affected Countries: 2012 (UNDP, Oct. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013 (Minority Rights Group, Sept. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
World Development Report 2014 - Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development (World Bank, Oct. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Web sites:

20 Years: Working for Your Rights [access]
- Web site launched to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Statelessness


Access to Nationality and the Effective Implementation of the European Convention on Nationality (PACE, Oct. 2013) [text]

Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Delivers Victory against Statelessness in Al-Jedda Case (Open Society Justice Initiative, Oct. 2013) [text]
- The text of the judgment is available here.

Dominican Republic: How Statelessness Threatens Women and Families (Open Society Justice Initiative, Oct. 2013) [text]

IACHR Expresses Deep Concern Over Ruling by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic (OAS, Oct. 2013) [text]

"'Imagine There's No Country': Statelessness as Persecution in Light of Haile II," Buffalo Law Review, vol. 61, no. 3 (2013) [full-text]

Statelessness, Human Rights and Development: It's Time to Connect the Dots (ENS Blog, Oct. 2013) [text]


Photo Competition: (my) nationality [info]
- Competition held to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the UDHR. Deadline for submissions is 5 December 2013.

A Time for Action: ENS Launches Campaign to Protect Stateless Persons in Europe [info]
- Year-long campaign launched on the anniversary of Hannah Arendt's birthday.  Aim is to promote the accession by EU States to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the development of functioning statelessness determination procedures.

The Statelessness Programme blog has been posting interviews with the various winners of the UNHCR Statelessness Research award.  Read more about:

- Amanda Cheong, author of "Changing Conceptions of Citizenship Among Stateless Chinese-Bruneian Immigrants in Vancouver"
- Lindsey Kingston, author of "Legal Invisibility: Statelessness and Issue (Non) Emergence"
- Caroline McInerney, author of "Citizenship Laws of Madagascar: Future Challenges for a Developing Nation"
- Eva Mrekajová, author of "Naturalization of Stateless Persons"

[Image credit: Wikipedia]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

16 October 2013

Mapping Migration

Several interesting maps have appeared recently, with various visualizations of migrants in Europe:

Frontex: Surveiller ou Sauver des Vies? (Migreurop, Oct. 2013) [access]
- Note that this map comes from the Atlas des Migrants en Europe (2012).

Mapping Europe’s War on Immigration (Le Monde Diplomatique, Oct. 2013) [access]

Mapping Mediterranean Migration (BBC, Oct. 2013) [access]

See also:

Interactive Map on Migration (i-Map) [access]
- "The Interactive Map on Migration (i-Map) serves as a support instrument to intergovernmental dialogues on migration by facilitating access to and exchange of information through country profiles, visualisations and up-to-date news."

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Urban Refugees

From Sanctuary to Solidarity: Producing Urban Asylum (GRAMNet, Sept. 2013) [text]

High Commissioner's Structured Dialogue Documents (ICVA) [access]
- Note recent items relating to urban refugees programming, task team development, and good practice.

New Approaches to Urban Refugee Livelihoods (Urban Refugees Debate Forum, Oct. 2013) [text]
- Join the debate!

Thinking Outside the Camp: Urban Profiling and Assessment, Presentation at Side Event to the 64th Session of the Executive Committee (JIPS, Oct. 2013) [access]

Urban Profiling of Refugee Situations in Delhi - Refugees from Myanmar, Afghanistan and Somalia and their Indian Neighbours: A Comparative Study (JIPS, UNHCR & Feinstein International Center, Oct. 2013) [text]

[Urban Refugees in Malaysia] [access]
- New blog with posts from Elzbieta Gozdziak of ISIM on her research work interviewing urban refugees in Kuala Lumpur.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Australia

Australian Government Spending on Irregular Maritime Arrivals and Counter-people Smuggling Activity (Australia Parliamentary Library, updated Sept. 2013) [text]

Australia and the UN: Report Card 2013 (UN Association of Australia, Oct. 2013) [text]
- Note: Grades include a "B" for humanitarian assistance and development aid, and an "F" for refugees and asylum seekers.

Constructions of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australian Political Discourse, Paper presented at Crime Justice and Social Democracy: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference, Brisbane, 8-11 July 2013 [text]

Experiences of 'No Advantage': Asylum Seekers Living in the Community (Centre for Human Rights Education, Sept. 2013) [text]

"No Boat: Christmas Island and the Architecture of Detention," Architectural Theory Review, vol. 18, no. 2, 2013 [full-text via Academia.edu]

Tagged Publications.

Events & Opportunities: Late October/November 2013

CFP: Health in Humanitarian Settings, Liverpool, UK, 28 November 2013 [info]
- Abstract deadline is 31 October 2013.

CFP: Refugee Voices: Refugee Studies Centre International Conference, Oxford, 24-25 March 2014 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 31 October 2013.

Executive Director, International Refugee Rights Initiative, Uganda [info]
- Deadline extended! Apply by 31 October 2013.

Summer Legal Fellows, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, US [info]
- Apply by 1 November 2013.

CFP: CARFMS14: Coherence and Incoherence in Migration Management and Integration: Policies, Practices and Perspectives, Montreal, 7-9 May 2014 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 1 November 2013.

Reminder! CFP: International Journal of Migration and Border Studies [info]
- Articles sought for inaugural issue of new journal. Deadline is 1 November 2013.

Reminder! CFP: Refuge [info]
- Submissions sought for special issue on "Humanitarian Crises and Forced Displacement in Sudan and South Sudan"; deadline is 1 November 2013.

Refugee Protection and the Dublin System: Can They Ever Be Compatible?, Dublin, 6-8 December 2013 [info]
- Registration is now open; deadline to register is 4 November 2013.

Getting on in the UK: Migrants, Ethnic Minorities, Networks, Social Mobility and Integration, London/Cardiff/Birmingham, 4, 5, 8 November 2013 [info]
- Free event, but registration required.

Law's Borders: Challenging Assumptions about Refugee Resettlement, CCR Webinar, 6 November 2013 [info]

Reminder! CFP: Access to Asylum: Current Challenges and Future Directions, Prato, Italy [info]
- Abstract deadline is 8 November 2013.

CFP: A Sea of Troubles? Problematising Migration Law, London, 28-29 March 2014 [info]
- Deadline for research stream/paper proposals is 15 November 2013.

Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture, Oxford, 20 November 2013 [info]
- This year's topic is "Refugee Rights: Beyond the 1951 Convention."

The Indochinese Refugee Movement 1975-80 and the Launch of Canada’s Private Refugee Sponsorship Program, Toronto, 21-23 November 2013 [info]
 - Registration now open.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: More October 2013

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

15 October 2013

Thematic Focus: Protection-related Items

"Credibility Assessment in Asylum Procedures" is a newly available training manual produced by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. It offers "a framework for developing knowledge, skills and attitude through multidisciplinary learning, which can help asylum professionals to reduce the possibility of errors, reach more objective and fair credibility findings, as well as to apply a more structured approach to credibility assessment."  This is the first of two volumes: Anticipated next year, volume 2 "will include specific chapters on language and interpretation; shame, stigma and denial; gender; sexual orientation and gender identity; and children."

Other recent publications include:

Country Guidance in Asylum Cases: Approaches in the UK and Sweden, RLI Working Paper, no. 9 (Refugee Law Initiative, Oct. 2013) [text]

Decision-Making Conditioned by Radical Uncertainty: Credibility Assessment at the Australian Refugee Review Tribunal, Legal Studies Research Paper Series (UTS: Law, Oct. 2013) [text via SSRN]

The 'Left-to-Die Boat' Incident of March 2011: Questions of International Responsibility Arising from the Failure to Save Refugees at Sea, RLI Working Paper, no. 10 (Refugee Law Initiative, Oct. 2013) [text]

"Reflections on the Refugee Protection Regime in Africa: Challenges and Prospects," University of Botswana Law Journal, vol. 14 (June 2012) [full-text via Pretoria University Law Press]
- Scroll to p. 71.

Telling Stories from Start to Finish: Exploring the Demand for Narrative in Refugee Testimony, Legal Studies Research Paper Series (UTS: Law, Oct. 2013) [text via SSRN]
- See also related poster.

Tagged Publications. 

HC Dialogue on Protection Challenges

This year's High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges will focus on "Protecting the Internally Displaced: Persisting Challenges and Fresh Thinking."  It will be held in Geneva from 11-12 December 2013.

The concept note lists the following as the objectives of the Dialogue:
  • "Generate a comprehensive overview of persisting IDP-related challenges and potential responses;
  • Spur initiatives to end displacement in a rights-respecting manner, in the framework of sustainable development;
  • Identify opportunities and means for empowering and reinforcing the resilience of local communities and structures;
  • Engage a broader variety of stakeholders and build new partnerships" (p. 1).

*The background paper "identifies some of the key challenges to protecting IDPs and lessons learned, and sets out questions to guide discussion in the four breakout sessions."

*The four breakout sessions will focus on the following topics:

New resources will likely become available in the days leading up to the Dialogue. See, for example, this jointly produced IPU/UNHCR Handbook for Parliamentarians on "Internal Displacement: Responsibility and Action," which was recently launched at the Inter-Parliamentary Union's 129th Assembly.

There have been five previous HC Dialogues.  For more information on their themes and outcomes, visit this page on the UNHCR web site.


Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

14 October 2013

EXCOM 2013 Wrap-up

The 64th Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme (EXCOM) ended on 4 October 2013, with the HC calling for a renewed determination to "do everything we can to make sure that the people we are supposed to protect, assist and help find solutions for suffer as little as possible and find an end to their plight as soon as possible."

Here are a few of the speeches that were made during the week:
HC's opening statement (and related news story)
- EU Delegation
- NGO general debate statement
- DIP statement (and related news story)
- HC's closing statement

And here is the Report of the Sixty-fourth Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme, UN Doc. No. A/AC/96/1132 (UN General Assembly, Oct. 2013).  This year's Conclusion on International Protection focuses on civil registration.

All High-level Segment and plenary session documents are available via the 2013 EXCOM page.

[Image credit: ©UNHCR/J-MFerré; "UNHCR says it is 'stretched to the limit' by the rising number of refugees," UNHCR, 1 Oct. 2013]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Asia


Afghan Refugees in Pakistan Wait for Reforms (IRIN, Oct. 2013) [text]

"Australia and Southeast Asia: Refugee Protection and Irregular Migration," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 41 (Oct. 2013) [full-text]

Improving the Living Conditions of Protection Claimants in Hong Kong (Refugee Concern Network, Oct. 2013) [access]

"Most Burmese Refugees in Thailand Don't Want Return: Survey," The Irawaddy, 1 Oct. 2013 [text]

Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees: Summary Progress Report (UNHCR, Sept. 2013) [text]

Update on UNHCR’s Operations in Asia and the Pacific (EXCOM, Sept. 2013) [text]

World Food Day: The Challenge of North Korea (Brookings, Oct. 2013) [text]


Protection Gateway [access]
- Housed in the Griffith Asia Institute.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Europe

Access of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and IDPs to Socio-Economic Rights: The Case of Georgia, CARIM-East Explanatory Note 13/128 (Migration Policy Centre, Sept. 2013) [text]

Asylum (UK Home Affairs Committee, Oct. 2013) [access]
- Follow link for volumes I and II of the inquiry's report; see also more information about the process undertaken.

Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Georgia: The Challenges of Social Cohesion, CARIM-East Explanatory Note 13/130 (Migration Policy Centre, Oct. 2013) [text]

The Death of Migrants in the Mediterranean is a Truly ‘European’ Tragedy (EUROPP Blog, Oct. 2013) [text]

Dublin, Italy and the Tragedy at Lampedusa (Free Movement Blog, Oct. 2013) [text]

Lampedusa: Only the Dead Can Stay (Hein de Haas Blog, Oct. 2013) [text]

Migrants, Asylum Seekers Re-route to Avoid Greece (IRIN, Oct. 2013) [text]

Socio-Economic Rights of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and IDPs in the Republic of Armenia, CARIM-East Explanatory Note 13/126 (Migration Policy Centre, Sept. 2013) [text]

UNHCR Chief Expresses Shock at New Mediterranean Boat Tragedy (UNHCR, Oct. 2013) [text]

Update on UNHCR’s Operations in Europe (EXCOM, Sept. 2013) [text]

Why AEDH is against the Signing of European Union Readmission Agreements (AEDH, Oct. 2013) [text]
- See also the press release in French, English and Spanish, and the report in French.

Tagged Publications.

10 October 2013

Thematic Focus: ICTs


The Urgency of Reading: Access to Culture, Information and New Technologies in Humanitarian Situations, Paris, 11-13 October 2013 [info]
- While it is too late to register to attend this event in person, it will be livestreamed!

Launch of World Disasters Report 2013, London, 22 October 2013 [info]
- This year's edition will focus on "Technology and the Future of Humanitarian Action."


COI and Social Media: A Literature Review (Country Research Branch, Immigration New Zealand, Oct. 2013) [text via ECOI Blog]

Debating the Value of Tweets for Disaster Response (Intelligently) (iRevolution, Dec. 2012) [text]

International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management [info]
- Academic journal that focuses "on the design, development, implementation, use and evaluation of IS technologies and methodologies to support crisis response and management."

Is There a Human Right to Information during Disasters? (IPI Global Observatory, Aug. 2013) [text]

Measuring the Information Society 2013 (ITU, Oct. 2013) [text]

Twitter Introduces an Alert System for Emergencies, Disasters (Thomson Reuters, Sept. 2013) [text]

*Watch for: A forthcoming issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies will examine "the complexities of ICTs with respect to the lives of forced migrants."

Web site:

Humanitarian Computing Library [access]
- New wiki that provides access to academic articles relating to the use of ICTs in humanitarian crises.


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

New Issues: al Majdal, Disab. & Soc., Mig. Pol. Pract., Rev. Humanit., WAN

al Majdal, no. 53 (Summer 2013) [full-text]
- Theme is "The Clockwork of Ongoing Nakba: Unraveling Forced Population Transfer."

Disability & Society, vol. 28, no. 6 (2013) [contents]
- Special issue on "Disability, Global Conflicts and Crises."

Migration Policy Practice, vol. 111, no. 4 (Aug./Sept. 2013) [full-text]
- Focus is on the UN High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development.

Revue humanitaire, no. 34 (2013) [full-text]
- Theme is "Les nouvelles frontières de l’humanitaire: l’impasse syrienne."

Women’s Asylum News, no. 119 (Oct./Nov. 2013) [full-text via Refworld]
- Lead article is "How We Changed the Law: The Context and History of Women’s Asylum Claims in the U.S."

Tagged Periodicals.

Regional Focus: Syria

Haves and Have-nots in Jordan’s Za’atari Camp (IRIN, Oct. 2013) [text]

Syria’s Refugees: Humanitarianism and its Limits (RI Blog, Oct. 2013) [text]

Syrian Displacement Set to Become Aggravated (Brookings, Oct. 2013) [text]

Syrian Refugees Fearful as Food Aid Reduced in Lebanon (IRIN, Oct. 2013) [text]

Syrians in Greece: Protection Considerations and UNHCR Recommendations (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

UK Aid Syria Response (UK Aid, Sept. 2013) [text]

UNHCR Begins Moving Thousands of Syrian Refugees to New Camp in Iraq (UNHCR, Oct. 2013) [text]

[Map credit: "Syria: Numbers and Locations of Refugees and IDPs," U.S. DOS, 12 Sept. 2013]

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Africa

"Massive Expulsions from Tanzania: Did They Target Rwandans?," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 41 (Oct. 2013) [full-text]

Mogadishu Cannot Qualify as an Internal Flight Alternative (Amnesty International, Sept. 2013) [text via Refworld]

Power Distribution between Refugees and Host Population: A Case Study of the Nakivale Refugee Settlement, Bachelor Thesis (Linnaeus University, Spring 2013) [text]

"Repatriating Somali Refugees: The Plan and Arising Issues," Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 41 (Oct. 2013) [full-text]

'Rwanda, c'est mon pays': Renegotiating Refugee Notions of Home and Belonging, Presentation at "Movements & Exchanges in an Unequal World: ICS at 40," Durham, NC, 28 Feb.-1 March 2013 [access]
- See first abstract under "Refugees, Rescue and Race"; follow link above for video.

Sudanese Government Agrees to Issue 30,000 Work Permits to Refugees in East Sudan (Refugee Work Rights, Oct. 2013) [text]

'That Land is My Family’s Wealth': Addressing Land Dispossession after Côte d’Ivoire’s Post-Election Conflict (Human Rights Watch, Oct. 2013) [text]

Violence in Central African Republic Threatens Whole Region as IDP Numbers Escalate (IDMC Blog, Oct. 2013) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

09 October 2013

Michigan Guidelines on the Exclusion of International Criminals

The Sixth Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law met 22-24 March 2013 at the University of Michigan to discuss the "exclusion of 'terrorists' and other persons suspected of international criminality from Convention refugee status."  The outcome of the debate was the Michigan Guidelines on the Exclusion of International Criminals.

(HT to the Free Movement Blog for alerting its readers to the availability of these Guidelines.)

For more information about...
- the Colloquium and past Guidelines, visit this page on the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law web site;
- the exclusion clause in the Refugee Convention, browse these references in Delicious.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Seminar Series

Borders and Bordering Seminar Series, Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB)
- Next seminar in this series is "Hard and Soft Borders: The Politics of European Border Enforcement," London, 4 November 2013.

CRS Seminar Series, Centre for Refugee Studies [info]
- Next seminar in this series is "Pain, Pride and Politics: Post-War Activism and the Tamil Diaspora in Canada," Toronto, 15 October 2013. Follow info link above for list of forthcoming seminars, which are highlighted in the sidebar on the right.

International Refugee Law Seminar Series, Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) [info]
- First seminar in this series is "The Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum under the African Human Rights System," London, 16 October 2013.  Follow info link above for complete listing.

Refugees within the Politics of Mobility Seminar Series, Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) [info]
- First seminar in this series is "Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement," Oxford, 16 October 2013.  Follow info link above for complete listing.

Tagged Events & Opportunities.  

Regional Focus: African Migrants in Europe

"Desperation Fuels Trips of Migrants to Spain," New York Times, 5 Oct. 2013 [text]

Immigration Governance is not Rocket Science (Postcards from..., Oct. 2013) [text]

Italy Ignores Real Cause of Lampedusa Refugee Tragedy (The Conversation, Oct. 2013) [text]

"Legal, Financial Perils Don't End for African Migrants," PBS News Hour, 4 Oct. 2013 [access]
- Interview with Jeff Crisp.

Regularizing and Decriminalizing the Movement of People (IntLawGrrls, Oct. 2013) [text]

Smuggling is a Reaction to Border Controls, not the Cause of Migration (Hein de Haas, Oct. 2013) [text]
- Includes map showing "Overland and Maritime Migration Routes to North Africa, the Middle East and Western Europe."

"Tunisian Migrant Journeys: Human Rights Concerns for Tunisians Arriving by Sea," Laws, vol. 2, no. 3 (Aug. 2013) [open access text]

[Map credit: Hein de Haas]

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


XV. Humanitarian Congress Berlin, 25-27 October 2013 [info]
- Online registration is now open!  Theme is "No Access! Who Cares? How to Reach People in Need"; includes a panel on "Refugees and IDPs in Dadaab: The Never Ending Emergency."

World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Istanbul, 24-27 October 2013 [info]
- Registration is ongoing; theme is "Human Security: Humanitarian Perspectives and Responses."

Current Humanitarian Challenges - Two Perspectives: Switzerland and the ICRC, New York, 15 October 2013 [info]

AidEx 2013, Brussels, 13-14 November 2013 [info]
- Free event, but registration required.


The Global Space of Aid, Presentation at "Movements & Exchanges in an Unequal World: ICS at 40," Durham, NC, 28 Feb.-1 March 2013 [access]
- See abstract under "Humanitarianism and Development"; follow link above for video.

Localising the Humanitarian Toolkit: Lessons from Recent Philippines Disasters (AADMER Partnership Group & Save the Children, Aug. 2013) [text via PreventionWeb]

A Networked Response? Exploring National Humanitarian Networks in Asia (ALNAP, Sept. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

*Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings (FAO, Oct. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Web site:

MSF Speaking Out [access]
- Provides access to "a series of studies from Médecins Sans Frontières that openly examine and analyse the organisation’s actions and decision-making process during humanitarian emergencies that have led it to speak out."  Currently features a case study on Somalia; reference materials, a map and timeline, and videos are included.  A report on Ethiopia is expected next month, while analyses of Chechnya, Kosovar Albanians, North Korea, and Rwanda will be made available in 2014.


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

08 October 2013

Regional Focus: Europe

Access to Europe in a Globalised World: Assessing the EU’s Common Visa Policy in the Light of the Stockholm Guidelines, EUI Working Paper RSCAS 2013/74 (Migration Policy Centre, 2013) [text]

Asylum Seekers, Refugees and IDPs in Moldova, CARIM-East Explanatory Note 13/120 (Migration Policy Centre, Sept. 2013) [text]

Asylum-seekers, Refugees and Displaced Persons in Moldova: Problems of Recognition, Social Protection and Integration, CARIM-East Explanatory Note 13/103 (Migration Policy Centre, Sept. 2013) [text]

Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the Republic of Belarus: Challenges to Social Cohesion, CARIM-East Explanatory Note 13/101 (Migration Policy Centre, Sept. 2013) [text]

ECRE Information Note on the Qualification Directive (Recast) (ECRE, Oct. 2013) [text]

"Modelling Asylum Migration Pull-Force Factors in the EU-15," The Economic and Social Review, vol. 44, no. 3 (Autumn 2013) [open access text]

"Seeking Safety beyond Refuge: The Impact of Immigration and Citizenship Policy upon Refugees in the UK," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 30 Sept. 2013 [open access text]

Tagged Publications. 

07 October 2013

Thematic Focus: Women

"Community Rejection Following Sexual Assault as 'Forced Migration'," Forced Migration Review, no. 44 (Sept. 2013) [open access text]

Female Genital Mutilation and Refugee Status in Swedish Asylum Cases: A Critique from a Gender Perspective, Bachelor's Thesis (Lund University, 2013) [text]

"Gendered Technologies: The Politics of Feminist Migration Research," Australian Journal of Gender and Law, vol. 1 (2013) [open access text]

Guidance Note: Striving for Gender Equality in Emergencies (FAO, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

*"How We Changed the Law: The Context and History of Women’s Asylum Claims in the U.S.," Women's Asylum News, no. 119 (Oct./Nov. 2013) [full-text via Refworld]

Is Sexual Violence Being Efficiently Addressed in Global Conflict Zones? (Africa at LSE Blog, July 2013) [text]

"Millennium Development Goals and the Protection of Displaced and Refugee Women and Girls," Laws, vol. 2, no. 3 (Sept. 2013) [open access text]

Research Network on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict (IntLawGrrls, Sept. 2013) [text]


Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Children/Education

Event & opportunity:

Job opening: Research Officer, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict [info]
- Apply by 16 October 2013.

Illegality, Youth, and Belonging, Cambridge, MA, 25-26 October 2013 [info]
- Pre-register by 18 October 2013.


"Bringing Universities to Refugee Camps in Kenya," New York Times, 7 Oct. 2013 [text]

CGRS Argues Before Fifth Circuit in Potentially Precedent-Setting Children's Case (CGRS, Sept. 2013) [text]

Children's Participation in Humanitarian Programming (Save the Children, Sept. 2013) [access via ReliefWeb]
- Follow the link for a review and guidelines.

Decisions Concerning Migrant Children Must Always be Based on their Best Interests (Human Rights Comment, Sept. 2013) [text]

"Refugees Embrace Power of Education," Independent Education, no. 2 (Aug. 2013) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 30.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

New Issues of FRLAN, Germ. Yrbk. Intl. Law, Intl. Law Rev. Colomb., Intl. J. HR

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 41 (Oct. 2013) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

German Yearbook of International Law, vol. 55 (2012) [contents]
- Includes focus section on "Disaster Preparedness and Response."

International Law: Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional, no. 22 (Jan./June 2013) [full-text]
- Special issue on forced migration, with articles on the environmentally displaced, IDPs in Colombia, and free movement in the EU.

International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 17, nos. 5-6 (2013) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Constructing Humanitarian Space in Darfur" and "The Inter-American Human Rights System: A New Model for Integrating Refugee and Complementary Protection?"
Tagged Periodicals.