30 August 2014

Thematic Focus: Resettlement

The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement were held 24-26 June 2014 in Geneva.  The objective of these meetings is "to address a wide range of policy and procedural matters, including advocacy, capacity building and operational support" and to formulate joint strategies on resettlement.  The European Resettlement Network has circulated a summary of the discussions on its web site, along with the agenda and other documents.  A comprehensive report on the 2014 ATCR (including the text of the NGO statement) is available from the Refugee Council of Australia, while thoughts on the meeting from the Canadian perspective have been posted on the blog of the Ottawa Office of the Mennonite Central Committee.

For another overview of resettlement, see the Progress Report on Resettlement (along with presentation notes) that was submitted to the most recent Standing Committee meeting.  It reviews UNHCR's resettlement activities and identifies current challenges and how to address them.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Resettlement (10 Jan. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

29 August 2014

Events & Opportunities: More September 2014

Job: Program Coordinator, Open Society International Migration Initiative, London [info]
 - Apply by 1 September 2014.

Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum is Legal and Australia's Policies are Not, Sydney, 4 September 2014 [info]
- RSVP for this book launch event by 1 September 2014.

Job: Senior Policy Officer, ICVA, Geneva [info]
- Apply by 8 September 2014.

Launch of the Second AIDA Annual Report, Brussels, 9 September 2014 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

An Afternoon on Syrian Displacement and Protection in Europe, Oxford, 10 September 2014 [info]
- This launch event will also be livestreamed.

Central African Republic: Prioritising the Protection of Civilians – Are We Doing Enough?, London, 16 September 2014 [info]
- Launch event for new issue of Humanitarian Exchange.

Introduction to Forensic Documentation of Trauma: Aiding Immigrant Survivors of Torture & Ill-Treatment, Oakland, CA, 27 September 2014 [info]
- Space is limited, so apply ASAP.

Job: Assistant Editor, Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law [info]
- Apply by 30 September 2014.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: September 2014 & Last Minute August 2014

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

28 August 2014

Thematic Focus: Detention

CMS Dialogue: Detention Policies as Tools of Immigration Control, New York, 21 July 2014 [info]
- Follow link for summary and video.

"Detention of Undocumented Immigrants and the Judicial Impact of the CJEU’s Decisions in France," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Access, 15 Aug. 2014 [abstract]

The EU Returns Directive and the Use of Prisons for Detaining Migrants in Europe (EU Law Analysis Blog, July 2014) [text]

*Hidden Away: Policies and Politics of Immigration Detention in Canada (Border Criminologies Blog, July 2014) [text]

Immigration Detention and Community Statistics (Govt. of Australia) [access]
- Produced on a monthly basis since Jan. 2013.

"Invisible Spaces and Invisible Lives in Immigration Detention," Howard Law Journal, vol. 57, no. 3 (Spring 2014) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 869.

"There and Back Again: On the Diffusion of Immigration Detention," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 2, no. 3 (2014) [open access]

US: Halt Expansion of Immigrant Family Detention (Human Rights Watch, July 2014) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Detention (21 July 2014)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Environmental Migration


Climate Change and Migration: Evidence from the Middle East and North Africa (World Bank, 2014) [text]

"Empirical Research on International Environmental Migration: A Systematic Review," Population and Environment, vol. 36, no. 1 (Sept. 2014) [open access]
- See also related New Security Beat blog post.

Impacts of Climate Change and Disasters on Human Mobility in the Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities, Lami Bay, Fiji, 18-20 Aug. 2014 [info]
- Follow link for concept note.

"Migration and the Environment," Population Bulletin, vol. 69, no. 1 (June 2014) [full-text]

New Research Explores Causality of Climate-Related Conflict, Effectiveness of Migration (New Security Beat Blog, July 2014) [text]

Peninsula Principles in Practice: Climate Change and Displacement in the Autonomous Region of Gunayala, Panama - Mission Report (Displacement Solutions, July 2014) [text]

U.N. Conference Set to Bypass Climate Change Refugees (IPS, Aug. 2014) [text]

Commentary on Tuvalu "climate refugee" case decided in New Zealand:

- Have the First "Climate Refugees" Just Landed? (IOM, Aug. 2014) [text]
- No "Climate Refugees" in New Zealand (Planet Policy Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]
- What Just Happened in New Zealand? Did They Really Just Create the First "Climate Change Refugees"? (UKCCMC, Aug. 2014) [text]
- Why New Zealand did not Accept "World’s First Climate Refugees" (RTCC, Aug. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change (17 July 2014)

Tagged Publications. 

27 August 2014

Regional Focus: Syria


An Afternoon on Syrian Displacement and Protection in Europe, Oxford, 10 September 2014 [info]
- Launch event for a forthcoming RSC policy briefing (an executive summary of which is referenced below) and the next Forced Migration Review issue (due to be published 2 September 2014), both of which focus on Syria. The event will also be livestreamed.


Finding Solutions for Syrian Refugees: Resettlement and Other Forms of Admission of Syrian Refugees (UNHCR, updated Aug. 2014) [text]

Protection in Europe for Refugees from Syria (RSC, Aug. 2014) [text]

Quality of Life of Syrian Refugees Living in Camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (PeerJ, 2014) [preprint]

Syrian Refugee Response: Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (UNHCR, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian Refugee Situation Analysis of Youth in Lebanon (UNHCR, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Syria (8 Aug. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

26 August 2014

News: Free JRS Issue

FYI, the contents of the most recent issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (reported on in this earlier blog post) are currently being made freely available to readers "for a limited time." So be sure to visit sooner rather than later!

Tagged Periodicals.

Regional Focus: Australia & New Zealand


The Detention and Abuse of Child Asylum Seekers, Melbourne, 28 August 2014 [info]

Refugee Policy in Election Year, Auckland, 30 August 2014 [info]
- View the press release for this event on the Doing Our Bit Facebook page.

Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum is Legal and Australia’s Policies are Not, Sydney, 24 September 2014 [info]
- Q&A with one of the authors of a soon-to-be published book.



Australia's Highest Court to Hear Test Case on Asylum Seekers (Thomson Reuters Foundation, Aug. 2014) [text]

The Construction of Borders: Discursive Representations of Asylum Seekers in Australian Press (Lund University, Spring 2014) [text]

An Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014 (Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee) [info]
- Follow "submissions" link on the right for commentary re. the Bill.

New Zealand:

"Cultural Case Workers in Child Disability Services: An Evidence-based Model of Cultural Responsiveness for Refugee Families," Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, Latest Articles, 11 Aug. 2014 [open access]

"'Going through the doors of pain': Asylum Seeker and Convention Refugee Experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand," Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, Latest Articles, 20 Aug. 2014 [open access]

I ōrea te tuātara ka patu ki waho: Competing Priorities in the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy (Fulbright New Zealand, Aug. 2014) [text]

"The New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy: Implications for Identity, Acculturation and Civic Participation," Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, Latest Articles, 20 Aug. 2014 [open access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Oceania (14 Aug. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

25 August 2014

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Building a Better Response: Strengthening Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Capacity and Engagement in the International Humanitarian Architecture [access]
- Recently launched e-learning course. More information is available via International Medical Corps.

State of the Humanitarian System Survey [info]
- Take the survey to help contribute to the next SOHS report, due out in July 2015.


Aid Workers Could Secure Better Protection under the Protection of Civilians Mandate (IntLawGrrls, Aug. 2014) [text]

Experts Weekly: Where are the Humanitarians? (Think Africa Press, July 2014) [text]

Global Humanitarian Overview: Status Report (OCHA, Aug. 2014) [text]

Negotiating Perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban Views of Aid Agencies, HPG Policy Brief, no. 61 (ODI, Aug. 2014) [text]

The Security Council and Humanitarian Relief in Opposition-held Territories (EJIL: Talk Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

Too Many Humanitarian Crises, not Enough Global Resources (Global Post Blog, July 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (23 July 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: MENA

Aiding Iraqis Meets Responsibility to Protect, and Could Lead to Common Ground on Syria (IPI Global Observatory, Aug. 2014) [text]

Analysis: Iraq's Forgotten Displaced (IRIN, Aug. 2014) [text]

Cities, Displacement and Stranded Migrants, Policy Report, no. 02/08 (UNU-GCM, 2014) [text]

Gaza Crisis Atlas (OCHA, Aug. 2014) [text]

The Implications of the Acquisition of a New Nationality for the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees (SSRN, Aug. 2014) [text]

The Migration Dilemma in North Africa (Foresight for Development Blog, July 2014) [text]

Refugee Politics in the Middle East and North Africa: Human Rights, Safety, and Identity (Palgrave Macmillan, May 2014) [info]
- Read the preface and chapter 1.

Scenarios: Humanitarian Implications of Violence in Northern and Central Iraq (ACAPS, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Scenarios: Where is Lebanon Heading Now? (ACAPS, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Middle East (4 Aug. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

22 August 2014

Regional Focus: Africa

Another Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 Famine (Feinstein International Center, Aug. 2014) [text]

As DRC Ratifies the Kampala Convention, IDMC Asks: What Difference Will it Make? (IDMC Blog, July 2014) [text]

From Post-conflict Recovery and State Building to a Renewed Humanitarian Emergency: A Brief Reflection on South Sudan (Feinstein International Center, Aug. 2014) [text]

"The Material and Cultural Recovery of Camels and Camel Husbandry among Sahrawi Refugees of Western Sahara," Pastoralism, 4:7 (June 2014) [open access]

Ministerial Meeting of the High Commissioner's Global Initiative on Somali Refugees, Addis Ababa, 20 Aug. 2014
- Read the text of the Communiqué from this meeting and a related press release. See also a report of the meeting and a background paper.

Reluctant to Return? The Primacy of Social Networks in the Repatriation of Rwandan Refugees in Uganda, Working Paper, no. 103 (RSC, Aug. 2014) [text]

Somali Refugees Show How Conflict, Gender, Environmental Scarcity Become Entwined (New Security Beat Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (7 Aug. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe


Launch of the Second AIDA Annual Report, Brussels, 9 September 2014 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.


Countries which are Victims of Terrorism Harden Their Attitudes toward Accepting Asylum Seekers (LSE's EUROPP Blog, July 2014) [text]

Data Protection Rights and Administrative Proceedings (EU Law Analysis Blog, July 2014) [text]

Divided and Displaced in Ukraine: Two Groups Facing Two Different Futures? (IDMC Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

Language Testing of Asylum Claimants: A Flawed Approach (Institute of Race Relations, Aug. 2014 [text]

Migration to the UK: Asylum (Migration Observatory, July 2014) [text]

Spain: Halt Summary Pushbacks to Morocco (Human Rights Watch, Aug. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (12 Aug. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

19 August 2014

News: Today is World Humanitarian Day!

World Humanitarian Day commemorates "all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and [celebrates] the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world."  Visit the WHD site and Facebook page to learn more and to express your support for aid workers and their contributions.  You can also follow ReliefWeb's coverage of the day.


Aid in Danger: Violence against Aid Workers and the Future of Humanitarianism, London, 19 August 2014 [info]
- This panel discussion will also be livestreamed.

#HumanitarianHeroes Come Together at the U.N., New York, 19 August 2014 [info]
- Watch live online.

Messengers of Humanity, Geneva, 19 August 2014 [info]
- Watch live online.

National Memorial for Humanitarian Aid Workers, London, 19 August 2014 [info]
- Ceremony at Westminster Abbey, with the RSC's Gil Loescher laying a wreath.

You can learn about more events taking place by following #WHD2014 and #HumanitarianHeroes.


Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism (University of Pennsylvania Press, July 2014) [info]

Aid Worker Security Report 2014 (Humanitarian Outcomes, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

International Humanitarian Day: Staying Safe (IRIN, Aug. 2014) [text]

Prioritizing Chaos: The Challenges Humanitarians Face When Responding to Crises (Huffington Post, Aug. 2014) [text]
- Part of a series of posts commemorating WHD.

Safety & Security Topic Page (ReliefWeb) [access]

World Humanitarian Day: Remembering Humanitarian Heroes (UpFront Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

World Humanitarian Day: UNHCR Pays Tribute to Courage and Sacrifice of Aid Workers (UNHCR, Aug. 2014) [text]

World Humanitarian Day 2014: Reflecting on 10 Years of Forgotten Crises (Global Humanitarian Assistance Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

I will add more as the day unfolds.

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

18 August 2014

Thematic Focus: Nationality & Statelessness


27 Countries Limit a Woman’s Ability to Pass Citizenship to her Child or Spouse (Pew Research Center, Aug. 2014) [text]

Ambiguities in the Categories of Migration, Policy Report, no. 02/06 (UNU-GCM, 2014) [text]

*"Beyond the Ethics of Admission: Stateless People, Refugee Camps and Moral Obligations," Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. 40, no. 7 (Sept. 2014) [abstract]
- The author gave a lecture on this subject in Toronto, 13 Jan. 2013; follow the link for the video and a pre-circulated paper.

Human Rights and Support for Stateless People around the World: Japan’s Role - International Academic Conference Report, Senri Ethnological Reports, no. 118 (National Museum of Ethnology, 2014) [text]

Is the Discussion of "Statelessness" in the UN Security Council a Question of Human Security or of International Security?, Policy Report, no. 02/02 (UNU-GCM, 2014) [text]

Problematizing the Conventions on Statelessness, Policy Report, no. 02/01 (UNU-GCM, 2014) [access]

Reflections on Quasi-loss of Nationality in Comparative, International and European Perspective, Liberty & Security in Europe Paper, no. 66 (CEPS, Aug. 2014) [text]

Register Me! The UNHCR ExCom Conclusion on Civil Registration (Child Rights Connect, 2014) [access via Plan International]

Web site:

Statelessness.tv [access]
- Launched during the conference, "Statelessness and Transcontinental Migration," Barcelona, 24-25 July 2014.  Scroll to p. 29 in the conference program for more information.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (28 July 2014)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Children

Afghan Unaccompanied Minors in the Netherlands: Far Away from Home and Protected?, Working Paper, no. 2014/037 (UNU-MERIT, 2014) [text]

Asylum Policies for Unaccompanied Children Compared with Expedited Removal Policies for Unauthorized Adults: In Brief (U.S. Congressional Research Service, July 2014) [text via Refworld]

"Giving Voice to Unaccompanied Children in Removal Proceedings," Willamette Journal of International Law & Dispute Resolution, vol. 21, no. 1 (2013) [text via SSRN; posted May 2014]

Protecting the Lonely Children: Recommendations to the Australian Government and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child with Respect to Unaccompanied Children who Seek Asylum and Refuge in Australia (Australian Churches Refugee Task Force, July 2014) [text]

Roundtable: Child Psychology in Asylum and Immigration Cases  (CSEL Blog, June 2014) [text]

The Surge of Unaccompanied Children from Central America: Root Causes and Policy Solutions (Center for American Progress, July 2014) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Americas, incl. Unaccompanied Minors (6 Aug. 2014)
- Thematic Focus: Children (29 July 2014)

Tagged Publications.

CFP/New Issues of Comp. Migr. Stud., Dev. in Pract., Euro. J. Public Health, FP Essent., Griffith Law Rev., Humanity J.


Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees [info]
- Articles sought for special issue on "The Indo-Chinese Refugee Movement and the Launch of Canada’s Private Sponsorship Program."  Deadline for abstracts is 1 December 2014.

New issues:

Comparative Migration Studies, vol. 2, no. 2 (2014) [open access]
- First four articles are contributions to a special symposium on "After the Arab Spring: EU Asylum and Migration Policy in Flux."

Development in Practice, vol. 24, no. 4 (2014) [contents]
- Special issue on "Climate Change Adaptation and Development." Free access is provided to several articles.

European Journal of Public Health, vol. 24, suppl. 1 (Aug. 2014) [contents]
- Supplement issue focusing on "Immigration and Health: North Africans in Europe."  Includes "Refugees in and out of North Africa: A Study of the Choucha Refugee Camp in Tunisia" and "The Big Crossing: Illegal Boat Migrants in the Mediterranean."

FP Essentials, no. 423 (Aug. 2014) [contents]
- Focus is on "Immigrant and Refugee Health."

Griffith Law Review, vol. 22, no. 3 (2013) [contents]
 - Symposium issue on "Emerging Mechanisms of Legislative and Political Power in Response to Irregular Migration."

Humanity Journal, vol. 5, no. 2 (July 2014) [contents]
- Several articles on humanitarianism, including "Between Communal Survival and National Aspiration: Armenian Genocide Refugees, The League of Nations, and the Practices of Interwar Humanitarianism."


The Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now the Rights in Exile Newsletter.  The URL for the newsletter's web site has changed accordingly.

Tagged Periodicals and Events & Opportunities.

15 August 2014

New Issue of RSQ

The latest issue issue of Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) is now available.  Contents for vol. 33, no. 3, Sept. 2014 include:

  • UNHCR International Protection Policies 2000–2013: From Cross-Road to Gaps and Responses [abstract]
  • The New Wave: Forced Displacement Caused by Organized Crime in Central America and Mexico [open access]
  • Paradigm Shift or Business as Usual? An Historical Reappraisal of the “Shift” to Securitisation of Refugee Protection [abstract] [Academia]
  • Displacing Equality? Women’s Participation and Humanitarian Aid Effectiveness in Refugee Camps [abstract]
  • Advocating “Dignity” and “Return” for Lebanon’s Palestinians: Imagining a Diasporic Project [abstract] [full-text via MSF]

Kudos to David James Cantor for making his article "open access."  I believe it's the first official OA article to be published in RSQ (although other articles have temporarily been made freely available in the past; see, e.g., vol. 33, no. 1, March 2014, the full-text contents of which are all currently accessible). Hopefully, more authors will follow in Dr. Cantor's footsteps!

Tagged Periodicals.

Thematic Focus: General

Better Together: Regional Capacity Building for National Disaster Risk Management (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Aug. 2014) [text]

Critical Perspectives on Crisis and Migration (openDemocracy, May 2014) [text]

Decision-making under the Gambler’s Fallacy: Evidence from Asylum Judges, Loan Officers, and Baseball Umpires (National Bureau of Economic Research, Aug. 2014) [text]

Human Development Report 2014 (UNDP, July 2014) [text]
- The theme is "Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience."

Human Migration: Myths, Hysteria and Facts (Hein de Haas Blog, July 2014) [text]

The Use of Private Companies to Enforce Migration Control Measures and Problems of Democratic Accountability (UNU-GCM, July 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (24 July 2014)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: United States

Events & opportunities:

Jobs: Immigration Judges, Various locations [info]
- Application deadlines vary, but mainly early September.

11th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, Washington, DC, 21 October 2014 [info]
- Registration is open.


"'Conditional Admission' and Other Mysteries: Setting the Record Straight on the 'Admission' Status of Refugees and Asylees," New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, vol. 17, no. 1 (Winter 2014) [full-text]

"The Life of a Refugee: Fleeing Forced Labor, Finding Financial Limbo - What It's Like to be a Refugee in America," The Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2014 [text]

The Stalemate over Unaccompanied Minors Holds Far-reaching Implications for Broader U.S. Immigration Debates (Migration Information Source, Aug. 2014) [text]

"The U.S. Asylum Adjudication System: Failure to Protect," Penn Undergraduate Law Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (Fall 2013) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 73.

Where Refugees to the U.S. Come from (Pew Research Center, July 2014) [text]

Young Migrants May Request Asylum, but It's Hard to Get (NPR, Aug. 2014) [access]


Toolkit for Working with Unaccompanied Children (CLINIC) [access]
- "The following resources provide information about the surge in unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border and the common forms of relief available to them."

Withholding-only Proceedings Toolkit (Center for Immigrants’ Rights & Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center) [access]
- "This Toolkit aims to provide new practitioners and pro bono attorneys with an overview of withholding-only proceedings. According to the 2013 Statistical Yearbook, the number of withholding-only cases before immigration courts has significantly increased, due in large part to the number of individuals found to have a 'reasonable fear' of persecution or torture in their home countries. ..."

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas, incl. Unaccompanied Minors (6 Aug. 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

14 August 2014

Regional Focus: Asia

Afghanistan Becomes Unlikely Safe Haven for Pakistani Refugees (IRIN, July 2014) [text]

"Beaten and Spied on, Asylum Seekers Reveal Oppression of Being Returned," The Guardian, 6 Aug. 2014 [text]

Humanitarian Trends and Trajectories to 2030: North and South-East Asia, Briefing prepared for World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for North and South-East Asia, Tokyo, 23-24 July 2014 [text]

Improving Nutrition and Health Service Delivery in Refugee Camps along the Thailand-Burma/Myanmar Border (Border Consortium & International Rescue Committee, July 2014) [text]

India and its 1971 Refugee "Problem" (McGill Human Rights Interns Blog, July 2014) [text]

Migration and Displacement Impacts of Afghan Transitions in 2014: Implications for Australia, Irregular Migration Research Program Occasional Paper Series, no. 03/2013 (Australian Dept. of Immigration & Citizenship, Oct. 2013) [text]

Pakistani Asylum-seekers in Sri Lanka Face Deportation (New Internationalist Blog, July 2014) [text]

[Map credit: OCHA]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia (15 July 2014)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Oceania


*Advocating on Refugee Protection with UNHCR: Report on 2014 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2014) [text]

Beyond Operation Sovereign Borders (Inside Story, Aug. 2014) [text]

Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (Australian Institute of Family Studies) [info]
- Study to be conducted from 2013-2018. This July 2014 press release reports on initial findings.

Looking Beyond Australia’s Debate about Asylum to Better Regional Answers for Refugees (Asylum Insight, Aug. 2014) [text]

Papua New Guinea’s Refugee Track Record and Its Obligations under the 2013 Regional Resettlement Arrangement with Australia, SSGM Discussion Paper, no. 2014/3 (Australian National University, 2014) [text]

A Regional Response to Forced Migration (JRS Australia, Aug. 2014) [text]

Web site:

Roads to Refuge [access]
- "Roads to Refuge is designed to give students, teachers and the community access to relevant, factual and current information about refugees."


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (29 July 2014)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

13 August 2014

Thematic Focus: ICTs

Assessing Information & Communication Needs: A Quick and Easy Guide for Those Working in Humanitarian Response (CDAC Network & ACAPS, May 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

The CDAC Network Suite of Common Communication Needs Assessment Tools (CDAC Network, April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Facebook Savvy Migrants? Research Notes from the U.S.-Mexico Border (The Information, Aug. 2014) [text]

Information in the Midst of Crisis: Addressing the Information Needs of Internally Displaced Persons at the Tong Ping Protection of Civilians Site, Juba, South Sudan (Internews Network, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Media Content in the Central African Crisis: An Overview and Solutions for Further Peace-building and Governance Interventions (Internews Network et al., May 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Refused Refugees in Amsterdam Find Support through Social Media (NewInt Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs (9 July 2014)

Tagged Publications.

Events & Opportunities: September 2014 & Last Minute August 2014

August 2014:

Consultancy to Develop a Web-based NGO Coordination Resource Centre [info]
- Apply by 18 August 2014.

Crisis, Mobility and New Forms of Migration, Cork, Ireland, 2-4 September 2014 [info]
- Register by 19 August 2014.

September 2014:

MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, University of London [info]
- The first postgraduate course to be offered via distance study!  Apply by 1 September 2014.

CFP: Organizational Perspectives on Environmental Migration, Rome, 7-8 November 2014 [info]
- Abstract deadline is 1 September 2014.

Call for Expressions of Interest: "Developing Individual Case Processing Capacity in View of Increasing Resettlement Outputs in Africa," UNHCR Project No. DIP/CEI/013/2014 [info]
- Submission deadline is 15 September 2014.

First Global Forum on Statelessness, The Hague, Neth., 15-17 September 2014 [info]
- Registration is ongoing; check out the programme.

CFP: Volume 5 of Reference Encyclopedia on Contemporary Issues and People of Color [info via ImmigrationProf Blog]
- Editors are seeking essays on immigration and migration issues in the U.S.; deadline for submissions is 19 September 2014.

Engaging with Faith Organisations and Communities in Development and Humanitarian Work, Amman, 4-6 November 2014 [info]
- Application deadline is 21 September 2014.

Job: Research Assistant, Migration Policy Centre [info]
- Application deadline is 22 September 2014.

Bordering on Failure: Canada-US Border Policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion, Oxford, 30 September 2014 [info]

Master of Arts in Migration and Displacement, Wits University, Johannesburg [info]
- Applications from South African students are due 30 September 2014.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: More August 2014

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

12 August 2014

Regional Focus: Europe

Better Management of Dead and Missing Migrants Needed in Europe (IRIN, July 2014) [text]

Comparative Migration Studies, vol. 2, no. 2 (July 2014) [open access]
- Features the introduction to and three articles from the "Special Symposium of Comparative Migration Studies: After the Arab Spring: EU Asylum and Migration Policy in Flux."

The Culture of Disbelief: An Ethnographic Approach to Understanding an Under-theorised Concept in the UK Asylum System, Working Paper, no. 102 (RSC, July 2014) [text]

"Displacement and Education of the Next Generation: Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina," IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 3:12 (July 2014) [open access]

EASO Newsletter (July-Aug. 2014) [full-text]
- News from the European Asylum Support Office.

Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights 2013 (Frontex, 2014) [text]
- See also human rights critique of Frontex.

Lives at the Southern Borders: Forced Migrants and Refugees in Morocco and Denied Access to Spanish Territory (JMS-Spain & JRS-Europe, July 2014) [text]
- See also the original Spanish-language report.

Lost at Sea, Working Paper, no. 14-39 (Boston University School of Law, July 2014) [text via SSRN]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (25 July 2014)

Tagged Publications.

08 August 2014

Regional Focus: Syria

Comprehensive Food Security Monitoring Exercise (CFSME): Syrian Refugees in Jordan (WFP & REACH, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Economic Impact Study: Direct and Indirect Effects of the WFP Value-based Food Voucher Programme in Lebanon (WFP, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Housing, Land & Property Issues in Lebanon: Implications of the Syrian Refugee Crisis (UN Habitat & UNHCR, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Not Welcome: Jordan’s Treatment of Palestinians from Syria (Human Rights Watch, Aug. 2014) [text]
- See also related HRW news article.

Regional Analysis for Syria: Brief (ACAPS, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Situation Analysis of Youth in Lebanon Affected by the Syrian Crisis (UNFPA et al., April 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Syria (4 Aug. 2014)

Tagged Publications.

Events & Opportunities: More August 2014

10th World International Association of Refugee Law Judges Conference, Tunis, 22-24 October 2014 [info]
- Registration is now open. The theme is "Advancing Refugee Law Around the World: Contemporary Challenges in Emergent and Established Asylum Systems." Note: A pre-conference refugee law training workshop run by IARLJ and UNHCR will be held 20-21 Oct.

Joint Advanced ELENA and Leiden University Conference, Leiden, The Netherlands, 24-25 October 2014 [info]
- Registration is now open. The theme is "The Use of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Immigration and Asylum Law."

Job: Senior Legal Advisor (Judicial Engagement), UNHCR [info]
- Apply by 18 August 2014.

Job: Communications and Information Coordinator, Refugee Studies Centre [info]
- Apply by 20 August 2014.

CFP: Age Discrimination in Migration Policy and Practice – International Perspectives [info]
- Submit abstract by 29 August 2014.

Call for Rapporteurs: Symposium on the Protection of People Fleeing Armed Conflict, Luxembourg, 20 October 2014 [info]
 - Apply by 31 August 2014.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: Additional August 2014

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

07 August 2014

Regional Focus: Africa


Debate: "Turning the Screw on Nairobi's Refugees" [access]
- A new topic has been posted on the Urban Refugees Debate Forum. Participate in the debate by leaving a comment.


Malnutrition and Elevated Mortality among Refugees from South Sudan, Gambella, Ethiopia, June-July 2014 (UNHCR, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

A People Dispossessed: The Plight of Civilians in Areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo Affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (Conciliation Resources, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related policy brief.

Rapport d'Atelier: Solutions Durables pour les Personnes Déplacées Internes, Bamako, 26-27 Février 2014 (IDMC, July 2014) [text]

Refugees Ask Senegalese Authorities to Improve Living Conditions (Justice Matters in Africa Blog, July 2014) [text]

A Safe Haven for Somalis in Uganda?, Briefing Paper (Rift Valley Institute, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Their Suffering, Our Burden? How Congolese Refugees Affect the Ugandan Population, HiCN Working Paper, no. 181 (Institute of Development Studies, Aug. 2014) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (25 July 2014)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

06 August 2014

Regional Focus: Americas, incl. Unaccompanied Minors


Expert Roundtable on the Interpretation of the Extended Refugee Definition Contained in the 1984 Cartagena Declaration on Refugees,Montevideo, Uruguay, 15-16 October 2013 [info]
- See also concept note and the Summary Conclusions.

Forced Displacement and Early Childhood Nutritional Development in Colombia, HiCN Working Paper, no. 180 (Institute of Development Studies, Aug. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

"How Not to Design a World without Borders," The Atlantic, 21 July 2014 [text]

Karen Refugees after Five Years in Canada: Readying Communities for Refugee Resettlement (Immigrant Services Society of BC, July 2014) [text]

"The Legal Framework and Institutional Assistance for Refugees in Brazil since the Mid-Twentieth Century: The Impact on Refugee Integration and Assistance," IMTP-Magazine on Migration Issues (Spring 2014) [full-text]

Other Situations of Violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America: Humanitarian Impact (ACAPS, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Rise Seen in Asylum Denial Rates (TRAC, Aug. 2014) [text]

Unaccompanied Minors at the U.S. Border:

"Children at the U.S. Border: Credible Fears, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Causes of the Southwestern Border Surge," Chapman Law Review, vol. 18 (Forthcoming, Winter 2015) [eprint via SSRN]

Humanitarian Protection for Unaccompanied Children from Central America (OUP Blog, July 2014) [text]

On the Border, Who Gets to Be a Refugee? (NYT's Op-Talk Blog, July 2014) [text

Survey: Nearly 7-in-10 Americans See Unaccompanied Children at Border as Refugees, Not Illegal Immigrants (Public Religion Research Institute, July 2014) [text]
- See also related NYT article.

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Central American Unaccompanied Minors (24 July 2014)
- Regional Focus: Americas (14 July 2014)

Tagged Publications.

05 August 2014

Thematic Focus: Gender Issues


"El derecho de asilo por motivos de orientación sexual e identidad de género = The Right to Asylum on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity," Revista de Derecho Político, no. 89 (2014) [open access]

From ABC to DSSH: How to Prove That You Are a Gay Refugee? (Free Movement, July 2014) [text]

LGBTI Asylum Seekers: Discord between the European Courts? (EDAL, July 2014) [text]

"Taking it Personally: Delimiting Gender-based Refugee Claims Using the Complementary Protection Provision in Canada," Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, vol. 26, no. 2 (Forthcoming, 2014) [eprint via SSRN]

UNHCR Welcomes Entry into Force of the Istanbul Convention and Encourages Worldwide Accession (UNHCR, July 2014) [text]
- See also related Migrants' Rights Network article, which includes links to press releases issued by other organizations and ratification information.

X, Y and Z: The "A, B, C" of Claims Based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity? (UNHCR, June 2014) [text]
- Paper presented at Expert Roundtable on Asylum Claims Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity or Expression, Brussels, 27 June 2014.

Web resource:

Female Genital Mutilation: Grounds for Seeking Asylum (Fahamu Refugee Programme) [access]
- New page launched to support legal aid providers.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Gender Issues (26 June 2014)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Health

Environmental Health Index for Urban Refugees in Delhi, India (JIPS, Spring 2014) [access]
- Follow link for information about the project and the text of the final report.

"Khat Use, PTSD and Psychotic Symptoms among Somali Refugees in Nairobi: A Pilot Study," Frontiers in Public Health, 2:71 (June 2014) [open access]

"Linking International Clinical Research with Stateless Populations to Justice in Global Health," BMC Medical Ethics, 15:49 (June 2014) [open access]

Malaria Prevention - Quick Check List: Distribution of Long-lasting Insecticide Treated Nets in Refugee Situations (UNHCR, 2014) [text]

"Perinatal Outcome and Financial Impact of Eritrean and Sudanese Refugees Delivered in a Tertiary Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel," Israel Medical Association Journal, vol. 16, no. 6 (June 2014) [free full-text]

"Preventing Malnutrition in Post-Conflict, Food Insecure Settings: A Case Study from South Sudan," PLoS Currents: Disasters, Edition 1 (July 2014) [open access]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Health Issues & Palestinian/Syrian Refugees (24 July 2014)
- Thematic Focus: Health (26 June 2014)

Tagged Publications.

04 August 2014

Thematic Focus: Education, incl. MOOCs

Challenges of Implementing Inclusive Education for Urban Refugees in Primary Schools within Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya (University of Nairobi, April 2014) [text]

"'A Cultural Occupation?' UNRWA’s Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Tolerance Programme: Perspectives from Balata Camp," Educate: The Journal of Doctoral Research in Education, vol. 14, no. 2 (2014) [open access]

Education in Emergencies: The Case of the Dadaab Refugee Camps, CIGI Policy Brief, no. 47 (Centre for International Governance Innovation, July 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Education under Attack 2014 (Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, Feb. 2014) [text]

How to Teach ... Refugee Week (The Guardian's Teacher's Blog, June 2014) [text]

UNICEF Back-to-School Guide : Evidence-Based Strategies to Resume Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition (UNICEF, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The War Follows Them: Syrian University Students & Scholars in Lebanon (UC Davis, June 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]


Can You Really Teach a MOOC in a Refugee Camp? (Wired Campus Blog, Aug. 2014) [text]

Designing Effective MOOCs for Refugees (SciDev.Net, July 2014) [text]

"Mooc Makeover Saves Refugee Course," Times Higher Education, 17 July 2014 [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Children (8 July 2014)
- Thematic Focus: Education (23 May 2014)

Tagged Publications.