23 December 2015

Admin: Winter Break

This blog will be quiet until the new year. Until then, happy holidays!

Thematic Focus: Detention

After the Fast Track: What Next for the Detention of Asylum Seekers? (openDemocracy, Dec. 2015) [text]

Alternatives to Detention for Asylum Seekers and People in Return Procedures (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, Oct. 2015) [text via Refworld]

Greece: Detention Update by NGO Aitima (AIDA, Dec. 2015) [access]

Immigration Detention in the Gulf  (Global Detention Project, Dec. 2015) [text]

National Action Plans, UNHCR Global Strategy: Beyond Detention 2014-2019 [access]
- Two more plans have been posted for Hungary and Zambia.

The Uncounted: Detention of Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Europe (Global Detention Project, Dec. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Detention (8 Dec. 2015)

Tagged Publications. 

22 December 2015

Thematic Focus: Health

"A Cost-benefit Analysis of a Proposed Overseas Refugee Latent Tuberculosis Infection Screening and Treatment Program," BMC Public Health, 15:1201 (Dec. 2015) [open access]

"Early Motherhood: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Experiences of African Australian Teenage Mothers in Greater Melbourne, Australia," BMC Public Health, 15: 873 (Sept. 2015) [open access]

High-level Meeting on Refugee and Migrant Health, Rome, 23-24 Nov. 2015 [access]
- Follow link for documents related to the conference.

"How Aid Workers Can Stay Healthy – A Psychologist's Guide," The Guardian, 26 Nov. 2015 [text]

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants on the Move in Europe: A Multi-agency Guidance Note (UNHCR et al., Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Neonatal Outcomes of Syrian Refugees Delivered in a Tertiary Hospital in Ankara, Turkey," Conflict and Health, 9:38 (Dec. 2015) [open access]

"The Principle of Non-Discrimination: An Empty Promise for the Preventive Health Care of Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Migrants?," Groningen Journal of International Law, vol. 3, no. 2 (2015)[open access]

Rebuilding Adolescent Girls' Lives: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict-affected Gaza, Liberia and Sri Lanka (ODI, Oct. 2015) [text]

"Screening for Infectious Diseases among Newly Arrived Migrants: Experiences and Practices in Non-EU Countries of the Mediterranean Basin and Black Sea," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 12, no. 12 (Dec. 2015) [open access]

State of World Population 2015 - Shelter from the Storm: A Transformative Agenda for Women and Girls in a Crisis-prone World (UNFPA, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Vitamin D Status and Associated Metabolic Risk Factors among North Korean Refugees in South Korea: A Cross-sectional Study," BMJ Open, 5:e009140 (Nov. 2015) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (2 Dec. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Gender Issues

Draft Report on the Situation of Women Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the EU (European Parliament, Nov. 2015) [text]

Men and Masculinities, vol. 18, no. 4 (Oct. 2015) [contents]
- Special issue on "The Invisible (Migrant) Man," the introduction for which is available as an eprint. Includes an article entitled "'Here, Man Is Nothing!' Gender and Policy in an Asylum Context"; a podcast of an earlier related seminar presentation is available via FMO.

Minimum Standards for Prevention and Response to Gender-based Violence in Emergencies (UNFPA, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Minimum Standard Commitments to Gender and Diversity in Emergency Programming (Pilot version) (IFRC, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Rethinking Displacement and the Protection of Female Asylum Seekers in Nigeria," Nnamdi Azikiwe Journal of International Law and Jurisprudence, vol. 6 (2015) [open access]

Sexual and Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response in Refugee Situations in the Middle East and North Africa (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Terrorists or Cowards: Negative Portrayals of Male Syrian Refugees in Social Media," Feminist Media Studies, vol. 16, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

Women and Girls Failed: The Burundian Refugee Response in Tanzania (Refugees International, Dec. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Gender Issues (3 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

21 December 2015

Events & Opportunities: Last Minute Dec. 2015/More Jan. 2016

CFPs: World Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Addis Ababa, 5-8 March 2016 [info]
- Theme is "Changing Crises and the Quest for Adequate Solutions." Deadline for submitting paper proposals is 25 December 2015.

Funding: The Sadako Ogata Scholarship [info]
- Provides financial assistance to those who have been accepted to the MA programme in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the University of London.  Application deadline is 18 January 2016.

Courses: MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford University [info]
- Application deadline is 22 January 2016.

Call for Ideas: Improve Development Response for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons [info]
- Submit expression of interest form by 24 January 2016.

Conference on Due Process and Access to Justice for Immigrants, New York, 26 January 2016 [info]

CFP: The Future of Refugee Law, 1st Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative, London, 29 June-1 July 2016 [info]
- The deadline for submissions of both paper and panel proposals has been **extended** to 30 January 2016.

Courses: Africa Regional Statelessness Course, Pretoria, 18-22 April 2016 [info]
- Apply by 31 January 2016.

Related posts:
- Opportunities: More IASFM16 CFPs
- Opportunities: CFPs for IASFM16
- Events & Opportunities: More Dec. 2015/New Jan. 2016

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Information & ICTs

Automated Collection and Verification of Humanitarian Information Using Crowdsourcing (Humanitarian Innovation Fund, 2015) [access]

Digital Revolutions: Assessing the Role, Influence, and Potential of New Information Technology Tools in 21st Century Politics and in Applied Research, Bergen, 2-3 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for programme details and workshop report.

"The Humanitarian Cyberspace: Expanding Frontiers or Shrinking Space?," Third World Quarterly, Latest Articles, 27 Nov. 2015 [full-text via Academia.edu]
- See also related news story.

"Humanitarian Technology: A Critical Research Agenda," International Review of the Red Cross, vol. 96, no. 893 (Spring 2014) [full-text]

Launch of IASFM Working Group for Archiving and Documentation of History of Forced Migration (FM Discussion List, Nov. 2015) [text]

New Roots: Using Smartphones to Help Refugee Men in Australia (Settlement Services International, Dec. 2015) [text]

Rethinking the Role of Tech Companies in the Refugee Crisis (Tech Crunch, Dec. 2015) [text]

"Smartphones Bring Solace and Aid to Desperate Refugees," Wired, 5 Dec. 2015 [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information-related Items (3 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Opportunities: More IASFM16 CFPs

In this earlier blog post, I listed a number of calls for papers for proposed panels at the next IASFM conference in Poland. Here are two more:

Environmental Factors as Drivers of Human Mobility [info]
- Abstract due date: 18 January 2016.

Volunteering for Refugees [info]
- Abstract due date: 15 January 2016.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Education

Barriers to Education for People Seeking Asylum and Refugees on Temporary Visas (Refugee Council of Australia, Dec. 2015) [text]
- See also related post on The Conversation.

Educating Syrian Youth in Jordan: Holistic Approaches to Emergency Response (International Peace Institute, Dec. 2015) [text]

Education is the Key to Integrating Refugees in Europe (INEE Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

Education of Syrian Refugee Children: Managing the Crisis in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan (RAND, Nov. 2015) [text]

Is Education Boko Haram’s Biggest Victim? (IRIN, Dec. 2015) [text]

The Limits of Universal Education: Barriers to Enrolment for Urban Refugees in Kampala (Xavier Project, Dec. 2015 [text]
- See also related debate forum on Urban Refugees.

Putting Mercy in Motion: JRS Launches Education Campaign for Refugee Children and Youth (Jesuit Refugee Service, Dec. 2015) [text]

"Refugee Education in Countries of First Asylum: Breaking Open the Black Box of Pre-resettlement Experiences," Theory and Research in Education, OnlineFirst, 21 Dec. 2015 [postprint]

"Refugee Higher Education: Contextual Challenges and Implications for Program Design, Delivery, and Accompaniment," International Journal of Educational Development, vol. 46 (Jan. 2016) [full-text via ResearchGate]

Supporting Syrian Refugee Children Who Arrive in Your School (SecEd, Nov. 2015) [text]

What Works to Promote Children’s Educational Access, Quality of Learning, and Wellbeing in Crisis-affected Contexts (INEE, Oct. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Education (17 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Africa

Asylum Betrayed: Recruitment of Burundian Refugees in Rwanda (Refugees International, Dec. 2015) [text]

A Certain Catalyst: An Overview of the (Mixed) Migration and Development Debate with Special Focus on the Horn of Africa Region: Extended Summary (Regional MMS, Nov. 2015) [text]

"Identity and Language Attitudes among Liberian Refugees in Oru Camp, Ogun State, Nigeria," Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, vol. 212 (Dec. 2015) [open access]

Irregular Migration between West Africa, North Africa and the Mediterranean (Altai Consulting, Dec. 2015) [text]

A New Approach to Emergencies Takes Root in Africa (UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text]

Protecting Some of the People Some of the Time: Civilian Perspectives on Peacekeeping Forces in South Sudan (International Refugee Rights Initiative, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Refugee Freedom of Movement Restricted in Zambia," Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 64 (Nov. 2015) [full-text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (10 Dec. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

18 December 2015

News: UNHCR Mid-Year Trends 2015

UNHCR released its Mid-Year Trends 2015 report today. From the press release:
"UNHCR's Mid-Year Trends 2015 report, covering the period from January to end June, and looking at worldwide displacement resulting from conflict and persecution, shows markers firmly in the red in each of the three major categories of displacement – Refugees, asylum-seekers, and people forced to flee inside their own countries.
  The global refugee total, which a year ago was 19.5 million, had as of mid-2015 passed the 20 million threshold (20.2 million) for the first time since 1992. Asylum applications meanwhile were up 78 per cent (993,600) over the same period in 2014. And the numbers of internally displaced people jumped by around 2 million to an estimated 34 million.
  Indications from the first half of the year suggest 2015 is on track to see worldwide forced displacement exceeding 60 million for the first time. In a global context, that means that one person in every 122 has been forced to flee their home."

Statistical annexes can be downloaded as a zip file via the link on the top right side of the press release page. Multimedia resources relating to the report are available here.

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: General


International Migrants Day, 18 December 2015 [info]
- See also IOM's statement and launch of its #IAmAMigrant campaign (visit web site and Twitter feed).


Addressing Security Concerns without Undermining Refugee Protection: UNHCR's Perspective (UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text]
- See also related UNHCR briefing note.

Alternatives to Camps: Making It Work - Good Practice and Guidance Series, Key Action #3: Adapting Service Delivery (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text]

Forced Migration: A New Challenge (PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, Dec. 2015) [text]

"Forced Migration and 'Rejected Alternatives': A Conceptual Refinement," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 13, no. 4 (2015) [postprint via Univ. of Leicester IR]

Migrants' Myths and Imaginaries: Understanding Their Role in Migration Movements and Policies, Policy Brief (Univ of Ottawa, Aug. 2015) [text]

Moving Stories: International Review of How Media Cover Migration (Ethical Journalism Network, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related IOM blog post.

There's No Place Like Home (IRIN, Dec. 2015) [text]

Top Ten Migration Issues (Migration Information Source, Dec. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (11 Dec. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Europe

Challenges to a Comprehensive EU Migration and Asylum Policy (ODI, Dec. 2015) [text]

ECRE Weekly Bulletin: End of Year Special Issue (Dec. 2015) [full-text]
- Links to stories from past issues of the Weekly Bulletin, as well as ECRE publications.

Europe Can Solve its Refugee Crisis, if It Has the Will (Human Rights Watch, Dec. 2015) [text]

Europe's Gatekeeper: Unlawful Detention and Deportation of Refugees from Turkey (Amnesty International, Dec. 2015) [text]

European Neighbourhood Policy: Southern Neighbourhood – Migration Issues (EPRS, Dec. 2015) [text]

Migrant, Refugee, or Human? The Unsettled Issue of Human Rights in Europe (OUP Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]  

Migration Flows: Europe (IOM, updated Dec. 2015) [access]
- See also related press release.

Migration to the EU: A Perilous and Difficult Journey (Red Cross EU Office, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Presidency Report - Managing Migration Flows: State of Play - Implementing Solutions and Remaining Gaps (Govt. of Luxembourg, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Recent Migration Trends and the Refugee Crisis, Brussels, 8 Dec. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for a summary of the debate, photos and video recordings.

"Sobre el impacto de la crisis de refugiados en la PCSD de la Unión Europea: Referencia a la contribución de España," Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional, vol. 31 (2015) [open access]

Top 10 of 2015 – Issue #1: Migration Crisis Tests European Consensus and Governance (Migration Information Source, Dec. 2015) [text]

Why People Move: Understanding the Drivers and Trends of Migration to Europe, Working Paper, no. 430 (ODI, Dec. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (16 Dec. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: MENA


Table Ronde sur la nouvelle politique marocaine d’immigration et la régularisation des femmes et des enfants: Bilan et perspectives, Rabat, 19 December 2015 [info]


Aid? What Aid? Besieged Yemenis Ask (IRIN, Dec. 2015) [text]

Between 'Voluntary' Departure to an Undisclosed Third State and Indefinite Detention (Border Criminologies Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

Displacement and Returns Continue in Iraq (IOM, Dec. 2015) [text]

Lebanon: Looking Ahead in Times of Crisis (Oxfam, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Other Migrant Crisis: Protecting Migrant Workers against Exploitation in the Middle East and North Africa (IOM & Walk Free Foundation, Dec. 2015) [text]

Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) in Jordan: The State of Exclusivism, EUI Working Paper RSCAS 2015/91 (Migration Policy Centre, Nov. 2015) [text via SSRN]

Refocusing on Yemen: The Regional Refugee and Migration Response Plan (Regional MMS, Dec. 2015) [text]

"'There is no comparison' – Palestinian Refugees and the Role of UNRWA in the Syrian Refugee Crisis," Chapter in Alternative Voices on the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan: An Interview Collection (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2015) [text via MPC]
- Scroll to p. 52.

Update on the Implementation of Solutions for Residents of Hurriya Temporary Transit Location (TTL) (UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text]

"Who Represents Palestinian Refugees? The Sidelining of the Core of the Palestine Question," Perceptions, vol XX, no. 1 (Spring 2015) [full-text via Academia.edu]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Syria (16 Dec. 2015)
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (1 Dec. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

17 December 2015

Thematic Focus: Persons with Disabilities

"Barriers to the Long-term recovery of Individuals with Disabilities Following a Disaster," Disasters, Early View [eprint via Academia.edu]

Disability Inclusion: Topic Guide (gsdrc, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2015 [info]
- This year's theme was "Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities."

"Intersecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Disability in Humanitarian Settings: Risks, Needs, and Capacities of Refugees with Disabilities in Kenya, Nepal, and Uganda," Sexuality and Disability, vol. 33, no. 4 (Dec. 2015) [open access]

Landmines/ERW, Refugees, and Displacement, Briefing Paper Update (Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitor, Dec. 2015) [text]

*Making Humanitarian Response Age and Disability Inclusive: The Minimum Standards, Webinar, 1 Dec. 2015 [access]

People with Disabilities at Added Risk in War, Displacement (Human Rights Watch, Dec. 2015) [text]

Rocky Road: Disabled Refugees Battle through the Balkans (IRIN, Dec. 2015) [text]

*Supporting Disabled People in Emergencies: Motivation’s Appropriate and Affordable Wheelchairs (ALNAP & ELRHA, Nov. 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Persons with Disabilities (28 Oct. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling


Seminar: Human Trafficking and Slavery Reconsidered, London, 19 January 2016 [info]
- Presentation by Dr. Vladislava Stoyanova, who also authored the chapter on human trafficking victims referenced below.

Seminar: Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision in the Smuggling Cases, Toronto, 3 February 2016 [info]
- Note: The texts of the decisions are available via CCR.


A Global Study of Human Trafficking Legislation: Causes and Effects, International Relations Honors Thesis (New York University, Spring 2015) [text]

Human Smuggling (Border Criminologies Blog, Nov. & Dec. 2015) [access]
- A themed series of six blog posts; follow link for the first one and access subsequent posts in the series via the "see also" sub-section on the right.

*"Scrutinising the Double Disadvantage: Knowledge Production in the Messy Field of Migrant Smuggling," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 30 Oct. 2015 [full-text via ResearchGate]

Smugglers are Least Bad Option for Border Returnees (IRIN, Dec. 2015) [text]

A Study on Smuggling of Migrants: Characteristics, Responses and Cooperation with Third Countries (European Commission & European Migration Network, Sept. 2015) [text via ICMPD]

Survive and Advance: The Economics of Smuggling Refugees and Migrants into Europe, ISS Paper, no. 289 (Institute for Security Studies & Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, Nov. 2015) [text]

Top 10 of 2015 – Issue #4: Big Business of Smuggling Enables Mass Movement of People for Enormous Profits (Migration Information Source, Dec. 2015) [text]

"Victims of Human Trafficking in the Asylum Procedure: A Legal Analysis of the Guarantees for 'Vulnerable Persons' under the Second Generation of EU Asylum Legislation," Chapter 3 in Seeking Asylum in the European Union: Selected Protection Issues Raised by the Second Phase of the Common European Asylum System (Brill, 2015) [eprint via SSRN]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling (12 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

16 December 2015

Regional Focus: Syria

Alternative Voices on the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan: An Interview Collection (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2015) [text via MPC]

Breaking Through: Dismantling Roadblocks to Humanitarian Response in Syria (Human Rights Brief, Dec. 2015) [text]

Ethnic Cleansing Threatens Syria's Unity (Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Dec. 2015) [text]

International Protection Considerations with Regard to People Fleeing the Syrian Arab Republic: Update IV (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text]

No Place to Stay? Reflections on the Syrian Refugee Shelter Policy in Lebanon (American University of Beirut & UN Habitat, Sept/ 2015) [text]

Syrian Refugees in the West: A Conversation with Ambassadors of the EU Delegation, Germany, Greece, Italy and Canada, and a Senior UNHCR Representative, Beirut, 8 Dec. 2015 [info]
- Audio and video for this event are available.

The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon (World Bank & UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text]
- See also related UNHCR news story.

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (1 Dec. 2015)
- Browse other posts that have been indexed with the "Syrians" subject label.

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe


Cash Transfer Programming: Feasibility and Appropriateness in the Context of IOCC’s Humanitarian Response to the Refugee and Migrants’ Crisis in Greece [Kos and Chios Island] (International Orthodox Christian Charities, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

A Comprehensive Humanitarian and Political Response to the Migration and Refugee Crisis in Europe, Paris, 16 Dec. 2015 [info]
- Conference conclusions will eventually be made available. In the meantime, follow the discussion on Twitter.

EU Border Plan is a Textbook Example of Tunnel Vision (Border Criminologies Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

European Agenda on Migration (European Commission, Dec. 2015) [access]
- New reports and documents as of 15 Dec. 2015 are available under each of the three sub-menu items on the left, including updates on the state of play in Greece and Italy.

European Commission and UNHCR Launch Scheme to Provide 20,000 Reception Places for Asylum Seekers in Greece (European Commission, Dec. 2015) [text]

"German Researchers Pledge Help in Refugee Crisis," Nature, 16 Dec. 2015 [text]

"Interpreting the Discourse of Reporting: The Case of Screening Interviews with Asylum Seekers and Police Interviews in Finland," International Journal of Translation and Interpreting Research, vol. 7, no. 3 (2015) [full-text via Academia.edu]

Migration [What Think Tanks are Thinking] (EPRS, Dec. 2015) [text]

Top 10 of 2015 – Issue #6: Refugee Crisis Deepens Political Polarization in the West (Migration Information Source, Dec. 2015) [text]

"Turned Away: On Thin Evidence, Britain Declares its Biggest Source of Refugees Safe After All," The Economist, 12 Dec. 2015 [text]

Web page:

In Focus: European Approaches to Irregular Migration (Kaldor Centre) [access]
- Updated and revised "In Focus brief sets out recent developments in the migration debates in Europe, and draws together key proposals for how to manage the flow of asylum seekers and migrants into the region."

Related post:

15 December 2015

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items


The High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges takes place on the 16th & 17th of December 2015 in Geneva. The theme is "Understanding and addressing root causes of displacement." Here is the schedule. Note that plenary sessions and the debate on protection and prevention will be streamed live; access the feed via the HC Dialogue web page.  The media page provides additional information.

NGO contributions include a key messages document, an IDMC briefing paper and an APRRN briefing paper.


"Asylum vs Sovereignty in the 21st Century: How Nation-states Breach International Law to Block Access to Asylum," International Journal of Migration and Border Studies (Forthcoming, 2016) [eprint via SOAS IR]

A Dialogue on Migration and Development and Refugee Protection, New York, 28 Oct. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video and pdfs of some of the presentations.

Law Students Research Sea Rescue of Refugees (Southern Illinois Univ., Dec. 2015) [text]

Opening a Window into the Soul: How to Prepare Asylum Claims Based on Religion (Free Movement Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

*Protection-at-Sea Stocktaking: Summary of Recommendations and Action Points (Global Migration Group, Nov. 2015) [text via Refworld]

Protection Elsewhere, but Where? National, Regional and Global Perspectives on Refugee Law, Sydney, 20 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcasts and texts of speeches where available.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (5 Dec. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Solutions

Preventing Regret (Academia.edu, 2015) [eprint]

"A Real Durable Solution for Southeast Asia's Refugees," The Diplomat, 10 Dec. 2015 [text]

Resettlement and Other Forms of Legal Admission for Syrian Refugees (UNHCR, updated 11 Dec. 2015) [text]

Resettlement of Bhutanese Refugees Surpasses 100,000 Mark (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text]

"Studying Refugee Settlement through Longitudinal Research: Methodological and Ethical Insights from the Good Starts Study," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 28, no. 2 (2015) [postprint via QUT]

The United States Refugee Resettlement Program: A Global Model for Successful Humanitarian Response?, Evanstan, IL, 3 Dec. 2015 [info]
- Note: A recording of this event will eventually be made available. In the meantime, read this related news story.

Voluntary Repatriation as a Durable Solution to Sri Lankan Refugees in India: A Critical Analysis from a Legal Perspective, Paper presented at 8th International Research Conference, Rathmalana, Sri Lanka, 27-28 Aug. 2015 [text]
- Video of the presentation is also available.

'Welcome to Canada': Syrian Refugees Begin to Arrive (NPR, Dec. 2015) [access]

Welcoming Engagement: How Private Sponsorship Can Strengthen Refugee Resettlement in the European Union (Migration Policy Institute, Dec. 2015) [text]

Where is Integration in the Refugee Crisis? (British Politics and Policy Blog, Oct. 2015) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Americas, incl. U.S. Admission of Syrian Refugees (1 Dec. 2015)
- Thematic Focus: Solutions (2 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

2nd Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean, Bangkok, 3-4 Dec. 2015 [info]
- See/listen to statements from Amnesty International, IOM & UNHCR. See also this Reuters news story.

"Les déplacés des Chagos: Retour sur la lutte de ces habitants pour récupérer leur terre ancestrale," Revue québécoise de droit international, vol. 27, no. 2 (2014) [full-text]

Durable Solutions for IDPs in Afghanistan: A Secondary Data Analysis (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text]

Legal Rights of Refugees in India (Jesuit Refugee Service, Oct. 2015) [text]

Myanmar: Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016 (OCHA, Nov. 2015) [text]

"A Real Durable Solution for Southeast Asia's Refugees," The Diplomat, 10 Dec. 2015 [text]

Returning Home: Livelihoods and Food Security of FATA Returnees (Food Security Cluster, Aug. 2015) [text]

South-east Asia: Mixed Maritime Movements, July-September 2015 (UNHCR, Nov. 2015?) [text]

Understanding and Addressing Root Causes of Displacement in the Asia-Pacific, Briefing paper prepared for the High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges, 16-17 December 2015 (APRRN, Dec. 2015) [text]

U.S. Refugee and Migration Policy and Programs in Southeast Asia (U.S. Dept. of State, June 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (18 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Americas

An Academic New Year’s Resolution for Colombia: Understanding Continued Gendered Violence as a Threat to Positive Peace (IntLawGrrls Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

"The Deported," New York Times Magazine, 9 Dec. 2015 [text]
- Focuses on a Honduran deportee.

A Dialogue on Migration and Development and Refugee Protection, New York, 28 Oct. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video and pdfs of some of the presentations.

I Hate Withholding of Removal. Here’s Why (The Asylumist Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

Learning from Our Past: The Refugee Experience in the United States (American Immigration Council, Nov. 2015) [text]

Legal Protections for Displaced & Stateless Persons in the Caribbean Region (RefLaw Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

The MERCOSUR Visa: A Band-Aid for Ecuador’s Rejected Colombian Asylum Seekers (RI Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

Stopping the Revolving Door: Reception and Reintegration Services for Central American Deportees (Migration Policy Institute, Dec. 2015) [text]

Throwback Thursday: Bill O. Hing (ImmigrationProf Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]
- Recommends a re-read of "Detention to Deportation: Rethinking the Removal of Cambodian Refugees," UC Davis Law Review, vol. 38, no. 3 (2005).

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (7 Dec. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects

[Note: I am re-circulating this post due to the addition of a new opportunity, working paper, research report and journal article.]


*World Bank: Call for Ideas to Improve Development Response for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons [info]
- Submit expression of interest form by 24 January 2016.


*Assessing Economic Impacts of Hosting Refugees: Conceptual, Methodological and Ethical Gaps, Working Paper, no. 111 (Refugee Studies Centre, Dec. 2015) [text]

Being Oromo in Nairobi's 'Little Mogadishu': Eastleigh's Ethiopian Refugees and Their Livelihoods, Oxford, 25 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Economic Challenges and Prospects of the Refugee Influx (EPRS, Dec. 2015) [text]

*From Crisis to Community: Syrian Refugees and the B.C. Economy (Vancity Credit Union, Dec. 2015) [text]
- See also related news story.

From Macro-economy to Political Economy: Situating the Refugee Development Discourse at the Large Scale, Oxford, 2 Dec. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

"How Refugees Find Jobs in Germany," New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2015 [text]

"Integrating Refugees: A Long-Term, Worthwhile Investment," DIW Economic Bulletin, nos. 45&46 (2015) [text]

"More Toil, Less Trouble: Getting Refugees into Work Quickly Would Benefit Everyone," The Economist, 12 Dec. 2015 [text]

*"Spoken English Does Matter: Findings from an Exploratory Study to Identify Predictors of Employment among African Refugees in Brisbane," Australasian Review of African Studies, vol. 36, no. 2 (Dec. 2015) [full-text via Academia.edu]

Work and Social Welfare for Asylum-seekers and Refugees: Selected EU Member States (EPRS, Dec. 2015) [text]

"Working for a Better Life: Longitudinal Evidence on the Predictors of Employment among Recently Arrived Refugee Migrant Men Living in Australia," International Migration, vol. 53, no. 2 (2015) [postprint]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Issues (25 Nov. 2015)

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14 December 2015

Thematic Focus: Climate Change/Disasters & Displacement

Are You a Refugee if Climate Change Forces You to Migrate? COP21 and "Climate Displaced Persons" (Ethics Centre Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

Assessing the Evidence: Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Haiti (IOM, 2015) [text]
- Note: This and the report below are the first two national assessments published under the MECLEP project. Still to come are reports on the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Mauritius and Viet Nam.

Assessing the Evidence: Migration, Environment and Climate Change in Papua New Guinea (IOM, 2015) [text]

Bringing Climate Displacement to the Fore (RI Blog, Nov. 2015) [text]

Climate Change and Migration: Expanding the Debate on a Multidimensional Relation (COST, Dec. 2015) [text]

Climate Change, Disasters and Refugees: Talking Points (Univ. of London, Oct. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for video.

Climate-Induced Displacement and Migration: Policy Gaps and Policy Alternative - A Likely Legal Instrument for a Rights-Based Political Solution (Center for Participatory Research and Development, Nov. 2015) [text]

COP21: Paris Climate Summit: Is Migration the Elephant in the Room? (IRIN, Nov. 2015) [text]

Expert View: Walter Kälin on the Climate Negotiations in Paris (UKCCMC, Dec. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.  See also related blog post.

Food, Migration and Climate Change: The Untold Story (IFAD, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Global Issues Don’t Live in Separate Boxes. Why No Mention in Paris of Refugees?," The Guardian, 12 Dec. 2015 [text]

How Climate Change Impacts Human Displacement (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for video.

Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change (Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility, Nov. 2015) [text]

The Importance of Social Science Research for Understanding Climate Change Induced Migration, Side event at COP21, Paris, 1 Dec. 2015 [text]

Migration as an Adaptation Strategy to Climate Change (IOM Blog, Nov. 2015) [text]

Primary Documents: Full Text of Paris Climate Change Agreement (COP21) and Additional Documents (Infodocket, Dec. 2015) [access]

Refugees: Displaced from the Paris Climate Change Agreement? (Future Development Blog, Dec. 2015) [text]

Relocation as an Adaptation Strategy to Environmental Stress: Lessons from the Mekong River Delta in Viet Nam, Migration, Environment and Climate Change Policy Brief Series, vol. 1, no. 6 (Nov. 2015) [text]
- Note: Other publications in this series are available here.

*Top 10 of 2015 – Issue #7: Climate Change and Natural Disasters Displace Millions, Affect Migration Flows (Migration Information Source, Dec. 2015) [text]

UNHCR, Displacement and Disaster Risk Reduction (UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text]

Why COP21 Won't Solve the 'Climate Refugee' Problem (CityLab, Dec. 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Displacement (13 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

11 December 2015

Thematic Focus: General


Crisis Overview 2015: Humanitarian Trends and Risks for 2016 (ACAPS, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Gaps between Migration Realities and Policies: Sussex Centre for Migration Research Findings, Global Insights Policy Brief, no. 11 (Univ. of Sussex, Jan. 2016) [text]

Power and Influence in the Global Refugee Regime, Ottawa, 23-25 Sept. 2015 [access]
- Follow link to access videos of presentations at this workshop.

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Doc. no. A/70/12 (UN General Assembly, 2015) [text]

A Response to Global Forced Displacement, Staff Working Paper (World Bank, Nov. 2015) [text]

"The Struggle of Autonomy and Authenticity: Framing the Savage Refugee," Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, vol. 21, no. 4 (2015) [postprint via SSRN]

Understanding the Root Causes of Displacement: Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Prevention and Solutions (IDMC, Dec. 2015) [text]

Web resource:

UNHCR Map Portal [access]
- Provides access to UNHCR-generated maps by country and date.

Related posts:
- News: New UNHCR Statistical Yearbook (8 Dec. 2015)
- Book Review: Human Cargo (7 Dec. 2015)
- Thematic Focus: General (2 Dec. 2015)

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10 December 2015

Regional Focus: Africa

Building on the Foundation: Formative Evaluation of the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Transition Process in Kenya, PDES/2015/01 - Management Response (UNHCR, 2015) [text]
- The original evaluation was circulated in April 2015.  See also related "Summary of Selected Points Discussed at Meetings of the Steering Committee, Oxford/Nairobi, 27 Oct. 2014."

Dignity Denied: Somali Refugees Expelled from Kenya in 2014 (International Commission of Jurists, Sept. 2015) [text via Refworld]

Driven Apart: How Repeated Displacement Changes Family Dynamics in Eastern DRC (IDMC, Nov. 2015) [text]

Just Deserters: Why Indefinite National Service in Eritrea Has Created a Generation of Refugees (Amnesty International, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Kampala Convention: Make it Work for Women (Norwegian Refugee Council, Dec. 2015) [text]

Mali - Humanitarian Brief: A Rare Possibility to Avoid a Protracted Crisis (OCHA, Dec. 2015) [text]

Somalia: Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016 (OHCA, Nov. 2015) [text]

Spotlight on the Start Fund: A Learning Report from the Burundi Refugee Response in Tanzania (Start Network, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

UNHCR Regional Strategy for the Forced Displacement of Malians: Refugees and Internally displaced Persons 2016-2017 (UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (19 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe


Conference: The Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Do They Have a Future in Europe?, London, 12 December 2015 [info]


Asylum in the EU Member States: More than 410 000 First Time Asylum Seekers Registered in the Third Quarter of 2015 (EUROSTAT, Dec. 2015) [text]

Commentaires du Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés au sujet du projet de loi no. 6779 relatif à la protection internationale et à la protection temporaire (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text]

[Country Reports] (AIDA, Dec. 2015)
- New reports/updates are available for Croatia and France.

The IPCR Arrangements: A Joined-up Approach in Crisis Response?, Issue Brief, no. 38 (EU Institute for Security Studies, Dec. 2015) [text]
- Note: IPCR = EU Integrated Political Crisis Response arrangements.

Syrian Refugee Arrivals in Greece: Preliminary Questionnaire Findings, April-September 2015 (UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related UNHCR briefing note.

Welcoming Engagement: How Private Sponsorship Can Strengthen Refugee Resettlement in the European Union (Migration Policy Institute, Dec. 2015) [text]

"What Caused the Refugee Crisis? You Asked Google – Here's the Answer," The Guardian, 9 Dec. 2015 [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (3 Dec. 2015)

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09 December 2015

Thematic Focus: Children

"Belongings Beyond Borders: Reflections of Young Refugees on Their Relationships with Location," Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, Early View, 14 Sept. 2015 [free full-text]

"Invisible Lives and Hidden Realities of Undocumented Youth," Refuge, vol. 31, no. 2 (2015) [open access]

IOM and UNICEF Data Brief: Migration of Children to Europe (IOM & UNICEF, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Leaving Care: Unaccompanied Asylum- Seeking Young Afghans Facing Return," Refuge, vol. 31, no. 2 (2015) [open access]

A Matter of Life and Death: Child Protection Programming’s Essential Role in Ensuring Child Wellbeing and Survival during and after Emergencies (Global Protection Cluster, Oct. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Navigating Civil War through Youth Migration, Education, and Family Separation," Refuge, vol. 31, no. 2 (2015) [open access]

Put Yourself in Our Shoes: Considering Children’s Best Interests in the Asylum System (Law Centres Network, Nov. 2015) [text via Migrants' Rights Network]

"Rights, Compassion and Invisible Children: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Parliamentary Debates on the Mandatory Detention of Migrant Children in Canada," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 28, no. 4 (Dec. 2015) [text via ResearchGate]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (5 Nov. 2015)

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