30 April 2015

Regional Focus: Australia

Australia and the 1951 Refugee Convention (Lowy Institute, April 2015) [text]
- See also related Lowy Interpreter blog post.

Australia: Stop Transfers to Cambodia (Human Rights Watch, April 2015) [text]

"The Bludgeoning of Chance," 2015 Hal Wootten Lecture, Sydney, 30 March 2015 [info]
- Follow link for transcript and audiovisual media.

"The Extradition of People Smugglers from Indonesia to Australia: Political and Legal Challenges," Australian Journal of Asian Law, vol. 15, no. 2 (2014) [full-text via SSRN]

Is Australia Any Closer to Returning Failed Asylum Seekers to Iran? (FlagPost Blog, April 2015) [text]

"Simulation Games, Popular Factual Media and Civic Engagement: An Audience Study of 'Asylum: Exit Australia'," Media, Culture & Society (Forthcoming; deposited in IR April 2015) [postprint via White Rose IR]

Small Towns, Big Returns: Economic and Social Impact of the Karen Resettlement in Nhill (AMES & Deloitte Access Economics, March 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (26 March 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Children

The Cost of Stemming the Tide: How Immigration Enforcement Practices in Southern Mexico Limit Migrant Children's Access to International Protection (Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute, April 2015) [text]
- Note: The report was officially launched at this conference.

Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma (Burma Visions for Peace, 2015) [info]
- See also related World Policy Blog post.

The Forgotten Children: Australia’s Treatment of Asylum Seeker and Refugee Children on the Mainland and Offshore, Sydney, 23 April 2015 [info]
- Follow link for audio.

High Risk Migration in the Horn of Africa: South-South Child Migration (Danish Institute for International Studies, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
"Humanitarian Protection for Children Fleeing Gang-based Violence in the Americas," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 3, no. 2 (2015) [open access]

"Perspective: 'The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention (2014)'," Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 51, no. 4 (April 2015) [free full-text]
- See also related editorial in the same journal.

The Rise and Fall of the ERPUM Pilot: Tracing the European Policy Drive to Deport Unaccompanied Minors, Working Paper, no. 108 (RSC, March 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (6 April 2015)

Tagged Publications.

29 April 2015

Regional Focus: MENA


40 Years in Exile: Have the Sahrawi Refugees Been Abandoned by the International Community? (Oxfam, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Critical Analysis: Protecting Refugees in the Midst of War (The View from Above Blog, April 2015) [text]

Declaration on Prima Facie Recognition for Yemeni Nationals Fleeing to Puntland (Govt. of Puntland, Somalia, April 2015) [text via UNHCR Somalia]
- Note: UNHCR Somalia also tweeted the same message for Somaliland, although no document was provided.

An Overlooked Crisis: Humanitarian Consequences of the Conflict in Libya, Washington, DC, 24 April 2015 [info]
- Follow link for audio.

The Overlooked Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq: The Need to Address Disparities (Markaz Blog, April 2015) [text]

Uprooted, Unprotected: Libya’s Displacement Crisis, Washington, DC, 21 April 2015 [info]
- Follow link for event summary.

Where There is no Free Will: Israel’s “Voluntary Return” Procedure for Asylum-seekers (ASSAF & Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, April 2015) [text]
- See also related +972 Magazine articles: "Uganda Denies Agreement with Israel on Asylum Seekers" and "ISIS Executes Three Asylum Seekers Deported by Israel."

Yemen: Escalation of Conflict (ACAPS, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Web site:

MHub [access] [Facebook page]
- The public platform of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force. Provides access to "information on mixed migration in, from and through North Africa."

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (17 April 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

28 April 2015

Regional Focus: Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

[I am re-circulating this post in light of the addition of several new references.]


Europe's Migrant Crisis: What Can be Done?, London, 30 April 2015 [info]
- This event will also be livestreamed.


Are Human Rights Hurting Migrants at Sea? (EJIL Talk Blog, April 2015) [text]

*Drowned Europe, Policy Brief, no. 2015/05 (Migration Policy Centre, April 2015) [text]

ECRE’s 10-point Plan to Prevent Deaths at Sea (ECRE, April 2015) [text]

EU: Mixed Messages on Boat Migration (Human Rights Watch, April 2015) [text]

Europe's Sinking Shame: The Failure to Save Refugees and Migrants at Sea (Amnesty International, April 2015) [text]

*Joint Statement on Protection in the Mediterranean in Light of the EU Council's Decision of 23 April 2015 (UNHCR et al., April 2015) [text]
- See also earlier joint statement issued by the same group. The text of the EU Council decision is provided below.

*Legal Routes No Easy Fix to EU Migration Crisis (IRIN, April 2015) [text]

Let Their People Drown: How EU Politicians Have Become Tragic Actors in a Self-inflicted Migration Drama (Hein de Haas Blog, April 2015) [text]

MSF and MOAS – Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions (MSF, April 2015) [text]
- See also related History & Humanitarianism blog post.

Q&A: What is Being Done to Stem Migrant Crossings in the Mediterranean? (The Conversation, April 2015) [text]

Special Meeting of the European Council (European Commission, April 2015) [text]
- See also related IRIN news story.

Ten Point Action Plan on Migration (European Commission, April 2015) [text]

UNHCR Calls for a European-wide Protection Response to the Tragedies in the Mediterranean (UNHCR, April 2015) [text]

For additional commentaries and reactions, see the following collections:
- The Dead Sea: Collection of Tweets, Articles, Maps and Figures on the Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean (Postcards from... Blog, April 2015) [access]
- The EU’s Migration Challenge [What Think Tanks are Thinking] (EPRS, April 2015) [access]


Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe (17 April 2015)
- Thematic Focus: Protection at Sea (12 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Durable Solutions

Events & opportunities:

CFP: "Resettlement and Other Forms of Admission to Europe: Analysis of Current Policies and Future Opportunities," Panel at Escapes: Laboratorio di studi critici sulle migrazioni forzate, Milan, 11-12 June 2015 [info]
- Submit proposals by 11 May 2015.

Conference: Resettlement, Regional Solutions and Humanitarian Assistance, Oslo, 12 June 2015 [registration] [programme]

Funding opportunity: Reception and Placement Program, United States [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 23 June 2015.


"'And When I Become a Man': Translocal Coping with Precariousness and Uncertainty among Returnee Men in South Sudan," Social Analysis, vol. 59, no. 1 (Spring 2015) [full-text via Academia.edu]

Rethinking Refugee Resettlement (HIP Blog, April 2015) [text]

"Return Wishes of Refugees in the Netherlands: The Role of Integration, Host National Identification and Perceived Discrimination," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 24 March 2015 [eprint via ResearchGate]

Soluciones: Iniciativa Integral de Soluciones para la Situación de los Refugiados en Ecuador, 2014-2017 [text]
- For English-language updates on this initiative, see "Boletín Soluciones" in the navigation menu on the right.

Strengthening Communities by Welcoming all Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant & Refugee Integration (White House Task Force on New Americans, April 2015) [text]
- See also related MPI panel discussion on the plan.

Tackling Prolonged Displacement: Lessons on Durable Solutions from Fukushima, Policy Brief, no. 1 (UNU, March 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Durable Solutions (26 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Americas


"El Desplazamiento Forzado de los Pueblos Indígenas en Colombia = Forced Displacement of Indigenous Peoples in Colombia," Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional, vol. 30 (2014) [full-text]

Diagnóstico Caracterización de la Población Hondureña Retornada con Necesidades de Protección (UNHCR, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"A Dry Hate: White Supremacy and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric in the Humanitarian Crisis on the U.S.-Mexico Border," West Virginia Law Review, vol. 117, no. 3 (Forthcoming 2015) [full-text via SSRN]

"Eroding the Law and Diverting Taxpayer Resources: An Examination of the Administration's Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program," Hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, Washington, DC, 23 April 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video and witness testimony. For background on this program, see this factsheet from the State Department.

"From the Cartagena Declaration to the Brazil Plan of Action: The New Frontiers of Protection in the Americas," 59th Lecture of the Americas, Washington, DC, 22 April 2015 [text]
- For access to a video and photos of the lecture, see this related OAS press release. For citation purposes, please note that there is a discrepancy between UNHCR and the OAS in terms of the number of this lecture, i.e., 57 or 59.

*"Migration, Border Externalization and Access to Humanitarian Protection," Tenth Annual Georgetown Law Human Rights Institute Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights, Washington, DC, 13 April 2015 [info]
- Video of the event is available here.

*Poll: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Asylum Reform to Protect Refugees (Human Rights First Blog, March 2015) [text]

Web site:

Fortieth Anniversary of the Indochinese Refugee Movement to Canada (Canadian Immigration Historical Society) [access]
- This site provides access to historical documents, statistics, photos and links. It also features a special issue of the CIHS Bulletin which marks the 40th anniversary with background and remembrances. Finally, information is provided about a book in production tentatively entitled "Running on Empty: The Canada Employment and Immigration Commission and the Indochinese Refugee Movement 1975-1980."


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (13 April 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Detention

"Audi alteram partem in Immigration Detention Procedures, between the ECJ, the ECtHR and Member States: G & R," Common Law Market Review, vol. 52, no. 1 (2015) [full-text via Academia.edu]

Detention of Asylum Applicants at the Border (European Migration Network, 2015) [text]

Does Detention Deter? Reframing Immigration Detention in Response to Irregular Migration, Briefing Paper, no. 1 (International Detention Coalition, April 2015) [text]

"'It is a thin line to walk on': Challenges of Staff Working at Swedish Immigration Detention Centres," International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-being, 10: 25196 (March 2015) [open access]

[New Detention Profiles] (Global Detention Project, 2015)
- Available for Jordan and Libya.

Second Global Roundtable on Reception and Alternatives to Detention, Toronto, 20-22 April 2015 [agenda]
- Organized as part of UNHCR’s Global Strategy: Beyond Detention 2014-19. Other related documents include: a concept note, a participants' list, and two options papers (one on "Options for Governments on Care Arrangements and Alternatives to Detention for Children and Families," the other on "Options for Governments on Open Reception and Alternatives to Detention").  IDC also launched a video as part of the campaign to End Child Detention.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Detention (2 April 2015)

Tagged Publications.

27 April 2015

Regional Focus: Africa

Africa’s Great Lakes Region: A Development Response to Forced Displacement, Washington, DC, 21 April 2015 [info]
- Follow link for audio.

Boko Haram’s Terror Ripples through the Region (IDMC, April 2015) [text]

A Counter-intuitive Flight: Is Somalia Ready to Receive Refugees from Yemen? (RI Blog, April 2015) [text]

International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Consultation Meeting on Land and Property Rights of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees, Nairobi, 21-23 April, 2015 [info]
- See also the text of the "Nairobi Declaration on the Effective Implementation and Operationalization of the Protocol on Property Rights of Returning Persons in the Great Lakes Region."

"Transgression of Human Rights in Humanitarian Emergencies: The Case of Somali Refugees in Kenya and Zimbabwean Asylum-Seekers in South Africa," Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (April 2015) [full-text]

UNHCR Position on Returns to South Sudan - Update I (UNHCR, April 2015) [text]

“We just want a rest from war:” Civilian Perspectives on the Conflict in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan State (International Refugee Rights Initiative, April 2015) [text via IntLawGrrls Blog]

What If? Scenarios of Implemented and Enhanced Migration Legislation and Policies in the Horn of Africa and Yemen (RMMS, Jan. 2015) [text]

Workshop Report: Adopting and Implementing Somaliland’s Draft Policy Framework on Internal Displacement, Hargeisa, Somalia, 1-2 March 2015 [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (14 April 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Events & Opportunities: More May 2015

CFP: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 5, no. 1, 2015 [info]
- Submission deadline is 1 May 2015.

Course: Applied Research Methods with Hidden, Marginal and Excluded Populations, University of Essex [info]
- Apply by 1 May 2015.

Internship: Summer Legal Internship, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program [info]
- Last chance to apply is 1 May 2015.

Briefing: No End in Sight: The Worsening Syrian Refugee Crisis, Washington, DC, 4 May 2015 [info]
- This event will also be livestreamed.

Jobs: COI Research Consultant(s), Asylum Research Consultancy [info]
- Application deadline is 6 May 2015.

CFP: "Resettlement and Other Forms of Admission to Europe: Analysis of Current Policies and Future Opportunities," Panel at Escapes: Laboratorio di studi critici sulle migrazioni forzate, Milan, 11-12 June 2015 [info]
- Submit proposals by 11 May 2015.

Funding opportunity: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees in the Balkans [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 13 May 2015.

Funding opportunity: Global Innovation Programs to Help the Humanitarian Community Better Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence (GBV) in Refugee and Conflict-related Displacement [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 14 May 2015.

Funding opportunity: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees and Displaced Persons in the South Caucasus and Central Asia [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 15 May 2015.

Training seminar: Dublin III, Two Years on: Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the EU and Beyond, Venice-Lido, 19-21 June 2015 [info]
- Application deadline is 21 May 2015.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: Even More April/New May 2015

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

17 April 2015

Admin: Spring Break

This blog will be quiet until the last week of April.

Regional Focus: Europe

Asylum for the Jews of France? (The Asylumist, April 2015) [text]

Asylum Procedures in the EU (EPRS, April 2015) [text]

EU Dublin Asylum System Faces Uncertain Future after Ruling in Afghan Family’s Case (Migration Information Source, April 2015) [text]

Migrant Deaths Soar in Mediterranean (IOM, April 2015) [text]
- For up-to-date figures, visit IOM's Missing Migrants Project.

[New Country Reports] (AIDA, April 2015)
- New and/or updated reports available for Belgium, Cyprus, France, and Switzerland.

Vulnerability, the Right to Asylum and the Dublin System (RefLaw, April 2015) [text]

Words of Concern, Walls of Deterrence: Refugees Pushed out to Sea (MSF, April 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (13 April 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria

Ad-hoc Query on "the Application of Article 1F of the Refugee Convention in Syrian Asylum Cases" (European Migration Network, Dec. 2014) [text]

Conflict, Famine, Refugees, and IDPs: A Perfect Storm in Yemen? (Future Development Blog, April 2015) [text]

"Governing through Uncertainty: Experiences of Being a Refugee in Turkey as a Transit Country for Asylum," Social Analysis, vol. 59, no. 1 (Spring 2015) [full-text via Academia.edu]

Migration Policy Reform in Morocco: Implications for Migrants, the Country, and the Region, MEI Insight, no. 123 (NUS Middle East Institute, April 2015) [text]

Mixed Migration in Volatile Contexts: Why Don't Migrants and Refugees Avoid Libya and Yemen? (Regional MMS, April 2015) [text]

Slow Death: Life and Death in Syrian Communities under Siege (Syrian American Medical Society Foundation, March 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syria: Engaging with Local Actors to Increase Humanitarian Outreach, Jordan, 9-11 March 2015 [info]
- Follow link for a summary of the meeting and related information.  A full conference report is available via ReliefWeb.

Three Steps Back for Israel's Asylum Policy (RI Blog, April 2015) [text]

UK Election Notes: Foreign Policy Opportunities – Resettling Syrian Refugees (Chatham House, April 2015) [text]

Yarmouk: Emergency Call for Funds, 90-day Rapid Response (UNRWA, April 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Middle East (9 April 2015)

Tagged Publications.

New Issues of Anti-Traff. Rev., Korea Obs., Migr. Pol. Pract., Migr. Stud., Open Anthro., Refuge, Social Res., Torture J.

Anti-Trafficking Review, no. 4 (2015) [open access]
- The theme of this issue is "Fifteen Years of the UN Trafficking Protocol."

Korea Observer, vol. 46, no. 1 (2015) [contents]
 - Mix of articles including "Reporting North Korean Refugees in China: The Case of the U.S. Department of State Human Rights Country Reports" and "Improving the Rights of Detained Asylum Seekers in South Korea."

Migration Policy Practice, vol. V, no. 1 (Feb.-March 2015) [full-text]
- This issue "focuses broadly on three main themes – public perceptions of migration, analysis of irregular migration and return trends, and measuring the impact of migration policies."

Migration Studies, vol. 3, no. 1 (March 2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "The emerging New Zealand jurisprudence on climate change, disasters and displacement."  Two articles are freely available.

Open Anthropology, vol. 2, no. 3 (Oct. 2014) [open access]
- Issue theme is "World on the Move: Migration Stories." Includes "On the Run: The Narrative of an Asylum Seeker."

Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, vol. 31, no. 1 (2015) [open access]
- The theme of this issue is "Making Home in Limbo."

Social Research, vol. 82, no. 2 (Summer 2014) [contents]
- Theme is "Food and Immigrant Life."  One subsection focuses on "Food Scarcity and Migration," and includes the article "Food Deprivation: A Basis for Refugee Status?."

Torture Journal: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, no. 1 (2015) [full-text]
- Includes several articles on treatment options for traumatized refugees.

Tagged Periodicals.

Thematic Focus: Health

"Blinding Trachoma among Refugees: Complicating Social Disaster," Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, vol. 5, no. 2 (Feb. 2015) [open access]

"A Case-control Study of Self-reported Health, Quality-of-life and General Functioning among Recent Immigrants and Age- and Sex-matched Swedish-born Controls," Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, vol. 48, no. 2 (Dec. 2014) [open access]

"Cost–benefit Comparison of Two Proposed Overseas Programs for Reducing Chronic Hepatitis B Infection among Refugees: Is Screening Essential?," Vaccine, vol. 33, no. 11 (March 2015) [open access]

"Dynamics of Resilience in Forced Migration: A 1-year Follow-up Study of Longitudinal Associations with Mental Health in a Conflict-affected, Ethnic Muslim Population," BMJ Open, 5:e006000 (Feb. 2015) [open access]

"Factors Associated with the Frequency of Physician Visits among North Korean Defectors Residing in South Korea: A Cross-sectional Study," BMC Health Services Research, 15:90 (March 2015) [open access]

"Mapping Population Mobility in a Remote Context: Health Service Planning in the Whantoa District, Western Ethiopia," Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (April 2015) [full-text]

Syrian Refugee Health Access Survey in Jordan (Johns Hopkins Univ. et al., Dec. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (8 April 2015)

Tagged Publications.

16 April 2015

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


"The Need to Help: The Domestic Arts of International Humanitarianism", 8th Annual Howard Adelman Lecture Series, Toronto, 4 May 2015 [info]


Camp Management Toolkit (CCCM Cluster, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Codes of Conduct, New Actors and Humanitarian Innovation (HIP Blog, April 2015) [text]

The Critical Role of Humanitarian Critique (ALNAP Blog, April 2015) [text]

*Humanitarian Negotiation: Key Challenges and Lessons Learned in an Emerging Field (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative & ATHA, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Transnational Humanitarianism," Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 43 (2014) [full-text via Zolberg Center]

Walk the Talk: Assessing the Application of Humanitarian Principles on the Ground, Geneva, 24 Feb. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for overview of and videos from the first expert panel of ICRC's Research and Debate Cycle on Principles Guiding Humanitarian Action.

What Future for the Humanitarian Capital of the World? (IRIN, April 2015) [text]

*What Methods may be used in Impact Evaluations of Humanitarian Assistance?, HiCN Working Paper, no. 193 (Households in Conflict Network, Dec. 2014) [text]

Why are Humanitarians so WEIRD? (IRIN, April 2015) [text]

Working Together in the Field for Effective Humanitarian Response, Berlin, 3-4 March 2015 [info]
- Follow link for audio and video of ALNAP's 30th Annual Meeting.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (27 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

15 April 2015

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy

The Borders of Human Rights (IntLawGrrls, April 2015) [text]

"Do Human Rights Treaties Help Asylum-Seekers?: Lessons from the United Kingdom," Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, vol. 48, no. 1 (2015) [full-text]

International Refugee Law & Displacement: New Voices (ASIL Cables, April 2015) [text]

"National Case Law as a Generator of International Refugee Law: Rectifying an Imbalance within UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection," Emory International Law Review, vol. 29, no. 3 (2015) [full-text]
- Note: A related conference paper was cited in this earlier post.

Refugees and the Myth of Human Rights: Life Outside the Pale of the Law (Ashgate, Dec. 2014) [info]
- Follow link for table of contents and full-text introduction.  Also note that the author will discuss her book at the following event on 28 April 2015 (register interest by 24 April 2015).

"What Happens to Law in a Refugee Camp?," Law & Society Review, vol. 47, no. 4 (2013) [full-text via ResearchGate; posted Dec. 2014]

"Who Has the Right to have Rights? The Judgments of the CJEU and the ECtHR as Building Blocks for a European ‘ius commune’ in Asylum Law," Chapter 8 in Fundamental Rights in the EU: A Matter for Two Courts (Hart Publishing, March 2015) [full-text via ResearchGate]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (6 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking


Identification of Victims of Trafficking of Human Beings Who May be in Need of International Protection, Valletta, Malta, 6-7 May 2015 [info]
- Scroll to p. 12 for details.  Registration deadline is 17 April 2015.


Anti-Trafficking Review, no. 4 (2015) [open access]
- The theme of this issue is "Fifteen Years of the UN Trafficking Protocol."

France: National Court of Asylum Decides on Definition of Particular Social Group for Victims of Human Trafficking (EDAL, April 2015) [text]

"Modern Day Slavery: What Drives Human Trafficking in Europe?," European Journal of Political Economy, vol. 38 (June 2015) [abstract]
- Note: See also this earlier working paper which concludes that "trafficking is more common within well established routes for migrants and refugees corridors because they [traffickers] can enter into contact with these populations through deceptive activities assisting migration."

"Recognizing Refugee Status for Victims of Trafficking and the Myth of Progress," Refugee Survey Quarterly, Advance Access, 2 April 2015 [abstract]

Social Media & Rescuing Trafficked Migrants: A Case Study (RMMS, March 2015) [text]
- Focuses on Kenyan women in Libya.

"Why Trafficked Persons Need Asylum," Chapter in Exploring the Boundaries of Refugee Law: Current Protection Challenges (Brill/Nijhoff, 2015) [eprint via Academia.edu]

Research Project Results:

A project on "Researching the Nexus between Statelessness and Human Trafficking: The Example of Thailand" has concluded that "Statelessness increases risk factors that influence the likelihood to fall victim to trafficking, such as lack of education and the ability to deal with a sudden crisis. A combination of risk factors may push stateless people to decide to migrate and take risks to be able to do so."

More information is available in the two following reports:

A Methodology for Exploring the Interaction between Statelessness and Human Trafficking (Wolf Legal Publishers, 2015) [text]

The Nexus between Statelessness and Human Trafficking in Thailand (Wolf Legal Publishers, 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking (10 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

14 April 2015

Regional Focus: Africa


FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity for NGO Programs Benefiting Urban Refugees in South Africa [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 8 May 2015.


Cessation of the International Protection of Angolan Refugees in South Africa (SIHMA, April 2015) [text]
- See also related policy brief.

Displacement and Housing, Land and Property Rights in the Central African Republic (NRC & UNHCR, Dec. 2014) [text]
- See also related news release.

Housing, Land and Property in Somalia: Persons of Concern in Somaliland and South-Central Somalia (NRC & IDMC, Oct. 2014) [text via Refworld]

A Long Wait for Home: How Ebola Kept Refugees Stuck in Liberia (IRIN, March 2015) [text]
"Political Battles on Women’s Bodies: Post-election Conflicts and Violence against Women in Internally Displaced Persons Camps in Kenya," Societies without Borders: Human Rights & the Social Sciences, vol. 9, no. 1 (2014) [open access]

Report on Rapid Assessment of Sudanese Refugee Influx into Northern Uganda, Rapid Assessment Briefing Paper, no. 2 (Refugee Law Project, March 2015) [text]

Rewarding Repression: EC Proposed Aid to Eritrea (EEPA, April 2015) [text]
- Note: This news release provides an update on the continuing fallout from the controversy (for background, see here and here) surrounding a discredited Danish Immigration Service report on Eritrea.  In addition, here are links to two recent UK Home Office reports on Eritrea (one on "Illegal Exit" and the other on "National/Military Service") that were recently critiqued by Prof. Gaim Kibreab.

Somalia: Over a Million IDPs Need Support for Local Solutions (IDMC, March 2015) [text]

*UNHCR Statement on the Future of Kenya's Dadaab Refugee Camps (UNHCR, April 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (16 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

13 April 2015

Regional Focus: Americas


"From the Cartagena Declaration to the Brazil Plan of Action: The New Frontiers of Protection in the Americas," 57 Lecture of the Americas, Washington, DC, 22 April 2015 [info]


"Getting to Group under U.S. Asylum Law," Notre Dame Law Review Online, vol. 90, no. 3 (2015) [full-text]

IASFM15 Conference Report: "Forced Migration and Peace: 30 Years of the Cartagena Declaration on Refugees," Bogota, 15-18 July 2014 [text]

"No Refuge: Hungarian Romani Refugee Claimants in Canada," Osgoode Hall Law Journal (Forthcoming; eprint posted April 2015) [text via Osgoode Digital Commons]

Securing Land Rights for Colombian Refugee Women in Ecuador and Panama, Paper prepared for 2015 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, Washington, DC, 23-27 March 2015 [text]

"Social Group Semantics: The Evidentiary Requirements of 'Particularity' and 'Social Distinction' in Pro Se Asylum Adjudications," Minnesota Law Review, vol. 100, no. 1 (2015) [full-text]

Unaccompanied Child Migration to the United States: The Tension between Protection and Prevention (Migration Policy Institute, April 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (30 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: General


"Global Refugee Policy," RSC Public Seminar Series, Oxford, 29 April-10 June 2015 [info]
- Five seminars are scheduled; the series culminates in the Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture.


Anyone Who Thinks Refugee Camps are a Good Idea Has Never Lived in One: The Importance of Recognising Refugees’ Right to Freedom of Movement (Justice Matters in Africa Blog, March 2015) [text]

Guest Blogger Professor Roger Zetter: "For many, internal displacement is the first step on a long and perilous journey of forced migration" (IDMC Blog, April 2015) [text]

Migration Policy Practice, vol. IV, no. 5 (Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015) [full-text]
- This issue considers what the "key migration policy challenges [will] be in various regions of the world in the course of 2015."

The Peculiar Economics of a Refugee Camp: "Yes in my backyard" (Future Development Blog, March 2015) [text]

Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, vol. 31, no. 1 (2015) [open access]
- The theme of this issue is "Making Home in Limbo."

Responding to Chaos: The World’s Beleaguered Humanitarian Community (Order from Chaos Blog, April 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (25 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Europe

Asylum in the EU: Facts and Figures (EPRS, March 2015) [text]

"A 'Blind Spot' in the Framework of International Responsibility? Third Party Responsibility for Human Rights Violations: The Case of Frontex," Chapter in Human Rights and the Dark Side of Globalisation: Transnational Law Enforcement (Forthcoming 2015) [preprint via SSRN]

*EASO Practical Guide: Personal Interview (European Asylum Support Office, Dec. 2014) [text]

ECRE Comments on Regulation (EU) No. 604/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 Establishing the Criteria and Mechanisms for Determining the Member State Responsible for Examining an Application for International Protection Lodged in One of the Member States by a Third-country National or a Stateless Person (Recast) (ECRE, April 2015) [text]

Europe Must Stop Exporting its Migration Fears – or Face the Consequences (IRIN, April 2015) [text]

"Greece as a Country of Asylum": UNHCR's Recommendations (UNHCR, April 2015) [text]

"Missing from the Picture? Migrant and Refugee Community Organizations' Responses to Poverty and Destitution in Glasgow," Community Development Journal, Advance Access, 15 Oct. 2014 [full-text via Academia.edu]

Unwanted, Unnoticed: An Audit of 160 Asylum and Immigration-related Deaths in Europe, European Research Programme Briefing, no. 10 (Institute of Race Relations, March 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (2 April 2015)

Tagged Publications.

09 April 2015

Regional Focus: Middle East

Unfolding news: 

The UN Secretary-General is about to brief the press on the situations in Yarmouk and Yemen.


Syria: Barrel Bombs and Sniper Attacks Compound Misery of Civilians Besieged in Yarmouk (Amnesty International, April 2015) [text]

U.N. Official Calls Situation at Yarmouk Refugee Camp 'Beyond Inhumane' (NPR, April 2015) [text]

Yarmouk: A Timeline of Suffering (IRIN, April 2015) [text]


Few Escape Routes for Refugees and Migrants Trapped in Yemen (IRIN, April 2015) [text]

Humanitarian Funding Analysis: Conflict and Displacement in Yemen (Global Humanitarian Assistance, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

UNHCR Position on Returns to Yemen (UNHCR, April 2015) [text]

Other publications:

Humanitarian Consequences of the Actions of the Terrorist Group Known as “Islamic State” (PACE, March 2015) [text]

Iraq’s Internally Displaced Populations and External Refugees: A Soft Landing is a Requisite for us all (Future Development Blog, April 2015) [text]

Rebuilding from the Rubble: Post-conflict Land Tenure and Opportunities in the Gaza Strip, Paper prepared for 2015 World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, Washington, DC, 23-27 March 2015 [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA (1 April 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Asia

Funding opportunity:

FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity for NGO Programs Benefiting Tibetan Refugees in South Asia [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 30 April 2015.


"Experimentation in Humanitarian Locations: UNHCR and Biometric Registration of Afghan Refugees," Security Dialogue, vol. 46, no. 2 (April 2015) [free full-text]

Hong Kong’s Zero Recognition Rate: A Mystery in Numbers (Netzwerk Fluechtlingsforschung Blog, March 2015) [text]

Listening to Women and Girls Displaced to Urban Afghanistan (Norwegian Refugee Council, March 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

National Policy on IDPs in Afghanistan - From Policy to Implementation: Engaging with National Procedures, National and International Stakeholders in 2015 (Samuel Hall Consulting, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Saeteomin Asylum Seekers: The Law and Policy Response," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Access, 5 April 2015 [abstract]
- This article is behind a paywall.  However, since I was not familiar with the term "saeteomin," I looked it up and found some interesting pieces that discuss the terminology debate relating to North Korean refugees. See this NK News report (June 2012) and this article in the Stanford International Policy Review (July 2014).

Taking Small Steps for Vulnerable Migrants (Singapore Management University, March 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia (20 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

08 April 2015

Thematic Focus: Vicarious/Secondary Trauma

I recently posted a link to an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled "A Crisis of Anxiety among Aid Workers." Since then, I have come across several blog posts and articles that discuss the vicarious or secondary trauma experienced by a variety of different actors who work and interact with forced migrants, so I thought I would gather them together for easier reference.

From the Field: Vicarious Trauma (Border Criminologies, April 2014) [text]

Helping Ourselves to Deal with the Pain of Others: Secondary Traumatization Syndrome and Vicarious Traumatization (Border Criminologies, Feb. 2015) [text]

"How Was Your Trip?" Self-Care for Researchers Working and Writing on Violence, DSD Working Paper on Research Security, no. 2 (SSRC, April 2014) [text]

"'It is a thin line to walk on': Challenges of Staff Working at Swedish Immigration Detention Centres," International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-being, 10: 25196 (March 2015) [open access]

"Ripples against the Other Shore: The Impact of Trauma Exposure on the Immigration Process through Adjudicators," Michigan Journal of Race & Law, vol. 19, no. 1 (Dec. 2013) [full-text]

"Second-hand Emotion? Exploring the Contagion and Impact of Trauma and Distress in the Asylum Law Context," Journal of Law and Society, vol. 40, no. 4 (Nov. 2013) [open access]

"Secondary Trauma among Caregivers Who Work with Mexican and Central American Refugees," Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, vol. 37, no. 2 (May 2015) [abstract]
- Note: While this article is behind a paywall, an eprint version of it may become available soon in the Univ. of Texas at El Paso Institutional Repository.

Self Care and Vicarious Traumatisation when Researching with Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GRAMNet, July 2013) [text]

"Self-reported Vicarious Trauma in Asylum Evaluators: A Preliminary Survey," Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 16, no. 6 (Dec. 2014) [full-text via ResearchGate]

The Sobbing Doctor: The Mask of Professionalism (Free Movement, March 2015) [text]

*"Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Refugee Children’s Forced Repatriation: Social Workers' and Police Officers’ Health and Job Characteristics," Global Journal of Health Science, vol. 7, no. 6 (2015) [open access]

*"Vicarious Resilience and Vicarious Traumatisation: Experiences of Working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in South Australia," Transcultural Psychiatry, OnlineFirst, 20 March 2015 [full-text via ResearchGate]

Vicarious Trauma and Disaster Mental Health: Understanding Risks and Promoting Resilience (Routledge, Feb. 2015) [info]


Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Health

"Chronic Pain in Multi-traumatized Outpatients with a Refugee Background Resettled in Norway: A Cross-sectional Study," BMC Psychology, 3:7 (March 2015) [open access]

"Long Term Mental Health Outcomes of Finnish Children Evacuated to Swedish Families during the Second World War and Their Non-evacuated Siblings: Cohort Study, BMJ, 350: g7753 (Jan. 2015) [open access]

"Neuropsychiatric Disorders among Syrian and Iraqi Refugees in Jordan: A Retrospective Cohort Study 2012–2013," Conflict and Health, 9:10 (March 2015) [open access]

"Overrepresentation of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in Inpatient Psychiatric Care," SpringerPlus, 4:131 (March 2015) [open access]

Recognising and Responding to Trauma amongst Refugee Populations, Webinar, 28 January 2015 [access]
- Follow link for video.

"Why Are We Not Doing More for Alcohol Use Disorder among Conflict-affected Populations?," Addiction, Early View, 10 March 2015 [free full-text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Mental Health (17 March 2015)
- Thematic Focus: Health (10 March 2015)

Tagged Publications.

07 April 2015

Thematic Focus: Durable Solutions


Integration Working Group in Norway, Oslo, 20-21 May 2015 [info]
- Meeting held in advance of the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR). This year's chair is Norway and the NGO focal point is the Norwegian Red Cross.


"Challenges to Rwandan Former Refugees’ Integration in Zambia," Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 58 (April 2015) [full-text]  

"'Durable Solutions,' Transnationalism, and Homemaking among Croatian and Bosnian Former Refugees," Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, vol. 31, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

"From Surviving to Thriving? An Investigation of Asylee Integration in the United States," New York University Review of Law & Social Change, vol. 40, no. 2 (Forthcoming 2016) [eprint via SSRN]

Is Australia Pulling Its Weight When It Comes to the Resettlement of Syrian Refugees? (FlagPost Blog, April 2015) [text]

Más allá de las fronteras: La población colombiana en su proceso de integración urbana en la ciudad de Quito (ACNUR, Nov. 2014) [text]

Meaningful Avenues for Resettlement Needed (Oppenheimer Chair, March 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Durable Solutions (26 March 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.