31 July 2015

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects

Asylum Provision: A Review of Economic Theories, Discussion Paper, no. 692 (ANU Centre for Economic Policy Research, June 2015) [text]

Baseline Assessment of Skills & Market Opportunities for Youth in Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan: A Summary Report (Care International, July 2015) [text]

"'I Feel Like a Beggar': Asylum Seekers Living in the Australian Community without the Right to Work," Journal of International Migration and Integration, Online First, 22 July 2015 [eprint via Academia.edu]

Impact of Humanitarian Aid on the Lebanese Economy (UNDP & UNHCR, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Impact of Refugee Crises on Host Labor Markets: The Case of the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Turkey, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 8841 (Institute for the Study of Labor, Feb. 2015) [text]

"The Impact of Syrian Refugees on the Labor Market in Neighboring Countries: Empirical Evidence from Jordan," Defence and Peace Economics, Latest Articles, 22 June 2015 [free full-text]

 Ireland: Asylum Seekers' Right to Work Overdue (Human Rights Watch, July 2015) [text]
- See also related Right to Work for Asylum Seekers and Refugees blog post.

Refugee Camp Economies in Kenya (Oxhip Blog, June 2015) [text]

Refugee Innovation: Humanitarian Innovation that Starts with Communities (Humanitarian Innovation Project, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (22 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Mental Health

"Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Racialized Immigrants, Refugees, and Non-Status People Living with HIV/AIDS," Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, vol. 26, no. 2 (May 2015) [full-text via SSRN]

Nepal Earthquakes 2015: Desk Review of Existing Information with Relevance to Mental Health & Psychosocial Support (Inter-Agency Standing Committee, May 2015; updated June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Prevalence of Depression and Associated Factors among Somali Refugees at Melkadida Camp, Southeast Ethiopia: A Cross-sectional Study," BMC Psychiatry, 15:171 (July 2015) [open access]

"The Relationship between Trauma, Shame, and Guilt: Findings from a Community-based Study of Refugee Minors in Germany," European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 6: 25863 (June 2015) [open access]

"Relationships of Childhood Adverse Experiences with Mental Health and Quality of Life at Treatment Start for Adult Refugees Traumatized by Pre-flight Experiences of War and Human Rights Violations," Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease, Published Ahead-of-print, 22 May 2015 [open access]

"A Scoping Review of Mental Health Issues and Concerns among Immigrant and Refugee Youth in Canada: Looking Back, Moving Forward," Canadian Journal of Public Health, vol. 106, no. 2 (2015) [open access]

"Trauma Memories, Mental Health, and Resilience: A Prospective Study of Afghan Youth," Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, vol. 56, no. 7 (July 2015) [open access]

"Understanding Psychological Responses to Trauma among Refugees: The Importance of Measurement Validity in Cross-cultural Settings," Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 148, nos. 455 & 456 (2015) [full-text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (17 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

30 July 2015

Thematic Focus: Persons with Disabilities & Older People

All under One Roof: Disability-inclusive Shelter and Settlements in Emergencies (IFRC, 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Building Capacity for Disability Inclusion in Gender-based Violence Programming in Humanitarian Settings: A Toolkit for GBV Practitioners (Women's Refugee Commission & IRC, 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

I See That It Is Possible: Building Capacity for Disability Inclusion in Gender-based Violence (GBV) Programming in Humanitarian Settings (Women's Refugee Commission & IRC, 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Protection Interventions for Older People in Emergencies (HelpAge International, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Stories from the Margins: Refugees with Disabilities Rebuilding Lives," Societies without Borders, vol. 10, no.1 (2015) [open access]

*"Understanding Disability under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Its Impact on International Refugee and Asylum Law," Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 42, no.3 (2014) [full-text]

Why Ageing Should Be a Concern for the World Humanitarian Summit (HelpAge International, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Older People & Persons with Disabilities (13 May 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe

Commentaires du Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés au sujet du projet de loi no. 6775 relatif à l'accueil des demandeurs de protection internationale (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

Court of Appeal Agrees that Detained Fast Track Appeals are Inherently Unfair (Free Movement Blog, July 2015) [text]

EU: Migrants Seeking Opportunity or Refugees Seeking Protection? - Questions and Answers about Why People Risk Lives to Reach Europe (Human Rights Watch, July 2015) [text]

EU Funds for Migration Policies: Analysis of Efficiency and Best Practice for the Future (EP Think Tank, July 2015) [text]

EU 'Safe Country' Lists Threaten Asylum Seekers’ Rights (Human Rights Watch, July 2015) [text]

Europe’s Borderlands: Violations against Migrants and Refugees in Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary (Amnesty International, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Extraterritorial Processing of Asylum Claims, Working Paper (JMCE Migrants, July 2015?) [text]

Greece: Humanitarian Crisis on the Islands (Human Rights Watch, July 2015) [text]

How to Fix Italy's Migrant Reception Centers (Open Society Foundations, July 2015) [text]

Is Recent Asylum Migration Threatening Europe? (e-International Relations, July 2015) [text]

On the Anniversary of the Refugee Convention, We Must Not Close Our Doors to Refugees (Huffington Post, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (23 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking


July 30th is World Day against Trafficking in Persons. It was designated as such by the UN General Assembly in 2013 to "raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights."  For more information and to learn how to show solidarity with trafficking victims, visit OHCHR's Special Rapporteur pageUN Women & UNODC.


Addressing Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Times of Crisis: Evidence and Recommendations for Further Action to Protect Vulnerable and Mobile Populations (IOM, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
- "Undertaken in a time of unprecedented, diverse and simultaneously ongoing crises, with more and more people on the move or displaced, the research confirms that crisis situations can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities to and manifestations of trafficking in persons. In certain contexts, crisis-induced forms of trafficking emerge."

Blurred Lines: When Smuggling Transforms into Trafficking, Victims are Still Treated like Perpetrators (Human Rights First Blog, July 2015) [text]

The Gaps in EU Policies on Migration, Trafficking and Victims' Protection (PICUM Blog, July 2015) [text]

"People at Risk: Combating Human Trafficking along Migration Routes," 15th Conference of the OSCE Alliance against Trafficking in Persons, Vienna, 6-7 July 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video and background resources.  See also text of UNHCR keynote address.

Smuggling and Trafficking Human Beings: Questions and Answers (Human Rights Watch, July 2015) [text]
- See also related HRW comment.

Trafficking in Persons Report 2015 (U.S. State Department, July 2015) [text].
- The TIP "represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it. The U.S. Government uses the TIP Report to engage foreign governments in dialogues to advance anti-trafficking reforms and to combat trafficking and to target resources on prevention, protection and prosecution programs."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling (22 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

28 July 2015

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


Irregular Maritime Migration in the Bay of Bengal Region: The Challenges of Protection, Management, and Cooperation, Bangkok, 29 July 2015 [info]


Forgotten Displacement: Why It’s Time to Address the Needs of West Timor’s Protracted IDPs (IDMC, July 2015) [text]

Humanitarian Trends and Challenges for the Pacific Region (ODI, July 2015) [text]

Improving Refugee Protection in Asia-Pacific: How Australia Can Make a Practical Difference (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2015) [text]

Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM, the SRSG for Migration and Development, and UNODC (July 2015) [text]
- Re. "irregular movement of migrants and refugees in South East Asia."

Persecuting "Evil Way" Religion: Abuses against Montagnards in Vietnam (Human Rights Watch, June 2015) [text]

Time for a New Approach: Ending Protracted Displacement in Sri Lanka (IDMC, July 2015) [text]

Uighur Refugee Dispute Sheds Light on Thai Asylum Practices (RefLaw Blog, July 2015) [text]

World Humanitarian Summit Regional Consultation for the Pacific: Preparatory Stakeholder Analysis (World Humanitarian Summit, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia (29 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: General


Twitter Chat on Urban Displacement, 30 July 2015 [info]
- Discussion on "the knowledge gap concerning assistance to urban refugees and IDPs, and the difficulties in conducting research. Use the Hashtag #urbanchat to take part... ."

*"Boat People": The Emerging Challenge in Forced Migration, Webinar, 19 August 2015 [info]


17 Years in a Refugee Camp: On the Trail of a Dodgy Statistic (Singular Things Blog, July 2015) [text]

63rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme, Geneva, 24-26 June 2015 [access]
- Documents and oral updates are now available.

Age, Gender and Diversity: Accountability Report 2014 (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

FactCheck: Is This the Greatest Period of Humanitarian Need since WWII? (The Conversation, July 2015) [text]

Refugee Settlement and Self-reliance: New Challenges for UNHCR (RI Blog, July 2015) [text]

State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015 (Minority Rights Group, July 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (29 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

CFP/New Issues of Dev. in Practice, EJML, Health Cult. & Soc., Intl. Migr., JIMI, MP&P, Polity, Rts. in Exile, Third World Q.


Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies [info]
- Articles sought for next issue to be published Winter 2015.  Theme is "Internationalization."  Submission deadline is 10 August 2015.

New issues:

Development in Practice, vol. 25, no. 5 (2015) [contents]
- Includes special section on development-induced displacement in Asia.

European Journal on Migration and Law, vol. 17, nos. 2-3 (2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Strengthening the Protection of Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in Immigration Control Proceedings."

Health, Culture and Society, vol. 8, no. 1 (2015) [open access]
- Mix of articles including "They [do more than] Interrupt Us from Sadness: Exploring the Impact of Participatory Music Making on Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing for Refugees in Australia" and "If It Is Meant to Be, Let It Be: Risk Communication among Bosnian Refugees Resettled in the U.S."

International Migration, vol. 53, no. 4 (Aug. 2015) [contents]
- Features special sections on "Developing Frameworks for the Protection of Trafficked Persons" and "Integration in Societies of Destination."  The latter section includes "Identifying Gaps in Health Research among Refugees Resettled in Canada."

Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 16, no. 3 (Aug. 2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Living Without Economic Assets: Livelihoods of Liberian Refugees in the Buduburam Camp, Ghana," "Karen Resettlement: A Participatory Action Research Project" and "Does Compliance with the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights Improve State Treatment of Migrants and Asylum Seekers? A Critical Appraisal of Aliens’ Rights in Greece."

Migration Policy Practice, vol. V, no. 2 (April-June 2015) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- This issue reproduces in short form "a selection of some of the most noteworthy papers discussed at the 13th plenary meeting of the Transatlantic Council on Migration."

Polity, vol. 47, no. 3 (July 2015) [contents]
- Features papers from the Symposium on the Politics of Immigration. Includes "Ideology, International Law, and the INS: The Development of American Asylum Politics 1948-Present."

Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 61 (July 2015) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

Third World Quarterly, vol. 36, no. 6 (2015) [contents]
- Special issue on "The power of human rights/the human rights of power." Includes articles on Lampedusa and Mexican asylum claims in Canada.

Tagged Periodicals and Events & Opportunities.

25 July 2015

Regional Focus: Middle East

As the Conflict Marches on in Yemen, its Displaced Citizens are Close to a Tipping Point (IDMC Blog, July 2015) [text]

Asylum-Seekers for Sale (Access Denied Blog, July 2015) [text]

Can the UN's Agency for Palestinians be Fixed? (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

Desperate Migration in the Middle East (YaleGlobal Online, July 2015) [text]

Impact of Humanitarian Aid on the Lebanese Economy (UNDP & UNHCR, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Israel’s Policies toward Asylum-Seekers: 2002-2014, IAI Working Paper, no. 15 (Istituto Affari Internazionali, May 2015) [text via ISN]

Rwanda or Saharonim - Monitoring Report: Asylum Seekers at the Holot Facility (Hotline for Refugees & Migrants, July 2015) [text]

Yarmouk Camp no Longer Besieged, UN Rules (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (30 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Climate/Environmental Displacement

Climate Displacement and the Paris Agreement, UNFCCC Side Event, Bonn, 3 June 2015 [text]

Conceivable Legal Responses to Environmental Displacement (FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog, July 2015) [text]

"Human Displacement and Climate Change in the Asia-Pacific," Chapter 6 in Environmental Law Dimensions of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, March 2015) [eprint via SSRN]

Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention, Durham University, UK, 28 June-1 July 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video of keynote presentations.

Migration and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (UKCCMC, July 2015) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

The Pope’s Environmental Encyclical: Making it about Poverty, not Politics (RI Blog, June 2015) [text]

Real Risk or Overrated? Environmental Migration and Violent Conflict (FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog, July 2015) [text]

There is no Point in Waiting: Walter Kälin and the Nansen Initiative for Disaster-induced Displacement (FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog, July 2015) [text]

Why We Need a Protection Toolbox to Assist People Displaced by the Impacts of Disasters and Climate Change (Kaldor Centre, June 2015) [text]

Related posts:
- News: IDMC's Global Estimates 2015 Published (22 July 2015)
- Thematic Focus: Climate/Environmental Change & Migration (15 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

24 July 2015

Thematic Focus: Detention


Alternatives to Detention, 63rd Meeting of the Standing Committee, UN Doc. No. EC/66/SC/CRP.12 (EXCOM, June 2015) [text]
- See also related introductory remarks.

Children in Immigration Detention: Challenges of Measurement and Definition (Global Detention Project, June 2015) [text]

A Humane Approach Can Work: The Effectiveness of Alternatives to Detention for Asylum Seekers (American Immigration Council & Center for Migration Studies, July 2015) [text via ImmigrationProf Blog]

The Legality of Detention of Asylum Seekers under the Dublin III Regulation, Legal Briefing, no. 1 (AIDA, June 2015) [text]

Obama Administration Relaxes Family Detention Policy (ImmigrationProf Blog, June 2015) [text]
- See also related HRW comment.

"Quality of Life among Immigrants in Swedish Immigration Detention Centres: A Cross-sectional Questionnaire Study," Global Health Action, 8: 28321 (July 2015) [open access]

Web site: 

Behind the Wire: Stories From Mandatory Detention [access]
- "[A]n oral history project documenting the stories of men, women and children who have experienced Australian mandatory detention over the past 22 years. It seeks to bring a new perspective to the public understandings of mandatory detention by sharing the reality of the people who have lived it."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Detention (19 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Syria

Adapting to an Urban World - Urban Case Study: Syria Crisis (Lebanon & Jordan) (ALNAP, WFP & Global Food Security Cluster, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

From Turkey to Syria: The Murky World of Cross-border Assistance  (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, July 2015) [text]

Jordan: Comprehensive Child Focused Assessment (Unicef, June 2015)
- Azraq refugee camp, Jordan [text via ReliefWeb]
- Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan [text via ReliefWeb]

Legal Status of Refugees from Syria: Challenges and Consequences of Maintaining Legal Stay in Beirut and Mount Lebanon (IRC & NRC, June 2015) [text via Refworld]

Moderate Need, Acute Need: Valid Categories for Humanitarian Needs Assessments? Evidence from a Recent Needs Assessment in Syria (ACAPS, March 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Public Health Impact of the Syria Crisis (Conflict & Health, 2015) [access]
- Open access article collection.  See also related blog post.

*Refuge in Europe: Syrian Aspirations, Oxford, 18 June 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Syria’s Refugees: A Global Responsibility (openDemocracy, July 2015) [text]

"The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Comparison of Responses by Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 3, no. 3 (2015) [open access]

Total Number of Syrian Refugees Exceeds Four Million for First Time (Human Rights Watch, July 2015) [text via Refworld]

What Turkey’s Open-door Policy Means for Syrian Refugees (Order from Chaos Blog, July 2015) [text]

Why are so many Syrian Children Being Left Stateless? (openDemocracy, July 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (30 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Australia

"Asylum Seekers and Resettled Refugees in Australia: Predicting Social Policy Attitude from Prejudice versus Emotion," Journal of Social and Political Psychology, vol. 3, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

Australia/Papua New Guinea: Asylum Seekers Detained at Manus Island File Class Action Suits (HR Brief Blog, July 2015) [text]

Community Support Programme: Discussion Paper (Australian Dept. of Immigration & Border Protection, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Department of Immigration: From Building the Nation to Managing the Border (FlagPost Blog, June 2015) [text]

In Focus: Paying People Smugglers (Kaldor Centre, July 2015) [access]

The Pacific Non-Solution: Two Years on, Refugees Face Uncertainty, Restrictions on Rights (Human Rights Watch & Human Rights Law Centre, July 2015) [text]

*A Place to Call Home? The Impact of Australia’s Refugee and Asylum Seeker Policies on Community Cohesion (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2015) [text]

Sudanese Refugees' Experiences with the QLD Criminal Justice System (Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2015) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (22 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

23 July 2015

Regional Focus: Europe

Addressing Crisis at Europe’s Borders: Are Policymakers Moving in the Right Direction?, Teleconference, 8 July 2015 [access]
- Follow link for audio.

Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union 2014 (EASO, July 2015) [text via Refworld]

Enhancing the Common European Asylum System and Alternatives to Dublin: Study for the LIBE Committee (European Parliament, July 2015) [text]

How Do You Measure Persecution? (Open Society Foundations, July 2015) [text]

How to Sink a Boat: A Legal Analysis of the Right to Seek Asylum (RefLaw Blog, July 2015) [text]

Information Note on the Recast Reception Conditions Directive (ECRE, July 2015) [text]

Irregular Migration Threatens Asylum in Europe (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

Playing the EU Asylum Lottery (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

Remarks by António Guterres, Informal Meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, Luxembourg, 9 July 2015 [text]

Solidarity and Asylum Seekers: Member States Agreed to Disagree (European Policy Centre, June 2015) [text]

Tragedies in the Mediterranean: Analyzing the Causes and Addressing the Solutions from the Roots to the Boats (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, July 2015) [text via ISN]

UNHCR's Recommendations to Luxembourg and the Netherlands for the EU Presidency (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (3 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

10 Common Principles for Multi-purpose Cash-based Assistance to Respond to Humanitarian Needs (ECHO, March 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Aid: It's Complicated (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

Aid Worker Attacks (IRIN, July 2015) [access]
- See also related IRIN news story.

Humanitarian Cash Transfers: Cost, Value for Money and Economic Impact - Background Note for the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers (ODI, July 2015) [text]
- See also three related briefing papers available via the navigation menu on the right.

The Humanitarian Economy (IRIN, July 2015) [text]
- See also IRIN's related article on the "Humanitarian One Percent."

Humanitarians under Attack: Tensions, Disparities, and Legal Gaps in Protection (ATHA, July 2015) [text]

Localising Humanitarianism: Improving Effectiveness through Inclusive Action (ODI, July 2015) [text]

Managing Crises Together: Towards Coherence and Complementarity in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (ODI, July 2015) [text]

"The State of the Humanitarian Sector," Revue Internationale et Stratégique, no. 98 (2015) [full-text]

Strengthening Access and Proximity to Serve the Needs of People in Conflict (ODI, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (18 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Africa

Central African Republic: The Spotlight is Gone, the Crisis Continues (Refugees International, July 2015) [text]

Displacement and Housing, Land and Property Disputes in Puntland (Norwegian Refugee Council, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Operation Mbata ya Bakolo: Mass Expulsions of Foreign Nationals in the Republic of Congo (Amnesty International, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

‘Refugee Artists’ or ‘Artists Who Happened to Become Refugees’? (HIP Blog, July 2015) [text]

"South Africa: A Radical Move to Allow the Public and the Media Access to the Refugee Appeal Board’s Proceedings in Appropriate Cases," Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 61 (July 2015) [full-text]

South Sudan Macro-Conflict Analysis: Informing Operating Assumptions of Humanitarian Action Workshop Outcome Paper (South Sudan Humanitarian Project, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

South Sudanese Refugees in Adjumani District, Uganda: Telling a New Story? (International Refugee Rights Initiative, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Sudanese Refugees in Chad: Passing the Baton to No One (Refugees International, July 2015) [text]

Their Suffering, Our Burden? How Congolese Refugees Affect the Ugandan Population (SSRN, Aug. 2014) [text]

Too Soon to Turn Away: Security, Governance and Humanitarian Need in the Central African Republic (International Rescue Committee, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The True Human Rights Situation in Eritrea: The New UK Home Office Guidance as a Political Instrument for the Prevention of Migration, RLI Working Paper, no. 14 (Refugee Law Initiative, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (26 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

22 July 2015

News: IDMC's Global Estimates 2015 Published

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) recently released the sixth edition of its annual report, Global Estimates 2015: People Displaced by Disasters. Here is part of the description:
"Latest figures from IDMC estimate that more than 19.3 million people were forced to flee their homes by disasters in 100 countries in 2014. Hundreds of thousands more are still displaced following disasters in previous years. Since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people per year have been displaced from their homes by disasters brought on by natural hazards. This is the equivalent to one person being displaced every second. The number and scale of huge disasters creates significant fluctuation from year to year in the total number of people displaced, while the trend over decades is on the rise."

The report, dataset, press releases, infographics and more are all available here.

All previous editions can be accessed via my research guide.

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Health (General)

"Access to Health Care Services by Refugees in Southern Africa: A Review of Literature," Southern Africa Journal of Demography, vol. 16, no. 1 (June 2015) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 7.

Common Ethical Principles of Health Care in Conflict and Other Emergencies (ICRC, June 2015?) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Diabetes among Refugee Populations: What Newly Arriving Refugees Can Learn from Resettled Cambodians," Current Diabetes Reports, vol. 15, no. 7 (July 2015) [full-text via ResearchGate]

Emergency Contraception during Humanitarian Crises: Guideline on the Use of Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECP) (UN Population Fund, June 2015?) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Health Status of Newly Arrived Refugees in Toronto, Ont.," Canadian Family Physician, vol. 61, no. 7 (July 2015) [pt. 1: infectious diseases] [pt. 2: chronic diseases]

"Mechanisms Underpinning Interventions to Reduce Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: A Realist-informed Systematic Review," Conflict and Health, 9:19 (July 2015)

"Refugee Experiences of General Practice in Countries of Resettlement," British Journal of General Practice, vol. 65, no. 632 (March 2015) [full-text via SEMML]

Saving Lives: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response in Emergencies (UN Population Fund, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (17 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

21 July 2015

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

Events & opportunites:

Webinar: Beyond Asylum: Adapting the Global Protection Systems to Better Meet Escalating Needs, 22 July 2015 [info]

Distance Study: MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, University of London [info]
- Application deadline is 1 September 2015. (Note: Some interested students may be able to benefit from the Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship.)

CFP: Second Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition [info]
- Submission deadline is 13 November 2015.


"Access to Justice for Asylum Seekers: Developing an Effective Model of Holistic Asylum Representation," University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, vol. 48, no. 4 (2015) [full-text]

Applications for Asylum in the Developed World: Modelling Asylum Claims by Origin and Destination (Centre for Economic Policy Research, June 2015) [text]

Case Report: Contributing to an Asylum Case of "Language Analysis" without Knowledge of the Language in Question, Paper presented at IAFPA Annual Conference 2015, Leiden, 7-10 July 2015 [text]

"Constitutional Constraints on Asylum Termination by the United States Department of Homeland Security," Cardozo Law Review, vol. 36, no. 5 (2015) [full-text]

"Credibility Assessment in Refugee Status Determination," National Law School of India Review, vol. 39, no. 26 (2014) [text via SSRN]

"Tough on Terror, Short on Nuance: Identifying the Use of Force as a Basis for Excluding Resisters Seeking Refugee Status," Canadian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 4, no. 2 (2015) [full-text]

What if a Refugee Allegedly Supports Terrorism? The CJEU Judgment in T (EU Law Analysis Blog, June 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (24 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

07 July 2015

Admin: Summer Recess

This blog is taking a little break, but will resume posts later in the summer!

Thematic Focus: Education


*Call for Chapter Proposals: Educating Refugee-background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts [info]
- Submit proposals by 15 October 2015.


Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises: Toward a Strengthened Response (ODI, June 2015) [text via INEE]

Higher Education Considerations for Refugees in Countries Affected by the Syria and Iraq Crises, Education Issue Brief (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

Humanitarian Aid for Education: Why It Matters and Why More is Needed (UNESCO, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Mediational Role of Schools in Supporting Psychosocial Transitions among Unaccompanied Young Refugees upon Resettlement in Norway," International Journal of Educational Development, vol. 41 (March 2015) [open access]

Perspective, no. 2 (2015) [full-text]
- Focus is on education.

Student Perceptions on Refugees: An Evaluation Based on Multiculturalism, Paper prepared for International Conference on Contemporary Issues in Education, Dubai, 17-19 May 2015 [text]
- Scroll to p. 112.

Study to Design a Programme/Clearinghouse Providing Access to Higher Education for Syrian Refugees and Internal Displaced Persons (PROMAN, March 2015) [text]

Sustainable Development Goal 4 and Refugee Education, Education Brief (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

Walk the Talk: Review of Donors’ Humanitarian Policies on Education (NRC & Save the Children, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Education (29 May 2015)

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Durable Solutions

10% of Refugees from Syria: Europe’s Resettlement and Other Admission Responses in a Global Perspective (ICMC, July 2015) [text]

Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2015: Settling in (European Commission & OECD, July 2015) [text]

Integration of Refugees in Latvia: Participation and Empowerment - Understanding Integration in Latvia through the Participation of Refugees, Integration Stakeholders’ Experiences, and Research (UNHCR, June 2015) [text]

The Integration Outcomes of U.S. Refugees: Successes and Challenges (MPI, June 2015) [text]
- Also watch related video.

"Policy vs. Practice: The Effectiveness of Refugee Integration Policies in the Czech Republic," European Spatial Research and Policy, vol. 22, no. 1 (June 2015) [open access]  

Solution Strategies, UN Doc. No. EC/66/SC/CRP.15, 63rd Meeting of the EXCOM Standing Committee, 8 June 2015 [text]

UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 1-3 July 2015 [access]
- The theme was "In Pursuit of Solutions."  Follow the link for a number of background papers and watch for the final report.

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: More on Resettlement (26 June 2015)
- Thematic Focus: Resettlement (23 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

03 July 2015

Events & Opportunities: More July 2015/New August 2015

Conference: Migration Statistics User Forum, London, 15 September 2015 [info]
- Registration now open.

Seminar: Protecting Rainbow Refugees: Progress and Challenges in LGBTI Asylum Law and Practice, London, 7 July 2015 [info]

Conference: ECRE’s Annual General Conference/UNHCR Europe Bureau NGO Consultations, The Hague, 14-16 October 2015 [info]
 - The deadline for early bird registration is 17 July 2015.

Funding: FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity for NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees and Displaced Persons in Georgia [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 23 July 2015.

Job: Managing Editor, Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees [info]
- Apply by 31 July 2015.

Conference: Migration and Asylum Law Section, The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, York, 1-4 September 2015 [info]
- The programme for the Migration and Law Section is available here; early bird registration deadline is 31 July 2015.

RFP: Evaluation of UNHCR’s Emergency Response to the Influx of Refugees from Syria to Turkey [info]
- The closing date is 31 July 2015.

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship [info]
- Scholarship to support students seeking an "MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance learning" at the University of London. Application deadline is 17 August 2015.

*World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2015 [info]
- A day to commemorate humanitarian aid workers.


Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: Last Minute June 2015/New July 2015

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Women & Children

2014 Global Child Protection, Education and SGBV Strategy Implementation Report (UNHCR, June 2015) [text]

EU: Abuses against Children Fuel Migration (Human Rights Watch, June 2015) [text]

Falling at Each Hurdle: Credibility Assessments in Women’s Asylum Claims (Free Movement Blog, June 2015) [text]

Gender Perspective in Asylum and Return Cases (Swedish Red Cross, June 2015) [text via Refworld]

A Guide to Children Arriving at the Border: Laws, Policies and Responses (American Immigration Council, June 2015) [text via ImmigrationProf Blog]

A Model Supporting Research on Children Growing up in Asylum Systems (University College Dublin, May 2015) [text]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/29/27 (UN Human Rights Council, June 2015) [text via Refworld]

Sexual and Gender-based Violence: Refugees in Jordan (Sexual and Gender-based Violence Sub-working Group, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"To Protect Her Honour": Child Marriage in Emergencies – The Fatal Confusion between Protecting Girls and Sexual Violence (CARE, May 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Unaccompanied Minors and Separated Refugee Children in Sweden: An Outlook on Demography, Education and Employment, Discussion Paper, no. 8963 (Institute for the Study of Labor, April 2015) [text via SSRN]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Women (15 May 2015)
- Thematic Focus: Children (19 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Americas

Experiencias Comunitarias de Protección a Migrantes en Tránsito en México (UNDP, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Ser una Persona Refugiada en Panamá: Diagnóstico Participativo 2014-2015 (ACNUR, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Streamline: Measuring its Effect on Illegal Border Crossing (U.S. Office of the Inspector General, May 2015) [text]
- See also related commentary from AILA and the American Immigration Council.

The Terrorism Threat to the United States and Implications for Refugees (RAND, June 2015) [text]

TPS for Nepal (ImmigrationProf Blog, June 2015) [text]

"The US Refugee Protection System on the 35th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980: A Comprehensive Assessment of the System’s Strengths, Limitations, and Need for Reform," Special edition of the Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 3, no. 2 (June 2015) [open access]

We are Dominican: Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality in the Dominican Republic (Human Rights Watch, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (17 June 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe


After 23 Years, Still Hoping for a Better Future (UNHCR, June 2015) [text]

Europe’s Migration Crossing Points Captured in Six Films (Open Society Foundations, June 2015) [access]

Greece: Humanitarian Crisis Mounts as Refugee Support System Pushed to Breaking Point (Amnesty International, June 2015) [text]

"Obligation to Readmit? The Relationship between Interstate and EU Readmission Agreements," Chapter in Migration in Mare Nostrum: Mechanisms of International Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2015) [eprint via SSRN]

Official Country Information Watchdog Criticises Home Office on Eritrea (Free Movement Blog, July 2015) [text]

Open Letter to the Members of the Hungarian Parliament (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

Projet de Loi Relatif à la Réforme de l'Asile (UNHCR)
- The following notes were prepared by UNHCR concerning revisions to French asylum law: 1) Note du HCR sur le projet de loi relatif à la réforme de l'asile (Oct. 2014); Note révisée du HCR sur le projet de loi relatif à la réforme de l'asile (March 2015); Note du HCR sur le projet de loi relatif à la réforme de l'asile (Addendum) (June 2015).

The Sea Route to Europe: The Mediterranean Passage in the Age of Refugees (UNHCR, July 2015) [access]
- Follow link for report and related media materials, including multimedia story on UNHCR Tracks web site. The report finds that the "current Mediterranean crisis [is] primarily a refugee crisis."

Ukraine: Protection Strategy (UNHCR & Protection Cluster, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Urban Dimensions of Internal Displacement in Georgia: The Phenomenon and the Emerging Housing Policy (SSRN, April 2015) [text]

Web site:

Fatal Policies of Fortress Europe (UNITED for Intercultural Action) [access]
- New campaign to "to raise public attention and denounce the exclusionist policies of the EU. It is extremely important for the purposes of the campaign to raise awareness on this issue throughout Europe. The main targets are media and the general public. With their help it is possible to force European politicians to reconsider European immigration policies and to develop a human vision on migration."

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (25 June 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

01 July 2015

New Book Titles

Please visit my Pinterest page to learn about new books due out in July 2015. I've also added information about a few new titles to the June 2015 and New Legal Texts book boards.

If you are not a member of Pinterest, these new titles are listed below for your reference (organized by title).

July 2015:

Didier Fassin, ed., At the Heart of the State: The Moral World of Institutions, Pluto Press, July 2015; see esp. Chapter 3, "In Search of Truth: How Asylum Applications Are Adjudicated"

Caroline Shaw, Britannia's Embrace: Modern Humanitarianism and the Imperial Origins of Refugee Relief, Oxford University Press, July 2015

Laurie Berg, Migrant Rights at Work: Law's Precariousness at the Intersection of Immigration and Labour, Routledge, July 2015

Parvati Nair & Tendayi Bloom, eds., Migration across Boundaries: Linking Research to Practice and Experience, Ashgate, July 2015

Marit Fosse & John Fox, Nansen: Explorer and Humanitarian, Hamilton Books, July 2015

Azadeh Dastyari, United States Migrant Interdiction and the Detention of Refugees in Guantánamo Bay, Cambridge University Press, July 2015

June 2015:

Priya Kissoon, Intersections of Displacement: Refugees' Experiences of Home and Homelessness, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, June 2015

New Legal Texts:

Deborah Anker, Law of Asylum in the United States, Thomson Reuters, June 2015

Laura Westra, Satvinder Juss & Tullio Scovazzi, Towards a Refugee Oriented Right of Asylum, Ashgate, June 2015

Tagged Books.