31 August 2015

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific, incl. Australia


Presentation: Resettlement from Nauru: A Cautionary Tale, Sydney, 1 September 2015 [info]

CFP: Workshop on "Forced Migration in/of Asia: Connections, Convergences, Comparisons," InterAsian Connections V Conference, Seoul, 27-30 April 2016 [info]
- Submission deadline is 8 September 2015.

Seminar: Across the Seas, Melbourne, 11 September 2015 [info]


Building More Systematic Approaches to Internally Displaced Persons in Southeast Asia Post-2015 (Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Aug. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Distancing Asylum Seekers from the State: Australia's Evolving Political Geography of Immigration and Border Control," Australian Geographer, Latest Articles, 7 Aug. 2015 [free full-text]

Emergent Issues and Vulnerability Factors in Temporary and Intermediate Shelters Following the 2015 Nepal Earthquake (CEDIM & Heidelberg University, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Migration & Human Rights in ASEAN," 8th Regional Consultation on ASEAN and Human Rights, Kuala Lumpur, 17-18 August 2015 [info]
- Forum-Asia provided recaps of the six sessions on its Facebook page: Session 1, Migration trends; Session 2, Labour migration; Session 3, Forced migration; Session 4, Protection of people in migration; Session 5, Legal gaps in migration; Session 6, Promoting a regional policy framework.

Pakistan: Solutions to Displacement Elusive for Both New and Protracted IDPs (IDMC, Aug. 2015) [text]

Regional Initiative: Migration in Southeast Asia (IFRC, Aug. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

South-east Asia: Mixed Maritime Movements, April-June 2015 (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]

"Southeast Asia: Refugees in Crisis," The Diplomat Magazine (July-Aug. 2015) [access]
- Four more articles have been added to this series, since the last time I referenced it. They discuss policy, cooperation, solutions, and labels.

Symposium on Public Attitudes to Refugees, Sydney, 24 July 2015 [access]
- Follow link for audio of the various sessions.

"What's in a Name? The Australian Border Force and its Implications for Forced Migrants," Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 5, no. 1 (Aug. 2015) [full-text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (11 Aug. 2015)
- Regional Focus: Australia (10 Aug. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

29 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Terminology

A number of recent reports and studies have focused on the terminology used to describe and categorize the people currently moving across borders. Here is a sampling:

Call Me Illegal: The Semantic Struggle over Seeking Asylum in Australia (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 2015) [text]

*Debates over Language: A Dangerous Distraction? (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text]

Factbox: Refugee, Asylum Seeker, Migrant - What's the Difference? (Thomson Reuters Foundation, Aug. 2015) [text]

"From 'Swarm' to 'Illegal': Dissecting How We Talk about Migrants," CBC's The Current, 10 Aug. 2015 [access via RSC]

"Is It Time to Ditch the Word 'Migrant'?," Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2015) [text]

*"The Labeling Problem in Southeast Asia's Refugee Crisis," The Diplomat Magazine, 12 Aug. 2015 [text]

*"Mediterranean Flows into Europe: Refugees or Migrants?," IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2015 [full-text]

"The Readers' Editor on… the Semantics of Migration," The Guardian, 16 Aug. 2015 [text]

*Refugees are Also Migrants. And All Migrants Matter (Border Criminologies Blog, Sept. 2015) [text]

UNHCR Viewpoint: 'Refugee' or 'Migrant' - Which is Right? (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]

When to Use the M-word (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text]

*Why Al Jazeera Will Not Say Mediterranean "Migrants" (Al Jazeera Editor's Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]
- See also reactions to Al Jazeera's decision here and here.

"Why the Language We Use to Talk about Refugees Matters so Much," Washington Post, 30 July 2015 [text]

This type of discussion is not necessarily new.  The labels and definitions used in the forced migration context have always been and will continue to be a regular topic for debate. See, e.g., this recent post for references on how to distinguish between "trafficking and smuggling."  This post from Jan. 2014 focused on how migrants are portrayed in the media.  Also last year, PICUM launched a campaign to promote the use of more accurate and humane terminology while PANOS Europe released a "Media Friendly Glossary on Migration."  Growing concern about climate change has likewise led to discussions of appropriate terms to describe those who are ultimately displaced.


Tagged Publications.

27 August 2015

New Issue of RSQ

The latest issue of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) has been published. Contents of vol. 34, no. 3, September 2015 include:

  • A Gendered Human Security Perspective on Humanitarian Action in IDP and Refugee Protection [abstract]
  • Back Home Again: Assessing the Impact of Provisions for Internally Displaced Persons in Comprehensive Peace Accords [abstract]
  • The Role of Farming in Place-Making Processes of Resettled Refugees [abstract]
  • The Challenge of Durable Solutions for Refugees at the Thai–Myanmar Border [abstract] [SSRN]
  • The Reluctant Asylum-Seekers: Migrants at the Southeastern Frontiers of the European Migration System [abstract]

Tagged Periodicals.

New Issue of IJRL

The latest issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL) has been published. Contents of vol. 27, no. 3, October 2015 include:
  • Portuguese Refugee Law in the European Context: The Case of Sexuality-Based Claims [abstract] [eprint via Academia.edu]
  • The Discretion of States in the Dublin III System for Determining Responsibility for Examining Applications for Asylum: What Remains of the Sovereignty and Humanitarian Clauses After the Interpretations of the ECtHR and the CJEU? [abstract]
  • UNHCR and Preventing Indirect Refoulement in Europe [abstract]
  • Divorcing Sexual Orientation from Religion and Politics: Utilizing the Convention Grounds of Religion and Political Opinion in Same-Sex Oriented Asylum Claims [abstract] [SSRN]

Also included are case law summaries, five book reviews, and text of the The Michigan Guidelines on Risk for Reasons of Political Opinion in English and French.

Tagged Periodicals.

26 August 2015

Regional Focus: Europe


Report launch: Annual Report on the State of Asylum in Europe, Brussels, 10 September 2015 [info]

Conference: 5 Years of EASO and the CEAS: Results and Perspectives, Valletta, Malta, 23 September 2015 [info]
- Register by 11 September 2015.


"10 Truths about Europe’s Migrant Crisis," The Guardian, 10 Aug. 2015 [text]

Asylum Flows to the EU: Blip or Norm?, Issue Alert, no. 38 (EU Institute of Security Studies, July 2015) [text]

Asylum Statistics in the European Union: A Need for Numbers, AIDA Legal Briefing, no. 2 (ECRE, Aug. 2015) [text]

EU Pays Price for Lack of Migration Planning (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text

"Latest Asylum Trends and Main Countries of Origin," EASO Newsletter (July/Aug. 2015) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 2.

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

The Refugee Crisis Facing Fortress Europe (openDemocracy, Aug. 2015) [text]

View from Europe: How Cities are Key to Refugee Policy (Opencanada.org, Aug. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (21 Aug. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information-related Items

"A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone," New York Times, 26 Aug. 2015 [text]

Climate Refugees as Mobile Technology Users in the Future: Scenario-based Insights on the Challenges and Possibilities, Presentation at "Sustainable Futures in a Changing Climate Conference," Helsinki, 11-12 June 2014 [text]
- Scroll to p. 145.

*"The Hospitality of Cyberspace: Mobilizing Asylum Seeker Testimony Online," Biography, vol. 38, no. 2 (Spring 2015) [abstract]

"Refugees, Post-migration Stress, and Internet Use: A Qualitative Analysis of Intercultural Adjustment and Internet Use among Iraqi and Sudanese Refugees to the United States," Qualitative Health Research, OnlineFirst, 18 Aug. 2015 [full-text via ResearchGate]

State of Social Media Technologies for Disaster Preparedness in Asia Pacific Region (Nanyang Technological University, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Stranger in a Strange Land: Enabling Information Resilience in Resettlement Landscapes," Journal of Documentation, vol. 71, no. 5 (2015) [abstract]

UN Agencies Launch Call Centre to Provide Displaced Communities across Iraq with Information on Humanitarian Assistance (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs (13 Aug. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Americas

Asylum Offices Publish Waiting Times (and the News is not Good) (The Asylumist Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

Central American Deportation Cases Dominate Immigration Courts (TRAC Immigration, Aug. 2015) [text]

"Fleeing Cuba: A Comparative Piece Focused on Toro and the Options Victims of Domestic Violence Have in Seeking Citizenship in the United States and Canada," Pace International Law Review, vol. 27, no. 2 (Summer 2015) [full-text]

Hispaniola: A Current Stateless Issue and a Looming Refugee Crisis (RefLaw Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

"The Last Preference: Refugees and the 1965 Immigration Act," Chapter in The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965: Legislating a New America (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming Oct. 2015) [eprint via SSRN]

"Locating Refugees: A Media Analysis of Refugees in the United States in 'World Refugee Day' Coverage," Journalism Practice, Latest Articles, 2 April 2015 [abstract]

"Unappealing: An Assessment of the Limits on Appeal Rights in Canada's New Refugee Determination System," UBC Law Review (Forthcoming, 2015) [eprint via SSRN]
- See also related news article.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (8 Aug. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

25 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Displacement

"The Arbitrary Project of Protecting 'Environmental Migrants'," Chapter in Environmental Migration and Social Inequalities (Springer, Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Climate Change Displacement: Are We Ready? (RI Blog, July 2015) [text]

Climate Change, Migration and the Incredibly Complicated Task of Influencing Policy, Keynote address at "Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention," Durham, UK, July 2015 [text]

Climate Displacement and Planned Relocation in Colombia: The Case of Gramalote (Displacement Solutions, Aug. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Climate Refugees: The Communities Displaced by Global Warming, Catastrophic Science Video Series (UNSWTV, Aug. 2015) [access]

Disasters, Displacement, and Climate Change: New Evidence and Common Challenges Facing the North and South (Planet Policy Blog, July 2015) [text]

Guidance Note: New Land for Climate Displaced Persons in Bangladesh (Displacement Solutions, Aug. 2015) [text]

Human Rights, Climate Change and Cross-border Displacement: The Role of the International Human Rights Community in Contributing to Effective and Just Solutions (Universal Rights Group, July 2015) [text]

New Zealand: "Climate Change Refugee" Case Overview (Law Library of Congress, July 2015) [text]

One Step at a Time: The Relocation Process of the Gardi Sugdub Community in Gunayala, Panama  (Displacement Solutions, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate/Environmental Displacement (25 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Event & Opportunities: Even More August & September 2015

Open until filled:

Vacancy: Herzberg Chair in International Migration, Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), Washington, DC [info]
- Note: The successful candidate will serve concurrently as the Director of the ISIM. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled


Consultancy: Rights of Rohingya Project, Equal Rights Trust, London [info]
- Apply by 31 August 2015.

Vacancy: Director, Office of Resettlement Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC [info]
- Apply by 31 August 2015.


MA Programme: Reminder! MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London [info]
- Application deadline is 1 September 2015.

Vacancy: Research Officer, Mobile Welfare Project, Oxford [info]
- Apply by 4 September 2015.

Vacancy: Senior Research Officer, Migrants in Countries in Crisis, Oxford [info]
- Apply by 18 September 2015.

Vacancy: Director, European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), Brussels [info]
- Apply by 25 September 2015.

CFP: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration [info]
- Submission deadline is 30 September 2015.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: More August 2015/New September 2015

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

24 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Detention

Family Immigration Detention: Why the Past Cannot Be Prologue (American Bar Association, July 2015) [text]

Federal Court Ruling Upends Flawed Family Detention Policy (Human Rights First, Aug. 2015) [text]

Freedom from Detention for Central American Refugee Families (OUP Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

I Would Build… a Humane Asylum System (Centre for Crime & Justice Studies, July 2015) [text]

"Limiting Deterrence: Judicial Resistance to Detention of Asylum-Seekers in Israel and the United States," Texas International Law Journal, vol. 51 (Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Recent Challenges to Accelerated Procedures Involving Detention in the UK (EDAL, Aug. 2015) [text]

Understanding Immigration Detention and Deportation in South Africa: A Summary of Law, Practice and Human Rights Violations at the Lindela Detention Centre, Issue Brief, no. 11 (African Centre for Migration & Society, June 2015) [text]

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

Tagged Publications.

21 August 2015

Thematic Focus: General

"Footing the Bill: Refugee-creating States' Responsibility to Pay," Foreign Affairs, 29 July 2015 [text]
- See also related keynote address.

Forgotten Conflicts (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [access]
- See also related map of current ongoing conflicts.

Power and Influence in the Global Refugee Regime, Oxford, 5 May 2015 [access]
- Follow link for podcast and PPT slides.

"The Readers' Editor on… the Semantics of Migration," The Guardian, 16 Aug. 2015 [text]

Refugia: The Limits and Possibilities of Buzi’s Refugee Nation (Postcards from... Blog, July 2015) [text]

Report of the Sixty-second Meeting of the Standing Committee (3-5 March 2015), UN Doc. No. A/AC.96/1144 (UN General Assembly, July 2015) [text]

State of the World's Emergencies: A Briefing for New UK Parliamentarians (Bond, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (28 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe

(Note: I am re-posting this to reflect some recent additions; a separate post on broader EU developments will be circulated later.)

Channel Tunnel Man: Refugees Should not be Prosecuted for Irregular Entry (Free Movement Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as a Country of Asylum: Observations on the Situation of Asylum-seekers and Refugees in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]

"'I Am Strange Here': Conversations with the Syrians in France’s Most Famous Migrant Camp," The Atlantic (Aug. 2015) [text]

In the Crosscurrents: Addressing Discrimination and Inequality in Ukraine (Equal Rights Trust, Aug. 2015) [text]
- See esp. "Discrimination against Internally Displaced Persons," pp. 200-205.

Migration to the UK: Asylum (Migration Observatory, Aug. 2015) [text]

Time to Put Hungary on the EU’s Refugee Agenda, Strategic File, no. 15 (Polish Institute of International Affairs, July 2015) [text]

UNHCR Observations on the Proposed Amendments to the Danish Social Security Legislation (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (8 Aug. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

19 August 2015

News: World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is commemorated annually on August 19th.  WHD pays "tribute to all people affected by humanitarian crises and those who lost their lives in humanitarian service. It's a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world."  Visit the WHD Facebook page for press releases, statements and tributes.


Doing the Thing Right or Doing the Right Thing? (ALNAP Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

*How Can We Keep Aid Workers Safe? (Political Violence @ a Glance, Aug. 2015) [text]

A Job Well Done is the Best Possible Humanitarian Motivation (ALNAP Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

Life on the Humanitarian Frontlines: The Challenge of Staying the Course (ODI, Aug. 2015) [text]

On this World Humanitarian Day, Reflections on the Protection of Aid Workers (ATHA Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

On World Humanitarian Day, a New Idea to Protect Aid Workers (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text]

On World Humanitarian Day: Could We Do Better with Cash? (Humanitarian Space, Aug. 2015) [text]


Aid Worker Attacks (IRIN & Humanitarian Outcomes) [access]
- See also related IRIN news story.

Aid Worker Security Database (Humanitarian Outcomes) [access]
- Here are the latest figures tracked by the database.

The Protection of Humanitarian Aid Workers under International Law, Webcast, 30 July 2015 [access]


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

18 August 2015

Regional Focus: Africa

Devolution in Kenya: Opportunity for Transitional Solutions for Refugees? (ReDSS & Samuel Hall Consulting, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration in the Horn of Africa (World Bank & UNHCR, June 2015) [text]

"Gendered Family Roles and Expectations in Transnational Somali Refugee Families: An Exploratory Multiple-Site Study," International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies, vol. 5, no. 2 (2014) [open access]

Protection from Xenophobia: An Evaluation of UNHCR's Office for Southern Africa's Xenophobia Related Programmes (UNHCR, Feb. 2015) [text]

Queue Here for Corruption: Measuring Irregularities in South Africa’s Asylum System (Lawyers for Human Rights & African Centre for Migration & Society, July 2015) [text]
- See also related Regional MMS article.

South Sudan/Gender Based Violence Research on Sexual Assault: Doro, Yusuf Batil, Kaya and Gendrassa Refugee Camps in Maban (Danish Refugee Council, Aug. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

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

Tagged Publications.

17 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Children

Child Asylum Seekers and a Culture of Disbelief (The Justice Gap, July 2015) [text]

Child Protection Issue Brief : Children with Disabilities (UNHCR, April 2015) [text]

Cut Off from Justice: The Impact of Excluding Separated Migrant Children from Legal Aid (The Children's Society, June 2015) [text]

Detained Youth: The Fate of Young Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Libya Today (Mixed Migration Hub, July 2015) [text]

In-Country Processing in Central America: A Piece of the Puzzle (Migration Policy Institute, Aug. 2015) [text]

Justice for Children in Humanitarian Action: Scoping Study to Examine Knowledge of CPMS 14 among Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Practitioners (Global Protection Cluster, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Note: CPMS 14 = Child Protection Minimum Standard no. 14.

Updated Regional Framework for the Protection of South Sudanese and Sudanese Refugee Children in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda, July 2015-June 2017 (UNHCR, June 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Women & Children (3 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

13 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Tales from the Humanitarian Frontline, London, 18 August 2015 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

Conference: A Quest for Humanitarian Effectiveness?, Manchester, UK, 14-16 September 2015 [info]
- Register online until 1 Sept. 2015.


Editor's Take: What Hope for Reform? (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text]

The Effect of Gender Equality Programming on Humanitarian Outcomes (UN Women, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Protection of Humanitarian Aid Workers under International Law, Webcast, 30 July 2015 [access]

Regional Consultation for the Pacific, Auckland, 30 June-2 July 2015: Final Report (World Humanitarian Summit, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Trapped in Conflict: Evaluating Scenarios to Assist At-Risk Civilians (ICRC & InterAction, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Turning the Humanitarian System on its Head: Saving Lives and Livelihoods by Strengthening Local Capacity and Shifting Leadership to Local Actors (Oxfam, July 2015) [text]

Web site:

Humanitarian Compendium (IOM) [access]
- "[P]rovides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of IOM’s humanitarian programming, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and published in the Strategic Response Plans, Flash Appeals and IOM Appeals."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (23 July 2015)

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

Thematic Focus: ICTs


Applying Humanitarian Principles to Current Uses of Information Communication Technologies: Gaps in Doctrine and Challenges to Practice (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Countering Isolation with Use of Technology: How Asylum-seeking Detainees on Islands in the Indian Ocean Use Social Media to Transcend Their Confinement," Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, vol. 10, no. 1 (2014) [full-text via ResearchGate]

#DevPix: Improving How Development Organisations Use Photography (ODI on Storify) [access]

Dial A for Aid: Iraq's New Humanitarian Hotline (IRIN, Aug. 2015) [text]

Do Mobile Phone Surveys Work in Poor Countries?, Working Paper, no. 398 (Center for Global Development, April 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Enabling Humanitarian Use of Mobile Phone Data, Issues in Technology Innovation (Brookings Institution, Nov. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Five Ways Aid Agencies Can Better Communicate with Those They Help (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

The Future of Knowledge Sharing in a Digital Age: Exploring Impacts and Policy Implications for Development, Evidence Report, no. 125 (Institute of Development Studies, March 2015) [text]

A Guide to Social Media Emergency Management Analytics: Understanding the Place of Analytics through Typhoon Haiyan Social Media Analysis (Humanity Road & Statistics without Borders, Nov. 2014) [text via ReliefWeb]

Immigration on Twitter: Understanding Public Attitudes Online (Demos, April 2015) [text via APO]

Social Media for Disaster Response – Done Right! (iRevolution Blog, June 2015) [text]

State of the Use of Mobile Technologies for Disaster Preparedness in South East Asia (Nanyang Technological University, March 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Web site:

Humanitarian Tracker [access]
- "[F]orum that connects and empowers citizens using innovation in technology to support humanitarian causes."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information-related Items (5 May 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

12 August 2015

New Issues of AJDTS, IJMBS, J. Borderlands Stud., JID, Pop. Space & Place, WAN

Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, vol. 19 (April 2015) [full-text]
- The "Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference" Special Issue.

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 64 (June 2015) [full-text]
- Theme is "The Ebola crisis in West Africa."

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, vol. 1, no. 3 (2014) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "Towards equitable responsibility-sharing for forced migration" and "The impact of procedural capital and quality counsel in the Canadian refugee determination process."

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, vol. 1, no. 4 (2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles including "'Up to now I am suffering': justice, sexual violence and disability amongst refugees in Uganda" and "Humanitarian confinement: an ethnography of reception centres for asylum seekers at Europe's southern border."

Journal of Borderlands Studies, vol. 30, no. 1 (2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Journal of Internal Displacement, vol. 5, no. 2 (July 2015) [open access]
- Includes "The Politics of Helping: Mobilizing Support for Internally Displaced Persons after the 2008 Russia-Georgia War." Visitors must register to view full-text.

Population, Space and Place, vol. 21, no. 5 (July 2015) [contents]
- Special issue on "Migration, Community and Place."  Includes "A Place for Integration: Refugee Experiences in Two English Cities."

Women’s Asylum News, no. 131 (July/Aug. 2015) [full-text]
- Lead article is "Without free legal assistance for family reunion refugees are unable to bring family members to safety."

Tagged Periodicals.

New ETDs/Student Papers - Pt. 2

"At least I’m useful to the refugees…": An Analysis of Workplace Motivation among National Humanitarian Aid Workers in Northern Burkina Faso, Thesis (Lund University, June 2015) [text]

The Effect of Refugees on Jordanian Identity, Independent Study Project (SIT Graduate Institute, Spring 2015) [text]

Explaining EU's External Approach toward Boat Refugees: A Discrepancy between Norms and State Interests?, Thesis ((Roskilde University, June 2015) [text]

Human Consequences of Climate Change, Climate Refugees: An Exploratory Essay, Thesis (University of Montana, May 2015) [text]

Labor Market Situation for Syrian Refugees in Iraq: Case Study, Arbat Refugee Camp - Kurdistan Region, Thesis (Oregon State University, June 2015) [text]

Role of Institutions in Responding to the Syrian Refugees Crisis in Lebanon: The Humanitarian Aid Framework of Saida, Thesis (Columbia University, May 2015) [text]

Security Threat or a Fellow Human Being? A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Asylum Debate in the Australian Parliament, Bachelor thesis (Lund University, Spring 2015) [text]

Sustainable Return of Refugees to a Post Conflict Society: The Case of the Myanmar Refugees, Thesis (Roskilde University, June 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs/Student Papers - Pt. 1

Approaching Psychosocial Adaptation to a Post-Crisis Environment through Case Studies of Javanese Disaster Survivors and Refugees in Sweden, Thesis (Uppsala University, May 2015) [text]

Asylum Policies in Europe: The Transposition of the Return Directive 2008/115/EC in Germany, Italy and Sweden, Bachelor thesis (University of Twente, July 2015) [text]

Communitarianism vs Cosmopolitanism? Refugee and Asylum Policy of the Conservative "Blue-blue" Government, Thesis (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, July 2015) [text]

Explaining EU's External Approach toward Boat Refugees: A Discrepancy between Norms and State Interests?, Thesis ((Roskilde University, June 2015) [text]

The Grey Areas of Refugee Protection: The Legal and Political Dimensions of a Restrictive Temporary Status for War Refugees, Bachelor thesis (Malmö University, Spring 2015) [text]

Housing and Migration: Immigrant Housing Policy as the Beginning and the End of a Successful Establishment for Asylum-seekers and Refugees, Thesis (Stockholm University, June 2015) [text]

Migration and Health: Exploring the Role of Migrant Status through Register-based Studies, Dissertation (Univ. of Copenhagen, 2015) [text via Danish Med. J.]

Place Identity and Feeling at Home: A Qualitative Study about Place Identity amongst Refugees in Umeå, Sweden, Thesis (Umeå University, June 2015) [text]

Struggling Nation: Baltic Refugees in the Swedish Party Press, 1906, Thesis (Stockholm University, Spring 2015) [text]

Voices of Asylum: Exploring the Narratives of Refugees as Agents of Development, Thesis (Roskilde University, June 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

11 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Maternal, Child & Reproductive Health

Baby Friendly Spaces: Holistic Approach for Pregnant, Lactating Women and Their Very Young Children in Emergency (ACF International, Dec. 2014) [text]

Conflict and Health, vol. 9, Suppl. 1 (Feb.-March 2015) [open access]
- Focus is "Taking Stock of Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings: 2012-2014 Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises' Global Review."

"Delivering High-Quality Family Planning Services in Crisis-Affected Settings I: Program Implementation," Global Health: Science and Practice, vol. 3, no. 1 (March 2015) [open access]

"Delivering High-Quality Family Planning Services in Crisis-Affected Settings II: Results," Global Health: Science and Practice, vol. 3, no. 1 (March 2015) [open access]

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

"The Experiences and Perceptions of Family Planning of Female Chinese Asylum Seekers Living in the UK," Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care, vol. 41, no. 2 (April 2015) [free full-text]

"Experiences from the Field: Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health Data Collection in Humanitarian and Emergency Situations," International Health, Advance Access, 18 July 2015 [open access]

"Immigrants from Conflict-zone Countries: An Observational Comparison Study of Obstetric Outcomes in a Low-risk Maternity Ward in Norway," BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, 15:163 (Aug. 2015) [open access]

"'In rape cases we can use this pill': A Multimethods Assessment of Emergency Contraception Knowledge, Access, and Needs on the Thailand-Burma Border," International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, In Press, 31 May 2015 [open access]

"Increasing Neonatal Mortality among Palestine Refugees in the Gaza Strip," PLoS ONE 10(8): e0135092 (Aug. 2015) [open access]

Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices Standard Operating Procedures for the Handling of Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) in Refugee Situations for Children 0-23 Months (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]
- See also related annexes.

"Maternal Health and Pregnancy Outcomes among Women of Refugee Background from African Countries: A Retrospective, Observational Study in Australia," BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14:392 (Nov. 2014) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (General) (22 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


Meeting on Refugee Resettlement, Christchurch, New Zealand, 20 August 2015 [info]

A Conversation about Refugee Protection in the Asia-Pacific Region, Melbourne, 1 September 2015 [info]


"English Language Issues for Jury Service by New Zealanders from Migrant and Refugee Backgrounds," Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, vol. 10, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

Indonesia: Concerted Efforts Needed to Find Solutions for Protracted IDPs (IDMC, Aug. 2015) [text]

Irregular Maritime Migration in the Bay of Bengal: The Challenges of Protection, Management, and Cooperation (Migration Policy Institute, July 2015) [text]

"Is Cambodia Refusing to Protect Persecuted Christians?," New Internationalist, 10 July 2015 [text]

"Southeast Asia: Refugees in Crisis," The Diplomat Magazine (July-Aug. 2015) [access]
- "[A] series of exclusive articles from scholars and practitioners tackling Southeast Asia’s ongoing refugee crisis."

Stranded at Sea: The Rohingya, Issue Alert, no. 32 (EU Institute for Security Studies, June 2015) [text via ISN]

Statement of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani, on the Conclusion of his Official Visit to the Philippines, 21 to 31 July 2015 (OHCHR, July 2015) [text]
- See also related HRW commentary.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (28 July 2015) 

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

10 August 2015

Regional Focus: Australia

Call Me Illegal: The Semantic Struggle over Seeking Asylum in Australia (Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 2015) [text]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Why We Torture Asylum Seekers, but Were too Afraid to Ask (New Matilda, May 2015) [text]

"Hosting Asylum Seekers and Attitudes toward Cultural Diversity in Australia," The Australian Community Psychologist (in press) [info]
- Follow link to request copy of accepted version from author.  

How Generous is Australia’s Response to Refugees? (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2015) [text]

"If they are genuine refugees, why?" Public Attitudes to Unauthorised Arrivals in Australia (Foundation House, April 2015) [text]

Representing Refugees Today, Sydney, 17 June 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video.

UNHCR Position: Interception and Turn Back of Boats Carrying Asylum-seekers (UNHCR, July 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (24 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria

"Becoming a Man in al-Wihdat: Masculine Performances in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Jordan," International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 47, no. 2 (2015) [full-text via CADMUS]

Detained Youth: The Fate of Young Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Libya Today (Mixed Migration Hub, July 2015) [text]

How to Move from Theory to Practice on Syria's Refugee Crisis (Devex, July 2015) [text]

"The Implications of the Acquisition of a New Nationality for the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees," Asian Journal of International Law, vol. 5, no. 2 (July 2015) [postprint]

International and Local/diaspora Actors in the Syria Response: A Diverging Set of Systems?, HPG Working Paper (ODI, March 2015) [text via Refworld]

Palestinian Refugees and the Protection Gap (RefLaw Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

Seeking Europe or Leaving Libya? The Role of Transit Countries in Irregular Migration (Regional MMS, Aug. 2015) [text]

Social Cohesion in Host Communities in Northern Jordan (REACH, May 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Middle East (25 July 2015)
- Regional Focus: Syria (24 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

08 August 2015

Regional Focus: Americas

Asylum and EAD Delays – An Update from the Ombudsman (The Asylumist Blog, July 2015) [text]

Gender-based Violence Prevention & Response: Opportunities & Challenges for Serving Urban Refugees in Ecuador (Women's Refugee Commission & Asylum Access, July 2015) [text]

"The Importance of Nonphysical Harm: Psychological Harm and Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in U.S. Asylum Law," Immigration Briefings, no. 14-09 (Sept. 2014) [full-text via SSRN]

"It's a Suicide Act to Leave or Stay": Internal Displacement in El Salvador (Refugees International, July 2015) [text]

A Statistical Look at the Arlington Asylum Office (July & Aug. 2015) [post 1] [post 2]
- Analyses of the asylum cases filed by the author of this blog and his associate at the Arlington, Virginia Asylum Office.

U.S. and Mexico Teaming Up to Turn Away Central American Refugees (ImmigrationProf Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

"Violations to the Principle of Non-Refoulement under the Asylum Policy of the United States," Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional, vol. 15, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

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

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe

Consultation and Impact Assessment on Ending Support for Failed Asylum Seekers (Free Movement Blog, Aug. 2015) [text]

"Human Rights Violations during EU Border Surveillance and Return Operations: Frontex's Shared Responsibility or Complicity?," Silesian Journal of Legal Studies, vol. 7 (2015) [full-text via SSRN]

Is It Time for Some Facts about Those Migrants? (Huffington Post, July 2015) [text]

The Implementation of Article 15(c) QD in EU Member States, EASO Practical Guide Series (European Asylum Support Office, July 2015) [text via Refworld]

No Giving Up: Stories of Untold Journeys (Jesuit Refugee Service, May 2015) [text via Refworld]

Number of Refugees and Migrants Arriving in Greece Soars 750 Per Cent over 2014 (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]

Somalis in European Cities: Overview (Open Society Foundations, Aug. 2015) [text]

Ukraine: Advocacy Note on Evacuation (Protection Cluster, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

UNHCR Calls for Comprehensive Response to the Calais Situation (UNHCR, Aug. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (30 July 2015)

Tagged Publications.

06 August 2015

Thematic Focus: Statelessness


Volunteers sought for Statelessness Report 2016
- See calls for editorial assistants and country experts to contribute to global report on statelessness. Applications open until 31 August 2016.


Compatibility of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons with Canada’s Legal Framework and Its International Human Rights Obligations (UNHCR, 2015) [text]

Counting the Uncountable (IRIN, July 2015) [text]

In Pursuit of Solutions for the Stateless (ENS Blog, July 2015) [text]

Let’s Talk about the Army (ENS Blog, July 2015) [text]

Nationality, Migration and Statelessness in West Africa: A Study for UNHCR and IOM (UNHCR & IOM, June 2015) [text]

Update on Statelessness, 63rd Meeting of the Standing Committee, UN Doc. No. EC/66/SC/CRP.11 (EXCOM, June 2015) [text]
 - See also related UNHCR comments.

*We Are Dominican: Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality in the Dominican Republic (Human Rights Watch, July 2015) [text]
- See also related RI blog post and Open Society fact sheet.

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


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

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Events & Opportunities: More August 2015/New September 2015

August 2015:

CFP: 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.

Call for Participation: Survey on Asylum Process for Limited English Applicants, Online, Vera Institute of Justice [info]
- Complete the survey by 14 August 2015.

CFP: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for a Better Understanding of the Climate Change-Migration Nexus, Seville, 28-29 September 2015 [info]
- Submissions deadline is 14 August 2015.

Consultancy: Legal Pathways to Solutions and Documentation, UNHCR [info]
- Application deadline is 15 August 2015.

Consultancy: Rule of Law Solutions to Displacement Scoping Study, UNHCR [info]
- Application deadline is 15 August 2015.

Event: National Memorial for Humanitarian Aid Workers, London, 18 August 2015 [info]

CFP: Towards Engaged and Responsible Research: The Case of the Palestinian Refugee Camps of Lebanon, Beirut, 18-19 March 2016 [info]
- Submission deadline is 31 August 2015.

September 2015:

Conference: Migration and Asylum Law Section, The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, York, 1-4 September 2015 [info]
- Registration is ongoing.

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.)

RFP: FY 2016 Annual Program Statement Requesting Concept Notes for Global Innovation Programs to Help the Humanitarian Community Better Respond to Refugees Outside of Camps [info]
- First proposal submission deadline is 1 September 2015.

CFP: Freedom of Movement: Exploring a Path from Armed Conflict, Persecution, and Forced Migration to Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, and Development, 9th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), Winnipeg, 12–14 May 2016 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 1 September 2015.

CFP: "Destination: Europe," Forced Migration Review [info]
- Submission deadline is 7 September 2015.

CFP: Workshop on "Forced Migration in/of Asia: Connections, Convergences, Comparisons," InterAsian Connections V Conference, Seoul, 27-30 April 2016 [info]
- Submission deadline is 8 September 2015.

CFP: Statelessness Working Paper Series [info]
- Submission deadline is 15 September 2015.

*Funding: Announcing IASFM Call for Seed Funding Proposals [info]
- The submission deadline is 15 September 2015. (Note: This is the correct deadline! Another FM discussion list message erroneously indicated the deadline as 1 September.)

Course: ELENA’s 30th Anniversary Advanced Course on Legal Avenues for Strengthening International Protection in Europe, Bologna, Italy, 30-31 October 2015 [info]
- Registration deadline is 25 September 2015.

Workshop: The Fear of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as Grounds for Seeking Asylum, Oxford, 11 November 2015 [info]
- Registration deadline is 30 September 2015.


Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: More July 2015/New August 2015

Tagged Events & Opportunities.