25 November 2015

Admin: Brief Break

This blog will be quiet for a few days.  Posts will resume in December.

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Issues

The Economic Consequences of Refugee Return: Evidence from Burundi and Tanzania, Oxford, 18 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

"The Economics of Syrian Refugees," New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2015 [text]

Fear Itself: Why Closed Borders are Bad for America and the World (Order from Chaos Blog, Nov. 2015) [text]

How Uganda’s Economy Has Received a Boost from Hosting Refugees (Quartz Africa, Nov. 2015) [text]

Improving the Integration of Refugees: An Early Evaluation of a Swedish Reform, Discussion Paper no. 9496 (Institute for the Study of Labor, Nov. 2015) [text]

International Migration: Recent Trends, Economic Impacts, and Policy Implications, Staff Background Paper for G20 Surveillance Note (IMF, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Navigating Nakivale: The Borderland Economy of a Refugee Camp, Oxford, 11 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

"Promoting Ethnic Entrepreneurship in European Cities: Sometimes Ambitious, Mostly Absent, Rarely Addressing Structural Features," International Migration, Early View, 13 Nov. 2015 [abstract]
- See also related research report.

Regional Economic Prospects in EBRD Countries of Operations (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Refugee Economies, Research in Brief, no. 2 (Refugee Studies Centre, Oct. 2015) [text]

What If We Helped Refugees to Help Themselves?, Vienna, 19 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for TEDx talk.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (5 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe

[AIDA Country Reports] (Nov. 2015)
- Updates are available for Germany, Hungary, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

Commentaires du Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés au sujet des amendements gouvernementaux au projet de loi n°6775 relatif à l'accueil des demandeurs de protection internationale (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text]

"The Distribution of Asylum Seekers over Northern and Western European Countries, 1985-2005," Genus: Journal of Population Sciences, vol. 71, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

Field Report on Istanbul, Aegean Sea and Athens (Greek Forum of Refugees, Nov. 2015) [text]

Fingerprinting Migrants: Eurodac Regulation (EPRS, Nov. 2015) [text]

Measures to Address the Refugee Crisis: State of Play (European Commission, Nov. 2015) [text]

The Migrant Crisis: Challenges for Europe and its Neighbourhood, Luxembourg, 17 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for presentation.

Migration: An Unprecedented Challenge to the EU (EPRS, Nov. 2015) [text]

On the Ground in Greece (RI Blog, Nov. 2015) [text]

"Palestinian Refugees in South of Italy: Displacement, Resistance and Solidarity," Scientific Annals of the 'Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University, Iasi: Sociology and Social Work Series, vol. 8, no. 2 (2015) [full-text]

Ukraine's 'Invisible Crisis': 1.5 Million Who Fled War with Russia (US Institute of Peace, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (20 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

24 November 2015

New Issue of IJRL

The latest issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL) has been published. Contents of vol. 27, no. 4, Dec. 2015 include:

  • Editorial: Why Europe Does Not Have a Refugee Crisis [extract]
  • ‘Turning Back the Boats’: Australia’s Interdiction of Irregular Migrants at Sea [abstract]
  • ICC Witnesses and Acquitted Suspects Seeking Asylum in the Netherlands: An Overview of the Jurisdictional Battles between the ICC and Its Host State [abstract]
  • Explaining Delayed Cessation: A Case Study of Rwandan Refugees in Zimbabwe [abstract]
  • The Protection Paradox: Why Hasn’t the Arrival of New Media Transformed Refugee Status Determination? [abstract]
  • Credibility Assessment in Claims based on Persecution for Reasons of Religious Conversion and Homosexuality: A Practitioners Approach [extract]

Also included are the text of a German case relating to religious persecution subsequent to conversion, case law summaries, the text of UNHCR's Guidance Note on Refugee Claims Relating to Crimes of Lèse Majesté and Similar Criminal Offences, and four book reviews.

Tagged Periodicals.

New Issue of RSQ

The latest issue of Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) has been published. Contents of vol. 34, no. 4, Dec. 2015 include:
  • A Continuum of Violence? Linking Sexual and Gender-based Violence during Conflict, Flight, and Encampment [abstract]
  • The Constitutive Effects of Time: Understanding the Evolution and Innovation of Refugee Governance along the Thai-Burmese Border [abstract]
  • The Contribution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to the Protection of Irregular Immigrants’ Rights: Opportunities and Challenges [abstract] [SSRN]
  • Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders: Discourse, Power, and Policy from a Crimmigration Perspective [abstract]
  • Under the Gaze of the State: ICT Use and State Surveillance of Eritrean Refugees in Italy [abstract] [master's thesis]

Tagged Periodicals.

New ETDs/Student Papers - Pt. 4

Asian Refugees: The Case of China, Vietnam, North Korea, and the International Community, Undergraduate honors thesis (Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, 2015) [text]

Is There ´Tomorrow´? Recasting Visions of the Future through Mental Well-being: A Grounded Theory Study with Afghan Women Refugees in Delhi, Master's thesis (Lund Univ., 2015) [text]

Misplaced/Displaced: Defining the 'Refugee' Category, Master's thesis (Vanderbilt Univ., 2015) [text]

Need to Know: Information Literacy, Refugee Resettlement and the Return from the State of Exception, Dissertation (Univ. of Southern Queensland, 2015) [text]

Shifting Sands and Refugee Boats: The Transfer of Immigration Control Measures between the United States and Australia, Dissertation (Univ. of Sydney, 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs/Student Papers - Pt. 3

Citizenship and Statelessness in Africa: The Law and Politics of Belonging, Dissertation (Maastricht Univ., 2015) [text]

Climate Change and Political Conflict in Africa: Focus on Migration and Refugees in the Continent, Master's thesis (Univ. of Nigeria, 2015) [text]

Moving Onwards? Reflections on Mixed Migration and Secondary Movement - Dynamics of Mobility among Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, Master's thesis (Univ. of Ghent, 2015) [text]

Refugees and the Failure of the State: A Comparative Look at Modern Protection Gaps in Iraq and Guatemala, Bachelor's thesis (Univ. of Delaware, 2015) [text]

Sharing the Urban Space: Urban Refugees’ Perceptions of Life as a Refugee in Kampala, Uganda, Master's thesis (Univ. of Finland, 2015) [text]

Time to Restart: The Experience of Syrian Refugees in Establishing a Business in Istanbul, Master's thesis (Utrecht Univ., 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs/Student Papers - Pt. 2

The Assessment of Asylum Seeking Immigrants to the United States, Dissertation (Rutgers Univ., 2015) [text]

Designing Technologies to Support Migrants and Refugees, Dissertation (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015) [text]

Evaluation of a Home Visiting Program Aimed at Facilitating Refugee and Immigrant Children's Acclimation and Development, Master's thesis (Minnesota State University at Mankato, 2015) [text]

Intégrer les études d'impact des droits de la personne au processus législatif canadien: une étude de cas sur des changements apportés à la loi sur l'immigration et la protection des réfugiés concernant les étrangers désignés et les pays d'origine désignés, Mémoire (Univ. de Montréal, 2015) [text]

Partnership for Education? A Case Study on Tumaco, Colombia on a North-South Co-operation for Education in Conflict Areas, Master's thesis (Univ. of Oslo, 2015) [text]

Two-Cents Worth? The Role of the Courts and the Administrative Decision-Making Process in the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Master's thesis (McMaster Univ., 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs/Student Papers - Pt. 1

(ETD = Electronic Theses & Dissertations)

Arriving in the Promised Land, or not?: A Comparative Case Study of the Type of Welfare State and the Level of Restrictiveness in Asylum Policies, Bachelor essay (Univ. of Twente, 2015) [text]

The Common European Asylum System: How Common is It?, Master's thesis (International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, 2015) [text]

A Comparative Analysis on the European Union's Policies towards Refugees: Policies, Strategies and Discrepancies - The Cases of Bosnia, Syria and Afghanistan, Master's thesis (Univ. of Coimbra, 2015) [text]

EU Visa Policy: A Bastion of Exclusion or Patron of Refugees – The Case of the Humanitarian Visa, Master's thesis (Univ. of Helsinki, 2015) [text]

Feasibility of the Extra-territorial Processing of Asylum Applications by the Member States of the European Union, Master's thesis (Leiden Univ., 2015) [text]

From Syria to Asylum: Refugee Transit Migration through Greece, Master's thesis (Utrecht Univ., 2015) [text]

Impacts of Living and Working Conditions on the Health of Immigrants: A Comparative Study on Asylum-Seekers in Germany and the Netherlands, Master's thesis (Linköping University, 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications.

23 November 2015

Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

"Contentious Human Rights Education: The Case of Professional Development Programs on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity-based Refugee Protection," Chapter in Human Rights Education: Theory, Research & Praxis (Forthcoming 2015) [eprint via Columbia Univ. IR]

"Discrimination or Persecution? A Focus on LGBT Applicants for Asylum," The Researcher, vol. 10, no. 2 (Oct. 2015) [full-text via Refworld]

Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven? (York University, Sept. 2015) [access]
- Scroll down for report and executive summary.

"Freedom to Be: Assessing the Claims of LGBTQ Asylum Seekers," Socio-Legal Review, vol. 10 (2014) [full-text] [eprint via Academia.edu]
- Scroll to p. 35; part of the Proceedings of the Conference on Gender and Sexuality.

"L’Orientation Sexuelle Comme Motif de Persécution Doit Etre Appréciée dans la Dignité," Lettres Actualités Droits-Libertés, 15 Janvier 2015 [text]

Obama Administration Makes Refugee Program More LGBT-Inclusive (Center for American Progress, Oct. 2015) [text]

"Reconciling Three Countries’ Current Laws with Human Rights in the Face of International Law," Annual Survey of International & Comparative Law, vol. 20, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]


Credibility Assessment and Protection Suite (ORAM) [info]
- Copies can be pre-ordered.

Related post:
Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (5 Aug. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

20 November 2015

Regional Focus: Syria

Access to Education & Response of IMPR Humanitarian: Educational Counseling to Syrians in Turkey (IMPR Humanitarian, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Can Turkey Use the G-20 Summit to Empower Syrian Refugees? (Brookings, Nov. 2015) [text]

A Note on Syrian Refugees in the Gulf: Attempting to Assess Data and Policies, Explanatory Note, no. 11/2015 (Gulf Labour Markets and Migration Programme, Nov. 2015) [text]

Right to a Future: Empowering Refugees from Syria and Host Governments to Face a Long-term Crisis (CARE et al., Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Social Cohesion between Syrian Refugees and Urban Host Communities in Lebanon and Jordan (World Vision, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syria: Displacement Profile: Secondary Displacement among IDPs from Halfaya (REACH, Oct. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

U.N. to Hold March Summit to Resettle, Place Millions of Syrians (Reuters, Nov. 2015) [text]

Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees (VASyR) in Lebanon (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related UNHCR briefing note and news story.

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: U.S. Resettlement & Syrian Refugees (19 Nov. 2015)
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (10 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe

"A Crisis in Collective Will," Law Society Journal (Nov. 2015) [full-text via Kaldor Centre]

"Distribution of Refugees Very Uneven among EU Member States - Even When Accounting for Economic Strength and Total Population," DIW Economic Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 39 (2015) [full-text via ECONSTOR]

Europe's Refugee Crisis: Hospitality and its Discontents, Washington, DC, 18 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video.

Impacts of Forced Migrations: The German Case - History, Historical Research, and Policies of Remembrance, Oxford, 30 Oct. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Joint UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF Statement on New Border Restrictions in the Balkans (Nov. 2015) [text]

Measures to Address the Refugee Crisis: State of Play (European Commission, Nov. 2015) [text]

Migrants in the Mediterranean: Protecting Human Rights (European Parliament, Oct. 2015) [text via ECRE]

Transitioning from Direct Provision to Life in the Community: The Experiences of Those Who Have Been Granted Refugee Status, Subsidiary Protection or 'Leave to Remain' in Ireland, Submission to the Taskforce on Transitional Supports for Persons Granted Status in Direct Provision (Irish Refugee Council, Sept. 2015) [text]

Vers un Renforcement du "Droit" à une Procédure Equitable des Demandeurs d’Asile et une Meilleure Prise en Compte de leurs Traumatismes?, Lettres Actualités Droits-Libertés, 8 Mai 2015 [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (17 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

19 November 2015

Regional Focus: U.S. Resettlement & Syrian Refugees

Commentary, factsheets and other resources that respond to fears about the resettlement of Syrian and other Muslim refugees to the U.S.:

Background Briefing on Refugee Screening and Admissions (U.S. State Dept., Nov. 2015) [text]
- *See also this additional special briefing from the State Dept. on the screening process.

In Defense of Muslim Refugees (The Asylumist, Nov. 2015) [text]

Refugee Resettlement: Security Screening Information (Human Rights First, Nov. 2015) [text]

Science Proves Empathy Could Change the Entire Debate about Refugees (Huffington Post, Nov. 2015) [text]
- Cites this study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Security Screening of Refugees Admitted to the United States: A Detailed Rigorous Process (USCRI, 2015?) [text]

"Show This Chart to Everyone Who’s Scared of Allowing Syrian Refugees into the U.S.," Fusion, 17 Nov. 2015 [text]

"Syrian Refugees Already Faced Difficulty to Reach the US," Boston Globe, 18 Nov. 2015 [access]
- Follow link for podcast and partial transcript.

"They Are Us," New York Times, 19 Nov. 2015 [text]

*The U.S. State Governors and the Syrian Refugees (RefLaw, Nov. 2015) [text]

*"Why It Takes Two Years for Syrian Refugees to Enter the U.S.," New York Times, 20 Nov. 2015 [text]

WSJ Video: The Long Path to Protection for Syrian Refugees (Human Rights First, Nov. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for video.

Additional links are provided in this Human Rights First blog post and *this ImmigrationProf blog post.

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Canada & United States

12th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, Washington, DC, 29 Oct. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for audiovisual materials.

Frequently Asked Questions: Asylum Seekers and the Expedited Removal Process (Human Rights First, Nov. 2015) [text]

From the Indochinese Refugee Crisis and UNHCR’s Nansen Medal to the Silent Indifference of the Syrian Refugee Crisis 2011-2015: A Journalist’s Reflections on Shifts in Refugee Policy in Canada Over the Last Four Decades, CARFMS/ACERMF Working Paper, no. 5 (Oct. 2015) [text]

The Immigration and Refugee Board Post Reform: "Nimble and Adaptive," CARFMS/ACERMF Working Paper, no. 3 (Oct. 2015) [text]

"'Membership in a Particular Social Group': Why United States Courts Should Adopt the Disjunctive Approach of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees," St. John's Law Review, vol. 88, no. 2 (2014) [full-text]

The Need to Welcome Refugees and Immigrants – and Establishing Leadership by Welcoming More…,  CARFMS/ACERMF Working Paper, no. 2 (Oct. 2015) [text]

"Prosecuting the Persecuted: How Operation Streamline and Expedited Removal Violate Article 31 of the Convention on the Status of Refugees and 1967 Protocol," Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, vol. 25, no. 1 (2015) [full-text]

The Role of the Federal Court in the Canadian Refugee Determination Process, CARFMS/ACERMF Working Paper, no. 1 (Oct. 2015) [text]

Some (Unsolicited) Advice for the Asylum Office (The Asylumist, Nov. 2015) [text]

'Stranger Danger': A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Major Research Papers, no. 6 (Wilfrid Laurier University, 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (5 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Africa

Authoritarianism in Eritrea and the Migrant Crisis, CFR Backgrounder (Council on Foreign Relations, Nov. 2015) [text]

Central African Republic: Addressing the Protection Crisis, HPG Working Paper (ODI, Nov. 2015) [text]

Evaluation Multisectorielle Conjointe des Besoins des Populations Hôtes, Déplacées et Retournées dans la Region du Lac (Action Contre la Faim et al., Oct. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Living in an Ebola Limbo: How Long Must Refugees Wait? (IRIN, Nov. 2015) [text]

Seas and Walls: Why Do People Migrate? Endless Lethal Barriers for Migrants (Caritas, June 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"What Happens in the Forest? Memory, Trauma, Repression and Resilience amongst Congolese Refugees Living in Durban, South Africa," Alternation, vol. 22, no. 2 (2015) [full-text]

"You Are Either With Us or Against Us": Persecution and Displacement in Burundi (Refugees International, Nov. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (6 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Australia

Australia Out of Step with the World as More than 60 Nations Criticise Our Refugee Policies (Refugee Council of Australia, Nov. 2015) [text]

"Gendered Narratives of Violence: A Critique of Refugee Review Tribunal Adjudication of Refugee Status," Cross-sections: The Bruce Hall Academic Journal, vol. XI (2015) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 109.

Migrant Intake into Australia (Productivity Commission, Nov. 2015) [text]
- Note: This is a draft report; feedback and comments are solicited in writing until 18 Dec. 2015.

Occasional Papers (Irregular Migration Research Programme, 2013-2015) [access]
- This programme "is intended to strengthen the evidence base on irregular migration – that is, the drivers, determinants, dynamics and decision-making of irregular migrants to Australia within a global context. The programme is built on research, framed in an open, inquiring manner that is objective and non-partisan."

Promoting Community-led Responses to Violence against Immigrant and Refugee Women in Metropolitan and Regional Australia: The ASPIRE Project, State of Knowledge Paper, no. 7 (ANROWS, Oct. 2015) [text via APO]

"Stop the Boats: Do the Ends Justify the Means?," Economic Papers: A Journal of Applied Economics and Policy, Early View, 24 Oct. 2015 [free full-text]

"We Will Decide: Refugee and Asylum Policy during the Howard Era before Tampa," Australian Studies, vol. 7, series 2 (2015) [open access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (6 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

18 November 2015

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items


Panel Discussion: Exploring the Boundaries of Refugee Law: Current Protection Challenges, London, 26 November 2015 [info]
- Book launch.

Meeting: High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva, 16-17 December 2015 [info]
- This year's theme is "Understanding and addressing root causes of displacement." Follow link for schedule, concept paper, background paper, and related materials.


*"The Case against Removal: Jus Noci and Harm in Deportation Practice," Migration Studies, vol. 3, no. 3 (Nov. 2015) [eprint via Academia.edu]

Diplomatic Assurances as an Alternative to Provisional Measures in Expulsion Cases (SSRN, July 2015) [text]

Natural Hazards, Human Actors, Serious Harm: Refugee Protection through Understanding the Social Construction of Disasters, Paper prepared for the Nordic Asylum Law Seminar, Uppsala, 7-8 May 2015 (updated Aug. 2015) [text]

Refugees, Terrorism and Freedom Fighters: Talking Points (Refugee Law Initiative, Nov. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for video.

The Two Equilibriums Arising from the EU Qualification Directive on the Scope and Content of International Protection, Law School International Immersion Program Papers, no. 17 (University of Chicago, 2015) [text]

"Un Accès Restreint au Statut de Réfugié pour le Déserteur," Lettres Actualités Droits-Libertés, 9 Mars 2015 [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (12 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

News: New Edition of Survey of Palestinian Refugees and IDPs

BADIL has published the 8th volume of its Survey of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, covering the years 2013-2015. The publication explores "the substantive elements of displacement and the methods employed in the displacement of Palestinians – both historically and contemporarily – as well as the international framework of protection for refugees in general, with a particular focus on the framework uniquely applicable to Palestinian refugees. Further, the ‘protection gap’ and its consequent impacts on Palestinian Refugees will be explored throughout the survey, conducted on a sample group of over 3000 refugees from 24 refugee camps."

Chapters provide historical background, a description of host country profiles, statistical data on the scope and characteristics of Palestinian displacement, and a detailed analysis of the framework for international protection. For the first time, the survey also includes a chapter on "Palestinian refugees’ perceptions and knowledge of international protection of refugees, and that of Palestinian refugees in particular."

Previous editions can be accessed via my forced migration research guide.

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

APRRN Country Update Newsletter (Nov. 2015) [full-text]
- Gives brief updates on Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Taiwan.

Disasters without Borders: Regional Resilience for Sustainable Development, Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2015 (UNESCAP, Oct. 2015) [text]

A Global Perspective on Refugees and Asylum-seekers: How Forced Migration Trends in Europe and Australia Can Inform Thai Policy-making and Practical Experience, Bangkok, 20 Aug. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for presentation.

Japan’s Problem with Refugees Goes Way Beyond Offensive Manga (The Conversation, Oct. 2015) [text via RSC]

"Judging China's One-Child Policy," New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2015 [text]
- See also related Reuters article.

Malaysia: Rohingya Refugees Hope for Little and Receive Less (Refugees International, Nov. 2015) [text]

Politicizing Protection: India and its 1971 Refugees, CARFMS/ACERMF Working Paper, no. 6 (2015) [text]

"Thailand Must End Its Own Rohingya Atrocity," The Diplomat, 23 Oct. 2015 [text]

Transboundary Pollution: Arrival of the Haze Refugee? (RSIS, Nov. 2015) [text]

'What Are You Doing Here?': Police Abuses against Afghans in Pakistan (Human Rights Watch, Nov. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (23 Oct. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

17 November 2015

Thematic Focus: Health

"Disparities in Health and Access to Healthcare between Asylum Seekers and Residents in Germany: A Population-based Cross-sectional Feasibility Study," BMJ Open, 5:e008784 (Nov. 2015) [open access]

"Equity in Access to Health Care among Asylum Seekers in Germany: Evidence from an Exploratory Population-based Cross-sectional Study," BMC Health Services Research, 15:502 (Nov. 2015) [open access]

"Immigrant Mental Health, A Public Health Issue: Looking Back and Moving Forward," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(10), 13624-13648 (Oct. 2015) [open access]

"Long-term Mental Health of War-refugees: A Systematic Literature Review," BMC International Health and Human Rights, 15:29 (Oct. 2015) [open access]

"Outcomes among Asylum Seekers in Atlanta, Georgia, 2003–2012," MEDICC Review, vol. 17, no. 4 (Oct. 2015) [full-text via ResearchGate]

"Prevalence and Care-seeking for Chronic Diseases among Syrian Refugees in Jordan," BMC Public Health, 15:1097 (Oct. 2015) [open access]

Public Health Aspects of Migrant Health: A Review of the Evidence on Health Status for Undocumented Migrants in the European Region, Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report, no. 42 (WHO, 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Seroprevalence of Hepatitis C Antibodies in Immigrants and Refugees from Intermediate and High Endemic Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," PLoS ONE 10(11): e0141715 (Nov. 2015) [open access]
- Note: See correction issued 9 Dec. 2015.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (29 Oct. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Education

Education Strategy for Internally Displaced (ID) Children in Host Communities (Unicef, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Integration of Child Refugees: International Academy Models in DC Public Schools," 10 Ideas for Equal Justice 2015 (Roosevelt Institute, April 2015) [text]
- Scroll to p. 20.

Meeting the Education Needs of Rising Numbers of Newly Arrived Migrant Students in Europe and the United States (Migration Policy Institute, Nov. 2015) [text]

Norwegian Refugee Council’s Accelerated Education Responses: A Meta Evaluation (NRC, Oct. 2015) [text]

Steep Learning Curve for Refugees in Germany (IRIN, Nov. 2015) [text]

Transatlantic Symposium Report: Improving Instruction for Immigrant and Refugee Students in Secondary Schools (Migration Policy Institute, Nov. 2015) [text]

"When I Picture My Future, I See Nothing": Barriers to Education for Syrian Refugee Children in Turkey (Human Rights Watch, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Education (30 Oct. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe

[Note: I am re-circulating this post due to the addition of two new reports.]


Seminar: Clandestine Crossings in the Aegean Sea: Border Transgressions and Exclusions, London, 25 November 2015 [info]

Conference: Frontex: Legal Questions and Current Controversies, Luxembourg, 27 November 2015 [info]


Another 3 Million Refugees? Really? (Postcards from..., Nov. 2015) [text]

"Council Conclusions on Measures to Handle the Refugee and Migration Crisis," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 13 Nov. 2015 [text]

*Europe’s Refugee Crisis: An Agenda for Action (Human Rights Watch, Nov. 2015) [text]

*Fear and Fences: Europe’s Approach to Keeping Refugees at Bay (Amnesty International, Nov. 2015) [text]

Khlaifia and Others v Italy: Italy Again Held in Violation of Collective Expulsions by ECtHR (RefLaw, Nov. 2015) [text]

"A Perilous Journey," The Guardian, 11-13 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Three comic strips tell stories of Syrians' escape to Europe: Khalid's flight; Hasko's flight; and Mohammed's flight.

"Refugee Blues: A UK and European Perspective," European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 6: 29328 (Oct. 2015) [open access]

State of Play: Measures to Address the Refugee Crisis (European Commission, Nov. 2015) [text]

[Updates and commentary re. the Valletta Summit, 11-12 Nov. 2015]:
- Action plan and political declaration
- Final texts and full documentation
- Brookings

"Why Syrian Refugee Passport Found at Paris Attack Scene Must be Treated with Caution," The Guardian, 15 Nov. 2015 [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (10 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

16 November 2015

Thematic Focus: Detention


Launch of New ENS Toolkit on Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention, London, 30 November 2015 [info]


AIDA Malta Update: Fewer Sea Arrivals Lead to Decrease in Detention (aditus & JRS, Nov. 2015) [text]

The Legality of Examining Asylum Claims in Detention from the Perspective of Procedural Rights and Their Effectiveness, AIDA Legal Briefing, no. 4 (ECRE, Oct. 2015) [text]

National Action Plans, UNHCR Global Strategy: Beyond Detention 2014-2019 [access]
- Plans are now available for Canada, Israel, Lithuania, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States.

"Piecing Together the US Immigrant Detention Puzzle One Night at a Time: An Analysis of All Persons in DHS-ICE Custody on September 22, 2012," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 3, no. 4 (2015) [open access]

Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in Malta (ENS & aditus, Nov. 2015) [text]

Protecting Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in the Netherlands (ENS & ASKV, Nov. 2015) [text]

"Symbolic Detention," In Defense of the Alien, vol. 20 (1997) [info via ImmigrationProf Blog]
- The full-text of this article can be accessed for free via JSTOR, with registration.

Treat Central American Asylum Seekers with Dignity and Fairness--Not Detention (ImmigrationProf Blog, Nov. 2015) [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (16 Nov. 2015)
- Thematic Focus: Detention (15 Oct. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Statelessness

All Country Summary and Recommendations related to the Right to a Nationality and the Rights of Stateless Persons, Prepared for the 23rd Session of the Universal Periodic Review (Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, Oct. 2015)

Chhitmahal: The De Facto Stateless of the Indo-Bangla Border, Paper presented at "West Bengal-Bangladesh Border: Humanitarian Issues," Kolkata, 17 Dec. 2014 [text]
- Scroll to p. 7.

Citizenship in Africa Newsletter (Oct. 2015) [full-text]
- Articles on nationality and statelessness, including one that focuses on Gambia.

Every Child Has a Right to a Nationality: Factsheet (Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, Nov. 2015) [text]

I Am Here, I Belong: The Urgent Need to End Childhood Statelessness (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text]

In the Picture with Greg Constantine: Nowhere People, London, 3 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Video of this event will eventually be available via the a/m link.

No Nationality, No Rights: Statelessness Affecting Dominicans of Haitian Descent (ENS Blog, Nov. 2015) [text]

The Right to Nationality in the Dominican Republic (HR Brief, Oct. 2015) [text]

"Statelessness and UNHCR's Work: From a Forced Displacement Perspective," CDR Quarterly, vol. 9 (May 2014) [full-text]

Statelessness in Africa: The Scale of the Challenge and the Opportunities for Leadership (ENS Blog, Oct. 2015) [text]

Three New Winners Claim UNHCR Award for Best Research on Statelessness in 2015 (UNHCR & Tilburg Univ., Nov. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (12 Oct. 2015)

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13 November 2015

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Displacement


Climate Change and Migration in Developing Countries: Evidence and Implications for PRISE Countries (LSE, Oct. 2015) [text]

Climate Change, Food Security and the Refugee Crisis: Connecting the Dots to Avoid Future Tragedy (CGIAR Blog, Oct. 2015) [text]

Designing a Climate Change Displacement Coordination Facility: Key Issues for COP 21 (Columbia Law School, Sept. 2015) [text via SSRN]

From Words to Action: How IDMC Will Help Governments as the Nansen Initiative Shifts to its Implementation Phase (IDMC Blog, Oct. 2015) [text]

Guidance on Protecting People from Disasters and Environmental Change through Planned Relocation (UNHCR, Brookings & ISIM, Oct. 2015) [text]

How Can We Protect People Who Move as a Way of Adapting to Climate Change? (UKCCMC, Nov. 2015) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change: Recommendations from the Advisory Group on Climate (Oct. 2015) [text]

Migration as Adaptation? A Comparative Analysis of Policy Frameworks on the Environment and Development in MECLEP Countries, Migration, Environment and Climate Change Policy Brief Series, vol. 1, no. 5 (IOM, Nov. 2015) [text]

"Planning for Community Relocations Due to Climate Change in Fiji," International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, vol. 6, no. 3 (Sept. 2015) [open access]

Resettlement as Adaptation? (TransRe Blog, Oct. 2015) [text]

"The Rising Tide: Migration as a Response to Loss and Damage from Sea Level Rise in Vulnerable Communities," International Journal of Global Warming, vol. 8, no. 2 (2015) [free full-text]

'We do not want to become refugees': Human Mobility in the Age of Climate Change, Oxford, 4 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

When Disasters, Climate Change and Conflict Collide: Can the World Humanitarian Summit Succeed Where Sendai Failed? (HPN Blog, Nov. 2015) [text]

"Why Should We be Concerned about Environmentally Induced Migration?," Atlas, vol. 13 (2015) [full-text via UKCCMC]

Web page:

Human Mobility at COP21 (IOM) [access]
- Gathers together updates on negotiations, key messages, and related news, events and publications,

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change, Disasters & Displacement (14 Oct. 2015)

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12 November 2015

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling

Beyond Definitions: Global Migration and the Smuggling-Trafficking Nexus, Discussion Paper, no. 2 (Regional MMS & DRC, Nov. 2015) [text]

Britain’s Immigration System and its Modern-day Slaves (LSE Blog, Oct. 2015) [text]

Colombia's Displaced "Highly Vulnerable" to Human Trafficking (Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oct. 2015) [text]

Deadly Journeys: The Refugee and Trafficking Crisis in Southeast Asia (Amnesty International, Oct. 2015) [text]

Fighting Transnational Crimes at Sea under UNSC’s Mandate: Piracy, Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling (EJIL Talk Blog, Oct. 2015) [text]

High Level Conference Marks Ninth EU Anti-Trafficking Day (European Commission, Oct. 2015) [text]

On the Rohingya, Statelessness and 'Trafficking': Separating the Fundamental from the Sensational (ISEAS Perspective, no. 32 (Inst. of Southeast Asia Studies, June 2015) [text via Academia.edu]

"Single, Young Female - Seeking Asylum: The Struggles Victims of Sex Trafficking Face under Current United States Refugee Law," St. John's Law Review, vol. 88, no. 1 (2014) [full-text]

To be Effective, Measures to Curb Migrant Smuggling must be Embedded in a Broader Strategy (ICMPD, Nov. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling (15 Oct. 2015)

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Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Lecture: Beyond the World Humanitarian Summit: Addressing Political Blockages to Humanitarian Solutions, London, 26 November 2015 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.


Better Together? Benefits and Challenges of Coordination on the Ground, Webinar, 9 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for video.

Bottom-up Humanitarian Innovation, Research in Brief, no. 1 (Refugee Studies Centre, Oct. 2015) [text]

Comment: A Desert Called Reform (IRIN, Nov. 2015) [text]

Enhancing Collaboration in International Disasters (Conference Board of Canada, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Hospital Attack Highlights Humanitarian System’s Weaknesses (Global Observatory, Oct. 2015) [text]

Technical Advisors Deliverables in Humanitarian Response: Cross-sectoral Priorities, Modalities and Partnerships (Asia Pacific Emergency Preparedness Working Group, Oct. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

What You Need to Understand about Chinese Humanitarian Aid (ODI Blog, Nov. 2015) [text]

World Humanitarian Summit, Global Consultation, 14-16 Oct. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for videos of conference segments, including one on forced displacement; the co-Chairs' Summary; and other conf. materials.

The World’s Oldest Profession? (IRIN, Oct. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (15 Oct. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

News: Successor to HC Announced

Subject to endorsement by the UN General Assembly, the next UN High Commissioner for Refugees will be Filippo Grandi. For more info., see the UN's announcement, UNHCR press release, Reuters news article, and Guardian coverage.

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

Events & opportunities:

Workshop: Application of International Standards of Protection in Responding the Needs of Refugees, Istanbul, 8-11 December 2015 [info]
- Register by 25 November 2015.

Q&A: UNHCR at Work, and as a Workplace: A View from the Inside, London, 26 November 2015 [info]
- Free event, but booking required.

Course: International Refugee Law, Cairo, 31 January-4 February 2016 [info]
- Registration deadline is 15 December 2015.


"The Curse of the Nation-State: Refugees, Migration, and Security in International Law," Arizona State Law Journal (Forthcoming, 2016) [eprint via SSRN]
- See also two previous working papers by this author that explore related concepts: Displaced... &  When Law Migrates.

The Developing Jurisprudence on Exclusion under Article 1F(a) of the 1951 Convention in Selected Western Industrialized States, CARFMS/ACERMF Working Paper, no. 4 (2015) [text]

Is There a Refugee Crisis in Europe or Just a Crisis in Protection?, Webinar, 12 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Note: For those of you who did not sign up to participate in this webinar, you will eventually be able to access an archived version of it on the Oxford Human Rights Hub web site.

"The Normative Terrain of the Global Refugee Regime," Ethics and International Affairs, vol. 29, no. 4 (2015) [free full-text]

"Protection of Internally Displaced Persons: An International Legal Obligation?," Polish Yearbook of International Law, vol. 34 (2014) [full-text via SSRN]

"The State of International Refugee Law in the World Today," Special Plenary Session, CARFMS15, Toronto, 13 May 2015 [access]
- Follow link for video.

Up in the Creek without the Law: What is at Stake in Refugee Responsibility Sharing? (EJIL Talk Blog, Nov. 2015) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (28 Oct. 2015)

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11 November 2015

New Issues of CDR Q., Humanit. Exch., IJHR, Intl. Migr., Intervention, JHRP, New Persp. Q., Researcher, Rts. in Exile News

CDR Quarterly, vol. 9 (May 2014) [full-text]
- From the Project on Compilation and Documentation on Refugees and Migrants at the Univ. of Tokyo.  Mix of articles, including "To What Extent is Refugee Resettlement a European Ideal? A Moral Perspective " and "Statelessness and UNHCR's Work: From a Forced Displacement Perspective."

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 65 (Nov. 2015) [full-text]
- Special feature on "The Crisis in Iraq."

International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 19,  no. 8 (2015) [contents]
- Special issue on "R2P: Perspectives on the Concept's Meaning, Proper Application and Value." Includes articles on Syrian refugees and the Rohingya.

International Migration, vol. 53, no. 6 (Dec. 2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

Intervention, vol. 13, no. 3 (Nov. 2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "Personal perspectives of protracted displacement: an ethnographic insight into the isolation and coping mechanisms of Syrian women and girls living as urban refugees in northern Jordan" and "Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings: reflections on a review of UNHCR's approach and activities."

Journal of Human Rights Practice, vol. 7, no. 3 (Nov. 2015) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "The Rights of Refugee Children to Self-Expression and to Contribute to Knowledge in Research: Respect and Methods" and "Ethical Lessons Learned from Conducting Refugee-Based Research in an Indian Refugee Camp."

New Perspectives Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 4 (Oct. 2015) [contents]
- Includes special sub-section on "Refugees Redefine Europe," with an article by the High Commissioner for Refugees.

The Researcher, vol. 10, no. 2 (Oct. 2015) [full-text via Refworld]
- Includes several articles on the refugee crisis in Europe and an article on LGBT asylum-seekers.

Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 64 (Nov. 2015) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

Tagged Periodicals.