29 February 2016

Thematic Focus: Legal/Protection-related Items


Call for comments: UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection [info]
- Feedback is sought for UNHCR's draft Guidelines on International Protection on claims to refugee status related to situations of armed violence and conflict. Comments must be submitted by 21 March 2016.


Capacity-building on Law and Policy-making on Internal Displacement (International Displacement Monitoring Centre, Jan. 2016) [access]
- Follow link for set of training materials. See also related IDMC blog post.

The Extraterritoriality of the Principle of Non-Refoulement: A Critique of the Sale Case and Roma Case (LSE Human Rights Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

The Future of Refugee Protection (openGlobalRights, Feb. 2016) [text]
- New debate series with an initial proposal from James Hathaway on "A Global Solution to a Global Refugee Crisis."

International Refugee Law: Definitions and Limitations of the 1951 Refugee Convention (LSE Human Rights Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Review: Exploring the Boundaries of Refugee Law (Free Movement Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Strategic Framework 2016-19 (Global Protection Cluster, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

The United Nations Human Rights Treaties: What Will Be Their Future Role in Protecting Our Human Rights?, Sir Frank Kitto Lecture, Armidale, Australia, 10 Sept. 2015 [text via SSRN]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (10 Feb. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

28 February 2016

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

All In Diary: Essential Guide to Good Humanitarian Practice, 5th ed. (All In Diary, 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Characteristics of an Effective International Humanitarian Assistance: A Systematic Review," PLoS Currents: Disasters, Edition 1 (Feb. 2016) [open access]

Energy Access: Humanitarian Relief (CARE et al., 2016) [text via ALNAP]

Humanitarian Reform: What's on - and off - the Table (IRIN, Feb. 2016) [text]

"I'm afraid, but I’m hungry": Integrated Protection & Food Assistance Programming (ODI HPN Blog, Jan. 2016) [text]

Militaries and Humanitarian Innovation: Opportunities and Risks, Working Paper, no. 113 (RSC, Feb. 2016) [text]

One Humanity: Shared Responsibility - Report of the Secretary-General for the World Humanitarian Summit, UN Doc. No. A/70/709 (UN General Assembly, Jan. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Link above also provides access to the report's annex, Agenda for Humanity. See also companion web site, ALNAP blog post, IRIN editor's take, and ODI comment.

Protection in the Context of Humanitarian Action: Challenges and Opportunities (Planning from the Future, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Striking the Right Balance...for Monitoring and Evaluation in a Complex Organisation, Evaluation/Learning Brief, no. 10 (DRC, Jan. 2016) [text via ALNAP]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (28 Jan. 2016)

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25 February 2016

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects, esp. re. Syrians


The Young African Refugees for Integral Development's "Women Empowerment Project," is the winner of the 2016 Ockenden Prize. The Uganda-based project "teaches English, business skills, tailoring and handcraft to female refugees, asylum seekers and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to help overcome deprivation and vulnerability to become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society."

For more information, read this Thomson Reuters Foundation news story and visit Ockenden International's Facebook page.


"Can the Welfare State Survive the Refugee Crisis?," The Atlantic, 18 Feb. 2016 [text]

Helping Newly Settled Refugees Find Economic Opportunity in Sweden (LinkedIn Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

The ILO Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis (ILO, updated Feb. 2016) [text via ALNAP]

Labour Market Analysis (LMA) in Humanitarian Contexts:  A Practitioner’s Guide (IRC, Mercy Corps & Save the Children, Jan. 2016) [text via ALNAP]

Realization of the Right to Work, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/31/32 (UN General Assembly, Dec. 2015) [text via Refworld]

Regional Dialogue on Market Impact of Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt: Summary Report and Conclusions (ILO, Oct. 2015) [text via ALNAP]

Towards Decent Work in Lebanon: Issues and Challenges in Light of the Syrian Refugee Crisis (ILO, 2015) [text via ALNAP]

Work Permits for Syrian Refugees in Jordan (ILO, Nov. 2015) [text via ALNAP]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (25 Feb. 2016)

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24 February 2016

Opportunities: More Summer Courses

Higher Education in Emergencies, Geneva, 20 June-1 July 2016 [info]
- Early bird and scholarship application deadline is 1 March 2016.

International Summer School in Forced Migration, Oxford, 4-22 July 2016 [info]
- Additional bursaries are now available to apply for through the Asfari Foundation and RSC, with deadlines of 1 March 2016 and 31 March 2016, respectively. For all other applications, apply by 31 March 2016 for an early bird discount.

Approaches to International Migration at Origin and Destination: Theories, Policies and Methods for Analysis, XII Migration Summer School, Florence, Italy, 27 June-8 July 2016 [info]
- Apply no later than 4 April 2016.

Refugee Protection and Forced Migration, Berlin, 25 July-19 August 2016 [info]
- The application deadline is 1 June 2016 or until the participant quota has been reached (18).

Refugee Protection and the Rights and Process of (Re)Settlement, 2016  Summer Institute, Evanston, IL, 7-13 August 2016 [info]
- Register before 2 July 2016 for early bird rate.

Related post:
- Opportunities: Summer Courses

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

News: UNHCR RSD Projects

1. UNHCR RSD Procedures

UNHCR is undertaking a chapter-by-chapter revision of its manual, Procedural Standards for Refugee Status Determination under UNHCR's Mandate, which was published in 2003. To date, the following two updated sections have been released:

- Interpretation in UNHCR RSD Procedures [text]
- Legal Representation in UNHCR RSD Procedures [text]

The revision process will continue throughout 2016.  When all chapters have been reviewed and finalized, a new complete version of the manual will be issued.

Visit this Refworld page to keep track of new updates as they become available.

2. Quality in UK Asylum Decision-making

The UNHCR office in the UK has been working with the Home Office to improve the "quality of first instance asylum decision-making." During the initial Quality Initiative Project period, which ran from 2004-2009, "UNHCR issued six confidential reports to the UK Minister for Borders and Immigration setting out the Office’s findings and observations under the remit of the project as well as detailing specific recommendations." These have now been made public and can be accessed via the UNHCR UK web site, along with the UK government's responses to the reports. [Note: I'm not sure exactly when these became public but Refworld just posted them recently!]

The Quality Integration Project, "established in 2010 as a follow-on to the Quality Initiative Project, will work to implement existing recommendations and to engage in quality assurance matters across the UK asylum process." Its reports can also be accessed via the UNHCR UK web site.

3. Asylum Systems Quality Initiative in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus

The second phase of this project will run from 2015-2017 and "will focus on addressing outstanding gaps in refugee status determination procedures, as well as on improving access to asylum and the quality of judicial review."

You can read more about the first phase of this initiative on the UNHCR Ukraine web site.

Related posts:
- Promoting Quality in EU Asylum Procedures (26 Sept. 2011)
- Update re. EU Asylum Quality (30 Sept. 2011)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Europe

*Europe's Refugee/migrant Crisis: Can 'Illiberal' Turkey Save 'Liberal Europe' While Helping Syrian Refugees? (European Policy Centre, Feb. 2016) [text]

"European Integration and the Governance of Migration," Journal of Contemporary European Research, vol. 12, no. 1 (2016) [open access]

Fencing off Reality: Hungary's Reactions to the Arrival of Refugees and Their Interpretation in a European Legal, Political and Moral Context, Oxford, 17 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

The Refugee Crisis and the Battle for Europe’s Soul (IntLawGrrls Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Rejected Afghan Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands: Migration Experiences, Current Situations and Future Aspirations, Working Paper, no. 2016-007 (UNU-MERIT, Jan. 2016) [text]

Solidarity or Self-interest? The EU's Common Asylum Policy - Between Politics and Desperation, London, 4 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

UNHCR Concerned by Build up Along Borders and Additional Hardships for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]

UNHCR Survey Finds Afghan and Syrian Refugees Arriving to Greece are Fleeing Conflict and Violence (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]
- Here are the factsheets for Afghans and Syrians.

Why Deportations are Hard to Do (IRIN, Feb. 2016) [text]


Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Indiv. Countries (19 Feb. 2016)
- Regional Focus: Europe - General (19 Feb. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

News: New AI Human Rights Report

Amnesty International has published its latest flagship annual human rights report. Here is part of the description:

"The Amnesty International Report 2015/16 documents the state of the world’s human rights during 2015. The foreword, five regional overviews and a survey of 160 countries and territories highlight the suffering endured by many, be it through conflict, displacement, discrimination or repression. The Report also highlights the strength and extent of the human rights movement, and surveys the progress made in the safeguarding and securing of human rights."

The Foreword highlights the worldwide displacement crisis. Access an overview of the report and texts in English, Arabic, French and Spanish via Amnesty's web site. Other language editions are available here. Previous editions of the report are available via AI's publications library.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Asia

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


*Funding Opportunity for NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees and Other Vulnerable Populations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 31 March 2016.


  "ASEAN and its Approach to Forced Migration Issues," International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 20, no. 2, 2016 [free full-text]

An Assessment of the International Legal Obligations Owed to the Rohingya Refugees, ISAS Working Paper, no. 229 (National University of Singapore, Feb. 2016) [text]

*Displacement Dashboard: Mindanao, Philippines Forced Displacement Annual Report 2015 (UNHCR & Protection Cluster, 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Human Rights and Humanitarian Planning for Crisis in North Korea," International Journal of Korean Studies, Forthcoming 2016 [eprint via Brookings]

*Mixed Maritime Movements in South-east Asia 2015 (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [access via Briefing Note]
- Follow link for access to report as well as to UNHCR Tracks special feature.

Pakistan: Extend Afghan Refugee Status through 2017 (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2016) [text]

Second Meeting of the Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration, Bangkok, 29-30 Jan. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for agenda, key documents, and briefing papers on Rohingya, regional arrangements, climate displacement, and durable solutions.

Short Course on Advocacy and Refugee Rights: Final Report (APRRN, Jan. 2016) [text]
- See also related appendices.

"Should Indonesia Accede to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol?," Indonesia Law Review, vol. 5, no. 3 (2015) [open access via DOAJ]

"Unaccompanied & Denied: Regional Legal Framework for Unaccompanied Minors Asylum Seekers (UMAS)," Indonesia Law Review, vol. 5, no. 3 (2015) [open access via DOAJ]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (15 Jan. 2016)

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23 February 2016

Thematic Focus: Persons with Disabilities


Seminar: EU Asylum Law and Disabled Refugees – Is the UK Reservation to the CRPD in the Context of Asylum Law Redundant?, London, 16 March 2016 [info]


Disability in Humanitarian Context: Views from Affected People and Field Organisations (Handicap International, July 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Disabled and Displaced: The Plight of Somalia's Most Vulnerable (RI Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Life in Limbo: Disabled Syrian Refugees in Jordan (Syria Deeply, Feb. 2016) [text]

Mean Streets: Identifying and Responding to Urban Refugees’ Risks of Gender-based Violence - Refugees with Disabilities (Women's Refugee Commission, 2016) [access]
- Scroll down to access thematic report.

Responding to Raids of Disabled Central American Refugees (Yale Law School, Jan. 2016) [access]
- Follow link for texts of several letters and press releases.

"The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Persons with Disabilities," International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, vol. 6, no. 2 (June 2015) [open access]

Thematic Study on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on Situations of Risk and Humanitarian Emergencies, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/31/30 (UN General Assembly, Nov. 2015) [text via Refworld]

"'Up to Now I Am Suffering': Justice, Sexual Violence and Disability amongst Refugees in Uganda," International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, vol. 1, no. 4 (2015) [preprint via SSRN]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Persons with Disabilities (17 Dec. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

22 February 2016

Thematic Focus: General


Webinar: What If We Really Could Measure Refugee Well-being and Resilience?, Online, 23 February 2016 [info]


City Haven: People on the Move/Harbouring the Displaced, New York, 18 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for video.

Crises migratoires: que peuvent faire les acteurs du développement?, Paris, 4 Jan. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for English and French summaries and video of the event in French.

Fleeing into the Unknown: A Journey from Eritrea to England (ODI, Feb. 2016) [text]

"International Coordination in Asylum Provision," New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Online ed. (Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Migration Policy Practice, vol. V, no. 5 (Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016) [full-text]
- Special issue on the "Outlook for Migration in the Global South in 2016."

Refugees: Out of the Fire, into the Frying Pan? (World Policy Institute, Feb. 2016) [text]

Religion and the Ethics of Forced Migration, Washington, DC, 9 Oct. 2015 [text]
- Follow link for symposium report.

Rethink Refugee Policy before the Next Emergency (International Crisis Group, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (17 Feb. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity


"Asylum, Sexual Orientation and," Entry in the Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (Wiley Blackwell, 2015) [free full-text]

"Credibility Assessment in Claims based on Persecution for Reasons of Religious Conversion and Homosexuality: A Practitioners Approach," International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 27, no. 4 (Dec. 2015) [full-text via IARLJ]

Humanitarian Diplomacy: The U.S. Asylum System’s Role in Protecting Global LGBT Rights (Center for American Progress, June 2015) [text]
- See also the link in the article to "The Countries from which LGBT People are Seeking Asylum."

"'I Thought We Had No Rights': Challenges in Listening, Storytelling, and Representation of LGBT Refugees," Studies in Social Justice, vol. 9, no. 1 (2015) [open access]

Protecting Persons with Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: A Global Report on UNHCR's Efforts to Protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Asylum-Seekers and Refugees (UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related UNHCR news release, which includes a link to related training materials.

Refugee Status Claims Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Practitioners' Guide, no. 11 (International Commission of Jurists, Feb. 2016) [text via Refworld]

Web site:

Asylum Connect [access]
- "[A] volunteer initiative that will seek to provide LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. with lifesaving online informational resources."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (23 Nov. 2015)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

19 February 2016

Thematic Focus: Statelessness


Meeting: First Summit on Statelessness in Canada, Ottawa, 24 February 2016 [info]

Seminar: The Implementation of the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons in Selected EU States, Oxford, 25 February 2016 [info]


Deprivation of Nationality in France: First Draft of the Constitutional Act Narrowly Approved by the National Assembly (ENS Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

*"Human Rights under Threat: Denationalization and Dominicans of Haitian Ancestry," SAIS Review of International Affairs, Web article, 20 Feb. 2015 [text]

Impact of the Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality on the Enjoyment of the Rights of Children Concerned, and Existing Laws and Practices on Accessibility for Children to Acquire Nationality, inter alia, of the Country in Which They are Born, If They Otherwise Would be Stateless, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/31/29 (UN General Assembly, Dec. 2015) [text via Refworld]

"A privilege, not a right": Contemporary Debates on Citizenship Deprivation in Britain and France, Working Paper, no. 130 (COMPAS, 2016) [text]

The State of Statelessness in the Americas: Implementing the UNHCR Action Plan (ENS Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

The State We're in: Ending Sexism in Nationality Law (Equality Now, Jan. 2016) [text]

"Stateless: Dominican-born Grandchildren of Haitian Undocumented Immigrants in the Dominican Republic," Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, vol. 24 (Fall 2015) [full-text via SSRN]

Stateless Kurds and Their Multiple Diaspora , Working Paper, no. 125 (IMI, Jan. 2016) [text]

UPR 24th Session & Statelessness: Overview and Analysis (Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, Jan. 2016) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (22 Jan. 2016)

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Thematic Focus: Health

"Adult Asylum Seekers from the Middle East including Syria in Central Europe: What are Their Health Care Problems?," PLoS ONE 11(2): e0148196 (Feb. 2016) [open access]

At a Glance: Health Access and Utilization Survey among Non-camp Refugees in Lebanon (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Bridging the Gap: Using an Interrupted Time Series Design to Evaluate Systems Reform Addressing Refugee Maternal and Child Health Inequalities," Implementation Science, 10:62 (April 2015) [open access]

"Consequences of Tuberculosis among Asylum Seekers for Health Care Workers in Germany," Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, 11:4 (Feb. 2016) [open access]

"The Health Care Consequences of Australian Immigration Policies," PLoS Med, 13(2): e1001960 (Feb. 2016) [open access]

"Improved Detection of Tuberculosis and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis among Tibetan Refugees, India," Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 22, no. 3 (March 2016) [open access]

"Parenthood in Transition: Somali-born Parents' Experiences of and Needs for Parenting Support Programmes," BMC International Health and Human Rights, 16:7 (Feb. 2016) [open access]

"Self-rated Health and Medical Conditions in Refugees and Immigrants from the Same Country of Origin," Iraqi Journal of Medical Science, vol. 13, no. 2 (2015) [full-text via PubMed]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (28 Jan. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe - Indiv. Countries

Barriers to the Right to Effective Legal Remedy: The Problem Faced by Refugees in Turkey in Granting Power of Attorney (Refugee Rights Turkey, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also related ECRE Weekly Bulletin article.

Ending the Detained Fast Track? (Border Criminologies Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Lessons from the Response of German Courts to Hungary's Asylum Procedures (RefLaw Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

"New Social Movements: 'Refugees Welcome UK'," European Scientific Journal, vol. 12, no. 2 (2016) [open access]

Reception Conditions, Detention and Procedural Safeguards for Asylum Seekers and Content of International Protection Status in Bulgaria (ECRE/ELENA, Feb. 2016) [text]

[Reports on Field Missions to the Greek Islands of Lesvos, Rhodes and Kastelorizo] (Greek Council for Refugees, 2016) [access via AIDA]

"Transfer Back to Malta: Refugees’ Secondary Movement within the European Union," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Latest Articles, 17 Feb. 2016 [abstract]
- See also author's related Master's thesis.

Ukraine: 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (OHCA, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also Humanitarian Needs Overview for Ukraine.

UNHCR Observations on the Proposed Amendments to the Norwegian Immigration Act and Regulation: Høring – Endringer i utlendingslovgivningen (Innstramninger II) (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]

Regional Focus: Europe - General

Building Communities of Practice for Urban Refugees: Europe Regional Workshop Report (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]

Conclusions on Migration (European Council, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also related ECRE Weekly Bulletin article.

Europe's Migration Crisis: A Status Report and the Way Forward, Washington, DC, 17 Feb. 2016 [info]
 - Follow link for podcast.

Europe's Refugee Crisis: A Perfect Storm (Border Criminologies Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Forum on Migration, Citizenship and Demography, Florence, 4-5 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for summaries and presentations.

Hotspots and Relocation Schemes: The Right Therapy for the Common European Asylum System? (RefLaw Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Latest Asylum Trends: 2015 Overview (EASO, 2016) [text]

Why Turkey is not a "Safe Country" (Statewatch, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also executive summary.

Why Warships Can't Solve the Refugee Crisis (IRIN, Feb. 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (12 Feb. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

18 February 2016

Thematic Focus: Women

Domestic Violence Asylum and the Perpetuation of the Victimization Narrative, Legal Studies Research Paper, no. 242 (Southern Methodist University, Feb. 2016) [text via SSRN]

Double Standards for Women Seeking Asylum in Europe (Asylum Aid, Jan. 2016) [text]

'I want a safe place': Refugee Women from Syria Uprooted and Unprotected in Lebanon (Amnesty International, Feb. 2016) [text via Refworld]

An Inspection of Asylum Casework March-July 2015 by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration: A Gender Analysis (Asylum Aid, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also Asylum Aid's initial assessment of the inspection report.

No Safety for Refugee Women on the European Route: Report from the Balkans (Women's Refugee Commission, Jan. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Psychometric Properties and Reliability of the Assessment Screen to Identify Survivors Toolkit for Gender Based Violence (ASIST-GBV): Results from Humanitarian Settings in Ethiopia and Colombia," Conflict and Health, 10:1 (Feb. 2016) [open access]

Reception of Female Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the EU: Case Study Germany (European Parliament, Feb. 2016) [text]

Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy: Implications for Humanitarian Response (Tufts University, Jan. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

UNHCR's Commitment to Gender Equality (UNHCR, 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Women (21 Jan. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

New ETDs/Student Papers - Pt. 2

The Effects of Syrian Refugees on Jordan’s Economy: A Critical Case Study, Master's thesis (American Univ. in Cairo, Spring 2016) [text]

Lives Disrupted: Resettlement Stories of Men Leaving War Torn Countries, Master's thesis (Univ. of Regina, May 2015) [text]

Muslim Brothers or Overstaying Guests? The Reception of Syrian Refugees in Southeastern Turkey, Master's thesis (Univ. of San Francisco, Dec. 2015) [text]

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Refugees Coming from the Middle East and its Impact on Resettlement in the United States, Master's thesis (California State Univ. at Northridge, Jan. 2016) [text]

The Settlement Experiences of Kiribati Migrants Living in New Zealand, Dissertation (Univ. of Otago, Jan. 2016) [text]

Spaces to Call Home: Exploring Affinity Spaces, Settlement Experiences and a Participatory Photography Project with Refugees and Immigrants in Halifax, NS, Master's thesis (Mount St. Vincent Univ., June 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

New ETDs/Student Papers - Pt. 1

Common Standards via the Backdoor: The Domestic Impact of Asylum Policy Coordination in the European Union, Dissertation (Maastricht Univ., 2015) [text]

Criminalisation of Humanitarian Assistance to Undocumented Migrants in the EU: A Study of the Concept of Solidarity, Master's thesis (Malmö Univ., Aug. 2015) [text]

Enterprising Outsiders: Livelihood Strategies of Cape Town’s Forced Migrants, Master's thesis (University of Western Ontario, May 2015) [text]

An Exploration of Trauma Interventions and Building Peace: The Case of South Sudanese Refugees in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, Dissertation (Univ. of Sydney, 2016) [text]

Exploring the Strengths and Adaptations of African Women Refugees Displaced in Inner City Johannesburg, Master's thesis (University of the Witwatersrand, Feb. 2016) [text]

Solidarity in the Common European Asylum System: Application and Implementation of a Principle in the Dublin Regulation and the ERF/AMIF, Bachelor's essay (Univ. of Twente, Nov. 2015) [text]

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Detention

Book Review: Immigration Detention: The Migration of a Policy and Its Human Impact (Border Criminologies Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Border Criminologies: Assessing the Changing Architecture of Crime and Punishment, Working Paper, no. 10 (Global Detention Project, Feb. 2016) [text]

"Comparing Immigration Detention in Britain and France: A Matter of Time?," European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 18, no. 2 (Forthcoming 2016) [eprint via SSRN]
- Note: When published, this article will appear under the title "Human Rights and Immigration Detention in France and the UK."

"Detained: A Study of Immigration Bond Hearings," Law & Society Review, vol. 50, no. 1 (March 2016) [free full-text]

"Getting in, Getting out and Getting back: Conducting Long-term Research in Immigration Detention Centres," Chapter in Reflexivity and Criminal Justice: Intersections of Policy, Practice and Research (Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming 2016) [eprint via SSRN]

The Impact of Immigration Detention on Mental Health: A Literature Review (Univ. of Oxford, 2016) [text via SSRN]
- Appendix 5 of "Review into the Welfare in Detention of Vulnerable Persons: A Report to the Home Office by Stephen Shaw," pp. 303-332.

"Reception or Detention Centres? The Detention of Migrants and the New EU 'Hotspot' Approach in the Light of the European Convention on Human Rights," Critical Quarterly for Legislation and Law (Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Tales of Legitimate Immigration Detention (Border Criminologies Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]
- First post in week-long blog series; the other four posts can be accessed via the "see also" menu on the right.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Detention (5 Feb. 2016)

Tagged Publications. 

17 February 2016

New Issues of AHMR, EJPT, IJHR, IJMHSC, Kanere, MEJRS, New Int., Rts. in Exile, WAN

African Human Migration Review, vol. 1, no. 3 (Sept./Dec. 2015) [full-text]
- Mix of articles including two on xenophobia, one on conflict and displacement in the Horn of Africa, and one on development-induced displacement in Ethiopia.

European Journal of Psychotraumatology, vol. 7 (Feb. 2016) [open access]
- Special issue on "Global Mental Health: Trauma and Adversity among Populations in Transition."

International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 20, no. 2 (2016) [contents]
- Special issue on "Comparative Regional Protection Frameworks for Refugees: Norms and Norm Entrepreneurs." The introductory article is freely available.

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol. 12, no. 1 (March 2016) [contents]
- Mix of articles including one on the health of Karen refugees and another on the health of Liberian refugees.

Kanere: Kakuma News Reflector (Jan. 2016) [full-text via FM List]
- News and views from Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.

Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies, vol 1, no. 1 (Spring 2016) [open access]
- New open access journal launched in 2016 by the International Refugee Rights Association in Ankara. Articles are in English and Turkish.

New Internationalist, no. 489 (Jan. 2016) [selected full-text]
- Special report on "Humanity Adrift: Why Refugees Deserve Better."

Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 67 (Feb. 2016) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

Women's Asylum News, no. 133 (Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016) [full-text]
- Lead article is "Women’s cases in the early days of Asylum Aid."

Tagged Periodicals.

Thematic Focus: General


CFP: The Heritage of Displacement: Forced Migration in the Mediterranean through History, 17th Annual Cambridge Heritage Research Group Seminar, Cambridge, UK, 14 May 2016 [info]
- Abstract submission deadline is 29 February 2016.


2015 Disasters in Numbers (CRED, Jan. 2016) [access via PreventionWeb]
- Follow link for infographic.

Fences, Fortresses, and Fortifications: What (not) to do about Contemporary Refugee Flows? (OUP Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Global Migration: From Crisis to Opportunity, London, 10 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for video.

The Global Refugee Crisis: Moral Dimensions and Practical Solutions, Washington, DC, 5 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for video.

History and Current State of Historical Research in Refugee Studies, Paper presented at "History and Memory in Refugee Research," 2nd Workshop of the DFG Network 'Foundations of Refugee Research,' Oxford, 30-31 October 2015 [text]

"Inclusive Victim Consciousness Predicts Minority Group Members' Support for Refugees and Immigrants," Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Early View, 2 Feb. 2016 [full-text via Academia.edu]

 People Can’t Flood, Flow or Stream: Diverting Dominant Media Discourses on Migration (Border Criminologies Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Safety Guide for Journalists: A Handbook for Reporters in High-risk Environments (RSF & UNESCO, 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"What is a Refugee Camp? Explorations of the Limits and Effects of the Camp," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Access, 31 Dec. 2015 [full-text via Academia.edu]

Why "Migrant" and "Refugee" Fail to Grasp New Diasporas (Open Migration, Feb. 2016) [text]

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- Thematic Focus: General (4 Feb. 2016)

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16 February 2016

Events & Opportunities: Additional Feb. & March 2016

Job announcement: Chair in Migration and Mobility, The New School for Social Research [info]
- No closing date indicated; applications accepted until position is filled.

Job announcement: Henry J. Leir Professor of Global Migration, Tufts University [info]
No closing date indicated; applications accepted until position is filled.

Presentation: Europe’s Migration Crisis: A Status Report and the Way Forward, Washington, DC, 17 February 2016 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

Seminar: Counting and Accounting for Migrant Deaths along the Southern External Borders of the EU, Oxford, 22 February 2016 [info]

Tender invitation: Evaluations of the Home Office’s Country of Origin Information on Nigeria, Iran and Ukraine [info]
- Submit applications to Independent Advisory Group on Country Information by 29 February 2016.

Seminars: CMRS Seminar Series, 29 February-16 May 2016 [info]

Seminar: Reversing Forced Migrations: Protracted Displacements and Return Home, London, 1 March 2016 [info]

Internships: Three Legal Internships, ECRE [info]
- Candidates sought to assist with development of AIDA and EDAL databases. Application deadline is 4 March 2016.

Job announcement: Two Junior Research Fellows, Refugee Studies Centre [info]
- One fellow sought for "Economics of Forced Migration" project and the other for "Rethinking Refuge" project.  Application deadline for both is 11 March 2016.

Course: Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response, London, 5-11 June 2016 [info]
- Apply by 11 March 2016.

CFP: 3ème Séminaire Annuel du Réseau Migrations, Poitiers, France, 20 Juin 2016 [info]
- Submit proposals by 15 March 2016.

CFP: Europe’s Crisis: What Future for Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy?, Migration and Law Network 2016 Conference, London, 27-28 June 2014 [info]
- Deadline of submitting abstracts extended to 15 March 2016.

CFP: Precarious Citizenship: Young People who are Undocumented, Separated and Settled in the UK, London, 1 June 2016 [info]
- Abstract submission deadline is 15 March 2016.

Conference: Migration and Social Inequality: Global Perspectives – New Boundaries, 18th Nordic Migration Conference, Oslo, 11-12 August 2016 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 15 March 2016.

CFP: Migration, Security and Solidarity within Global Disorder, Belgrade Security Forum 2016, Belgrade, 12-14 October 2016 [info]
- Submission deadline is 20 March 2016.

Conference: Complementarity in Humanitarian Action: What Does It Mean? What Does It Look Like? What Are the Risks and Benefits?, ICVA Annual Conference 2016, Geneva, 5 April 2016 [info]
- Registration deadline is 22 March 2016.

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- Events & Opportunities: Additional Feb. 2016/New March 2016

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Regional Focus: Africa

Conflict-induced Migration in Africa: Maximizing New Opportunities to Address its Peace, Security and Inclusive Development Dimensions (ACCORD et al., 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Outcome document from High-Level Expert Group Meeting, Durban, South Africa, 23-24 Nov. 2015

"Crossing Boundaries: Internal, Regional and International Migration in Cameroon," International Migration, vol. 54, no. 1 (Feb. 2016) [free full-text]

The Expected Well-being of Urban Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Johannesburg (Economic Research Southern Africa, March 2015) [text]

Humanitarian Funding Analysis: Uganda – Influx of Refugees from South Sudan (Global Humanitarian Assistance, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Kenyan Camps are not a Long-term Solution (The Migrationist Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

"Management of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa: Comparing Nigeria and Cameroon," African Research Review, vol. 10, no. 1 (2016) [open access]

Narratives of Famine: Somalia 2011 (Feinstein International Center, Feb. 2016) [text]

*Nigeria’s Forgotten Crisis (RI Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

Q&A: UNHCR Plays Vital Role in Getting Central African Refugees to the Ballot Box (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also related fact sheet.

Refugees Asked to Fish for Themselves: The Role of Livelihoods Trainings for Kampala's Urban Refugees, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 277 (UNHCR, Jan. 2016) [text]

"Violent Conflict and Forced Displacement in the Horn of Africa: Government and Donor Policies and Programs in Search of Durable Solutions," African Human Migration Review, vol. 1, no 3 (Sept./Dec. 2015) [full-text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (3 Feb. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects


REFMISMES Final Workshop on the Labour Market Integration of Refugees, Florence, Italy, 29 February 2016 [info]
- REFMISMES = Mapping Labour Market Integration Support Measures for Asylum-seekers and Refugees: Policies and Practices in EU Member States.


Economic Impacts of Syrian Refugees: Existing Research Review & Key Takeaways, Policy Brief, no. 1 (International Rescue Committee, Jan. 2016) [text]

The Economic Integration of Migrants and Refugees: What are the Economic and Labour Market Implications of Europe's Refugee Influx?, Brussels, 19 Jan. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for event notes.

Economic Loss from School Dropout Due to the Syria Crisis: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Impact of the Syria Crisis on the Education Sector (Unicef, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Enabling Economic Development and Livelihoods in Countries Affected by the Syrian Regional Crisis (CARE et al., Jan. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Kenya Should Follow Uganda's Refugee Labour Example (The Migrationist, Dec. 2015) [text]

Lost in Assumptions: Assessing the Economic Impact of Migrants (Bruegel Blog, Jan. 2016) [text]

Market Overview of Small and Medium Enterprises in Beirut and Mount Lebanon (International Rescue Committee, Feb. 2016) [text]

"A Needs-centred Educational Support Model for the Career Transitions of North Korean Defectors: Implications for South Korea's Support Policy," International Migration, vol. 54, no. 1 (Feb. 2016) [free full-text]

Overview of the Right to Work for Refugees - Syrian Crisis Response: Lebanon & Jordan, Policy Brief, no. 2 (International Rescue Committee, Jan. 2016) [text]

Refugee Immigration and Public Finances in Sweden, Working Papers in Economics, no. 613 (University of Gothenburg, Feb. 2015) [text]

"Troubling the Exclusive Privileges of Citizenship: Mobile Solidarities, Asylum Seekers, and the Right to Work," Citizenship Studies, vol. 20, no. 2 (2016) [open access]

View on Migration: A Win-win Plan for Refugees and Tech (SciDev.net, Jan. 2016) [text]

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- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (4 Feb. 2016)

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12 February 2016

Regional Focus: MENA


Seminar: On the Move: Shadow of Gypsies in Contemporary Egypt, Cairo, 29 February 2016 [info]


"Acts of Citizenship as a Politics of Resistance? Reflections on Realizing Concrete Rights within the Israeli Asylum Regime," Citizenship Studies, Latest Articles, 25 Oct. 2015 [full-text via ResearchGate]

"Forced Migration and Internal Displacement in the Arab World and Beyond," CCAS Newsmagazine (Fall/Winter 2015) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 7 or read the online version.

The 'Forgotten People': Assessing Poverty among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon (Palestinian Return Centre, Jan. 2016) [text]

"Humanitarian Assistance during the Rif War (Morocco, 1921-6): The International Committee of the Red Cross and 'an Unfortunate Affair'," Historical Research, vol. 89, no. 243 (Feb. 2016) [free full-text]

"Policing the Desert: The IOM in Libya Beyond War and Peace," Antipode, vol. 48, no. 2 (March 2016) [free full-text]

Turkey's Hidden Humanitarian Crisis (IRIN, Feb. 2016) [text]

"Universal Rights versus Exclusionary Politics: Aspirations and Despair among Eritrean Refugees in Tel Aviv," Africa Spectrum, no. 3 (2015) [full-text via ResearchGate]

Why Does No One Care about Yemen? (IRIN, Feb. 2016) [text]

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- Regional Focus: MENA (25 Jan. 2016)

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Regional Focus: Europe

Events & opportunities:

CFP: Europe’s Crisis: What Future for Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy?, Migration and Law Network 2016 Conference, London, 27-28 June 2014 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 15 February 2016.

Seminar: Counting and Accounting for Migrant Deaths along the Southern External Borders of the EU, Oxford, 22 February 2016 [info]

Internships: Three Legal Internships, ECRE [info]
- Candidates sought to assist with development of AIDA and EDAL databases. Application deadline is 4 March 2016.


The Beginning of the End of Border-free Schengen? (IntLawGrrls Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

"Europe's Failed 'Fight' against Irregular Migration: Ethnographic Notes on a Counterproductive Industry," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 9 Feb. 2016 [open access]

Humanitarian Europe?: Report on a Roundtable Meeting on the Humanitarian and Policy Responses to the 2015 Refugee and Migrant Movements through Lesvos, Greece and into the European Union, London, 9 Dec. 2015 (ODI HPN, Feb. 2016) [text]

Implementing the European Agenda on Migration: Commission Reports on Progress on Priority Actions (European Commission, Feb. 2016) [access]
- Provides links to a number of different documents.

Journeys to Europe: The Role of Policy in Migrant Decision-making (ODI, Feb. 2016) [access]
- Follow link for policy brief, report and infographics.

Moving Forward on Asylum in the EU: From Crisis to Responsibility, Oxford, 8 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

"Overwhelmed by Refugee Flows, Scandinavia Tempers its Warm Welcome," Migration Information Source, 10 Feb. 2016 [text]

Political Bias in Court? Lay Judges and Asylum Appeals, Working Paper, no. 2015:2 (Uppsala University, May 2015) [text]

Press Coverage of the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in the EU: A Content Analysis of Five European Countries (UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text]

"Refugees or Immigrants? The Migration Crisis in Europe in Historical Perspective," Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, vol. 9, no. 4 (Jan. 2016) [text]

"Stepping in to Plug the Gaps: The Role of Volunteers in the European Humanitarian Crisis - A Tale from Lesvos," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 12 Feb. 2016 [text]

Tariq al-Euroba: Displacement Trends of Syrian Asylum Seekers to the EU, MPC Research Report, no. 2016/1 (Migration Policy Centre & INTERSOS, 2016) [text]

UNHCR Concerned over Increasing Restrictive Measures, Urges Effective Comprehensive European Response (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]

"The Use of English as ad hoc Institutional Standard in the Belgian Asylum Interview," Applied Linguistics, Advance Access, 10 Dec. 2015 [full-text via ResearchGate]

"'Vivir tres vidas diferentes': Trayectorias e Identidades de Exiliados Chilenos en Portugal = 'Living three different lives': Social Trajectories and Identities of Chilean Political Refugees in Portugal," Atenea, no. 512 (2015) [open access]

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- Regional Focus: Europe (8 Feb. 2016)

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