31 March 2016

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


Bali Declaration on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons, and Related Transnational Crime, Bali, 23 March 2016 [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also the Co-Chairs' statement, and UNHCR' conference statement and press release.


Regional retreat: Challenges and Opportunities for Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Procedures, Bangkok, 25 April 2016 [listing]
- No details are available as of yet.

Conference: 6th Annual Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights, Bangkok, 20-22 September 2016 [info]
- Apply to participate by 7 May 2016.

Conference: The Role of the Judiciary in Asylum and Other International Protection Law in Asia, Seoul, 9-11 June 2016 [info] [draft prog.]
- Register online here; no deadline indicated.


Afghanistan’s Returning Refugees: Why Are So Many Still Landless? (Afghanistan Analysts Network, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Bali Process Can Do a Lot More to Respond to Forced Migration in Our Region (The Conversation, March 2016) [text]
- Note: This was published prior to the meeting.

Being a Refugee in Indonesia, Sydney, 21 March 2016 [info]
- Follow link for video, presentation slides, and access to podcast.

The Boats May Have ‘Stopped’, but More Refugees Are Stuck in Limbo in Indonesia (The Conversation, March 2016) [text]

Did the Humanitarian Response to the Nepal Earthquake Ensure No One Was Left Behind? A Case Study on the Experience of Marginalised Groups in Humanitarian Action (Save the Children, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"For Refugees, Returning to Afghanistan is Easier Said than Done," The Diplomat, 30 March 2016 [text]

Information Consumption and Decision Making of Irregular Migrants in Indonesia, Irregular Migration and Border Research Occasional Paper, no. 19 (Govt. of Australia, March 2016) [text]

"Karen Refugees Describe Peace within the Context of Displacement," Conflict Resolution Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 3 (Spring 2016) [free full-text]

Myanmar Refugees: 'No Repatriation without Peace' (Refugees Deeply, March 2016) [text]

Our Voices: Summary Report - 2016 Refugee Resettlement Quota Review (Amnesty International, March 2016) [text]
- Report on public interest in increasing New Zealand's refugee resettlement quota.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (18 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Health, esp. re. Syrians & Children

[Note: I am re-circulating this post to reflect 1) the removal of several references that were formerly to free full-text articles now no longer available, and 2) the addition of references that address health issues relating to children.]

"Children Seeking Refuge: A Review of the Escalating Humanitarian Crisis of Child Sexual Abuse and HIV/AIDS in Latin America," Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, vol. 26, no. 4 (July/Aug. 2015) [full-text via ResearchGate]

"Healthcare Needs of Displaced Women: Osire Refugee Camp, Namibia," International Nursing Review, vol. 63, no. 1 (March 2016) [free full-text]

"Heart Disease in Syrian Refugee Children: Experience at Jordan University Hospital," Annals of Global Health, In Press, 12 March 2015 [open access via ResearchGate]

Living on the Margins: Syrian Refugees in Jordan Struggle to Access Health Care (Amnesty International, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"New Approaches to Interventions for Refugee Children," World Psychiatry, vol. 15, no. 1 (Feb. 2016) [free full-text]

"A Pilot Evaluation of an Art Therapy Program for Refugee Youth from Burma," Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, vol. 33, no. 1 (2016) [full-text via Academia.edu]

"Profile of Illness in Syrian Refugees: A GeoSentinel Analysis, 2013 to 2015," Eurosurveillance, vol. 21, no. 10 (March 2016) [open access]

"Statement of the European Respiratory Society and the European Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease: Call for Urgent Actions to Ensure Access to Early Diagnosis and Care of Tuberculosis among Refugees," European Respiratory Journal, In Press, 23 March 2016 [free full-text]

War, Migration and Health: What Should Physicians Do, Istanbul, 26-27 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for overview of symposium; see also videos of presentations. This related report was prepared by the Turkish Medical Association for the symposium.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (18 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Children


UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 15-17 June 2016 [info]
- This year's theme is "Youth"; follow link for concept note, consultation reports, toolkit and background papers; register by 10 May 2016.


Child Protection in Emergencies: Coordination Handbook (Global Protection Cluster, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Childhood under Attack: Faces Behind the Numbers (Refugees Deeply, March 2016) [text]

Children on the Brink: The Impact of Violence and Conflict on Yemen and its Children (UNICEF, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Closed Doors: Mexico's Failure to Protect Central American Refugee and Migrant Children (Human Rights Watch, March 2016) [text]
- See also related Guardian news article.

The Forgotten Children Report, RegNet Research Paper, no. 104 (Australian National University, 2016) [text via SSRN]

"House of Lords Votes to Let Lone Child Refugees Come to Britain," The Guardian, 21 March 2016 [text]

"Stories from Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Detention: A Composite Account," Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 51, no. 7 (July 2015) [free full-text]

Why Are We Failing to Support Lone Refugee Children? (Refugees Deeply, March 2016) [text]


Unfairy Tales (UNICEF) [access]
- Series of three animated films that tell true stories about children fleeing from conflict. "They have been animated in the style of a fairy tale and will be supported by an interactive e-book experience also called Unfairy Tales."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (25 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

30 March 2016

Events & Opportunities: More April 2016

CFP: False Evidence of the Refugee Crisis: Time and Waiting in Camps, Panel at American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 2016 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 1 April 2016.

CFP: International Law and Human Rights in Crisis, Inaugural Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights, Liverpool, 14-15 June 2016 [info]
- Abstract submission deadline is 1 April 2016.

Panel discussion: Syria Crisis Response: Lessons Learned, London, 14 April 2016 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

Funding opportunity: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Colombia [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 21 April 2016.

Funding opportunity: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Region [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 22 April 2016.

CFP: Challenging Media Representations of Refugees and Exploring New Forms of Solidarity,  Panel at Development Studies Association Conference, Oxford, 12-14 Sept. 2016 [info]
- Deadline for abstracts is 25 April 2016.

CFP: The Regional Politics of Forced Displacement in the Middle East, Panel at Development Studies Association Conference, Oxford, 12-14 Sept. 2016 [info]
- Deadline for abstracts is 25 April 2016.

Job vacancy: Artist-Scholar Refugee in Residence, Northwestern University School of Communication [info]
- Apply by 30 April 2016.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: Additional March & April 2016

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

News: Free Content from Springer

[Update 31 March: Springer's content is now once again behind a paywall!]

While preparing my last post on health, I noticed that every article in a journal published by Springer was freely available. So I just tried a general search of Springer's web site and it appears that *all* content is currently downloadable. It may be a fluke or a marketing strategy, but regardless, it will likely be short-term!

Here are a few books and book chapters published in 2016 that can be freely downloaded at this time:

Assessing the Social Impact of Development Projects: Experience in India and Other Asian Countries [access]

"Caught in the Crossfire: The Impact of Foreign Fighters on Internally Displaced Persons, Asylum Seekers and Refugees from Syria and Iraq," Chapter in Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond [access]

"European Case Law on Asylum Matters: Interrelation and Interdependence of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union," Chapter in New Europe - Old Values? [access]

The Language of Asylum: Refugees and Discourse [access]

The Lhotsampa People of Bhutan: Resilience and Survival [access]

"Non-refoulement in International Refugee Law, Human Rights Law and Asylum Laws," Chapter in From Cold War to Cyber War [access]

"Resettlement Strategies: For Better or for Worse," Chapter in Development Strategies and Inter-Group Violence [access]

Give it a try!

Tagged Publications.

29 March 2016

Thematic Focus: Solutions for Syrians


Conference: High-level Meeting on Global Responsibility Sharing through Pathways for Admission of Syrian Refugees, Geneva, 30 March 2016 [info]
- As noted in this news story, UNHCR will host "a one-day, high-level conference in Geneva focusing on refugees from Syria and the need for generating a substantial increase in resettlement and other answers for their plight. ...The focus of the March 30 conference is the need for expanded, multi-year programmes of resettlement and other forms of humanitarian admission, including involving countries that till now have not been involved in such initiatives. Resettlement is not the only aim. Other such pathways include humanitarian transfer or visas, private sponsorship, medical evacuation, family reunion, academic scholarship, and apprenticeships or labour schemes. The event will also showcase innovative approaches, new partnerships, and successful case studies, and is an opportunity for governments around the world to be part of finding solutions for Syrian refugees." Read this factsheet for more information. The conference will be livestreamed (visit the conference page to view the proceedings). More media information is available in this briefing note and on the media page.

Webinar: Resettlement Plus: Clearing the Path to Safety and Opportunity for Refugees, Online, 31 March 2016 [info]
- Migration Policy Institute has scheduled a webinar to discuss the outcomes of the high-level meeting, as well as provide an "analysis of how states and civil society can work together to realize the intensifying calls for new pathways to support the safe and legal migration—and successful integration—of refugees in practice."


#AcrossBorders and the Future: From Destination to Integration (Devex, March 2016) [text]
- "Devex spoke to a number of organizations responsible for facilitating the intake of refugees into their new host countries, to learn about their biggest challenges and best practices when it comes to ensuring a smooth integration of refugees at their destination."

EU-Turkey Agreement: 54,000 Places Allocated for Resettlement of Syrians from Turkey (European Commission, March 2016) [text]
- "The proposal responds to the need to commit further places for resettlement from Turkey, following Friday's agreement to resettle one Syrian from Turkey for every Syrian readmitted by Turkey after arriving irregularly in the Greek islands."

NGO Joint Statement at Side Event on Pathways for Syrian Refugees, 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee, Geneva, 15 March 2016 [text]
- Calls on "governments to expand the criteria for admission to countries where refugees can find safety in order to offer solutions to a more generous number of refugees from Syria" and "states to commit to taking at least 10 percent of Syria’s refugee population currently living in the main host countries...through resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes."

No Way Out? Making Additional Migration Channels Work for Refugees (Migration Policy Institute, March 2016) [text]
- "This report explains how governments, international organizations, and other actors can support refugees’ paths to self-sufficiency and stability by ensuring the accessibility of existing opportunities as well as creating new ones."

Relocation and Resettlement: EU Member States Urgently Need to Deliver (European Commission, March 2016) [text]
- Includes links to the First Report on Relocation and Resettlement, as well as annexes with additional information on the situations in Greece and Italy and other materials.

Resettling 10 Percent of Syrian Refugees: The Commitment Needed at the Geneva Conference (Oxfam, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- "Oxfam’s new analysis released today shows that only three countries – Canada, Germany, Norway – have made resettlement pledges exceeding their ‘fair share’, which is calculated according to the size of their economy, and five others – Australia, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand – have pledged more than half of it."


Refugee Resettlement Changes Lives (Amnesty International) [access]
- "By opening up safe and legal routes, governments can protect the most vulnerable refugees and stop people risking dangerous journeys."

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe (28 March 2016)
- Regional Focus: Syria (24 March 2016)
- Thematic Focus: Solutions (7 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Africa

Source: UNHCR
"African Migration: Trends, Patterns, Drivers," Comparative Migration Studies, 4:1 (Jan. 2016) [open access]

"Challenges Faced by Unaccompanied Minor-refugees in South Africa," Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, vol. 52, no. 1 (2016) [full-text via ResearchGate]

Durable Solutions for Somalia’s Displaced Communities: What Happens Next? (World Bank, March 2016) [text]

The Evolution of Migration Policy in Post-apartheid South Africa: Emerging Themes and New Challenges (SIHMA, Feb. 2016) [text]
- Part two focuses on the refugee framework.

Naturalization in Tanzania: Lessons from the Ebb and Flow of the Process (RefLaw Blog, March 2016) [text]

Overview of UNHCR's Operations in Africa, 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee (EXCOM, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also NGO Statement on Africa.

The Road to Resilience: A Scoping Study for the Taadoud Transition to Development Project (Feinstein International Center, March 2016) [text]

Therapeutic Activism: Men of Hope Refugee Association Uganda Breaking the Silence over Male Rape in Conflict-related Sexual Violence, IDS Evidence Report, no. 182 (Institute of Development Studies & Refugee Law Project, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

War and Peace in South Sudan: March 2016 Update (House of Commons Library, March 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (14 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.

28 March 2016

Regional Focus: MENA

Event & opportunity:

Graduate programs: Migration & Refugee Studies, American University in Cairo [info]
- Next deadline is 3 April 2016 (for admission into non-degree 2016 summer session and both regular/non-degree 2016 fall session).

Seminar: Migrants and the State: Understanding 'State-making' and Mass Displacement, Cairo, 4 April 2016 [info]


Between a Wall and Hard Place: Examining Israel’s Voluntary Departure Policy for African Asylum Seekers (Regional MMS, March 2016) [text

*The Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen Conference: Challenges and Prospects of Humanitarian Response, Doha, 22-24 Feb. 2016 - Closing Statement [text via ICVA]

Libya: REACH Multi-Sector Needs Assessment Update (REACH, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Look Back and Learn: Safe Zones in Iraq and Bosnia (IRIN, March 2016) [text]

Migration Flows from Iraq to Europe (IOM, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Overview of UNHCR's Operations in the Middle East and North Africa, 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee (EXCOM, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also ICVA statement.

Palestinian Refugees in an Increasingly Tumultuous Middle East, Washington, DC, 1 March 2016 [info]
- Follow link for video.

Protection Assessment in Libya (Handicap International & Save the Children, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

*Spotlight on Yemen's Forgotten War and Humanitarian Disaster: Preventing the Next Syrian Refugee Crisis, CIGI Paper, no. 97 (Centre for International Governance Innovation, March 2016) [text]

What’s It Like to be a Young Palestinian Refugee in Lebanon Today? (IRIN, March 2016) [access]

Yemen: On the Brink of Catastrophe (Norwegian Refugee Council, March 2016) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA (7 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Europe

L’accord Union européenne-Turquie: faux semblant ou marché de dupes? (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, March 2016) [text]

Can Deterrent Policies Stop People Coming to Europe? (The Broker, March 2016) [text]

Doomed: Five Reasons Why the EU-Turkish Refugee Deal will not Work (Centre for European Reform, March 2016) [text]

Fifth Joint Submission of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the Case of M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece (Application no. 30696/09) and Related Cases (ICJ & ECRE, March 2016) [text]

Greece: Humanitarian Crisis at Athens Port (Human Rights Watch, March 2016) [text]

Memorandum on the Human Rights of Asylum Seekers and Immigrants in the United Kingdom, by Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights (Council of Europe, March 2016) [access]
- The UK's reply is also available via the a/m link.

The Paradox of the EU-Turkey Refugee Deal (Migration Policy Institute, March 2016) [text]

"Privatising Asylum: Neoliberalisation, Depoliticisation and the Governance of Forced Migration," Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Early View, 23 March 2016 [open access]

Refugee/Migrant Crisis in Europe: Scenarios - Possible Developments in Transit Countries over the Next 6 Months (ACAPS et al., March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Right to Remain Toolkit (Right to Remain, updated March 2016) [text]
- "[A] guide to the UK immigration and asylum system. It gives an overview of the legal system and procedures, with detailed information on rights and options at key stages, and actions you can take in support of your claim, or to help someone else."

Schengen Area: Update and State of Play (EPRS, March 2016) [text]

Violence against Migrants (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Legal Analyses of EU & NATO Policy (24 March 2016)
- Regional Focus: Europe (22 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.

25 March 2016

Thematic Focus: Children

Report launch:

After Return: Documenting the Experiences of Young People Forcibly Removed to Afghanistan, London, 5 April 2016 [info]


"Challenges Faced by Unaccompanied Minor-refugees in South Africa," Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, vol. 52, no. 1 (2016) [full-text via ResearchGate]

The Ethical Obligations of a Lawyer Who Represents a Three Year Old Child (Insightful Immigration Blog, March 2016) [text]
- See also related videos of 3&4-year-olds being interviewed in mock hearings by their immigration lawyer parents.

Lost in the World: The Young People Shunted around a Global Asylum System (The Conversation, March 2016) [text]

Protecting Children Affected by the Refugee Crisis: A Shared Responsibility - Secretary General’s Proposals for Priority Actions (Council of Europe, March 2016) [text]

"Review of Child Maltreatment in Immigrant and Refugee Families," Canadian Journal of Public Health, vol. 106, no. 7 (2015) [open access]

Young Children of Refugees in the United States: Integration Successes and Challenges (Migration Policy Institute, March 2016) [text]
- See also related webinar.

Web site:

Becoming Adult: Researching Young Migrants' Uncertain Futures (Univ. of Oxford & Univ. of Birmingham) [access]
- A research study that focuses on the situation of young people from Albania, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Vietnam in the UK.

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Children (10 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

New Issues of Am. Ethn., EJML, Inside Indonesia, Intl. Migr., IMR, J. Immig. & Min. Health, JIMI, J. Baltic Sec.

American Ethnologist, vol. 43, no. 1 (Feb. 2016) [contents]
- Includes a forum on "The 2015 Refugee Crisis in Europe," with three free full-text articles.

European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 18, no. 1 (2016) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "Time to Activate the Temporary Protection Directive: Why the Directive can Play a Key Role in Solving the Migration Crisis in Europe," "Labour Market Access for Asylum Seekers and Refugees under the Common European Asylum System," and "In Deep Water: Towards a Greater Commitment for Human Rights in Sea Operations Coordinated by Frontex?"

Inside Indonesia, no. 124 (April-June 2016) [full-text]
- Special feature on "Asylum in Indonesia," with nine English-language articles.

International Migration, vol. 54, no. 2 (April 2016) [contents]
- Includes three thematic sub-sections on "Managing Migration," "Development Effects of Migration" and "Considerations of Security."

International Migration Review, vol. 50, no. 1 (Spring 2016) [free full-text]
- Includes two thematic sub-sections on "Immigrants in Western Europe" and "Deportation and Remittance Effects."

Journal of European Public Policy, virtual issue (March 2016) [contents]
- Special issue on "EU Asylum and Migration Policy."

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 18, no. 2 (April 2016) [free full-text]
- Mix of articles, including "Impact of Routine Quantiferon Testing on Latent Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Treatment in Refugees in Multnomah County, Oregon, November 2009–October 2012" and "'Can I Ask That?': Perspectives on Perinatal Care after Resettlement among Karen Refugee Women, Medical Providers, and Community-based Doulas."

Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 17, no. 1 (Feb. 2016) [contents]
- Mix of articles with one on refugees.

Journal on Baltic Security, vol. 1, no. 2 (2015) [full-text via Academia.edu]
- Special issue on "Securitization of Migration in the Baltic States."

Tagged Periodicals.

24 March 2016

New Issue of JRS

The latest issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) has been published. Contents of vol. 29, no. 1, March 2016 include:
  • Night-Time and Refugees: Evidence from the Thai-Myanmar Border [abstract] [ResearchGate]
  • Alleged Terrorists and Other Perpetrators of Serious Non-Political Crimes: The Application of Article 1F(b) of the Refugee Convention in the Netherlands [abstract]
  • Structure and Agency in Swedish Municipalities’ Reception of Unaccompanied Minors [free full-text]
  • Harvesting from a Repotted Plant: A Qualitative Study of Karen Refugees’ Resettlement and Foodways [abstract]
  • Chilean Exiles, Reconciliation and Return: An Alternative View from Below [abstract]
  • Caring, Contributing, Capacity Building: Navigating Contradictory Narratives of Refugee Settlement in Australia [abstract]
  • Risk Factors Associated with Culture Shock among Asylum Seekers from Darfur [abstract]

Tagged Periodicals.

Thematic Focus: General


The Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement has concluded its activities after 20 years of operation. Fortunately, the Project's extensive research output and other resources can still be accessed via its web site. (I have referenced a number of these over the years on this blog and in my IDP guide.) They will be missed!


2015 Global Strategy Implementation Report: Public Health, Settlement and Shelter, Livelihoods, Safe Access to Fuels and Energy (UNHCR, March 2016) [text]

Assessing State Fragility with a Focus on Climate Change and Refugees: 2016 Country Indicators for Foreign Policy Report (Carleton Univ., March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Fresh Eyes on the Refugee Crisis: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Global Young Academy, 2016) [text]

Human Rights Council Holds Panel Discussion on Technical Cooperation to Promote and Protect the Rights of all Migrants (OHCHR, March 2016) [text]
- See also related IOM press release.

'Refugees' and 'Migrants': Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (UNHCR, March 2016) [text]

Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World (Routledge, Feb. 2015) [info]
- Eprints of the introductory chapter and the concluding chapter are available via SSRN.

"Secluding North America's Migration Outcasts: Notes on the International Organization for Migration's Compassionate Mercenary Business," Chapter 13 in Externalizing Migration Management: Europe, North America and the Spread of 'Remote Control' Practices (Routledge, Feb. 2016) [eprint via SSRN]

Situation of Migrants in Transit: Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/31/35 (General Assembly, Jan. 2016) [text via Refworld]
- See also statements and documents from related event.

United Nations Secretary-General: Did You Know? (UN Pulse Blog, March 2016) [text]
- "Did you know a new Secretary-General will be appointed in 2016?" Candidates are listed here.

Web site:

Refugees Deeply [access]
- Launched on 15 March 2016, this media platform is "designed to help you understand the complex web of geopolitical, human rights, environmental, legal and other factors combining to make the refugee issue one of the most challenging of our lifetimes." An intro. to this new resource is available here.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (10 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Syria


Panel discussion: Syria Crisis Response: Lessons Learned, London, 14 April 2016 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.


From Homs to Hamburg: Refugee Movements from Syria to Europe and Beyond, Washington, DC, 15 March 2016 [info]
- Follow link for video and transcript.

Global Responsibility Sharing through Pathways for Admission of Syrian Refugees (UNHCR, March 2016) [text]
- Factsheet issued in advance of UNHCR's 30 March 2016 High-level Meeting.

Lebanon’s Deportation of Syrians en Route to Turkey (Human Rights Brief, March 2016) [text]

*Pathways for Syrian Refugees, Side event at 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee, Geneva, 15 March 2016 [info]
- See also NGO Joint Statement.

Summary of Regional Migration Trends: Middle East (Danish Refugee Council, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syria: 5 Years on (IRIN, March 2016) [access]
- Follow link for graphic.

Syrian Refugees Tell Their Stories (Brookings, March 2016) [access]
- Follow link for four podcasts.

Women, Work & War: Syrian Women and the Struggle to Survive Five Years of Conflict (CARE, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Education, esp. re. Syrians (22 March 2016)
- Regional Focus: Syria (17 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Legal Analyses of EU & NATO Policy

Here are several recently-posted legal analyses from UNHCR on the role of NATO in the Aegean Sea and on the EU-Turkey agreement:

  • General Legal Considerations of Relevance to NATO's Engagement with the Refugee and Migrant Movements in the Aegean Sea (8 March 2016) [access]
  • Legal Considerations on the Return of Asylum-seekers and Refugees from Greece to Turkey as Part of the EU-Turkey Cooperation in Tackling the Migration Crisis under the Safe Third Country and First Country of Asylum Concept (23 March 2016) [access]
  • Note on Legal Considerations for Cooperation between the European Union and Turkey on the Return of Asylum-Seekers and Migrants (10 March 2016) [access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (22 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.

23 March 2016

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Humanitarian Response in Crisis, London, 12 April 2016 [info]
- Note from the organizers: "This event is invite-only, please register your interest above and we will get back to you if we can offer you a place." Will also be livestreamed.

Innovating Humanitarian Action: More Than Just Luck, London, 21 April 2016 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.


Futureproofing Humanitarianism for Permanent Emergencies: Unpacking the Promise of Cooperation (NCHS Blog, March 2016) [text]

*NGOs and Risk: How International Humanitarian Actors Manage Uncertainty (Humanitarian Outcomes, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also related handbook.

The Revival of the "Cash versus Food" Debate: New Evidence for an Old Quandary?, Policy Research Working Paper, no. 7584 (World Bank, Feb. 2016) [text]

What is Protection Anyway? (Oxfam Policy & Practice Blog, March 2016) [text]
- Provides links to a set of protection-related materials developed by Oxfam for the Global Protection Cluster.

"Work–Life Balance among Humanitarian Aid Workers," Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, OnlineFirst 14 March 2016 [full-text via HHI]

Working with Cash Based Safety Nets in Humanitarian Contexts: Guidance Note for Humanitarian Practitioners (Cash Learning Partnership, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

World Humanitarian Summit [access]
- Follow link for information on High-Level Leaders’ Roundtables and Special Sessions, now available under "Main Programme."


Building a Better Response: Field Perspectives (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative) [access]
- "[A] video interview series highlighting the views of various humanitarian practitioners on the current and future state of humanitarian system."


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

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects


Consultation: Towards a Communication on Forced Displacement and Development (European Commission, March 2016) [text]

The Difference a Market Makes: The Case of Syrian Refugee Camps in Jordan (RI Blog, March 2016) [text]

"The Economic Role of Refugees: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa," Chicago Policy Review, 25 Feb. 2016 [text]

How Do We Measure Impacts of Refugees and IDPs on Host Countries and Host Communities? (People Move Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]
- Includes link to related workshop.

Labour Market Integration of Refugee: EU Funding Instruments (European Parliament, Feb. 2016) [text]

Measuring Remittances Sent to and from Refugees and IDPs, Washington, DC, 12 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for agenda, presentations, and other workshop documents.

Mentoring as a Way of Integrating Refugees on the Labour Market: Evidence from a Swedish Pilot Scheme (Linnaeus University, 2015) [text]

Refugees: Economic Burden or Opportunity? (e-International Relations, March 2016) [text]

Web site:

#RefugeeEconomics [access]
- "A multimedia reporting project investigating the economic impact of forced displacement."

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

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

22 March 2016

Regional Focus: Europe


AIDA Report Serbia: Transit for Many, Asylum for a Handful (AIDA, March 2016) [text]

The Evolution of Immigration and Asylum Policy in Luxembourg: Insights from IMPALA, CREA Discussion Paper, no. 2 (Univ. of Luxembourg, 2016) [text via EconPapers]

Exposure to Refugees and Voting for the Far-Right: (Unexpected) Results from Austria, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 9790 (Institute for the Study of Labor, March 2016) [text via SSRN]

*Human Rights of Refugees and Migrants: The Situation in the Western Balkans (Council of Europe, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Illegal Migration to EU Rises for Routes both Well-worn and Less-traveled (Pew Research Center, March 2016) [text]

*Macedonia's Involvement in the Migrant Crisis (United Macedonian Diaspora, March 2016) [text via APO]

Migrants and Refugees Have Rights! Impact of EU Policies on Accessing Protection (Caritas, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

New EU Task Force to Impose Common Asylum Standards (Free Movement Blog, March 2016) [text]

Registering Humanity: The EU’s Plan to Halt Citizen-led Response to the Migration Crisis (Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law Blog, March 2016) [text]

Situation Overview: Rapid Assessment of Stranded Migrants across the Western Balkans (REACH, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

*A Stronger European Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Council of Europe, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Unpacking a Rapidly Changing Scenario: Migration Flows, Routes and Trajectories across the Mediterranean, MEDMIG Research Brief, no. 1 (Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis, March 2016) [text]

More EU-Turkey deal news/commentary/analysis:

"Cooperation with Turkey to Regulate Entry to Europe," Section in In Focus: European Approaches to Irregular Migration (Kaldor Centre, updated March 2016) [text]

EU-Turkey Agreement: Questions and Answers (European Commission, March 2016) [text]

Protection and Pragmatism: The EU-Turkey Refugee Deal in Historical Perspective (openDemocracy, March 2016) [text]

UNHCR Redefines Role in Greece as EU-Turkey Deal Comes into Effect (UNHCR, March 2016) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (19 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Education, esp. re. Syrians


3 Million Empty Seats: The Education Gap among Young Syrian Refugees (Global Philanthropy Forum, Feb. 2016) [text via Medium]

Educating Syrian Refugees in Turkey (Human Rights Brief, Feb. 2016) [text]

Education in Emergencies Scorecard (A World at School, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Going Global and Getting Graphic: Critical Multicultural Citizenship Education in an Afterschool Program for Immigrant and Refugee Girls," International Journal of Multicultural Education, vol. 18, no. 1 (2016) [open access]

"Higher Education for Refugees," University World News, no. 405 (March 2016) [access]
- Special report on Syrians.

Inside Syrian Refugee Schools (Education + Development Blog, Feb. 2016) [access]
- Three-part blog series on "the experiences of Syrian refugee children and their teachers drawing on long-term observations and interviews in Lebanon in formal and non-formal schools that serve Syrian refugees."

Integrating Migrants and Their Children through Education (EPRS, March 2016) [text]

*"Losing Syria’s Youngest Generation: The Education Crisis Facing Syrian Refugees in Jordan," Middle East Report Online, 2 March 2016 [text]

Providing a Head Start: Improving Access to Early Childhood Education for Refugees (Migration Policy Institute, March 2016) [text]

The School Bus Project: Mobile Education for Refugees, Paper prepared for 2016 International UNESCO Conference on Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact, Lausanne, Switz., 2-4 May 2016 [text]

Schools in Syria: Thematic Report (Assistance Coordination Unit, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Web site:

Refugee Ed Tech Solutions (UNHCR) [access]
- Site set up to track ideas and initiatives developed from the "Workshop to Address the Challenges of Bridging the Education Gap for Syrian Refugee Children," described in first reference above.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Education, esp. re. Syrian Refugees (11 Feb. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

21 March 2016

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling

Events & opportunities: 

Seminar: Back to the Drawing Board: Towards a Recalibration of Human Smuggling Scholarship, Stockholm, 22 March 2016 [info]

Workshop: Critical Approaches to Irregular Migration Facilitation: Dismantling the Human Smuggler Narrative, Florence, Italy, 5-6 April 2016 [info]

CFP: 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking Oct 6-8, 2016, Lincoln, NE [info]
- Submit abstracts by 15 April 2016.


After Rescue: Evaluation of Strategies to Stabilize and Integrate Adult Survivors of Human Trafficking to the United States (ISIM, Feb. 2016) [text]

Coming Clean: The Prevalence of Forced Labour and Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Forced Labour amongst Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong (Justice Centre Hong Kong, March 2016) [text]

European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) Launched Today (European Commission, Feb. 2016) [text]

Human Trafficking and Smuggling on the Horn of Africa-Central Mediterranean Route (SAHAN & IGAD, Feb. 2016) [text]

Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking (ICAT) Chair's Report (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]

Mixed Migration Flows in the Mediterranean and Beyond - Findings: Counter-trafficking Survey (IOM, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Unintended Consequences: How Migrant Smugglers are Exploiting the International Protection System," Advance: Essays, Opinions and Ideas on Public Policy (Winter 2015) [text via Academia.edu]
- Scroll to p. 30.

"Victims of Trafficking, Reproductive Rights, and Asylum," Chapter in Oxford Handbook of Reproductive Ethics (Oxford Univ. Press, pub. online Jan. 2016) [full-text via PhilPapers]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling (8 Feb. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Events & Opportunities: Additional March & April 2016

Job opportunity: Webmaster, Migration Policy Centre, Florence, Italy [info]
- Apply by 22 March 2016.

Presentation: "Dilemmatic" Adjudication: Europe’s Refugee Crisis and the Question of Migrant Rights, Montreal, 22 March 2016 [info]

Presentation: The Concept of "Climate Migration" in International Law, Montreal, 23 March 2016 [info]

Webinar: How Well Are Young Children of Refugees Integrating into the United States?, Online, 23 March 2016 [info]

Conference: European Social Science History Conference, Valencia, 30 March-2 April 2016 [info]
- Programme includes a number of sessions/papers relating to refugees and displacement; registration is ongoing.

Conference: Migration Crisis? What Crisis? Why Crisis? Thinking, Framing, and Theorizing Mass Mobility in a Globalized Age, Rochester, NY, 31 March-1 April 2016 [info]
- Registration now open.

Public lecture series: Topographies of Displacement and Resistance: Refugee Movements since the Arab Revolutions and Their Transnational Consequences, Basel, Switzerland, 5 April-17 May 2016 [info]

CFP: Journal of International Peace and Organization [info]
- Contributions sought for a forthcoming issue on "Flight and Refuge: Perspectives from Interdisciplinary Peace Studies"; abstract submission deadline is 24 April 2016.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: Even More March & April 2016

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

19 March 2016

Regional Focus: Europe

[Note: I am re-circulating this post to reflect several additions as indicated below.]


The Challenges to International Refugee Law in the Current Crisis, Presentation at "The Single Protection Procedure: Meeting International Obligations," Dublin, 3 March 2016 [text via ECRE]

EESC Fact-finding Missions on the Situation of Refugees, as Seen by Civil Society Organisations: Synthesis Report (European Economic and Social Committee, March 2016) [access]
- Follow link for both synthesis report and individual country mission reports.

Falling through the Cracks: Refugee Women and Girls in Germany and Sweden (Women's Refugee Commission, March 2016) [text]

Migration and Asylum Data for Policy-making in the European Union: The Problem with Numbers, Liberty & Security in Europe, no. 89 (CEPS, March 2016) [text]

More than One Million Refugees Travel to Greece since 2015 (UNHCR, March 2016) [text]

Overview of UNHCR's Operations in Europe, 65th Meeting of the Standing Committee (EXCOM, March 2016) [text]

UNHCR's Observations on Malta's Revised Legislative and Policy Framework for the Reception of Asylum-Seekers (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]

Welcome to Denmark: How Will You Be Paying for Your Stay? (RefLaw Blog, March 2016) [text]

More EU-Turkey deal news/commentary/analysis:

EU-Turkey Statement, 18 March 2016 [text]

EU: Turkey Mass-Return Deal Threatens Rights (Human Rights Watch, March 2016) [text]

*The EU-Turkey Dirty Deal on Migrants: Can Europe Redeem Itself? (Order from Chaos Blog, March 2016) [text]

*EU-Turkey Plan for Handling Refugees is Fraught with Legal and Procedural Challenges, CEPS Commentary (Centre for European Policy Studies, March 2016) [text]

*EU-Turkey Statement Addressing the Migration and Refugee Crisis (U.S. Dept. of State, March 2016) [text]

"European Leaders Discuss Refugee Deal with Turkey Alongside Mass Public Outrage," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 18 March 2016 [text]

*The Final EU/Turkey Refugee Deal: A Legal Assessment (EU Law Blog Analysis, March 2016) [text]

Making Sense of the EU-Turkey Deal: Law, Politics and Practicalities, Oxford, 16 March 2016
- *Both a podcast and video of this special seminar are available.

Refugees Become Trading Chips in EU-Turkey Negotiations (RI Blog, March 2016) [text]

*Refugees International Response to the EU Turkey Deal (RI Blog, March 2016) [text]

*The Silver Lining to the EU-Turkey Migration Deal (Order from Chaos Blog, March 2016) [text]

*Three Legal Requirements for the EU-Turkey Deal: An Interview with James Hathaway (On Matters Constitutional Blog, March 2016) [text]
- See also a reply to this post and a reply to the reply!

*UNHCR on EU-Turkey Deal: Asylum Safeguards Must Prevail in Implementation (UNHCR, March 2016) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (14 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.

18 March 2016

Thematic Focus: Health


"Does Socio-cultural and Psychological Adjustment Influence Physical Health? The Case of North Korean Refugees in South Korea," International Journal of Intercultural Relations, vol. 51 (2016) [full-text via ResearchGate]

"Health Profiles of Newly Arrived Refugee Children in the United States, 2006–2012," American Journal of Public Health, vol. 106, no. 1 (Jan. 2016) [abstract]
- See also related infographic and overview.

Humanitarian Spotlight: The European Refugee Crisis (IIHA Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

"Oral Health Status of Immigrant and Refugee Children in North America: A Scoping Review," Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, 82:g3 (2016) [open access]

Primary Health Care Mainstreaming of Syrian Refugees in Egypt (UNHCR, Jan. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Refugee Migration and Risk of Schizophrenia and Other Non-affective Psychoses: Cohort Study of 1.3 Million People in Sweden," BMJ, 352:i1030 (March 2016) [open access]
 - See also related editorial in same issue. This article has gotten a lot of press; see, e.g., coverage in Scientific American and The Conversation, respectively.

"Retrospective Analysis of Reproductive Health Indicators in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Post-emergency Camps 2007–2013," Conflict and Health, 10:3 (March 2016) [open access]

The Syrian Crisis Needs Targeted Mental Health Research (SciDev.net, March 2016) [text]

New resource:

ClinicFinder (Doctors of the World UK) [access]
- "[A] mobile-web application to provide simple and clear information about free primary healthcare and medical services for refugees and migrants across Europe."

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Mental Health (11 March 2016)
- Thematic Focus: Health (19 Feb. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.