29 April 2016

News: 30th Anniversary of Imposing Aid

Barbara Harrell-Bond's book, Imposing Aid: Emergency Assistance to Refugees, was published in 1986 but remains an influential text in the field of refugee studies today. To commemorate this anniversary, the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) is hosting a new seminar series during its Trinity Term to "reflect on the continuing relevance of the themes raised in Imposing Aid, and its enduring influence on the shape of the discipline: the way humanitarian organisations work or do not work, the critical study of how such organisations may be paternalistic or unaccountable, the conflicts of interest and disparities of power which characterise the interactions between refugees and their ostensible helpers, and the place of refugees in the complex order of international emergency relief settings."

If you have not yet read this seminal work, you can find it in Forced Migration Online's Digital Library. And to get a sense of why it was an important study, read this article by Elizabeth Colson.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Thematic Focus: General


Photo exhibit: REFUGEE, Los Angeles, 23 April-21 August 2016 [info]
 - See also panel discussion with the photographers.

CFP: Migration in the 21st Century, e-International Relations [info]
- Submit abstract of proposal by 15 May 2016.


*The Global Humanitarian Regime: Priorities and Prospects for Reform (Council on Foreign Relations, April 2016 [text]
- See also related CFR blog post.

Global Migration Trends 2015 Factsheet (IOM, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Human Rights and Democracy: The 2015 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report (UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Humanitarian Index 2016 (Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, April 2016) [access]
- Follow link for infographics and findings.

Public Perceptions of the Refugee Crisis (Tent Foundation & AudienceNet, April 2016) [text]

UNHCR Brand Book (April 2016) [text]
- "[P]rovides guidelines for correctly communicating the brand identity of UNHCR."

UNHCR Engagement with National Human Rights Institutions for IDP Protection: Stocktaking Exercise (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]
- See also related checklist.

Web resources:

Covering the Refugee Crisis (AFP) [access]
- Provides access to blog posts by AFP's journalists on the global refugee crisis as of Jan. 2015.

Refugee Research Blog [access]
- This new blog "provides a platform for academic and non-academic research and comment on issues surrounding people seeking asylum and refugees."


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (18 April 2016)

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

Regional Focus: Australia


Book Launch: Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, Sydney, 9 May 2016 [info]

National Conference on Migration, Media and Integration, Melbourne, 31 May-1 June 2016 [info]
- Theme of the conference is "Media Representations of Ethnic Communities and Their Impacts on Integration and Social Mobility."


Bilateral and/or Multilateral Arrangements for Processing Claims for International Protection and Finding Durable Solutions for Refugees (UNHCR Canberra, April 2016) [text]

Changing Worlds: The Resettlement Experiences of African Migrants in Australia and an Evaluation of Current Support Services, Dissertation (Murdoch University, Aug. 2015) [text]

Dispatches: Papua New Guinea to Close Refugee Detention Center (Human Rights Watch, April 2016) [text]

"Go back to where you came from": Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy, 2007-2015, Master's thesis (RMIT University, Aug. 2015) [text]

"Nope, nope, nope": Australia's Response to the Refugees Crises in the Andaman Sea and in the Mediterranean in 2015 (Middle East Institute, April 2016) [text]

Operation Secret Borders: What We Don’t Know, Can Hurt Us (Liberty Victoria, April 2016) [text]

PNG Court Decision Forces Australia to Act on Manus Island Detainees (The Conversation, April 2016) [text]

"Strangers to the World: Australian Asylum and Refugee Policies," Griffith Review, vol. 51 (2016) [full-text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (19 April 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

28 April 2016

Regional Focus: Americas

Events & opportunities:

Conference: Shifting Landscapes of Asylum in North America, Cambridge, MA, 2-3 May 2016 [info]

Consultancy: Consultoría para la elaboración de material audiovisual, Erradicación de la apatridia proyecto [info]
- Apply by 6 May 2016.

Call for videos: Festival do Minuto [info]
- Submit one-minute videos relating to asylum by 31 May 2016.


"Commentary: Fractured Families: US Asylum Backlog Divides Parents and Children Worldwide," Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, OnlineFirst, 14 April 2016 [free full-text]

FY 2015 Statistics Yearbook (U.S. Dept. of Justice, April 2016) [text]

Haiti: 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (January-December 2016) (OHCA, April 2016) [text]

In the Balance: Backlogs Delay Protection in the U.S. Asylum and Immigration Court Systems (Human Rights First, April 2016) [text]

"Multicultural Media Use and Immigrant Settlement: A Comparative Study of Four Communities in Ottawa, Canada," Journal of International Migration and Integration, OnlineFirst, 26 April 2016 [abstract]
- See also related journal article published in 2015.

Myths and Facts on Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Assistance (U.S. Dept. of State, April 2016) [text]

"States' Rights and Refugee Resettlement," Minnesota Journal of International Law (Forthcoming, 2016) [eprint via SSRN]

Un/Wanted? Canada and the Resettlement of Chilean, Indochinese and Somali Refugees (Pier 21 Blog, April 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (7 April 2016)

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27 April 2016

Thematic Focus: Climate Change


*Symposium: Disasters and Displacement in a Warming World: Current Realities, Legal Perspectives, Lund, 3-4 May 2016 [info]
- Follow link for summary note.


Are We Prepared for Climate Change Refugees? (ResearchGate Blog, April 2016) [text via RSC]

Bigger Slums or Better Homes? Solving the Global Climate Displacement Crisis Begins with Land, Geneva, 26 April 2016 [info]
- See also the roundtable opening statement.

"Climate Migrants as Protesters? Dispelling Misconceptions about Global Environmental Change in Pre-revolutionary Syria," Contemporary Levant, vol. 1, no. 1 (2016) [free full-text]

Data on Environmental Migration: How Much Do We Know?, GMDAC Data Briefing Series, no. 2 (IOM, March 2016) [text]

Environmental Migration and Displacement in Azerbaijan: Highlighting the Need for Research and Policies, Migration, Environment & Climate Change Policy Brief Series, vol. 2, no. 4 (IOM, April 2016) [text]

"Evaluating the 'Climate Change Displacement Coordination Facility': How the UNFCCC Can Address Forced Migration after Paris COP21," Columbia Law Review (Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Migration a Climate Adaptation Strategy, but Displacement More Dangerous (New Security Beat, March 2016) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

"The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees," Scientific American, 17 Dec. 2015 [text]

Paris Climate Deal: It's Time to Get Real (RI Blog, April 2016) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change (14 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

26 April 2016

Events & Opportunities: More May 2016

Course: International Summer School in Forced Migration, Oxford, 4-22 July 2016 [info]
- Apply by 1 May 2016.

Seminar: Bottom-up Salvation? Institutionalised Practical Cooperation in EU Asylum Policy, London, 4 May 2016 [info]

Seminar: Statelessness Determination Procedures: Policy Options, Practical Experiences and Challenges, Dublin, 5 May 2016 [info]

CFP: Refugee Crisis in South East Europe, Birmingham, UK, 21 June 2016 [info]
- Deadline for abstract submissions has been extended for participants outside of academia to 6 May 2016.

Call for applications: Odysseus Prizes for Publications on EU Immigration or Asylum Law [info]
- Submit applications by 8 May 2016.

Funding opportunity: NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees in the Balkans [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 9 May 2016.

Panel discussion: Middle East in Crisis: How the World Should Respond, London, 10 May 2016 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

Lecture: Refugees in our Time: The Challenges of Protection and Security, Sheffield, UK, 11 May 2016 [info]

Seminar series: Imposing Aid: Thirty Years of Emergency Assistance to Refugees, Oxford [info]
- New series begins in May, with seminars scheduled 11 May, "Camps as containment: a genealogy of the refugee camp," 18 May (topic to be decided), and 25 May, "Are camps good for kids?."

CFP: European Educational Research Journal [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue on "Amplifying refugee voices in European educational spaces." Submission deadline is 13 May 2016.

Call for applications: (Forced) Migration and Media Workshop, Leicester, UK, 13-14 June 2016 [info]
- Apply by 15 May 2016.

CFP: Forced Migration Review [info]
- Contributions sought for issue on "Local communities: first and last providers of protection." Submission deadline is 16 May 2016.

Debate: Mental Health: The World's Forgotten Crisis, 19 May 2016 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

Seminar: The Syrian Refugee Crisis and International Law, Oxford, 19 May 2016 [info]

Seminar: Eritrea Research Network, London, 27 May 2016 [info]

Conference: Health Needs of Those from Forced Migrant Groups, Norwich, UK, 27 May 2016 [info]
- No deadline indicated.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: April 2016 Continued/New May 2016

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

22 April 2016

Regional Focus: Europe

AIDA Report Spain: Overcrowded Conditions and Barred Access to the Procedure at the Border (AIDA, April 2016) [text]

The Children of Refugees in Europe: Aspirations, Social and Economic Lives, Identity and Transnational Linkages - Final Report (SNIS, 2015) [text]

Death by Rescue: The Lethal Effects of Non-Assistance (Goldsmiths, University of London, April 2016) [text]

EU "Hotspots" Spread Fear and Doubt (Oxfam, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

The EU-Turkey Statement: A Treaty That Violates Democracy (EJIL Talk Blog) [part 1] [part 2]

Managing the Refugee Crisis: Commission Reports on Implementation of EU-Turkey Statement (European Commission, April 2016) [text]

Migration Emergency Over (for Now), but Not Because of the EU-Turkey Deal (RealTime Economic Issues Watch, April 2016) [text]

Trapped in Greece: An Avoidable Refugee Crisis (Amnesty International, April 2016) [text]

UNHCR Comments on the Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Border and Coast Guard and Repealing Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004, Regulation (EC) No 863/2007 and Council Decision 2005/267/EC (UNHCR, April 2016) [text]

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

Tagged Publications.  

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

An Analysis of the Situation of Maritime Movements of Rohingya Refugees in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea (APRRN, April 2016) [text]

APRRN Calls on New Zealand to Increase Refugee Resettlement Quota (APRRN, April 2016) [text]

Asian Boat People and the Challenges of Migration Governance: A Source Country Perspective  (Middle East Institute, April 2016) [text]

Pakistan: Frequently Asked Questions about the Return Process (Protection Cluster, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Rocks and Hard Places: Where Will All the Afghans Go?, Policy Brief, no. 2 (Global Migration Centre, April 2016) [text]

The Rohingyas Refugee Crisis: A Regional and International Issue? (Middle East Institute, March 2016) [text]

UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Afghanistan (UNHCR, April 2016) [text]

Where are the Rohingya Boat Survivors Now? (IRIN, April 2016) [text]

Where History and Humanitarianism Collide: The Bay of Bengal "Migrant" Crisis (Middle East Institute, March 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (31 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Children

Egyptian Unaccompanied Migrant Children: A Case Study on Irregular Migration (IOM, April 2016)[text]

A Future in the Balance: How the Conflict in Syria is Impacting on the Needs, Concerns and Aspirations of Young People across the Middle East (Norwegian Refugee Council, April 2016) [text]

A Future in the Balance: Lebanon (Norwegian Refugee Council, April 2016) [text]

Hundreds of Children Seeking UK Asylum are Disappearing from Care (BuzzFeed & BBC Radio 5, April 2016) [text]

"'Illegal Bodies' on the Move: A Critical Look at Forced Migration towards Social Justice for Young Asylum-seekers," Chapter in Perspectives on Youth, vol. 3 (Council of Europe, March 2016) [text via Academia.edu]
- Scroll to p. 83.

The Impact of Protection Interventions on Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Humanitarian Crises: An Evidence Synthesis Protocol (Oxfam et al., April 2016) [text]

"The Politics of Fear: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and the Case of the Southern Border," Villanova Law Review, vol. 61 (Forthcoming) [eprint via SSRN]

Putting Children at the Heart of the World Humanitarian Summit: Children's Perspectives and Engagement in Humanitarian Emergencies (Plan International, 2016) [text via PreventionWeb]

Revealed: Fourfold Rise as 95,000 Unaccompanied Children Claim Asylum in Europe in 2015 (Bureau of Investigative Journalism, April 2016) [text]

"Understanding the Perspectives of Refugee Unaccompanied Minors Using a Computer-Assisted Interview," Forum: Qualitative Social Research, vol. 17, no. 2 (2016) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (7 April 2016)

Tagged Publications.

21 April 2016

Regional Focus: Africa


Call for manuscript chapters: Sub-Saharan African Migrations: Challenges, Failures, and Coping Strategies [info]
- Deadline for submissions is 30 July 2016.


"African Migration: Is the Continent Really on the Move?," N-IUSSP, 29 March 2016 [text]

"Democratic Republic of the Congo: A Migration History Marked by Crises and Restrictions," Migration Information Source, 20 April 2016 [text]

"Eritrea at the Center of the International Migration Crisis," International Affairs Forum, vol. 1, no. 1 (Winter 2016) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 70.

Humanitarian Funding Overview: Malawi (Mozambique Refugees) (START Network & Global Humanitarian Assistance, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Kenya Country Profile (Regional MMS, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Nigeria: Exploratory Mission Report (Première Urgence Internationale, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Nigeria's Displaced Women and Girls: Humanitarian Community at Odds, Boko Haram's Survivors Forsaken (Refugees International, April 2016) [text]

Regional Outlook for the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes Region: Recommendations for Humanitarian Action and Resilience Response, April-June 2016 (OCHA, April 2016) [text]

République Centrafricaine Enquête sur les Intentions de Retour (IOM, Mars 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Needs Overview 2016 (OCHA, March 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (7 April 2016)

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Thematic Focus: Women

Funding opportunity:

Global Innovation Programs to Promote the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 20 June 2016.


"Belonging and 'Unbelonging': Jewish Refugee and Survivor Women in 1950s Britain," Women's History Review, Latest Articles, 11 April 2016 [open access]

Book Review: Who is Worthy of Protection? Gender-Based Asylum and US Immigration Politics (LSE Review of Books Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

*Breaking Barriers: Challenges to Implementing Laws on Violence Against Women in Afghanistan and Tajikistan with Special Consideration of Displaced Women (Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, 2016) [text]

"Comprehensive Development and Testing of the ASIST-GBV, a Screening Tool for Responding to Gender-based Violence among Women in Humanitarian Settings," Conflict and Health, 10:7 (April 2016) [open access]

"Effectiveness of Interventions, Programs and Strategies for Gender-based Violence Prevention in Refugee Populations: An Integrative Review," PLoS Currents: Disasters, Edition 1 (April 2016) [open access]

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

Nigeria's Displaced Women and Girls: Humanitarian Community at Odds, Boko Haram's Survivors Forsaken (Refugees International, April 2016) [text]

*Researching Violence against Syrian Refugee Women (Voices Blog, April 2016) [text]

UN CSW: Ending Impunity for Gender-based Crimes against Women Refugees (openDemocracy, March 2016) [text]

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


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Women (8 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

19 April 2016

Regional Focus: Australia

Australia's Response to a World in Crisis: Community Views on Planning for the 2016-17 Refugee and Humanitarian Program (Refugee Council of Australia, March 2016) [text]

Churches and the Law of Sanctuary in Australia (bepress, 2016) [text]

"The Ethics of Resettlement: Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region," International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 20, no. 2 (2016) [free full-text]

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

"From Resettled Refugees to Humanitarian Actors: Exploring the Role and Potential of Diaspora Community-based Organisations in Protracted Refugee Situations in Africa," Proceedings of the 38th AFSAAP Conference: 21st Century Tensions and Transformation in Africa, Deakin University, 28th-30th October 2015 (AFSAAP, Feb. 2016) [text]

"The people they make us welcome": A Sense of Belonging for Newly Arrived Young People (Centre for Multicultural Youth, March 2016) [text]

Plaintiff M68-2015: Offshore Processing and the Limits of Chapter III (Australian Public Law Blog, Feb. 2016) [text]

"'We are the forgotten people': The Anguish of Australia's 'Invisible' Asylum Seekers," The Guardian, 13 April 2016 [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (11 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.  

18 April 2016

Thematic Focus: General

Aid Spending by Development Assistance Committee Donors in 2015 (Development Initiatives, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Gender, Age and Migration: An Extended Briefing (Institute of Development Studies, April 2016) [text]

IMF-World Bank Group Spring Meetings, Washington, DC, 15-17 April 2016 [info]
- Displacement was a key theme; relevant seminars included "Conflicts and the Refugee Crisis: An International Call for Action" (see also related IMF Survey Magazine story) and "Forced Displacement: A Global Development Challenge."  In addition, the Development Committee issued this communiqué.

Thinking Migration: 10 Years of the International Migration Institute (IMI, 2016) [text]

Understanding and Tackling the Migration Challenge: The Role of Research, Brussels, 4-5 Feb. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for presentations, video and other related documents.

Understanding the Impact of War and Displacement in Cities: An Information Approach for Urban Settings, Cambridge, MA, 15 March 2016 [info]
- Video of the seminar is available here.

Who Will Be the Next UN Secretary General? (UN Dispatch, April 2016) [text]

"The World-wide Web of Humanitarianism: NGOs and Population Displacement in the Third Quarter of the Twentieth Century," European Review of History = Revue européenne d'histoire, Latest Articles, 16 March 2016 [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (24 March 2016)

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15 April 2016

Thematic Focus: Solutions


Conference on Solutions to Displacement, Oslo, 21 April 2016 [info]
- Register by 18 April 2016.


At Least 10,000: A Six-month Progress Report on U.S. Resettlement of Syrian Refugees (Human Rights First, April 2016) [text]
- See also related infographic.

The Refugee Integration Survey and Evaluation (RISE), Year Five: Final Report - A Study of Refugee Integration in Colorado (Colorado Dept. of Human Services, 2016) [text]
- See also related Colorado Public Radio story.

Refugee Reception and Integration in Cities (EUROCITIES, March 2016) [text]

Relocation and Resettlement: EU Member States Urgently Need to Deliver (European Commission, April 2016) [text]

Resettlement Fact Sheet 2015 (UNHCR, April 2016) [text]

Second Report on Relocation and Resettlement (European Commission, April 2016) [text]

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

"What It’s Like to Live on a Syrian Refugee’s Stipend," Toronto Life, 31 March 2016 [text via ESPMI]

Web sites:

European Web Site on Integration (European Commission) [access]

Related posts:
- News: Outcome of High-level Meeting on Solutions for Syrians (5 April 2016)
- Thematic Focus: Solutions (7 March 2016)

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

Regional Focus: Syria

3RP: Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2015-2016 in Response to the Syria Crisis - 2015 Annual Report (UNHCR, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Off-Camp Syrian Refugees in Turkey: A Food Security Report (WFP, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"On Governing the Syrian Refugee Crisis Collectively: The View from Turkey," Near Futures Online, no. 1 (March 2016) [text]

Struggling to Survive: Slavery and Exploitation of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (Freedom Fund, April 2016) [text]
- See also related commentary in The Conversation.

Syrian Arab Republic: Final Monitoring Report of the Strategic Response Plan (January-December 2015) (OCHA, April 2016) [text]

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Understanding and Responding to Tensions and Conflicts in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey (Safer World, Feb. 2016) [text]

The Syrian Refugee Emergency: Implications for State Security and the International Humanitarian System (Middle East Institute, April 2016) [text]

Related post: 
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (8 April 2016)

Tagged Publications.  

Regional Focus: MENA

Beyond Survival: Setting Priorities in Livelihoods Research and Education for Refugees in the Middle East (Cornell Law School, 2016?) [text]
- See also related IntLawGrrls blog post.

"Camp Code: How to Navigate a Refugee Settlement," Places Journal (April 2016) [text]

Gaza: Internally Displaced Persons (OHCA, April 2016) [text]
- See also related UN news story.

The Human Cost of War in the Middle East: A Graphic Overview (CSIS, Feb. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Livin' on the Edge: Irregular Migration in Egypt (Middle East Institute, April 2016) [text]

Migration, Conflict and Security in the Post-2011 Landscape (Middle East Institute, April 2016) [text]

Migration in Libya: Transit Zone or Final Destination? (ODI, April 2016) [text]

Morocco, Long a Stopover for African Migrants, Becomes a Destination (NPR, April 2016) [text]

Strategy for IDP Response in Yemen (Humanitarian Country Team, Yemen, March 2016) [text]

Western Sahara’s Moment in the Sun (IRIN, April 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (8 April 2016)

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14 April 2016

Regional Focus: Europe


Report launch: Death by Rescue: The Deadly Effects of the EU’s Policy of Non-assistance at Sea, London, 18 April 2016 [info]
- See also related article entitled "Ebbing and Flowing: The EU’s Shifting Practices of (Non-) Assistance and Bordering in a Time of Crisis" (included in Near Futures listed below).


Asylum Reception in the European Union: A Flexible Model for the Future?, Webinar, 13 April 2016 [info]
- Follow link for audio.

"Europe's Last Frontier: The Spatialities of the Refugee Crisis," City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, vol. 20, no. 2 (2016) [free full-text]

The Long Wait: Filling Data Gaps Related to Refugees and Displaced People in the Calais Camp (Refugee Rights Data Project, 2016) [text via Migrants' Rights Network]

Near Futures Online, no. 1 (March 2016) [text]
- Focus is on "Europe at a Crossroads"; the sub-section on "Managed Inhospitality" includes 11 interviews, essays, and photo montages relating to the refugee crisis.

Opinion of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Concerning an EU Common List of Safe Countries of Origin (FRA, March 2016) [text]

Reforming the Common European Asylum System and Developing Safe and Legal Pathways to Europe (European Commission, April 2016) [text]

Refugees Adrift? Responses to Crises in the MENA and Asia (Middle East Institute, March & April 2016) [access]
- Essay series with several contributions focusing on Europe.

Risk Analysis for 2016 (Frontex, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

A Safe Haven? Britain’s Role in Protecting People on the Move (Scottish Refugee Council et al., April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Testing Times for Schengen (EPRS, April 2016) [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Turkey as a Safe Third Country? (Border Criminologies Blog, March 2016) [text]

What ​Will​ Happen to Migrants Returned to Turkey? (IRIN, April 2016) [text]

Web site:

Return Watch [access]
- "This website aims to be an accessible and practical tool for people to reach us after having been forcibly returned to Turkey."

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (7 April 2016)

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

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

Access to Work for Syrian Refugees in Jordan: A Discussion Paper on Labour and Refugee Laws and Policies (ILO, March 2015) [text]

Addressing the Labour Market Impacts of Refugees and Other Forcibly Displaced People, Geneva, 21 March 2016 [info]
- Follow link for videos, conference paper and discussion highlights.

"Discrimination and Exploitation: Workplace Conditions and Treatment of African Asylum Seekers Residing in Kumkapı," Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 2016) [open access]

The Impact of Syrian Businesses in Turkey (Future Development Blog, March 2016) [text]

Labour Force and Unemployment Trends among Jordanians, Syrians and Egyptians in Jordan 2010-2014 (ILO & Fafo, Nov. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

*Migration and the EU: Challenges, Opportunities, the Role of EIB (European Investment Bank, March 2016) [text]

Planting the Seeds of Success? Turkey's New Refugee Work Permits (Refugees International, April 2016) [text]

Refugees: Social Inclusion and Integration into the Labour Market, Hearing of the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Brussels, 18 Feb. 2016 [info]
- View the hearing here; ILO's statement is here. See also a related EP news story and draft report.

Refugees' Integration in the EU Labour Markets, Brussels, 18 Nov. 2015 [info]
- Follow link for background note.

Why Turkey is Still Refugees Unwelcome (IRIN, March 2016) [text]

World Bank Approves US$100 Million in Financing to Create 100,000 Jobs for Jordanians, Syrian Refugees (World Bank, March 2016) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (23 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.  

13 April 2016

News: 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Today, the U.S. State Department released the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2015. These annually issued reports, "now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world."

The Country Reports are frequently consulted by country of origin information researchers as part of the refugee status determination process. As such, they, along with other regularly issued human rights and conflict surveys, will eventually be incorporated into the repositories of country conditions databases produced by ecoi.net and Refworld.

Tagged Publications.  

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling


Advanced Course on International Criminal Law, "Special Focus: International Criminal Justice, Migration and Human Trafficking," The Hague, 30 May-8 June 2016 [info]
- Apply by 18 April 2016.


5th General Report on GRETA's Activities (Council of Europe, March 2016) [text]
- GRETA = Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. Section XII focuses on "Identification and Protection of Victims of Trafficking among Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrants."

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.

Displacement, Violence and Vulnerability: Trafficking among Internally Displaced Persons in Kenya (HAART, March 2016) [text]

International Conference on the Interface between Trafficking in Human Beings and Asylum, Sofia, Bulgaria, 23-24 June 2015 [info]
- The conference report is available via Refworld.

Introducing the Human Smugglers Roundtable (openDemocracy, March 2016) [text]
- "Human smuggling and irregular migration are hot topics that remain poorly understood. We brought 21 scholars of irregular migration into conversation with each other in order to better understand the issue at hand." View all the contributions to date.

The Khartoum Process: Shifting the Burden (Clingendael, Feb. 2016) [text]

Learning to See: Child Trafficking and the Burden of Public Awareness (The Migrationist Blog, April 2016) [text]

Prostituted, Beaten and Held for Ransom: Inside Southern Libya's Lawless People-smuggling Hub (IRIN, March 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling (21 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

Can Secretary-General Seal His Legacy at Humanitarian Summit? (IPI Global Observatory, March 2016) [text]

"Changing Crisis and the Quest for Adequate Solutions," World Conference on Humanitarian Studies. Addis Ababa, 5-8 March 2016 [text]
- Notes from the conference.

IOM’s Humanitarian Policy: Principles for Humanitarian Action (IOM, Oct. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

Securing Access: Maintaining Presence & Proximity in Insecure Settings, Webcast, 23 March 2016 [info]
- Follow link for audio.

Self-assessment Tool: Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality & Accountability, V1.1 (CHS Alliance, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related training handbook.

Time to Let Go: Remaking Humanitarian Action for the Modern Era (ODI, April 2016) [access]
- Follow link for report and briefing note. See also related video and infographic.

A World at Risk: Humanitarian Response at a Crossroads (CARE et al., April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The World-wide Web of Humanitarianism: NGOs and Population Displacement in the Third Quarter of the Twentieth Century," European Review of History = Revue européenne d'histoire, Latest Articles, 16 March 2016 [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (23 March 2016)

Tagged Publications.

12 April 2016

New Issues of Crisis Resp., Global R2P, Intl. Affairs For., IJMBS, JIMI, New Scient., Ref. Transitions, Rts. in Exile, WAN

Crisis Response, vol. 11, no. 3 (March 2016) [full-text]
- Includes a sub-section on "Conflict and Displacement" with seven articles.

Global Responsibility to Protect, vol. 8, no. 1 (2016) [contents]
- Mix of articles.

International Affairs Forum, vol. 1, no. 1 (Winter 2016) [full-text]
- Theme issue on "Migration and Statelessness."

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, vol. 2, no. 2 (2016) [contents]
- Special issue on "A 'State of Exception' and Beyond: Issues and Perspectives in Forced Migration in South Asia."

Journal of International Migration and Integration, vol. 17, no. 2 (May 2016) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "Migration Stressors, Psychological Distress, and Family: A Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee Analysis," "Forced Migrants or Voluntary Exiles: Ethnic Turks of Bulgaria in Turkey" and "Assessing Advocacies for Forcibly Displaced People: A Comprehensive Approach."

New Scientist, 9-15 April 2016 [contents]
- Includes special report on "Migration: The Evolutionary Roots of Today's Crisis and How We Can Use Them to Solve It."

Refugee Transitions, no. 31 (March 2016) [full-text]
- Mix of articles, with a spotlight on the Rohingya.

Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 69 (April 2016) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

Women's Asylum News, no. 134 (Feb./March 2016) [text via Refworld]
- Lead article is "Protection Gap campaign reaches Europe."

Tagged Periodicals.

11 April 2016

Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality

Events & opportunities:

Symposium: Detention or Protection? Vulnerable and Stateless People in Detention, Amsterdam, 25 April 2016 [info]

Seminar: Statelessness Determination Procedures: Policy Options, Practical Experiences and Challenges, Dublin, 5 May 2016 [info]

Meeting: #StatelessKids Youth Congress 2016, Brussels, 11-13 July 2016 [info]
- Deadline for applications is 15 May 2016.

CFP: MIPJ: Media, Information, International Relations and Humanitarian Affairs [info]
- Contributions sought that focus on refugees, IDPs or stateless people. Submission deadline is 1 June 2016.


Change is in the Air: Statelessness and Citizenship in Canada (ENS Blog, April 2016) [text]

The Eligibility for Refugees to Acquire Ugandan Citizenship (CRAI Blog, March 2016) [text]

Is Latvia Condemning Older Generations to Non-citizenship? (ENS Blog, March 2016) [text]

Observations by the Representative Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kyrgyz Republic on the Draft Law on Amendments to Certain Legal Acts of Kyrgyz Republic ("Deprivation of Nationality as a Measure of Counteraction to Terrorist Activities") (UNHCR, March 2016) [text]

"The Origins of UNHCR’s Global Mandate on Statelessness," International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 28, no. 1 (March 2016) [abstract]

Peoples without a State: Locations and Causes of Statelessness (US Dept. of State, March 2016) [map via ReliefWeb]

"Stateless Persons and the Question of Rights," Global Policy, vol. 7, no. 1 (Feb. 2016) [free full-text]

Statelessness and Nationality: The Case of Non-Citizens in Latvia, Master's thesis (Uppsala Univ., Spring 2015) [text]

"Strengthening the Protection of Stateless Persons from Arbitrary Detention in Immigration Control Proceedings," European Journal on Migration and Law, vol. 17, nos. 2-3 (2015) [full-text via Academia.edu]

UNHCR Observations on the Modalities Surrounding the Citizenship Test (Medborgerskabsprøven) and the Naturalization Test (Indfødsretsprøven) (UNHCR, Feb. 2016) [text]

"Who Belongs? Statelessness and Nationality in West Africa," Migration Information Source, 7 April 2016 [text]

Workshop on Researching Statelessness and Citizenship in Asia and the Pacific, Melbourne, 27-29 Jan. 2016: Summary Report [text via Refworld]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (15 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

08 April 2016

Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria


Lecture: Palestinian Refugees and the Curious Case of Sheikh Jarrah, Cairo, 20 April 2016 [info]


2015 Syria Crisis Response Progress Report (UNRWA, 2015) [text]

Empty Promises: Syria Cessation of Hostilities Fails on Aid Delivery (Physicians for Human Rights, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Group Assessment: Cycle II - Displacement Tracking Matrix, May-September 2015 (IOM, April 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Provides in-depth look at displacement in Iraq.

Human Mobility as a Resource in Conflict: The Case of Syria, RSC Working Paper, no. 115 (Refugee Studies Centre, April 2016) [text]

Humanitarianism in Highly Religious Contexts: Responding to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (Middle East Institute, March 2016) [text]

The Legal Status of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (American University of Beirut, March 2016) [text]

Observations of UNRWA on Punitive Demolitions in Refugee Camps in the West Bank (UNRWA, April 2016) [text]

"The Pigeon Boy and Other Forgotten Fugitives from ISIS," The New Yorker, 6 April 2016 [text]

Refugees on Turkey’s Borders: Consequences of Chaos in Syria, New York, 28 March 2016 [info]
- Follow link for transcript and audio.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Lebanon’s Endemic Deadlocks: Trading Reform for Resilience (Middle East Institute, March 2016) [text]

Tripoli: First Stop on the Mediterranean Route (Refugees Deeply, April 2016) [text]

Related posts:
- News: Outcome of High-level Meeting on Solutions for Syrians (5 April 2016)
- Thematic Focus: Health, esp. re. Syrians & Children (31 March 2016)
- Regional Focus: MENA (28 March 2016)
- Regional Focus: Syria (24 March 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.