23 August 2016

Admin: Summer Break

This blog will be quiet through the end of the month. Posts will resume in September.

Events & Opportunities: More Sept. 2016

Discussion: Manus Island: Lives in Limbo, Sydney, 8 September 2016 [info]

Course: International Refugee Law, Sanremo, 15-19 November 2016 [info]
- This course will be taught in Arabic in order to "develop the capacity of all stakeholders in the Arab world to respond to refugee crises in full knowledge of international standards and of good practices" in various areas. Apply by 14 September 2016.

Lecture: International Refugee Law: Yesterday, Today, but Tomorrow?, Melbourne, 14 September 2016 [info]

Request for proposals: Mobility, Displacement and Forced Migration in the Middle East (Georgetown Univ. Qatar) [info]
- Submit proposals by 15 September 2016.

Conference: Annual Conference on European Asylum Law 2016, Trier, 20-21 October 2016 [info]
- Register before 20 September 2016 for early bird rates.

Conference: Movement of People: A Comparative Conference on Migration, Hamburg, 23-24 September 2016 [info]

Course: International Refugee Law, Sanremo, 25-29 October 2016 [info]
- Application deadline is one month before the start of the course, or 25 September 2016.

CFP: Panels sponsored by the Citizenship and Immigration Collaborative Research Network at the Law and Society Annual Meeting, Mexico City, 20-23 June 2017 [info]
- The overall theme of the conference is "Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World." Submit paper and panel proposals by 30 September 2016.

Inquiry: All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees, UK [info]
- Opportunity to submit is ongoing.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: September 2016

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22 August 2016

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling

Analysis: Flow Monitoring Surveys - The Human Trafficking and Other Exploitative Practices Prevalence Indication Survey, May 2016- August 2016  (IOM, AUg. 2016) [text]
- See also IOM press release.

Lebanon: Syrian Women at Risk of Sex Trafficking (Human Rights Watch, July 2016) [text]

Migrant Smuggling Networks: Executive Summary (Interpol, May 2016) [text via Refworld]

Protecting the Human Rights of all People in Vulnerable Situations within Large Movements, New York, 30 June 2016 [access]
- Follow link for video. See also related UNODC news story.

Research Brief: Multiple Systems Estimation for Estimating the Number of Victims of Human Trafficking across the World (UNODC, 2016) [text]

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Greenhouse for Human Trafficking (Human Rights First Blog, Aug. 2016) [text]

Three Necessary Steps to Eradicating Human Trafficking (The Migrationist Blog, July 2016) [text]

Trafficking in Human Beings in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations (Caritas, July 2016) [text]

Related posts:
- News: 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report Published (30 June 2016)
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling (28 June 2016)

Tagged Publications.  

Thematic Focus: Solutions


CFP: Forced Migration Review [info]
- Submissions sought for theme issue on "Resettlement." Deadline is 10 October 2016.


An Algorithm to Alleviate the Refugee Crisis (Refugees Deeply, Aug. 2016) [text]

Australia’s Humanitarian Programme 2016-17: Discussion Paper (Australian Government, Feb. 2016) [text via APO]

How to Sponsor a Refugee: Podcast with Ratna Omidvar on Canada’s Unique Program (CGD Blog, Aug. 2016) [access]

"Iraqi Refugees Fared Worse than Others in First 3 Years: Internal Study," CBC News, 15 Aug. 2016 [text]

Refugee Integration and Competing Conceptions of Justice and Order, Paper presented at CEEISA-ISA 2016 Joint International Conference, Ljubljana, 23-25 June 2016 [text]

Resettlement Handbook (UNHCR, last updated 2016) [access]
- Follow the link to view list of updated country chapters.

#WelcomeRefugees: Key Figures (Govt. of Canada, updated Aug. 2016) [access]

Why Britain Chose to Partially Privatize Refugee Resettlement (Refugees Deeply, Aug. 2016) [text]

Web site:

Embracing Kiwi [access]
- "An exposition on refugee resettlement in New Zealand."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Solutions (28 July 2016)

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

20 August 2016

Regional Focus: Syria


"Assemblages of Syrian Suffering: Rhetorical Formations of Refugees in Western Media," Language, Discourse and Society, vol. 4, no. 1 (June 2016) [text]

Hospital Attacks Worsen Syria’s Medical Crisis and Refugee Flight (Refugees Deeply, Aug. 2016) [text]

"The Lebanese-Syrian Crisis: Impact of Influx of Syrian Refugees to an Already Weak State," Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 9 (July 2016) [open access]

New Perspectives on Turkey, vol. 54 (2016) [contents]
- Special issue on "Precarious Lives and Syrian Refugees in Turkey." See also related Cambridge Journals blog post.

The Principle of Non-Refoulement as a Constitutional Right of Asylum Seekers in Turkey (Verfassungsblog = On Matters Constitutional, July 2016) [text]

Report of the Fact-finding Mission to Turkey by Ambassador Tomáš Boček, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, 30 May-4 June 2016 (Council of Europe, Aug. 2016) [text]

"The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Bad and Worse Options," The Washington Quarterly, 26 July 2016 [text]
- See also related Markaz blog post.

Update on Marriage Registration for Refugees from Syria (Norwegian Refugee Council, July 2016) [text]

When Refugees Work, Children More Likely to Attend School (Refugees Deeply, Aug. 2016) [text]


POMEPS Conversations (Project on Middle East Political Science) [access]
- Follow link to access several podcasts of interviews that discuss displaced Syrians.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Syria (4 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2

Cracks Widen in "Impossible" Italian Asylum System (IRIN, Aug. 2016) [text]

The Europeanization of Asylum Policies in Hungary, Paper presented at CEEISA-ISA 2016 Joint International Conference, Ljubljana, 23-25 June 2016 [text]

Family Reunion: For Refugees and Those with Humanitarian Protection (UK Home Office, July 2016) [text]

Humanitarian Responses by Local Actors: Lessons Learned from Managing the Transit of Migrants and Refugees through Croatia (IIED, Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Important Role of Migration for an Ageing Nation," Journal of Population Ageing, vol. 9, no. 3 (Sept. 2016) [free full-text]

Persuasion at Work? Observing a Seminar on International Asylum Norms in Ukraine, Paper presented at CEEISA-ISA 2016 Joint International Conference, Ljubljana, 23-25 June 2016 [text]

To Return or Not to Return, That's the Question; Rejected Asylum Seekers and Voluntary Return (SSRN, Aug. 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (20 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1


Annual Conference on European Asylum Law 2016,  Trier, 20-21 October 2016 [info]
- Register before 20 September 2016 for early bird rates.

Call for Book Proposals: Asylum in Europe, Intra-EU mobility and New Migration Routes (IMISCOE) [info]
- Submission deadline is 15 November 2016.


Emerging Voices: Is the Margin of Appreciation Accorded to European Union Member States too Wide, Permitting Violations of International Law? (Opinio Juris Blog, Aug. 2016) [text]
- Note: "The topic addressed in this post is based on a paper entitled 'State Discretion on Asylum Claims Procedures: Violation or Adherence to Non-Refoulement?'."

"Migratory Crisis in the Mediterranean: Managing Irregular Flows," Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, 5(1):4 (May 2016) [open access]

Reception Conditions of Asylum Seekers in the European Union: Is the EU Fulfilling its Obligations?, Paper presented at the International Studies Association Human Rights Conference, New York, 13-15 June 2016 [text]

(Re-)inventing the Dublin System: Addressing Uniformity and Harmonization through Non-Refoulement Obligations, Working Paper, no. 2 (Institute of European Law, 2016) [text via Univ. of Birmingham IR]

Refugee Crisis Management (International Bar Association, Aug. 2016) [text]

"The Revised Reception Conditions Directive and Adequate and Dignified Material Reception Conditions for Those Seeking International Protection," International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, vol. 2, no. 3 (2016) [full-text via ResearchGate]

"The River Still Flows," The World Today (Aug. & Sept. 2016) [text]

"Territory, Procedures and Rights: Border Procedures in European Asylum Law," Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 1 (March 2016) [preprint via Academia.edu]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (5 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


Discussion: What Role do East Asian Countries Have to Play in the Global Refugee Crisis? Comparing the Protection Systems in South Korea and Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 22 August 2016 [info]


"The Almaty Process: Improving Compliance with International Refugee Law in Central Asia," International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 28, no. 1 (March 2016) [full-text via Academia.edu]

The Application of Article 1F of the Refugee Convention in New Zealand: Examining Exclusion through a Criminal Law Lens, Winning essay for International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition 2016 (ASIL, Oct. 2015) [text]

The Association of South East Nations' (ASEAN) Response to the Rohingya Crisis, Paper presented at ISA Asia-Pacific Conference, Hong Kong, 25-27 June 2016 [text]

Audit Letter: Efforts to Support Afghan IDPs (SIGAR, July 2016) [text]
- See also related The Hill blog post.

Introduction of Refugee Law Practice and Immigration Detention in Japan, Presentation to Lawyers for Human Rights, Pretoria, 21 July 2016 [text]

"No Legal Status: How India is Ignoring its Thousands of Displaced Citizens," The Guardian, 11 Aug. 2016 [text]

"Regionalizing Protection: AU and ASEAN Responses to Mass Atrocity Crimes against Internally Displaced Persons," Global Responsibility to Protect, vol. 8, no. 2-3 (2016) [preprint via ResearchGate]
- Note: Access this item by following the link above, and clicking on the "download" button under the relevant title. The text is available in .DOC format.

"Researching the Resolution of Post-Disaster Displacement: Reflections from Haiti and the Philippines," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Access, 17 Aug. 2016 [abstract]
- See also earlier related Brookings report.

The Southeast Asian "Boat People Crisis" of 2015: Human (In)Security, Precarity, and the Need for an Ethic of Cohabitation, Paper presented at ISA Asia-Pacific Conference, Hong Kong, 25-27 June 2016 [text]

Sri Lankan Refugee Returnees in 2014: Results of Household Visit Protection Monitoring Interviews (UNHCR, Nov. 2015) [text]

Strategies to Promote Protection Inside and Outside of RSD: Recommendations (APRRN & LAWG, Aug. 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (1 Aug. 2016)

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19 August 2016

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

Events & opportunities:

Job announcement: Assistant Coordinator, International Refugee Law Training Programme, IIHL [info]
- Apply by 29 August 2016.

CFP: International Journal of Refugee Law [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees. The deadline is 31 August 2016.

Lecture: International Refugee Law: Yesterday, Today, but Tomorrow?, Melbourne, 14 September 2016 [info]

Course: International Refugee Law, Sanremo, 25-29 October 2016 [info]
- Application deadline is one month before the start of the course, or 25 September 2016.

Seminar: Australian and European Refugee Laws: A Year in Review, Melbourne, 4 October 2016 [info]

CFP: Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition [info]
- Submission deadline is 21 November 2016.


"Asylum vs Sovereignty in the 21st Century: How Nation-states Breach International Law to Block Access to Asylum," International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2016) [preprint via SOAS IR]

"The Dawn of International Refugee Protection: States, Tacit Cooperation and Non-Extradition," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Access, 23 April 2016 [preprint via ResearchGate]
- Note: Access this item by following the link above, and clicking on the "download" button under the relevant title. The text is available in .DOC format.

"Extended Definitions of a Refugee and Complementary Forms of Protection: An Obsolete Polarisation between Two Different Approaches to International Protection?," King’s Student Law Review, vol. 7, no. 2 (2016) [full-text]

Proposal for a Displaced Persons Convention, Current Issues, no. 60 (ACUNS, July 2016) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

"Prospects for Responsibility Sharing in the Refugee Context," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 4, no. 3 [open access]

"Reconceiving Burden-sharing in International Refugee Law," King’s Student Law Review, vol. 7, no. 1 (2016)  [full-text]

Responding to Challenges Facing the International Refugee System: Policies, Opportunities, and Messages (Social Change Initiative, July 2016) [access]
- Via same link, see also earlier related discussion paper entitled "Revitalizing the International Response to Forced Migration: Principles and Policies for the 'New Normal'."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (8 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

New Issue of IJRL

The latest issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL) has been published. Articles featured in vol. 28, no. 2, June 2016 include:
  • Complementary Protection and Transjudicial Dialogue: Global Best Practice or Race to the Bottom? [abstract]
  • The Contested Origins of Internal Displacement [abstract]
  • Junk Science? Four Arguments against the Radiological Age Assessment of Unaccompanied Minors Seeking Asylum [abstract] [working paper]
  • The Implied Human Rights Obligations of UNHCR [abstract]

Also available are "The Mediterranean Papers: Athens, Naples, and Istanbul," a collection of three presentations given by Guy Goodwin-Gill, accompanied by a foreword and an updated list of selected sources:
- Regulating "Irregular" Migration: International Obligations and International Responsibilities, Keynote address at an international workshop, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law, 20 March 2015
- Refugees and Migrants at Sea: Duties of Care and Protection in the Mediterranean and the Need for International Action, Presentation at "Migrants' Rights in the Mediterranean," Naples, 11 May 2015
- Refugees: Challenges for Protection and Assistance in the 21st Century, Presentation to the the Ad Hoc Committee on Large Scale Arrival of Refugees to Turkey of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Istanbul, 14 June 2015

UNHCR's Guidelines on International Protection No. 11: Prima Facie Recognition of Refugee Status are also reproduced, preceded by an Introduction.

Finally, case law summaries and five book reviews are provided.

Tagged Periodicals.

Thematic Focus: General


Presentation: UN Interoperability and Responses to Forced Displacement, Sydney, 31 August 2016 [info]


"Conflict-induced IDPs and the Spread of Conflict," Journal of Conflict Resolution, vol. 62, no. 4 (2018) [abstract]
- See also earlier related conference paper.

"Editorial: Stuck in Platitudes on Migration Crisis," New York Times, 5 Aug. 2016 [text]

Global Study Shows Many around the World Uncomfortable with Levels of Immigration (Ipsos MORI, Aug. 2016) [text]
- See also related Thomson Reuters Foundation news story.

How Can Academics and NGOs Work Together? Some Smart New Ideas (From Poverty to Power Blog, Aug. 2016) [text]

How Will Joining the UN Change IOM? (IRIN, Aug. 2016) [text]

IOM Contributions to Progressively Resolve Displacement Situations: Compendium of Activities and Good Practice (IOM, Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

International Religious Freedom Report for 2015 (U.S. Dept. of State, 2016) [access]

Performing the Human: Refugees, the Body, and the Politics of Universalism, RSC Working Paper, no. 117 (Refugee Studies Centre, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Rio 2016: Where Refugees are Finally Being Recognized," The Atlantic, 10 Aug. 2016 [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (6 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Adapting Aid: Lessons from Six Case Studies (IRC & Mercy Corps, June 2016) [text]
- See also related From Poverty to Power blog posts here and here.

CLARA: Cohort Livelihoods and Risk Analysis Guidance (USAID & WRC, June 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Ground Truths: Local Humanitarians in Conflict, London, 18 Aug. 2016 [info]
- Follow link for video.

Questionnaire Design: How to Design a Questionnaire for Needs Assessments in Humanitarian Emergencies (Assessment Capacities Project, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Scenario Building: How to Build Scenarios in Preparation for or during Humanitarian Crises (Assessment Capacities Project, Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Self-assessment Tool: Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality & Accountability, V1.3 (CHS Alliance, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

 Violence against Aid Workers in 2015 (OCHA, Aug. 2016) [access]
- Follow link for infographic.

Web site:

MSF Analysis: Reflections on Humanitarian Action [access]
- "[A] platform for the dissemination of material on the politics of health and humanitarianism provided by the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Analysis & Advocacy Unit (Operational Centre Brussels) as well as from guest contributors. This website is intended to stimulate reflection and debate on humanitarian topics organised around the themes of migration, refugees, aid access, health policy and the environment in which aid operates."

Related posts:
- News: World Humanitarian Day (19 Aug. 2016)
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (2 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

News: World Humanitarian Day

"World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to mobilize people to advocate for a more humane world. ...Under the overarching theme of ‘One Humanity’, WHD will promote how the world came together in Istanbul around the Agenda for Humanity, and how the commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit will help the 130 million people around the world who need humanitarian assistance to survive. One Humanity speaks to how our shared human experiences bind us across divides, and create a common responsibility to demand action for the most vulnerable and at risk of being left behind."

For more information, visit OCHA's WHD page and Facebook page.

Tagged Events & Opportunities and Web Sites/Tools.

18 August 2016

Regional Focus: Americas

2014 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Aug. 2016) [text]
- The ImmigrationProf blog has posted thoughts on some of these data, including asylum and refugee admissions.

"Access to Justice in Buffalo and Beyond: Making the Justice System More Welcoming for Refugees," IMPACT: Collected Essays on Expanding Access to Justice, vol. 2 (2016) [text]

Central and North American States Vow Concerted Action on Refugees Ahead of September UN Summits (UNHCR, Aug. 2016) [text]

"Escape to New York: Many Central American Immigrants Seeking Legal Help are Fleeing Organized Crime in Their Own Countries," New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2016 [text]

Haiti: Internal Displacement, Forced Evictions, Statelessness - the Catalogue to Violations Continue (Amnesty International, Aug. 2016) [text]

"Iraqi Refugees Fared Worse than Others in First 3 Years: Internal Study," CBC News, 15 Aug. 2016 [text]

Nearly Half of Refugees Entering the U.S. This Year are Muslim (Pew Research Center, Aug. 2016) [text]

Obama Administration Resettles 2,340 Syrian Refugees in July, Marking Progress toward 2016 Goal (Human Rights First, Aug. 2016) [text]
- See also related PRI news story.

Refugees Welcome Here: Awareness, Advocacy and Action, Canadian Council for Refugees Spring 2016 Consultation, Saskatoon, Canada, 2-4 June 2016 [conf. report]

Venezuelan Asylum Applications to U.S. Soar in 2016 (Pew Research Center, Aug. 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (5 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Health


Awards: Health Research Training Awards for Refugees [info]
- Apply for doctoral research award by 4 October 2016 and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award by 1 November 2016.


"Access to Health for Refugees in Greece: Lessons in Inequalities," International Journal for Equity in Health, 15:122 (Aug. 2016) [open access]

"Acute Care Hospitalization, by Immigrant Category: Linking Hospital Data and the Immigrant Landing File in Canada," Health Reports, vol. 27, no. 8 (Aug. 2016) [full-text]

"Complex Emergencies," Chapter 7 in Ciottone's Disaster Medicine, 2nd ed. (Elsevier, Nov. 2015) [eprint via ResearchGate]

"Economic Analysis of the Impact of Overseas and Domestic Treatment and Screening Options for Intestinal Helminth Infection among US-Bound Refugees from Asia," PLoS: Neglected Tropical Diseases 10(8): e0004910 (Aug. 2016) [open access]

"Excess Mortality in Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Resident Populations in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (1998-2012): Insights from Operational Data," Conflict and Health, 10:15 (July 2016) [open access]

Guidelines for Health Staff Caring for Gender-based Violence Survivors: Including Protocol for Clinical Management of Rape (Global Protection Cluster & Health Cluster, Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Health Service Access and Utilization among Syrian Refugees in Jordan," International Journal for Equity in Health, 15:108 (July 2016) [open access]

Humanitarian Emergency in Northeast Nigeria (BMJ Blog, Aug. 2016) [text]

"Migrant and Refugee Patient Perspectives on Travel and Tuberculosis along the Thailand-Myanmar Border: A Qualitative Study," PLoS ONE 11(8): e0160222 (Aug. 2016) [open access]

'Moving on' Violence, Wellbeing and Questions about Violence in Antenatal Care Encounters: A Qualitative Study with Somali-born Refugees in Sweden," Midwifery Journal, vol. 40 (Sept. 2016) [open access]

"A Step toward Tuberculosis Elimination in a Low-incidence Country: Successful Diagnosis and Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in a Refugee Clinic," Canadian Respiratory Journal, 2016:7980869 (Feb. 2016) [open access]

"Systemic Violence against Syrian Refugee Women and the Myth of Effective Intrapersonal Interventions," Reproductive Health Matters, Article in Press, 6 June 2016 [free full-text]

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

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

17 August 2016

Thematic Focus: Climate Change

The Climate Change & Migration Nexus in a Global Context: What Role for the EU in Protecting Climate Migrants? (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, July 2016) [text]

The Displacement Project: Perspectives on Climate Change and Displacement, Sydney/Melbourne, 7-8 June 2016 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

"Environmental Displacement: The Common Ground of Climate Change, Extraction and Conservation," Area Journal, vol 48, no. 2 (June 2016) [full-text via Academia.edu]
- Introduction to special issue.

Environmental Migration and Displacement: What We Know and Don't Know, Prepared as advance reading for a workshop on environment and migration, Waterloo, Canada, 22-23 January 2016 [text]

Environmental Refugees: The Impact of Climate Change on Emigration, Paper presented at ENCoRe Meeting, Geneva, 21-22 January 2016 [text]

FactCheck Q&A: As the Climate Changes, Are 750 Million Refugees Predicted to Move Away from Flooding? (The Conversation, Aug. 2016) [text]

"Finding Opportunities to Combat the Climate Change Migration Crisis: The Potential of the 'Adaptation Approach'," Pace Environmental Law Review, vol. 33, no. 2 (2016) [full-text]

How the Entire Nation of Nauru Almost Moved to Queensland (The Conversation, Aug. 2016) [text]

Migration, Displacement and Human Mobility: The Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism, Casablanca, 27-29 July 2016 [info]
- Follow link for meeting documentation.

'Migration with Dignity': Towards a New Zealand Response to Climate Change Displacement in the Pacific, Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law Research Papers, no. 19/2016 (Victoria University of Wellington, 2014; posted May 2016) [text via SSRN]

Protecting the Rights of Climate Displaced People: A Position Paper (Mary Robinson Foundation, June 2016; posted July 2016) [text]

Seas Rising Faster than Refugee Law can Adapt (Refugees Deeply, July 2016) [text]

Should Europe be Concerned about Climate Refugees? (Chatham House, May 2016) [text]

"Should We Bring Back 'Climate Refugees'?," Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 6, no. 1 (June 2016) [full-text]

The State of Environmental Migration 2015: A Review of 2014 (IOM & Sciences Po, 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change (2 June 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Australia


Debate: The Di Gribble Argument 2016, Melbourne, 4 October 2016 [info]
- "The Di Gribble Argument returns for a third year, pushing us into constructive disagreement in efforts to break a conversational deadlock. This year we’re taking on one of the most intractable conversations in Australian public life: stopping the boats."

Workshop: Emerging Scholars Network, Sydney, 17 November 2016 [info]

Conference: 3rd Annual Conference of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Sydney, 18 November 2016 [info]


*Academics for Refugees Policy Paper: A Just and Humane Approach for Refugees (Academics for Refugees Steering Group, Aug. 2016) [text via APO]

Appalling Abuse, Neglect of Refugees on Nauru (Amnesty International & Human Rights Watch, Aug. 2016) [text]

Association with Abuse: The Financial Sector’s Association with Gross Human Rights Abuses of People Seeking Asylum in Australia (Get Up! & Human Rights Law Centre, July 2016) [text]

Australia's Policies towards Refugees Arriving by Boat and International Refugee and Human Rights Law: Offshore Processing and the Resettlement Question, Dissertation (Roehampton Univ., Aug. 2015) [text via ResearchGate]

How Temporary Migration is Changing Australia – and the World (The Conversation, Aug. 2016) [text]

The Nauru Files (The Guardian, Aug. 2016) [access]
- "The Nauru files are the largest set of leaked documents published from inside Australia’s immigration detention system. They are a set of more than 2,000 incident reports from the Nauru detention centre, written by guards, caseworkers and teachers on the remote Pacific island." Here is an explainer. See also a selection of statements from HRW, OHCHR, RCOA, & UNHCR.

Not There Yet: An Investigation into the Participation of Students of Refugee Backgrounds in the Australian Higher Education System (National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Aug. 2016) [text via APO]

Review of the Child Protection System in Nauru (UNICEF & Govt. of Nauru, Aug. 2016) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (20 July 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

11 August 2016

Regional Focus: MENA


Course: International Refugee Law, Sanremo, 15-19 November 2016 [info]
- This course will be taught in Arabic in order to "develop the capacity of all stakeholders in the Arab world to respond to refugee crises in full knowledge of international standards and of good practices" in various areas.  Apply by 14 September 2016.


Ensuring the UK Provides Equal Protection to Palestinian Refugees from Syria (LHPR & MAP, Aug. 2016) [text]
- See also related blog post.

Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s "Generation 2000", Middle East Report, no. 169 (International Crisis Group, Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

In Search of Safety (IRC & NRC, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Focuses on Iraqis.

The Middle East Must Lead on Refugees (Project Syndicate, Aug. 2016) [text]

Migration through Egypt: The Safe Alternative to Libya? (Regional MMS, Aug. 2016) [text]

The Obligations of States towards Refugees under International Law (NRC, June 2016) [text]
- Focuses on Lebanon.

Pushed and Pulled in Two Directions: An Analysis of the Bi-directional Refugee and Migrant Flow between the Horn of Africa and Yemen, Briefing Paper, no. 1 (RMMS, May 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA (19 July 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

News: New Eritrea COI Reports

The Free Movement blog announced the following today: "The Home Office has published a new 285 page report of a UK fact finding mission to Eritrea from February 2016 and updated its country policy documents on illegal exit from Eritrea and military service. From a quick glance, it looks like there is little change in the Home Office position, which is essentially that the vast majority of Eritreans can safely return. The immigration tribunal disagrees, with almost 9/10 Eritrean asylum appeals being allowed."

For more details, please visit the original post.

For some additional context, please see the following:

- Review of the Home Office’s Eritrea Country Information and Guidance 2015 (Independent Advisory Group on Country Information, Nov. 2015) [text] [appendix I, II, III & V] [appendix IV]
- Home Office response to the review [text]
- "UK 'Using Misleading Information' to Return Eritrean Asylum Seekers," The Guardian, 22 Jan. 2016 [text]

Related post:
- Feature: Country of Origin Information on Eritrea (18 Sept. 2015)

Tagged Publications.

New Issues of AHMR, Cosmop. Civil Soc., Euro. Yrbk. Hum. Rts., IJMHSC, Quest. Intl. Law, Ref. Watch, WAN

African Human Mobility Review, vol. 2, no. 1 (Jan.-April 2016) [full-text]
- Mix of articles, including "Angolan Refugees in South Africa: Alternatives to Permanent Repatriation?"

Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 8, no. 2 (2016) [open access]
- Special issue on the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and Indonesia. Articles include "Growing Pains: The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network at Seven Years," "Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Indonesia: Problems and Potentials," "The May 2015 Boat Crisis: The Rohingya in Aceh," "People Seeking Asylum in Australia and Their Access to Employment: Just What Do We Know?," and "Mental Health and Legal Representation for Asylum Seekers in the 'Legacy Caseload'."

European Yearbook on Human Rights, vol. 16 (June 2016) [contents]
- "2015 saw a world in turmoil. The crisis in Syria and the fate of thousands of refugees on Europe's borders and in Europe's streets made 2015 a year in which human rights mattered more than ever. Across 31 contributions by 44 authors in five sections, the European Yearbook on Human Rights 2016 explains and contextualizes key developments in human rights in the past year."

ICVA Bulletin, no. 6 (June 2016) [full-text]
- News and updates from the International Council of Voluntary Agencies.

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol. 12, no. 3 (2016) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "Somali Refugees’ Perspectives regarding FGM/C in the U.S."

*Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, vol. 22, no. 3 (Aug. 2016) [contents]
- Special issue on "Children and Armed Conflict." The introduction is open access.

Questions of International Law/Questioni di Diritto Internazionale (Aug. 2016) [open access]
- Latest Zoom In questions asks: "EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia One Year after: An Effective Measure to Tackle Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Networks?"

Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, no. 46 (Dec. 2015) [full-text]
- Mix of articles including "A Lost Population? East India Company and Arakanese 'Refugees' in Chittagong" and "Pluralisms of Law: India’s Place in the International Refugee Protection Regime."

Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, no. 47 (June 2016) [full-text]
- Articles focus on "Gender, Development, and Resistance in South Asia."

Women’s Asylum News, no. 136 (June/July 2016) [full-text]
- Lead article is "Listening to Refugee #WomensVoices."

Tagged Periodicals.

10 August 2016

Regional Focus: Africa

"Angolan Refugees in South Africa: Alternatives to Permanent Repatriation?," African Human Mobility Review, vol. 2, no. 1 (Jan.-April 2016) [full-text]

Brief: Urban Response Practitioner Workshop - Meeting Needs in a Context of Protracted Urban Displacement in the Horn and East Africa (IRC & IIED, May 2016) [text via ALNAP]

*Courting Commotion? Changing Migration Dynamics on the Southern Route to South Africa (RMMS, Aug. 2016) [text]

"Courts can never solve problems in the community!" A Study of Informal Justice Structures in Refugee Settlements in Uganda (Refugee Law Project, 2016) [text]

"The New Terrible": Lake Chad Region in Desperate Need [text]

North-eastern Nigeria and Conflict's Humanitarian Fallout? (International Crisis Group, Aug. 2016) [text]

Pushed and Pulled in Two Directions: An Analysis of the Bi-directional Refugee and Migrant Flow between the Horn of Africa and Yemen, Briefing Paper, no. 1 (RMMS, May 2016) [text]

The Ramifications of Kenya’s Decision to Expel Refugees from Dadaab Camp (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, July 2016) [text]

Revised South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan, January-December 2016 (UNHCR, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb

Somalia: Will Its Refugee and Displacement Crises Ever be Solved? (Insight on Conflict, July 2016) [text]

UNHCR Appeals for Additional $115 Million for Voluntary Return, Reintegration of Somali Refugees from Dadaab Camp (UNHCR, July 2016) [text]

"The World’s Largest Refugee Camp Is Invited to Please Shut Down," Foreign Policy, 21 July 2016 [text via Chicago Tribune]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (29 June 2016)

Tagged Publications.

08 August 2016

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items


The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees is now 65 years old. Its anniversary took place on 28 July 2016. Here are a few comments/statements/stories acknowledging this milestone:
- *65 Years on, 65 Million People Forcibly Displaced! (Refugee Law Project Blog, July 2016) [text]
- Amnesty: 'Time for Change' on Refugees (Refugees Deeply, July 2016) [text]
- "From the Cold War to Syria: Seven Decades of Refugee Stories in Britain," The Guardian, 28 July 2016 [text]
- "Refugee Convention of 1951 Still Crucial Cornerstone of Human Rights," DW, 28 July 2016 [text]
- UN Refugee Convention at 65 (Voice of America, July 2016) [text]


"The Future of Refugee Law," 1st Annual Conference of the Refugee Law Initiative, London, 29 June-1 July 2016 [info]
- Slides of presented papers and poster presentations are available here.

"Growing Restrictiveness or Changing Selection? The Nature and Evolution of Migration Policies," International Migration Review, Early View, 1 Aug. 2016 [open access]

Humanity at Sea: Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law, London, 27 July 2016 [info]
- Follow link for event recording.

The Nansen Passport: A Solution to the Legal Statuses of Refugees (Social Europe, Aug. 2016) [text]

"Penal Humanitarianism? Sovereign Power in an Era of Mass Migration," New Criminal Law Review (Forthcoming, 2017) [preprint via SSRN]

"The Place of Persecution and Non-State Action in Refugee Protection," Chapter 4 in The Ethics and Politics of Immigration Core Issues and Emerging Trends (Rowman & Littlefield, Forthcoming Oct. 2016) [preprint via SSRN]

Protection for Survival Migrants: Policy Tweaks for Outsize Impact (CGD Blog, July 2016) [text]

Report of an Expert Workshop on Understanding Refugee Law as Shared Responsibility ("The Vancouver Principles"), Vancouver, 20-22 July 2016 [text]

Towards Safety: Subsidiary Protection for Survival Migrants (CGD Blog, July 2016) [text]

When Migrants Make Perilous Sea Crossings: The Causal Role of International Law, Presentation at the 110th ASIL Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 30 March-2 April 2016 [text]
- See also related video.


Refugee Rights Toolkit (Asylum Access) [access]
- Several sections were recently updated and revised.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (15 July 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Events & Opportunities: September 2016

Course: Masters in Refugee Protection & Forced Migration Studies, Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London [info]
- A distance study programme with two start dates, one in October 2016 and the other in March 2017. Application deadline for former is 1 September 2016.

13th Annual Immigration Law & Policy Conference, Washington, DC, 12 September 2016 [info]
- Register before 9 September 2016.

Call for proposals: Promoting Health-enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) Policy Measures and Actions for Refugees [info]
- Deadline is 9 September 2016.

Course: Advanced Issues in Cross-Border Practice, Los Angeles, 14 September 2016 [info]

CFP: Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue on displacement. Submission deadline is 15 September 2016.

CFP: Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration [info]
- Contributions sought for next issue. Deadline is 15 September 2016.

Meeting: UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, New York, 19 September 2016 [info]

Meeting: Leaders' Summit on Refugees, New York, 20 September 2016 [info]

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: More August 2016

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

06 August 2016

Thematic Focus: General

Annual Report 2015 (Inspector General's Office, March 2016) [text]
- Note: The IGO investigates allegations of misconduct by UNHCR personnel.

Evaluation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Office of Internal Oversight Services, April 2016) [text]

"Explosive Remnants of War: A Deadly Threat to Refugees," Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction, vol. 20, no. 2 (2016) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 45.

Fact Sheet: Global Displacement (UNHCR, Aug. 2016) [text]

Monitoring Food Security in Countries with Conflict Situations: A Joint FAO/WFP Update for the United Nations Security Council (FAO & WFP, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Nearly 1 in 100 Worldwide are now Displaced from Their Homes (Pew Research Center, Aug. 2016) [text]

A Record 65.3 Million People Were Displaced Last Year: What Does That Number Actually Mean? (The Conversation, July 2016) [text]

Update re. UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants (in chronological order):

Joint Statement on the Upcoming UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants (Human Rights Watch et al., 28 July 2016) [text]

First UN Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Focus on Shared Challenges (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, 1 Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"U.N. Deadlocked Over Draft Agreement on Refugees and Migrants," New York Times, 1 Aug. 2016 [text]

"U.N. Drafts Agreement on Refugees and Migrants," New York Times, 2 Aug. 2016 [text]

CMS and SIMN Statement on the Outcome Document for UN Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (Center for Migration Studies & the Scalabrini International Migration Network, 3 Aug. 2016) [text]

"UN Members Reject Concrete Refugee Resettlement Target," The Guardian, 3 Aug. 2016 [text]

UN Refugee Summit Talks End in Abject Failure (Amnesty International, 3 Aug. 2016) [text]

Central and North American States Vow Concerted Action on Refugees Ahead of September UN Summits (UNHCR, 4 Aug. 2016) [text]

UNHCR Welcomes Historic Commitment by States to More Equitable and Predictable Responses to Refugees (UNHCR, 4 Aug. 2016) [text]

IOM Supports Arab League Preparations for UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants (IOM, 5 Aug. 2016) [text]

IOM Welcomes UN Member State Consensus Ahead of Summit on Refugees and Migrants (IOM, 5 Aug. 2016) [text]

Minor Miracle or Historic Failure? Assessing the UN’s Refugee Summit (Kaldor Centre, 5 Aug. 2016) [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: General (28 July 2016)
- News: UN Summit for Refugees & Migrants (19 July 2016)

Tagged Publications.

05 August 2016

Regional Focus: Americas

[Note: I am re-circulating this post because of a couple of additions indicated below.]


CFP: Refugee Survey Quarterly [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue on Colombian refugees. Submit proposals by 13 August 2016.


Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal (U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Aug. 2016) [text]

A Call to Action: Tackling Displacement in Central America (IDMC Blog, July 2016) [text]

Can Machine Learning Help Predict the Outcome of Asylum Adjudications? (SSRN, July 2016) [text]

Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration, Latin America Report, no. 57 (International Crisis Group, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Fact Sheet: Refugee Protection Act of 2016 (Human Rights First, July 2016) [text]
- More info available on Sen. Leahy's site.

A Hard Place: Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in the U.S., San Francisco, 28 June 2016 [info]
- Video of this lecture is available here.

Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War (Oxford Univ. Press, Aug. 2015) [info]
- The Introduction is available here.

Protecting the Right to Counsel in Immigration Court (The Hill, July 2016) [text]

Regional Response to the Northern Triangle of Central America Situation: Supplementary Appeal 2016 (UNHCR, June 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Regional Working Group for the Brazil Plan of Action (Asylum Access, May 2016) [text]

*Tweeting about Refugees: Exploring Where Refugees are Most Welcome in the U.S., According to Twitter (ABODO & IRC, Aug. 2016) [text]

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

U.S. Expands Initiatives to Address Central American Migration Challenges (U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, July 2016) [text]
- See also related stories in the NYT and Guardian.


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (18 July 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.