24 June 2017

Regional Focus: Americas

"Alternative Fact? More Democratic States are More Likely to Provide Refugee Protection," Alberta Law Review (Forthcoming) [postprint]
- Focuses on Canada.

"Amid Economic Crisis and Political Turmoil, Venezuelans Form a New Exodus," Migration Information Source, 14 June 2017 [text]

"Brazil's Refugee Policy Needs a Radical Overhaul in Response to Venezuela's Crisis," The Guardian, 15 June 2017 [text]

Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, Miami, 15-16 June 2017 [info]
- Principal aim of this meeting was "to address the economic, security, and governance challenges and opportunities in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras." As noted in this Reuters article, though, some observers saw it primarily as an attempt to "curtail migration from Central America." Follow a/m link for statements, session summaries, and videos. See also related MSF statement.

"Desperate Venezuelans Set Sights on Colombia as Worry Mounts," VOA News, 22 June 2017 [text]

Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s Violation of the Rights of Asylum Seekers (Amnesty International, June 2017) [text]

"'He will kill me if he sees me again': Abused Women Seek Refuge in Mexico," The Guardian, 7 June 2017 [text]

Humanitarian Exchange Magazine, no. 69 (June 2017) [full-text]
- Themed issue on "The Humanitarian Consequences of Violence in Central America," with 10 articles.

"Humanitarian Standards in Urban, Post-disaster Contexts: A Study of Sphere Shelter Standards in Haiti," Humanitarian Exchange Magazine, no. 69 (June 2017) [full-text]

"On Silences: Salvadoran Refugees Then and Now," Latino Studies, vol. 15, no. 1 (April 2017) [free full-text]

Point of No Return: The Fear and Criminalization of Central American Refugees (Center for Migration Studies, June 2017) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (6 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

23 June 2017

Regional Focus: MENA

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


Courses: CMRS Summer Short Courses, Cairo, 9-27 July 2017 [info]
- Three courses are on offer: 1) Addressing Refugee Crises in the Middle East and North Africa: Policy and Practice; 2) Advanced Refugee Law: Developing Strategies of Legal Engagement at the Frontier of the International Refugee Regime; 3) Palestinian Refugees. *Application deadline has been extended to 30 June 2017.*


50 Years of Occupation: Displacement and Dispossession in Palestine (IDMC Blog, June 2017) [text]

*Don’t Forget Non-Syrian Refugees in Turkey (Order from Chaos Blog, June 2017) [text]

Final Report of the Panel of Experts on Libya Established Pursuant to Resolution 1973 (2011), UN Doc. No. S/2017/466 (UN Security Council, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Includes sections on treatment of migrants.

"Guterres Expresses Support for UN Agency's Work Assisting Palestine Refugees in Middle East," UN News Service, 12 June 2017 [text]

Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Thousands Fleeing Kept Waiting Near Front Line (Human Rights Watch, June 2017) [text]

Libya's Illegal Migration: The Urgent Need for a New Strategy (The Conversation, June 2017) [text]

"Living an Uncertain Future: Temporality, Uncertainty, and Well-Being among Iraqi Refugees in Egypt," Social Analysis, vol. 59, no. 1 (Spring 2015) [free full-text]
- Note: The full-text is freely available until 27 June 2017.

Mobility, Displacement, and Forced Migration in the Middle East Working Group I, Doha, 21-22 May 2017 [info]
- "Seven teams of successful grant awardees were brought together with a number of other scholars to discuss existing gaps in scholarship on voluntary and forced migration in the region, and how their proposed research projects address some of these gaps."

Obstacles to Return in Retaken Areas of Iraq: Final Report (IOM, March 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]
- *See also related IOM press release.

Reframing Social Fragility in Areas of Protracted Displacement and Emerging Return in Iraq: A Guide for Programming (IOM, Feb. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Suspicion and the Economy of Trust among Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon," The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, vol. 32, no. 2 (Autumn 2014) [free full-text]
- Note: The full-text is freely available until 27 June 2017.


Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (9 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Syria

7 Years into Exile: How Urban Syrian Refugees, Vulnerable Jordanians and Other Refugees in Jordan are Being Impacted by the Syria Crisis (CARE, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

For Syrian Refugees Celebrating Eid in Lebanon, the Environment is Increasingly Hostile (The Conversation, June 2017) [text]

Improving Living Conditions for Vulnerable Syrian Households in Substandard Buildings in Arsal, Lebanon (Norwegian Refugee Council, March 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Not without Dignity: Views of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon on Displacement, Conditions of Return, and Coexistence (International Center for Transitional Justice, June 2017) [text]
- See also related Refugees Deeply story.

"Resilience in Context: A Brief and Culturally Grounded Measure for Syrian Refugee and Jordanian Host-Community Adolescents," Child Development, Early View, 15 June 2017 [open access]
- See also related Yale University news release.

Still Looking for Safety: Voices of Refugees from Syria on Solutions for the Present and Future (Oxfam, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"What Do Syrians Want Their Future to Be? A Survey of Refugees in Turkey," Foreign Affairs, 1 May 2017 [text]
- Free access with registration; see also extended interview with author in Refugees Deeply.

Why are There No Syrian Refugee Camps in Lebanon? (Forced Migration Forum, June 2017) [text]

Related post:
Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (9 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

Acquiring and Analysing Data in Support of Evidence-based Decisions: A Guide for Humanitarian Work (ICRC, May 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Collective Commitment to Enhance Accountability and Transparency in Emergencies (Transparency International, Humanitarian Outcomes & Groupe URD) [access]
- Follow link to access four country case studies.

"Development is Not a Science and Cannot be Measured. That is Not a Bad Thing," The Guardian, 1 June 2017 [text]

Global Humanitarian Overview 2017 (OCHA, June 2017) [text]

Humanity in Action: Annual Review 2016 (ICRC, May 2017) [text]

The "New Way of Working": Bridging Aid's Funding Divide (IRIN, June 2017) [text]

One Year on, World Humanitarian Summit Scorecards are Due (IRIN, June 2017) [text]

"Out of Reach: How Insecurity Prevents Humanitarian Aid from Accessing the Neediest," Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, vol. 6, no. 1 (2017) [open access]

*Presence and Proximity: To Stay and Deliver, Five Years On (Norwegian Refugee Council & text via ReliefWeb]
OCHA, June 2017) [
- Follow-up study to the 2011 report, "To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments."

The Value for Money of Multi-Year Humanitarian Funding: Emerging Findings (DFID, May 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (24 May 2017)

Tagged Publications.

22 June 2017

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information-related Items

"Academic Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers," College & Research Libraries News, vol. 78, no. 6 (2017) [full-text]

"Accenture and Microsoft Plan Digital IDs for Millions of Refugees," BBC News, 20 June 2017 [text]

"Beyond the Protective Effect: Towards a Theory of Harm for Information Communication Technologies in Mass Atrocity Response," Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, vol. 11, no. 1 (2017) [open access]
- See also related NCHS blog post.

The Digital Footprint of Europe’s Refugees (Pew Research, June 2017) [text]

Digital Game Intervention Improves Mental Health and Educational Outcomes of Syrian Refugee Children (NYU, June 2017) [text]

Facebook Launches “Disaster Maps” to Support Humanitarian Aid (Social Media for Good Blog, June 2017) [text]
- See also related IRIN news story.

"The Impact of Digital Technology on Health of Populations Affected by Humanitarian Crises: Recent Innovations and Current Gaps," Journal of Public Health Policy, vol. 37, suppl. 2 (Nov. 2016) [free full-text]

(Not) Looking Like a Refugee: Visual Memories of Refugeeness and the Figure of 'The iPhone Man' (Border Criminologies Blog, June 2017) [text]

Smart Communities: Using Digital Technology to Create Sustainable Refugee Economies (Mastercard & Western Union, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Using Satellite Technology for Humanitarian Relief (NRC, June 2017) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information Issues (1 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Australia

#WorldRefugeeWeek: How Australians Feel about Refugees (The Interpreter Blog, June 2017) [text]
- Reports on results of recent Lowy Institute poll, which explores Australian attitudes towards the world.

As Trump Ups the Ante, Executive Powers Should Worry Australians Too (The Conversation, June 2017) [text]

Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program 2017-18: Community Views on Current Challenges and Future Directions (Refugee Council of Australia, May 2017) [text]

Factsheet: Australia–United States Resettlement Arrangement (Kaldor Centre, updated June 2017) [text]

For $70m, Government Gets off Lightly, but Settlement Still Highlights Responsibility for Manus (The Conversation, June 2017) [text]

Minister to Get Unprecedented Power if Australia’s New Citizenship Bill is Passed (The Conversation, June 2017) [text]

Offshore Detention: What the Landmark Settlement Fails to Resolve (The Interpreter Blog, June 2017) [text]

"The Origins and Incoherence of Australia's Asylum Seeker Policy," Eureka Street, vol. 27, no. 12 (June 2017) [text]

Polling Shows Australians Don’t Trust Trump on Refugee Swap (The Australia Institute, May 2017) [text]

Strengthening Australia’s Assisted Voluntary Return Migration Program (Lowy Institute for International Policy, June 2017) [text]

An Urgent Need for International Action on Australia’s Refugees (Just Security Blog, June 2017) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (2 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: United States

Event & opportunity:

14th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, Washington, DC, 25 September 2017 [info]
- Registration opens 26 June 2017.

Job announcement: Immigration Judges, Executive Office for Immigration Review [info]
- Apply by 29 June 2017.


Asian ‘Boat People,’ Once Opposed More Than Syrian Refugees Today, Speak Out (Huffington Post, June 2017) [text]

DHS Rescinds the DAPA Program and Reports that the Future of the DACA Program is Still Under Review (Center for Migration Studies, June 2017) [text]

Facing Walls: USA and Mexico’s Violation of the Rights of Asylum Seekers (Amnesty International, June 2017) [text]

How the Trump Administration May Ultimately Expand the Constitutional Rights of Immigrants (ImmigrationProf Blog, June 2017) [text]

Know Your Rights: Immigration & Asylum in the US under the Executive Order (Thomson Reuters Foundation, updated 22 June 2017) [text]

"Not a One-Person Show": Trump as Administrator-in-Chief of the Immigration Bureaucracy (Notice & Comment Blog, June 2017) [text]

Practice Advisory: Asylum Based on Fear of Gangs and Other Organized Criminal Groups: Central America and Beyond (Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, June 2017) [info via ImmigrationProf Blog]

Statement on Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017 – H.R. 2826 (Cato at Liberty Blog, June 2017) [text]

Supreme Court Proceedings and Orders in Legal Challenges to Administration’s Entry Ban (SCOTUSblog, June 2017) [text]
- See also recent commentary from Cato at Liberty and Just Security; more commentary is available in the first paragraph of this SCOTUSblog post.

"What Will Trump Do with Half a Million Backlogged Immigration Cases?," New Yorker, 20 June 2017 [text]
- See also related TRAC data.

"White House Pressures State Department over Refugee Costs: Sources," Reuters, 21 June 2017 [text]
- Reports that Trump administration wants State Dept. and other agencies to focus only on costs and not benefits of refugee resettlement.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: United States (15 June 2017)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

21 June 2017

World Refugee Day: More Resources

Here are a few extra resources to add to yesterday's World Refugee Day post. All of these are from journal & book publishers, and therefore may only be available on a limited basis:

Berghahn Books:
- Free access to five journal articles until 27 June 2017 and a discount on a number of books for the next 30 days.

BioMed Central:
- Blog post highlights a number of recent refugee-related studies that were published in their open access journals.

Oxford University Press:
- Free access to a variety of refugee law resources that are organized under four questions: 1) Who is a refugee? 2) What rights do refugees have? 3) What are the obligations imposed on states which refugees pass through en route to their destination of choice (transit states)? 4) What are the obligations imposed on states in which refugees apply for asylum?

Palgrave Macmillan/Springer:
- Free access until 20 July 2017 to two original articles written specifically for WRD as well as eight other journal articles. Refugee-related books are also highlighted.

Related post:
- World Refugee Day 2017 (20 June 2017)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Europe

Don’t Close Borders, Manage Them: How to Improve EU Policy on Migration through Libya (European Council on Foreign Relations, June 2017) [text]

EU: Shifting Rescue to Libya Risks Lives (Human Rights Watch, June 2017) [text]

The EU-Turkey Refugee Deal and the Not Quite Closed Balkan Route (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, June 2017) [text]

"Falling Behind: The Decline of the Rights of Asylum Seekers in the UK and Its Impact on Their Day-to-day Lives," eSharp, no. 25 (Spring 2017) [full-text]

From the Bottom Up: How Refugees and Other Migrants Experience the Drivers of Migration (Mixed Migration Platform Blog, June 2017) [text]

"Interactive Map of Refugee Movement in Europe," Geodesy and Cartography, vol. 65, no. 2 (Dec. 2016) [open access]

*Life and Death on the Mediterranean (Medium, June 2017) [text]

Opportunities in Crisis: The Future of Refugee Policy in Germany and Europe (Stiftung Mercator, April 2017) [access]

Sharing the Responsibility or Shifting the Focus? The Responses of the EU and the Visegrad Countries to the Post-2015 Arrival of Migrants and Refugees (Foundation for European Progressive Studies, June 2017) [text]

Should Refugees Claim Asylum Upon Arrival in Their First ‘Safe’ Country? (Free Movement Blog, June 2017) [text]

Weathering Crisis, Forging Ahead: Swedish Asylum and Integration Policy (Migration Policy Institute, June 2017) [text]

"What Role Does the Media Play in Driving Xenophobia? - Germany: Two Faces of Refugee Reporting," World Policy Journal, vol. XXXIV, no. 1 (Spring 2017) [full-text via Academia.edu]

What Will Happen to Immigration Policy and Law Following the 2017 General Election? (Free Movement Blog, June 2017) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (16 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Health

"Accuracy of Parasitological and Immunological Tests for the Screening of Human Schistosomiasis in Immigrants and Refugees from African Countries: An Approach with Latent Class Analysis," PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11(6): e0005593 (June 2017) [open access]

"Assessment of the Effectiveness of a Small Quantity Lipid-based Nutrient Supplement on Reducing Anaemia and Stunting in Refugee Populations in the Horn of Africa: Secondary Data Analysis," PLoS ONE, 12(6): e0177556 (June 2017) [open access]

"Cultural Challenges in the Care of Refugees with End-Stage Renal Disease: What Western Nephrologists Should Know," Nephron, article no. 477362 (June 2017) [free full-text]

"Health Communication with Immigrants, Refugees, and Migrant Workers," Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief (2017) [text]

"Healthcare Access Challenges Facing Six African Refugee Mothers in South Korea: A Qualitative Multiple-case Study," Korean Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 60, no. 5 (May 2017) [full-text]

"Increasing Prevalence of Infectious Diseases in Asylum Seekers at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Switzerland," PLoS ONE, 12(6): e0179537 (June 2017) [open access]

"Low Levels of Viral Suppression among Refugees and Host Nationals Accessing Antiretroviral Therapy in a Kenyan Refugee Camp," Conflict & Health, 11:11 (June 2017) [open access]

"Meningococci of Serogroup X Clonal Complex 181 in Refugee Camps, Italy," Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 23, no. 5 (May 2017) [open access]

"Pilot Testing and Implementation of a mHealth Tool for Non-communicable Diseases in a Humanitarian Setting," PLoS Currents Disasters, Ed. 1 (June 2017) [open access]

"Physical Trauma among Refugees: Comparison between Refugees and Local Population Who Were Admitted to Emergency Department—Experience of a State Hospital in Syrian Border District," Journal of Environmental and Public Health, vol. 2017, article ID 8626275 (June 2017) [open access]

"Use of Oral Cholera Vaccine and Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in a Long-Standing Refugee Camp, Thailand, 2012-2014," PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10(12):e0005210 (Dec. 2016) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (5 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity


Canada Levels the Playing Field for LGBTI Refugee (Human Rights Watch, May 2017) [text]

Chairperson's Guideline 9: Proceedings Before the IRB Involving Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (Immigration & Refugee Board of Canada, effective date 1 May 2017) [text]
- See also related Free Movement blog post.

Current Migration Situation in the EU: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Asylum Seekers (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, March 2017) [text]

Designating ‘Vulnerability’: The Asylum Claims of Women and Sexual Minorities (RLI Blog, June 2017) [text]

History Shows Homophobic Countries Will Suffer after Gay Refugees Flee (Refugees Deeply, June 2017) [text]

Lesbian Asylum Claim and Queer Theory (ImmigrationProf Blog, April 2017) [text]

"Safe Spaces: The Law and Everyday Experiences of LGBTQ Asylum Seekers," NPPSH Reflections, vol. 1 (2017) [full-text]

"Shrinking Safe Spaces for Individuals Fleeing Gender-based Persecution," The Refuge, vol. 1, no. 2 (April 2017) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 8.

Spain: LGBT Asylum Seekers Abused in North African Enclave (Human Rights Watch, April 2017) [text]

Supporting Transwomen Refugees: Tailoring Activities to Provide Psychosocial Support and Build Peer Networks among Refugee and Host Community Transwomen (Women's Refugee Commission, March 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]
- A case study for "Strengthening GBV Prevention and Response for Urban Refugees."

What Does a Genuine Lesbian/Gay Relationship Look Like in the Eyes of Asylum Decision Makers? (Discover Society, May 2017) [text]

Research project: 

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: A European Human Rights Challenge (Univ. of Sussex) [access]
- "[E]xplores the social and legal experiences of asylum seekers across Europe claiming international protection on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI)." Includes a searchable database.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (13 March 2017)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

20 June 2017

Thematic Focus: General

Free journal articles:

JRS 30th Anniversary Collection [access]
- "This year the Journal of Refugee Studies celebrates its 30th Anniversary. As part of a series of innovations to mark this milestone, we the former and present editors of the Journal have selected our favourite articles published during our tenures, and explained our choice. ..." Article are freely available through the end of 2017.


Global Compact on Refugees (GCR): ICVA Update (International Council of Voluntary Agencies, May 2017) [text]

The Global Compact on Refugees Explained: An ICVA Briefing Paper (International Council of Voluntary Agencies, June 2017) [text]
- Thanks to Jerome Elie for bringing both of these ICVA papers to my attention.

"A Human Rights Based Approach to Refugees: A Look at the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Responses from Germany and the United States," Duke Forum for Law & Social Change, vol. 9, no. 1 (2017) [full-text]

Sharing the Responsibility and the Information: The Need for Improved Data Sharing and Analysis for Migration Governance (Mixed Migration Platform Blog, June 2017) [text]

Trends in Armed Conflict, 1946–2016 (PRIO, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 14-16 June 2017 [access]
- Theme was "From global responsibility to local action: Implementing the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF). Videos are now available. See also related UNHCR press release.

The World's 5 Biggest Refugee Crises (Mercy Corps, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related posts:
- World Refugee Day 2017 (20 June 2017)
- Thematic Focus: General (12 June 2017) - incl. a sub-section on the "Global Compact on Refugees/CRRF"

Tagged Publications.

New Issue of JRS

A special issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) has been published, the theme of which is the "History of Refugee Protection." Contents of vol. 30, no. 2, June 2017 include:
  • The History of Refugee Protection: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges [abstract]
  • Refugees—What’s Wrong with History? [abstract] [related paper]
  • Exile, Refuge and the Greek Polis: Between Justice and Humanity [abstract]
  • Refugees and the Roman Empire [abstract]
  • Hospitality, Protection and Refuge in Early English Law [abstract]
  • Refugees and Refugee Protection in the Early Modern Period [abstract
  • The Dawn of International Refugee Protection: States, Tacit Cooperation and Non-Extradition [abstract] [preprint]
  • Protection, Repatriation and Categorization: Refugees and Empire at the End of the Nineteenth Century [abstract]
  • Protecting Refugees in the Weimar Republic [abstract]
  • Seeing Like a Refugee Agency: A Short History of UNHCR Classifications in Central Africa (1961–2015) [abstract]
Some of these articles are based on presentations made at a Refugee Studies Centre seminar series on "The History of Refuge," held in Oxford in 2015. Podcasts of a number of these seminars are available via the a/m link.

Tagged Periodicals.

New Issue of FMR

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review (FMR) has been published. The theme of FMR55 is "Shelter in Displacement." Here is the description:
"All displaced people need some form of shelter. Whatever the type of shelter which is found, provided or built, it needs to answer multiple needs: protection from the elements, physical security, safety, comfort, emotional security, some mitigation of risk and unease, and even, as time passes, some semblance of home and community. [The 30 articles in this FMR look] at the complexity of approaches to shelter both as a physical object in a physical location and as a response to essential human needs."

Also included are seven ‘general’ articles on other forced migration topics.

Readers can access FMR articles 1) individually, in HTML, PDF and MP3 formats, 2) via the digest feature, or 3) as a complete issue. Back issues of FMR are available here.

FMR is an open access publication. It is available online and in print in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Audio versions of articles are available in English.

Tagged Periodicals.

World Refugee Day 2017

World Refugee Day (WRD) is commemorated annually on June 20th. The official WRD page is on the UNHCR web site; visit to learn more about the agency's #WithRefugees campaign. UNHCR also publishes its Global Trends report on WRD. This year's edition reports the following:
"Over the past two decades, the global population of forcibly displaced people has grown substantially from 33.9 million in 1997 to 65.6 million in 2016, and it remains at a record high. The growth was concentrated between 2012 and 2015, driven mainly by the Syrian conflict along with other conflicts in the region such as in Iraq and Yemen, as well as in sub-Saharan Africa including Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Sudan."

The total displacement figure of 65.6 million is broken down as follows:
- 22.5 million people who were refugees at end-2016 (includes 17.2 million under UNHCR’s mandate + 5.3 million Palestinian refugees registered by UNRWA)
- 40.3 million internally displaced people
- 2.8 million asylum-seekers

For more background and a related video, check out the accompanying press release. See also messages from the High Commissioner and the UN Secretary-General.

I will highlight additional WRD resources as the day progresses, so please check back! Also, don't forget to see what's happening during the Refugee Weeks in Australia and the UK.


- Here's an analysis from the NRC of 2017 global displacement figures.
- The Free Movement blog has a post on the legal meaning of refugee; it is also making its guide, "Refugee Law in the UK: A Practical Guide," freely available this week. Instructions are provided in the blog post.
- IRIN has just posted "Seven must-read stories this World Refugee Day."
- Read an IDMC comment on "Today's returning refugees, tomorrow's IDPs" (reflection on UNHCR’s annual NGO consultations plus two recommendations to policymakers working on the global compact on refugees).
- From ECHO, a factsheet on forced displacement.
- Get the facts from the Kaldor Centre's five podcasts and policy briefs for Refugee Week.
- The European Parliamentary Research Service blog has posted "World Refugee Day: Making Child-Sensitive Asylum and Refugee Policy," with links to additional resources.
- A new report entitled "From Struggle to Resilience: The Economic Impact of Refugees in America" has been issued by New American Economy.
- In honor of WRD, ReliefWeb is highlighting its topic page on refugees and migration in Southeast Asia.
- Cross-posted on the Oxford Dept. of International Development and OUP blogs is "Who thrives, who struggles? Exploring the determinants of economic success among refugees ."
- BioMed Central, the open access publisher, has a health-related post on its blog to commemorate WRD.
- On one of the Brooking's blogs, read "Unpacking the numbers on global refugees."
- The Refugee History blog is celebrating Refugee Week with a series of blog posts on "Britain’s refugee history and contemporary culture."
- From the U.S. State Dept., a graphic for WRD showing "Refugees’ Countries of Origin and Destination."
- Posted on The Conversation: "Refugee or migrant? Sometimes the line is blurred."
- Oxford University shared a WRD story on Medium that highlights the refugee work of various Oxford students & staff.
- From OAS: Declaración conjunta de la CIDH y el ACNUR en ocasión del Día Mundial del Refugiado: 10 medidas para que los Estados de las Américas respondan a las crisis de refugiados.
- The World Bank's Dev4Peace Blog has two posts: "'Papers please?': The importance of refugees and other forcibly-displaced persons being able to prove identity" and "What’s in a number? Unpacking the 65 million-forced displacement crisis."
- Refugees International has also circulated a series of blog posts reflecting on WRD.
- Google has compiled a series of YouTube videos for WRD.
- From Devex: "What you missed reading UNHCR's global trends."
- UNHCR compiled two reading lists for WRD, one for adults and one for kids.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

19 June 2017

Thematic Focus: Solutions

Canada’s 2016 Record High Level of Resettlement Praised by UNHCR (UNHCR, April 2017) [text]

Declines in U.S. Resettlement of Muslim Refugees under the Trump Administration: Fact Sheet (Human Rights First, June 2017) [text]

"Developing and Validating the Refugee Integration Scale in Nairobi, Kenya," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 30, no. 1 (March 2017) [free full-text]

Focus on Refugee Skills to Move Beyond Arguments about Resettlement (Forced Migration Forum, June 2017) [text]

*How Are Refugees Faring? Integration at U.S. and State Levels (Migration Policy Institute, June 2017) [text]

*In Search of Common Values Amid Large-Scale Immigrant Integration Pressures (Migration Policy Institute, June 2017) [text]

Polling Shows Australians Don’t Trust Trump on Refugee Swap (The Australia Institute, May 2017) [text]

Refugee Integration: Recognising the Benefits of Inclusion (Thomson Reuters Foundation, June 2017) [text]

"Refugees and Asylees in the United States," Migration Information Source, 7 June 2017 [text]

Resettlement and Other Admission Pathways for Syrian Refugees (UNHCR, updated 30 April 2017) [text]

So, Your Country Isn't Keen to Resettle Refugees. Are You? (IRIN, June 2017) [text]

UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2018 (UNHCR, June 2017) [text]
- Prepared for the 23rd Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement, Geneva, 12-14 June 2017.

"U.S. Nears Decisions on Resettlement of Australian-held Refugees," Reuters, 16 June 2017 [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Solutions (2 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects


Access to Citizenship and the Economic Assimilation of Immigrants (SSRN, March 2017) [text]

Differences in Labour Market Outcomes between Natives, Refugees and Other Migrants in the UK (SSRN, May 2017) [text]

The Economic and Social Outcomes of Refugees in the United States: Evidence from the ACS, Working Paper, no. 23498 (National Bureau of Economic Research, June 2017) [abstract]
- See also related stories on The Asylumist Blog, FiveThirtyEight, Quartz, and the Washington Post.

"How Merkel Will Integrate a Million Refugees," The International Economy (Winter 2017) [free full-text]

Ireland: Supreme Administrative Court Rules that the Absolute Prohibition on Work for Asylum Seekers is Unconstitutional (EDAL, May 2017) [text]

The Labor Market Effects of Refugee Waves: Reconciling Conflicting Results, Working Paper, no. 455 (Center for Global Development, May 2017) [text]
- See also related blog post, "What the Mariel Boatlift of Cuban Refugees Can Teach Us about the Economics of Immigration: An Explainer and a Revelation."

"A New Paper Rekindles a Tiresome Debate on Immigration and Wages," The Economist, 12 June 2017 [text]

*Reaching Society's Potential: How SolidarityNow Works for a Paradigm Shift in Integration of Refugees? (SolidarityNow, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Right to Belong (If You Can Afford It): Market-based Restrictions on Social Citizenship in Refugee Resettlement," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Access, 10 Feb. 2017 [full-text]

RSC podcasts:

A number of sessions held at the Refugee Studies Centre's conference, "Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies," Oxford, 16-17 March 2017, discussed refugee work and economic matters. Here is a selection for which podcasts are available (view the programme for a listing of individual presentations that can be accessed within each session):
  • Forced Migrants in the Labour Market? Inclusion, Exclusion, Rights and Realities [access]
  • Labour Market Impacts and Opportunities [access]
  • Refugee Economies [access]
In addition, a presentation entitled "The Labour Market Impact of Refugee Camps on Host Communities" was given during the session on "What about Host Communities?"


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- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (19 May 2017)

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16 June 2017

Regional Focus: Europe


Panel discussion: Thinking Beyond the Crisis: Future Governance of Migration in Europe, Brussels, 20 June 2017 [info]


The Aftermath of an Exodus: Afghans Stuck in Serbia Still Trying to ‘Hit the Game’ (Afghanistan Analysts Network, June 2017) [text]

Analysis: Flow Monitoring Surveys (IOM, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Asylum Lottery: Recognition Rates Vary Strongly within Germany (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy, June 2017) [text]

Blaming the Rescuers (Goldsmiths, Univ. of London, June 2017) [access]

Desperate Journeys: Refugees and Migrants Entering and Crossing Europe via the Mediterranean and Western Balkans Routes, Jan.-April 2017 (UNHCR, April 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Efforts to Rescue Migrants Caused Deadly, Unexpected Consequences," New York Times, 14 June 2017 [text]

"EU Asylum Reform Deadlocked," Politico, 6 June 2017 [text]

Fourth Progress Report on the Partnership Framework with Third Countries under the European Agenda on Migration (European Commission, June 2017) [text]

"Greek Government Accused of Deporting Turkish Asylum Seekers," New York Times, 8 June 2017 [text]

How the Spectre of Yugoslavia Looms over EU’s Handling of the Refugee Crisis (The Conversation, June 2017) [text]

Human Act or Devil’s Pact? Human Rights Aspects of Migration Agreements between EU and Third Countries (Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, May 2017) [text]

Italy’s Migrant Reception System is Breaking (IRIN, June 2017) [text]

"Pressure Builds in Italy after G7 Leaders Fail to Tackle Refugee Crisis," The Guardian, 7 June 2017 [text]

"Security in a Liberal Union: EU Asylum and Migration Control Policies," Chapter in The European Union: Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats (Edward Elgar, Forthcoming 2018) [preprint]

What Does the Democratic Unionist Party Think about Immigration? (Free Movement Blog, June 2017) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (8 June 2017)

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Thematic Focus: Children

Best Interest Out of Sight: The Treatment of Asylum Seeking Children in Hungary (Hungarian Helsinki Committee, May 2017) [text via Refworld]

Child Outcomes of Cash Transfer Programming: What Works and What Doesn’t for Children in Humanitarian and Development Contexts (Save the Children, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Clinical and Laboratory Evaluation of New Immigrant and Refugee Children Arriving in Greece," BMC Pediatrics, 17:132 (May 2017) [open access]

"The Effects of the Refugee Crisis on Age Estimation Analysis over the Past 10 Years: A 16-Country Survey," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(6) (June 2017) [open access]

How We Can Help Refugee Kids to Thrive in Australia (The Conversation, May 2017) [text]

Situation Overview: Refugee and Migrant Children’s Perceptions of Access to Services in Accommodation Sites - Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece (Unicef & REACH, March 2017) [March text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related factsheet.

Stolen Childhoods: End of Childhood Report (Save the Children, May 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Unlocking Childhood: Current Immigration Detention Practices and Alternatives for Child Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Asia and the Pacific (Save the Children & APRRN, May 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Vulnerability on Trial: Protection of Migrant Children's Rights in the Jurisprudence of International Human Rights Courts," Boston University International Law Journal, vol. 36, no. 1 (Forthcoming, 2018) [preprint]

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- Thematic Focus: Children (25 May 2017)

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15 June 2017

Regional Focus: United States

Travel ban news & commentary (in chronological order):

Neither Facially Legitimate Nor Bona Fide–Why the Very Text of the Travel Ban Shows It’s Unconstitutional (Just Security, 9 June 2017) [text]

"Trump Loses Travel Ban Ruling in Appeals Court," New York Times, 12 June 2017 [text]

Challengers File Briefs in Supreme Court on Travel Ban, while 9th Circuit Leaves Freeze on Ban in Place (SCOTUSblog, 12 June 2017) [text]

Ninth Circuit (Mostly) Upholds the Preliminary Injunction in Hawaii v. Trump: An Overview (Lawfare Blog, 13 June 2017) [text]

The Ninth Circuit’s Refugee EO Decision: Methodically Misreading the Immigration Statute (Lawfare Blog, 13 June 2017) [text]

"Trump Administration Amends Travel Ban Date to Keep Legal Battle Alive," Reuters, 14 June 2017 [text]
- Here is the text of the memo issued by the White House.

The President Resuscitates the Entry Ban: Where Should the Court Go from Here? (Just Security Blog, 14 June 2017) [text]

How the President’s “Clarifying” Memorandum Destroys the Case for the Entry Ban (Just Security Blog, 15 June 2017) [text]


Declines in U.S. Resettlement of Muslim Refugees under the Trump Administration: Fact Sheet (Human Rights First, June 2017) [text]

"How Many Refugees Will US Accept This Year?," VOA News, 7 June 2017 [text]

"Inside Trump's Secretive Immigration Court: Far from Scrutiny and Legal Aid," The Guardian, 7 June 2017 [text]

"Is Border Enforcement Effective? What We Know and What It Means," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 5, no. 2 (2017) [open access]

Polling Shows Australians Don’t Trust Trump on Refugee Swap (The Australia Institute, May 2017) [text]

"Refugees and Asylees in the United States," Migration Information Source, 7 June 2017 [text]

Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Defense of Massive Cuts in Humanitarian Aid (Refugees International, June 2017) [text]
- See also related Politico comment and CNN story.

"Torture Victim, Expecting a U.S. Handshake, was Given Handcuffs Instead," New York Times, 13 June 2017 [text]

"Trump and Chinese Exclusion: Contemporary Parallels with Legislative Debates over the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882," Tennessee Law Review, vol. 84 (Forthcoming, 2017) [preprint]

"Trump Seeks to Reopen Cases of Hundreds Reprieved from Deportation," The Guardian, 9 June 2017 [text]

UN Refugee Agency Head Pleads for Funding from Trump Administration (The Hill, June 2017) [text]

“Us Versus Them” in Immigration Court (The Asylumist Blog, June 2017) [text]

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- Regional Focus: United States (6 June 2017)

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Open Access Round-up: 15 June 2017

Below is a listing of Open Access literature that I have referenced on this blog since 31 May 2017. If you are not familiar with Open Access, please visit my other blog for an introduction.

Green Open Access [info]

"Adapting Community Mediation for Colombian Forced Migrants in Ecuador," Conflict Resolution Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 4 (Summer 2017)
- Preprint version of article.

"Negotiating Refugee Empowerment(s) in Resettlement Organizations," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 15, no. 1 (2017)
- Preprint version of article.

"Refugee Education: Education for an Unknowable Future," Curriculum Inquiry, vol. 47, no. 1 (2017)
- Postprint version of article.

"Tracing Pathways to Higher Education for Refugees: The Role of Virtual Support Networks and Mobile Phones for Women in Refugee Camps," Comparative Education, vol. 53, no. 2 (2017)
- Postprint version of article.

Gold Open Access [info]

Articles, health-related:

"Burden of Malaria is Higher among Children in an Internal Displacement Camp Compared to a Neighbouring Village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo," Malaria Journal, 15:431 (Aug. 2016)

"Clinical and Laboratory Evaluation of New Immigrant and Refugee Children Arriving in Greece," BMC Pediatrics, 17: 132 (May 2017)

"The Effect of War on Syrian Refugees with End-Stage Renal Disease," Kidney International Reports, In Press, 26 May 2017

"Family Planning in Refugee Settings: Findings and Actions from a Multi-country Study," Conflict and Health, 11:9 (May 2017)

"High Manifestations of Mental Distress in Arabic Asylum Seekers Accommodated in Collective Centers for Refugees in Germany," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(6) (June 2017)

"An Integrated Intervention to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence and Psychological Distress with Refugees in Low-resource Settings: Study Protocol for the Nguvu Cluster Randomized Trial," BMC Psychiatry, 17:186 (May 2017)

"Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Malaria among Children in a Refugee Camp in Northern Uganda: Lessons Learned," Malaria Journal, 16:218 (May 2017)

"The Mental Health of Children and Parents Detained on Christmas Island: Secondary Analysis of an Australian Human Rights Commission Data Set," Health and Human Rights Journal, Papers in Press, 3 Dec. 2016

"Patient Satisfaction and its Potential Impact on Refugee Integration into the Healthcare System," Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, OnlineFirst, 19 April 2017

"Retrospective Mortality among Refugees from the Central African Republic Arriving in Chad, 2014," Conflict and Health, 11:7 (May 2017)

"Risk of Psychosis in Refugees: A Literature Review," Translational Psychiatry, 7: e1149 (June 2017)

"Tips for Mental Health Providers Working with Southeast Asian Immigrants/Refugees," Psychiatry Information in Brief, vol. 14, no. 5 (2017)

Articles, other topics:

"Somali Refugee Students in Canadian Schools: Pre-Migration Experiences and Challenges in Refugee Camps," Comparative and International Education = Éducation Comparée et Internationale, vol. 45, no. 3 (2016)
- Note: This is a delayed Open Access article; the full-text will be made available after 12 months have passed.


Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, vol. 24, no. 48 (2016)
- Theme is "Movimentos sociais e mobilizações de migrantes e refugiados."

Law Review Articles

"The Absurdity of Crime-based Deportation," UC Davis Law Review, vol. 50, no. 5 (June 2017)

"Contextualizing the Reasonableness Test of Internal Relocation in International Refugee Law: Empirical Analysis of Decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia concerning Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka," Gonzaga Journal of International Law, vol. 20, no. 2 (2017)

"The Future of Asylum in India: Four Principles to Appraise Recent Legislative Proposals," NUJS Law Review, vol. 9, nos. 3-4 (2016)

"Indebted Asylum: Why the Travel Loan Requirement for Refugees is a Failure of the United States to Meet its Obligations under the Convention on the Status of Refugees," Gonzaga Journal of International Law, vol. 19, no. 2 (2016)

"Who are the Real Refugees? Labels as Evidence of a 'Particular Social Group'," Arizona Law Review, vol. 59, no. 1 (2017)

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- Open Access Round-up: 31 May 2017

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