03 May 2017

Thematic Focus: General


The first phase of the preparatory process leading to the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration has now begun. Running from April to November 2017, its focus is primarily on consultations that will take place via six informal thematic meetings, the meetings of the UN Regional Economic Commissions, and a variety of other regional and global fora. More information is available in this concept note and work plan, as well as on the main web site for the Global Compact for Migration. IOM also has a micro-site setting out its role and vision for the Global Compact. See esp. its series of papers which explore themes listed in Annex II of the New York Declaration, the most recent one being "A Comparative Thematic Mapping of Global Migration Initiatives: Lessons Learned Towards a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration."


Addressing the Complexity of Regional Migration Regimes through a Mixed Migration Approach, Paper presented at "Global Migration/Asylum Governance: Advancing the International Agenda," Migration & Asylum Symposium 2016, Geneva, 10-11 Oct. 2016 [text via SSRN]

"The Behavioral Immune System Shapes Political Intuitions: Why and How Individual Differences in Disgust Sensitivity Underlie Opposition to Immigration," American Political Science Review, vol. 111, no. 2 (May 2017) [abstract]
- Postprint available via Aarhus Univ. IR.

Cities Must Stop Underestimating Their Need and Ability to Respond to Migration (Citiscope, April 2017) [text]

Evaluation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for 2017: Report of the Office of Internal Oversight Services, UN Doc. No. E/AC.51/2017/10 (UN Economic and Social Council, April 2017) [text via Refworld]
- This report "evaluates the role of UNHCR in the registration of refugees and asylum seekers from 2012 to 2016."

Reporting on Refugees: Guidance by and for Journalists (UNHCR, 2017) [text]

Rethinking Refugee Response and Support, Panel discussion at Skoll World Forum, Oxford, 4-7 April 2017 [info]
- Follow link for video.

Security/Mobility: Politics of Movement (Manchester Univ. Press, Feb. 2017) [open access]
- Includes chapters on "The management of African asylum seekers and the imaginary of the border in Israel" and "One thing left on the checklist: ontological coordination and the assessment of consistency in asylum requests."

What Would US Cuts to the UN Look Like? (Brookings' Future Development Blog, May 2017) [text]

Research projects:

Refugees in Towns (Feinstein International Center) [info]
- Project that "collects and commissions case studies of urban settings (towns, cities or sub-areas of cities) in which refugees or internally displaced people have been living for more than two years. The goal is to develop a database of case studies exploring the experience of urban displacement from the perspective of both the refugees and the town. Each case study explores how the presence of refugees has led to political, social, and economic change in the town and describes the experience of the refugees themselves, focused on whether and why they have thrived or struggled."

Research Network on Celebrity and North-South Relations [info]
- Project started by an "international group of researchers who are interested in how celebrities shape North-South relations. Trusted celebrities with simplistic but powerful ideas are changing the relations of expertise between North and South. Still, academic discussion over celebrity engagement is often limited to theoretical critique or normative name-calling, without much grounded research into what it is that celebrities are doing, the same or differently —in different or even the same places—throughout the world."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (25 April 2017)

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