28 June 2018

Thematic Focus: General

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Update on 29 June: Mr. Vitorino has been elected.

IOM will select a new director general tomorrow to replace William Lacy Swing. The three candidates under consideration are: 1) Mr. Ken Isaacs, nominated by the United States, 2) Ms. Laura Thompson, nominated by Costa Rica (currently the Deputy Director General of IOM), and 3) Mr. Antonio Vitorino, nominated by Portugal. IOM has traditionally been led by an American; however, this year's U.S. nominee has a track record of making anti-Muslim statements.


Aquarius, Immigration Caps and Family Separation: Three Lessons for Doing Migration Differently (ODI, June 2018) [text]

Conflict and Displacement (Concern Worldwide, June 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]
- "This report seeks to understand how conflict affects different individuals’, groups’ and communities’ experience of displacement and return; the different dynamics of displacement; and what gaps or opportunities remain for addressing or mitigating the impacts of conflict on displacement." Looks primarily at the Central African Republic, but also Syria and the Rohingya in Bangladesh.

Framework Discussions for Cooperation Between the United States and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (U.S. Dept. of State, June 2018) [text]

Global Report 2017 (UNHCR, June 2018) [text]
- [P]resents the work carried out by UNHCR in 2017 to protect and improve the lives of tens of millions of forcibly displaced people: refugees, internally displaced people, returnees, stateless persons and others of concern. It highlights the year’s achievements, as well as challenges faced by the Office and its partners, in attempting to respond to multiple life-threatening crises and ever-growing humanitarian needs."

Grandi Calls for Greater Efforts to Debunk Myths Around Refugee Crises (UNHCR, June 2018) [text]

The Limits to Regional Refugee Protection: The EU and ASEAN (Refugee Research Blog, June 2018) [text]

Mobilizing Political Will for Refugee Protection and Solutions: A Framework for Analysis and Action, World Refugee Council Research Paper, no. 1 (Center for International Governance Innovation, June 2018) [text]

Refugee Crisis: The Immediate and Lasting Impacts of Powerful Images (The Conversation, June 2018) [text]

"Refugee Crisis: While Some Follow US as It Disengages, Others Lead," Christian Science Monitor, 26 June 2018 [text]

“Russia and China See in Trump Era a Chance to Roll Back Human Rights Promotion at U.N.,” Foreign Policy, 26 June 2018 [text]

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Migrants, Refugees and Data (SDG Knowledge Hub, June 2018) [text]
- Highlights new publications.

Today’s Refugee Crisis: Not a Crisis of Refugee Numbers, but of Responsibility-sharing and Internal Displacement (ISIM Blog, June 2018) [text]

Welcome, Director General. There’s a Lot to Do (IRIN, June 2018) [text] http://www.irinnews.org/opinion/2018/06/28/welcome-director-general-there-s-lot-do

Western Leaders Ignore New Peak in Global Displacement at Their Peril (Refugees Deeply, June 2018) [text]

Why Comics are So Effective at Telling Refugees’ Stories (Refugees Deeply, June 2018) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General (22 June 2018)

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