22 May 2019

Thematic Focus: Children & Families

"Challenging the Welfare System and Forcing Policy Innovation? Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children in Sweden and Germany," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 14 May 2019 [open access]

Counseling to Protect: Supporting the Choices of Irregular Child Migrants (Seefar, April 2019) [text]

"Eglantyne Jebb and the War against Children," The Lancet, vol. 393, no. 10184 (May 2019) [access]
- Access full-text after free registration.

"Family Empowerment (FAME): Study Protocol for a Pilot Implementation and Evaluation of a Preventive Multi-family Programme for Asylum-seeker Families," Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 5:62 (Dec. 2019) [open access]

"The Heartbreaking, Lifesaving Practice of Welcoming 'Unaccompanied' Child Migrants: A History Lesson for Americans," Reason Magazine, 18 May 2019 [text]

Immigrant Families and Child Welfare Systems: Emerging Needs and Promising Policies (Migration Policy Institute, April 2019) [text]

"Migrant Children Separated from Their Parents: Where does the Real Risk to Children’s Safety Lie?," South African Journal of Psychology, vol. 49, no. 1 (2019) [free full-text]

"Racialization in Switzerland: Experiences of Children of Refugees from Kurdish, Tamil and Vietnamese Backgrounds," Comparative Migration Studies, 7:19 (May 2019) [open access]

"Short‐ and Longer‐term Impacts of Child Friendly Space Interventions in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement, Uganda," Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Early View, 20 May 2019 [open access]

"Similarity Attracts: The Role of Personality in Similarity Perceptions and Children's Attitudes Towards Refugees," British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Early View, 19 April 2019 [open access]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Children - Pt. 1 (17 April 2019)
- Thematic Focus: Children - Pt. 2 (Health) (17 April 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 2

Reports & journal articles:

Disaster Displacement: A Global Review, 2008-2018 (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, May 2019) [text]
- See also related IDMC blog post.

EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2018 (European Union, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Governance of the Global Refugee Regime, World Refugee Council Research Paper, no. 12 (Centre for International Governance Innovation, May 2019) [text]

Innovative Global Governance for Internally Displaced Persons, World Refugee Council Research Paper, no. 10 (Centre for International Governance Innovation, April 2019) [text]

Legal Pathways’ Effects on Irregular Migration, K4D Helpdesk Report (DFID, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Migration Diplomacy in World Politics," International Studies Perspectives, vol. 20, no. 2 (May 2019) [open access]

L’OIM, une Organisation au Service des Frontières… Fermées (Migreurop, May 2019) [text]

Report of the Seventy-fourth Meeting of the Standing Committee (5-7 March 2019, UN Doc. No. EC/70/SC/CRP.8 (EXCOM, April 2019) [text]

"Telling Truths about Migration," International Journal of Transitional Justice, Advance Articles, 5 May 2019 [free full-text]

UNHCR NGO Partnership Survey: 2018 Report (InterAction & UNHCR, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1 (22 May 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1


Discussion panel: Academia to the Public Square: Media Engagement on Immigration and Asylum Issues, Oxford, 23 May 2019 [info]

Blog posts & new developments:

Ancient Rome Inspired Washington But Its Legacy of Being Open to All Has Fallen into Oblivion (The Conversation, May 2019) [text]

GCM Indicators (RLI Blog, May 2019)
- New posts in this series discuss the implementation of Obj. 5, Obj. 7, Obj. 16, Obj. 17 & Obj. 18.

Introducing the New Themed Series on Transforming Borders from Below (Border Criminologies Blog, May 2019) [text]
- Follow the a/m link to access posts in this series (via the "see also" menu on the right).

Making Data Count for Internally Displaced People: 5 Questions with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC Blog, May 2019) [text]

The Number of Internally Displaced People is at a Record High. Here's Why (IDMC Blog, May 2019) [text]

UN Establishes Pioneering Trust Fund for Cooperation on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (UNDP, May 2019) [text]


RSC Conference 2019: Democratizing Displacement, Oxford, 18-19 March 2019 [access]
- Follow link for podcasts of 37 presentations.

When Disasters and Conflict Collide (ODI, May 2019) [access]
- First in a series of three podcasts that explore "explores how conflict increases people’s vulnerabilities to disasters around the world."

Related posts:
- New Issue of IJRL (20 May 2019) [focuses on the Global Compacts]
- News: 2019 Edition of Global Report on Internal Displacement (10 May 2019)
- Thematic Focus: General (30 April 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

20 May 2019

New Issue of IJRL

A special issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law (IJRL) has been published; articles provide commentary on the recently adopted Global Compact on Refugees and Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Contents of vol. 30, no. 4, Dec. 2018 include:
  • The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration: A New Era for International Protection? [extract]
  • The Promise and Potential of the Global Compact on Refugees [extract]
  • The Global Compact for Migration: From the Sustainable Development Goals to a Comprehensive Agreement on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration [extract]
  • The Global Cop-Out on Refugees [extract]
  • The Normative Impact of the Global Compact on Refugees [extract]
  • The Unfinished Work of the Global Compact on Refugees [extract]
  • Responsibility Sharing: From Principle to Policy [free full-text]
  • The Global Compact on Refugees: Towards a Theory of Change? [extract]
  • Fairness, Failure, and Future in the Refugee Regime [extract]
  • Global Compact on Refugees: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back [extract]
  • Indicators for the Global Compact on Refugees [extract]
  • A Global Academic Network on Refugees: Some Unanswered Questions [extract]
  • Refugees and (Other) Migrants: Will the Global Compacts Ensure Safe Flight and Onward Mobility for Refugees? [extract]
  • Towards a Mobile and Diverse World: ‘Facilitating Mobility’ as a Central Objective of the Global Compact on Migration [extract]
  • The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: An Unlikely Achievement [extract]
  • The UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: What Place for Human Rights? [extract]
  • The Global Compact on Migration: A Ray of Hope for Disaster-Displaced Persons [extract]
  • The Global Compacts and the Dilemma of Children in Immigration Detention [extract]
  • The Global Compacts and the Future of Refugee and Migrant Protection in the Asia Pacific Region [extract]
  • Indonesia and the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration [extract]
  • Strengthening Responsibility Sharing with South–South Cooperation: China’s Role in the Global Compact on Refugees [open access]
  • Assessing the Impact of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration in the Middle East [extract]
  • What Promise Does the Global Compact on Refugees Hold for African Refugees? [extract]
  • Prospects for the Global Compacts in Africa: Combining International Solidarity with Home-Grown Solutions [extract]
  • Regional Solutions and the Global Compact on Refugees: The Experience from Africa [extract]
  • The Global Compact on Refugees and Conflict Prevention in Africa: ‘Root Causes’ and Yet Another Divide [extract]
Case law summaries and three book reviews are also included.

If you recall, all of the a/m articles were initially free-to-access when they were first posted online. That is no longer the case now that the journal issue has been formally published. However, as I noted above, two articles do continue to be freely available (one is open access, the other is free full-text).

Tagged Periodicals.

13 May 2019

Regional Focus: Africa

"Amid Border Wrangles, Eritreans Wrestle with Staying or Going," The New Humanitarian, 30 April 2019 [text]

"Cameroon: A Deepening but Neglected Crisis," Spotlight in 2019 Global Report on Internal Displacement (IDMC, May 2019) [text]

"Construct Validity and Factor Structure of Sense of Coherence (SoC-13) Scale as a Measure of Resilience in Eritrean Refugees Living in Ethiopia," Conflict and Health, 13:3 (Feb. 2019) [open access]

"Distributive Justice at War: Displacement and Its Afterlives in the Central African Republic," Journal of Refugee Status, Latest Articles, 4 April 2019 [open access]

Eritrea Chairs Dialogue on Migration: A Strange Partner (GP Opinion Blog, April 2019) [text]

Ethical Questions Around Returning Dadaab Refugees “Home” (The Conversation, May 2019) [text]

"Ethiopia: New Waves of Conflict Cause Unprecedented Displacement," Spotlight in 2019 Global Report on Internal Displacement (IDMC, May 2019) [text]

Intersession Report by the Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, 24 April-14 May 2019 [text]

"An Interface Between Refugees and South Africa’s Peace-building Interventions in Africa: Bridging the Theory," African Renaissance, vol. 16, spec. issue no. 1 (March 2019) [Academia]

International Scientific Conference on Forced Displacement and Mixed Migration in the East and Horn of Africa: Current Trends and Future Directions, Nairobi, 8-10 May 2019 [info]
- See also brief summary from the Africa Policy Institute.

"Nigeria: Floods and Conflict Converged to Deepen an Existing Crisis," Spotlight in 2019 Global Report on Internal Displacement (IDMC, May 2019) [text]

"One Year after Deportations, Sudanese Left in Niger See No Way Out," The New Humanitarian, 7 May 2019 [text]

République du Tchad – Province du Lac: Enquêtes sur les Intentions de Retour, Round 1 (IOM, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The South Africa’s Peace-building Interventions in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Insights from the Congolese Refugees in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban," Journal of African Foreign Affairs, vol. 6, no. 1 (April 2019) [Academia]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (25 April 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

10 May 2019

Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality - Pt. 2

Nationality issues:

Citizenship in the Age of ISIS: Dr Sangeetha Pillai on The Minefield (Kaldor Centre, April 2019) [info]
- Follow link to access podcast of radio interview on citizenship-stripping and Australia's obligations to its citizens.

Deprivation of Nationality on National Security Grounds in Australia: Part of a Wider Trend (ENS Blog, April 2019) [text]

Estimating the Effect of Asking About Citizenship on the US Census: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial (Harvard Univ., March 2019; updated April 2019) [text]

"Foreign Fighters: Will Revoking Citizenship Mitigate the Threat?," Migration Information Source, 3 April 2019 [text]

"India Proposes Controversial Bill Making Religion A Criteria for Refugee Citizenship," NPR, 28 April 2019 [text]

Supreme Court Oral Argument Discounts Empirical Studies Predicting Census Undercount (ImmigrationProf Blog, April 2019) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality - Pt. 1 (10 May 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality - Pt. 1

Statelessness issues:

Campaign Update, January-March 2019 (UNHCR, March 2019) [text]

ECOWAS Ambassadors Recommend Greater Protection of Refugees and Stateless People (ECOWAS, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

How the Dutch Immigration Office Prevented a Strategic Litigation Case from Unfolding in a Decisive Court Decision for Stateless Individuals without Legal Stay (ENS Blog, May 2019) [text]

Joint Steps to End Statelessness in the Commonwealth of Independent States (ENS Blog, April 2019) [text]

Niger and Côte d'Ivoire Turn Words into Action as the Abidjan Declaration on the Eradication of Statelessness Has Fourth Anniversary (Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, April 2019) [text]

[Preventing Statelessness among Migrants in North Africa] (LSE Middle East Centre Blog, April-May 2019)
- Blog series based on presentations given at earlier workshop which focused on "statelessness and legal identity in the context of migration." As of this writing, posts have discussed "birth registration and legal identity," "state obligation to establish legal identity," "civil registration and legal identity," "IOM's role in preventing statelessness," and "the process from birth registration to citizenship confirmation in the UK."

 "Rohingyas: The Emergence of a Stateless Population," Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, nos. 51&52 (June-Dec. 2018) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 1.

Solving Statelessness in Europe: Our Strategic Plan 2019-23 (European Network on Statelessness, April 2019) [text]
- See also related ENS blog post.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Statelessness (3 April 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: Asia - Pt. 2 (Rohingya Crisis)

Rohingya crisis:

Abuse or Exile: Myanmar’s Ongoing Persecution of the Rohingya (Refugees International, April 2019) [text]

Building a Better Future for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh (International Crisis Group, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Chance for Australia to Urge ASEAN to Act on the Rohingya Crisis (Lowy Interpreter, April 2019) [text]

Event Recap: What's Next for the Rohingya? (Asia Dispatches Blog, April 2019) [access]
- Follow link for summary and video.

"Facing Myanmar’s Brutal Persecution, Rohingya Refugees Still Can’t Return Home," PBS Newshour, 24 April 2019 [access]
- Follow link for audio and transcript.

Protecting Refugees in Bangladesh during Monsoon Season (Human Rights Watch, April 2019) [text]

UN Humanitarian Leaders Highlight Urgent Need to Sustain Support for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Joint UNHCR/IOM/OCHA Press Release (April 2019) [text]
- See also related UNHCR news story.

"We Do Not Believe Myanmar!" The Rohingya Survey 2019 (Xchange, May 2019) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia - Pt. 1 (10 May 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: Asia - Pt. 1

"Afghanistan: Drought Displaced as Many as Conflict," Spotlight in 2019 Global Report on Internal Displacement (IDMC, May 2019) [text]

"For Afghan Refugees, Pakistan is a Nightmare—but also Home," Foreign Policy, 9 May 2019 [text]

"Health System Responses to the Health Needs of Refugees and Asylum-seekers in Malaysia: A Qualitative Study," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 16, no. 9 (May 2019) [open access]

"India: Monsoon and Conflict Displaced Millions," Spotlight in 2019 Global Report on Internal Displacement (IDMC, May 2019) [text]

"North Korean Defectors in South Korea and Asylum Seekers in the United States: A Comparison," Northwestern Journal of Human Rights, vol. 17, no. 1 (2019) [full-text]

Overlooked Opportunities for Irregular Migrants in Indonesia: A Conversation with Fransisca Christanti (Global Policy Opinion Blog, April 2019) [text]
- Discussion re. mental health issues experienced by migrants and refugees in Indonesia.

Sri Lanka: Refugees Threatened, Attacked (Human Rights Watch, April 2019) [text]
- See also related UNHCR briefing note of 10 May 2019.

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Asia - Pt. 1 (16 April 2019)
- Regional Focus: Asia - Pt. 2 (Query Response) (16 April 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

News: 2019 Edition of Global Report on Internal Displacement

The 2019 Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID) has been published. The focus of this year's report is on urban internal displacement. From the press release:

"A record 41.3 million people are displaced inside their own countries because of conflict and violence, according to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
  The number of people living in internal displacement worldwide as of the end of 2018 is the highest it has ever been, according to the Global Report on Internal Displacement, launched today at the United Nations in Geneva. This is an increase of more than a million since the end of 2017 and two-thirds more than the global number of refugees.
  The record figure is the result of years of cyclical and protracted displacement, and high levels of new displacement between January and December 2018. IDMC recorded 28 million new internal displacements associated with conflict, generalised violence and disasters in 2018.
  Ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria, and a rise in intercommunal tensions in Ethiopia, Cameroon and Nigeria’s Middle Belt region triggered most of the 10.8 million new displacements linked to conflict and violence. Internally displaced people (IDPs) who tried to return to their homes in Iraq, Nigeria and Syria during the year found their property destroyed, infrastructure damaged and basic services non-existent."

Visit the companion site for highlights, media information, photos and videos. The report can be downloaded in full or by section. Previous iterations of the report can be accessed here.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

09 May 2019

Regional Focus: Australia


Australia's federal elections take place on 18 May 2019, and immigration and refugee issues are expected to play a key role. For information and commentary, see the following:

"Australian Election to be Fought on Refugees, Economy," VOA News, 10 April 2019 [text]

Dog Whistles, Regional Visas and Wage Theft – Immigration Policy is Again an Election Issue (The Conversation, April 2019) [text]

Election 2019: Party Policies (Asylum Insight, April 2019) [text]
- "The 2019 federal election will take place on 18 May 2019. The graphic and text below describe the asylum and refugee policies of the Coalition, Labor and The Greens."

Issues that Swung Elections: Tampa and the National Security Election of 2001 (The Conversation, May 2019) [text]

"Majority of Australians Support Immigration: Exclusive Poll," SBS News, 1 May 2019 [text]

Morrison Brings Immigration Centre Stage with Freeze on Refugee Intake (The Conversation, April 2019) [text]

Trafficking in Old Anxieties: The Politics of "Border Control" is at Odds with Australia’s Successful Record of Humanitarian Resettlement (Lowy Interpreter, May 2019) [text]

See also resources from the Kaldor Centre to help with "Informing the Debate on Australia's Refugee Policies."


Australia’s Draconian Offshore Processing Policy: Crimes Against Humanity on Nauru and Manus Island (Human Rights Brief, April 2019) [text]

The Chance for Australia to Urge ASEAN to Act on the Rohingya Crisis (Lowy Interpreter, April 2019) [text]

Cutting the Safety Net: The Impact of Cuts to Status Resolution Support Services (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, April 2019) [text]

The Federal Budget: What It Means for Refugees and People Seeking Humanitarian Protection (Refugee Council of Australia, April 2019) [text]
- See also analysis from the Kaldor Centre and on Pursuit.

"Gender Disparities and Psychological Distress among Humanitarian Migrants in Australia: A Moderating Role of Migration Pathway?," Conflict and Health, 13:13 (April 2019) [open access]

Settling Migrants in Regional Areas Will Need More Than a Visa to Succeed (The Conversation, March 2019) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia & New Zealand (25 March 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

08 May 2019

Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 2 (Venezuelans)


"Colombia is Losing the Race against the Venezuelan Migrant Crisis," The Atlantic, 30 April 2019 [text]

Legal Aspects of Assisting Venezuelan Indigenous Migrants in Brazil (IOM, April 2019) [access]
- Follow link for text in English or Portuguese.

"Migration Crisis in Venezuela and Its Impact on HIV in Other Countries: The Case of Colombia," Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, 18:9 (March 2019) [open access]

Monitoreo de Flujo de Población Venezolana en el Perú (IOM & Unicef, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Venezuelan Refugees in Curaçao are Facing Abuse, Detention, and Deportation (RI Blog, April 2019) [text]

Welcome Venezuela: People Fleeing Massive Human Rights Violations in Venezuela (Amnesty International, May 2019) [access]
- Follow link for text in English or Spanish.

Web site:

Uprooted (UNC-Chapel Hill) [access]
- Follow link for multimedia project that focuses on Venezuelan refugees in Colombia.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 1 (8 May 2019)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 1

Funding opportunity:

NGO Programs Benefiting Colombian Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Conflict Victims [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 31 May 2019.


Evaluation of Effectiveness of the Protection Transfer Arrangement in Central America, ES/2018/12 (UNHCR, Dec. 2018) [text]
- See also UNHCR's management response.

"For Thousands of Asylum Seekers, All They Can Do is Wait," AP News, 9 May 2019 [text]

"Once More Unto the Breach: Confronting the Standard of Review (Again) and the Imperative of Correctness Review When Interpreting the Scope of Refugee Protection," Dalhousie Law Journal, vol. 42, no. 1 (Forthcoming, Spring 2019) [preprint]

Ping-pong Asylum: Renegotiating the Safe Third Country Agreement, SPP Briefing Paper, vol. 12:13 (Univ. of Calgary, April 2019) [text]

Subsist or Persist? Assessing Drivers of Migration and Effects of Foreign Assistance Programs on Migration from the Northern Triangle (Mercy Corps, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Why is Mexican Migration Slowing While Guatemalan and Honduran Migration is Surging?," Washington Post, 28 April 2019 [text]


The Mexican President and the American President: Accommodation at the Border (Tempest Tossed, May 2019) [info]
- Follow link for podcast.


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (17 April 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 2

Blog posts:

How Labels Affect the Perception of Migrants in the United States (ImmigrationProf Blog, May 2019) [text]

Trump Threatened Sanctuary Cities, and They Shrugged—Here’s Why (Fixgov Blog, May 2019) [text]

White House Releases Immigration Plan, Little Hope for a Comprehensive Deal without North Star (ImmigrationProf Blog, May 2019) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

"Bordering a 'Crisis': Central American Asylum Seekers and the Reproduction of Dominant Border Enforcement Practices," Journal of the Southwest, vol. 60, no. 4 (Winter 2018) [ResearchGate]

The Department of Homeland Security’s Reported “Metering” Policy: Legal Issues (Congressional Research Service, April 2019) [text]

Eight Key U.S. Immigration Policy Issues: State of Play and Unanswered Questions (Migration Policy Institute, May 2019) [text]

"How to Decrease the Immigration Backlog: Expand Representation and End Unnecessary Detention," University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, vol. 52, no. 3 (2019) [full-text]

Immigration-related Policy Changes in the First Two Years of the Trump Administration (Migration Policy Institute, May 2019) [text]

Overstays Exceeded Illegal Border Crossers after 2010 Because Illegal Entries Dropped to Their Lowest Level in Decades (Center for Migration Studies, April 2019) [text]

The Role of Contact and Values in Public Attitudes toward Unauthorized Immigrants (American Immigration Council, April 2019) [text]
- See also related Immigration Impact blog post.

"Searching for Humanitarian Discretion in Immigration Enforcement: Reflections on a Year as an Immigration Attorney in the Trump Era," University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (Forthcoming) [preprint]

"The Trump Administration and the War on Immigration Diversity," Wake Forest Law Review, vol. 59 (2019) [SSRN]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1 (8 May 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1


With the aim of making it harder to seek asylum in the U.S., the president issued a memorandum on 29 April 2019 ordering "Additional Measures to Enhance Border Security and Restore Integrity to Our Immigration System." As this Immigration Impact blog post notes, "These new rules would accelerate court hearings, limit options for relief, create new fees for an asylum application, and eliminate work permits for most asylum seekers." Read this Vox article for an overview of the four regulations the memorandum seeks to implement. For additional commentary and reactions, see:

Another Salvo in President Trump’s War on Asylum (The Asylumist Blog, May 2019) [text]

"Most Migration to the U.S. Costs Money. There’s a Reason Asylum Doesn’t," Washington Post, 30 April 2019 [text]

New Asylum Limits: A Balancing Act for the Homeland Security Secretary (Lawfare Blog, May 2019) [text]

Parsing Truth from Fiction in President Trump’s Latest Attempt to Restrict Asylum (Human Rights First Blog, April 2019) [text]

"Trump Restricts Asylum Further But Faces Legal and Financial Limits," Los Angeles Times, 30 April 2019 [text]

Other media stories:

"Exclusive: Civil Servants Say They’re Being Used as Pawns in a Dangerous Asylum Program," Vox, 2 May 2019 [text]

"Exclusive: New Training Document for Asylum Screenings Reflects Tougher U.S. Stance," Reuters, 4 May 2019 [text]
- See also related Washington Post article.

"Exclusive: Trump Administration Proposal Would Make It Easier to Deport Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits," Reuters, 3 May 2019 [text]

"Mexican Border Crisis: How Volunteers, Church Groups and NGOs Stepped up to Help Thousands of Migrants," Newseek, 1 May 2019 [text]

"Trump Administration Denies Special Help to Venezuelans Seeking Asylum," The Guardian, 5 May 2019 [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 2 (U.S.) (30 April 2019)
- Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1 (29 April 2019)
- Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 2 (29 April 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

07 May 2019

Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria

Events & opportunities:

Consultation: 2019 First Annual MENA Region UNHCR Consultations with NGOs, Amman, 20-21 June 2019 [info]
- Register by 13 May 2019.


Assessing the Impact of War on Development in Yemen (UNDP & Univ. of Denver, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"'Blood Doesn’t Become Water'? Syrian Social Relations during Displacement," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 7 Dec. 2018 [open access]

COI Note on the Situation of Yazidi IDPs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

"Concerns Over Syria-Jordan Border Camp Exodus, and Those Left Behind," The New Humanitarian, 1 May 2019 [text]

Deep Concern as Thousands of Migrants Rounded Up in Yemen (IOM, April 2019) [text]

Ethical Principles: A Note for Protection Volunteers in Al Hol Camp (Protection Cluster et al., April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

International Protection Considerations with Regard to People Fleeing the Republic of Iraq (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

International Review of the Red Cross, vol. 99, no. 906 (Dec. 2017) [full-text]
- Theme of this issue is "Conflict in Syria."

Iraq: Country of Origin Information on Access and Residency Requirements in Iraq - Ability of Persons Originating from Formerly ISIS-Held or Conflict-Affected Areas to Legally Access and Remain in Proposed Areas of Relocation (UNHCR, April 2019) [text]

Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Turkey (Médecins du Monde, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Outcry at UN Plans to Consolidate Syria Aid Operations in Damascus," The New Humanitarian, 23 April 2019 [text]

[Situation Reports on Libya] [access via ReliefWeb]
- Follow link for updates from IOM, UNHCR, UNOCHA and others on the ongoing clashes taking place in Libya.

"Syrian Refugees Risk Journey Home Amid Dire Situation in Lebanon," DW, 29 April 2019 [text]

*Waiting for Yesterday: How Syrian Refugees Analyse Their Own Situation and Make Decisions about Their Future ( Malmö University, Feb. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA - Libya, Iraqis, Syrians (24 April 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies - Pt. 2 (Digital Identity)


Global Virtual Summit on Digital Identity for Refugees: Envisioning a Digital Identity Ecosystem in Support of the Global Compact on Refugees [info]
- Three virtual events based on specific themes will take place on 21 May, 24 May & 29 May 2019. Follow link to sign-up for participation in the virtual events. A final in-person conference will be held in Canada on 12-13 June 2019.

The official presentations have not yet been announced; however, this submission from the University of South Wales has been posted online.


*Blockchain Technology: The Answer to Securing Legal Identity? (ENS Blog, April 2019) [text]

Digital Identity in the Migration & Refugee Context: Italy Case Study (Data & Society Research Institute, April 2019) [text via APO]

Displaced & Disconnected (UNHCR & GSM Association, April 2019) [access]
- "This report focuses on a relatively under-explored, but nonetheless significant barrier to access among refugees and other displaced persons: legal and regulatory requirements mandating that an individual’s ID is authenticated before accessing a mobile connection, bank account or mobile money wallet." Follow link for main report and 20 country reports.

"How We Can Use Technology to Help Refugees Establish a Verifiable Identity," Forbes, 3 Dec. 2018 [text]

*Legal Identity as a Barrier to Digital Connectivity for Refugees, Policy brief for the World Summit on the Information Society, Geneva, 8-12 April 2019 [text]

Mission Billion: Transforming Countries and Empowering People through Digital Identity, Washington, DC, 12 April 2019 [info]
- Follow link for video.

Recognising Urban Refugees in Jordan: Opportunities for Mobile-enabled Identity Solutions (GSMA Mobile for Development, Dec. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies - Pt. 1 (7 May 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies - Pt. 1

E-Analytics Guide: Using Data and New Technology for Peacemaking, Preventive Diplomacy, and Peacebuilding (UN Global Pulse, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Global Broadband Plan for Refugee Inclusion (Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, Winter 2019) [access]
- Follow link for plan and other summary documents. See also related Washington Post article.

"HELP@APP: Development and Evaluation of a Self-help App for Traumatized Syrian Refugees in Germany – A Study Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial," BMC Psychiatry, 19:131 (April 2019) [open access]

"How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement: A Software Program Called 'Annie' Uses Machine Learning to Place Refugees in Cities Where They are Most Likely to be Welcomed and Find Success," The Atlantic, 26 April 2019 [text]

Mexico: Migrants Using WhatsApp Can Get Advice on How to Stay Safe and Avoid Illness, Sickness (ICRC, April 2019) [text]

"Norm Contestation in the Digital Era: Campaigning for Refugee Rights," International Affairs, vol. 95, no. 3 (May 2019) [free full-text]

*Opportunities and Challenges of Emerging Technologies for the Refugee System, World Refugee Council Research Paper, no. 11 (Centre for International Governance Innovation, May 2019) [text]

"Refugee Resettlement, Social Media and the Social Organization of Difference," Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs, Early View, 18 April 2019 [open access]

"Saving Lives with Social Media: The Power of the Crowd in Emergencies,” DW Akademie, 16 April 2019

"Social Networking in a Digital and Mobile World: The Case of Environmentally-related Migration in Bangladesh," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,  Latest Articles, 22 April 2019 [open access]

"When Information Becomes Action: Drivers of Individuals' Trust in Broadcast Versus Peer‐to‐peer Information in Disaster Response," Disasters, Early View, 8 April 2019 [preprint]


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06 May 2019

Thematic Focus: Solutions


Canada’s Syrian Resettlement Efforts: A Flash in the Pan? (OpenCanada, April 2019) [text]

"Doors to Safety: Exit West, Refugee Resettlement, and the Right to Asylum," Michigan Law Review, vol. 177, no. 6 (April 2019) [full-text]

Human Rights Aspects of Immigrant and Refugee Integration Policies (Council of Europe, March 2019) [text]

"An Investigation into the Association of Pre- and Post-migration Experiences on the Self-rated Health Status among New Resettled Adult Humanitarian Refugees to Australia: A Protocol for a Mixed Methods Study," BMC International Health and Human Rights, 19:15 (April 2019) [open access]

"Migration Nation: Barriers to Integration for Asylum-seekers in Ireland," Studies in Arts and Humanities, vol. 4, no. 2 (2018) [open access]

Preference for Identification in the Field: Nudging Refugees’ Integration Effort (SSRN, March 2019) [text]

Preparing for the Unknown: Designing Effective Predeparture Orientation for Resettling Refugees (Migration Policy Institute, May 2019) [text]

Refugee Resettlement in the Trump Era: Challenges & Opportunities, Policy Brief (Niskanen Center, April 2019) [text]

"Refugees in Germany: Legal Entry — Without Asylum," DW, 28 April 2019 [text]

Resettlement at a Glance (January-March 2019) (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

Resettlement Factsheet (UNHCR Uganda, April 2019) [text]

"'Us' or 'Them'? How Policies, Public Opinion, and Political Rhetoric Affect Immigrants’ Sense of Belonging," Migration Information Source, 18 April 2019 [text]

Web site:

Durable Solutions Platform [access] [Twitter]
- "Research platform providing recommendations & promoting dialogue about long-term solutions to displacement in Syria & neighbouring countries."

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- Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 1 (9 April 2019)
- Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 2 (U.S.) (9 April 2019)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Disasters


Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, 13-17 May 2019 [info]
- See also the related activities planned by Platform for Disaster Displacement's at the GP19.


Climate Change, Conflict and Security Scan: Analysis of Current Thinking (ODI, April 2019) [text]

Communicating the Complexity of Displacement in a Changing Climate (UNHCR Innovation Service - Medium, March 2019) [text]

Double Vulnerability: The Humanitarian Implications of Intersecting Climate and Conflict Risk (ODI, March 2019) [access]
- Follow link for texts in English and French.

*"Imaginary Numbers of Climate Change Migrants?," Social Sciences, vol. 8, no. 5 (April 2019) [open access]

"Moving People in a Changing Climate: Lessons from Two Case Studies in Fiji," Social Sciences, vol. 8, no. 5 (April 2019) [open access]

Protecting the Environment in Humanitarian Responses to Population Displacement (UNEP, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Re-examining Typologies in Environmental Change and Population Displacement: Need for Contextual Understanding," Refugee Watch, nos. 51&52 (June-Dec. 2018) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 73.

The Role of Free Movement of Persons Agreements in Addressing Disaster Displacement: A Study of Africa (Platform on Disaster Displacement, May 2019) [text]

*"A Theoretical Framework for the Protection of Environmental Refugees in International Law," Transnational Human Rights Review, vol. 6 (2019) [full-text]

"Why Cyclone Idai is One of the Southern Hemisphere’s Most Devastating Storms," Nature, 26 March 2019 [text]


"Climate Change: How Global Warming Exacerbates Conflict," Displaced, Season 2 (IRC, April 2019) [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Climate Change and Forced Migration (Kaldor Centre, April 2019) [access]
- Follow link for video.

"How Local Communities Can Build Resilience to Climate Change," Displaced, Season 2 (IRC, April 2019) [info]
- Follow link for podcast.


Climate Change and Migration: Predictions, Politics and Policy, Online Course (Climate & Migration Coalition) [access]
- Follow link for course page.


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- Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Disasters (25 March 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Opportunities: CFPs for Journal Articles

CFP: Intervention Journal [info]
- Articles sought for special section in upcoming issue on "Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing of Rohingya Refugees." Submission deadline is 15 May 2019.

CFP: AILA Law Journal [info]
- Contributions sought for Fall 2019 edition. Submission deadline is 1 June 2019.

CFP: Social Sciences [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue on "Immigration and Refugee Integration Policy in the United States." Submission deadline is 1 June 2019.

CFP: Social Sciences [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue on "Immigration Politics in the Age of Trump." Submission deadline is 3 June 2019.

CFP: Forced Migration Review [info]
- Contributions sought for themed issue on "Return." Submission deadline is 17 June 2019.

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Events & Opportunities: More May 2019 & New June 2019

Invitation to participate: Africa Research Group, Online Community [info]
- Part of the Kaldor Centre's Emerging Scholars Network; read more about this group here. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.

Seminar: Exploring Legal and Political Dynamics of Migration Governance in Europe, Florence, Italy, 7 May 2019 [info]

Seminars: RSC Public Seminar Series, Trinity Term 2019, Oxford, 8 May-29 May 2019 [info]
- The theme of this series is "Everyday resistance to the European governance of migration," with presentations on Belgium, Libya, Senegal and Greece.

CFP: "From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0: Towards a New Programme (2020-2024) for EU Migration and Asylum Policies 20 Years after the Tampere Conclusions?, Helsinki, 24-25 October 2019 [info]
- Submission deadline is 10 May 2019.

Consultation: 2019 First Annual MENA Region UNHCR Consultations with NGOs, Amman, 20-21 June 2019 [info]
- Register by 13 May 2019.

*Discussion panel: From the Ground Up: Local and Indigenous Approaches to Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, 13 May 2019 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

Funding opportunity: NGO Projects Benefiting Iraqi, Afghan, Iranian, and Other International Protection Status Holders and Applicants in Turkey [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 13 May 2019.

*CFP: The AUC International Conference on African Challenges, Cairo, 4-5 December 2019 [info]
- Includes a track on "Migration, poverty and social policy" and a track on "Economies of poverty and migration." Submit abstracts by 15 May 2019.

CFP: Refuge Europe: A Question of Solidarity?, Chemnitz, Germany, 30 September-2 October 2019 [info]
- Deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 15 May 2019.

Workshop: Responding to the Crisis in the Northern Triangle, Washington, DC, 15 May 2019 [info]

Job announcement: Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR [info]
- Apply by 20 May 2019.

Conference: In Global Transit: Forced Migration of Jews and Other Refugees (1940s-1960s), Berkeley, CA, 20-22 May 2019 [info]

Conference: Migration Between Africa and Europe: Knowledge Production, Attitudes and Governance, Florence, 23-24 May 2019 [info]

Consultation: UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 3-5 July 2019 [info]
- Register by 24 May 2019.

Post-doctoral research fellowships: Refugees and the Arab Middle East: Protection in States Not Party to the Refugee Convention (REF-ARAB), Univ. of Oslo [info]
- Apply by 24 May 2019.

Course: Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children, Online [info]
- Course begins 27 May 2019.

CFP: Cities and the Global Governance of Migration: An Under-explored Link, Florence, Italy, 17-18 October 2019 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 1 June 2019.

Call for applications: 2019 Doctoral Workshop on Statelessness & Citizenship, Melbourne, 20-22 November 2019 [info]
- Apply by 1 June 2019.

Call for registration: Rethinking the “Regional” in Refugee Law and Policy, 4th Annual Refugee Law Initiative Conference, University of London, 3-5 June 2019 [info]
- A draft programme is now available.

Lecture: Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture 2019, Oxford, 5 June 2019 [info]
- Theme of lecture is "A Mobile Milieu: Humanitarian Equipment and the Politics of Need."

Seminar: Revisiting Accountability of Humanitarian Actors and Researchers: Lessons from Field-research with Refugee Populations in East Africa, London, 13 June 2019 [info]

Workshop: 1st International Workshop from the Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies: Responsibility, Legitimacy, Accountability, Prato, Italy, 14 June 2019 [info]

Meeting: Global Refugee Forum, Second Preparatory Meeting, Geneva, 25 June 2019 [info]

Call for registration: World Conference on Statelessness and Inclusion, The Hague, 26-28 June 2019 [info]


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- Events & Opportunities: More April 2019 & New May 2019

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