19 July 2019

Thematic Focus: Solutions


Politico reported last night that the Trump administration is considering a virtual elimination of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Officials have been meeting as part of the annual process of setting the refugee admissions cap. Recommendations must be submitted by 1 August 2019. As this NPR article notes, refugee admissions to the U.S. were already greatly reduced in 2018. (The current cap is 30,000, down from 45,000.) Moreover, this Niskanen Center blog post points to the regional discrepancies reflected in FY2019 admissions to date, while this analysis by the International Rescue Committee highlights the extent to which religious minorities have been particularly impacted by the reduced numbers.


The Afghanistan Situation: Strengthening International Solidarity & Achieving Solutions (UNHCR, July 2019) [text]

An Analysis of UNHCR’s 2018 Global Refugee Statistics: How Generous is Australia’s Refugee Program Compared to Other Countries? (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2019) [text]

"The Asylum Seekers in Non-Metropolitan Areas in France: Between Temporary Integration and Leading to Autonomy - The Case of the Ambertois Territory," Social Sciences, vol. 8, no. 7 (July 2019) [open access]

BVOR Briefing Note (Centre for Refugee Studies, May 2019) [text]
- Note: BVOR = The Blended Visa Office-Referred Program, which "matches refugees identified for resettlement by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) with private sponsors in Canada."

"Five Things You Need to Know About: The Science of Refugee Integration," Horizon, 1 July 2019 [text]

"Integration in the Shadow of Austerity: Refugees in Newcastle upon Tyne," Social Sciences, vol. 8, no. 7 (July 2019) [open access]

"Integration Trends among Syrian Refugees: The Case of Gaziantep City," Üniversitesi Ayıntab Araştırmaları Dergisi, vol. 2, no. 1 (2019) [full-text]

IOM Resettlement: The UN Migration Agency (IOM, 2019) [text]

"A Prospect of Staying? Differentiated Access to Integration for Asylum Seekers in Germany," Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latest Articles, 8 July 2019 [preprint]

"Refugee Resettlement Cheaper Than Expected," Iceland Review, 28 June 2019 [text]

Tripartite Agreement for the Voluntary Repatriation of Central African Refugees Living in Cameroon Between the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, the Governments of the Central African Republic and UNHCR, Yaounde, 29 June 2019 [text]

UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2020 (UNHCR, July 2019) [text]
- Launched at the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement, Geneva, 1-2 July 2019. According to the report, "more than 1.44 million refugees currently residing in over 60 refugee hosting countries will be in need of resettlement in 2020." See also related press release.

What Role Can Refugee Resettlement Play in Addressing the Border Crisis? (Niskanen Center Blog, July 2019) [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 1 (18 June 2019)
- Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 2 (18 June 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Syria


Are Syrian Refugees a Danger to the West? (The Conversation, July 2019) [text]

Back to the Chain Gang: Lebanon is Increasingly Mistreating Its Syrian Refugees, Even Sending Some Home to Face a Terrible Fate (Diwan Blog, July 2019) [text]

"Engaging Men to Promote Resilient Communities among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon," Intervention, Ahead of Print, 2019 [open access]

"Four Nights This Ramadan, under the Shadow of Refugee Returns in Lebanon," The New Humanitarian, 5 June 2019 [text]

"Integration Trends among Syrian Refugees: The Case of Gaziantep City," Üniversitesi Ayıntab Araştırmaları Dergisi, vol. 2, no. 1 (2019) [full-text]

Lebanon: Syrian Refugee Shelters Demolished - Coercive Measures Intensify Pressures to Return to Syria (Human Rights Watch, July 2019) [text]

Principled Aid in Syria: A Framework for International Agencies (Chatham House, July 2019) [text]

Rigging the System: Government Policies Co-Opt Aid and Reconstruction Funding in Syria (Human Rights Watch, June 2019) [text]

"Smugglers Report Booming Market as People Try to Escape Syria to Turkey," The New Humanitarian, 25 June 2019 [text]

State of the Syria Crisis Response: Assessing Humanitarian and Development Challenges - Third Annual Report (Voluntas Advisory, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Syrians in Turkey: A Review of Literature," Uluslararası Kültürel ve Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi, vol. 5, no. 1 (June 2019) [full-text]


"Assessment of the Health Needs of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Syria’s Neighboring Countries," Conflict and Health, 13:31 (June 2019) [open access]

"Burden of Non-communicable Diseases among Syrian Refugees: A Scoping Review," BMC Public Health, 19:637 (May 2019) [open access]

"Health Needs and Access to Health Care: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Turkey," Public Health, vol. 172 (July 2019) [open access]

"High Levels of Mortality, Exposure to Violence and Psychological Distress Experienced by the Internally Displaced Population of Ein Issa Camp Prior to and during Their Displacement in Northeast Syria, November 2017," Conflict and Health, 13:33 (July 2019) [open access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, esp. Libya & Syria (23 May 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Blog posts & news:

The Double Marginalization of LGBTQ Asylum Seekers (The Asylumist Blog, April 2019) [text]

"'Here, I feel free': Mexico City Celebrates Role as Haven for LGBTQ Migrants," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 30 June 2019 [text]

IDAHOT: UNHCR Launching Consultations on LGBTI Refugees’ Rights (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]
- Follow link for video statement of HC on the occasion of the "International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia."

"Sicilian Volunteers Help African LGBTI Migrants Hit by New Italian Law," The New Humanitarian, 6 May 2019 [text]

UN Rights Experts Urge More Protection for LGBTI Refugees (OHCHR & UNHCR, July 2019) [text]

Reports & articles:

"Homemaking and Perpetual Liminality among Queer Refugees," Social & Cultural Geography, Latest Articles, 20 May 2019 [open access]
- Focuses on Sweden.

"Learning to be Gay: LGBTQ Forced Migrant Identities and Narratives in Belgium," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 45, no. 7 (2019) [preprint]

"Queer Credibility in the Homonation-State: Interrogating the Affective Impacts of Credibility Assessments on Racialized Sexual Minority Refugee Claimants," Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, vol. 35, no. 1 (2019) [open access]

Resettlement Assessment Tool: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Refugees (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

"The Unfulfilled Promise of LGBTQ Rights in South Africa," The Atlantic, 2 July 2019 [text]

"Within the Asylum‐advocacy Nexus: An Analysis of Mexican Transgender Asylum Seekers in the United States," Sexuality, Gender & Policy, vol. 2, no. 1 (May 2019) [free full-text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (17 Jan. 2019)

Tagged Publications.

18 July 2019

Thematic Focus: Health

2018 Annual Public Health Global Review (UNHCR, July 2019) [access]
- "Despite record levels of worldwide displacement and continuing refugee influxes, some 10.5 million refugees received health care through public health programs and through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and other partners last year. This is according to data published in UNHCR’s Annual Public Health Global Review, released today. The report highlights the state of health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene activities for refugees, asylum seekers and affected host communities across 51 refugee-host countries." See press release for more info.

"Asylum Medicine: Standard and Best Practices," Health and Human Rights Journal, vol. 21, no. 1 (May 2019) [open access]
- This article offers "a brief summary of standard and best practices specific to the forensic evaluation of asylum seekers." See also related Medium post.

"Health of Refugees and Migrants—Where Do We Stand and What Directions Should We Take?," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 16, no. 8 (April 2019) [open access]
- Editorial for the special issue on "Refugee, Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health." Provides a review of the 37 articles included.

"Humanitarian Health Programming and Monitoring in Inaccessible Conflict Settings: A Literature Review," Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 4:9 (April 2019) [open access]

"The Impact of Conflict on Immunisation Coverage in 16 Countries," International Journal of Health Policy and Management, vol. 8, no. 4 (April 2019) [open access]

"Intersectoral and Integrated Approaches in Achieving the Right to Health for Refugees on Resettlement: A Scoping Review," BMJ Open, vol. 9, no. 7 (July 2019) [open access]

Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in Refugees and Migrants (WHO Europe, 2019) [text]

"Quality of Health Care for Refugees: A Systematic Review," BMC International Health and Human Rights, 19:20 (June 2019) [open access]

Reality Makes Our Decisions: Ethical Challenges in Humanitarian Health in Situations of Extreme Violence (Johns Hopkins University, International Rescue Committee & Syrian American Medical Society Foundation, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Report on the Health of Refugees and Migrants in the WHO European Region (WHO Europe, 2019) [access]
- Text is available in English and Russian.

"A Systematic Literature Review of Reported Challenges in Health Care Delivery to Migrants and Refugees in High-income Countries: The 3C Model," BMC Public Health, 19:755 (June 2019) [open access]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Children - Pt. 2 (Health) (17 April 2019)
- Thematic Focus: Health (10 Jan. 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Asia


The Afghanistan Situation: Strengthening International Solidarity & Achieving Solutions (UNHCR, July 2019) [text]

"Back in Time? A Temporal Autobiographical Approach to Afghan Return Migration," International Migration, Early View, 7 July 2019 [open access]

Displacement and Access in Afghanistan: Scenarios - Possible Developments in the Profile of the Displaced Population and Humanitarian Access over the Next 18 Months (NRC & ACAPS, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

*Fragile Future: The Human Cost of Conflict in Afghanistan (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative et al., Dec. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Living Conditions and Settlement Decisions of Recent Afghan Returnees (UNHCR & World Bank, July 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related press release, in English, Dari and Pashto.

Returns to Afghanistan in 2018: Joint IOM-UNHCR Summary Report (IOM & UNHCR, May 2019) [access via ReliefWeb]
- Follow link for text in English, Dari and Pashto.

Socio-Economic Survey and Post-Distribution Monitoring: UNHCR’s Assistance Programmes for Returnees, IDPs, and Persons with Specific Needs (UNHCR et al., July 2019) [text]


"Framing Statelessness and 'Belonging': Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh’s The Daily Star Newspaper," Pacific Journalism Review: Te Koakoa, vol. 25, nos. 1&2 (2019) [open access]

Japan’s Cold-Blooded Approach to the Rohingya Crisis (Human Rights Watch, June 2019) [text]

Prioritising Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees Ignores the Ongoing Crime and Health Crises within Bangladesh's Camps (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

Steps Toward Forest Landscape Restoration in the Context of the Rohingya Influx: Creating Opportunities to Advance Environmental, Humanitarian, and Development Progress in Bangladesh (Center for Global Development, July 2019) [access]
- Follow link for policy paper, brief and infographic.

Update on Myanmar at the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council, Statement by UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, 10 July 2019 [text]
- See also related VOA News article.



Japan’s Refugee Policy and Practice: How has Refugees’ Agency Challenged Japan’s Refugee Protection Structure?, Tokyo, 26 July 2019 [info]


"'If I had known, I wouldn’t have returned to Myanmar': Shortcomings in Refugee Repatriation and Reintegration (Karen Human Rights Group, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

India Must Have a Sustainable Refugee Policy (RLI Blog, July 2019) [text]

"We are not safe here": Refugees under Attack in Sri Lanka and the Need for Resettlement (Amnesty International, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]


Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Asia/Pacific - Pt. 1 (19 June 2019)
- Regional Focus: Asia/Pacific - Pt. 2 (Afghans, Rohingya) (19 June 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2

Reports & journal articles:

Analysis of Best Practices on the Identification of Missing Migrants: Implications for the Central Mediterranean (IOM, 2019) [text]

"The External Dimensions of EU Migration and Asylum Policies in Times of Crisis," Chapter 1 in Constitutionalising the External Dimensions of EU Migration Policies in Times of Crisis: Legality, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Reconsidered (Edward Elgar, 2019) [free full-text]

"'If We Hadn’t Left … We Would Have All Died': Escaping Famine on the Greek Island of Chios, 1941–44," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 6 July 2019 [open access]

IOM Recommendations to the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July-December 2019) (IOM, July 2019) [access]

"Lost in Limbo? Navigating (Im)mobilities and Practices of Appropriation of Non-deportable Refugees in the Mediterranean Area," Comparative Migration Studies, 7:26 (June 2019) [open access]
- Focuses on Malta and Italy.

"Party Activism: The Permeability of the Asylum Protest Arena in Austria," Social Movement Studies, vol. 18, no. 4 (2019) [open access]

Reforming Legal Assistance in Austria: An End to Independent Provision? (ECRE, July 2019) [text]

Return Policy: Desperately Seeking Evidence and Balance (ECRE, July 2019) [text]

"Rules Over Rights? Legal Aspects of the European Commission Recommendation for Resumption of Dublin Transfers of Asylum Seekers to Greece," German Law Journal, vol. 20, no. 5 (July 2019) [open access]

"A Safe Harbour or a Sinking Ship? On the Protection of Fundamental Rights of Asylum Seekers in Recent CJEU Judgments," European Journal of Legal Studies, vol. 11, no. 2 (2019) [open access]

Who Wants to Talk about Refugees and Why? Foreign Interventions in German Elections (SSRN, July 2019) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (18 July 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1

Blog posts & media reports:

"As Spanish Rescue Policy Changes, Warnings Over Migrant Drownings, The New Humanitarian, 27 June 2019 [text]

The Distance Between Human Rights and the EU: The Libyan Migration Crisis (Opinio Juris Blog, July 2019) [text]

"European Activists Fight Back Against ‘Criminalisation’ of Aid for Migrants and Refugees," The New Humanitarian, 20 June 2019 [text]

Healing Refugees’ Mental Scars Could Help Them Build New Lives (Horizon Blog, July 2019) [text]

Joint Statement: European Union/Libya: Act Now to Save Lives (Amnesty International, ECRE & Human Rights Watch, July 2019) [text]

Reforming the Common European Asylum System: Business as Usual? (RefLaw Blog, July 2019) [text]

*"The Remarkable Deeds of Captain Rackete," Inside Story, 12 July 2019 [text]

Solidarity Crimes (Border Criminologies Blog, July 2019) [text]

Standoffs at Sea Highlight the Shameful Criminalization of Rescuing Migrants (The Conversation, July 2019) [text]


Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (3 July 2019)
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2 (3 July 2019)
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 3 (3 July 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

17 July 2019

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling

Abused, Blamed, and Refused: Protection Denied to Women and Children Trafficked Over the U.S. Southern Border (Refugees International, May 2019) [text]

Critical Insights on Irregular Migration Facilitation: Global Perspectives (European University Institute, 2019) [open access]
- "In this short collection of essays, a group of scholars and practitioners sheds light on the experiences of the men, women and children who around the world work in the facilitation of migrant’s journeys–a practice that has been legally and often narrowly termed migrant smuggling. Relying on ethnographic work, archival research, and conceptual analyses, authors challenge the monolithic perceptions of smuggling as merely exploitative, inherently criminal, violent and male, by documenting the experiences of the people whose actions facilitate migration into Europe and the United States, across Africa, the Americas and the Pacific, and shedding light on everyday practices and interactions of mobility and their criminalization by the state."

How UK Asylum System Creates Perfect Conditions for Modern Slavery and Exploitation to Thrive (The Conversation, April 2019) [text]

The Human Conveyor Belt Broken: Assessing the Collapse of the Human-smuggling Industry in Libya and the Central Sahel (Global Initiative, April 2019) [text]

Human Smuggling and Associated Revenues: What Do or Can We Know about Routes from Central America to the United States? (RAND, April 2019) [text]
- See also related Quartz article.

"Identifying Trafficked Migrants and Refugees Along the Balkan Route: Exploring the Boundaries of Exploitation, Vulnerability and Risk," Crime, Law and Social Change, Latest Articles, 18 May 2019 [open access]

Multilateral Peace Operations and the Challenges of Irregular Migration and Human Trafficking (SIPRI, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Players of Many Parts: The Evolving Role of Smugglers in West Africa’s Migration Economy (Mixed Migration Centre, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Social Embeddedness of Human Smuggling in East Africa: Brokering Ethiopian Migration to Sudan," African Human Mobility Review, vol. 4, no. 3 (Sept.-Dec. 2018) [full-text]

"Sold like fish": Crimes against Humanity, Mass Graves, and Human Trafficking from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Malaysia from 2012 to 2015 (Fortify Rights, March 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Strength to Carry On: Resilience and Vulnerability to Trafficking and Other Abuses among People Travelling along Migration Routes to Europe (ICMPD, March 2019) [text]

Trafficking in Persons Report 2019 (U.S. Dept. of State, June 2019) [access]
- The introduction focuses on "The National Nature of Human Trafficking: Strengthening Government Responses and Dispelling Misperceptions."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling (22 March 2019)

Tagged Publications.

16 July 2019

Admin: Upcoming Changes to This Information Service

This blog has been a solo operation since it first launched on 1 November 2005. Over the years, both the frequency and the length of my postings have increased - there is just so much more information out there and so many more methods of disseminating it! And I am finding that every time I return to my computer after having been away for a brief period, it is becoming more and more difficult for me to play "catch-up."

So in the interest of finding a way to continue running this service that is both manageable to me,  useful to you, and that does not overlap with other information services, I will be making various tweaks to the kinds of information sources I reference. At the same time, I will try to share strategies for monitoring any information sources that I decide to no longer reference.

I also intend to revamp my Forced Migration Guide, which has been seriously neglected.

I will keep you posted!

08 July 2019

Admin: Summer Break #3

Once again, this blog will be quiet for just over a week!

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Meeting: "Humanitarian Principles in Conflict: Security, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Efforts," Mid-year Research Network Meeting, Oslo, 29 August 2019 [info]


"#AidToo: After Oxfam, What to Watch," The New Humanitarian, 11 June 2019 [text]

"The Creeping Criminalisation of Humanitarian Aid," The New Humanitarian, 7 June 2019 [text]

Does Private Aid Follow the Flag? An Empirical Analysis of Humanitarian Assistance (AidData, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Eight Reports from UN Humanitarian Week You Ought to Know About," The New Humanitarian, 1 July 2019 [text]

Environmental Conservation in a Refugee Crisis: When Calling It a Cross-cutting Issue is Not Enough (HPN Blog, May 2019) [text]

Evaluation of the Coverage and Quality of the UNICEF Humanitarian Response in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (Unicef, Jan. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Humanitarian Policy: The Highs and Lows of 2019 So Far," The New Humanitarian, 27 June 2019 [text]

"It’s Time to Talk about the Grand Bargain," The New Humanitarian, 8 July 2019 [text]

Key Trends in Global Humanitarian Assistance: Factsheet (Development Initiatives, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Lives in Crises: What Do People Tell Us About the Humanitarian Aid They Receive? (OECD, June 2019) [text]

Strength in Numbers - Towards a More Efficient Humanitarian Aid: Pooling Logistics Resources (ACTED et al., June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Vulnerability and Protection of Refugees in Turkey: Findings from the Rollout of the Largest Humanitarian Cash Assistance Program in the World (World Bank & WFP, May 2019) [text]
- See also related World Bank blog post.


A Mobile Milieu: Humanitarian Equipment and the Politics of Need, Oxford, 5 June 2019 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Revisiting Accountability of Humanitarian Actors and Researchers: Lessons from Field-research with Refugee Populations in East Africa​, London, 13 June 2019 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (29 May 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Disasters


Climate Displacement Program Manager, Refugees International [info]
- Candidate sought to implement "RI’s strategy and advocacy to enhance the legal, policy, and operational responses and solutions to displacement and forced migration arising in the context of disasters and climate change." No deadline indicated.


Australia’s Chance to Turn with the Tide: Enabling Safe, Orderly, and Dignified Movement (APPS Policy Forum, May 2019) [text]

"Climate Change & Mobilities," Routed Magazine (June 2019) [access]
- "In this issue, we examine this complex and multidimensional connection between migration, (im)mobilities and the planet’s changing climate. From the Pacific Islands to the Gulf of Mexico, our authors look into how communities and governments respond to climate challenges and decide to move or to stay. We test the current legal framework for refugees to see if climate-induced migrants could fit into it, and we warn about the dangers of xenophobic discourse trying to penetrate areas of the movement for climate justice. Our first long read sheds light into the ways in which mobility is tied to the functioning of fossil fuel industries too."

"Climate Now Biggest Driver of Migration, Study Finds," SciDev.net, 8 May 2019 [text]

Communicating the Complexity of Displacement in a Changing Climate (UNHCR Innovation Service, March 2019) [text via Medium]
- Scroll down to access the five chapters in this special report.

"Defining Environmental Refugees," The Parliament Magazine, 10 May 2019 [text]

Disaster Displacement: How to Reduce Risk, Address Impacts and Strengthen Resilience (UNDRR, June 2019) [access]
- Follow link for report in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

"Environmental Refugees: Rethinking What's in a Name," North Carolina Journal of International Law, vol. 44 (2019) [full-text via Univ. of Baltimore]

How Climate Change Exacerbates the Refugee Crisis – and What can be Done about It (World Economic Forum Blog, June 2019) [text]

The Links Between Climate Change, Disasters, Migration, and Social Resilience in Asia: A Literature Review (Asia Development Bank, July 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Midyear Update: Climate Displacement," The New Humanitarian, 24 June 2019 [text]

La Movilidad Humana en la Agenda Climática de las Américas: Necesidades y Oportunidades (IOM, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Natural Disasters 2018 (CRED, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Overlapping Vulnerabilities: The Impacts of Climate Change on Humanitarian Needs (Norwegian Red Cross, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]


Climate Change and Humanitarian Consequences: Perspectives, Challenges and Responses, Oslo, 5 June 2019 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Disasters (6 May 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Events & Opportunities: More July 2019 & New August 2019

Job announcement: Consultant, Mixed Migration Centre [info]
- Candidate sought to take stock of the Global Compact for Migration. Apply by 10 July 2019.

Job announcement: PhD Researcher, Ghent University [info]
- Candidate sought for research on return migration and reintegration processes. Apply by 14 July 2019.

Call for applications: Post-doctoral Fellowship in Global Refugee Policy, Carleton University [info]
- Deadline is 15 July 2019.

Call for submissions: Discussion Series on Creative Methods of Dissemination in Forced Migration Research [info]
- Deadline is 15 July 2019.

Job announcement: Departmental Lecturer in Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre [info]
- Deadline is 15 July 2019.

Webinar: On the Wrong Path? Protecting the European Union’s External Border in the Western Balkans, 15 July 2019 [info]

Job announcement: Postdoctoral Research, Refugee Studies Centre [info]
- Candidate sought for "Refugees are Migrants: Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights" project. Apply by 17 July 2019.

Postgraduate dissertation prize: Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law [info]
- Submit entries by 19 July 2019.

Call for applications: UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs 2019 Innovation Award [info]
- Deadline is 31 July 2019.

Book discussion: The Passage, Implementation and Legacy of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, New York, 1 August 2019 [info]

CFP: Exploring the Dimensions of Refugee Inclusion: Social Structures, Institutions and Strategies, Istanbul, 28-29 November 2019 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 15 August 2019.

Call for applications: Guy Goodwin-Gill Scholarship [info]
- Intended for students who are part of the MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies programme at the Refugee Law Initiative. To participate in the October MA programme, scholarship applications are due by 19 August 2019 (note that the MA registration deadline is 1 October 2019).

Call for applications: Regional Forced Migration Training, Nairobi, 26-30 August 2019 [info]
- Theme is "The Meaning of Asylum in Transient Contexts of East and Horn of Africa." No application deadline indicated.

Call for applications: Australia for UNHCR Beddie Scholarship [info]
- Intended for students with a refugee background who intend to study film, television or radio studies at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in 2020. Deadline is 27 August 2019.

Conference: Integrating Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers into European Labour Markets: Enablers and Barriers, Glasgow, 29-30 August 2019 [info]
- No registration deadline indicated.

Call for applications: 2020 Visiting Fellowships, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness [info]
- Deadline is 31 August 2019.

Related post:
- Events & Opportunities: More June 2019 & New July 2019

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects

Blog posts & media:

CGD and RI Launch New Initiative to Expand Formal Labor Market Access for Refugees (CGD Blog, June 2019) [text]

Gaining Access to Work for Women Refugees in Jordan (RI Blog, June 2019) [text]

The Global Compact on Migration: From Ideals to Reality (EUIdeas Blog, June 2019) [text]
- Discusses labour market policy.

Myth Busted: EU Migrants No Extra Burden on Taxpayers in More Generous Welfare States (The Conversation, May 2019) [text]

The Right to Work can Empower Refugees in Malaysia (The Conversation, July 2019) [text]

"Will Refugees Be Allowed to Work in New Malaysia?," The Diplomat, 4 June 2019 [text]

A World of Self-reliant Refugees? Reflections on World Refugee Day (Centre for Development Studies Blog, June 2019) [text]

Articles & reports:

Asylum Seekers in the EU Labour Market: The Example of Sweden, Working Paper, no. 2 (ECRE, May 2019) [text]

Dignity at Stake: Challenges to Accessing Decent Work in Lebanon (ACTED et al., May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Economics of Migration," Contexts, vol. 18, no. 2 (2019) [free full-text]

A Framework for Measuring the Impact of Internal Displacement on Income (IDMC, June 2019) [text]
- Part of the thematic series "The ripple effect: economic impacts of internal displacement."

How Mass Immigration Affects Countries with Weak Economic Institutions: A Natural Experiment in Jordan, Policy Research Working Paper, no. 8817 (World Bank, April 2019) [text]

The Impact of Hosting Refugees on the Labour Market (Economic Research Forum, May 2019) [text]

"Labour Market Participation of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Brussels: Innovation and Institutional Complementarity," Brussels Studies, no. 135 (May 2019) [open access]

"Labor Migrants as Political Leverage: Migration Interdependence and Coercion in the Mediterranean," International Studies Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 2 (June 2018) [open access]

Migration and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Effect of Returning Refugees on Export Performance in the Former Yugoslavia, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 12412 (Institute of Labor Economics, June 2019) [text]

Refugee Relocation: A Mechanism Design Perspective (SSRN, June 2019) [preprint]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (27 May 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 2

Central America/ns:

"Es Cosa Suya: Entanglements of Border Externalization and African Transit Migration in Northern Costa Rica," Comparative Migration Studies, 7:27 (Dec. 2019) [open access]

Fact Sheet: Is Guatemala Safe for Refugees and Asylum Seekers? (Human Rights First, June 2019) [text]

"'I Can No Longer Continue to Live Here': What’s Driving So Many Honduran Women to the U.S. Border? The Reality is Worse Than You’ve Heard," Politico Magazine, 7 June 2019 [text]

Is Cutting Central American Aid Going to Help Stop the Flow of Migrants? (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

Mexico Deported More Central Americans Than the U.S. in 2018 (CATO at Liberty Blog, June 2019) [text]

Seeking Answers for Families of Disappeared Migrants (Boston Univ. School of Law, June 2019) [text]
- Focuses on Central Americans.


Latin American Countries Agree Road Map for Integration of Venezuelans: Joint UNHCR-IOM Press Release (July 2019) [text]

OAS Working Group to Address the Regional Crisis Caused by Venezuela’s Migrant and Refugee Flows: Report (OAS, June 2019) [text]
- See also text in Spanish.

Venezuelans are the First Nationality of Asylum Seekers Worldwide, but South American Countries do not Recognise Them as Refugees. Why? (Debate Migration Blog, July 2019) [text]

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

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 1


2018 Refugee Claim Data and IRB Member Recognition Rates (Canadian Council for Refugees, June 2019) [text]
- See also related article in The Star.

Canada Must Step up to Help Millions Displaced Inside Their Own Countries (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

"Majority of Canadians Against Accepting More Refugees, Poll Suggests," CBC News, 3 July 2019 [text]

Refugees International Proudly Joins Coalition on Human Mobility in the Americas, Highlighting Priorities for the OAS (Refugees International, June 2019) [text]

Tendencias Migratorias en Centroamérica, Norteamérica y El Caribe (IOM, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]


How Much Does Immigrating Matter on Which Officer or Judge You Get? (Borderlines, June 2019) [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Workshop: Displacement and Refugee Protection in Latin America, London, 6 June 2019 [info]
- Follow link for audio of presentations.


Positive Public Opinion Toolkit (Canadian Council for Refugees, May 2019) [access]
- "This toolkit is intended to help us get better at sharing stories, initiating better conversations and driving more productive community narratives that involve those who came to Canada to seek refuge from persecution. The toolkit is comprehensive covering areas from identifying your audience to how to become an active listener and sharing stories."

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 1 (18 June 2019)
- Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 2 (18 June 2019)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: MENA

Cities as a Refuge, Cities as a Home: The Relationship between Place and Perceptions of Integration among Urban Displaced Populations in Iraq, Background paper for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019 (IDMC, 2019) [text]

Comparing the Experiences of Internally Displaced Persons in Urban vs. Rural Areas: Findings from a Longitudinal Study in Iraq, 2015-2017, Background paper for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019 (IDMC, 2019)  [text]

Constraints and Complexities of Information and Analysis in Humanitarian Emergencies: Evidence from Yemen (Feinstein International Center, June 2019) [text]
- See also related briefing paper.

Effects of the Tripoli Conflict on South Libya (REACH, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Egyptian MFA, UN in Egypt Launch Response Plans to Support Refugees and Asylum-Seekers (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

From Hand to Hand: The Migratory Experience of East African Refugees and Migrants in Libya (UNHCR, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"A Growing Destination for Sub-Saharan Africans, Morocco Wrestles with Immigrant Integration," Migration Information Source, 2 July 2019 [text]

Is Urban Reconstruction the Key to Reducing Protracted Displacement in the Middle East? (IDMC Blog, May 2019) [text]

Libya: Rapid Migrant Assessment, DTM Situation Update - Tripoli (IOM, 4 July 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Migrants, Stuck in Libya, Demand Evacuation as Conflict Escalates," VOA News, 7 July 2019 [text]

The Road from Yemen: Retracing the Steps of the Displaced (IDMC Blog, June-July 2019)
- Three-part series: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3.

"Trump Administration Seeks to Phase Out Main Program for Palestinian Refugees," NPR, 14 June 2019 [text]

"An Uncertain Future for Palestinian Refugees," IPS News, 12 June 2019 [text]

West Mosul: Perceptions on Return and Reintegration among Stayees, IDPs and Returnees (IOM, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Yemen: Questions about an Aid System (MSF-CRASH, June 2019) [text]
- Also available in French.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, esp. Libya & Syria (23 May 2019)

Tagged Publications.

07 July 2019

Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 2

Aid Agencies Should Take Note of How Displaced People in Nigeria Survive (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

Defining and Identifying IDPs Outside of Camps in South Kivu: Challenges, Contradictions and Consequences (Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"(Dis)placing the Law: Lessons from South Africa on Advancing U.S. Asylum Rights," Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, vol. 20 (2018) [SSRN]

Ethiopia Needs to Act Fast to Solve Its Internal Displacement Problem (The Conversation, July 2019) [text]

"Ethiopia's Refugee Policy Overhaul: Implications on the Out of Camp Regime and Rights to Residence, Movement and Engagement in Gainful Employment," Journal of Ethiopian Human Rights Law (Forthcoming, 2019) [preprint]

Housing Land and Property in the Far North of Cameroon (Norwegian Refugee Council, June 2019) [access]
- Follow link for report in French and briefing note in English.

Kenya: Global Compact on Refugees Must be Quickly Anchored in National Policy (Amnesty International, Dec. 2018) [text]

Quatrieme Réunion de la Commission Tripartite: République du Congo, République Democratique du Congo & UNHCR - Communique Final (March 2019) [text]

UNHCR Welcomes South Sudan’s Accession to International Convention to Protect Internally Displaced (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]

Urbanization as a Result of Displacement: A Case Study of Bentiu, South Sudan, Background paper for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019 (IDMC, 2019) [text]

*"When will we get a report on your findings?": Reflections on Researcher Accountability from DRC (From Poverty to Power Blog, June 2019) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 1 (7 July 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 1

1969 OAU Refugee Convention: Fact Sheet (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

2009 Kampala Convention on IDPs: Fact Sheet (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

"After 50 Years, Africa’s Refugee Policy Still Leads," ISS Today, 20 June 2019 [text]

AU Member States Call for Intensive Efforts to Foster Dialogue and Mutual Cooperation among Regions of Africa to Manage Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (African Union, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Migrants and Refugees in Africa," Entry in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics (Oxford Univ. Press, June 2019) [free full-text]

"Pressure Grows on Africa to Take Back Its Migrants," ISS Today, 10 June 2019 [text]

Regional Migration Governance in Africa and Beyond: A Framework of Analysis, Discussion Paper, no. 9 (German Development Institute, 2018) [text]

UNICEF & UNHCR Regional Meeting on the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and Application of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in Eastern and Southern Africa: What We Have Learned and What We Can Do Better, Nairobi, 16-17 April 2019 [summary report]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (24 May 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 2

Articles & reports:

2019 International Migration and Displacement Trends and Policies Report to the G20 (OECD et al., June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Everyone’s Prey: Kidnapping and Extortionate Detention in Mixed Migration (Mixed Migration Centre, July 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Innovative Financing for Responses to Refugee Crises (International Rescue Committee, March 2019) [text]

"Is Regular Migration Truly Safer for Migrants? The Pitfalls of ‘Regular’ Migration as ‘Safe’ Migration," Routed Magazine, 19 April 2019 [text]

"Lessons Learnt from Doing Research Amid a Humanitarian Crisis," Nature, 26 June 2019 [text]

"Mainstreaming Versus Alienation: Conceptualising the Role of Complexity in Migration and Diversity Policymaking," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 13 June 2019 [open access]

Migration, Development, and Global Governance: From Crisis toward Consolidation (Migration Policy Institute, June 2019) [text]

Migration Policy Practice, vol. IX, no. 2 (April-June 2019) [full-text]
- "The new edition of Migration Policy Practice focuses on three key and diverse migration topics: measuring the extent of migration in the Global South; comparing immigrant students´ integration; and migration and identity management questions in asylum cases."

A Persistent Reality: The Role of Corruption in Mixed Migration (Mixed Migration Centre, June 2019) [text]

"The Politics of Migration Data: Putting the Spotlight on IOM," Routed Magazine, 15 June 2019 [text]

Report on Use of Flexible Funding in 2018 (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]

Transnational Figurations of Displacement: Conceptualising Protracted Displacement and Translocal Connectivity through a Process-oriented Perspective, TRAFIG Working Paper, no. 1/2019 (Bonn International Center for Conversion, June 2019) [text]

UNHCR Global Report 2018 (UNHCR, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

World Bank Group Support in Situations Involving Conflict-Induced Displacement: An Independent Evaluation (World Bank, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1 (7 July 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1

Blog posts & commentary:

GCM Indicators (RLI Blog, June-July 2019)
- New posts in this series discuss the implementation of Obj. 19, Obj. 20 and Obj. 23.

How the West is Withdrawing into a Bunker of Its Own Making (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

'It is possible': An Interview with UNHCR's Grandi on World Refugee Day (InfoMigrants, June 2019) [text]

"Midyear Update: Returning Refugees," The New Humanitarian, 28 June 2019 [text]

There are 70 Million Refugees in the World. Here are 5 Solutions to the Problem (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

To Stem the Flow of Refugees, Address the Conflicts at Its Core (Just Security Blog, July 2019) [text]

UNHCR to Launch First Global Refugee Forum (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]

Past events:

*Breaking Cycles of Displacement: Conference Documentation, BICC Knowledge Notes, no. 2 (Bonn International Center for Conversion, March 2019) [text]

UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 3-5 July 2019 [info]
- Theme was "Working Together, Better"; focused on such issues as "How do we use data and evidence to make an impact on refugee welfare? How can we harness the promise of the global compact on refugees, and what can we pledge to make it work? How do we maintain integrity, prevent fraud and safeguard those to whom we are responsible? And, as UNHCR undertakes a profound decentralization intended to place resources and decision closer to the field, how can we work with our NGO partners in a more local and regional manner?" Follow link for agenda, concept note, discussion papers, and videos. See also related news story.

Reference source:

Glossary on Migration, International Migration Law, no. 34 (IOM, June 2019 [text]
- "The purpose of this Glossary is to develop a common understanding and consistent use of migration and migration-related terms based, whenever possible, on international standards. Creating uniformity in language is an important starting point in migration discussions to ensure an accurate understanding and coherent exchange of information among actors working in the field of migration." More information is available in the press release.


Related posts:
- News: World Refugee Day (20 June 2019)
- New Resource: Rethinking Refuge (20 June 2019)
- Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1 (19 June 2019)
- Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 2 (19 June 2019)

Tagged Publications.

06 July 2019

New Issues of APMJ, Crossings, Disasters, GILJ, Intl. J. Psych. Relig., J. Acad. Stud. Relig., Migr. & Soc., Migr. Pol. Pract., Migr. Stud., Mondes, Refuge, Rts. in Exile, Statelessness & Citizen. Rev., Tilburg Law Rev., VOICE

Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 28, no. 2 (2019) [contents]
- Special section on "Regional Responses to Refugees in Asia."

Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture, vol. 10, no. 1 (April 2019) [contents]
- Theme is "Creative Engagement with Migration"; several articles are open access including the introduction.

Disasters, vol. 43, no. 3 (July 2019) [contents]
- Mix of articles including a review of migrant deaths in southern Europe and articles on PR strategies and social media image management, among others.

Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 33, no. 1 (Fall 2018) [contents]
- Mix of U.S.-focused articles, with several covering unaccompanied minors, the travel ban, and the deportation of asylum-seekers.

Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 33, no. 2 (Winter 2019) [contents]
- Mix of U.S.-focused articles, with one on the travel ban and another on the persecutor bar, among others.

International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, vol. 29, no. 2 (2019) [contents]
- Special issue on "Religion, Immigration, and Refugees." The editorial is freely available.

Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, vol. 31, no. 2 (2018) [contents]
- Special issue on “Religion and Humanitarianism.”

Migration & Society, vol. 2, no. 1 (June 2019) [contents]
- Includes a special section on "African-European Trajectories of Im/mobility Exploring Entanglements of Experiences, Legacies, and Regimes of Contemporary Migration." A second section focuses on "Hostile Environments."

*Migration Policy Practice, vol. IX, no. 2 (April-June 2019) [full-text]
- "The new edition of Migration Policy Practice focuses on three key and diverse migration topics: measuring the extent of migration in the Global South; comparing immigrant students´ integration; and migration and identity management questions in asylum cases."

Migration Studies, vol. 7, no. 2 (June 2019) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including one on North Korean secondary asylum in the UK.

Monde(s), no. 15 (2019) [contents]
- Special dossier on "Réfugiés, sujets d’une histoire globale."

Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, vol. 35, no. 1 (2019) [open access]
- Theme is "Racialized Refuge," with seven articles and six book reviews.

Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 103 (June 2019) [full-text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

Statelessness and Citizenship Review, vol. 1, no. 1 (2019) [open access]
- Inaugural issue with eight articles, several case notes and a book review.

Tilburg Law Review, vol. 24, no. 2 (2019) [open access]
- Special issue on citizenship and statelessness.

VOICE Out Loud Magazine, no. 29 (May 2019) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
- Focus is on "European NGOs in Emergencies: Values and Action."


Tagged Periodicals.