21 June 2019

Admin: Summer Break #2

This blog will be quiet once again for just over a week. And once again, various regular monthly postings will be delayed as a result!

20 June 2019

New Resource: Rethinking Refuge

The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) has launched a new platform called "Rethinking Refuge" that provides access to "short, research-based articles aimed at rethinking refugee issues from a variety of angles, such as politics, international relations, ethics, law, history, and anthropology."

The impetus for this resource came out of "the massive influx of refugees into Europe in 2015-2016. The Refugee Studies Centre received a heightened number of requests to share research about the international refugee regime and it became clear that both interest in and questions about refugee policies and reforms abounded."

"The platform seeks to bridge the gap between scholarly research, policy-making, and public understanding, and in so doing develop a research agenda able to engage meaningfully with the challenge of forced displacement in the 21st century. The articles fall under six core themes, each hugely relevant to the international refugee regime today: refugee protection, emergency and crisis, mobility, refugee agency, humanitarianism, and refugees’ economic lives."

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

News: World Refugee Day

In advance of World Refugee Day, UNHCR released its annual Global Trends report yesterday, finding that "70.8 million children, women and men were forcibly displaced at the close of 2018, the highest number in the organization’s almost 70-year history." The press release for the 2018 report broke this overall figure down as follows:

"Within the 70.8 million figure in the Global Trends report are three main groups. The first is refugees, meaning people forced to flee their country because of conflict, war or persecution. In 2018, the number of refugees reached 25.9 million worldwide, 500,000 more than in 2017. Included in this total are 5.5 million Palestine refugees who are under the care of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
  The second group is asylum seekers – people outside their country of origin and receiving international protection, but awaiting the outcome of their claim to refugee status. At the end of 2018 there were 3.5 million asylum seekers globally.
  The third and biggest group, at 41.3 million, is people displaced to other areas within their own country, a category commonly referred to as Internally Displaced People or IDPs."

Previous editions of Global Trends reports can be accessed here.

Follow the live blog to learn about events celebrating refugees around the world.

Many organizations and advocacy groups use World Refugee Day as an opportunity to spotlight new resources and projects. References to these will be included in subsequent blog posts accordingly.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

19 June 2019

Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 2

Thematic annual reports:

Alert 2019! Report on Conflicts, Human Rights and Peacebuilding (Escola de Cultura de Pau, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Global Peace Index 2019: Measuring Peace in a Complex World (Institute for Economics and Peace, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Non-State Conflicts: Trends from 1989 to 2018 (Peace Research Institute Oslo, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Peoples under Threat 2019 (Minority Rights Group) [access]
- See also related briefing.

Trends in Armed Conflict, 1946-2018 [text via ReliefWeb]

The World's Most Neglected Displacement Crises (Norwegian Refugee Council, June 2019) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1 (19 June 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1

Are IDPs Satisfied with the Quality of Public Health and Education Services They Receive? A Long-term Perspective from Urban Areas in the Post-socialist Countries, Background paper for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019 (IDMC, 2019) [text]

"Barbara Harrell-Bond: A Lifelong Connection," Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 102 (May 2019) [text]

Displacement Profiling in Urban Areas: Methodological Approaches for Collecting and Analysing Data on Internal Displacement in Cities, Background paper for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019 (IDMC, 2019) [text]
- See also related Spotlight from the GRID report.

GCM Indicators (RLI Blog, June 2019)
- New posts in this series discuss the implementation of Obj. 8 and provisions on implementation, follow-up and review of the GCM

Global Attitudes Towards Refugees (IPSOS, June 2019) [text]

Global Leaders to Debate Migration, Forced Displacement, SDGs at "European Development Days" (IOM, June 2019) [text]

"Humanity's History of Migration by Sea: From Troy to Lampedusa," DW, 3 June 2019 [text]
- Article discusses Erik Lindner's new book, Flucht übers Meer: Von Troja bis Lampedusa = Flight Across the Sea: From Troy to Lampedusa.

Migration is a Growing Issue, But It Remains a Challenge to Define Who Actually is a Migrant (The Conversation, May 2019) [text]

Reducing Protracted Internal Displacement: A Snapshot of Successful Humanitarian-Development Initiatives (OCHA, June 2019) [text]

Refugees are Finding Their Own Solutions – But are Taking Great Risks in the Process (RLI Blog, June 2019) [text]

Reintegration of Returnees, K4D Helpdesk Report (DFID, April 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Tackle Root Causes of Migration to Protect Refugees and Displaced People from Leaving Their Homes (UN Population Fund, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

World Bank Financing to Support Refugees and Their Hosts: Recommendations for IDA19 (International Rescue Committee & Center for Global Development, June 2019) [text]

Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1 (22 May 2019)
- Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 2 (22 May 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

Thematic Focus: Gender Issues - Pt. 2

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

Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices from Beirut (Plan International, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Being a Father in My New Society: A Qualitative Study of the Fathering Experiences of Men from Refugee Backgrounds Resettled in Australia," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 32, no. 2 (June 2019) [postprint]
- See also related thesis.

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

"Examining Intersections between Violence against Women and Violence against Children: Perspectives of Adolescents and Adults in Displaced Colombian Communities," Conflict and Health, 13:25 (June 2019) [open access]

Migrant and Refugee Caravans: Failed Responses to Women and Children in Need of International Protection and Humanitarian Aid (Women's Refugee Commission, May 2019) [access]
- Follow link for report and summary in English and report in Spanish.

Nobody Wants Us: The Plight of Displaced Female-headed Families in Iraq (Amnesty International, June 2019) [text]

"Strengths and Resilience of Migrant Women in Transit: An Analysis of the Narratives of Central American Women in Irregular Transit Through Mexico Towards the USA," Journal of International Migration and Integration, Latest Articles, 4 June 2019 [open access]

"'We just been forced to do it': Exploring Victimization and Agency among Internally Displaced Young Mothers in Bogotá," Conflict and Health, 13:21 (June 2019) [open access]

"Woman Migrants: Forgotten Victims of South Africa’s Xenophobia," ISS Today, 8 May 2019 [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Gender Issues - Pt. 1 (19 June 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Gender Issues - Pt. 1

*"Conceptualizing Sexual and Gender-based Violence in European Asylum Reception Centers," Archives of Public Health, 77:27 (May 2019) [open access]

Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by 2030: Harnessing National and Regional Laws to Protect Women and Girls (Human Rights Brief, May 2019) [text]

Ending Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Humanitarian Crises Conference, Oslo, 23-24 May 2019 [info]
- See also related OCHA story.

*Even If...: Press Statement for International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (Refugee Law Project, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

*The GBV Accountability Framework: All Humanitarian Actors Have a Role to Play (USAID et al., May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Joint Review: Part 1. Sexual Violence in Conflict; Part 2. Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by International Peacekeepers (Independent Commission for Aid Impact, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Safeguarding Women after Disasters: Some Progress, But Not Enough (The Conversation, May 2019) [text]

Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the Refugee Crisis: From Displacement to Arrival (Univ. of Birmingham) [access]
- Research project at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity; click on the plus (+) sign next to "Working Papers" to access five reports.

Tearing Down the Walls: Confronting the Barriers to Internally Displaced Women & Girls' Participation in Humanitarian Settings (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

Where’s the Money? How the Humanitarian System is Failing to Fund an End of Violence Against Women and Girls (International Rescue Committee, June 2019) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Gender Issues (3 May 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Asia/Pacific - Pt. 2 (Afghans, Rohingya)


Pakistan 2018: Flow Monitoring of Undocumented Afghan Migrants (IOM, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Stuck in the Mud: Urban Displacement and Tenure Security in Kabul’s Informal Settlements, Background paper for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019 (IDMC, March 2019) [text]
- See also related IDMC blog post.

Sustained Interest, Delayed Migration: Emerging Irregular Migration Dynamics in Afghanistan (SEEFAR, April 2019) [text]

A Third of Afghans Have Migrated or Been Displaced since 2012 (IOM, May 2019) [text]


ASEAN: Don’t Whitewash Atrocities against Rohingya (Human Rights Watch, June 2019) [text]

A Brief and Independent Inquiry into the Involvement of the United Nations in Myanmar from 2010 to 2018 (June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

For Rohingya Refugees, There’s No Return in Sight (Human Rights Watch, June 2019) [text]

Rohingya Refugees’ Perspectives on Their Displacement in Bangladesh: Uncertain Futures (ODI et al., June 2019) [text]

The Rohingyas: The Security Dimension of a Deep Humanitarian Crisis (The Interpreter Blog, May 2019) [text]

Study on Localisation of Humanitarian Aid in Bangladesh, Focusing Rohingya Response: Business as Usual or Breaking the Status Quo? (COAST, Dec. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Concludes Visit to Myanmar (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

When Identity Documents and Registration Produce Exclusion: Lessons from Rohingya Experiences in Myanmar (LSE Middle East Centre Blog, May 2019) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia/Pacific - Pt. 1 (19 June 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Asia/Pacific - Pt. 1


Comparing Population Displacement Estimates from Mobile Network Data and Other Sources:  Evidence from the Highlands Earthquake in Papua New Guinea, Background paper for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019 (IDMC, 2019) [text]

Demolition, Forced Evictions and Wellbeing in the City, Background paper for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019 (IDMC, March 2019) [text]
- Focuses on India.

Fear Haunts Refugees in Sri Lanka in Wake of Attacks (UNHCR, May 2019) [text]

"Japan: 99 Percent of Asylum Seekers Rejected," DW, 27 May 2019 [text]

"The Malaysian Government Must Uphold the Customary International Law of Non-refoulement," Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 103 (June 2019) [text]
- See also related article.

*"Most Indians are Sympathetic to Refugees—But Don’t Want Them in Their Own Country," QZ, 20 June 2019 [text]

NGO Workers or Journalists? How Advocacy Group 350 Filled a News Gap for Reporting from the Pacific Region (Humanitarian News Research Network Blog, May 2019) [text]

An Opening for Internally Displaced Person Returns in Northern Myanmar, Asia Briefing, no. 156 (International Crisis Group, May 2019) [text]

"Rubble, Unexploded Bombs, and More than 100,000 Displaced: Marawi Two Years on," The New Humanitarian, 23 May 2019 [text]


Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Asia - Pt. 1 (10 May 2019)
- Regional Focus: Asia - Pt. 2 (Rohingya Crisis) (10 May 2019)

Tagged Publications.

18 June 2019

Thematic Focus: Children & Families - Pt. 2 (U.S.)

United States:

The Central American Minors Program, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the International Refugee Convention (RefLaw Blog, June 2019) [text]

"The Crisis of Children Dying in Custody at the Border, Explained," Vox, 22 May 2019 [text]

The Family Case Management Program: Why Case Management Can and Must be Part of the US Approach to Immigration (Women's Refugee Commission, June 2019) [text]

"Is the United States Safely Repatriating Unaccompanied Children? Law, Policy, and Return to Guatemala," University of Miami Law Review, vol. 73, no. 3 (Spring 2019) [full-text]

"There is No One Here to Protect You": Trauma among Children Fleeing Violence in Central America (Physicians for Human Rights, June 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Unaccompanied Minors at the U.S.-Mexico Border: The Shifting Sands of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status," Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 33, no. 1 (2018) [SSRN]

Updated Procedures for Asylum Applications Filed by Unaccompanied Alien Children, USCIS Memorandum, 31 May 2019 [text via AILA]
- See also related CLINIC resource.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children & Families - Pt. 1 (18 June 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Children & Families - Pt. 1

Achieving Durable Solutions for Returnee Children: What Do We Know? (Save the Children & Samuel Hall, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Child Migrants Around the World are Being Denied Their Human Rights (The Conversation, May 2019) [text]

"The Experiences of Ethiopian Unaccompanied and Separated Migrant Children in Yemen," Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities, vol. 14, no. 1 (2018) [open access]

Family Separation and Family Reunion for Refugees: The Issues (Refugee Council of Australia, May 2019) [text]

Leave No Adolescent Behind: The Gender- and Age-specific Vulnerabilities of Adolescent Refugees and IDPs (ODI, June 2019) [access]
- "The policy note summarises our research findings across refugee communities in Gaza, Jordan and Rwanda, and with internally displaced adolescents in Ethiopia in order to contribute to the broader evidence base essential for advancing programming."

"Lost Childhood": An Insight into Rohingya Parent-child Separation in Bangladesh (Xchange, June 2019) [text]

Report on Asylum Procedures for Children, EASO Practice Guide Series (European Asylum Support Office, May 2019) [text]

UK: Interim Guidance on Age Assessment Following Latest Judgment (AIDA, May 2019) [text]

"Where’s the Well: DNA Evidence, Personal Narratives and Unpredictability in Finnish Family Reunification," Migration Studies, vol. 7, no. 2 (June 2019) [free full-text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children & Families (22 May 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 2

Europe & Australia:

Embarking on the Next Journey: Innovations in Predeparture Orientation Programs for Refugees, Webinar, 12 June 2019 [info]
- Follow link for audio and Powerpoint slides.

"Federal Government under Mounting Pressure to Resettle Refugees on Manus Island and Nauru," ABC News, 17 June 2019 [text]

New German Resettlement Program Enlists Members of Civil Society as Mentors to Help Refugees Integrate Better (InfoMigrants, May 2019) [text]

A New Model for Community Refugee Sponsorship in Australia, (Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy 2018-2022: Evidence of Integration (Scottish Govt., May 2019) [text]

New Video Series Highlights Benefits of Refugee Resettlement Across Europe (ICMC, May 2019) [access]

Refugee Integration in Europe Since the ‘Crisis’, EUI Working Paper, no. RSCAS 2019/31 (European Univ. Institute, May 2019) [text]

Social Innovation for Refugee Inclusion: From Bright Spots to System Change (Migration Policy Institute, June 2019) [text]

That Trump Phone Call to Australia and What It Means to Refugees Today (The Interpreter Blog, June 2019) [text]
- See also related Guardian article.

UK Has Updated the Way It Measures Integration – Now It’s Everybody’s Job to Make Refugees Welcome (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

UNHCR Welcomes Meaningful New UK Commitment to Refugee Resettlement (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]
- See also related Independent article.

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

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 1


"'And Slowly, the Integration and the Growing and the Learning': Nuanced Notions of Integration of Bhutanese Refugees in US Cities," Social Sciences, vol. 8, no. 6 (June 2019) [open access]

Brazil Welcomes First Central American Refugees under Regional Resettlement Programme (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]

*Canada Now Leads the World in Refugee Resettlement, Surpassing the U.S. (Pew's Fact Tank Blog, June 2019) [text]

Chart of the Day: Where America's Refugees Came from in 2018 (World Economic Forum Blog, June 2019) [text]

"How Well Do Refugees Integrate into American Society?," Insights by Stanford Business, 12 June 2019 [text]

*Humanitarian Protection Statistics (Migration Policy Institute) [access]
- "Use our interactive maps and data to find out where refugees and asylum seekers originate and the countries in which they reside, as well as annual asylum applications by country of destination. Learn which countries are the leading countries of refugee resettlement, where particular refugee populations have dispersed around the world, and more."

"Jared Kushner’s Telling Indifference on Refugees," Vox, 3 June 2019 [text]

Politics Resettled: The Case of the Palestinian Diaspora in Chile, RSC Working Paper, no. 128  (May 2019) [text]

*"The Post–World War II Resettlement of European Refugees in Venezuela: A Twofold Translation of Migration," Chapter in Processes of Spatialization in the Americas: Configurations and Narratives (Peter Lang, Dec. 2018) [open access]

"Refugees and Asylees in the United States," Migration Information Source, 13 June 2019 [text]

Trump’s Policies are Harming Refugees Worldwide (Human Rights Watch, May 2019) [text]

"What Happens When the United States Stops Taking in Refugees?," Contexts, vol. 18, no. 2 (2019) [free full-text]

Where are the Refugees? Drastic Cuts to Resettlement Harming Refugees, Communities, and American Leadership (Refugee Council USA, June 2019) [text]

With Record High Global Displacement Numbers, How is the U.S. Responding? (International Rescue Committee, June 2019) [access]


Related posts:
- Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 1 (27 May 2019)
- Thematic Focus: Solutions - Pt. 2 (27 May 2019)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 2


"Examining Intersections between Violence against Women and Violence against Children: Perspectives of Adolescents and Adults in Displaced Colombian Communities," Conflict and Health, 13:25 (June 2019) [open access]

A Fragile Welcome: Ecuador’s Response to the Influx of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants (Refugees International, June 2019) [text]

Migrant Apprehensions and Deportations Increase in Mexico, But Remain Below Recent Highs (Pew Research, June 2019) [text]

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

"The Syrian Canadian Sports Club: A Community-Based Participatory Action Research Project with/for Syrian Youth Refugees," Social Sciences, vol. 8, no. 6 (May 2019) [open access]

*The Urban Displaced: Fleeing Criminal Violence in Latin American Cities, Background paper for the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2019 (IDMC, 2019) [text]


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

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 1

Media & press releases:

"As Peru Tightens Its Border, Desperate Venezuelans Cling to Asylum Lifeline," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 16 June 2019 [text]

"A Look at Mexican Efforts to Stem Tide of Migrants," VOA News, 11 May 2019 [text]

"Mexico Aims to Avoid Tariffs with Potential Deal Limiting Migrants Going North, Allowing U.S. to Deport Central American Asylum Seekers," Washington Post, 6 June 2019 [text]

"Mexico Releases the Full Text of Trump’s Immigration 'Deal'," Vox, 15 June 2019 [text]

Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela Top 4 Million (UNHCR & IOM, June 2019) [text]

Support for Venezuelans ‘Needed More Than Ever,’ says Deputy High Commissioner (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]

*"Trump Hints at Guatemala Migrant Deal, Cuts Aid to Central America," VOA News, 18 June 2019 [text]

UNHCR Appeals for Regional Talks on Central America Displacement (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]

Blog posts & commentary:

The 1967 Refugee Protocol and the Challenges of a Regional Agreement in Latin America (Notice & Comment Blog, May 2019) [text]

El Proceso de Regularización Migratoria en Chile y el Riesgo de Expulsiones Masivas (Border Criminologies Blog, June 2019) [text]

A Growing Source of Canadian Asylum-seekers: US Citizens Whose Parents were Born Elsewhere (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

Migrants Will Pay the Price of Mexico’s Tariff Deal with Trump (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

Thousands of Asylum Seekers Left Waiting at the US-Mexico Border (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

Trump Wants to Change Mexican Migration Policy. Actually, He Should Learn from It (Niskanen Center Blog, May 2019) [text]  

*Why Donald Trump’s Threat of Tariffs to Stop Irregular Migration will not Work on Mexico (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]


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

Tagged Publications.

14 June 2019

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 2

Reports & journal articles:

2018 USCIS Statistical Report (USCIS, May 2019) [text]

The Attorney General’s Judges: How the U.S. Immigration Courts Became a Deportation Tool (Southern Poverty Law Center & Innovation Law Lab, June 2019) [text]

Burgeoning Immigration Judge Workloads (TRAC, May 2019) [text]

Chaos, Confusion, and Danger: The Remain in Mexico Program in El Paso (Women's Refugee Commission, May 2019) [text]

Department of State Report: Implementation of Presidential Proclamation 9645, December 8, 2017 to March 31, 2019 [text via ImmigrationProf Blog]

Effective Border Management Begins with Improving the U.S. Asylum System, Policy Brief (AILA, June 2019) [text]

"'Merit-Based' Immigration: Trump Proposal Would Dramatically Revamp Immigrant Selection Criteria, But with Modest Effects on Numbers," Migration Information Source, 30 May 2019 [text]
- See also related webinar.

"The Promise and Challenge of Humanitarian Protection in the United States: Making Temporary Protected Status Work as a Safe Haven," Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, vol. 15 (Forthcoming, 2019) [preprint]

Temporary Protected Status: An Overview (American Immigration Council, May 2019) [text]


All State Public Benefits Charts (National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project) [access]
- Follow link for a guide to using the benefits map and charts for each individual state.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1 (14 June 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1


"The Border is in Crisis. Here’s How It Got This Bad," Vox, updated 5 June 2019 [text]

"Extending 'Zero Tolerance' to People Who Help Migrants Along the Border," NPR, 28 May 2019 [text]

"The Trump Administration is Hiding How It Decides Asylum Cases, Advocates Say," Pacific Standard, 7 June 2019 [text]

"A Victim of Terrorism Faces Deportation for Helping Terrorists," New Yorker, 12 June 2019 [text]

"What Would It Actually Take to Fix the Asylum System?," Mother Jones, 28 May 2019 [text]

Blog posts & commentary:

5 Facts about Illegal Immigration in the U.S. (Pew's Fact Tank, June 2019) [text]

The Asylum Backlog, Ad Nauseam Edition (The Asylumist Blog, June 2019) [text]

"Legitimate" Asylum Seeker Urges President Trump to Build That Wall! (The Asylumist Blog, May 2019) [text]

Matter of M-S- and the Continuing Battle Over ‘Zero Tolerance’ (Lawfare Blog, May 2019) [text]

Refugee Protection at Risk: Remain in Mexico and Other Efforts to Undermine the U.S. Asylum System (Harvard Law Review Blog, May 2019) [text]

Resolving Negusie: The Attorney General Should Recognize a Broad Duress Defense to Article 1(F)(a) and Grant Asylum (RefLaw Blog, June 2019) [text]

The Trump Administration Continues to Attack Low-Income Immigrants (Immigration Impact Blog, May 2019) [text]

What Trump's Spring 2019 Unified Regulatory Agenda Reveals about Immigration Policy (ImmigrationProf Blog, June 2019) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1 (23 May 2019)
- Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 2 (23 May 2019)

Tagged Publications. 

13 June 2019

Regional Focus: Australia


Expert panel: Refugees: Prospects & Potential – Insights from Personal, Research and Program Experience, Melbourne, 20 June 2019 [info]
- RSVP required; email questions for panel members by 17 June 2019.

Blog posts & commentary:

Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy History: A Story of Blunders and Shame (The Conversation, June 2019) [text]

Cruel, and No Deterrent: Why Australia's Policy on Asylum Seekers Must Change (The Conversation, May 2019) [text]

‘Humanitarian Borderwork’: Tensions Between Humanitarianism and Securitization for NGOs Working with Asylum Seekers in Australia (Border Criminologies Blog, May 2019) [text]

Protection or Punishment for Refugees: What are the Election Policies? (Pursuit, May 2019) [text]

Resisting the ‘Structurally Embedded Border’ in Australia (Border Criminologies Blog, May 2019) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

"Being a Father in My New Society: A Qualitative Study of the Fathering Experiences of Men from Refugee Backgrounds Resettled in Australia," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 32, no. 2 (June 2019) [postprint]

Immigration, Population Growth and Voters: Who Cares, and Why? - The October/November 2018 TAPRI Survey (Australian Population Research Institute, April 2019) [text via APO]

Kaldor Centre Principles for Australian Refugee Policy (June 2019) [access]
- Follow link for key priorities and full report. See also related SBS news article.

"Outsourcing, Responsibility and Refugee Claim-Making in Australia’s Offshore Detention Regime," Chapter in Profit and Protest in the Asylum Industry (PM Press, Forthcoming 2019) [preprint]

"Status-making: Rethinking Migrant Categorization," Journal of Sociology, vol. 55, no. 2 (2019) [abstract]

"Temporary Migrants as an Uneasy Presence in Immigrant Societies: Reflections on Ambivalence in Australia," International Journal of Comparative Sociology, vol. 60, nos. 1-2 (2019) [Monash Univ.]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (9 May 2019)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2


The EU-Turkey Refugee Deal: A Greek Myth (Free Movement Blog, June 2019) [text]

How to Make Concrete Progress on the Global Compact on Refugees Starting with Turkey and the EU (Order from Chaos Blog, June 2019) [text]

"Liminality and the Asylum Process in Switzerland," Anthropology Today, vol. 35, no. 3 (June 2019) [open access]

"Migration and Integration in Czechia: Policy Advances and the Hand Brake of Populism," Migration Information Source, 6 June 2019) [text]

Targeting Solidarity: Criminalization and Harassment of People Defending Refugee and Migrant Rights in Northern France (Amnesty International, June 2019) [Eng. text] [Fre. text]

UNHCR Urges Italy to Reconsider Proposed Decree Affecting Rescue at Sea in the Central Mediterranean (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]
- See also related DW article.


Sonopolis: Sound, Citizenship, and Migrant Activisms in Athens, Oxford, 29 May 2019 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (13 June 2019)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1

Blog posts & news:

All in Vain? The Fate of EP Positions on Asylum Reform after the European Elections (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, May 2019) [text]

Anti-immigration Sentiments are Dropping Across Europe, Study Finds (World Economic Forum Blog, June 2019) [text]

"Asylum Seekers in EU on the Rise Again: Report," Politico, 10 June 2019 [text]
- See also related DW article and EASO stats.

"ICC Submission Seeks to Hold the EU Accountable for Creation of 'World’s Deadliest Migration Route'," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 7 June 2019 [text]

The Recast of the EU Returns Directive: Human Rights Lost Again? (RLI Blog, May 2019) [text]

UNHCR’s Grandi and IOM’s Vitorino Discuss Challenges Ahead with EU Home Affairs Ministers: Joint UNHCR-IOM Press Release (June 2019) [text]

Reports & articles:

African Migration to the EU: Irregular Migration in Context, GMDAC Briefing (IOM, 2019) [text]

Asylum, Migration, the Lisbon Charter and Brexit, EUI Working Paper, no. RSCAS 2019/40 (European Univ. Institute, June 2019) [text]

Housing Out of Reach? The Reception of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Europe (AIDA, May 2019) [text]

"The Migration Crisis and the European Union Border Regime," Chapter in EU Law Beyond EU Borders: The Extraterritorial Reach of EU Law (Oxford Univ. Press, Forthcoming June 2019) [SSRN]

Pushback Policies and Practice in Council of Europe Member States (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

Returning Migrants: Europe’s Focus, but at What Cost? (Institute for Security Studies, May 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

UNHCR's Recommendations for the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) (UNHCR, June 2019) [text]
- See also related press release.

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (28 May 2019)
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2 (28 May 2019)

Tagged Publications.

11 June 2019

Events & Opportunities: Leading Up to World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is 20 June 2019. This year's international theme is "Take a Step with Refugees."

There are always many activities to participate in during the lead-up to World Refugee Day, including but not limited to:

Refugee Food Festival [info]
- To celebrate World Refugee Day, restaurants in 15 cities will open their kitchens up to refugee chefs. Menus will be available to taste on various dates throughout June.

Refugee Week Australia, 16-22 June 2019 [info]
- This year's theme is "Share a Meal, Share a Story."

Refugee Week United Kingdom, 17-23 June 2019 [info]
- This year's theme is "You, Me and Those Who Came Before."

Also watch for UNHCR's annual Global Trends Report, which is always issued on or around World Refugee Day.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

New Issue of RSQ

The latest issue of Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) has been published. Contents of vol. 38, no. 2, June 2019 include:

  • The Global Compact on Refugees and Burden Sharing: Will the Compact Address the Normative Gap Concerning Burden Sharing? [abstract] [related blog post]
  • Where the Heart is and Where It Hurts: Conceptions of Home for People Fleeing Conflict [abstract]
  • Seldom, Superficial, and Soon Gone: Television News Coverage of Refugees in the United States, 2006–2015 [abstract]
  • Conceptualising Obstacles to Local Integration of Refugees in Ghana [abstract]
  • Inter-Organisational Cooperation in Resettlement Programmes: A Tripartite Approach [abstract]

Tagged Periodicals.

New Issue of JRS

The latest issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) has been published. Contents of vol. 32, no. 2, June 2019 include:
  • Breaking the Spell of Silence: Collective Healing as Activism amongst Refugee Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in Uganda [abstract]
  • ‘Is Wellbeing Possible when You Are Out of Place?’: Ethnographic Insight into Resilience among Urban Refugees in Yaoundé, Cameroon [abstract]
  • Humans and Animals in a Refugee Camp: Baquba, Iraq, 1918–20 [free full-text]
  • Islam, the State and Turkey’s Syrian Refugees: The Vaiz of Bursa [abstract] [postprint]
  • Unaccompanied Children Claiming Asylum on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity [abstract]
  • Erosion of Meaning in Life: African Asylum Seekers’ Experiences of Seeking Asylum in Ireland [abstract] [preprint]
  • Between Clothes and the Body: National and Gender Identity among Eritrean Women Refugees [abstract]
  • Being a Father in My New Society: A Qualitative Study of the Fathering Experiences of Men from Refugee Backgrounds Resettled in Australia [abstract] [postprint] [thesis]

Four book reviews are also included.

Tagged Periodicals.

10 June 2019

New Book Titles

Please see references to new books posted on my Forced Migration Library blog.

Tagged Books.