28 February 2020

Thematic Focus: Gender Issues - Pt. 2

Journal articles:

"Barriers and Facilitators to Care-seeking among Survivors of Gender-based Violence in the Dadaab Refugee Complex," Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 28, no. 1 (2020) [open access]

"Matter of A-B- One Year Later: Winning Back Gender-based Asylum Through Litigation and Legislation," Santa Clara Journal of International Law, vol. 18, no. 1 (2020) [full-text]

"Migration, Stress and the Challenges of Accessing Food: An Exploratory Study of the Experience of Recent Afghan Women Refugees in Adelaide, Australia," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 4 (Feb. 2020) [open access]

"Mortality in Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh: Historical, Social, and Political Context," Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 27, no. 2 (2019) [open access]

"Reconfiguring the Deserving Refugee: Cultural Categories of Worth and the Making of Refugee Policy," Law & Society Review, vol. 54, no. 1 (March 2020) [free full-text]


Degradation by Design: Corrosive Control in the Lives of Women Seeking Asylum in Bordered Britain, Oxford, 5 Feb. 2020 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Related post:
Thematic Focus: Gender Issues - Pt. 1 (28 Feb. 2020)

Thematic Focus: Gender Issues - Pt. 1

Blog posts & press:

"How Mexico and Central America's Femicide Epidemic Drives and Complicates the Migrant Crisis," The New Humanitarian, 27 Feb. 2020 [text]

Interview with Special Envoy for Women Peace & Security (African Union, Feb. 2020) [Part 1] [Part 2]


Humanitarian Action 2020 Overview (UN Population Fund, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also related news story.

Seeking Asylum in Greece: Women and Unaccompanied Children Struggle to Survive (Refugees International, Feb. 2020) [access]
- Follow link for report in English and Greek.

Supporting Resilience in Syria: Women's Experience of the Conflict and the "New Normal" (CARE, Feb. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian Refugee Women’s Roles: How the Conflict Has Affected the Role of Women within Their Families and Communities (Positively and Negatively) within Refugee Hosting Communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey (CARE, Feb. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related press release.

Will I Ever Be Safe? Asylum-seeking Women Made Destitute in the UK (Women for Refugee Women, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also related Guardian article.

Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 2

Journal articles:

"An Analysis of Large-Scale Forced Migration in Africa," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 16, no. 21 (Oct. 2019) [open access]

"Behind the Scenes of South Africa’s Asylum Procedure: A Qualitative Study on Long-term Asylum-Seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo," Refugee Survey Quarterly, Advance Articles, 20 Feb. 2020 [open access]

"Causes and Impacts of Internal Displacement in Ethiopia," African Journal of Social Work, vol. 9, no. 2 (2019) [open access]
- See also related working paper.

"Has South Africa Committed in Good Faith to Article 34 of the UN Refugee Convention, which Calls for the Naturalisation of Refugees?,” Law, Democracy and Development, vol. 23 (2019) [open access]

"Home is Where the Heart is: Identity, Return and the Toleka Bicycle Taxi Union in Congo’s Equateur," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 27 Feb. 2020 [open access]

"The Illegal Eviction of Undocumented Foreigners from South Africa," African Human Rights Law Journal, vol. 19, no. 2 (2019) [open access]

"The Impact of the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa," African Human Rights Law Journal, vol. 19, no. 2 (2019) [open access]

"Surviving Hostilities in Alien Cityscapes: Experiences of Zimbabwean Irregular Migrants at Plastic View Informal Settlement, Pretoria East, South Africa," African Journal of Social Work, vol. 9, no. 2 (2019) [open access]

Related post:
Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 1 (28 Feb. 2020)

Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 1


Call for applications: Africa Research Group [info]
- No deadline indicated.

Crowdfunding: Support the participation of Buduburam refugees to attend IASFM18! [info]
- Note: The goal is £4,700.

Blog posts & press:

Decolonization’s Borders (Africa is a Country Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]
- Focuses on South Africa.

In 12 Months Sahel Violence Displaces More than 700,000 in Burkina Faso (UNHCR, Feb. 2020) [text]

Peacebuilding in South Sudan Looks to Refugees in Uganda (Africa at LSE Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also related IDMC blog post.

UNHCR Welcomes Ethiopia's Ratification of Kampala Convention (UNHCR, Feb. 2020) [text]


*Comprehensive Refugee Responses in the Horn of Africa: Regional Leadership on Education, Livelihoods and Durable Solutions (SOAS Research and Evidence Facility, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also related summary of findings.

From Global Refugee Norms to Local Realities: Implementing the Global Compact on Refugees in Kenya, Briefing Paper, no. 19 (German Development Institute, 2019) [text]

Humanitarian Access SCORE Report: Northeast Nigeria - Survey on the Coverage, Operational Reach, and Effectiveness of Humanitarian Aid (Humanitarian Outcomes, Jan. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Us" and "Them": Prosocial Attitudes between Refugees and Host Communities Exposed to Armed Conflict: Experimental Evidence from Northern Uganda, Discussion Papers on Development Policy, no. 292 (Center for Development Research, Feb. 2020) [text via AgEcon]


Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 1 (11 Feb. 2020)
Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 2 (11 Feb. 2020)

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

27 February 2020

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

Events & opportunities:

Symposium: Borderline: Problems and Perspectives in Global Migration, Berkeley, CA, 28 February 2020 [info]

CFP: Berkeley Law Journal [info]
- "[S]cholarly works on the themes of migration, refugee law, and asylum law" are sought for Symposium issue. Submission deadline is 1 March 2020.

Blog posts:

The End of Protection? Cessation and the "Return Turn" in Refugee Law (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, Jan. 2020) [text]

International Law and the Cold War: The Case of the 1967 Refugee Protocol (Notice & Comment Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

New OA book: 

The Michigan Guidelines on the International Protection of Refugees (Maize Books, 2020) [open access]
- "The Michigan Guidelines on the International Protection of Refugees are the result of a collective endeavor of hundreds of scholars, advocates, judges, and international officials to tackle some of the most important and challenging questions in international refugee law. This volume presents 20 years of the Guidelines — the consensus work of senior Michigan Law students and experts from around the world on cutting-edge refugee law concerns — in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian)."

Reports & journal articles:

European Refugee Law and the Situation of Refugees in East Africa, RLI Working Paper, no. 43 (Refugee Law Initiative, Feb. 2020) [text]

"Introduction," Chapter in Refugee Law after 9/11: Sanctuary and Security in Canada and the United States (UBC Press, Feb. 2020) [access]
- Select "sample chapter" to view the introduction.

"Reconfiguring the Deserving Refugee: Cultural Categories of Worth and the Making of Refugee Policy," Law & Society Review, vol. 54, no. 1 (March 2020) [free full-text]

"Safe Zones and the Internal Protection Alternative," International and Comparative Law Quarterly (Forthcoming, 2020) [preprint]

Understanding Decisions Made on Asylum Applications in Host Countries, Policy Research Working Paper, no. WPS9153 (World Bank, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also related blog post.

Related posts:

Thematic Focus: Solutions


Call for participation: 6th European Migration Forum, Brussels, 2-3 June 2020 [info]
- The theme of the forum is "Making Integration Work: Towards a More Inclusive European Society." Submission deadline is 3 March 2020.

Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees [info]
- The Spring 2020 issue will focus on "Complementary Pathways to Refugees’ Protection." Articles are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Frontiers in Human Dynamics & Frontiers in Political Science [info]
- Contributions sought for a research topic on "Managing Forced Displacement: Refugee Resettlement and Complementary Pathways." Manuscripts can be submitted to either of the a/m journals. Submission deadline is 24 March 2020.

Blog posts & press:

"The Cracks in Our Admired Private Refugee Sponsorship Program," Policy Options Magazine, 30 Jan. 2020 [text]

First Major Group of Ethiopian Refugees Return Home from Kenya (UNHCR, Feb. 2020) [text]

The Future of Refugee Resettlement: Made in Europe? (MPI Commentary, Feb. 2020) [text]

More Resettlement Needed as Only 4.5 Per Cent of Global Resettlement Needs Met in 2019 (UNHCR, Feb. 2020) [text]

Resettlement at a Glance (January-December 2019) (UNHCR, Feb. 2020)
- Follow link for infographic.

Reports & journal articles:

"Despite Trump Invitation to Stop Taking Refugees, Red and Blue States Alike Endorse Resettlement," Migration Information Source, 29 Jan. 2020 [full-text]

Límites y Retos del Estado: Procesos de Integración de la Comunidad Venezolana en Perú (Lutheran World Relief et al., Jan. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Path of Least Resistance? EU Cities and Locally Organised Resettlement," Forced Migration Review, no. 63 (Feb. 2020) [open access]

*"Refuge under Austerity: The UK’s Refugee Settlement Schemes and the Multiplying Practices of Bordering," Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latest Articles, 27 Jan. 2020 [Academia]

Rethinking Return: Lessons from Colombia, Liberia and Nigeria (Woodrow Wilson School & Mercy Corps, March 2019; posted Feb. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

Somalia: Lessons Learned from the EU RE-INTEG Durable Solutions Consortia (2017-2020) (ReDSS, Oct. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

When "Self-Sufficiency" is not Sufficient: How the American Refugee Resettlement System Fails to Protect and Fulfill Refugees' Social and Economic Rights, Thesis (Columbia Univ., 2020) [text]

Watch for:

ECRE/UNHCR Thematic Report Launch: "Follow the Money III" [info]
- On 3 March 2020, UNHCR and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) will launch the “Follow the Money III” report, on the use of AMIF financial incentives (lump sums) provided to EU Member States participating in refugee resettlement and intra-EU relocation. The objectives of the report are to map and assess how the use of AMIF funds incentivises the use of safe and legal routes for those seeking international protection."


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Solutions (23 Jan. 2020)

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

New Issue of FMR

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review (FMR) has been published. The theme of FMR63 is "Cities and Towns" Here is the description:

"Cities and towns are on the frontline of receiving and welcoming people who have been displaced. In this issue of FMR, policymakers, practitioners, researchers, representatives of cities and international city-focused alliances, and displaced people themselves debate the challenges facing both the urban authorities and their partners, and the people who come to live there."

Twenty articles focusing on this theme are included, along with two general articles on other topics.

The Editors' Briefing provides a more detailed overview of the themed articles. In addition, readers can access FMR articles 1) individually, in HTML & PDF formats, 2) via the digest feature, or 3) as a complete issue.

Back issues of FMR are available here.

FMR is an open access publication. It is available online and in print in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. Audio versions of articles are available in English.

Tagged Periodicals.

Thematic Focus: Children & Families

Reports & journal articles:

American Psychological Association Calls for Immediate Halt to Sharing Immigrant Youths' Confidential Psychotherapy Notes with ICE (American Psychological Association, Feb. 2020) [text]
- Follow link for letter.

Children Affected by Armed Conflict, 1990–2018, Conflict Trends, no. 1 (PRIO, 2020) [text]

"Educational, Psychosocial and Protection Outcomes of Child‐ and Youth‐Focused Programming with Somali Refugees in Buramino Camp, Dollo Ado, Ethiopia," Disasters, Accepted Articles, 19 July 2019 [open access]

Family Reunification Rights of Refugees and Beneficiaries of Subsidiary Protection (EPRS, Feb. 2020) [text]

In Children’s Best Interests: Advancing a Fundamental Standard for the Treatment of Immigrant Children, Washington, DC, 13-14 Feb. 2020 [info]
- Follow link for conference documents, slide presentations, and video recordings. Video is also available via Refugees International.

Intergenerational Impact of Population Shocks on Children's Health: Evidence from the 1993-2001 Refugee Crisis in Tanzania, Policy Research Working Paper, no. 9075 (World Bank, Dec. 2019) [text]
- See also related Development for Peace blog post.

"Matter of L-E-A-: Attorney General Overrules Finding of Family as a Social Group," Harvard Law Review, vol. 133, no. 4 (2020) [full-text]

*"The Protection of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors Under International Human Rights Law: Revisiting Old Concepts and Confronting New Challenges in Modern Migrant Flows," American University International Law Review, vol. 35, no. 2 (2020) [full-text]

Safeguarding Children's Rights in Immigration Law (Intersentia, 2020) [info]
- Read the Preface for more information. The chapter entitled "Appellate Asylum and Migration Proceedings in Belgium: Challenges for the Best Interests of the Child Principle and Unity of Jurisprudence" can be accessed via the Univ. of Ghent.

"They have erased the dreams of my children": Children’s Rights in the Syrian Arab Republic, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/43/CRP.6 (Human Rights Council, Jan. 2020) [access via ReliefWeb]
- Follow link for report in English and Arabic.

*"Voices from Syrian Minors as Refugees: Expectations from the International Community," Child Indicators Research, Latest Articles, 20 Feb. 2020 [Academia]

*Voices from the Border: Voices of Unaccompanied Migrant and Refugee Children, Washington, DC, 27 Feb. 2020 [info]
- Follow link for video.

"You Will Never See Your Child Again": The Persistent Psychological Effects of Family Separation (Physicians for Human Rights, Feb. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Follow link for executive summary and full report. A Spanish version of the press release is also available.


Related post:
Thematic Focus: Children & Families (28 Jan. 2020)

26 February 2020

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects


Online course: Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees: Strengthening the Humanitarian-Development Nexus through Capacity Building, 2 March-13 April 2020 [info]
- Register by 2 March 2020. More info. available via UNITAR.

Blog posts & press:

"Germany: Half of Refugees Find Jobs within Five Years," DW, 4 Feb. 2020 [text]

*The Share of Immigrant Workers in High-skill Jobs is Rising in the U.S. (FactTank, Feb. 2020) [text]

"Will Trump's 'Public Charge' Rule Destroy the Economy?," Forbes, 28 Jan. 2020 [text via LexisNexis]
- See also related PBS News Hour story.

Reports & journal articles:

Access to Formal Employment and Mobility: Colombian and Venezuelan Forced Migrants in Ecuador, RLI Working Paper, no. 42 (Refugee Law Initiative, Feb. 2020) [text]

"Egyptian Workers in Jordan Hopeful Despite Syrian Influx," Cairo Review of Global Affairs, 4 Feb. 2020 [text]

How the EU and Turkey Can Promote Self-reliance for Syrian Refugees through Agricultural Trade (Brookings, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also related blog post.

The Impact of Administration Policies on Immigration Levels and Labor Force Growth (National Foundation for American Policy, Feb. 2020) [text]
- "[The National Foundation for American Policy] projects in the long term that the average annual U.S. labor force growth, a key component of economic growth, will be between 35% and 59% lower in America as a result of Trump administration immigration policies, if the policies remain in place." See also related Washington Post comment.

Measuring the Costs of Internal Displacement on IDPs and Hosts: Case Studies in Eswanti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Jan. 2020) [text]

The Migrant Union: Digital Livelihoods for People on the Move (UN Development Programme, Dec. 2019) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Participation au Marché du Travail des Réfugiés et Demandeurs d’Asile à Bruxelles: Innovation et Complémentarité Institutionnelle," Brussels Studies, art. no. 135 (May 2019) [open access]

"Syrian Refugee Entrepreneurship in Turkey: Integration and the Use of Immigrant Capital in the Informal Economy," Social Inclusion, vol. 7, no. 4 (2019) [open access]


Employment Services for Refugees: Leveraging Mainstream U.S. Systems and Funding, Washington, DC, 23 Jan. 2020 [info]
- Follow link for webinar recording.


Related posts:
Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 1 (25 Jan. 2020)
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects - Pt. 2 (25 Jan. 2020)

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 2

Reports & journal articles:

Analysis of FY 2018 Legal Immigration Statistics (National Foundation for American Policy, Jan. 2020) [text]

Change is Hard: Managing Fear and Anxiety about Demographic Change and Immigration in Polarized Times (Welcoming America, 2020) [text]

A Changing Nation: Population Projections under Alternative Migration Scenarios (U.S. Census Bureau, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also related Brookings analysis.

"Collection: National Emergencies," Yale Law Journal, 15 Feb. 2020 [access]

Deported to Danger: United States Deportation Policies Expose Salvadorans to Death and Abuse (Human Rights Watch, Feb. 2020) [text]

"Empathic Humanitarianism: Understanding the Motivations behind Humanitarian Work with Migrants at the US–Mexico Border," Journal on Migration and Human Security, OnlineFirst, 20 Jan. 2020 [open access]

"Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States," Migration Information Source, 14 Feb. 2020 [full-text]

Immigration: Actions Needed to Strengthen USCIS's Oversight and Data Quality of Credible and Reasonable Fear Screenings (Government Accountability Office, Feb. 2020) [text]

Perverse Incentives: An Analysis of the Border-management Industry in the United States, RSC Working Paper, no. 132 (Refugee Studies Centre, Feb. 2020) [text]


Symposium: Immigration Law in Shifting Times, Denver, 7 Feb. 2020 [info]
- Follow link for recording of presentations. See also useful overview from ImmigrationProf Blog.


Why Internal Relocation is Not Feasible for Most Central American Asylum Seekers: New Resources for Asylum Attorneys [access]
- "[T]he Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Law School and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) released a new series of Annotated Table of Contents (ATOCs) for lawyers supporting cases of asylum seekers fleeing Central America’s Northern Triangle region. ATOCs are a tool asylum attorneys and their clients use to bolster their arguments with detailed, authoritative, and compelling information about country conditions."

Related post:
Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1 (26 Feb. 2020)

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1

Events & opportunities: 

Job announcement: Senior Writer - Immigration, Vera Institute of Justice [info]
- No application deadline indicated.

Immigration Law Webinar, 3 March 2020 [info]
-  Hosted by Stephen Yale-Loehr.

Job announcement: Editorial and Research Professional, Center for Migration Studies [info]
- Apply by 14 March 2020.

 2020 AILA Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, 17-20 June 2020 [info]
- Deadline for early bird registration is 4 May 2020.

Blog posts & press:

The All-or-Nothing Problem (The Asylumist Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Conditions in Border Facilities Deny Asylum Seekers Meaningful Screening Interviews (Immigration Impact Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Counterterrorism Laws Punish Legitimate Asylum Seekers (Just Security Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

"How Stephen Miller Manipulates Donald Trump to Further His Immigration Obsession," New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2020 [text]
- Listen to related podcast.

"How the Trump Administration Uses the 'Hidden Weapons' of Immigration Law," New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2020 [text]
- See also related Vox article and ImmigrationProf blog post.

Never Mind "America First" — Trump’s Newly Expanded Immigration Ban Puts Americans Last (Just Security Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

New Data Shows That Most (But Not All) Asylum Offices are Getting Tougher (The Asylumist Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also related TRAC statistics.

Over 50 Rights Groups Call on Congress to Establish an Independent Immigration Court [text]
- Follow link for letter.

Supreme Court to Decide Case about Judicial Review of Expedited Removal (Lawfare Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Trump’s Expanded Travel Ban and Other Immigration Madness (The Insightful Immigration Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also related Vox article and Immigration Impact post.

With Public Charge Rule Now in Effect, Trump Achieves One of the Largest Cuts to Legal Immigration (Immigration Impact Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Related post:

25 February 2020

Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 2

Reports & journal articles:

Global Appeal 2020-2021 (UNHCR, 2020) [access]
- Follow link to access appeal by individual chapter or full PDF.

"An International Analysis of Governmental Media Campaigns to Deter Asylum Seekers," International Journal of Communication, vol. 14 (2020) [open access]
- Focuses on the governments of Australia, Norway and the United States.

IOM Handbook on Protection and Assistance for Migrants Vulnerable to Violence, Exploitation and Abuse (IOM, 2019; launched Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also two sets of guidelines which complement the Handbook: IOM Guidance on Referral Mechanisms for the Protection and Assistance of Migrants Vulnerable to Violence, Exploitation and Abuse and Victims of Trafficking and IOM Guidance on Response Planning for Migrants Vulnerable to Violence, Exploitation and Abuse. More info in this press release.

Mapping Private Sector Engagement Along the Migration Cycle: Summary Report (European Centre for Development Policy Management, Feb. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Materializing Ethical Matters of Concern: Practicing Ethics in a Refugee Camp," International Journal of Communication, vol. 13 (2019) [open access]

Meaningful Refugee Participation as Transformative Leadership: Guidelines for Concrete Action (Global Refugee-led Network, Dec. 2019) [text]


Colonial Mobilities and Global Inequality: Why European Settlers Ought Not to be Regarded as Migrants, Oxford, 12 Feb. 2020 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Web site:

Scientific Hub of the Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (Migration Policy Centre) [access
- "[T]he first online tool that allows users to explore the effect of more than 120 'Indicators' on attitudes to immigration. These indicators are classified under 27 general descriptions such as socio-demographics, individual attitudes and country characteristics."

Related post:

Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1

Events & opportunities:

Call for participation: Model UN Refugee Challenge [info]
- Note: The MUN challenge formerly had four deadlines for registering. However, now, "MUN organizers should register for the Challenge at least 6 weeks before the start of their MUN conference." Topics include 1) Climate change and displacement; 2) Countering toxic narratives about refugees and migrants; 3) Supporting the economic inclusion of refugees; 4) Improving access to education for refugees.

CFP: Internment Camps: The (Enforced) Placement and "Custody" of Refugees in the Past and the Present, Vienna, 3-4 December 2020 [info]
- Submit proposals by 29 February 2020.

*Reporting fellowship: Global Migration, Refugees and Resettlement, GroundTruth [info]
- Apply by 2 March 2020.

Meeting: 77th Meeting of the Standing Committee, Geneva, 10-12 March 2020 [info]

Seminar: 'Nothing about Us without Us': The Rise of Refugee Self-representation in Global Dialogue on Forced Displacement, Melbourne, 12 March 2020 [info]

Discussion: Global Responsibility Sharing for Refugees: What Next?, London, 23 March 2020 [info]
- Keynote speaker will be Gillian Triggs, AHC for Protection at UNHCR. Will also be livestreamed.

Scholarships:  MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, Refugee Law Initiative [info]
- Ten full Commonwealth Scholarships available for accepted participants in MA course. Apply to MA programme no later than 23 March 2020; then submit scholarship application by 13 April 2020.

Blog posts & press:

6 Reasons People Hate Refugees (Psychology Today Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Building Walls and Deporting People to "Safe" Countries is Not Deterrence, It’s Defense (Just Security Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Dispelling Migration Misinformation in 5 Charts (World Economic Forum Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

How do Refugee Organizations Communicate about Forcibly Displaced People? (HNRN Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

The "Private Sector" as the New Panacea in Refugee Protection? (FlüchtforschungsBlog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Where are They? How to Search for Missing Loved Ones (InfoMigrants, Feb. 2020) [text]


Related post:

24 February 2020

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2


Blog posts & press:

Act Now to Alleviate Suffering at Reception Centres on Greek Islands (UNHCR, Feb. 2020) [text]

Commissioner Urges Italy to Suspend Co-operation Activities with Libyan Coast Guard and Introduce Human Rights Safeguards in Future Migration Co-operation (COE Commissioner for Human Rights, Feb. 2020) [access]
- Follow link for letter.

Deny, Deter, Deprive: The Demolishment of the Asylum System in Hungary (Heinrich Böll Foundation, Dec. 2019) [text]

Falling Between the Cracks: Asylum and Irregularity in Greece (openDemocracy, Feb. 2020) [text]

"'They've abandoned us': Srebrenica Survivors Still Living in Camps," The Guardian, 17 Feb. 2020 [text]

Reports & journal articles:

Assisted Return from Germany: Motives and Reintegration - Key Findings of the Study on the Federal Programme StarthilfePlus, Research Report, no. 34 (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees & IOM, Dec. 2019) [text]

The Costs of Destitution: A Cost-benefit Analysis of Extending the Move-on Period for New Refugees (British Red Cross, Feb. 2020) [access]
- See also related LSE cost-benefit analysis.

Country Report: Bulgaria (Asylum Information Database, Feb. 2020) [text]

"Crimmigration, Imprisonment and Racist Violence: Narratives of People Seeking Asylum in Great Britain," Journal of Sociology, vol. 56, no. 1 (2020) [free full-text]

"Forty-Eight Shades of Germany: Positive and Negative Discrimination in Federal Asylum Decision Making," German Politics, Latest Articles, 3 Jan. 2020 [free full-text]

Refugees are Improving Their German Language Skills and Continue to Feel Welcome in Germany, BAMF-Kurzanalyse, no. 1 (Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Feb. 2020) [text]
- Note: English summary available, but full analysis is provided in German. See also related DW article.

"Visual Presentation of Refugees During the 'Refugee Crisis' of 2015-2016 on the Online Portal of the Croatian Public Broadcaster," International Journal of Communication, vol. 13 (2019) [open access]

Related post:

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1



Request for contributions: Input by Civil Society to the EASO Annual Report 2019 [info]
- Complete the online survey by 10 March 2020.

CFP: European Makings of "Good" and "Bad" Refugees: Contestations of the Right to Have Rights, Panel at IUAES Inter-Congress 2020, Šibenik, Croatia, 7-11 October 2020 [info]
- Submit proposals by 23 March 2020.

Blog posts & press:

*Beyond the 'Migration Crisis': Three Key Challenges for Frontex and EASO (EU TARN Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

*The Contemporary Relevance of Khlaifia and Others v. Italy (Border Criminologies Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

EU Turns Its Back on Migrants in Distress: New Naval Mission Designed to Avoid Sea Rescues (Human Rights Watch, Feb. 2020) [text]

A Restrictionist Revolution? A Counter-Intuitive Reading of the ECtHR’s N.D. & N.T.-Judgment on 'Hot Expulsions' (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

New OA book:

Elżbieta M. Goździak, Izabella Main, Brigitte Suter, eds., Europe and the Refugee Response: A Crisis of Values? (Routledge, Feb. 2020) [access]
- "This book explores how the rising numbers of refugees entering Europe from 2015 onwards played into fears of cultural, religious, and ethnic differences across the continent. The migrant, or refugee crisis, prompted fierce debate about European norms and values, with some commentators questioning whether mostly Muslim refugees would be able to adhere to these values, and be able to integrate into a predominantly Christian European society. In this volume, philosophers, legal scholars, anthropologists and sociologists, analyze some of these debates and discuss practical strategies to reconcile the values that underpin the European project with multiculturalism and religious pluralism, whilst at the same time safeguarding the rights of refugees to seek asylum. Country case studies in the book are drawn from France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom... ."

Reports & journal articles:

"After Crisis: Health, Politics and Reflections on the European Refugee Crisis," Medicine, Conflict and Survival, vol. 35, no, 5 (2019) [free full-text]

Places of Safety in the Mediterranean: The EU’s Policy of Outsourcing Responsibility (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Feb. 2020) [text via ECRE]

"Spaces of Violence: A Typology of the Political Geography of Violence against Migrants Seeking Asylum in the EU," Political Geography, vol. 79 (May 2020) [full-text via Appal. St. Univ.]

Spanish Yearbook of International Law, vol. 23 (2019) [contents]
- Focus of the articles in this volume is asylum policies in the EU.


Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (14 Feb. 2020)
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2 (14 Feb. 2020)

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

Thematic Focus: Detention

Blog posts & press:

"Australia's Offshore Detention is Unlawful, Says International Criminal Court Prosecutor," The Guardian, 14 Feb. 2020 [text]

How People in Immigration Detention Try to Cope with Life in Limbo (The Conversation, Feb. 2020) [text]
- Focuses on the UK.

How Will Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities Change Now That a Judge Has Ruled Them Unconstitutional? (Immigration Impact Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]
- Focuses on the US.

Immigration Detention and the Dublin III Regulation (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, Jan. 2020 [Part I] [Part II]
- Focuses on the UK.

Inside Christmas Island: The Australian Detention Centre with Four Asylum Seekers and a $26m Price Tag," The Guardian, 26 Jan. 2020 [text]

Italy: Halt Abusive Migration Cooperation with Libya (Human Rights Watch, Feb. 2020) [text]

Judicial Review on Migrants and Asylum Seekers’ Detention Proceedings in Italy (Border Criminologies Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Legal Scholars & UN Experts: Flores Regulations Violate International Law (Immigration Law Blog, Jan. 2020) [text]
- Focuses on the US.

The Via Corelli Detention Center in Milan: History, Present and Future (Border Criminologies Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

Alternatives: Learning What Works & Why, Monitoring and Evaluation of Alternatives to Immigration Detention, no. 4 (International Detention Coalition, Sept. 2019) [access]
- Follow link for versions in English and Spanish.

"Balancing Factors," Chapter 5 in Judicial Review of Immigration Detention in the UK, US and EU:
From Principles to Practice (Hart Publishing, Jan. 2020) [free full-text]

*"Checking Rights at the Border: Detention of Migrants in International and Comparative Law," Virginia Journal of International Law, vol. 60, no. 1 (2020) [full-text]

Immigration Detention Oversight: Review of the Ombudsman's Activities Overseeing Immigration Detention (Commonwealth Ombudsman, Feb. 2020) [text]

The Implementation of OPCAT in Australia (Australian OPCAT Network, Jan. 2020) [text via Kaldor Centre]
- Chapter 2 addresses "Immigration Detention." This report was submitted to the "UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), ahead of their visits to Australia in 2020."

"Jailing Immigrant Detainees: A National Study of County Participation in Immigration Detention, 1983–2013," Law & Society Review, vol. 54, no. 1 (March 2020) [free full-text]
- Focuses on the US.

Locked Up Without Rights: Nationality-based Detention in the Moria Refugee Camp (HIAS, Dec. 2019) [text]

Practical Guidance on Alternatives to Immigration Detention: Fostering Effective Results (Council of Europe, Oct. 2019) [text]
- Based on earlier, more in-depth analysis published in 2018. More info in this IDC news story.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Detention (27 Jan. 2020)

21 February 2020

Thematic Focus: Education


CFP: Forced Migration and the Global Education 2030 Agenda: From Educational Research to Policy and Practice, Glasgow, 4 August 2020 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 29 February 2020.

CFP: Navigating from Education to Employment in Crisis and Uncertainty, Oxford, 28-29 April 2020 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 3 March 2020.

Blog posts & press:

"'Qualification Passport' Enables Refugees to Study, Work in Countries of Exile," VOA News, 22 Dec. 2019 [text]

A Step Forward for 10,000 Rohingya Refugee Children: Bangladesh Allows Kids to Receive Formal Education (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2020) [text]
- See also related Unicef story.


Institutional Structures and Syrian Refugees' Experiences with Turkish Language Education in Turkey (Istanbul Policy Center, Oct. 2019) [text via UNHCR]

*Towards an Inclusive Education for Refugees: A Comparative Longitudinal Study - A Study of the Education of Refugee and National Children in Lebanon, Turkey and Australia (Centre for Lebanese Studies, Feb. 2020) [info]
- Follow link to access the first report for this project that has been published; focuses on Lebanon.

Urgent Measures Needed to Stop Iraq's Displaced Children Being Left Behind, Briefing Note (Norwegian Refugee Council, Dec. 2019) [text]

Walk the Talk? Review of Financing for Education in Emergencies, 2015-2018 (Save the Children, 2019; released Feb. 2020) [text]

Journal articles & book chapters:

"An Expression of Resilience? The Experiences of Students from an Asylum-Seeking Background at a College in Malta," Chapter in Resilience in Schools: Research and Practice (Univ. of Malta, 2020) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 38.

"Forced Migrant Children in the Classroom: Perspectives from Educators, Families and Program
Managers," Chapter in Resilience in Schools: Research and Practice (Univ. of Malta, 2020) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 19.

"'I Never Want to Lose that Key': On School as an Opportunity Structure for Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Sweden," Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Ahead of Print, 25 Nov. 2019 [open access]

Journal on Education in Emergencies, vol. 5, no. 1 (Dec. 2019) [open access]
- Special issue on "Refugees and Education: Part 1."

"Perceptions of Syrian Student Refugees Towards Blended Learning: Implications for Higher Education Institutions," International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, vol. 15, no. 1 (2020) [open access]
- Focus is on Jordan.

"Unaccompanied, Unnoticed, and Undereducated: An Analysis of the Administrative Challenges of Educating Unaccompanied Children in Federal Custody," Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 34, no. 1 (2019) [full-text]
- Focus is on the U.S.

Web site:

REACH Initiative, Harvard Univ. [access]
- "Through collaborative research, education, and action, REACH fosters welcoming communities and quality education in settings of migration and displacement. REACH collaborates with educators, policymakers, and researchers to ensure that all young people have access to inclusive and quality learning, the chance to develop relationships of belonging, and the ability to create future opportunities." More info in this press release. Note: There is different REACH Initiative that provides "assessment, database and mapping services in countries that are in crisis or at-risk of crisis."


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Education (9 Dec. 2019)

Tagged Events & Opportunities and Web Sites/Tools.

News & Opportunity: International Law Award

Prof. Guy Goodwin-Gill is the recipient of the 2020 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award. His work as a legal advocate for refugees and pre-eminent international refugee law scholar will be celebrated at a symposium entitled "Borderline: Problems and Perspectives in Global Migration," at Berkeley Law School on 28 February 2020. Prof. Goodwin-Gill will also deliver the keynote address.

As one of the hosts of this event, the Berkeley Law Journal also plans to publish a special symposium issue "that will feature the text of the keynote address, as well as select scholarly works on the themes of migration, refugee law, and asylum law." See the CFP for more information. The submission deadline is 1 March 2020.

As was noted in this IJRL article, the "name Guy S Goodwin-Gill is synonymous with international refugee law." One of his most well-known works is the seminal text The Refugee in International Law. Prof. Goodwin-Gill (along with his co-author, Jane McAdam) is currently preparing the fourth edition of this volume, which will be published in the fall.

To view more of Prof. Goodwin-Gill's many publications, visit his Google Scholar page. (Note that the default display will be by how often each work has been "cited by" other publications. To view a chronological listing, select "year.")

Tagged Events & Opportunities.

20 February 2020

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Disasters


Call for participation: Model UN Refugee Challenge [info]
- One of the proposed topics is Climate Change and Displacement (see the background guide); Model UN organizers should register for the Challenge at least 6 weeks before the start of their MUN conference.

Blog posts & press:

"Canada Has a Moral Obligation to Accept Climate Migrants," Policy Options Magazine, 5 Feb. 2020 [text]

Climate Crises: The Myth of Eco Refugees (EPiCENTER Blog, Jan. 2020) [text]

Climate Refugees: The Fabrication of a Migration Threat (Hein de Haas Blog, Jan. 2020) [text]

The Global Forum on Migration and Development: Three Big Takeaways for the Climate Displacement Community (RI Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

The Policy Problems of Fleeing Disaster: Australia’s Fires Have Revealed the Need to be Prepared for the Effects of Displacement (APPS Policy Forum, Jan. 2020) [text]

More on Human Rights Committee decision:

Climate Change in the Human Rights Committee (EJIL Talk Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Climate Change as a Trigger of Non-Refoulement Obligations Under International Human Rights Law (EJIL Talk Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

"Climate Refugees Have a Path Forward for the First Time," Slate, 19 Feb. 2020 [text]

*"Réfugiés Climatiques": Une Décision Historique du Comité des Droits de l’Homme de l’ONU? (The Conversation, Feb. 2020) [text]

Teitiota v New Zealand: A Step Forward in the Protection of Climate Refugees under International Human Rights Law? (Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, Jan. 2020) [text]

The UN Human Rights Committee's Recent Decision on Climate Displacement (Asylum Insight, Feb. 2020) [text]

What Does the Climate Refugees Judgment Mean for Africans? (ISS Today, Feb. 2020) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

"Forced Migration: Empowering Mobility When Moving Isn't a Choice," Chapter in Our Future on Earth 2020 (Future Earth, Feb. 2020) [text]
- Scroll to 44. See also related post on The Conversation.

"'Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses': The Case to Reform US Asylum Law to Protect Climate Change Refugees," DePaul Journal for Social Justice, vol. 13, no. 1 (2019) [full-text]

"The Protection of Climate Refugees under the African Human Rights System: Proposing a Value-driven Approach," African Human Rights Yearbook, vol. 3 (2019) [open access]

"Use of Force in Crisis: A Comparative Look at the Domestic and International Laws Governing the Use of U.S. Military Force to Respond to Mass Climate Refugee Migration," Hastings Environmental Law Journal, vol. 26, no. 1 (Winter 2020) [full-text]

Weak Links: Challenging the Climate & Migration Paradigm in the Horn of Africa & Yemen (Mixed Migration Centre, Feb. 2020) [text]


Related post:
Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Disasters (24 Jan. 2020)

19 February 2020

Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality - Pt. 2

India update:

"Behind India's Citizenship Clash, Fear and Uncertainty for Two Million in Limbo," The New Humanitarian, 4 Feb. 2020 [text]

"Right to Nationality at Risk in India," ISI Monthly Bulletin (Feb. 2020) [text]

Suddenly Stateless: International Law Implications of India’s New Citizenship Law (OpinioJuris Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Themed Week on Citizenship, Identity and Belongingness: Narratives from India (Border Criminologies Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]
- See also 2nd, 3rd and 4th posts in this blog series.

Who is a Citizen in Contemporary India? (Epicenter Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are We on Track? (UNICEF, Dec. 2019) [text]

"Can Statelessness be Legally Productive? The Struggle for the Rights of Noncitizens in Russia," Citizenship Studies, Latest Articles, 2 Feb. 2020 [postprint] [Academia]
- Note: Access to the text is under embargo until 16 July 2020. See also related seminar.

"Networks of Resilience: Legal Precarity and Transborder Citizenship among the Karen from Myanmar in Thailand," TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, vol. 7, no. 1 (May 2019) [free full-text]

"La Prévention de l’Apatridie dans le Système Africain des Droits de l’Homme," African Human Rights Yearbook, vol. 3 (2019) [open access]

Statelessness in the European Union, EMN Inform (European Migration Network, 2020) [text]

"Statelessness in West Africa: An Assessment of Stateless Populations and Legal, Policy, and Administrative Frameworks in Ghana," Journal on Migration and Human Security, OnlineFirst, 31 Jan. 2020 [open access]

Related post:
Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality (19 Feb. 2020)

Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality - Pt. 1

Events & opportunities:

*CFP: Statelessness in International Relations: Causes, Consequences, and Future Directions, Paris, 24 April 2020 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 23 February 2020.

Seminar: Statelessness in South Asia, Cambridge, MA, 26 February 2020 [info]

*Call for book project proposals: Statelessness in Asia [info]
- Submission deadline is 1 March 2020.

Conference: Addressing Statelessness in Europe: Closing Protection Gaps and Realising Everyone’s Right to a Nationality, Alicante, Spain, 6-8 May 2020 [info]
- Register by 12 March 2020.

Campaign launch: Nationality Deprivation in the Era of Rohingya Genocide and ISIS Fighters: Launching a Year of Action Against Citizenship Stripping [info]
- Kickoff events with be held in London, The Hague and New York on the 18th, 19th and 20th of March, respectively. Follow city links to register for individual events.

Seminar: Can Statelessness be Legally Productive? The Struggle for the Rights of Noncitizens in Russia, London, 26 March 2020 [info]

Call for proposals: Statelessness & Citizenship Review [info]
- Seeks Symposium proposals for its "Critique and Comment" section on the theme of Legal and/or Digital Identity. Submission deadline is 30 April 2020.

Call for papers: Statelessness & Citizenship Review [info]
- "For this issue, we are especially interested in submissions that relate to the theme of Legal and/or Digital Identity and how developments in this field are interacting with statelessness and citizenship questions." The deadline for articles, case notes and book reviews is 15 July 2020.

Blog posts & press:

Birthright Citizenship and Children Born in a Conflict Zone (ENS Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]
- Focuses on Denmark.

Burden of Proof in Statelessness Cases and the Meaning of "by Operation of its Law" (ENS Blog, Jan. 2020) [text]
- Focuses on the UK.

North Macedonia Takes Important First Step Towards Ending Statelessness (ENS Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]

Shamima Begum Loses Statelessness Argument against Citizenship Deprivation (Free Movement Blog, Feb. 2020) [text]
- Focuses on the UK. See also related New Yorker article.

UNHCR Welcomes Tajikistan's New Law Tackling Statelessness (UNHCR, Jan. 2020) [text]


Related post:
Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality (26 Jan. 2020)