14 May 2021

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items


Discussion panel: Refugee Protection and Responsibility-sharing: The Quest for International Solidarity, 17 May 2021 [info]

Job announcement: Position as postdoc researcher in international law and EU at the Department of Law, Aarhus University [info]
- Candidate sought for "ASILE: Global Asylum Governance and the European Union’s Role" project. Apply by 20 May 2021.

Online launch: Univ. of London's Refugee Law Clinic, 20 May 2021 [info]

Panel discussion: Reflecting on The Geneva Convention: The State of Global Refugee Trends and Refugee Policy, 20 May 2021 [info]

Book launch: The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law, 25 May 2021 [info]

Discussion panel: Davantage que des droits: l'avenir de la CGR de 1951, 27 May 2021 [info]
- Note: See details under the "Annonce" column on the right. 

Call for registration: Ageing Gracefully? The 1951 Refugee Convention at 70, RLI 5th Annual Conference, 9-11 June 2021 [info]
- Note: The draft programme is now available.

Lecture: Confronting the colonial structure of international migration law, 17 June 2021 [info]

Blog posts:

Moving Refugee Protection from Regional Divergence to International Convergence (CARFMS / ACERMF Blog, April 2021) [text]

Rethinking international protection: Rescue at sea as a model? (RLI Blog, May 2021) [text]

Time for a Reset to Address the Principal Cause of Asylum (RLI Blog, April 2021) [text]

Reports & journal articles: 

"The Authority of International Refugee Law," William & Mary Law Review, vol. 62, no. 4 (2021) [full-text]

"The Eritrean Military/National Service Programme: Slavery and the Notion of Persecution in Refugee Status Determination," Laws, vol. 10, no. 2 (April 2021) [open access]
- "The article focuses on how 'slavery,' 'servitude' and 'forced labour' under article 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights ('ECHR') have been interpreted in the British and Swiss case-law."

"Hyper-Legalism and Obfuscation: How States Evade Their International Obligations Towards Refugees," American Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 68, no. 3 (Sept. 2020) [free full-text]
- "The discussion is illustrated with examples from the United States, Australia, and Europe." Note: This article is free to read until 31 May 2021.

"‘The Makings of a Success’: The Global Compact on Refugees and the Inaugural Global Refugee Forum," International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 32, no. 2 (2020) [free full-text]
- Note: This article is free to read until 31 May 2021.

 "No Safety in 'Safe Third Countries': What Migration Ethics Can Tell Us about the Safe Third Country Agreements of North and Central America," University of New South Wales Law Journal Student Series, no. 9 (2021) [full-text]

"On building a boat (or, learning how not to teach refugee law)," Chapter in Teaching migration and asylum law: theory and practice (Routledge, Forthcoming) [postprint]
- Note: Access to the text is currently under embargo but a copy can be requested via the a/m link.


Extraterritorial application of the non-refoulement principle, 27 April 2021 [access]

Related posts:

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2

 Journal articles:

"Between discipline and neglect: the regulation of asylum accommodation in Spain," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 5 May 2021 [open access

"Border procedures in the Commission’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum: A case of politics outplaying rationality?," European Law Journal, Early View, 7 May 2021 [open access]

"Europe’s Tackling of ‘Root Causes’ of African Migration Has a Mixed Record," Migration Information Source, 6 May 2021 [text]

"Informing hard-to-reach immigrant groups about COVID-19: Reaching the Somali population in Oslo," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 8 May 2021 [open access]

Migraciones, no. 51 (2021) [open access]
- Special issue on "Migration Policies, Participation and the Political Construction of Migration in Spain." 

"Political integration and the career opportunities of immigrants in political parties: Experiences from Swedish party organisations," Migration Studies, Advance Articles, 8 May 2021 [open access]

"The Resurgence of Religious and Ethnic Identities among Eritrean Refugees: A Response to the Government’s Nationalist Ideology," Africa Spectrum, vol. 56, no. 1 (2021) [open access]
- Focuses on Eritrean diaspora and refugee communities in Norway, Sweden, and Germany.

Related post:

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1


Webinar: EU Strategy on Voluntary Return and Reintegration: Switching Perspectives?, 19 May 2021 [info]

Discussion: Seeking Refuge in Fortress Europe: Zoe Holman in Conversation, 26 May 2021 [info]

Call for registration: Odysseus Summer School on EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy, Hybrid (Brussels or Online), 28 June-9 July 2021 [info]
-  The focus will be on the New EU Migration and Asylum Pact. Apply by 31 May 2021.

Webinar: Cooperation or Externalization? EU-Africa Cooperation and the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, 4 June 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

Frontex: should EU agency linked to thousands of deaths from border ‘pushbacks’ be responsible for migrant safety? (The Conversation, May 2021) [text]

New Plan for Immigration (RLI Blog) [access]
- Many more posts are available in this blog series that "provides an opportunity for academics who are working specifically on issues of UK immigration and asylum law to share their knowledge and expertise on the subjects raised in the Plan for the purpose of informing the consultation process."

Opening Remarks by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi at joint press point with European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson (UNHCR, May 2021) [text]

Refocusing Containment Measures in the EU: COVID-19 and the Rise of Temporary Bordering (Border Criminologies Blog, May 2021) [text]

The Rise of Frontex in the EU’s New Strategy on Assisted Return (Border Criminologies Blog, May 2021) [text]

Russia’s war in Chechnya rumbles on – in Europe’s deportation of asylum seekers (openDemocracy, May 2021) [text]

"What’s behind the UK’s harsh post-Brexit asylum overhaul?," The New Humanitarian, 11 May 2021 [text]


 Action Plan on Protecting Vulnerable Persons in the Context of Migration and Asylum in Europe (2021-2025) (Council of Europe, May 2021) [access]

Asylum and Refugee Resettlement in the UK (Migration Observatory, May 2021) [text]

Country Report: Malta (AIDA, May 2021) [text]

The external dimension of the new pact on migration and asylum: A focus on prevention and readmission (EPRS, May 2021) [access]

UNHCR Observations on the New Plan for Immigration policy statement of the Government of the United Kingdom (May 2021) [text]
- See also related press release.


Equal and effective partners? The future of EU-Africa and EU-Turkey cooperation on migration and refugee protection, 6 May 2021 [access]
- Note: The discussion begins at 2:22. 

Related posts:

13 May 2021

Thematic Focus: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Blog posts & press:

Fleeing persecution: experience of LGBTI asylum seekers in Australia (International Bar Association, April 2021) [text]

ORAM and Rainbow Railroad Announce Kakuma Refugee Camp Research Project (ORAM, April 2021) [text]

President Biden’s LGBTQI+ Memorandum Protects Refugees & Asylum Seekers: What Else Can Be Done? (Niskanen Center Commentary, March 2021) [text]

"U.N. to boost security for LGBT+ refugees after deadly arson attack at Kenya camp," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 13 April 2021 [text]

Reports & journal articles:

"Hacia un análisis sistémico del proceso probatorio en materia de asilo por motivo de orientación sexual e identidad de género en el derecho común europeo," Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional, vol. XXI (2021) [open access]

LGBT Asylum Claims in the United States (UCLA School of Law, March 2021) [text]

LGBTI+ Asylum Seekers in South Africa: A Review of Refugee Status Denials Involving Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (Legal Resources Centre, April 2021) [text]

Sentir que se nos va la vida: Personas LGBTI+ refugiadas y migrantes de Venezuela en Colombia, Ecuador y Chile (R4V, March 2021) [text]

"Territorio mutual: una lectura del proceso de trasformación territorial desde la alteridad de la comunidad LGBTI víctima del desplazamiento forzado en el Quindío," CS, vol. 32 (2020) [open access]
- Focuses on Colombia.

"Trans*it: Transgender and gender nonconforming asylum claimants’ narratives in Greece," Sexualities, OnlineFirst, 27 April 2021 [open access]


The Landscape of LGBTQI Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, 23 March 2021 [access]

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Thematic Focus: Statelessness & Nationality


Call for applications: 1st Online Course on Statelessness, 21 June-16 July 2021 [info]
- Apply by 17 May 2021.

Webinar: Statelessness and International Criminal Law, 17 May 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

The Campaign to End Statelessness: January-March 2021 Update (UNHCR, April 2021) [text]

Navigating intersecting statelessness: Syrian Kurds in Europe (ENS Blog, May 2021) [text]

Russia’s Constitutional Court delivers questionable ruling on nationality stripping (ENS Blog, April 2021) [text]

Statusless and Stateless Chinese Migrants in the UK (Border Criminologies Blog, April 2021) [text]

UK Home Office should seek to remove barriers faced by stateless children born in the UK rather than making it more difficult for them to acquire British citizenship (ENS Blog, May 2021) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 and International Law (Univ. of Melbourne, April 2021) [text]
- Focuses on India.

Desk Review on Populations at Risk of Statelessness: Children of Philippine Descent in a Migratory Setting in Gulf Cooperation Council (GSS) Countries and Persons of Japanese Descent (UNHCR, April 2021) [text]

"Ghosts in America: Working Towards Building a Legal Framework for Stateless Individuals in the United States," Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, vol. 53, no. 1 (2021) [full-text]

Good Practices Brochure: Stateless Women and Girls (CARE, OCHA & UN Women, May 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Focuses on Asia.

I Am Human (UNHCR, April 2021) [text
- Focuses on the UK. See also related UNHCR news story and ENS blog post.

Situation assessment of statelessness, health and COVID-19 in Europe (European Network on Statelessness, April 2021) [access]
- Follow link for report and policy brief.

"Stateless Persons and Social Rights," Chapter in Research Handbook on International Law and Social Rights (Edward Elgar, 2020) [preprint]

"Statelessness in the COVID-19 Pandemic," The Lancet, vol. 397, no. 10284 (April 2021) [free full-text]

We are like "stray animals": Thousands Living on the Margins due to Statelessness in Zimbabwe (Amnesty International, April 2021) [text


How to Protect Every Child’s Right to a Nationality: A Discussion Among Treaty Body Experts, 15 April 2021 [access]

Statelessness and the Right to Health beyond the pandemic, 21 April 2021 [access]

Related posts:

12 May 2021

Thematic Focus: Detention - Pt. 2 (United States)

Blog posts & press:

The First 100 Days: Biden on Immigration Detention (Immigration Impact Blog, April 2021) [text]

It’s Time for Real Alternatives to Immigration Detention (Immigration Impact Blog, May 2021) [text]
- Focuses on the US.

Welcome Home: Community Sponsorship — Not Detention — for Asylum Seekers (Niskanen Center Blog, May 2021) [text]
- Focuses on the US.

Reports & journal articles:

"DNA Collection in Immigration Custody and the Threat of Genetic Surveillance," California Law Review, vol. 109, no. 1 (Feb. 2021) [full-text]

"Health Care and Sanitation Rights of Asylum Seekers in United States Immigration Detention: How the United States is in Violation of International Human Rights Law and International Norms," Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, vol. 53, no. 1 (2021) [full-text]

"Immigration Detention and the Illusory Alternatives to Habeas," U.C. Irvine Law Review (Forthcoming) [preprint]
- Focuses on the US.

Immigrant Detention Numbers Fall Under Biden, But Border Book-Ins Rise (TRAC, March 2021) [text]

"Learning to Detain Asylum Seekers and the Growth of Mass Immigration Detention in the United States," Law & Social Inquiry, FirstView, 14 April 2021 [open access]


Immigration Detention Quick Facts (TRAC) [access]
- Provides easy access to key data on arrests and detention.

Related post:

Thematic Focus: Detention - Pt. 1


Call for registration: Landscapes of Border Control and Immigration Detention in Europe, 24-26 May 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

La Detención Migratoria en México Frente a la Creciente Necesidad de Protección Internacional en la Región (Border Criminologies Blog, April 2021) [text]

Entre cuatro paredes: la detención de niñas, niños y adolescentes migrantes en México (Nexos Blog, April 2021) [text]

For Muslim refugees in immigration detention, another sombre, isolated Eid holiday (The Conversation, May 2021) [text]
- Focuses on Australia.

Govt chooses detention over hope for world’s refugees in budget (RCOA News, May 2021) [text]
- Focuses on Australia. See also related Guardian article.

In light of the spread of COVID-19 in immigration detention centres, reconsider the detention approach to migration (APRRN, April 2021) [text]

Overused, Underexamined? Immigration Detention in Hong Kong (Border Criminologies Blog, April 2021) [text]

Torture in a Kyriarchcal system (Border Criminologies Blog, May 2021) [text]
- Focuses on Australia.

The UK’s New Plan for Immigration: A Return to Detained Fast Track of Asylum Seekers? (RLI Blog, May 2021) [text]

*With billions more allocated to immigration detention, it’s another bleak year for refugees (The Conversation, May 2021) [text]
- Focuses on Australia.

Journal articles & book chapters:

"Captivity, Migration, and Power in Libya," Journal of Human Trafficking, Latest Articles, 31 March 2021 [open access]

"De la migración y la detención en México: Una reflexión desde los Derechos Humanos Emergentes," Chapter in Derechos Humanos Emergentes en el Siglo XXI (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, 2020) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 55.

"This is Denmark: Prison Islands and the Detention of Immigrants," British Journal of Criminology, Advance Articles, 27 April 2021 [open access]


Related post:

Regional Focus: MENA - Pt. 2


Displaced Syrians in Lebanon: Protection amidst Crises: AUB Final Report (American University of Beirut, 2021) [text]

Legal Limbo: Who is a Refugee in Lebanon?, Policy Brief, no. 64 (Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, May 2021) [text]

Lessons learned from a decade of humanitarian operations in Syria (Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Multi Purpose Cash Assistance: 2020 Post Distribution Monitoring Report (Samuel Hall & UNHCR, May 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Focuses on Jordan.

A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution (Human Rights Watch, April 2021) [text]

User journeys of Syrian refugees receiving multi-purpose cash from WFP in Lebanon (Ground Truth Solutions, April 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Journal articles & book chapters:

"Demonstrating the desired future: performative dimensions of internally displaced Palestinians’ return activities," Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography, Latest Articles, 1 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"Historical analogies under dispute: Reactions of Israeli Jews to analogies between the Holocaust and the plight of African asylum seekers in Israel," Memory Studies, OnlineFirst, 26 Feb. 2020 [Academia]

"Libya and African Migration to Europe," Chapter in African Migrants and the Refugee Crisis (Springer, Nov. 2020) [ResearchGate]

"Logistics planning of cash transfer to Syrian refugees in Turkey," European Journal of Operational Research, In Press, 6 May 2021 [open access]

"An Overview of Food Security Statuses in Afghan Refugees in Iran," Nutrition and Food Sciences Research, vol. 8, no. 2 (April-June 2021) [open access]

"Syrian Refugees as a Hybridizing Force in the Jordanian Society," Chapter 9 in Cultural Production and Social Movements After the Arab Spring: Nationalism, Politics, and Transnational Identity (Bloomsbury, March 2021) [open access]

"Waiting to Move On: Migration, Borderwork and Mobility Economies in Libya," Geopolitics, Latest Articles, 5 May 2021 [open access]

Related post:

Regional Focus: MENA - Pt. 1


Call for applications: 10th Online International Refugee Law Course (Arabic), 21 June-16 July 2021 [info]
- Registration deadline is 17 May 2021.

Discussion panel: Palestinian Right of Return, 17 May 2021 [info]

Call for proposals: Establishing Research Chairs on Forced Displacement in the Middle East and East Africa [info]
- This call is now open. The submission deadline is 3 August 2021.

Blog posts & press:

Algerian desert: The 'point zero' where migrants are abandoned (InfoMigrants, April 2021) [text]
- See also related African Arguments post.

“Death by a thousand cuts”: Syrian refugees face dire conditions as Lebanon unravels (MEI, May 2021) [text]

In Jordan and Lebanon, refugee volunteers boost vaccine uptake (UNHCR, April 2021) [text]

*"Palestinian Refugees Deserve to Return Home. Jews Should Understand," New York Times, 12 May 2021 [text]

Reporting on refugees during the pandemic in Egypt and Morocco (International Journalists’ Network, May 2021) [text]
- First in a 3-part series.

UNHCR statement on the postponement of the evacuation to Rwanda (UNHCR, May 2021) [text]

Wandering and waiting: field observations as a key tool for qualitative data collection (MIGNEX Insight, May 2021) [text]
- Focuses on Tunisia.


De Facto Measures for De Facto Refugees: Protecting Displaced Persons in the UAE, 9 May 2021 [access]
- Follow link for video recording.

Fard NGO: Working as a non-Profit with Syrian Migrants in Egypt, 6 April 2021 [access]
- Follow link for video recording.


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11 May 2021

Thematic Focus: General

Blog posts & press:

Liberation bibliography: Towards open access to powerful knowledges to enhance forced migration advocacy (Refugee Research Online, April 2021) [text]

The pitfalls and potential of high-frequency phone surveys during COVID-19 (Joint Data Center Blog, April 2021) [text]

"Revealed: 46m displaced people excluded from Covid jab programmes," The Guardian, 7 May 2021 [text]

Wandering and waiting: field observations as a key tool for qualitative data collection (MIGNEX Insight, May 2021) [text]

World Refugee Day 2021: How You Can Get Involved (UNHCR, May 2021) [access]

Reports & journal articles:

"Cultural Competence in Refugee Service Settings: A Scoping Review," Health Equity, vol. 5, no. 1 (2021) [open access]

"Disentangling the migration-development nexus using QCA," Migration and Development, Latest Articles, 14 Feb. 2021 [open access]
- Note: QCA = Qualitative Comparative Analysis.

Final report: External evaluation of IDMC’s 2015-2020 strategy (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, July 2020; posted May 2021) [text]

Forced Displacement Literature Review, 2019-2021 (Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement, updated March 2021) [text]
- Note: This is a compilation of all previous issues of the forced displacement literature review. You can also locate references via the companion database.

Guide to starting a socioeconomic assessment (UNHCR, 2019-2021) [access]
- Five guides are listed under the "Socioeconomic Assessment Toolkit" sub-heading on this page. Together, they make up the SEA Resource Pack. 

"Leave no one behind: ensuring access to COVID-19 vaccines for refugee and displaced populations," Nature Medicine, 17 April 2021 [free full-text]

"The migration-sustainability paradox: transformations in mobile worlds," Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol. 49 (April 2021) [open access]

"Structural vulnerability: migration and health in social context," BMJ Global Health, vol. 6, no. Supp. 1 (2021) [open access]

"Trapped Mobility: a theoretical framework and literature review focusing on displaced youth at the borders between the Global South and Global North," Children's Geographies, Latest Articles, 13 April 2021 [open access]


Resourcing Local Refugee Leadership for Inclusion and Solutions [access]
- "A coalition effort focused on resourcing and positioning refugee-led organizations to influence refugee response."

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10 May 2021

Opportunities: Even More May 2021 & New June 2021

Webinar: From a Humanitarian Exodus to Long-Term Growth: Latin America’s Journey Responding to the Venezuelan Exodus, 11 May 2021 [info]

Lecture: The Afterlives of Return and the Limits of Refugee Protection, 12 May 2021 [info]

Webinar: Scope, Scale and Pace: Recognising Climate Mobilities in the Pacific, 12 May 2021 [info]

Call for feedback: Implementing the GCM: Guidance for governments and stakeholders [info]
- The final day to participate is 14 May 2021.

Webinar: Diverse Populations and Health Impacts of Internal Displacement, 14 May 2021 [info]
- The first offering in the new Health and Internal Displacement Network webinar series.

Call for submissions: Short Essay Competition – Alternative Voices [info]
- Follow link for the call in English, French and Spanish. "The competition is open to writers from and based in Asia, Africa and Latin American countries who are 30 years of age or younger." Send abstracts by 17 May 2021.

Discussion panel: Palestinian Right of Return, 17 May 2021 [info]

Webinar: Statelessness and International Criminal Law, 17 May 2021 [info]

Symposium: Human Mobility and Human Rights in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Revisiting the Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees and Other Displaced Persons, One Year On, 18-20 May 2021 [info]

Seminar: With, for, or by refugees? Practical and ethical challenges of participatory research, 19 May 2021 [info]

Call for submissions: Second Edition of the Symposium on "Development Aid: Charity, or an Oppressive Tool of Inequality?" [info]
- Submission deadline is 20 May 2021.

Online launch: Univ. of London's Refugee Law Clinic, 20 May 2021 [info]

Report launch:  2021 Global Report on Internal Displacement, 20 May 2021 [info]

*Webinar: Forced displacement and health in the context of the pandemic: Localized responses to COVID- 19’s impact on refugees, IDPs, and communities living in chronic displacement, 20 May 2021 [info]

Webinar: Shifting Power and Funding to Refugees: Resourcing Refugee Leadership Initiative, 20 May 2021 [info]

Call for registration: Landscapes of Border Control and Immigration Detention in Europe, 24-26 May 2021 [info]

Book launch: The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law, 25 May 2021 [info]

CFP: Alternatives Humanitaires = Humanitarian Alternatives [info]
- Contributions sought for a focus on "The cause of migrants under threat from the rise of nationalism: which directions for international solidarity organisations?" Submit article proposals by 25 May 2021.

Seminar: Critical localism: reflections on the localisation of humanitarian action in theory and (research) practice, 26 May 2021 [info]

Book launch: Gil Loescher’s Refugees: A Very Short Introduction, 27 May 2021 [info]

CFP: Southern Perspectives on Border Controls, Panel(s) at European Society of Criminology Conference, 8-11 September 2021 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 30 May 2021.

Job announcement: Executive Director, Immigration Policy Lab [info]
- Apply by 31 May 2021.

Seminar: Digital methodologies in forced migration and refugee research: rethinking voices, representation and power, 2 June 2021 [info]

Call for participants: Research Methods Workshops [info]
- Workshop 1: Designing and conducting field research, June 2, 3, & 4 & Workshop 2: Analyzing Qualitative Data, June 7 & 8; no deadline indicated.

Seminar: Refugees or labour migrants? From the Middle East to the world, 1920s-2020s, 3 June 2021 [info]

*Webinar: Cooperation or Externalization? EU-Africa Cooperation and the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, 4 June 2021 [info]

Seminar: Syrian refugees and local assistance in Berlin, 9 June 2021 [info]

Call for registration: Crossing borders, connecting cultures, 18th IMISCOE Annual Conference Online, 7-9 July 2021 [info]
- Early bird deadline is 10 June 2021.

Call for registration: 1st Thematic Course on Protecting Refugees in Urban Settings, 26-30 July 2021 [info]
- Registration deadline is 11 June 2021.

Job announcement: Secretary-General, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) [info]
- Apply by 13 June 2021.

Call for panels: 2021 Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Paris & Online, 3-5 November 2021 [info]
- The theme is "New realities of politics and humanitarianism: between solidarity and abandonment." Submission deadline is 15 June 2021.

Seminar: Co-producing research between academics, NGOs, and communities in humanitarian response, 16 June 2021 [info]

Lecture: Confronting the colonial structure of international migration law, 17 June 2021 [info]

Call for Applications: 10th MiReKoc International Summer School, Istanbul, 11-22 October 2021 [info]
- The theme is "Research Methods and Ethics in Migration Studies." Deadline for early bird applications is 21 June 2021.

Call for submissions: Independent Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) on Libya [info]
- Submission deadline is 30 June 2021.

CFP: 2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement, Bogotá, 21-22 January 2022 [info]
- **Note the revised dates!** This is an updated CFP; submit completed papers or extended abstracts by 30 June 2021. Follow link for more info re. items submitted in response to the original CFP.

SEE ALSO: A list of events commemorating UNHCR's 70th anniversary.


Related posts:

08 May 2021

Thematic Focus: Education

Blog posts & press:

*The Impact of COVID-19 on Refugee Education (RI Blog, May 2021) [text]

Lebanon: Allow Syrian Refugee Students to Take Exams (Human Rights Watch, May 2021) [text]

*"Refugee Children Explain How Education Helped Put Their Trauma Behind Them," IPS News, 4 May 2021 [text]

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking youth in the UK: an interview with an expert - Inequalities in access to education (WIDERAngle Blog, April 2021) [text]


Developing a Standardized Education Module (UNHCR, April 2021) [text]
- Note: This is part of UNHCR's Socioeconomic Assessment Resource Package.

Education Co-sponsorship Alliance Brief 2020 (Global Refugee Forum, April 2021) [text]
- "This brief provides a snapshot of the progress made throughout 2020, towards reaching the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees and Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), despite the significant challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Excluded and Segregated: The vanishing education of refugee children in Greece (Refugee Support Aegean, April 2021) [text]

*Forced Displacement and Educational Outcomes: Evidence, Innovations, and Policy Indications, JDC Quarterly Digest (Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement, Dec. 2020) [text]

People from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds: an open access annotated bibliography, 3rd ed. (Refugee Education Special Interest Group, Dec. 2020) [text]

Journal articles:

"Impact of Psychoeducation Program on Turkish Students' Negative Attitudes Towards Refugee Peers," Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, vol. 14, no. 1 (2020) [open access]

Journal for Educational Research Online, vol. 13 (2021) [open access]
- “This special issue presents quantitative-empirical research on the education of recent refugees in Germany, considering the relevant conditions, processes, and outcomes.” More info is provided in the introductory article; five additional articles are included.

"No Longer a ‘Lost Generation’? Opportunities and Obstacles of Online and Blended Learning Programmes for Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 3 May 2021 [open access]

"Relative education of recent refugees in Germany and the Middle East: Is selectivity reflected in migration and destination decisions?," International Migration, Early View, 4 May 2021 [open access]
- "In this paper, relative education profiles of recent refugees arriving to Germany from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan are described and compared to the profiles of Syrians in Jordan and Lebanon and of internally displaced Iraqis."

"Teachers’ Attitudes to Syrian Refugee Students in Turkey," Eurasian Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 7, no. 1 (2021) [open access]

"Working toward aspirations: how higher education learning-working trajectories for refugees in the Netherlands support work-related capabilities," Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, EarlyCite, 25 Feb. 2021 [postprint]


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06 May 2021

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 2

Journal articles:

"Asylum Under Attack: Restoring Asylum Protections in the United States," Loyola Law Review, vol. 67 (Forthcoming, 2021) [full-text]

"Continued Trauma: A Thematic Analysis of the Asylum-Seeking Experience Under the Migrant Protection Protocols," Health Equity, vol. 5, no. 1 (April 2021) [open access]

"Health Inequity and Tent Court Injustice," AMA Journal of Ethics, vol. 23, no. 2 (Feb. 2021) [full-text]

"In 2019, the US Undocumented Population Continued a Decade-Long Decline and the Foreign-Born Population Neared Zero Growth," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 9, no. 1 (March 2021) [open access]

"Increasing Access and Utilization of Social Services for Cambodian American Refugees: An Ethnic-Specific Services Approach," Aging and Health Research, vol. 1, no. 2 (June 2021) [open access]

"Refugees to the Rescue? Motivating Pro-Refugee Public Engagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic," Journal of Experimental Political Science, Accepted Manuscript, 13 April 2021 [free full-text]

"Using Country Conditions Evidence to Improve Appellate Review of Convention Against Torture Cases," Denver Law Review, vol. 98, no. 2 (2021) [full-text]


Is the Biden Administration Turning a Page on Humanitarian Protection for Immigrants?, 8 April 2021 [access]
- Follow link for video recording.

Related post:

Regional Focus: United States - Pt. 1

Commentary & analysis re. the Biden Administration's first 100 days:

America as a Welcoming Nation – The First 100 Days of the Biden Administration (AILA, April 2021) [access]

Biden’s First 100 Days on Immigration: A Test of Leadership (Just Security Blog, April 2021) [text]

"Border Challenges Dominate, But Biden’s First 100 Days Mark Notable Under-the-Radar Immigration Accomplishments," Migration Information Source, 26 April 2021 [text]

Now or Never: Expanding Border Capacity (Niskanen Center Blog, April 2021) [text]

Tracking the Biden Agenda on Legal Immigration in the First 100 Days (American Immigration Council, April 2021) [text]
- See also related blog post.

Blog posts & press:

Are Public Information Campaigns for Migrants Effective? Lessons for the Biden Administration (CGD Blog, April 2021) [text]

Biden Approach to Immigration, Outlined at UN Human Rights Council, Leaves Serious Gaps (Just Security Blog, April 2021) [text]

Biden’s Border Problem, and How to Fix It (Lawfare Blog, April 2021) [text]

More inclusive language for immigrants at ICE, CBP (ImmigrationProf Blog, April 2021) [text]
- See also this blog post for a chart showing terminology changes.

Most Latinos say U.S. immigration system needs big changes (FactTank, April 2021) [text]


E Pluribus Unum: Findings from the Cato Institute 2021 Immigration and Identity National Survey (Cato Institute, April 2021) [text]

Failure to Protect: Biden Administration Continues Illegal Trump Policy to Block and Expel Asylum Seekers to Danger (Human Rights First et al., April 2021) [access]

Fully End the Migrant Protection Protocols: Ensure Safety for All Subjected to Horrific Policy (Human Rights First, April 2021) [text]
- See also related data in this TRAC report.

Most Americans are Critical of Government’s Handling of Situation at U.S.-Mexico Border (Pew Research Center, May 2021) [text]

The Most Common Arguments Against Immigration and Why They’re Wrong (Cato Institute, April 2021) [access via ImmigrationProf Blog]

Rethinking the U.S. Legal Immigration System: A Policy Road Map (Migration Policy Institute, May 2021) [text]

Related posts:

Thematic Focus: Gender Issues


Addressing the Sex and Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador Fueling the U.S. Border Crisis Impunity, and Violence Against Women and Girls, Policy Brief, no. 2 (Univ. of Notre Dame, April 2020) [text]

A Crisis of Care: Sexual and Reproductive Health Competes for Attention Amid Conflict and Displacement in Mali (Refugees International, April 2021) [text]

The impact of COVID-19 on refugee and migrant women in Tunisia, MMC North Africa 4Mi Snapshot (Mixed Migration Centre, April 2021) [text]

Perspectives of Forcibly Displaced Syrian Women on their Conditions, Rights, and Demands (Women Now for Development, Jan. 2021; posted May 2021) [access via ReliefWeb]
- Follow link for position paper in English and Arabic, and video of the paper's launch in English and Arabic.

Sexual and gender-based violence: bibliographic resources (Humanitarian Alternatives, updated April 2021) [access]

Understanding Past Experiences to Strengthen Feminist Responses to Crises and Forced Displacement (Women's Refugee Commission, April 2021) [text]

Journal articles:

"Examining the Appropriateness of Gender-Inclusion as a Humanitarian Response Mechanism for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence against Men," Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, vol. 2, no. 3 (2020) [open access]

"English language learning barriers of Afghan refugee women in Australia," International Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol. 31, no. 1 (March 2021) [free full-text]

"Gender differences in second language proficiency: Evidence from recent humanitarian migrants in Germany," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 11 April 2021 [open access]

"'I Go up to the Edge of the Valley, and I Talk to God': Using Mixed Methods to Understand the Relationship between Gender-Based Violence and Mental Health among Lebanese and Syrian Refugee Women Engaged in Psychosocial Programming," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol.18, no. 9 (April 2021) [open access]

"Resettlement Stressors for Women of Refugee Background Resettled in Regional Australia," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol.18, no. 8 (April 2021) [open access]

"Sexual and reproductive health information and referrals for resettled refugee women: A survey of resettlement agencies in the United States," PLoS Medicine, 18(5): e1003579 (May 2021) [open access]

"Women and Children First," Cairo Review of Global Affairs, no. 41 (Spring 2021) [full-text]
- Focuses on the Global Compact for Migration.

"Young, unauthorised and Black: African unaccompanied minors and becoming an adult in Italy," Journal of Sociology, OnlineFirst, 2 March 2021 [postprint]
- Examines "the political ambivalence of hospitality for young African men as they transition to adulthood and how this is experienced through the intersections of age, gender and race."


Gender Equality and Women's Rights in the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: Exploring Implementation in the Arab Region, 25 March 2021 [access]

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05 May 2021

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2


Country Report: Romania (AIDA, April 2021) [text]

EU Exit Regimes in Practice: Case Studies from the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Denmark (AdMiGov Consortium, 2021) [text]

The EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration (European Commission, April 2021) [text]
- See also related MPI commentary.

MOU Between Denmark and Rwanda Regarding Cooperation on Asylum and Migration Issues (April 2021) [access]
- See also related Amnesty International news story.

The New Plan for Immigration: We need to talk about Albania (Social Market Foundation, May 2021) [text]
- Focuses on the UK.

Point of No Return? Recommendations for Asylum and Refugee Issues Between Denmark and Damascus (COAR, April 2021) [text]

Protection during pre-pandemic and COVID-19 periods in Turkey (AdMiGov Consortium, 2021) [text]

Protection in a Hostile Environment: An on-the-ground study into protection practices in Lesvos and Athens (AdMiGov Consortium, 2021) [text]

Journal articles

"Performing peace: Vernacular reconciliation and the diplomacy of return in Cyprus," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 16 April 2021 [open access]

"A qualitative study on resilience in adult refugees in Germany," BMC Public Health, 21:828 (April 2021) [open access]

"What asylum and refugee policies do Europeans want? Evidence from a cross-national conjoint experiment," European Union Politics, OnlineFirst, 23 April 2021 [open access]

"Who is a Refugee? Uncertainty and Discretion in Asylum Decisions," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Articles, 29 April 2021 [open access]
- Focuses on Norway.


Pushing Borders Outward: The State of Asylum Globally Five Years After the EU-Turkey Deal [access]
- Follow link for audio and video recordings.

Related post:

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1


Discussion panel: Equal and effective partners? The future of EU-Africa and EU-Turkey cooperation
on migration and refugee protection, 6 May 2021 [info]

Webinar: Europe Welcomes: The Role of Municipalities in EU's Asylum System, 12 May 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: Spain (RLI Blog, May 2021) [text]

Denmark will be breaking international law if Syrian refugees forced to return (Amnesty International, April 2021) [text]
- See also related ECRE Weekly Bulletin editorial.

Italian Quarantine-Ships: Floating Totalitarian Institutions in the Central Mediterranean Sea (CONREP Blog, April 2021) [text]

Migrants in the Mediterranean and the ICCPR, Again (EJIL Talk Blog, April 2021) [text]
New Plan for Immigration (RLI Blog, April-May 2021) [access]
- Blog series on the UK's proposed immigration plan.

"Revealed: 2,000 refugee deaths linked to illegal EU pushbacks," The Guardian, 5 May 2021 [text]

Seeking protection in Iceland: The dimming hope of refugees coming from Greece and Hungary (InfoMigrants, April 2021) [text]

Small Islands, Global Challenges: Greece, COVID, and Mediterranean Migration (FPRI, May 2021) [text]

*Syrian refugees in Scandinavia fear they will be forcibly returned to Syria (openDemocracy, May 2021) [text]

UK Immigration and Asylum Plans: Some Questions Answered by UNHCR (April 2021) [text]

UNHCR warns of mounting refugee and migrant deaths in the Central Mediterranean (UNHCR, May 2021) [text]


Related posts:

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Event: Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Weeks [info]
- Follow the link to learn about upcoming sessions scheduled in May. More info about HNPW is available here.

CFP: Alternatives Humanitaires = Humanitarian Alternatives [info]
- Contributions sought for a focus on "The cause of migrants under threat from the rise of nationalism: which directions for international solidarity organisations?" Submit article proposals by 25 May 2021.

Seminar: Critical localism: reflections on the localisation of humanitarian action in theory and (research) practice, 26 May 2021 [info]

High-level event: Clean and Safe Energy in Refugee Settings: Moving forward on the Clean Energy Challenge, 3 June 2021 [info]

Call for panels: 2021 Conference on Humanitarian Studies, Paris & Online, 3-5 November 2021 [info]
- The theme is "New realities of politics and humanitarianism: between solidarity and abandonment." Submission deadline is 15 June 2021.

Seminar: Co-producing research between academics, NGOs, and communities in humanitarian response, 16 June 2021 [info]
- Note: See related publication below.

Blog posts & press:

Decolonisation and localisation: new dawn or old history? (ALNAP Blog, April 2021) [text]
- See also the comment section.

Everyone’s doing stuff but nobody’s accountable – will Grand Bargain 2.0 set us right? (HPN Blog, April 2021) [text]

From where I stand: Unpacking "local" in aid (CDA Blog, 2021) [access]
- Blog forum "for people most affected by aid to explore and amplify their leadership experiences, stories, and lessons for the aid sector."

"Humanitarian system not listening to people in crises, says UN aid chief," The Guardian, 21 April 2021 [text]
- See also related blog post.

Looking for the humanitarian backbone at the top of the United Nations (NCHS Blog, April 2021) [text]

"More ticking of boxes won’t make aid more accountable," The New Humanitarian, 4 May 2021 [text]

Not a priority: the lack of contextual understanding in humanitarian missions (HPN Blog, May 2021) [text]

"Then and Now: 25 years of aid accountability," The New Humanitarian, 27 April 2021 [access]

More humanitarian-related blog posts can be found in IHSA's weekly round-ups.

Reports & journal articles:

The Co-production of Research between Academics, NGOs and Communities in Humanitarian Response: A Practice Guide (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2021) [text]
- See also related blog post and forthcoming seminar referenced above.

, Virtual Issue (March 2021) [access]
- Special issue on "ODI@60: reflections and observations on five decades of disaster studies." Read the introductory essay for more information.

"Humanitarian Aid Workers: The Forgotten First Responders," Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol. 36, no. 1 (Feb. 2021) [free full-text]

IASC Product Catalogue (Inter-Agency Standing Committee, March 2021) [text]

"Isolation, self-blame and perceived invalidation in aid personnel: identifying humanitarian-specific distress using the PostAID/Q," Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 6:8 (May 2021) [open access]

"Lay-delivered talk therapies for adults affected by humanitarian crises in low- and middle-income countries," Conflict and Health, 15:30 (April 2021) [open access]

"Strengthening data quality and reporting from small-scale surveys in humanitarian settings: a case study from Yemen, 2011–2019," Conflict and Health, 15:33 (May 2021) [open access]

What Transformation Takes: Evidence of Responsible INGO Transitions to Locally Led Development Around the World (Peace Direct, CDA Collaborative Learning & Search for Common Ground, Dec. 2020) [text]


Humanitarian Diplomacy Podcast Series (CMI) [access]
- Two episodes are currently available, the first on ethics of humanitarianism and the second on humanitarian diplomacy at the field level.

Related post:

04 May 2021

Regional Focus: Americas

Blog posts & press:

Across Latin America, displaced people receive the COVID-19 jab (UNHCR, April 2021) [text]

"Appeals court upholds Canada-U.S. asylum-seeker agreement," Reuters, 15 April 2021 [text]

"As desperation grows, Venezuelans look to a dangerous Caribbean escape route," The New Humanitarian, 28 April 2021 [text]
- See also related joint UNHCR/IOM press release.

"Indigenous refugees in Guatemala caught between COVID-19 and a volcano," The New Humanitarian, 22 April 2021 [text]

"Sending aid to Central America won’t stop migrants from coming," Vox, 30 April 2021 [text]

State control + human rights: Venezuelan displacement to Colombia and lessons from South American migration governance (MPC Blog, April 2021) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

"The Compliance of Argentina’s Migration Law with Human Rights Discourse and Principles," Chapter in Dignity in Movement: Borders, Bodies and Rights (E-International Relations, Forthcoming 2021) [open access]

Guía sobre la colaboración de ACNUR con las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos (ACNUR, Oct. 2020) [text]

"Human Mobility and Covid-19 in the Andean Region," E-International Relations, 27 April 2021 [open access]

Informes de Monitoreo de Protección (Danish Refugee Council; Jesuit Refugee Service, April 2021) 
- Reports available for GuatemalaMexico and Peru.

"Los migrantes irregulares en Colombia ante la crisis del Covid-19 ¿Los últimos en lista?," Chapter 9 in Direitos humanos dos migrantes e pandemia (Instituto Memória, 2021) [SSRN]

"Pedimos Posada: Local Mediators and Guatemalan Refugees in Mexico, 1978-1984," Historia Crítica, no. 80 (2021) [open access

*"El reto migratorio en la frontera Ciudad Juárez-El Paso, 2018-2019," Chapter 2 in Contextos y realidades ciudadanas:Bases para el desarrollo sostenible (Ediciones Universidad Simón Bolívar, Oct. 2020) [open access]
- Scroll to p. 41. 

"Solidarity, Social Justice, and Faith: Humanitarian Action on the U.S.-Mexico Border," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 25 Jan. 2021 [Yale Univ.]


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