28 February 2021

Thematic Focus: Children & Families

Blog posts:

Helping vulnerable children to find their inner hero (UNHCR, Feb. 2021) [text]

Making Noor and Aziz: The Research Behind Sesame Workshop's Rohingya Characters (Poverty Action Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States (Unicef, Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Children at Risk of Wartime Sexual Violence, 1990–2019, Conflict Trends, no. 1 (PRIO, Feb. 2021) [text]

Collaboration Across Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and Education in Emergencies (INEE & The Alliance, Jan. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Coming Back to Afghanistan: Study on Deported Minors’ Return and Reintegration Needs in the Western region (Samuel Hall, Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Inter-Agency Toolkit: Preventing and Responding to Child Labour in Humanitarian Action (Plan International, Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

A practitioner’s guide to the ethical conduct of research on child marriage in humanitarian settings (Global Programme to End Child Marriage, Jan. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Social Workers’ Reflections on Forced Migration and Cultural Diversity: Towards Anti-Oppressive Expertise in Child and Family Social Work," Social Sciences, vol. 10, no. 3 (Feb. 2021) [open access]
- Focuses on Finland.

A Study on Child Migrants from Ethiopia (IOM, Dec. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Waiting for kin: a longitudinal study of family reunification and refugee mental health in Germany," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 16 Feb. 2021 [open access]

Weapon of War: Sexual violence against children in conflict (Save the Children, Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

With Us and For Us: Working with and for Young People in Humanitarian and Protracted Crises - Guidelines (IASC, Feb. 2021) [text]

Related post:

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2

Journal articles:

"Are refugees really welcome? Understanding Northern Ireland attitudes towards Syrian refugees," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 28 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"The Asylum Story: Narrative Capital and International Protection," Metropolitics: an online journal of public scholarship about cities and urban politics, 2 Feb. 2021 [full-text]
- Focuses on France.

"The European Union and the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration: A Philosophical Critique," Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 23, no. 2 (2021) [open access]

"Forced Migration and the Quest for Normality: Post-Migratory Experiences of Traumatized Iraqi Refugees in Norway," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 18 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"Origen geográfico de los solicitantes de asilo y concesiones de Protección internacional en España entre 2008 y 2018," Revista Geográfica de América Central, vol. 1, no. 66 (2021) [open access]

"Reframing refugee crisis: A 'European crisis of migration' or a 'crisis of protection'?," Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, OnlineFirst, 4 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"The Role of Expert Witnesses in the Adjudication of Religious and Culture-based Asylum Claims in the United Kingdom: the Case Study of ‘Witchcraft’ Persecution," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 24 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"Shaping migration at the border: the entangled rationalities of border control practices," Comparative Migration Studies, 9:5 (Feb. 2021) [open access]
- Focuses on Switzerland.

Related post:

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1

Blog posts & press:

'Blurred lines': Migration and internal EU borders (InfoMigrants, Feb. 2021) [text]

The Commission’s proposal for a new Independent Monitoring Mechanism at the external border of the EU: a necessary but limited mechanism (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

How the 2015 migration crisis shaped the bordering preferences of EU citizens (EUROPP Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

Pushbacks and lack of accountability at the Greek-Turkish borders (ASILE Project, Feb. 2021) [text]

UK's Hong Kong Visa Scheme Must Be Part of Wider Review (Chatham House, Feb. 2021) [text]

Reports & book chapters:

The Cessation of International Protection and Review of Protection Statuses in Europe, Legal Note, no. 7 (ECRE, Feb. 2021) [text]

"Financial Implications of the EU’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Will the Next Multiannual Financial Framework Cover the Costs?," Chapter in The Future of Legal Europe: Will We Trust in It? (Springer, Forthcoming June 2021) [preprint]

Forced Migration, Staying Minorities, and New Societies: Evidence from Post-war Czechoslovakia, Working Paper, no. 683 (CERGE-EI, Feb. 2021) [text]

Policy Brief on the Asylum Management Process at the Local Level (MAGYC Project, Feb. 2021) [text]

Tipping the Scales: the role of responsibility and solidarity sharing in the situation on the Greek islands (Oxfam & Greek Council for Refugees, Feb. 2021) [access]


Fleeing Contemporary Armed Conflicts in International Refugee Law: Judicial Practice in the European Union, 10 Feb. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for video recording.

A Way Forward on Migration under the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union?, 5 Feb. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for video and audio recordings.

Related post:

27 February 2021

Thematic Focus: Education

Blog posts:

How can refugee participation enhance refugee education? Lessons from LERRN (LERRN, Feb. 2021) [text]

The Protracted Reality of Syrian Children in Lebanon: Why Go to School with no Prospects? (Centre for Lebanese Studies, Feb. 2021) [text]

The Role of Refugee Community Schools in Egypt and the Impact of Covid-19 on their Sustainability (African Arguments, Feb. 2021) [text]


The Causes of Female Student Dropout in a Secondary School in the Dadaab Refugee Camps of Kenya, Working Paper, no. 12 (LERRN, Jan. 2021) [text]

Collaboration Across Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and Education in Emergencies (INEE & The Alliance, Jan. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Global Cost of Inclusive Refugee Education (UNHCR & World Bank, January 2021) [access]

International Perspectives on School Settings, Education Policy and Digital Strategies: A Transatlantic Discourse in Education Research (Verlag Barbara Budrich, Feb. 2021) [open access]
- Part II focuses on “Migration, Refugees and Public Education,” with four chapters.

Investigating Corporal Punishment in Refugee Secondary Schools in Dadaab, Kenya, Working Paper, no. 13 (LERRN, Jan. 2021) [text]

Policy Implications of Refugee Education in Urban Settings: A Case Study of the Experience of Refugee Community-Based Schools in Cairo, Master's thesis (American University in Cairo, Jan. 2021) [text]

Journal articles:

"'First and foremost, we are teachers, not refugees': Requalification measures for internationally trained teachers affected by forced migration," European Educational Research Journal, OnlineFirst, 27 Jan. 2021 [open access]
- Focuses on Austria.

Global Education Review, vol. 7, no. 4 (2020) [open access]
- Special issue on "Modern Didactic Approaches and Methods for Second Language Teaching to Students with a Migrant or Refugee Background," with three articles that focus on refugees in Côte d’Ivoire, Greece and Turkey.

International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol. 25, no. 2 (2021) [contents]
- Special issue on "Refugees and Inclusive Education." One article is open access.

"New-arrivals challenged by remote teaching: creating solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic," Education in the North, vol. 27, no. 2 (2020) [open access]
- Focuses on Sweden.

"An Overview of Mobile Learning for Refugee Students: Juxtaposing Refugee Needs with Mobile Applications’ Characteristics," Challenges, vol. 11, no. 2 (Dec. 2020) [open access]

"Pedagogical love in Finland and Australia: a study of refugee children and their teachers," Pedagogy, Culture & Society, Latest Articles, 5 Jan. 2021 [open access]

"Recovering Refugee Stories: Chilean Refugees and World University Service," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 15 Feb. 2021 [open access]

Related post:

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects


Discussion panel: Desde el desplazamiento al desarrollo: Retos y oportunidades para refugiados y migrantes en Perú, 11 March 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

Economic Lives of Rohingya Refugees Matter: Beyond the Romantic Tale of ‘Market Works for All’ (Management Insights Blog, Dec. 2020) [text]

The impact of asylum-decision limbo on refugees’ reduced employment rates (Refugee Rights, Feb. 2021) [text]
- Focuses on the UK.

Labor market integration of refugees and internally displaced persons: The behavioral and socio-emotional side (Jobs and Development Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

Betwixt and Between: Integrating Refugees into the EU Labour Market (European Trade Union Institute, 2021) [text]

"On occasion of the pandemic: Reflections on Egyptian labour migration," International Migration, vol. 59, no. 1 (Feb. 2021) [free full-text]

Skills needs analysis and mapping of private enterprises with employment and PPP potential: Final Report (AECID et al., June 2020; posted Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Focuses on Syrians in Jordan.

What Works for Improving Refugee Outcomes in High-Income Countries? Policy Insights for the UK (COMPAS, Jan. 2021) [access]

"Young refugees’ and asylum seekers’ career choices: a qualitative investigation," International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, Latest Articles, 13 Feb. 2021 [open access]
- Focuses on Switzerland.


From Displacement to Development: Challenges and Opportunities to the Economic Inclusion of Venezuelans in Colombia, 27 Jan. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for video recording.

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26 February 2021

Thematic Focus: Gender Issues

Addressing Sexual Violence against Men, Boys, and LGBTIQ+ Persons in Humanitarian Settings: A Field-Friendly Guidance Note by Sector (Women's Refugee Commission, Feb. 2021) [text]

Gap Analysis of Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings: A Global Consultation (ELRHA, Feb. 2021) [text]

Global Snapshot of Contraceptive Services across Crisis-Affected Settings (Women's Refugee Commission, Jan. 2021) [text]

Mujeres Migrantes y Refugiadas de Venezuela (IOM, Feb. 2021) 

An Overlooked Crisis: Trafficking and Sexual and Gender-based Violence against Displaced Women in Italy (Refugee Rights Europe, Jan. 2021) [text]

Journal articles:

Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage, vol. 1, no. 2 (Winter 2021) [open access]
- Special issue on "In Their Own Voices: Making Visible Lives of Refugee Women in Kuala Lumpur."

"Doing family and fathering in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A community-based study with refugee-background men," Women’s Studies Journal, vol. 34, nos. 1-2 (Dec. 2020) [open access]

"Heartless Immigration Law: Rubbing Salt into the Wounds of Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence," Tulane Law Review, vol. 95, no. 1 (2020) [SSRN]

"Manzuaat wa Musharadat, Uprooted and Scattered: Refugee Women Escape Journey and the Longing to Return to Syria," Frontiers in Psychology, 2 Feb. 2021 [open access]
- Focuses on Jordan.

"Media Coverage of Syrian Female Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon," SAGE Open, 19 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"Tracing colonial maternalism within the gendered morals of humanitarianism: experiences of migrant women at the Moroccan-Spanish border," Frontiers in Human Dynamics, Accepted 8 Feb. 2021 [abstract]
- Note: This open access article has been provisionally accepted but is not yet officially published.

Related post:

Thematic Focus: Solutions


*Job announcement: Complementary Pathways Expert, UNHCR-RefugePoint Collaboration Project [info]
- No application deadline indicated.

*Job announcement: Resettlement Expert, UNHCR-RefugePoint Collaboration Project [info]
- No application deadline indicated.

Discussion panel: Thinking Beyond Resettlement: Are Complementary Pathways for Refugees the Answer?, 3 March 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

"Factbox: What Biden is doing to bring more refugees into the U.S.," Reuters, 9 Feb. 2021 [text]

Progress made in integration and social inclusion: Objective 16 “Empowerment of migrants and societies to realize full inclusion and social cohesion” in the review process (RLI Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

Refugee pressure rises as funding dwindles (ISS Today, Feb. 2021) [text]


An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Launching a Refugee Private Sponsorship Pilot Initiative in the U.S. (Niskanen Center, Feb. 2021) [text]

Local Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees: A Gateway to existing ideas, resources and capacities for cities across the world (Center for Mediterranean Integration et al., Jan. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

The New Pact on Migration and Asylum & the Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027, Briefing Paper, no. 97 (Solidar, Dec. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Refugees' social and economic integration prospects in Greece: A case study in Lesvos and Crete islands," Chapter in Europe at the Crossroads: Leadership, Challenges and State of Play, 1st Politeia International Conference Proceedings (Hellenic Association of Political Scientists, Feb. 2021) [ResearchGate]

Journal articles:

"La acogida y la integración de refugiados en Portugal: recuperando las voces de los actores," Migraciones Internacionales, vol. 12 (2021) [open access]
- Focuses on Syrians in Portugal.

"Charting a Course to Rebuild and Strengthen the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP): Findings and Recommendations from the Center for Migration Studies Refugee Resettlement Survey: 2020," Journal on Migration and Human Security, OnlineFirst, 16 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"Community Sponsorship in Europe: Taking Stock, Policy Transfer and What the Future Might Hold," Frontiers in Human Dynamics, 8 Feb. 2021 [abstract]
- Note: This open access article has been provisionally accepted but the final formatted text is not yet available. In the interim, here is a preprint version to serve as a preview.

"Integration Processes of Syrian Refugees in Turkey: 'Class-based Integration'," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 33, no. 3 (Sept. 2020) [postprint]

"La nature équivoque des engagements internationaux des Etats en matière de réinstallation des réfugiés: l’exemple français," Revue generale de droit international public, vol. 124, nos. 3-4 (2020) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 565.

"The Politics of Vulnerability in Refugee Admissions under the EU-Turkey Statement," Frontiers in Political Science, 9 Feb. 2021 [abstract]
- Focuses on Germany. Note: This open access article has been provisionally accepted but the final formatted text is not yet available. 


The Future of Refugee Resettlement and Complementary Pathways: Strengthening Sustainable and Strategic Humanitarian Solutions for Refugees, 22 Feb. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for audio and video recordings.


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25 February 2021

Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 2


"Climate Extremes, Food Insecurity, and Migration in Central America: A Complicated Nexus," Migration Information Source, 18 Feb. 2021 [text]

"Constitutionalized Human Rights Law in Mexico: Hope for Central American Refugees?," Harvard Human Rights Journal, vol. 32 (2019) [full-text]

"Discurso y resistencia: la cultura de la deportación de los migrantes mexicanos," Migraciones Internacionales, vol. 12 (2021) [open access]

*"Espacios de estancia prolongada para la población migrante centroamericana en tránsito por México," Frontera Norte: Revista internacional de fronteras, territorios y regiones, vol. 33 (2021) [open access]

"The Jewish Migration to Mexico during Nazi Germany," Pathways: A Journal of Humanistic and Social Inquiry, vol. 1, no. 3 (2021) [full-text]

"México como tercer país, seguro? Instrumentalización del derecho de asilo," Frontera Norte: Revista internacional de fronteras, territorios y regiones, vol. 32 (2020) [open access]

"Movilidad y políticas migratorias en América Latina en tiempos de COVID-19," Anuario CIDOB de la Inmigración 2020 [open access]

"Nationality-Based Criminalisation of South-South Migration: The Experience of Venezuelan Forced Migrants in Peru," European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, Latest Articles, 14 Jan. 2021 [free full-text]

"The plight of Venezuelan migrants exposes a gap in the global protection system," Routed Magazine, no. 13 (Dec. 2020) [text]

"Transit-Oriented Development and Suburban Gentrification: A 'Natural Reality' of Refugee Displacement in Metro Vancouver," Housing Policy Debate, Latest Articles, 4 Dec. 2020 [abstract]
- See also related research news release.


Related post:

Regional Focus: Americas - Pt. 1

News: Colombia's Plan to Regularize Venezuelan Refugees

On 8 Feb. 2021, Colombia announced that it would extend temporary protection status for a ten-year period to Venezuelans already in the country as well as those arriving within the first two years. For more information and analysis, see:
  • "Aid groups praise Colombia for Venezuelan migrant move, say more help needed," The New Humanitarian, 10 Feb. 2021 [text]
  • Aportes y retos del Estatuto de protección a refugiados y migrantes venezolanos en Colombia (equilibrium CenDE, Feb. 2021) [text]
  • "Colombia Went Big on Migration. Will Others Follow?," Americas Quarterly, 11 Feb. 2021 [text]
  • Statement by the UN High Commissioner for refugees on Colombia’s new temporary protection measure for Venezuelans (UNHCR, Feb. 2021) [text]
  • UNHCR and IOM welcome Colombia’s decision to regularize Venezuelan refugees and migrants: UNHCR–IOM Joint Press Release (Feb. 2021) [text]
  • The US can learn a lot from Colombia about giving rights to undocumented immigrants (Up Front Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]
  • What Comes Next Now that Colombia Has Taken a Historic Step on Migration? (MPI Commentary, Feb. 2021) [text]

Book launch: International Affairs and Canadian Migration Policy, 2 March 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

UN agencies begin processing at Matamoros (UNHCR, Feb. 2021) [text]

UN High Commissioner for Refugees commends Costa Rica for commitment to those forced to flee (UNHCR, Feb. 2021) [text]

"U.N. in talks with U.S. on Central American refugees applying for asylum from home," Reuters, 9 Feb. 2021 [text]

UNHCR welcomes expansion of Guatemala’s asylum capacity (UNHCR, Feb. 2021) [text]

*Venezuelan refugees and their receiving communities need funding, not sympathy (Up Front Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]


Americas: Pushback Practices and Their Impact on the Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees (Amnesty International, Feb. 2021) [text]

Latin American Local Faith Community Responses to Venezuelan Migration (Church World Service, Sept. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also Spanish version.


Realizing protection and solutions within North America, 21 Jan. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for webinar report and video recording.

North America within the global refugee regime, 21 Jan. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for webinar report and video recording.


Related post:

24 February 2021

Thematic Focus: General

Blog posts & press:

Is COVID-19 an opportunity to achieve the rights of refugees? (openDemocracy, Feb. 2021) [text]

Refugees and responsibility-sharing: An emerging trend in the face of record numbers of forcibly displaced people (VoxEU, Feb. 2021) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

DPCE Online, no. 4/2020 [access via RESPOND Project]
- Special issue on "Governing through uncertainty? Migration law and governance in a comparative perspective." Features a "selection of the papers discussed in the occasion of the RESPOND conference 'Unpacking the challenges & possibilities for migration governance', held in Cambridge, Newnham College, 17-19 October 2019."

"Every Map is an Act of Creation and not a Mirror of the World: Some rhetorical issues about migration mapping," The Large Glass: Journal of Contemporary Art, Culture and Theory, no. 29/30 (2020) [full-text]

"Forced Migration Magnitude and Violence in International Crises: 1945–2015," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 33, no. 2 (2020) [free full-text]

"Research in forced displacement: guidance for a feminist and decolonial approach," The Lancet, vol. 397, no. 10274 (Feb. 2021) [free full-text]

"A theory of migration: the aspirations-capabilities framework," Comparative Migration Studies, 9:8 (Feb. 2021) [open access]


Empowering emerging scholars in forced migration: A UNHCR and UNSW signing ceremony and discussion, 10 Nov. 2020 [access]
- Follow link for more info and video recording.

Protection in Mixed Movements: Policy Workshop on Protection Challenges on the Central & Western Mediterranean Routes, 15-17 Feb. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for recordings and background materials.

What’s the Role of UNHCR? (Talking Migration, Feb. 2021) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

What is the Second Refugee Crisis? (Talk Migration, Feb. 2021) [access]
- Follow link for podcast.


Discussing Displacement [info]
- Provides "short and accessible articles on topics, authors and themes that crop up in Refugee Studies."

MAGYC (Migration Governance and asYlum Crises) Project [access]
- "Seeks to assess how migration governance has been influenced by the recent 'refugee crises' and how crises at large shape policy responses on migration. The general objective of the project is to appraise policy responses in light of the ‘crisis’ and assess their efficiency for the long-term governance of migration."

Related post:

Opportunity/New Issues of Anthro. Mid. East, Comp. Cult. Stud., Intl. J. Qual. Stud. Health & Well-being, Intl. Migr., Interventions, JEMS, Primary Care, Psych. Inq., Ref. Watch, REMI, Rts. in Exile News, Routed, Torture J.


Call for applications: New Editorial Board Members for the International Journal of Refugee Law [info]
- Apply by 5 March 2021.

New issues:

Anthropology of the Middle East
, vol. 16, no. 1 (2021) [open access]
- Special issue on "States of Displacement: Middle Eastern Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Asylum Seekers in Global Context," with five articles.

Comparative Cultural Studies: European and Latin American Perspectives, vol. 6, no. 11 (2021) [open access]
- Themed issue on "Jewish Refugees’ Lives in Latin America after Persecution and Impoverishment in Europe," with six articles in either English, Spanish or Italian.

International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, vol. 15, no. sup2 (2020) [open access]
- Includes thematic cluster on "The Predicament of the Child Refugee," with nine articles.

International Migration, vol. 59, no. 1 (Feb. 2021) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including one that is open access. The three commentaries and two book reviews are freely available.

Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 23, no. 2 (2021) [contents]
- Special issue on "The Global Compacts, Mixed Migration and the Transformation of Protection." The introduction is freely available and two articles are open access.

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 47, no. 3 (2021) [contents]
- Mix of articles, with several focusing on children & youth. Two articles are open access.

Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, vol. 48, no. 1 (March 2021) [contents]
- Special issue on "Immigrant Health." 

Psychoanalytic Inquiry, vol. 41, no. 2 (2021) [contents]
- Special issue on "The Refugee Experience." The introduction and epilogue are freely available.

Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, no. 56 (Dec. 2020) [full-text]
- Themed issue on "Fallacy of Protection," with seven essays.

Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales, vol. 36, nos. 2-3 (2020) [delayed open access]
- Themed issue on "L'accueil hors des grandes villes." Articles become open access after one year.

Rights in Exile Newsletter, no. 120 (Feb. 2021) [text]
- News and information for refugee legal aid providers.

Routed Magazine, no. 14 (Feb. 2021) [open access]
- Themed issue on "Migration, mobility, and elections."

Torture: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, vol. 30, no. 3 (2020) [open access]
- Special issue on "Physiotherapy for torture survivors: Is there evidence of its utility in torture rehabilitation? - Part II."

Tagged Periodicals.

Opportunity: Corrected Details for Short Course on Palestine Refugees & Intl. Law

Please note that I neglected to include updated details for the Refugee Studies Centre's short course on "Palestine Refugees and International Law" in my recent MENA post.  First, the course will now be held online. And second, the dates have changed to 23-24 July 2021.  The application deadline is still 29 March 2021.

More information is available here.

23 February 2021

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items


Webinar: 2020 A Year of Disasters in Review: Legal Assessments under International Disaster Law, 25 February 2021 [info]

Call for applications: New Editorial Board Members for the International Journal of Refugee Law [info]
- Apply by 5 March 2021.

CFP: Ageing Gracefully? The 1951 Refugee Convention at 70, 5th Annual Conference, Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), 9-11 June 2021 [info]
- Submit paper and panel proposals by 31 March 2021.

Blog posts:

The End of the Right to Seek Asylum? COVID-19 and Refugee Protection (Asylum Insight, Jan. 2021) [text

Hidden from view: Refugees’ contributions to the development of early international refugee law and policy (Kaldor Centre, Feb. 2021) [text]

How NGOs in the Global South are developing strategies for protecting asylum-seekers at a time of human rights retrenchment (Open Global Rights, Feb. 2021) [access]
- Follow link for text in English and Spanish.

Reports & journal articles:

"The Concept of 'International Protection' in the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration," Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 23, no. 2 (2021) [preprint]

"Conscientious objectors seeking asylum: a comparative perspective," International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 25, no. 2 (2021) [postprint]
- Note: Access to the text is embargoed until 20 Oct. 2021. 

The Effectiveness of UNHCR's Supervision: Assessing the UN Refugee Agency's Supervisory Task regarding States' Compliance with the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol, Dissertation (Univ. of Amsterdam, Feb. 2021) [info]
- Note: Access to the complete text is embargoed until 10 Feb. 2023. 

"Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations in Regard to Refugees and Migrants," Chapter in Routledge Handbook on Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations (Routledge, Forthcoming 2021) [preprint]

"A Forgotten History: Forcible Transfers and Deportations in International Criminal Law," Criminal Law Forum, Latest Articles, 29 Jan. 2021 [preprint]

"How Protected are the Refugees: A Comparative Study of the Contemporary States of Germany and India in Light of the Geneva Convention, 1951," Refugee Watch: A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, no. 56 (Dec. 2020) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 103.

"Opening up a new chapter of law‐making in international law: The 2018 Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees," European Law Journal, Early View, 18 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"Revisiting the Rule of Non-Refoulement and its Exceptions: Does Article 33(2) of the 1951 Refugee Convention Require the Application of the Principle of Proportionality?," African Yearbook of International Law Online, vol. 23 (2018; posted Dec. 2020) [abstract]

Related post:

Regional Focus: MENA


Job announcement: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Rights for Time Project, Centre for Lebanese Studies [info]
- Apply by 2 March 2021.

Seminar: Prison or Sanctuary? An Evaluation of Camps for Syrian Refugees, 2 March 2021 [info]

Seminar: Refugee-led Responses to Overlapping Precarity: Views from North Lebanon, 16 March 2021 [info]

Short course: Palestine Refugees and International Law, University of Macedonia, Online, 28-29 May 23-24 July 2021 [info]
- Please note the revised details. Apply by 29 March 2021.

Blog posts & press:

New survey shows how COVID-19 exacerbates the critical needs of Yemen’s IDPs (IDMC Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

Palestinian Refugees: Myth vs Reality (MEI, Feb. 2021) [text]

Yemen's 'marginalized ones' endure hunger, displacement (UNHCR, Feb. 2021) [text]


Closely Knit: An Assessment of Migrants’ Social Networks in Libya (IOM, Jan. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

A decade of displacement in the Middle East and North Africa (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Feb. 2021) [text]
- "The first of its kind, [this report] delves into the scale, drivers, patterns and impacts of internal displacement in MENA."

Equal access to COVID-19 vaccines: who is responsible in the occupied Palestinian territory? (Medical Aid for Palestinians, Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Exploring Refugee Administration Systems in Egypt, Jordan, and Uganda: A Comparative Study, Master's Thesis (American Univ. in Cairo, 2021) [text]

The Impact of Living Arrangements (In-Camp versus Out-of-Camp) on the Quality of Life: A Case Study of Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Policy Research Working Paper, no. 9533 (World Bank, Feb. 2021) [text]

Influx of Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Effects on the Water Sector (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research & Govt. of Jordan, Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Palestinian Refugee Regime: Tensions between the Collective Right of Return and Individual Rights, Master's Thesis (American Univ. in Cairo, 2021) [text]

Refugee Governance in Crisis: The Case of the EU-Lebanon Compact (MAGYC Project, Dec. 2020) [text]

Syrians in Turkey: Experiences of migration and integration through a survey study (RESPOND Project, Feb. 2021) [text]

Yemen Protection Brief (Protection Cluster, Jan. 2021) [text]

Journal articles:

Anthropology of the Middle East, vol. 16, no. 1 (2021) [open access]
- Special issue on "States of Displacement: Middle Eastern Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and Asylum Seekers in Global Context."

"COVID‐19, Economic Recession, and the Refugee Situation," International Migration, vol. 59, no. 1 (Feb. 2021) [free full-text]
- Focuses on Afghans in Iran.

"Media Coverage of Syrian Female Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon," SAGE Open, 19 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"Migration diplomacy in the Gulf: non-state actors, cross-border mobility, and the United Arab Emirates," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 10 Feb. 2021 [open access]


The international refugee regime and postcolonial sovereignty: Algeria, refugees & the UNHCR 1954-63. 3 Feb. 2021 [access]


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22 February 2021

Thematic Focus: Climate Change & Disasters


Seminar: Climate Refugees: The Big Challenge of Public International Law and the European Union, 25 February 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

As Biden Seeks Answers on Climate’s Impact on Migration, Sydney Declaration Provides Legal Ground Rules for Action (Just Security Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

"Biden Pushes US—and the World—to Help Climate Migrants," Scientific American, 8 Feb. 2021 [text]

Can Regional Refugee Definitions Help Protect People Displaced by Climate Change in Latin America? (RI Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

"Climate refugees are sinking out of sight," The World Today Magazine, 5 Feb. 2021 [text]

The Global Compacts on Refugees and for Migration and the Future of Climate Change-Induced Displaced Persons (RLI Blog, Jan. 2021) [text]

Turning the narrative on disaster displacement in the Global North (RLI Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

UNHCR and IOM call for improved safeguards for the displaced on the frontlines of climate emergency (UNHCR, Feb. 2021) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

*Assessing Urban Disaster Displacement Risk (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Feb. 2021) [text]

At a Climate Change Crossroads: How a Biden-Harris Administration Can Support and Protect Communities Displaced by Climate Change (Refugees International, Feb. 2021) [text]

"Climate Change Driven Displacement and Justice: The Role of Reparations," Essays in Philosophy, Online First, 30 Jan. 2021 [open access]

"Climate-Induced Human Displacement and Conservation Lands," Houston Law Review, vol. 58, no. 3 (2021) [full-text via SSRN]

Sudden-Onset Hazards and the Risk of Future Displacement in Fiji (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Oct. 2020) [text]

"When Climate Change and Xenophobia Collide," The New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2021 [text]
- Focuses on the Bahamas.


Aid’s climate challenge, Rethinking Humanitarianism Series, 20 Jan. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

Internal displacement, migration and planned relocation in the context of natural hazards, 13 Jan. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for seminar recording.

Legal Responses to Cross-border ‘Environmental’ Mobility, 10 Feb. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for seminar recording.

Re-examining displacement in the context of disasters and climate change: A Pacific perspective, 21 Jan. 2021 [access]
- Follow link for podcast.


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Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 2


*Webinar: Internally Displaced People in Cameroon, 24 February 2021 [info]


Covid-19 and the socioeconomic situation of migrants in Niger (Mixed Migration Centre, Feb. 2021) [text]

East Africa: Pushback practices and their impact on the human rights of migrants and refugees (Amnesty International, Feb. 2021) [text

The Political Stakes of Displacement and Migration in/from Zimbabwe (Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut, Jan. 2021) [text]

The Political Stakes of Displacement in South Sudan (Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut, Feb. 2021) [text]

Report on Small Arms, Mass Atrocities & Migration in Nigeria (SBM Intelligence, April 2020; posted Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Sahel: Aperçu de la situation humanitaire dans la zone frontalière entre le Burkina Faso, le Mali et le Niger (REACH Initiative, Nov. 2020) [text via ReliefWeb]

Silencing the Guns Can Reduce Forced Displacement, Policy Brief (Institute for Security Studies, Feb. 2021) [text

Sub-Regional Study on the Debt of Migrants Assisted with Voluntary Return and its Impact on the Sustainability of Reintegration in Countries of Origin: A study conducted in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, The Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea under the coordination of IOM Regional Office in Dakar (IOM, Jan. 2021) [access]
- Follow link for report in English and French. Related research undertaken for this study is available here.


Related post:

Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 1

Blog posts & press:

Border management and state sovereignty in the Sahel (AMMODI Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

Can Uganda’s global refugee-assisting image subsist in a possible shift in political regimes? (Refugee Research Online, Feb. 2021) [text]

Legal aid project on the right to documentation for internally displaced persons in Mozambique (UNHCR, Feb. 2021) [text]

The legal implications of humanitarian aid blockades (The Conversation, Feb. 2021) [text]
- Focuses on Ethiopia. See also related article in The New Humanitarian.

"Zimbabwe Refugees Lose Fight to Remain in Botswana," VOA News, 19 Feb. 2021 [text]

The Zimbabwe-South Africa border: Governing Zimbabwean migration and humanitarian crisis through immobilities (MPC Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

Journal articles:

"Financial aid, remittances and their effect on relative deprivation in Rwanda," International Migration, Early View, 18 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"Pragmatic Mobilities and Uncertain Lives: Agency and the Everyday Mobility of South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 15 Feb. 2021 [open access]
- See also related Africa at LSE blog post.

"Refugee and asylum-seeking representative structures in South Africa: The case study of Somali, Congolese, and Ethiopian communities," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 15 Feb. 2021 [abstract]
- See also earlier related research paper.

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19 February 2021

Regional Focus: United States

Blog posts & press:

Biden Administration Unveils Plan to Process Asylum Seekers Subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols (Immigration Impact, Feb. 2021) [text]

Biden Administration Ends ‘Safe Third Country’ Agreements (Immigration Impact, Feb. 2021) [text]

Biden’s Asylum EOs and Where to Go from Here (Just Security, Feb. 2021) [text]

Biden’s immigration reset (Fixgov Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

Ending PACR/HARP: An Urgent Step Toward Restoring Humane Asylum Policy (Just Security, Feb. 2021) [text]

Fixing Asylum Part 5: Benefits (The Asylumist, Feb. 2021) [text]

Government Misleadingly Posts Enjoined Asylum Regs (Jeffrey S. Chase Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

The Hidden Cost of Undoing the Travel Ban (Lawfare Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

No Need to Wait for Congress to Begin Using Humanizing Language in the Immigration Space (Immigration Impact, Feb. 2021) [text]

President Biden's Busy Immigration Day (ImmigrationProf Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]
- See also related Asylumist blog post.

Torture Survivors Seeking Asylum Must be a Priority in Immigration Overhaul (The Asylumist, Feb. 2021) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

"Chevron’s Asylum: Judicial Deference in Refugee Cases," Houston Law Review (Forthcoming, 2021) [preprint]

Designing a Trauma-Informed Asylum System in the United States (Center for Victims of Torture, Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Expectations following Biden’s promises: what effect on mixed migration? (Mixed Migration Centre, Feb. 2021) [access]
- Follow link for text in English and Spanish.

"The Immigrant Struggle for Effective Counsel: An Empirical Assessment," University of Illinois Law Review (Forthcoming, 2021/2022) [preprint]

"Obscured by 'Willful Blindness': States' Preventive Obligations and the Meaning of Acquiescence Under the Convention Against Torture," Columbia Human Rights Law Review, vol. 52, no. 2 (2021) [full-text]

"The Race to Dismantle Trump’s Immigration Policies," New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 [text]

Room to Grow: Setting Immigration Levels in a Changing America (National Immigration Forum, Feb. 2021) [access]

"Unwilling or Unable? The Failure to Conform the Nonstate Actor Standard in Asylum Claims to the Refugee Act," Columbia Human Rights Law Review, vol. 52, no. 2 (2021) [full-text]

Why President Biden Needs to Make Immediate Changes to Rehabilitate the Immigration Courts (AILA, Feb. 2021) [access]


Immigration Policy Tracking Project [access]

Related posts:

Opportunities: A Few More Feb. & March 2021 [updated post]

[Note: I am re-posting this listing as I have just added several other opportunities. These are marked with an asterisk.]

Webinar: The Future of Refugee Resettlement and Complementary Pathways: Strengthening Sustainable and Strategic Humanitarian Solutions for Refugees, 22 February 2021 [info]

*Seminar: Voluntary Resettlement of People from Protected Areas, 24 February 2021 [info]

Speaker series: International Refugee Norms and Their Implementation in the United States, 24 February 2021 [info]

Panel discussion: We Refugees: A multi-perspective panel discussion of Hannah Arendt’s essay, 25 February 2021 [info]
- Follow link to register and to access a copy of Hannah Arendt's essay.

*Side event: Leaving no one behind: Improving Statistics on Statelessness, UN Statistical Commission, 25 February 2021 [info]

*Webinar: 2020 A Year of Disasters in Review: Legal Assessments under International Disaster Law, 25 February 2021 [info]

*Webinar: LERRN’s Analysis of Refuge and RSQ: Reflections on Knowledge Production, Access, and Representation, 26 February 2021 [info]

CFP: Historicizing the Refugee Experience, 17th-21st Centuries: First Annual International Seminar in Historical Refugee Studies, Essen, 12-15 October 2021 [info]
- The submission deadline has been extended to 1 March 2021.

*Job announcement: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Rights for Time Project, Centre for Lebanese Studies [info]
- Apply by 2 March 2021.

*Call for applications: Doctoral Students in Human Rights Law, specializing in Migration Law, Lund Univ. [info]
- Apply by 17 March 2021.


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17 February 2021

Tip: Using Unpaywall to Find Open Access Articles

Unpaywall is a very useful tool that can help identify whether or not open access versions of academic journal articles are available. All you need to do is add the browser extension to Chrome or Firefox. Then the next time you visit a journal article that is behind a paywall, notice if a green unlocked symbol displays on the right side of the screen. If yes, that means an open access version is available. Before clicking on the green symbol, you can hover over the icon to view the URL to which you will be directed - it's always nice to know where you are going before you click! (The URL will display in the lower left corner of your screen.) Once you are satisfied, go ahead and follow the link and begin reading.

Here are two examples of how Unpaywall helps you locate postprint versions of articles:

This is the URL for a recent Refugee Survey Quarterly article: "Refugee Participation Revisited: The Contributions of Refugees to Early International Refugee Law and Policy," by Tristan Harley. 
- Notice the green symbol appear on the right. When you hover over it, you will see that the link directs you to the author's personal web site. 

This is the URL for a recent article in the Journal of Refugee Studies: "Integration Processes of Syrian Refugees in Turkey: ‘Class-based Integration’," by Doğuş Şimşek.
- Once again, the green symbol appears. Hovering over it reveals that the link will direct you to UCL's institutional repository.

While Unpaywall is not always able to identify every eprint version that is out there, it is still a great tool for discovering open access scholarly literature!

Tagged Tips.

Regional Focus: Europe

Blog posts & press:

*EU asylum decisions exceed applications for first time since 2017 due to COVID-19 (EASO, Feb. 2021) [text]

IOM Calls for End to Pushbacks and Violence Against Migrants at EU External Borders (IOM, Feb. 2021) [text]

"Lawyers give EU agency notice over Greece migrant pushbacks," ABC News, 16 Feb. 2021 [text]

Legal migration in the “New Pact”: modesty or unease in the Berlaymont? (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

A recent history of camps in French migration policy, part 2: Encampment and eviction (Refugee History Blog, Feb. 2021) [text]

Weighting the Crisis: Comparing Media Coverage of Migration-Related Events in the EU (PROTECT Project, Feb. 2021) [text]


Civil Society and State Engagement in the Refugee Response in Turkey: Law and Regulations (GIZ, Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Country Report: Bulgaria (AIDA, Feb. 2021) [text]

DTM Europe: Summary of key activities and findings, January-December 2020 (IOM, Feb. 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

A Gateway Re-opens: the growing popularity of the Atlantic route, as told by those who risk it (Mixed Migration Centre, Feb. 2021) [text]

The Living Conditions of Applicants and Beneficiaries of International Protection: Evidence of Greece's Failure to Provide Sustainable Accommodation Solutions (Mobile Info Team, Feb. 2021) [text]

Migration and Asylum Policies Systems: Challenges and Perspectives (Editoriale Scientifica, Dec. 2020) [full-text]
- "According to the aim of MAPS – i.e highlighting key changes and best practices relating to general principles and safeguards of asylum systems, at the same time analysing weaknesses and the compliance with international law obligations to protect asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in general – on 23rd September 2019 the First Workshop, on “Migration and Asylum Policies Systems, challenges and perspectives”, took place at University of Naples “L’Orientale”. Essays included in this volume are excerpts from the lectures given during the Workshop, concerning a critical appraisal of the national legal systems of most of MAPS Partners (in the first Part), to which contributions on topical issues concerning Asylum and Migration under European Law are added (in the second Part), as well as, in the third Part, the speeches delivered at the Workshop in Naples from Antonio Di Muro (UNHCR) and Riccardo Gatti (ONG Open Arms)."

Pushback Report 2020 (Mare Liberum, Feb. 2021) [text]

The Refugee Crisis and Right-Wing Populism: Evidence from the Italian Dispersal Policy, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 14084 (Institute of Labor Economics, Jan. 2021) [text]

Journal articles:

"Augmenting Social Welfare for Asylum Seekers in Ireland," Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol. 42, no. 4 (2020) [preprint]

"The Covid-19 crisis resurrects the public health exception in EU migration law," Frontiers in Political Science, 11 Feb. 2021 [open access]

"Reluctant Refuge: An Activist Archaeological Approach to Alternative Refugee Shelter in Athens (Greece)," Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 33, no. 3 (Sept. 2020) [postprint]

"Violence and torture against migrants and refugees attempting to reach the European Union through the Western Balkans," Torture Journal: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, vol. 30, no. 3 (2020) [open access]


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