31 March 2021

Round-up: OA Articles Published by Global South Authors (31 March 2021)

This is a round-up of open access materials produced by authors based in the global South (GS) and other geographic areas that are less well-represented in the domain of scholarly forced migration literature. Articles are included if either the lead author or at least half of the co-authors are based in the GS. These references are organized by type of open access. Also listed are book chapters and complete issues of OA periodicals published in the global South. The OA items herein were previously referenced on this blog as of 1 March 2021.

Bronze OA:

Education and Peaceful Coexistence among Urban Refugee Children,” Young African Leaders Journal of Development, vol. 3 (2021) [full-text]
- Author = Uganda

- Note: Also available in English.
- Authors (3) = Palestine (lead), Oman (1), Canada (1)

"Key Migration Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021," Migration Policy Practice, vol. XI, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 2021)
- Scroll to p. 32.
- Author = Colombia

"Migration in Asia and its Subregions: Data Challenges and Coping Strategies for 2021," Migration Policy Practice, vol. XI, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 2021)
- Scroll to p. 14.
- Authors (2) = India

"Mobility and Migration Data in 2021: Perspectives from Africa," Migration Policy Practice, vol. XI, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 2021)
- Scroll to p. 10.
- Author = Nigeria

"Mobility and Migration Data in China in 2021," Migration Policy Practice, vol. XI, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 2021)
- Scroll to p. 25.
- Authors (4) = China

Diamond OA:

"Access to Female Contraceptives by Rohingya Refugees, Bangladesh," Bulletin of the World Health Organization, no. 99 (2021) 
- Authors (4) = Bangladesh (3, incl. lead), Australia (1)

"Brasileños Asilados en México: Dos Casos de Excepción," Historia Mexicana, vol. 70, no. 2 (Oct.-Dec. 2020) 
- Author = Mexico

"A Critical Evaluation of the Education Policies on Syrian Refugees in Turkey and Jordan," International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, vol. 13, no. 2 (2021) 
- Authors (2) = Turkey

- Authors (2) = Mexico

"Do No Harm in Refugee Humanitarian Aid: The Case of the Rohingya Humanitarian Response," Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 6:7 (March 2021)
- Author = Bangladesh

"Fear of the Other within the Contemporary ‘Migration Crisis’: Arab-Muslim Migration towards Europe and the Condition of Otherness," Journal of Identity and Migration Studies, vol. 14, no. 2 (2020)
- Authors (2) = Brazil

"Health Inequities with Somali Women in Kuala Lumpur," Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage, vol.1, no. 2 (Winter 2021)
- Author = Malaysia

"Lived Experiences of a Rohingya Journalist," Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage, vol.1, no. 2 (Winter 2021)
- Author = Malaysia

"Portraying Minorities and Portraits of KL," Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage, vol.1, no. 2 (Winter 2021)
- Author = Malaysia

"The Search for Truth, Justice and Closure during the Pandemic," Forced Migration Review, no. 66 (March 2021)
- Author = Turkey

"Syedah’s Journey: From Child Marriage to Activist," Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage, vol.1, no. 2 (Winter 2021)
- Author = Malaysia

"Trauma and Criticality: How Stories Raise Our Consciousness and Can Heal Our Past," Displaced Voices: A Journal of Migration, Archives and Cultural Heritage, vol.1, no. 2 (Winter 2021)
- Author = Malaysia

Gold OA:

Note: Article processing charges (APCs) are indicated below; waiver status of authors is unknown.

"Choosing to Stay: Alternate Migration Decisions of Ghanaian Youth," Social Inclusion, vol. 9, no. 1 (2021)
- Author = Ghana
- APC = EUR 900

"COVID-19 & Immigrants’ Increased Exclusion: The Politics of Immigrant Integration in Chile and Peru," Frontiers in Human Dynamics, 10 March 2021 
- Authors (2) = Peru (lead), UK (co-author)
- APC = USD 950

"Facing Challenges and Drawing Strength from Adversity: Lived Experiences of Tibetan Refugee Youth in Exile in India," Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, vol. 20, no. 1 (2020)
- Authors (2) = India
- APC = USD 800

"Information Sharing and Decision-Making: Attempts by Ghanaian Return Migrants to Enter through Libya," Social Inclusion, vol. 9, no. 1 (2021)
- Author = Ghana
- APC = EUR 900

"Intersecting Stigma and HIV Testing Practices among Urban Refugee Adolescents and Youth in Kampala, Uganda: Qualitative Findings," Journal of the International AIDS Society, vol. 24, no. 3 (March 2021) 
- Authors (11) = Canada (3, incl. lead), US (2), Uganda (5), Canada/South Africa (1) 
- APC = USD 2600

"Migration, Interfaith Engagement, and Mission among Somali Refugees in Kenya: Assessing the Cape Town Commitment from a Global South Perspective One Decade On," Religions, vol. 12, no. 2 (Feb. 2021)
- Author = Kenya
- APC = CHF 1200

"Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in a Displacement Setting: A Narrative Review on the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon," Reproductive Health, 18:58 (March 2021)
- Authors (7) = Lebanon (6, incl. lead), Switzerland (1)
- APC = USD 2590

- Author = Nigeria
- APC = EUR 900

- Authors (8) = Bangladesh (6, incl. lead), US (1), UK (1)
- APC = USD 3000

"Rational Actors, Passive and Helpless Victims, Neither, Both: EU Borders and the Drive to Migrate in the Horn of Africa," Social Inclusion, vol. 9, no. 1 (2021)
- Authors = South Africa
- APC = EUR 900

"Research on Aging during the Venezuelan Humanitarian Crisis: The Experience of the Maracaibo Aging Study," BMC Public Health, 21:473 (March 2021)
- Authors (13) = US (5, incl. lead), Venezuelan (7), Mexico (1)
- APC = USD 2570

"Socio-Economic Inequity and Decision-Making under Uncertainty: West African Migrants’ Journey across the Mediterranean to Europe," Social Inclusion, vol. 9, no. 1 (2021)
- Authors (3) = South Africa
- APC = EUR 900

"Teachers’ Perspectives: Challenges in the Integration of Refugee Children Deported from Israel to Uganda," Social Sciences, vol. 10, no. 3 (March 2021)
- Authors (9) = Israel (3, incl. lead), Uganda (6)
- APC = CHF 1200

"Vulnerability of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon to COVID-19: Quantitative Insights," Conflict and Health, 15:13 (March 2021)
- Authors (5) = Lebanon (3, incl. 2 leads), Qatar (1), Qatar/US (1)

Green OA:

"Positive versus Negative Contact and Refugees' Intentions to Migrate: The Mediating Role of Perceived Discrimination, Life Satisfaction and Identification with the Host Society among Syrian Refugees in Turkey," Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Early View, 6 March 2021 [postprint]
- Postprint version of article deposited in Keele Univ. IR (UK); currently under embargo
- Authors (3) = Turkey (2, incl. lead), UK (1)

Hybrid OA:

Note: Article processing charges (APCs) are indicated below.

"The Caravanas de Migrantes Making Their Way North: Problematising the Biopolitics of Mobilities in Mexico," Third World Quarterly, vol. 42, no. 1 (2021)
- Author = Mexico
- APC = USD 3500

"Gender, Transactional Sex, and HIV Prevention Cascade Engagement among Urban Refugee and Displaced Adolescents and Youth in Kampala, Uganda," AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, Latest Articles, 21 Dec. 2020 
- Authors (6) = Canada (2, incl. lead), US (1), Uganda (3)
- APC = USD 2995

"Refugee Return and Fragmented Governance in the Host State: Displaced Syrians in the Face of Lebanon’s Divided Politics," Third World Quarterly, vol. 42, no. 1 (2021)
- Author = Lebanon
- APC = USD 3500

"The Role of Context in Shaping HIV Testing and Prevention Engagement among Urban Refugee and Displaced Adolescents and Youth in Kampala, Uganda: Findings from a Qualitative Study," Tropical Medicine & International Health, Early View, 9 Feb. 2021
- Authors (9) = Canada (3, incl. lead), US (1), Uganda (5) 
- APC = USD 3000

Book chapters:

"Linguistic Repertoires of Refugees in Internally Displaced Peoples’ (IDP) Camps in North East Nigeria," Chapter in West African Languages: Linguistic Theory and Communication (Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 2020) 
- Scroll to p. 266.
- Author = Nigeria

"Mediated Narratives of Syrian Refugees: Mapping Victim–Threat Correlations in Turkish Newspapers," Chapter 9 in Media and Mapping Practices in the Middle East and North Africa: Producing Space (Amsterdam Univ. Press, March 2021)
- Scroll to p. 201.
- Author = Turkey

"Refugee Experiences in Higher Education: Female Perspectives from Egypt," Chapter in International Perspectives on School Settings, Education Policy and Digital Strategies: A Transatlantic Discourse in Education Research (Verlag Barbara Budrich, Feb. 2021)
- Scroll to p. 137.
- Author = Egypt

Periodical issues:

Cahiers du CERPRU, no. 27 (Dec. 2020) 
- Special issue on "Personnes déplacées et leurs connectivités dans la Province du Sud-Kivu," with 8 articles and 4 personal contributions from IDPs. "[L]’objectif de cette recherche qualitative était d’étudier les stratégies que les populations déplacées internes développent pour créer des liens de solidarité et reconstituer de manière non textuelle les nouvelles unités de survie dans le milieu d’accueil." Published by the Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural de Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Related posts:



Regional Focus: Asia Pacific

Opportunity:

Webinar: Refugee Protection in East Asia: Changes and Challenges, 2 April 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

Bangladeshi authorities, aid agencies and refugee volunteers rush to respond as massive fire leaves some 45,000 Rohingya refugees without shelter (UNHCR, March 2021) [text]
- See also UNHCR's related appeal for funding immediate needs.

“In Indonesia, desperation grows for refugees trapped in limbo for years,” The New Humanitarian, 22 March 2021 [text]

“India must offer shelter to Myanmarese asylum seekers even though it lacks a refugee protection law,” Scroll.in, 30 March 2021 [text]

“Japan’s Changing Immigration and Refugee Policy,” The Diplomat, 12 March 2021 [text]

Nepal becomes first country in Asia Pacific to vaccinate refugees against COVID-19 (UNHCR, March 2021) [text]

Rohingya refugees and local Bangladeshis benefit from inclusive COVID-19 response (UNHCR, March 2021) [text]

"Thailand denies forcing back Myanmar refugees blocked at border," Reuters, 29 March 2021 [text]

Reports & journal articles:

"Between Refugee Protection and Migration Management: The Quest for Coordination between UNHCR and IOM in the Asia-Pacific Region," Third World Quarterly, vol. 42, no. 1 (2021) [open access]

"Complementary Protection in Japan: To What Extent Does Japan Offer Effective International Protection for Those Who Fall Outside the 1951 Refugee Convention?," Laws, vol. 10, no. 1 (March 2021) [open access]

"Negotiating rights and faith: A study of rights‐based approaches to humanitarian action in Pakistan," Disasters, Accepted Articles, 8 March 2021 [open access]

“We survived the virus, but may not survive the hunger”: The impact of COVID-19 on Afghanistan’s internally displaced (Amnesty International, March 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Note: A special issue of Asian Journal of Law and Society on the "Presidential Regulation No. 125 of 2016 concerning the Treatment of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Indonesia" was launched recently but has not yet been posted on the Cambridge Univ. Press web site. I will include a link to it in a future post when it becomes available.

Multimedia:

Refugee Legal Webinar Series (Suaka Indonesia) 
- #1: Marriage and Divorce in Indonesia [access]
- #2: Enrolment in Formal Education for Refugees in Indonesia [access]
- #3: Impact of Covid-19 Regulation for Refugees [access]
- #4: Mental Health and Wellbeing [access]
- #5: Strengthening Refugee Resiliency [access]

Rohingya Camp Voices Webinar Series (Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University) 
- #1: Impact of COVID-19 on Rohingya Camps [access]
- #2: What's Next for Rohingya Camp Residents? [access]
- #3: Strengths and Aspirations of Rohingya Refugees [access]

Related post:

Tip: Waivers/Discounts on Open Access APCs

Intro:

Many authors who wish to make their articles open access have been thwarted by high Article Processing Charges (APCs). (Note: If you are not familiar with open access, please read an introduction on my other blog.) While publishers of gold open access journals often provide waivers and/or discounts for APCs, this is not the case for hybrid journals. 

Readers will be happy to learn, then, that EIFL, an NGO that works with libraries in developing and transition economy countries around the world, has taken on the challenging task of negotiating agreements with various publishers to provide waivers for or significant discounts on APCs for both gold and hybrid open access journals. This page provides more information about the specific agreements currently in place, the journals they cover, and details about the terms and conditions. 

How to take advantage of these agreements:

Step one: Since the agreements only apply to corresponding authors based in certain eligible countries, confirm that your country is among those listed:  

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Botswana, China, Congo, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Maldives, Moldova, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia, Palestine, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Step two: Each negotiated agreement is slightly different in terms of the type of APC it covers (gold OA, hybrid OA, or both); the type of offer available (waiver vs. discount); who it applies to (e.g., all authors based in a specified country; only authors affiliated with specific institutions in a given country; only authors affiliated with institutions that have certain journal subscriptions with publishers, etc.). For this reason, it is important to first visit EIFL's APC page and take a few minutes to briefly review the terms and conditions of each agreement potentially available to you.

Step three: Select your country from the index below to access a spreadsheet* that provides details on all the journals in which you can publish open access. Use it to learn more about the APC offer for each journal, the conditions of that offer, etc. URLs for journal web sites are also listed; visit them to learn more about the journal(s) you think might be most suitable for your draft manuscript.  

Step four: After you have selected a journal and completed the manuscript submission process, as a final step, be sure to return to EIFL's APC page. Select the publisher of the journal to which you submitted your article for more information regarding how the waivers and discounts are actually applied. 

Example: 

Global Responsibility to Protect is a hybrid journal published by Brill. The APC is normally €2150. Under the terms of EIFL's agreement with Brill, the APC is:
- discounted by 50% if the corresponding author is based in: Estonia, Serbia, Slovenia; 
- discounted by 60% if the corresponding author is based in: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Fiji, Georgia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, North Macedonia, Palestine, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan;
- discounted by 80% if the corresponding author is based in: Botswana, Namibia;
- waived if the corresponding author is based in: Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Malawi, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The negotiated agreement is in effect until 31 December 2023.

How does the waiver/discount get applied? Brill's agreement page notes that "Authors will be recognized automatically when they select Open Access during the submission process. Their country and affiliation data are used to identify eligibility for the discount, which is then deducted once they are requested to pay the invoice (after the article has been accepted)."

That's it! Please let me know when your open access article is published! And while you are on EIFL's web site, you can learn more about their open access programme and browse through a wide variety of resources relating to open access

*Note that the spreadsheets were created using Microsoft Excel. If you do not have this application but you do have a Microsoft account, you can open the file via Office Live (you will need to login). Alternatively, if you have a Gmail account, you can open the file using the free Google Sheets application.

[Many thanks to Romy Beard for her feedback on this post!]

Tagged Tips.

30 March 2021

News: Global South Authors & Open Access

These recent items assess the extent to which scholars in the global South participate in open access publishing:

Who publishes in Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees? A reflection on author affiliation, knowledge production and geographic representation (LERRN Blog, March 2021)
- This is the third in a series of studies that examined the authorship of articles published in major academic journals focusing on refugee issues; to date, the journals analyzed include the Journal of Refugee Studies, the Refugee Survey Quarterly, and now Refuge. Despite the fact that Refuge is an open access journal that does not charge any publication fees to publish - a key element that distinguishes it from the other two journals, the analysis of its authorship still found that most of its articles were written by authors based in the global North. You can find the first two studies here; in addition, a webinar report of a recent discussion of "LERRN's Analysis of Refuge and RSQ" is available here.

A special virtual collection of 10 articles that focus on "Decolonizing Open Access in Development Research," published in Development & Change (March 2021). From the introductory article:
- "This special collection on open access and development research will look beyond scholarly communications barriers and ideological red herrings to consider the deeper historical processes and equity concerns underlying OA debates in development research. ...The articles and thought pieces presented here fall into three categories: reflections on the distinctive needs and visions of open access by scholars from various regions of the global South, including Latin America, Asia and Africa; reflections by Northern scholars on the implications of OA and Plan S for the global South more broadly; and reflections by Northern scholars on the costs and benefits of OA and Plan S within their scholarly and disciplinary ecosystems."


29 March 2021

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

Opportunities:

CFP: Ageing Gracefully? The 1951 Refugee Convention at 70, 5th Annual Conference, Refugee Law Initiative (RLI), 9-11 June 2021 [info]
- Note: The keynote speakers for this conference have now been announced! Submit paper and panel proposals by 31 March 2021. (See also related proposed panel on "Temporary Protection under the 1951 Convention.")

Call for registration: "Understanding solidarity under international and EU refugee law," Interest Group workshop on the margins of the ESIL Catania Research Forum, 15 April 2021 [info]
- Register by 8 April 2021.

Blog posts & press:

70 Years of UNHCR and the 1951 Refugee Convention: Global developments, achievements and challenges (Völkerrechtsblog & FluchtforschungsBlog) [access]
- New blog symposium. The introductory post is available here and here, in German and English. Follow the link above to access other posts in the series.

"Australian government willing to repatriate Iraqi refugee knowing he would ‘likely be killed’," The Guardian, 27 March 2021 [text]

Determining Political Opinion: Problems and Solutions (Jeffrey S. Chase Blog, March 2021) [text via Immig. Law]

The problem with “credibility” as a concept in asylum cases (Free Movement Blog, March 2021) [text]

RefLaw Primer Series (RefLaw Blog) [access]
- New blog series. The introductory post is available here. The first post focuses on "alienage."

New book:

Rights of Refugees under International Law, 2nd ed. (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2021) [info]
- A discount code for this text is available here. See also related interview with author.

Publications:

The EU Pact on Migration and Asylum in Light of the United Nations Global Compact on Refugees: International Experiences on Containment and Mobility and their Impacts on Trust and Rights (European Univ. Institute, March 2021) [open access]
- "The Chapters that follow assess the new components and policy priorities laid down in the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum from different multidisciplinary perspectives and world regions experiences. They explore the rights and international protection implications, enshrined both in the foundations of the UN GCR and the EU Treaties as well as policy and governance arrangements both domestically and internationally. They address the implications of these policy and governance approaches for the geopolitics of international law, paying attention to the relations that the Pact seeks to promote between states and other relevant international and regional actors, and also how its proposed policy roadmap can be expected to transform or reconfigure these relations." 

Protection Regimes: A Critical Analysis, Working Paper, no. 2021/78 (RESPOND Project, March 2021) [text]

"Refugee camps: in pursuit of a legal definition and the delimitation of States’ obligations," Revista Direitos Fundamentais e Alteridade, vol. 4, no. 1 (2020) [open access]

Refugee Camps: In Search of the Locus of the Accountability of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) under International Law, Dissertation (York Univ., March 2021) [text]

Multimedia:

Look both ways: Future and historical perspectives on the Refugee Convention at 70, Presentation at 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, 24 March 2021 [access]
- Follow link for video recording. See also related news story.

Resource: 

EASO Case Law Database [access]
- "[C]ontains summaries of decisions and judgments related to international protection pronounced by national courts of EU+ countries and by the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights." See also issues of the related Newsletter on Asylum Case Law; two have been published to date, one in 2020 and one in 2021.

Related post:


Thematic Focus: ICTs & Other Technologies

Opportunity:

Lecture: Dislocation in an Age of Connection: Refugee Journeys and Social Media, 30 March 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

AI facial analysis is scientifically questionable. Should we be using it for border control? (The Conversation, Feb. 2021) [text]

Behind the Mobile Stories/Historias Móviles project (UNHCR Innovation Service, Feb. 2021) [text]

In refugee camps, access to internet supports research during the coronavirus pandemic (The Conversation, Jan. 2021) [text]

"'They can see us in the dark': migrants grapple with hi-tech fortress EU," The Guardian, 26 March 2021 [text]

Reports:

Accès au numérique, besoins en communication et pratiques communautaires: Comment l’inclusion digitale peut améliorer la protection des personnes réfugiées, déplacées internes et apatrides en Afrique de l’Ouest (UNHCR, SÉKOU & IT4LIFE, Jan. 2021) [text]

Assessing the Use of Call Detail Records (CDR) for Monitoring Mobility and Displacement (IOM & Princeton Univ., Feb. 2021) [text via Mig. Data Portal]

Technology as a Source of Power: Exploring How ICT Use Contributes to the Social Inclusion of Refugees in Germany, Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 5 Jan. 2021 [text]

Journal articles & book chapters:

"A Breathtaking Journey: Appealing to Empathy in a Persuasive Mixed-Reality Game," Chapter 6 in Persuasive Gaming in Context (Amsterdam Univ. Press, March 2021) [open access]
- Scroll to p. 95. Note: A Breathtaking Journey is a "mixed-reality game providing a first-person perspective of a refugee’s journey." 

"Digital Media Production of Refugee-Background Youth: A Scoping Review," Journalism and Media, vol. 2, no. 1 (Jan. 2021) [open access]

"Infrastructure of compassionate repression: making sense of biometrics in Kakuma refugee camp," Information Technology for Development, vol. 27, no. 1 (2021) [open access]

International Review of the Red Cross, no. 913 (March 2021) [full-text]
- Themed issue on “Digital technologies and war.”

"Social media surveillance, LGBTQ refugees and asylum: How migration authorities use social media profiles to determine refugees as ‘genuine’ or ‘fraudulent’," First Monday, vol. 26, no. 1 (Jan. 2021) [full-text]
- Focuses on Denmark.

"Striving 'Against All Odds' to Reduce Prejudice toward Immigrants and Refugees," Chapter 12 in Persuasive Gaming in Context (Amsterdam Univ. Press, March 2021) [open access]
- Scroll to p. 220. Note: Against All Odds is a video game developed by UNHCR "which has players take on the role of a refugee and experience the struggles they go through."

"Using a Mobile App When Surveying Highly Mobile Populations: Panel Attrition, Consent, and Interviewer Effects in a Survey of Refugees," Social Science Computer Review, OnlineFirst, 28 Jan. 2021 [open access]
- Focuses on Germany.
 
Related post:

28 March 2021

Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 2

Multimedia:

Implications for Policy of a (Post-?) COVID-19 World…, 17 March 2021 [access]
- Follow link for video recording.

Slavery, Lived Realities and Decolonising Forced Migration Histories, 11 March 2021 [access]
- Follow link for podcast and transcript.

Vaccine Equity for the Forcibly Displaced, 23 March 2021 [access]
- Follow link for video recording.

Resources:

80th Meeting on UNHCR’s Standing Committee, 23-25 March 2021 [access]
- Follow link for documents (including regional updates), remarks, and presentations. See also related NGO statements on ICVA's web site.

Global Asylum Governance and the EU’s Role: Implementing the UN Global Compact on Refugees and the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, 22-23 March 2021 [info]
- Video recordings are available here.

Migration Network Hub (UN Network on Migration) [access]
- "The Hub aims to support UN Member States in the implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Migration by serving as a repository of existing evidence, practices and initiatives, and facilitating access to knowledge sharing via online discussions, an expert database and demand-driven, tailor-made solutions." 

Tracking the coronavirus pandemic and vaccine rollouts (The New Humanitarian) [access]

UN Panel on Internal Displacement [access]
- Follow link for recent stakeholder submissions, event videos and reports, and other documents produced as part of this panel's program of work.

Uprooted in their own land: the internal displacement crisis (UNHCR) [access]
- "[A] new data visualization that sets out the scale and challenge of internal displacement due to conflict and violence, which currently affects at least 45.9 million people worldwide." See also related news story.

Related post:


Thematic Focus: General - Pt. 1

Opportunities: 

Webinar: Nationalism & Covid-19 Vaccination: Refugee and Migrant Health, 30 March 2021 [info]

The Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) and its Upcoming 2021 Conference: What Utopias Can Teach Us, 7 April 2021 [info]

Webinar: A Year of Pandemic: The State of Global Human Mobility & What is on the Horizon, 8 April 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

Awards honour refugee-led response to COVID-19 pandemic (UNHCR, March 2021) [text]

"Invited Commentary: Refugee Mental Health—An Urgent Call for Research and Action," JAMA Network Open, 16 March 2021 [open access]

One year into the pandemic: Covid-19 a threat multiplier for people on the move (Mixed Migration Centre, March 2021) [text]

A virus that respects no borders: protecting refugees and migrants during COVID-19 (WHO, March 2021) [text]

Reports & journal articles:

Corporate Citizenship & Refugee Inclusion: Harnessing Global Private Regulation and Corporate Social Responsibility (World Refugee & Migration Council, March 2021) [text]

Guidance on Racism and Xenophobia: How UNHCR can address and respond to situations of racism and xenophobia affecting persons under its mandate (UNHCR, Oct. 2020; posted March 2021) [text]
- See also related statement. The Spanish version is available here.

"How far can we compare? Migration studies, comparative urbanism and the potential of a trans‐Mediterranean perspective," International Migration, Early View, 22 March 2021 [open access]

"Human Rights of Forced Migrants During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Opportunity for Mobilization and Solidarity," Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, Latest Articles, 19 March 2021 [open access]

The IDP Initiative: Quarterly Update (UNHCR, March 2021) [text]

Related post:


Regional Focus: Europe

Opportunities:

Webinar: A Pact with the Devil? Robust Border Management and the EU’s New Pact on Migration, 31 March 2021 [info]

Job announcement: Research Fellow for “E-MINDFUL: Enhancing European Migration Narrative to Develop Further Union Long-term actions” Project, Migration Policy Centre [info]
- Apply by 1 April 2021.

Lecture: Asylum in the EU and Rule of Law Backsliding, 8 April 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

A first look at the “New Plan for Immigration” (Free Movement Blog, March 2021) [text]
- Focuses on the UK. See also related comment.

First-time asylum applicants down by a third in 2020 (Eurostat, March 2021) [text]

Why Priti Patel’s plans to overhaul the asylum system make no legal sense  (The Conversation, March 2021) [text]

New open access book:

The EU Pact on Migration and Asylum in Light of the United Nations Global Compact on Refugees: International Experiences on Containment and Mobility and their Impacts on Trust and Rights
(European Univ. Institute, March 2021) [open access]
- "The Chapters that follow assess the new components and policy priorities laid down in the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum from different multidisciplinary perspectives and world regions experiences. They explore the rights and international protection implications, enshrined both in the foundations of the UN GCR and the EU Treaties as well as policy and governance arrangements both domestically and internationally. They address the implications of these policy and governance approaches for the geopolitics of international law, paying attention to the relations that the Pact seeks to promote between states and other relevant international and regional actors, and also how its proposed policy roadmap can be expected to transform or reconfigure these relations." 

Reports: 

Asylum Statistics (UK House of Commons Library, March 2021) [text]

Country Reports (AIDA, March 2021) 
- Updated profiles available for Spain and the United Kingdom.

From the Migration Crisis to the New Pact on Migration and Asylum: The Status Quo Problem, Working Paper, no. 11 (BRIDGE Network, Feb. 2021) [text]

Inventory and Typology of EU Arrangements with Third Countries: Instruments and Actors (ASILE Project, Jan. 2021; posted March 2021) [text]
- "The working paper hones in on EU cooperation with Turkey, Serbia, Niger and Tunisia, with  particular attention afforded to arrangements since the European migrant and refugee ‘crisis’ of 2015."

Key findings and recommendations on focus group discussions on the request of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Internal Displacement (UNHCR, March 2021) [access via ReliefWeb]
- Available in English and Ukrainian See also related reports from IOM and NRC.

Latest asylum trends: January 2021 (EASO, March 2021) [access]
- See also related analysis.

Maritime Migration to Europe: Focus on the Overseas Route to the Canary Islands (IOM, March 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Strategy on Reception (EASO, March 2021) [text]

Journal articles:

European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 23, no. 1 (2021) [contents]
- Special issue on "Revisiting Ruiz Zambrano: A Never Ending Story?" The editorial and three articles are open access.

"Polarization in attitudes towards refugees and migrants in the Netherlands," European Journal of Social Psychology, Accepted Articles, 16 March 2021 [open access]

"Refugee Reception Re-examined: A Quantitative Study on the Impact of the Reception Period for Mental Health and Host Country Language Proficiency Among Syrian Refugees in the Netherlands," Journal of International Migration and Integration, Latest Articles, 28 March 2021 [open access]

"'What isn't in the files, isn't in the world': Understanding state ignorance of irregular migration in Germany and the United Kingdom," Governance, vol. 34, no. 2 (April 2021) [open access]

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27 March 2021

Regional Focus: MENA

Opportunities:

Conference: Supporting the future of Syria and the region, Online, 29-30 March 2021 [info]

Webinar: Refugee-host community relations during Covid-19 and beyond: Lessons from the Middle East and Southern Africa, 8 April 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

Considering kin and countrymen – challenges to social networks among Syrians in Tripoli, Lebanon (TRAFIG Blog, March 2021) [text]

How refugees' decision to live in or outside a camp affects their quality of life (Development for Peace Blog, March 2021) [text]
- Focuses on Syrians in Jordan.

Inside Syria, millions face destitution after a decade of pain (UNHCR, March 2021) [text]

Reports:

2021 Compounding Misfortunes: An Update to the Study (World Bank, UNHCR & WFP, March 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]
 - Published in preparation for the 5th Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region Conference.

Asylum Amidst Collapse: Viewpoints on Lebanon in the struggle to survive amidst economic devastation and the pandemic (Lebanon Humanitarian INGO Forum, March 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

A Bridge to Firmer Ground: Learning from International Experiences to Support Pathways to Solutions in the Syrian Refugee Context (Migration Policy Institute, March 2021) [text]

‘I wished I would die’: Syrian refugees arbitrarily detained on terrorism-related charges and tortured in Lebanon (Amnesty International, March 2021) [text]

On the 10th Anniversary of the Popular Uprising: 227,413 Syrian Civilians Documented Killed, Including 14,506 by Torture, with 149,361 Detained/Forcibly Disappeared, and 13 Million Others Displaced (Syrian Network for Human Rights, March 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Journal articles & book chapters:

"Can the Arab Region meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?," Cairo Review of Global Affairs (Winter 2021) [full-text]

"Dispossessing the Displaced in Lebanon," Contexts, vol. 20, no. 1 (2021) [free full-text]

"Mediated Narratives of Syrian Refugees: Mapping Victim–Threat Correlations in Turkish Newspapers," Chapter 9 in Media and Mapping Practices in the Middle East and North Africa: Producing Space (Amsterdam Univ. Press, March 2021) [open access]

"Positive versus negative contact and refugees' intentions to migrate: The mediating role of perceived discrimination, life satisfaction and identification with the host society among Syrian refugees in Turkey," Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Early View, 6 March 2021 [postprint]
- Note: Access to the complete text is under embargo until 6 March 2022.

Multimedia:

COVID-19 Recovery and the Next Stage of the Syrian Refugee Response After Ten Years, 17 March 2021 [access]
- Follow link for both a podcast and a video recording.

Related post:

26 March 2021

Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 2

Journal articles & book chapters:

Cahiers du CERPRU, no. 27 (Dec. 2020) [full-text via TRAFIG]
- Special issue on "Personnes déplacées et leurs connectivités dans la Province du Sud-Kivu, RD Congo," with 8 articles and 4 personal contributions from IDPs.

"Insurgency in the border communities of North-Eastern Nigeria: security responses and sustainable solutions, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, vol. 109, no. 6 (2020) [ResearchGate]
- See also related post on The Conversation.

"Lost in freedom: ambivalence on sexual freedom among Burundian adolescents living in the Nakivale refugee settlement, Uganda," Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 29, no. 1 (2021) [open access]

Social Inclusion, vol. 9, no. 1 (2021) [open access]
- Special issue on "Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: African Migrants in the Spotlight," with 13 articles.

"Team and Nation: Sports, Nationalism, and Attitudes Toward Refugees," Comparative Political Studies, OnlineFirst, 10 March 2021 [open access]
- Focuses on "the 2019 Africa Cup football match between Kenya and Tanzania."

"Tenuous Refuge: Probing Links Between (Il)legality of Urban Refugees in Kenya, Refugee Supports, and Host Country Integration," Chapter 9 in The Challenges of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Springer, Dec. 2020) [Academia]

Related post:

Regional Focus: Africa - Pt. 1

Opportunities:

Webinar: Emerging BHER Scholars: Establishing a Refugee Research Agenda in the Dadaab Refugee Camp, 31 March 2021 [info]

Webinar: Refugee-host community relations during Covid-19 and beyond: Lessons from the Middle East and Southern Africa, 8 April 2021 [info]

Blog posts & press:

“Nowhere to be found”: Three Decades of UNHCR in South Africa (FluchtforschungsBlog, March 2021) [text]

"Rights Groups, Residents Decry Kenyan Demand to Close Huge Refugee Camps," VOA News, 25 March 2021 [text]

UNHCR reaches destroyed camps in northern Tigray (UNHCR, March 2021) [text

Reports:

The Impact of COVID-19 on Migration Intentions and Human Trafficking in Benin City, Nigeria (Seefar, March 2021) [text]

In Our Own Words: Perspectives from local actors in the Horn, East, and Central Africa (Oxfam, Feb. 2021) [text]

Leveraging networks to overcome displacement: Urban internally displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Policy Brief, no. 2 (TRAFIG Project, March 2021) [text]

No Refuge: South Sudan's Targeting of Refugee Human Rights Defenders Outside the Country (Front Line Defenders, March 2021) [text]
- See also related VOA News article.

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25 March 2021

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects

Blog posts & press:

"Aid millions wasted in Lebanese currency collapse," The New Humanitarian, 24 March 2021 [text]

As EU-Turkey migration agreement reaches the five-year mark, add a job creation element (Order from Chaos Blog, March 2021) [text]

Challenges facing Turkey’s Syrian businesses (Future Development Blog, March 2021) [text]

"Engineering a brighter future for refugees and female scientists in Uganda," Nature, 22 March 2021 [text]

"How refugee entrepreneurs are surviving the pandemic," Pioneers Post, 24 March 2021 [text]
- Describes "recent research in Brazil, Spain and Uganda."

Two Solutions in One: Addressing Refugee Brain Waste While Solving the U.S. Healthcare Worker Shortage (Niskanen Center Commentary, March 2021) [text]

Journal articles:

"Business people in war times, the ‘fluid capital’ and the ‘shy diaspora’: The case of Syrians in Turkey," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 11 March 2021 [free full-text]

"Gendered integration? How recently arrived male and female refugees fare on the German labour market," JFR: Journal of Family Research, Early View, 15 March 2021 [open access]

"The Integration Challenges of Female Refugees and Migrants: Where Do We Stand?," CESifo Forum, vol. 22, no. 2 (2021) [full-text]
- Focuses on Europe.

"The Labor Market Integration of Refugee Migrants in High-Income Countries," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 34, no. 1 (Winter 2020) [free full-text]

Reports:

Effects of Venezuelan Migration on Colombian Price Level, Documento CEDE, no. 8 (Universidad de los Andes, March 2021) [text via SSRN]

Immigration and Inter-Regional Job Mobility: Evidence from Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Working Paper, no. 1461 (Economic Research Forum, Feb. 2021) [text]

Migration from Venezuela: opportunities for Latin America and the Caribbean - Regional socio-economic integration strategy (ILO, R4V & UNDP, March 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also Spanish version.

Three years on: English and employment outcomes of former refugees (Govt. of New Zealand, Feb. 2021) [text]

Multimedia:

Dollo Ado: Building Refugee Economies (Refugee Studies Centre) [access]

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Thematic Focus: Education

Opportunity:

CFP: Journal on Education in Emergencies [info]
- Contributions sought for special issue on "Education in Pandemics." Submit abstracts by 15 April 2021.

Blog posts & infographics:

15by30 Roadmap: Coming together to achieve 15% enrolment by 2030 (UNHCR, March 2021) [access]
- Focuses on higher education. See also related action plan.

Providing inclusive education to all refugees is within our reach (UNHCR Blog, March 2021) [text]

The role of home learning environments and family socioeconomic status on children’s learning attainments in Tanzania (REACH@Harvard Blog, March 2021) [text]

Journal articles:

"A critical evaluation of the education policies on Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan," International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, vol. 13, no. 2 (2021) [open access]

“Education and Peaceful Coexistence among Urban Refugee Children,” Young African Leaders Journal of Development, vol. 3 (2021) [full-text]
- Focuses on Uganda.

"Impact de la stratégie d’apprentissage par projets sur l’acquisition des compétences en leadership parmi les élèves réfugiés palestiniens à Gaza," Didactique, vol. 2, no. 1 (2021) [open access]

"Integration through vocational training: Promoting refugees’ access to apprenticeships in a collective skill formation system," Journal of Vocational Education & Training, Latest Articles, 15 March 2021 [open access]

"'It’s difficult to help when I am not sitting next to them': How COVID-19 school closures interrupted teachers’ care for newly arrived migrant and refugee learners in Denmark," Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies: An International Interdisciplinary Journal for Research, Policy and Care, vol. 16, no. 1 (2021) [open access]

"Teachers’ Perspectives: Challenges in the Integration of Refugee Children Deported from Israel to Uganda," Social Sciences, vol. 10, no. 3 (March 2021) [open access]

Reports:

Lifting Barriers to Education During and After COVID-19: Improving education outcomes for migrant and refugee children in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNICEF, March 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

No Education, No Protection: What school closures under COVID-19 mean for children and young people in crisis-affected contexts (Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action & INEE, March 2021) [text]
- See also related blog post.

Private Engagement in Education in Emergencies: Rights and Regulations (INEE, March 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also Spanish version.

Refugee Status, Gender and Learning: Data report from a survey of applicants to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Accelerated Education Program in Northern Uganda (PRIO & Makerere University, March 2021) [text via ReliefWeb]

Understanding access to higher education amongst humanitarian migrants in Australia (National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education et al., March 2021) [access]

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