24 July 2017

Regional Focus: Australia


Discussion: Breaking The Deadlock: Creating Solutions for Refugees, Sydney, 15 August 2017 [info]


1 October 2017: Questions and Answers about the New Deadline for Protection  (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2017) [text]

"Asylum Seekers: Australia's Shame," The Lancet, vol. 398, no. 10088 (June 2017) [free full-text]
- See also related letter to editor.

Australia’s Abusive Asylum Policy Rebuked Again (Human Rights Watch, July 2017) [text]

Australia’s New ‘Home Office’ is a Worry for Immigration Policy (The Conversation, July 2017) [text]

"Being Able to Play: Experiences of Social Inclusion and Exclusion within a Football Team of People Seeking Asylum," Social Inclusion, vol. 5, no. 2 (2017) [open access]

Boat ‘Turnbacks’ in Australia: A Quick Guide to the Statistics since 2001 (Govt. of Australia, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Power and Water Cut off for Refugees on Manus as Dutton Confirms Closure," The Guardian, 19 July 2017 [text]

Recent Changes in Australian Refugee Policy (Refugee Council of Australia, June 2017) [text]

Spotlight on Australia’s Cruel Asylum Policy at the Human Rights Council (Refugee Council of Australia, June 2017) [text]

UNHCR Chief Filippo Grandi Calls on Australia to End Harmful Practice of Offshore Processing (UNHCR, July 2017) [text]
- See also related post on The Conversation and statement from the Kaldor Centre.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (22 June 2017)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

23 July 2017

New Issues of Ethnic & Racial Stud., Hastings Intl. & Comp. Law Rev., Intl. Migr., JEMS, J. HR & Env., Migr. Stud., Soc. Incl., Socioanal.

Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 40, no. 9 (2017) [free full-text]
- Special issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ethnic and Racial Studies. All articles are freely available, including "Towards a New Politics of Migration" and "Migration Policies are Problematic – Because They are about Migration."

*Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, vol. 40, no. 2 (Summer 2017) [full-text]
- Issue jointly published with the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. Mix of articles, including "Advancing Migrants' Rights in the United States Using International Law, "Migrants’ Rights in the U.S. System under the Inter-American Human Rights System," "Concerns for Immigrants’ Rights in California: An Overview to Access to Legal Representation and Access to Asylum" and "The Reception and Processing of Minors in the United States in Comparison to that of Australia and Canada: Would Being a Party to the UN Convention on the Right of the Child Make a Difference in U.S. Courts?"

International Migration, vol. 55, no. 4 (Aug. 2017) [contents]
- Includes a policy interview with the Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada, and special sections on the migration-food security nexus, remittances, and labour migration.

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 43, no. 10 (2017) [contents]
- Themed issue on "How Organizations Respond to Diversity: Investigations at the Local Level"; includes "Official Standards and Local Knowledge in Asylum Procedures: Decision-making in Germany’s Asylum System."

Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, vol. 8, no. 1 (March 2017) [contents]
- Special issue on "Climate, justice and displacement: reflections on law, policy and the future of human rights in the climate crisis." The introduction and one other article are freely available.

Migration Studies, vol. 5, no. 2 (July 2017) [contents]
- Mix of articles, including "‘Getting angry with honest people’: The illicit market for immigrant ‘papers’ in Cape Town, South Africa" (open access) and "Migration and asylum statistics as a basis for European border control" (free full-text).

Social Inclusion, vol. 5, no. 2 (2017) [open access]
- Special issue on "Perspectives on Human Trafficking and Modern Forms of Slavery."

Socioanalysis, vol. 18 (2016) [contents]
- Special issue on "Seeking Asylum."


 Tagged Periodicals.

Thematic Focus: Solutions


"As Refugee Arrivals Dwindle, Resettlement Agencies Face Cuts," Boston Globe, 18 July 2017 [text]

"Diplomats to Tillerson: Don't Eliminate State Department's Refugee Office," The Guardian, 17 July 2017 [text]

"Exclusive: Australia-U.S. Refugee Swap Again in Doubt as Officials Exit Nauru," Reuters, 15 July 2017 [text]

The Fall and Rise of Refugee Resettlement in 2017 (Niskanen Center Blog, June 2017) [text]

Fourth Progress Report on the Implementation of the Durable Solutions Process (Sarajevo Process) for Refugees from Croatia Displaced by the 91-95 Conflict, including Cessation of Refugee Status (UNHCR, June 2017) [text]

Home Secretary Announces £1 Million to Help Communities Support Refugees (Govt. of the UK, July 2017) [text]

"Homeland Security Employees Criticize Congress Bill That Would Restrict Refugees," Salon, 13 July 2017 [text]

Less Than One Third of Refugees in Australia’s Humanitarian Program are Resettled from UNHCR (Refugee Council of Australia, July 2017) [text]

Lost in Transition? The European Standards Behind Refugee Integration (Migration Policy Group, July 2016) [text via Refworld]

Realidad de la Integración Local de la Población Refugiada en Guatemala: Diagnóstico Participativo 2015 (UNHCR, June 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Refugees and a Right to Place: "Resettlement" as a Condition for the Sense of Self (Agenda for International Development, July 2017) [text]

Web site:

Wage Peace NZ [access] [Facebook]
- Campaign to increase refugee resettlement quota in New Zealand.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Solutions, esp. in the US (3 July 2017)

Tagged Publications.

22 July 2017

Regional Focus: United States

Challenging Customs and Border Protection's Unlawful Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers (American Immigration Council, July 2017) [text]
- See also related blog posts from Immigration Impact and IntLawGrrls.

*Heritage Report Shows Refugees are Not a Major Threat (Cato at Liberty Blog, July 2017) [text]

"Moving Beyond Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Trump: Principles, Interests, and Policies to Guide Long-Term Reform of the US Immigration System," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 5, no. 3 (2017) [open access]

The Rise in Criminal Prosecutions of Asylum Seekers (Human Rights First, July 2017) [text]

Secure Communities and Unsecure Households (Border Criminologies Blog, July 2017) [text]

"A Statistical and Demographic Profile of the US Temporary Protected Status Populations from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 5, no. 3 (2017) [open access]

*"The Trump Administration at Six Months: A Sea Change in Immigration Enforcement," Migration Information Source, 19 July 2017 [text]

Trump Administration Reportedly Moving Toward Implementing Expanded Expedited Removal (ImmigrationProf Blog, July 2017) [text]

US: Homeland Security Needs Reform, not Expansion (Human Rights Watch, July 2017) [text]

We’re All in Atlanta Now (The Asylumist Blog, July 2017) [text]

More on travel ban, including its impact on refugee resettlement (org. chronologically):

Trump Administration Slams the Door on Refugees (Human Rights First, 12 July 2017) [text]

"US Hits 50,000 Refugee Cap, but Some Others Still Allowed in," New York Times, 12 July 2017 [text]

"U.S. Judge Narrows Travel Ban in Defeat for Trump," Reuters, 13 July 2017 [text]

Federal Government Asks Supreme Court to Clarify Order in Travel Ban Litigation (SCOTUSblog, 15 July 2017) [text]

Back to the Supreme Court on the Scope of the Entry Ban Injunction: First Thoughts (Just Security Blog, 17 July 2017) [text]

*A Cheat Sheet on the Travel Ban (Niskanen Center Blog, 17 July 2017) [text]

"Grandmas, Grandpas from Travel Ban States Now Welcome: U.S. Cable," Reuters, 17 July 2017 [text]

The Supreme Court, the Trump Administration and the Travel Ban (ISIM Blog, 18 July 2017) [text]

Litigating the Supreme Court’s Entry Ban Opinion: What’s the Required Connection? (Just Security Blog, 19 July 2017) [text]

Refugee EO Update: The Supreme Court Hands Each Side a Partial Victory (Forced Migration Forum, 20 July 2017) [text]

"Supreme Court Allows 'Grandparent' Exemption to Trump Travel Ban," NPR, 20 July 2017 [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: United States (12 July 2017)

Tagged Publications.

21 July 2017

Thematic Focus: Health

"Accelerated Training of Skilled Birth Attendants in a Marginalized Population on the Thai-Myanmar Border: A Multiple Methods Program Evaluation," PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164363 (Oct. 2016) [open access]

"Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Prevention amongst Syrian Refugees: Mixed Methods Study of Médecins Sans Frontières Programme in Jordan," Conflict and Health, 11:14 (July 2017) [open access]

"Dietary Diversity is Related to Socioeconomic Status among Adult Saharawi Refugees Living in Algeria," BMC Public Health, 17:621 (July 2017) [open access]

"Evaluation of the Field Performance of ImmunoCard STAT!® Rapid Diagnostic Test for Rotavirus in Dadaab Refugee Camp and at the Kenya–Somalia Border," American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 96, no. 6 (June 2017) [open access]

Family Planning Saves Lives and Promotes Resilience in Humanitarian Contexts (CARE et al., July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Giving It Our Best Shot? Human Papillomavirus and Hepatitis B Virus Immunization among Refugees, Massachusetts, 2011–2013," Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 14:160442 (June 2017) [full-text]

"High-risk Human Papillomavirus Infection and Abnormal Cervical Cytology among Nepali and Bhutanese Refugee Women Living in Eastern Nepal," BMC Infectious Diseases, 17:73 (Jan. 2017) [open access]

Integrating Refugees into the Greek Health System Will Benefit Both Newcomers and Their Hosts (Chatham House, July 2017) [text]

Meeting the Maternal and Newborn Needs of Displaced Persons in Urban Settings (New Security Beat, June 2017) [text]

*Politics Trumps Health to Confine Asylum Seekers to Greek Islands (Refugees Deeply, July 2017) [text]


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (21 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

20 July 2017

Thematic Focus: Children

Belgrade’s Young Refugees Once Hidden in Plain Sight, Now Disappear (Refugees Deeply, June 2017) [text]

A Child-Rights Framework for Understanding ‘Being Persecuted’: The Case of JA (child – risk of persecution) Nigeria (RefLaw Blog, July 2017) [text]

Greece: Lone Migrant Children Left Unprotected (Human Rights Watch, July 2017) [text]

How the U.K. Government Ignored Offers to Take in More Lone Children (Refugees Deeply, July 2017) [text]
- See also related Guardian article.

In Search of Opportunities: Voices of Children on the Move in West and Central Africa (Unicef, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Injured, Hunted, Lost: Mapping Journeys of Refugee Children Aiming for UK," The Guardian, 13 July 2017 [text]

No One is Counting Europe’s Missing Refugee Children (Refugees Deeply, July 2017) [text]

Protecting Syrian Children en Route to Europe: A Study Conducted in Syria, along Transit Routes & in Hosting Countries (Save the Children, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Unaccompanied and Separated Children Perceptions in Greece, Round 1 (Ground Truth Solutions & Mixed Migration Platform, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Way Forward to Strengthened Policies and Practices for Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Europe (UNHCR, Unicef & IRC, July 2017) [text]
- See also related call to action.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children & Family Reunification (3 July 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects

Aid in Context: The Importance of Market-based Approaches to Aid Delivery in Northern Syria (IIED, June 2017) [text]

Area-Based Livelihoods Assessment (REACH & DRC, June 2017) [text]

Conflict in Ukraine: Socio-Economic Impacts of Internal Displacement and Veteran Return (World Bank, May 2017) [text]

The Future of Work for Syrian Refugee Women in Jordan: Is the “Gig Economy” an Opportunity? (Jadaliyya, July 2017) [text]

"Japan Has a Labor Crisis That Refugees Could Fix—If Only Its Government Would Let Them," QZ, 6 July 20176 [text]

Leading, Learning, and Saving: Refugees as Important Providers of Assistance (Agenda for International Development, July 2017) [text]

Refugees are Helping Others in Their Situation as Social Entrepreneurs (The Conversation, July 2017) [text]

Sustainable Livelihoods for Refugees in Protracted Crises (UK DFID, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Uganda Refugee Hosting Districts: Investment Profiles (UNDP, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Work Permits and Employment of Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Towards Formalising the Work of Syrian Refugees (ILO, June 2017) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (29 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe

Europeans Would Accept More Refugees—If the Asylum System Were Fair (LSE Government Blog, July 2017) [text]

Hotspots under a Spotlight: The Legality of the Hotspot Approach in Italy (EDAL Blog, June 2017) [text]

"Human Rights Beyond Humanitarianism: The Radical Challenge to the Right to Asylum in the Mediterranean Zone," Antipode, Early View, 5 July 2017 [free full-text]

Médecins Sans Frontières: ‘Calais has become a cage in a jungle’ (Border Criminologies Blog, July 2017) [text]

Meet the Gambian Migrants under Pressure to Leave Europe (IRIN, July 2017) [text]

The Missing Reflection Paper on Asylum Policy (Flüchtlingsforschung Blog, July 2017) [text]

Named and Shamed: EU Countries are Failing to Share Responsibility for Refugees (The Conversation, July 2017) [text]

New Updates on the Refugee Hotspots in Italy and Greece (ECRE, July 2017) [access]

Proposed Code of Conduct for Search and Rescue Putting Lives at Risk (ECRE, July 2017) [text]

Refugee, Asylum-Seeker and Migrant Perceptions in Gaziantep and Kilis, Quantitative Round (Ground Truth Solutions & Mixed Migration Platform, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Refugee, Asylum-Seeker and Migrant Perceptions in Istanbul, Turkey, Quantitative Round (Ground Truth Solutions & Mixed Migration Platform, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Responsibilities Towards Refugees Fleeing Atrocities: A Failure to Learn Lessons from Srebrenica? (Refugee History Blog, July 2017) [text]

Rights and Effective Protection Exist Only on Paper: The Precarious Existence of Beneficiaries of International Protection in Greece (Pro Asyl & Refugee Support Aegean, June 2017) [text]

UNHCR Seeks Support for Alternatives to Dangerous Refugee Journeys (UNHCR, July 2017) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Indiv. Countries (13 July 2017)
- Regional Focus: Europe - General (13 July 2017)

Tagged Publications.

19 July 2017

Thematic Focus: Mental Health

Approaches to Providing Psycho-social Support for Children, Teachers and Other School Staff, and Social and Emotional Learning for Children in Protracted Conflict Situations (UK Department for International Development, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Assessment of Suicide Risks and Factors in a Refugee Camp in Thailand (IOM, 2017) [text]
- See also related Reuters article.

"The Centrality of Social Ties to Climate Migration and Mental Health," BMC Public Health, 17:600 (July 2017) [open access]

"The Effect of Ginkgo Biloba and Psycho-education on Stress, Anxiety and Fatigue among Refugees," Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, 27 June 2017 [open access]

EU/Greece: Asylum Seekers’ Silent Mental Health Crisis (Human Rights Watch,
July 2017) [text]

"The Impact of the Asylum Process on Mental Health: A Longitudinal Study of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in Norway," BMJ Open, 7:e015157 (June 2017) [open access]

"The Mental Health Crisis in Syria: A Major Gap in Humanitarian Medical Response," Charged Affairs, 10 July 2017 [text]

Psychological First Aid for Children II: Dealing with Traumatic Responses in Children (Save the Children, May 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Recommendations for Canadian Mental Health Practitioners Working with War-Exposed Immigrants and Refugees," Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, e-First Article, 30 June 2017 [open access]

"The Relationship of Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in a Culturally Distinct, Conflict-affected Population: A Study among West Papuan Refugees Displaced to Papua New Guinea," Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8:73 (May 2017) [open access]

Seeking Asylum May Be Dangerous to Your Health, Your Children’s Health, and Even Your Unborn Baby’s Health (The Asylumist, July 2017) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Mental Health (14 June 2017)

Tagged Publications.

18 July 2017

Regional Focus: Syria


Panel discussion: Out of Syria, Searching for Safety: Creative Approaches to Refugee Protection, Sydney, 9 August 2017 [info]


7 Years into Exile: How Urban Syrian Refugees, Vulnerable Jordanians and Other Refugees in Jordan are Being Impacted by the Syria Crisis (CARE, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Beyond Europe: Routes, Destinations, and Challenges Faced by Syrian Refugees Seeking Asylum Outside of Europe (Mixed Migration Platform, June 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"The Changing Borders and Borderlands of Syria in a Time of Conflict," International Affairs, vol. 93, no. 4 (July 2017) [free full-text]
- Note: This article is part of a special issue on "Contentious Borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Post-2011." All articles are freely available.

Do Refugees Impact Voting Behavior in the Host Country? Evidence from Syrian Refugee Inflows in Turkey, Discussion Paper, no. 10849 (IZA, June 2017) [text]

Enacting Urban Cash for Work Programmes in Lebanon in Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Guidance Note for Humanitarian Practitioners (IIED et al., June 2017) [text]

Summary of Focus Group Discussions in Northern Iraq, Qualitative Round 1 (Ground Truth Solutions & Mixed Migration Platform, July 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian War and the Plight of Afghan Refugees: Iran Coercing Afghans to Fight in the Conflict (Forced Migration Forum, July 2017) [text]

The Toll of War: The Economic and Social Consequences of the Conflict in Syria (World Bank, July 2017) [text]

UNHCR Seeing Significant Returns of Internally Displaced Amid Syria's Continuing Conflict (UNHCR, June 2017) [text]
- See also related series of tweets unpacking these figures.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Syria (23 June 2017)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.