28 September 2016

Regional Focus: Americas


The Asylum Interview (The Asylumist, Sept. 2016) [text]

Canada’s Global Refugee Policy: Opportunities for Leadership (Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Sept. 2016) [text]

The Central American Humanitarian Crisis and US Policy Responses (CMS & SIMN, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also videos from the CMS-hosted "Shadow Summit: The US Response to Central American Refugees."

The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration (National Academies Press, 2016) [text]

How to Find a Free Asylum Attorney (The Asylumist, Sept. 2016) [text]

"No Due Process, No Asylum, and No Accountability: The Dissonance between Refugee Due Process and International Obligations in the United States," American University International Law Review, vol. 31, no. 3 (2016) [full-text]

Terrorism and Immigration: A Risk Analysis, Policy Analysis, no. 798 (Cato Institute, Sept. 2016) [text]

A Tale of Two Summits for Central American Refugees (IRIN, Sept. 2016) [text]

A Trail of Impunity: Thousands of Migrants in Transit Face Abuses Amid Mexico’s Crackdown (WOLA, Sept. 2016) [text]

Web site:

Supporting Refugees in the United States and Abroad (White House) [access]
- New page set up to provide information to the public and private sector on how to #aidrefugees.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Americas (8 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

New Issue of FMR

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review (FMR) has been published. The theme of FMR53 is "Local Communities: First and Last Providers of Protection." Here is the description:
"It is often people’s immediate community that provides the first, last and perhaps best tactical response for many people affected by or under threat of displacement. In the 23 feature theme articles in this issue of FMR, authors from around the world – including authors who are themselves displaced – explore the capacity of communities to organise themselves before, during and after displacement in ways that help protect the community. FMR 53 also includes eight ‘general’ articles on other aspects of forced migration."

Readers can access FMR articles individually, in HTML, PDF and MP3 formats, via the expanded contents feature, or as a complete issue. Back issues of FMR are available here.

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

Tagged Periodicals.

27 September 2016

Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items

Events and opportunities:

Debate: States and Migrations in International Law, Webcast, 28 September 2016 [info]

IHL Talks: Refugees and Migrants: Legal and Human Challenges, Geneva, 5 October 2016 [info]

Competition: Third Annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition [info]
- Submission deadline is 21 November 2016.


Closing Borders: The Ripple Effects of Australian and European Refugee Policy - Case Studies from Indonesia, Kenya and Jordan (ODI, Sept. 2016) [access]
- Follow link for working paper and policy brief.

"Constitutional Protections in an Era of Increased Migration: Evidence from 193 Countries," International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 20, no. 3 (2016) [full-text via World Policy Center]

"Does International Refugee Law Still Matter?," Migration and Citizenship: Newsletter of the American Political Science Association, vol. 4, no. 2 (Summer 2016) [full-text]
- Scroll to p. 24.

"Introduction: Humanity Washed Ashore," Humanity at Sea Maritime Migration and the Foundations of International Law (Cambridge Univ. Press, Sept. 2016) [full-text via SSRN]

"Migration and International Law: A Short Introduction," Chapter in International Law and Migration, vol. 1 (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016) [full-text via SSRN]
Undesirable and Unreturnable? Policy Challenges around Excluded Asylum-seekers and Migrants Suspected of Serious Criminality but Who Cannot be Removed (Refugee Law Initiative, Sept. 2016) [info]
- Note: The text of the report is not yet available on the RLI web site, but no doubt will be soon.

What Principles Should Guide a Fair Refugee Responsibility Sharing Regime? (openDemocracy, Sept. 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Law/Policy Items (12 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Africa


An Uncertain Future for Somali Refugees in Dadaab, Washington, DC, 28 September 2016 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.


Assistance to Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons in Africa, UN Doc. no. A/71/354 (UN General Assembly, Aug. 2016) [text via Refworld]

Courting Commotion? Changing Migration Dynamics on the Southern Route to South Africa (Africa at LSE Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]

For Somali Refugees, A False Choice (RI Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]

*Migration Dynamics, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (UN Academic Impact, Sept. 2016) [text]

The Most Commonplace of Treatment: Physical Abuse of Migrants and Asylum Seekers on the Move from the Horn of Africa (Regional MMS, Sept. 2016) [text]

South Sudan Country Profile (Regional MMS, updated Aug. 2016) [text]

"The U.N. is Sending Thousands of Refugees Back into a War Zone," Foreign Policy, 26 Sept. 2016 [text]

We Cannot Ignore Chronic Displacement in Africa (Refugees Deeply, Sept. 2016) [text]

We Kissed the Ground: A Migrant's Journey from Somaliland to the Mediterranean (Rift Valley Institute, 2016) [text via Refworld]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (15 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: General

Events & opportunities: 

Symposium: Global Migration/Asylum Governance: Advancing the International Agenda, Geneva, 10-11 October 2016 [info]

Conference: The Global Migration Crisis, New York, 20 October 2016 [info]

CFP: Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies, Oxford, 16-17 March 2017 [info]
- Submit abstract/panel proposals by 15 November 2016.


"Are We Really Facing an Unprecedented Migrant Crisis?," Swissinfo.ch, 22 Sept. 2016 [text]
- Finds that overall migration is actually in decline.

EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2015 (Council of the European Union, June 2016 [thematic] [country/regional]

Global Mapping of UNDP Initiatives on Migration and Displacement (UNDP, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also UNDP's related publications listed on the right side of the page.

How Many Years do Refugees Stay in Exile? (Dev4Peace Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]
- Analysis finds the often-cited "average length of time that refugees spend in camps is 17 years" statistic to be inaccurate.

How Should the International Community Respond to Migration and Refugees? (WiderAngle Blog, Sept. 2016 [text]

 An Inter-religious Statement on Behalf of Forced Migrants (Jesuit Refugee Service, Sept. 2016) [text]

The Invisible Majority: Helping Internally Displaced People (OCHA et al., Sept. 2016) [text]

The Refugee Crisis Needs Concrete Solutions—Here are Three (Order from Chaos Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]

Refugees 101 (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2016) [text]

Responding to Crises, Helsinki, 23-24 Sept. 2016 [info]
- See concept note; videos will soon be posted.

"Three Emergent Migrations: An Epochal Change," Sur Journal, vol. 13, no. 23 (2016) [full-text via SSRN]

*We Just Lost a Great Leader in the Field of Migration. Now We Must Learn from Him (World Economic Forum Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]


Related posts:
- News: Refugee Summits' Round-up (26 Sept. 2016)
- Thematic Focus: General (16 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

26 September 2016

News: Refugee Summits' Round-up

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants was held on 19 Sept. 2016 and the Leaders' Summit on Refugees took place on 20 Sept. 2016. For outcome documents, statements, and other meeting-related information and multimedia, visit the Summits' respective web sites via the links above.

Here is a selection of reporting/commentary on what the Summits achieved:

Mismatch between Rhetoric and Reality at Refugee Summits (Refugees Deeply, Sept. 2016) [text]

Plenty of Hype, No New Ideas at UN Migration Summit (IRIN, Sept. 2016) [text]

Refugees and Migrants: The View from This Week's New York Summits (ODI, Sept. 2016) [text]

States are Ducking Their Responsibilities to Refugees. This U.N. Declaration Might Just Start to Change That (Monkey Cage Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]

UN Summit Commits to Protect Refugee, Migrant Rights (UNHCR, Sept. 2016) [text]

UNHCR Welcomes New Support for Refugees at Leaders' Summit (UNHCR, Sept. 2016) [text]

"U.S. Says Some 360,000 Refugee Spots Pledged at United Nations," Reuters, 21 Sept. 2016 [text]

"US-led Coalition to Double Refugee Resettlement Places and Expand Aid," The Guardian, 20 Sept. 2016 [text]

The Week That Refugees Were at the Top of the U.N. Agenda (Refugees Deeply, Sept. 2016) [text]

World Refugee Summits Fail Refugees (HRW's Dispatches, Sept. 2016) [text]

Related posts:
- News: UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants/Free Content (19 Sept. 2016)
- News: Refugee Summits Next Week (15 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

23 September 2016

New Issue of JRS

The latest issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) has been published. Contents of vol. 29, no. 3, Sept. 2016 include:

  • Measuring the Potential for Mass Displacement in Menacing Contexts [abstract]
  • Unpredictability, Invisibility and Vulnerability: Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors’ Journeys to Australia [free full-text]
  • Socio-Economic Impact of the Crisis in Northern Mali on Displaced People [abstract] [working paper]
  • Organized Chaos: Informal Institution Building among Palestinian Refugees in the Maashouk Gathering in South Lebanon [abstract]
  • Internal Displacement, the Camp and the Construction of Citizenship: Perspectives from Northern Uganda [abstract]
  • Chronicle of a Reform Process: The Irish Working Group on Protection [abstract]

Eight book reviews are also featured.

Tagged Periodicals.

Opportunities: Writing for Journals

European Journal of Operational Research [info]
- Papers sought for issue focusing on "Operational Research Applied to Humanitarian Operations." The submission deadline is 31 October 2016.

Forced Migration Review [info]
- Articles sought for upcoming issue of this open access publication on "Resettlement." Submission deadline is 10 October 2016.

Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies [info]
- Contributions sought for general issue of this open access journal. The submission deadline is 31 October 2016.

movements: Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies [info]
- Contributions are sought for vol. 3, no. 2 of this open access journal. The theme is "Turkey’s Changing Migration Regime and its Global and Regional Dynamics." The deadline for abstracts is 16 October 2016.

Refugee Review [info]
- Submissions are sought for vol. 3 of this open access e-journal. The theme is "Refugees and Work." The deadline for abstracts is 7 October 2016.

Z'Flucht [info]
- Submissions are sought for a new journal that is edited by Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung (the Refugee Research Network). Articles are primarily in German, but some English- and French-language contributions are also possible. No deadline indicated.

Tagged Events & Opportunities. 

21 September 2016

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information Services


Invitation to Tender: Country of Origin Information Reviews, Independent Advisory Group on Country Information [info]
- Application deadline is 23 September 2016.


"Born in Facebook: The Refugee Crisis and Grassroots Connective Action in Hungary," International Journal of Communication, vol. 10 (2016) [open access]

Come and be Welcomed! An Exploration of Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees in the United States, Poster prepared for IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Columbus, Ohio, 13-19 August 2016 [access]

"Communicating Global Inequalities: How LGBTI Asylum-specific NGOs Use Social Media as Public Relations," Public Relations Review, vol. 42, no. 2 (June 2016) [full-text via Academia.edu]

Digital Technology and Resettled Refugees in New Zealand (Auckland University of Technology, Sept. 2016) [access]
- Follow link for video.

EASO Launches ‘EU Relocation Programme’ Mobile App (EASO, Aug. 2016) [info]

Tweeting about Refugees: Exploring Where Refugees are Most Welcome in the U.S., according to Twitter (ABODO & IRC, Aug. 2106) [text]

The WhatsApp-Response (Social Media for Good Blog, Aug. 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: ICTs & Information Services (2 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Children


Forced to Flee: Inside the 21st Largest Country (Save the Children, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Guidelines on Children's Reintegration (Inter-agency Group on Children’s Reintegration, Sept. 2016) [text]

Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, UN Doc. no. A/71/205 (UN General Assembly, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related news release.

Safe Spaces: The Urgent Need for Early Childhood Development in Emergencies and Disasters (A World at School, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

We Believe in Youth: Global Refugee Youth Consultations Final Report (UNHCR & Women's Refugee Commission, Sept. 2016 [text]

"Why Are You Keeping Me Here?": Unaccompanied Children Detained in Greece (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Young and on the Move: Children and Youth in Mixed Migration Flows within and from the Horn of Africa (Regional MMS, Sept. 2016) [text]


Research Watch: Children on the Move (Unicef) [access]
- "Research Watch is a multi-media scan of major children’s research themes that are just emerging, or yet to emerge, in global child rights discourse. It typically consists of video conversations and text commentaries from leading researchers intended to stimulate thinking and discussion on gaps in knowledge on children."

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (7 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Europe


Webinar: Cities and Refugees: The European Response, Online, 22 September 2016 [info]


"Agency, Resistance and (Forced) Mobilities: The Case of Syrian Refugees in Transit through Italy," REMHU: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, vol. 24, no. 47 (May/Aug. 2016) [full-text]

Cities and Refugees: The German Experience (Brookings, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also related webinar above.

Europe’s Refugees and Migrants: Hidden Flows, Tightened Borders and Spiralling Costs (ODI, Sept. 2016) [text]
- Also access related video and infographic via the same link, and this IRIN news story.

European Opinions of the Refugee Crisis in 5 Charts (Pew Research, Sept. 2016) [text]

Exploding Europe: Germany, the Refugees and the British Vote to Leave, SPERI Paper, no. 31 (Univ. of Sheffield, Sept. 2016) [text]

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 67 (Sept. 2016) [full-text]
- This issue features 16 articles which focus on "Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants in Europe."

openMovements (openDemocracy, Sept. 2016) [access] -
- Four-part blog series on the theme of "Migrant Self-organisation and Solidarity."

"Prediction of Approved Asylum Seekers in European Countries," Procedia Engineering, vol. 159 (2016) [open access]

Research Finds WW1 French and Belgian Refugees were Branded 'Shirkers' in the UK and Faced Similar Pressures to Today's Immigrants (Goldsmiths, Univ. of London, Sept. 2016) [text]

Survey Snapshot: Italy (North Africa Mixed Migration Hub, August 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (15 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

Aid Security Incident Statistics: 18-month Trends Based on Open Source Reported Events Affectng Aid Infrastructure, December 2014 to May 2016 (Insecurity Insight, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Cash Transfer Programming and Persons of Concern: Briefing Note (Cash Learning Partnership, March 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Challenges to Principled Humanitarian Action: Perspectives from Four Countries (Norwegian Refugee Council & Handicap International, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Commitments to Action (World Humanitarian Summit, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Humanitarian Country Team Protection Strategy: Provisional Guidance Note (Protection Cluster, Sept. 2016) [text]

In Control: A Practical Guide for Civilian Experts Working in Crisis Management Missions, 3rd ed. (ENTRi, 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Protracted Conflict and Humanitarian Action: Some Recent ICRC Experiences (ICRC, Sept. 2016) [text]

Saving Lives and Staying Alive: Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management, Hurst Publishers, Feb. 2016 [info via MSF-CRASH]
- Follow the link to access several excerpts from this book.

Suggested Actions for Intercluster Coordination Groups to Strengthen Accountability to Affected Populations and Protection in the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (IASC, Sept. 2016) [text]

Survey: Most Humanitarians Favour the Use of Drones in Disaster Zones (NCHS Blog, Sept. 2016)[text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (19 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications.

20 September 2016

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


Course: Asia Pacific Short Course on Refugee Rights and Advocacy, Bangkok, 28 November-1 December 2016 [info]
- Registration deadline is 26 September 2016.

Seminar: Representing Refugees in the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, Auckland, 10 November 2016 [info]
- A livestream will also be available.


EdUHK Research: Half of the Hong Kong People Misinformed about Refugee Issue (Education Univ. of Hong Kong, Aug. 2016) [text]

Innovative Electronic Cash Transfer Programme for Emergencies: An Oxfam-Visa Case Study in the Philippines (Oxfam, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Mixed Movements Update for South-East Asia, January-June 2016 (UNHCR, June 2016) [text]

Moment of Decision: Seeking Durable Solutions in Southeast Asia (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, July 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

National Policy on Durable Solutions for Conflict-affected Displacement (Govt. of Sri Lanka, Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related IDMC blog post.

Pathways to Protection: A Human Rights-based Response to the Flight of Asylum Seekers by Sea (Australian Human Rights Commission, Sept. 2016) [text]
- Discusses protection in both Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Refugee Crisis: An Asian Experience (APRRN, Sept. 2016) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (20 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities. 

Regional Focus: Australia


Conference: From Refugee Emergency to Protracted Exile: The Role of 'Time' in International Protection, Kaldor Centre Annual Conference, Sydney, 18 November 2016 [info]
- Deadline for early bird registration is 7 October 2016.


At What Cost? The Human, Economic and Strategic Cost of Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policies and the Alternatives (Save the Children & Unicef, Sept. 2016) [text]

Australia’s Offshore Processing of Asylum Seekers in Nauru and PNG: A Quick Guide to Statistics and Resources (Parliamentary Library of Australia, updated June 2016) [text]

"Creating Criminals: Australia's Response to Asylum Seekers and Refugees," Chapter 16 in The Immigrant Other: Lived Experiences in a Transnational World (Columbia University Press, March 2016) [preprint via Academia.edu]

"Escaping Accountability: A Case of Australia's Asylum Seeker Policy," Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 29, no. 6 (2016) [full-text via SSRN]

Offshore Processing Centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea: Procurement of Garrison Support and Welfare Services (Australian National Audit Office, Sept. 2016) [text via APO]

Pathways to Protection: A Human Rights-based Response to the Flight of Asylum Seekers by Sea (Australian Human Rights Commission, Sept. 2016) [text]

Refugee Resettlement to Australia: What are the Facts? (Parliamentary Library of Australia, updated Sept. 2016) [text]

Web site:

Refugee Research Blog (Researchers for Asylum Seekers) [access]
- "[P]rovides a platform for academic and non-academic research and comment on issues surrounding people seeking asylum and refugees."

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Australia (8 Sept. 2016)

Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

19 September 2016

Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria

Can Israel Freely Interpret the Refugee Convention (When It Comes to Palestinian Asylum Seekers)? (RefLaw Blog, Sept. 2016) [text]

The Economic Impact of Conflicts and the Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (IMF, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]
- See also related staff discussion notes.

From Words to Action: Reviewing the Commitments Made at the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' Conference Six Months on (Oxfam, Sept. 2016) [text]

Invisible Lives: How the International Community is Failing Syrian Women Refugees (Islamic Relief, Sept. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Iraq: Comparative Multi-Cluster Assessment of Internally Displaced Persons Living in Camps (REACH, June 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

Periodic Monitoring Report: 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan - oPt, Covering 1 January to 30 June 2016 (OCHA, Sept. 2016) [text]

"Refugee Camps and the Spatialization of Assyrian Nationalism in Iraq," Chapter 9 in Modernity, Minority, and the Public Sphere: Jews and Christians in the Middle East (Brill, 2016) [open access]

Refugees and Energy Resilience in Jordan (Chatham House, Aug. 2016) [text]

Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, UN Doc. no. A/HRC/33/55 (UN Human Rights Council, Sept. 2016) [text]
- See also related news release.

Syrian Refugees and Western Inaction (Brookings, Sept. 2016) [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Syrian Refugees in Jordan: Political and Financial Dynamics (ACAPS, Aug. 2016) [text via ReliefWeb]

"What Syrians Want: New Survey Data Show which Side Refugees Support," Foreign Affairs, 14 Sept. 2016) [extract]
- Register to access one free article per month.

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: MENA (9 Sept. 2016)
- Regional Focus: Syria (20 Aug. 2016)

Tagged Publications.  

News: UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants/Free Content

The United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants is currently underway. You can watch the proceedings via the UN's Web TV.

I have updated my earlier post with additional commentary.

In addition, take advantage of this reading list of freely available articles from the Journal of Refugee Studies, provided via an OUP blog post on the refugee summits. Its aim is to "help inform changes to some of the most fundamental failings of the international protection regime."

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.