Daily Archives: Friday, July 13, 2012

New Publications on COI in Europe; Urban Issues and Africa

Details of the new publications detailed below were originally posted on the Forced Migration Current Awareness blog at: http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

The EASO Monitor blog noted that the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) was due to release its first country of origin information report on 10 July 2012.  Here is the audio for the press conference and access to both the report (“Afghanistan: Taliban Strategies – Recruitment “) and a description of the methodology employed.  For an initial reaction to the report, read the UNHCR’s perspective.

Rio+20 Summit: UN Refugee Chief Calls for Joint Approach to Urban Refugees, Displaced (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]

Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement and Vulnerability in Kabul, HPG Working Papers (ODI, June 2012) [text]

Urban Violence and Humanitarian Challenges: Joint Report, EUISS-ICRC Colloquium Brussels, 19 January 2012 [text via ReliefWeb]

Africa Regional Session: Protracted Refugee Situations (UNHCR, July 2012) [text]
– Background paper for UNHCR/NGO Consultations.

A Dream Deferred: Is the Equality Clause in the South African Constitution’s Bill of Rights (1996) Just a Far-off Hope for LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Refugees? (Open Society Foundation for South Africa, June 2012) [text via Refworld]

Humanitarian Action in LRA-affected Areas: Regional Overview of Needs and Response (OCHA, June 2012) [text]

Malian Refugees: Underfunded Response Adds Stress to Sahel Food Crisis (Refugees International, June 2012) [text]

Mauritania: Beyond Big Refugee Camps (IRIN, July 2012) [text]

Protracted Refugee Situations in Liberia and Angola to Finally End (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]



Boats4People announced last week the release of a mapping platform to monitor “in almost real-time reported cases of migrants in distress at sea”. The project is called WatchTheMed and “is a collaboration between the Forensic Oceanography research project at Goldsmiths College and Boats4People, a campaign led by an international coalition of NGOs aiming at bringing an end to the death of migrants at sea and foster solidarity between both sides of the Mediterranean.”

Press Release: 03.07.2012 WatchTheMed

Boats4People Mapping Platform to Monitor the Maritime Borders of the EU for Violations of Migrants’ Rights

While Boats4People’s Oloferne boat is at sea, many other participants are contributing from the land in Italy, Tunisia, across Africa and Europe and even as far as the USA. Amongst them, researchers of the Forensic Oceanography research project at Goldsmiths, University of London, who, in the frame of the B4P campaign, have launched a new online mapping…

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