Daily Archives: Monday, October 22, 2012

New Publications on Immigration & Asylum Services; Global Migration; and the Use of Secret Evidence

Research note: Immigration and asylum services (pdf, 303kb).
A new research note on immigration advice and services published by the Legal Services Consumer Panel.

Their review finds that immigration advice and services are accessed by a wide range of consumers, many of whom  may be regarded as particularly vulnerable. However, currently there does not appear to be an holistic piece of research focusing on the asylum-seeker experience of legal services – rather the existing research tends to focus on very specific groups and problems within this.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Shaping the future: communicating different perspectives on global migration

Shaping the future: communicating different perspectives on global migration.
© Migrants’ Rights Network.

Shaping the future: communicating different perspectives on global migration.
Listen to this podcast from a debate jointly organised by IOM anf MRN on understanding the future trends in communicating global migration.

Listen to this podcast from a debate jointly organised by IOM anf MRN on understanding the future trends in communicating global migration.

Migration is one of the key global challenges that we face in the twenty first century, yet it is perhaps one of the most misrepresented topics in both public and political discourse. Hear from leading migration analysts and advocates about the direction of dynamic migration trends today. Find out more about the event.

[Download the MP3]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Left In The Dark: the use of secret evidence in the United Kingdom.
A new report published by Amnesty International.

From the Amnesty International website:

The government’s plans for a substantial extension of the use of secret evidence in the justice system have been heavily criticised in a new Amnesty International report published today.

The proposals would allow the government to rely on secret evidence in civil cases, including cases of alleged government responsibility for human rights violations such as torture and enforced disappearance.

The measures, contained in the Justice and Security Bill due to be debated in the House of Lords in the coming weeks, would allow the government to use so-called “closed material procedures” to prevent individuals and their lawyers from seeing documents even when they show the involvement of UK officials in wrongdoing, no matter how grave. If such disclosures are deemed to harm “national security”, then the material can be withheld, potentially indefinitely, even if there is an overwhelming public interest in disclosure.

[Download Full Report]
See Also:
Amnesty International – UK: new report heavily critical of secret justice plans ahead of controversial Bill.
Amnesty International – Amnesty: Secret justice plans risk harming the rule of law in Northern Ireland
The Guardian – Secret courts plan criticised as ‘Kafkaesque’ by Amnesty

 

Re-blog: New Issues of EASO News, EMN Bull., ISIL Yrbk., JIRS, J. Pop. & Soc. St., Pop. Sp. & Pl., Torture

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

EASO Newsletter (Oct. 2012) [full-text via EASO Monitor]
– News and information from the European Asylum Support Office.

EMN Bulletin (June-Sept. 2012) [full-text]
– News and information from the European Migration Network.

ISIL Year Book of International Humanitarian and Refugee Law, vol. 10 (2010) [contents via IL Reporter]
– Mix of articles including “UNHCR After Six Decades and Beyond” and “Prevailing Relevance of the 1951 Convention on its 60th Anniversary.”

Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 10, no. 3 (2012) [contents]
– Special issue that “reviews the use of models for international comparisons of citizenship and immigrant integration.”

Journal of Population and Social Studies, vol. 21, no. 1 (July 2012) [full-text]
– Special issue on “Migrants, Minorities and Refugees: Integration and Well-being.”

Population, Space and Place, vol. 18, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2012) [contents]
– Special issue on immigration detention.

Torture: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, vol. 22, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]
– Mix of articles including three on refugees.

New Publications on Causes of Displacement; Human Rights Education; Human Security; Migration Control; Refugee Camps; and Trafficking in Scotland

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

A Critical Introduction to Immigration and Asylum (International State Crime Initiative, Sept. 2012) [text]

Human Security Report 2012: Sexual Violence, Education, and War – Beyond the Mainstream Narrative (Human Security Report Project, Oct. 2012) [access]
– See also related IRIN news article and IntLawGrrls blog post.

Important but Neglected: A Proposal for Human Rights Education in Refugee and Displacement Camps (SSRN, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Refugee Camps not Designed for Refugees,” DW, 9 Oct. 2012 [text]

Warfare, Political Identities, and Displacement in Spain and Colombia, HiCN Working Paper 124 (Households in Conflict Network, Oct. 2012) [text]

Care And Support for Adult Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings: A Review.
A new report by the Scottish Government.
[Download Full Report]

 

New Publications on Development-induced Displacement; Employment, Property Rights; the Middle East; and Urban Issues

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

Americas: Governments Must Stop Imposing Development Projects on Indigenous Peoples’ Territories (Amnesty International, Aug. 2012) [text]

“Broadening the Concept of Forcible Displacement to Include Development-Induced Displacement,” Chapter in Forcible Displacement Throughout the Ages: Towards an International Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Forcible Displacement (Martinus Nijhoff, Aug. 2012) [info]

Community Action Guide to the Asian Development Bank: Making Safeguard Policies Work for Justice, Draft (International Accountability Project, 2011/2012) [access]

“Development and Displacement: Hidden Loser from a Forgotten Agenda,” Chapter in World Disasters Report 2012 (IFRC, Oct. 2012) [text]

Development’s Collateral Damage: The World Bank, Involuntary Resettlement and Human Rights, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Law (University of Oslo, Dec. 2011) [text]

Mining-Induced Displacement and Resettlement: Social Problem and Human Rights Issue (A Global Perspective) (SSRN, Aug. 2012) [text]

On the Edge: Roma, Forced Evictions and Segregation in Italy (Amnesty International, Sept. 2012) [text]

The Rights of Project-Affected Persons (Advocates for International Development, Sept. 2012) [text]

Beyond Restitution: New Book Explores Property Rights and Durable Solutions for the Displaced (Terra Nullius, Sept. 2012) [text]

The Right to Work in Ecuador: A Positive Development within a Restrictive New Law (Refugee Work Rights, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Socio-structural Influences on the Work Participation of Refugees: An Exploratory Systematic Mixed Studies Review,” Vulnerable Groups & Inclusion, vol. 3 (Sept. 2012) [open access text]

Understanding the Informal Economic Activity of Refugees in London (Community Links & Refugee Council, April 2011) [text]
– HT to the Right to Work for Asylum Seekers and Refugees blog!

BADIL’s Preliminary Position Paper on Arab-Jewish Refugees (Badil, Oct. 2012) [text]

Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 2012 (The Lancet, Oct. 2012) [access]
– Presents series of abstracts of papers presented at a conference in March 2012 reporting “findings about the health status of a people dispersed across refugee camps, occupied territory, and land under violent siege.”  See also related IRIN news story.

*Lebanon, Yesterday’s and Today’s Refugees (Reset DOC, Oct. 2012) [text]

Palestinians Escaping Syria Find Little Relief in Lebanon (openDemocracy, Oct. 2012) [text]

Trapped between the Fences (Israel Democracy Institute, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Addressing Endemic Urban Violence,” Part 4 in Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations, and the Law (University of British Columbia Press, May 2012) [contents]

Dangerous Cities: Urban Violence and the Militarization of Law Enforcement, Online Seminar, 2 October 2012 [info]
– Follow the link to access a recording of the event. Includes discussion of the role of humanitarian actors in urban conflicts.

“Refugees and the City: An Urban Discussion,” Geography Compass, Forthcoming (2012) [abstract]

Researching the Urban Dilemma: Urbanization, Poverty and Violence (IDRC & DFID, 2012) [text]
– Baseline study for “Safe and Inclusive Cities research initiative.”

Select Bibliography on Urban Refugees (UNHCR, Sept. 2012) [text]

Urban Humanitarian Response Portal (ALNAP & UN Habitat) [access]
– Established to “share knowledge on urban humanitarian crises.”  Locate information by topic, resource type, agency, region or date.

 

New Publications on Climate Change/Environmental Displacement; Children; and Statelessness

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

“11 Islands That Will Vanish When Sea Levels Rise,” Business Insider, 12 Oct. 2012 [access]
– Photo essay including image on the left.

*Climate Change & Migration: What is the Role for Migration Policies? Policy Brief (ICMPD, May 2012) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

ClimMig Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Change, Migration and Displacement, Vienna, 20-21 September [access]
– Some of the presentations at this conference are beginning to be made available, including “Forced Migration Norms in the Context of Climate Change: A Case Study of Somalia” and “Constitutionalism of Climate Justice: Towards An International Legal Framework for Responding to Climate Induced Migration and Displacement.”

DS Hosts International Workshop on Land Solutions to Climate Displacement (Displacement Solutions, Oct. 2012) [info]
– Note reference to forthcoming edited volume of papers from this workshop.

“‘Environmental Refugees’: Aspects of the Law of State Responsibility,” Chapter in Migration and Climate Change (Cambridge Univ. Press, June 2011; posted Aug. 2012) [postprint]

“Sinking Islands? Formulating a Realistic Solution to Climate Change Displacement,” New York University Law Review, vol. 87, no. 4 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

“Thematic Section: Climate Change and Migration,” Part III in Human Rights of Migrants: Note by the Secretary-General, UN Doc. No. A/67/299 (UN General Assembly, Aug. 2012) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

What Research on Climate Change and Human Mobility Can/Should Provide for Practitioners and Policy Makers, Informal Lunch Roundtable on Climate Change and Human Mobility, Washington, DC, 26 September 2012 [meeting report]

Education Cannot Wait: Protecting Children and Youth’s Right to a Quality Education in Humanitarian Emergencies and Conflict Situations (Global Partnership for Education, Sept. 2012) [access]

Forced From Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America (Women’s Refugee Commission, Oct. 2012) [access]

Protecting Children on the Move: Addressing Protection Needs through Reception, Counselling and Referral and Enhancing Cooperation in Greece, Italy and France (UNHCR et al., July 2012) [text]

Syria’s Children: A Damaged Generation (Refugees International Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Denationalisation and the Politics of Citizenship in Zimbabwe (ENS Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Finally an Important Step towards the Solution for the Legally Invisible and Persons at Risk of Statelessness in Serbia (ENS Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Recommendations Relevant to Statelessness Made during the First Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (2008-2011) (UNHCR, Sept. 2012) [text]

Stateless in Burma: Rohingya Word Wars (openDemocracy, Oct. 2012) [text]

Stateless in the United States: Current Reality and a Future Prediction (SSRN, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Statelessness in Japan: Management and Challenges,” Journal of Population and Social Studies, vol. 21, no. 1 (July 2012) [full-text]

New Publications on Asia Pacific Region; Europe; and Identification Issues

Australian Government Assistance to Refugees: Fact versus Fiction (Parliamentary Library of Australia, Sept. 2012) [text]

Disaster Needs Analysis: Afghanistan Conflict and Displacement (ACAPS, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Humanitarian Space in India: Why Humanitarian Agencies do not Respond Adequately to Needs Generated by Internal Armed Conflict,” Humanitarian Exchange, no. 55 (Sept. 2012) [full-text]

“IDP Vulnerability Assessment and Profiling (IVAP) in Pakistan: A Report and Appraisal,” Humanitarian Exchange, no. 55 (Sept. 2012) [full-text]

Pakistan: No End to Humanitarian Crises, Asia Report, no. 237 (International Crisis Group, Oct. 2012) [text]

Papua New Guinea: No Relief for Flood-affected Refugees (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Redefining Humanitarian Space: The Kachin IDP Crisis in Myanmar,” Humanitarian Exchange, no. 55 (Sept. 2012) [full-text]

UNHCR Advice on Papua New Guinea (UNHCR Canberra, Oct. 2012) [text]

Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries, First Half 2012: Statistical Overview of Asylum Applications Lodged in Europe and Selected Non-European Countries (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [access]

EU, as Peacemaker, Should Welcome Those Fleeing War (European Voice, Oct. 2012) [text]
– “Human Rights Watch gives its view of the award of the Nobel peace prize to the European Union.”

Fear and Loathing on the Streets of Athens (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Greece Failing Asylum Seekers (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective, Working Paper, no. 308 (Center for Global Development, Oct. 2012) [text]

Syria Crisis: UNHCR Urges European Union States to Honour their Asylum System Principles (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Anonymous Aliens? Questions of Identification in the Detention and Deportation of Failed Asylum Seekers,” Population, Space and Place, vol. 18, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 2012) [abstract]
– See also info. on author’s research interests.

Establishing Identity for International Protection: Challenges and Practices (European Migration Network, 2012) [access]
– Read a brief overview of the study’s objectives; follow the link above for background info. and texts of national contributions.

Failed Asylum Seeker Stuck in Samoa (The Asylumist, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Notes that World Passport was used as travel document.

Guide for Issuing Machine Readable Convention Travel Documents for Refugees and Stateless Persons (ICAO & UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Event: RSC 30th Anniversary Conference – Registration is now open

RSC 30th Anniversary Conference

RSC 30th Anniversary Conference

RSC 30th Anniversary Conference: Understanding Global Refugee Policy

Date: 09:00am, Thursday, December 06, 2012 – 05:00pm, Friday, December 07, 2012

Register for the conference

There are 2 registration options available

Option 1 Residential – £350.00  Includes conference registration fee, 2 nights B&B accommodation at St Anne’s College on 5th and 6th December, lunch on Thursday and Friday (6th and 7th December) and conference refreshments.

Option 2 Non-Residential -£200.00 Includes conference registration fee, lunch on Thursday and Friday (6th and 7th December) and conference refreshments

http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?modid=1&prodid=0&deptid=0&compid=1&prodvarid=302&catid=1608

The RSC’s 30th Anniversary Conference aims to examine and theorise the policy-making processes relating to refugees and forced migration at the global level. Critical reflection upon the processes through which global public policy on refugees, internally displaced persons, statelessness, human trafficking, and other areas of forced migration is made, is intended to offer new and valuable insights for scholars, policy makers and practitioners.

This conference therefore provides a forum for a critical discussion on ‘Understanding Global Refugee Policy’ by bringing together academics, policy makers, practitioners, advocates and displaced people to engage in a debate on how we might begin to make sense of and conceptualise the global refugee policy process. It seeks to explore the nature, content and implications of ‘global refugee policy’ with questions such as: What is ‘global refugee policy’? How can we theorise global refugee policy? What factors explain variation both in the motivations for policies, and in outcomes? To what extent do the diverse interests and priorities of key stakeholders shape global refugee policy, and to what effect?

To view the draft conference programme or for any queries please visit the RSC website at: http://www.rsc.ox.ac.uk/events/thirtieth-anniversary-conference or contact Heidi El-Megrisi: rsc-conference@qeh.ox.ac.uk

Download:  Draft conference programme
(PDF 145KB).

Download Background Paper: Global Refugee Policy: varying perspectives, unanswered questions (PDF 236KB)