Daily Archives: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New migrants, (super)diversity and micropolitics of mixing

 

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The charts below are an initial exploration of Census 2011 data on live births in England and Wales. They show respectively the number of births from foreign born mothers (Chart 1), their country of origin (Chart 2) and the oveall number of live birth by the country of origin of mother and father (Chart 3). They should be read in the context of the overall significant increase in the foreign born population over the last decade: 13 % (7.5 m) of residents of England and Wales on 27/3/2011 were born outside of the UK , of whom half of them arrived in the last 10 years. Data on the country of origin of foreign born mothers show that a significant part of them are likely to be new migrants.

Before moving on, it is worth noticing that the 7.5m foreing born residents mentioned early on are not all immigrants as many are naturalised British citizens or…

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New Publications on Dungavel House; Remittances; Statelessness; and UK Migration Statistics

Report on an unannounced short follow-up inspection of Dungavel House
Immigration Removal Centre, 31 July – 2 August 2012.
Report by the HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.
[Download Full Report](Source: HM Chief Inspector of Prisons)

Remittances and Portfolio Values: An Inquiry Using Spanish Immigrants from Africa, Europe and the Americas
by Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Susan Pozo, (June 2012).

Using a recent Spanish database, we show that remittances respond to cross country differences in portfolio values. This behavior suggests that immigrants are sophisticated economic optimizers who take advantage of opportunities to invest trans-nationally given the networks that immigrants are likely to have developed both in their host and home communities. The responsiveness to portfolio variables persists whether immigrants are highly or less highly educated. However, there are differences in the individual portfolio variables to which immigrants from various regions of the world respond to, as we would expect given migrants’ diverse backgrounds and motives for emigrating. Additionally, remitting patterns change over time with the length of the migration spell, suggesting that remittances sent for portfolio motives become more likely as the immediate needs of family left back home are addressed and immigrants settle down in their host communities.

[Download Discussion Paper No. 6622]
(Source:  IZA – Shaping the Future of Labor).

On 1 October 2012, UNHCR launched its first E-Learning Course on Statelessness.  One component of the E-Learning Course is a Self-Study Module on Statelessness which is available at: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/50b899602.html  The Self-Study Module on Statelessness can also be accessed at under the Tools  heading on the Statelessness Special Features page, which can be located on the Refworld landing page.
(Source: UNHCR)

UK Home Office Immigration Statistics July – September 2012.
Produced by the UK Home Office.
From the Summary Points Quarter 3 2012, selected points include:

  • Work: There were fewer work-related visas issued (-4% to 145,604, the lowest recorded using comparable data) and fewer grants of work-related permissions to stay permanently (-5% to 65,310). However there was an increase in work-related grants to extend stay in the UK (10% to 142,443).
  • Study: There were 29% fewer sponsored student visa applications and similarly there were 26% fewer study visas issued. There was a 1% increase in sponsored student visa applications for the university sector, contrasting with falls for the further education sector (- 67%), English language schools (-76%), and independent schools (-17%).
  • Asylum: There were 20,838 asylum applications, 8% higher than the previous 12 months. This remains well below the peak number of asylum applications received in the year ending December 2002 (84,132).
  • Detention: During the third quarter of 2012 (July to September), 48 children entered detention, lower than for the second quarter of 2012 (60). The number of children in detention for the third quarter of 2012 remains well below the peak in these figures for the third quarter of 2009 (322) using comparable data available from 2009.

Downloads Available Include:

(Source: UK Home Office)

Migration Statistics Quarterly Report November 2012.
Produced by the UK Office for National Statistics, (ONS).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migration Statistics Jiscmail List).

International Passenger Survey: Quality Information in Relation to Migration Flows.
Produced by the UK Office for National Statistics, (ONS).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migration Statistics Jiscmail List).

What’s new on Migration Yorkshire Dec 2012 (revised)

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Policy update November 2012

This issue covers: long-term migration trends, Judicial Review and Equality Impact Assessments, UKBA performance, international students, EU migration, family migration, children, asylum, trafficking, integration and migrant health.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/?page=policydetail&itemid=94

Local migration profile summaries – November 2011

Short reports that summarise migration trends in Yorkshire and Humber.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/?page=statisticsnov2012

Migrant volunteers

Are you interested in sharing your experiences about your arrival and settling in to life in the UK? If so, get in touch.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/?page=jobvacancies#78

Vacancy – British Red Cross

Service Coordinator for the International Tracing and Message Service.

Location: Hull. Closing date: 3 January 2013.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/?page=jobvacancies#74

Improving the health of Roma communities in the Yorkshire and Humber Region

A short guide to good practice for health services in the Yorkshire and Humber region and those elsewhere who are working to improve the health of Roma communities.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/?page=publications#RShealthguide

New short films show lives of Leeds’ Roma children from the inside

‘Our lives’ and ‘Our community’ are short films made by Roma children about their lives in Leeds, using their own words and images. These films can be used in schools for awareness raising, to give a real sense of Roma children’s lives in the UK.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/?page=shortfilmsbyromachildren

UKBA COMPASS Project

End of the transition period for the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber region.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/?page=policydetail&itemid=90

UKBA Yorkshire and the Humber – Partnership and Engagement Update Sept/Oct 2012

Policy updates, local updates, engagement with partners in the region and contact details for UKBA in the region.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/?page=policydetail&itemid=62

British citizenship ceremonies and tests – call for research participants

A researcher from Leeds University is interested in talking to people living in Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale or North Yorkshire who are in the process of becoming a British citizen.

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk/?page=consultations#93

Migration Yorkshire
Civic Hall  |  2nd Floor East  |  Calverley Street  |  Leeds  |  LS1 1UR

www.migrationyorkshire.org.uk    |   www.romasource.eu

Migration Yorkshire is the Yorkshire and Humber regional migration partnership and is hosted by Leeds City Council. Migration Yorkshire works with national, regional and local partners to ensure that the region can deal with, and benefit from, migration.

New Publications on Syria; Yemen; Bahrain; Frontex and Internal Displacement

Syrian Refugees: Reliance on Camps Creates Few Good Options.
A new report by Refugees International.

The civil war in Syria has forced large numbers of Syrians from their homes, and in many cases from the country entirely. Refugees continue to flee in record numbers, and there are currently almost 400,000 registered or waiting for registration in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey combined. The United Nations has said it expects this number could reach 700,000 by December 31, 2012. About half of all the registered Syrians are living in camps, but the other half remain in local host communities trying to get by on their own.

[Download a PDF of this report].
(Source: Refugees International – refugeesinternational.org.)

Conflict in Yemen: Abyan’s darkest hour.
A new report by Amnesty International.

For around 10 months leading up to mid-2012, Abyan governorate in southern Yemen was racked by armed conflict between government forces and Ansar al-Shari’a, an Islamist armed group affiliated to al-Qa’ida. This report documents violations committed by Ansar al-Shari’a when cities and towns in Abyan were under their control and during the subsequent armed conflict. These violations included recklessly exposing civilians to harm during attacks; killing captured soldiers; abducting civilians; and obstructing medical treatment for wounded people. It also shows how government forces used disproportionate force during the conflict.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International press release – Yemen: Abyan conflict a human rights ‘catastrophe’).

Bahrain: Reform shelved, repression unleashed.
A new report by Amnesty International.

On the first anniversary of the BICI report, Amnesty International continues to call for true justice and accountability in Bahrain. The Bahraini government must immediately release all prisoners of conscience; conduct independent, effective and transparent investigations into allegations of torture; bring to justice anyone at any level of the chain of command who committed or gave the orders to commit abuses; and refrain from further use of unnecessary or excessive force against protesters. The international community should immediately condemn human rights violations and match their condemnation with action.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International Press Release – Bahrain: Promises of reform broken, repression unleashed).

FRAN (Frontex Risk Assessment Network) Quarterly Report for the Second Quarter of 2012 (April-June).
Quarterly report produced by Frontex.

On 10 October Frontex released its FRAN (Frontex Risk Assessment Network) Quarterly Report for the Second Quarter of 2012 (April-June). As is always the case, the 70 page report contains a significant amount of information, graphs, and statistical tables regarding detections of illegal border crossings (land, air, and sea), irregular migration routes, detections of facilitators, detections of illegal stays, refusals of entry, asylum claims, returns, information regarding other illegal border activities, and more.  Here are some highlights (focusing on the sea borders)

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants at Sea blog – Frontex FRAN Report for Q2 2012).

UNHCR Handbook for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons.
Produced by UNHCR.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: UNHCR)

Challenges of IDP Protection: Research study on the protection of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan.
A new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).

A new report, published today by IDMC and NRC presents new evidence highlighting the worrying conditions faced by the growing number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) across Afghanistan. More than 166,000 internally displaced Afghans have been recorded in 2012 alone, bringing the total number of internally displaced due to conflict to at least 460,000.

[Download full report here] and [Download executive study here].
(Source: IDMC).

Côte d’Ivoire: IDPs rebuilding lives amid a delicate peace.
A new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC).

Côte d’Ivoire witnessed the world’s largest new internal displacement event of 2011 after contested presidential election results in 2010 sparked a violent conflict for political control. Serious rights abuses by supporters of both sides and armed clashes between them resulted in the internal displacement of up to a million people. Two years later, most of these internally displaced people (IDPs) have returned home to rebuild their lives. However, tens of thousands have still not found durable solutions to their displacement.

[Download the Report]
(Source: IDMC).

 

New Publications on the Melting Pot Generation; Syria; and Afghanistan

The melting point generationThe Melting Pot Generation: How Britain became more relaxed on race.
A newly published report by British Future.

When the parents of Olympic champion Jessica Ennis, who are from Jamaica and Derbyshire, met in Sheffield in the 1980s, a majority of the public opposed to mixed race relationships. This is no longer the case, shows the new report from British Future The Melting Pot Generation: How Britain became more relaxed on race.

Concern about mixed race relationships has fallen from 50% in the 80s to just 15% in 2012, with only one in twenty aged 18 to 24 thinking it’s now an issue.

The polling, carried out by Britain Thinks, shows a dramatic shift in British attitudes. The Melting Pot Generation report explores this change, and looks at how the Jessica Ennis generation, who have grown up knowing mixed Britain as the norm, now feels about race and identity.

[Download the Full Report]
(Source: British Future Press Release)

Identification of Incendiary Weapons Strikes and Video
Location within Town of al Quseir based on Satellite
Imagery / Video Frame Analysis.
Produced by Human Rights Watch.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: HRW Press release – Syria: Incendiary Weapons Used in Populated Areas).

Working Paper: The other side - humanitarian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan (pdf, 479.18k, 40 pages)

Working Paper: The other side – humanitarian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan (pdf, 479.18k, 40 pages)

Talking to the other side: humanitarian engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
By Ashley Jackson and Antonio Giustozzi
HPG Policy Briefs Issue 50.

‘Talking to the Other Side’ is based on almost 150 interviews with Afghans, aid agencies, Taliban and diplomats and offers a series of recommendations for the development of constructive negotiations. All these are underpinned by the logic of one of the report’s principal assertions: namely, that the greatest guarantee of security for aid workers and those they seek to help is structured engagement with the Taliban – in other words negotiations carried out at multiple levels to secure consent.

Policy Brief: Talking to the other side - Taliban perspectives on aid and development work in Afghanistan (pdf, 185.11k, 4 pages)

Policy Brief: Talking to the other side – Taliban perspectives on aid and development work in Afghanistan (pdf, 185.11k, 4 pages)

[Download Policy Brief]
[Download the Working Paper]
(Source: ODI Humanitarian Practice Group).

The effectiveness and impact of
immigration detention casework.
A joint thematic review by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and
the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
[Download the Full Report]
– See Also: The Guardian newspaper article: Prisons and immigration inspectors demand action on delayed deportations).

 

New Publications on the UK Census 2011

UK Census 2011

The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recently published a range of statistical data in relation to the 2011 UK Census.   Further information can be found in the press release entitled, 2011 Census, Key Statistics for Local Authorities in England and Wales, which details:

  • The resident population of England and Wales on the 27 March 2011 was 56.1 million, a seven per cent (3.7 million) increase since 2001 with 55 per cent (2.1 million) of this increase being due to migration. One in six people were aged 65 or over (16 per cent, 9.2 million).
  • In 2011, four out of every five (81 per cent, 45.5 million) residents of England and Wales described themselves as being in good or very good health.
  • The number of residents who stated that their religion was Christian in 2011 was fewer than in 2001. The size of this group decreased 13 percentage points to 59 per cent (33.2 million) in 2011 from 72 per cent (37.3 million) in 2001. The size of the group who stated that they had no religious affiliation increased by 10 percentage points from 15 per cent (7.7 million) in 2001 to 25 per cent (14.1 million) in 2011.
  • Of the 13 per cent (7.5 million) of residents of England and Wales on 27 March 2011 who were born outside of the UK, just over half (3.8 million) arrived in the last 10 years.
  • The number of cars and vans available for use by households in England and Wales increased from 23.9 million to 27.3 million between 2001 and 2011. In 2001 there were on average 11 cars per 10 households whereas in 2011 there were 12 cars per 10 households. The proportion of households with access to no cars or one car declined over the decade whereas the proportion with two or more cars rose. London was the only region where the number of cars and vans was lower than the number of households.
  • In 2011 there were more people with Level 4 or above qualifications, eg Bachelor’s degree (27 per cent, 12.4 million), than people with no qualifications (23 per cent, 10.3 million).
Details of the range of downloads available as part of this release include:
A range of interactive maps and further details on all of the above are available from the ONS website at:

  • http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/census/2011/index.html

MIGRANTS AT SEA

UNODC released its 2012 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons on 10 December 2012.  The 98 page report “provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2007 and 2010 (or more recent). The report also includes a chapter on the worldwide response to trafficking in persons. The Country Profiles of the Global Report present a national level analysis for each of the 132 countries covered by this edition of the report.”

In regard to trafficked persons in Europe:

“Of the [trafficking] victims originating outside Europe, those from African countries are most prominently detected. About 18 per cent of the total number of victims detected in Western and Central Europe are African. Victims from West Africa, especially but not only Nigerians, comprise the vast majority. West Africans accounted for about 14 per cent of the total…

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New Publications on EASO COI Report; UNHCR Global Appeal; Incitement to Hatred; People in Aid;

EASO ReportEASO: Afghanistan: Afghanistan – Insurgent strategies: intimidation and targeted violence against Afghans, December 2012.
A new Country of Origin (COI) report published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).From the press release:

“The report examines strategies used by the Taliban and other insurgent groups to intimidate the population. These include: night letters; illegal checkpoints; collection of taxes; abduction; targeted killings; parallel justice systems; targeting of relatives, and ‘hit lists’. It is important to keep in mind that the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan is largely defined by historical underlying mechanisms: Local rivalries, power play and tribal feuds. The insurgents often use these mechanisms to their benefit but it also works in the other direction. There are regional differences in this campaign of intimidation and targeted violence, which vary for the range of targeted profiles studied in this report, which include: Government officials and employees; Afghan National Security Forces; Government supporters; collaborators and contractors; Afghans working for international military forces; Afghans working for international organisations, companies, NGOs and Afghan NGOs; persons classed as “spies”; journalists, media and human rights activists; educational staff or students; medical staff; construction workers; truck drivers and those judged as violating the Taliban’s moral code.” (EASO press release, 6 December 2012)

[Download Full Report]
(Source: European Country of Origin Information Network (ECOI) blog).
– See Also: EASO Monitor – Consultative Forum’s 2nd meeting: what do we think?

UNHCR Global Appeal 2013 Update.
Produced by UNHCR.
Further information:

The aim of the Global Appeal is to alert donors, organizations and individuals to the plight of millions of refugees and others of concern to UNHCR. It is available to all those interested in our mission and mandate. The 2010 Global Appeal, which was released in December 2009, provides basic information on areas of operations and staff strength. It highlights the challenges that the UN refugee agency will face as it tries to protect, assist and find durable solutions for millions of refugees, asylum seekers, stateless and internally displaced people. The document covers international protection and durable solutions; important policy issues such as statelessness, internal displacement and emergency response; and other priorities, including the protection of women and children, health and nutrition, HIV and AIDS, education and the environment. The Appeal also examines UNHCR’s collaboration with its partners as well as summarizing the agency’s strategies, objectives and operational and operational plans in the five geographical regions where it works. More detailed information is available on this site and in a CD-ROM distributed with the Global Appeal.

[Access Full Report]
(Source: UNHCR).

Prohibiting incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence
A new Policy Brief by Article 19.
[Download Policy Brief]
(Source: The Archival Platform)

People in Aid Annual Report 2012.
Produced by People in Aid.

Our first official Annual report was launched at our AGM and Members’ Forum on 14 November 2012. The report gives a snapshot of the work we have done over the past 12 months and is split into sections with each referring to a particular strand of our work.

[Access the Full Report]
(Source:  ALNAP)

 

Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi

Flowing from Bulgaria to the Aegean Sea the River Evros forms a natural border between Greece and Turkey. The river is sprinkled with small islands formed when the waters recede after floods.  During the summertime the larger islands are visible from Kastanies in northern Greece and Edirne in northwestern Turkey.  At this time of year the water separating these cities is just one or two metres deep. At night the shallow waters and islands provide a lifeline for the irregular migrants and asylum seekers using the river as a passage into Europe.

Despite the river’s relative calm, many drown attempting to cross. This summer Edak, a Turkish volunteer search and rescue group based in Edirne, retrieved dead bodies at a rate of one or two a day; mostly refugees.

The danger posed by the Evros has always represented a barrier to those seeking asylum in the EU. But this year…

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New Publications on Health; Migrants in North Africa; and Humanitarian Assistance

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/

Publications on Health

“Barriers and Facilitators of Social Supports for Immigrant and Refugee Women Coping with Postpartum Depression,” Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 35, no. 3 (July/Sept. 2012) [free full-text]

“The Burden of Tuberculosis in Crisis-affected Populations: A Systematic Review,” The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 12, no. 12 (Dec. 2012) [free full-text with registration]

Caring for Volunteers: A Psychosocial Support Toolkit (IFRC, Aug. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Determinants of Health in Recently Arrived Young Migrants and Refugees: A Review of the Literature,” Italian Journal of Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Do’s and Don’ts in Community-based Psychosocial Support for Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict-affected Settings (WHO et al., 2012) [text]

“The Impact of Risk and Protective Factors on Mental Health and Well-being: Austrian Adolescents and Migrant Adolescents from War-affected Countries,” Italian Journal of Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Conflict-related Sexual Violence: 10 Myths (WHO et al., 2012) [text]

Refugee Health Care: A Handbook for Health Professionals (NZ Ministry of Health, June 2012) [text]

“Well-Being in Refugee Women Experiencing Cultural Transition,” Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 35, no. 3 (July/Sept. 2012) [free full-text]

Publications on Migrants in North Africa

Today, Jesuit Refugee Service Europe launched “Lives in Transition,” a report which highlights the plight of migrants in Morocco and Algeria whose rights are frequently abused “largely because the European Union too often looks the other way.”

Other recent publications that focus on the treatment of migrants in North Africa include:

“African Migrants in Morocco Tell of Abuse,” New York Times, 28 Nov. 2012 [text]

“The Externalization of the EU’s Southern Border in Light of the EU/Libya Framework Agreement: A Lawful Alternative or a Neo-Refoulement Strategy?,” Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, vol. 6, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Libya: The Hounding of Migrants Must Stop (FIDH, JSFM & Migreurop, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Libya and International Refugee and Asylum Law: Addressing the Protection of Refugees and Migrants Displaced by the 2011 Conflict,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]

“Libya’s Migrant Workers Still Targeted After the Revolution,” Newsweek, 3 Dec. 2012 [text]

Treatment of Sub-Saharan Migrants in Morocco (ImmigrationProf Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Building Resilience to Recurrent Crisis: USAID Policy and Program Guidance (USAID, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Disaster Summary Sheet: Armed Conflict (ACAPS, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Humanitarian Principles in the Post-9/11 World,” Perspective, no. 4-2012 (Nov. 2012) [text]

“Q and A on Humanitarian Principles,” Perspective, no. 4-2012 (Nov. 2012) [text]

Responding to Urban Disasters: Learning from Previous Relief and Recovery Operations (ALNAP, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Rethinking Humanitarianism: Adapting to 21st Century Challenges (International Peace Institute, Nov. 2012) [text]

Technical Brief: Scenario Development (ACAPS, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
– “In a crisis, how are humanitarian conditions likely to change? This is a step-by-step guide to build such scenarios either before or during an emergency.”

The Use of Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters (UK Government Office for Science, June 2012) [text via PreventionWeb]

 

New Publications on Europe; Asia, esp. Afghanistan; and The Americas

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/

Publications on Europe

“The Externalization of the EU’s Southern Border in Light of the EU/Libya Framework Agreement: A Lawful Alternative or a Neo-Refoulement Strategy?,” Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, vol. 6, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

“The Influence of Intercultural Factors on Asylum Decision Making in the Republic of Macedonia,” Security Dialogues, vol. 3, no. 1 (2012) [open access text]

The Organisation of Asylum and Migration Policies 2012 (European Migration Network, Nov. 2012) [Belgium] [Ireland]

Refugee Protection or Irregular Migration Management? Examining the International Legal Principle of Non-refoulement in FRONTEX Operations in the Mediterranean (University of Twente, 2012) [text]

“The Shortcomings of Dublin II: Strasbourg’s M.S.S. Judgment and its Implications for the European Union’s Legal Order,” European Yearbook on Human Rights 2012 (July 2012; posted Dec. 2012) [eprint via SSRN]

UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants Concludes the Fourth and Last Country Visit in His Regional Study on the Human Rights of Migrants at the Borders of the European Union: Greece (OHCHR, Dec. 2012) [text]

Publications on Asia, esp. Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Humanitarianism in Uncertain Times (Feinstein International Center, Dec. 2012) [text]

Afghanistan – Insurgent Strategies: Intimidation and Targeted Violence against Afghans (EASO, Dec. 2012) [text]
– Second country of origin information report from EASO; see also related press release.

Disasters: Asia’s 2012 Figures and Trends (IRIN, Dec. 2012) [text]

Migration, Refugees, and Borders in Hong Kong, Toronto, 30 Nov. 2012 [info]
– Only the programme for this event is available, but abstracts for the three presentations are included.

The State of Human Rights 2012 (Asian Human Rights Commission, Dec. 2012) [access]
– Reports available for Bangladesh, Burma, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Talking to the Other Side: Humanitarian Engagement with the Taliban in Afghanistan (ODI, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Publications on the Americas

UNHCR and Open Society’s Justice Initative released a report today entitled “Citizens of Nowhere: Solutions for the Stateless in the U.S.”  The report makes “recommendations to aid policy makers and legislators in implementing administrative and legislative changes to improve the lives of stateless individuals who already reside in this country…so that they are able to participate as full members of society.”

Other publications focusing on this region:

Gangs in Central America (U.S. Congressional Research Service, Nov. 2012) [text]

Haiti: Human Security in Danger (FIDH, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“‘I am an American’: Communicating Refugee Identity and Citizenship,” Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research, vol. 11, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

“Migración y Refugio en la Argentina: Un Análisis desde la Legislación Actual = Migration and Refugees in Argentina: An Analysis of Current Legislation,” Passagens, vol. 4, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]

“Mujeres, Conflicto y Desplazamiento Forzoso: Acción, Resistencia y Lucha por el Reconocimiento y la Inclusión = Women, Conflict and Forced Migration: Action, Resistance and Struggle for Recognition and Inclusion,” Dilemata, no. 10 (2012) [full-text]

“A Proteção Internacional dos Refugiados no Ordenamento Jurídico Brasileiro = International Protection of Refugees in Brazilian Law,” Revista Eletrônica do Ministério Público do Estado de Goiás, no. 2 (2012) [full-text]

Rights Out of Reach: Obstacles to Health, Justice, and Protection for Displaced Victims of Gender-Based Violence in Colombia (Human Rights Watch, Nov. 2012) [text]

 

New Editions of Journals, Periodicals and Newsletters

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/

al-Majdal, no. 50 (Autumn 2012) [full-text]
– Special 50th issue features a “hand-picked selection of articles” which present “a ‘guide book’ on the ongoing Palestinian displacement, its historical, ideological, and political causes since the Nakba, as well as the rights-based approach to the right to return as supported by international law.”

Coping with Crisis, no. 2 (2012) [full-text]
– Focus is on “Kids can Cope.”

Disasters, vol. 37, no. 1 (Jan. 2013) [contents]
– Mix of articles.

Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, vol. 3, no. 3 (Winter 2012) [open access text]
– This issue presents a “Dossier on Social Rights and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century.” Includes “International Aid and Development NGOs in Britain and Human Rights since 1945.”

Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 10, no. 4 (2012) [contents]
– Mix of articles including “The Evolving Identities of Unaccompanied Young Male Asylum Seekers in Malta,” “Screening for War Trauma, Torture, and Mental Health Symptoms Among Newly Arrived Refugees: A National Survey of U.S. Refugee Health Coordinators,” “Post-Displacement Employment and Health in Professional Iraqi Refugees vs. Professional Iraqi Immigrants,” “Refugees: The Millennium Development Goals’ Overlooked Priority Group,” and “Refugees’ Right to Employment and Evolving Responsibilities of Host Countries: The Urgency of Iraqi Refugees to Realize Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.”

Revue Humanitaire, no. 33 (2012) [full-text]
– Theme is “Migration: une chance à saisir.”

EASO Newsletter (Nov./Dec. 2012) [full-text via EASO Monitor]
– News from the European Asylum Support Office.

Eurasia Border Review, vol. 3, no. 2 (Fall 2012) [full-text]
– Mix of articles including a book review of Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border.

European Yearbook on Human Rights 2012 (July 2012) [contents]
– Click on “Inhaltsverzeichnis” to access the table of contents.  Mix of articles including “The Shortcomings of Dublin II: Strasbourg’s M.S.S. Judgment and its Implications for the European Union’s Legal Order,” “Recasting the Dublin II Regulation: Do the Draft Provisions on Appeal Rights, Detention and Access to Asylum Procedures Sufficiently Protect Asylum-Seekers’ Fundamental Rights?,” “The Externalization of the EU’s Southern Border in Light of the EU/Libya Framework Agreement: A Lawful Alternative or a Neo-Refoulement Strategy?,” and “Statelessness and the Right to Have Rights: Universalism of Human Rights within the Context of the UN and EU.”

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 32 (Dec. 2012) [full-text]
– “News, reflection and learning on the provision of refugee legal aid… .”

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, vol. 8, no. 4 (2012) [contents]
– Contents include “Karen refugees from Burma: focus group analysis,” “Mental ill health among asylum seekers and other immigrants in Sweden,” and “Health needs and access to care in immigration detention: perceptions of former detainees.”

International Review of the Red Cross, vol. 94, no. 885 (March 2012) [contents]
– The theme of this issue is “Occupation.”

Nordic Journal of International Law, vol. 81, Spec. Issue (2012) [contents]
– A special issue in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg on “Exploring the Legacy of a Life Dedicated to Humanitarianism.”

Stability: The International Journal of Security and Development, vol. 1, no. 1 (2012) [open access]
– New journal title that “features research and policy analysis focused on ending conflicts, preventing its recurrence, mitigating new forms of violence such as organised crime and extremism, and fostering peace and enabling development.”