Daily Archives: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Regional Publications on Africa and Asia/Oceania

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 Africa

Hasty Repatriation: Kenya’s Attempt to Send Somali Refugees Home (Heritage Institute for Policy Studies, Feb. 2013) [text]

“I can’t be a citizen if I am still a refugee”: Former Burundian Refugees Struggle to Assert their New Tanzanian Citizenship, Citizenship and Displacement in the Great Lakes Region Working Paper, no. 8 (International Refugee Rights Initiative, March 2013) [text]

Leaving Libya: A Review of UNHCR’s Emergency Operation in Tunisia and Egypt, 2011-2012, PDES/2013/04 (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Rapport de Diagnostic: Camp de Réfugiés de Bélom (Solidarités International, Mars 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Return to Somalia: A New Era?, Oslo, 21 March 2013 [info]
– A summary of the discussions is available here; also includes link to video of the event.

The UNHCR and Angolan Liberation: 1974-1975, Global Migration Research Paper, no. 4 (Programme for the Study of Global Migration, 2013) [text]

Publications on Asia/Oceania

Global Asylum Trends 2012: How Does Australia Compare? (FlagPost, April 2013) [text]

“Growth and Development of Children Aged 1–5 Years in Low-intensity Armed Conflict Areas in Southern Thailand: A Community-based Survey,” Conflict and Health 7:8 (April 2013) [open access text]

Myanmar Update: COI Compilation (ACCORD, Nov. 2012) [text]

Refugee Facts Media Manual (Centre for Policy Development, April 2013) [access]
– New resource “which provides key information and statistics for journalists, editors and advocates on asylum seeker issues” in Australia.

Solutions Needed for Afghanistan’s Displaced as International Attention Wanes (IDMC Blog, April 2013) [text]

UNHCR/WFP Joint Assessment Mission Report: Assistance to the Refugees from Bhutan in Nepal (18 June-08 July 2012) (WFP & UNHCR, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]



The silent killings

CNR-NOVELLA research Day -To think is to experiment – 1st May, UEL Docklands Campus

All welcome, particularly postgraduate students. Please feel free to circulate this announcement.

Centre for Narrative Research in the Social Sciences


NOVELLA ESRC Research Node,

Institute of Education and University of East London

To THink is To eXperiment                                              

Wednesday, 1st May, 2013, Docklands Campus,

Room: EB. G.10, East Building, Ground Floor

 9.30-10.00      Welcome and Introductions
 10.00 -10.20   Narratives of ‘parenting’ and social support in three popular websites

Joe Winter, Institute of Education     
10.20-10.40     Narratives of Adult Mathematics Learners

Tracy Part, London Metropolitan University     
10.40-11.00     Emotion as a specific aspect of higher education

Eva Mikuska, University of Chichester
11.00-11.15     Discussion     
11.15-11.30     Coffee Break   

11.30-11.50     The Situatedness of London Queer Diasporic Narratives: The Tool of an Ethnographic Lens in Reviewing the Literature

Luca Bartozzi, Birkbeck College, University of London
 11.50-12.10    Survivor Narratives of Men with Chronic Prostatitis

Nick Wood, University of Hertfordshire/CNR
12.10-12.30     Giving voice to men’s stories of caring through narrative analysis

Ann Stokes, Trinity College Dublin
12.30-12.45     Discussion     
12.45-13.40     Lunch Break    

13.40- 14.00   

Designing research methods for story-telling: eliciting narratives through enactment and performance.

Linda Naughton, Staffordshire University       
14.00-14.20     Archetypes: the structuring of narratives of collective memory by collective imaginaire.

Rónán MacDubhghaill, CNR/CEAQ Sorbonne
14.20-14.40     When narratives become masks: A multi-sited ethnography of asylum request

 Elisa Mencacci, CNR/University of Trento, Italy
14.40-15.00     Discussion     
15.00-15.15     Coffee Break   


Constructing identities through narrative: stories told by people diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer about the time commonly labelled as delay.

Jennifer Yiallouros, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

15.15-15.35     Golden Slippers in the Sand

Mary Lodato, University of East London 
15.35-15.55     The Scientific Tradition and Belonging at a South African University: Is There Space For An Outlier Group?

Sabrina Liccardo and Jill Bradbury, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
15.55-16.30     Siyanda Ndlovu Memorial Lecture

Displacement and daily life: narratives of forced migration from post-invasion Iraq

Ali Ali, University of East London/LSE

16.30-17.00     Discussion     


CMRS Summer Short Courses June 2- 27, 2013

Summer Short Courses June 2- 27, 2013

The Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) is offering the following four short courses during the month of
June 2013:

1.      International Refugee Law  (June 2 – 6 , 2013)

Course Description: The course will provide post-graduate students, international agency staff, NGO workers, lawyers and others working with refugees or interested in refugee issues with an introduction to the international legal framework which governs the protection of refugees.  Through lectures, case studies and  small group discussions, course participants will learn about the basic features of international refugee law through the lens of the 1951 Refugee Convention, looking at the elements of the definition(s) of “refugee,” who is excluded from the definition, the role of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the process by which refugee status is determined, the rights of refugees under international law, the ethical and professional obligations of those representing refugees, and other issues of refugee policy.  A background in law is useful but not required.

About the Instructor: Parastou Hassouri has previously taught international refugee law at the American University of Cairo and has extensive experience in the field of international refugee law and refugee and immigrant rights.  She recently spent three months on a temporary contract with the UNHCR, as a Protection Officer in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan.  In the fall and winter of 2012, she served as a Consultant in the Resettlement Unit of the UNHCR office in Moscow.  Her previous experience also includes research on the resettlement of Iraqi refugees out of the Middle East to third countries.  She has worked as a Legal Advisor and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Focal Point at Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA) in Cairo.  Her experience in the United States includes serving as an Attorney Advisor at the Immigration Courts of New York City and Los Angeles and working as an immigration attorney in private practice in New York City.  In addition, she designed and directed the Immigrant Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, where she focused on responding to ethnic profiling and other forms of anti-immigrant backlash in the United States in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11.

The deadline for submitting course applications are:

  • For scholarships: 10th of May
  • For self sponsored participants or for participants sponsored by any organization or their employer: 15th of May
  • Deadline for paying course deposit is 22nd of May, 30% of the total fees

Venue of the course: The course will take place on the Tahrir Campus in Downtown Cairo

2.      From Arab Winter to Arab Spring: Refugee and Migration Movements in the Middle East and North Africa (June 9 – 14, 2013)

Course Description:  Population displacement has featured prominently among the main socio-economic and political challenges faced in MENA for decades, yet it has not featured as prominently in the general study of the region. MENA hosts the world’s largest and longest-standing refugee problem: that of Palestinian refugees, in addition to large numbers of displaced Sudanese, Iraqis, Somalis, and most recently and pressingly, hundreds of thousands of Syrians. This course will analyze the trends, causes, and consequences of asylum and migration for individuals and societies in MENA during the Arab “Winter,” i.e. before the Arab “Spring.”  It will then assess the impact of the popular uprisings on displacement movements, as well as policies and practices to address them. How has the protection regime in MENA fared in the wake of the Arab Spring?  Will the human rights discourse which has pervaded the uprisings in MENA have a positive effect on advocacy for refugee and migrant rights?  What will the impact on the political changes be on policies towards displacement in the region?  These are among the questions the course will set out to address.

About the Instructor:  Shaden Khallaf is currently teaching at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) of the American University in Cairo (AUC), after having worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where she most recently acted as policy officer and advisor on Middle Eastern humanitarian and political affairs. She has professional experience and academic background in international human rights law, globalization, democratization, and gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa. Throughout the Middle East, she has worked on refugee status determination, refugee women and child protection, monitoring detention conditions, finding durable solutions, the securitization of asylum and migration across the Mediterranean, coordination in humanitarian relief operations, post-conflict reconstruction, and human rights advocacy. Shaden also has experience analyzing political transformations, and has been focusing in 2012 on assessing the impact of the Arab Spring on asylum, protection, and human rights in the MENA region.

The deadline for submitting course applications is:

  • For scholarships: 15th of May
  • For self sponsored participants or for participants sponsored by any organization or their employer: 18th of May
  • Deadline for paying course deposit is 27th of May, 30% of the total fees

Venue of the course:  The course will take place at new Cairo

3.      Addressing Global Trends: Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions for Refugees Living the Urban Context (June 16 – 20, 2013):

Course Description: Global trends lead to this new course offering!

UNHCR identifies 10.5 million refugees under its care; with half living in urban centers and one-third in camps. The trend for urbanization is a global and a refugee trend. Though refugees move into exile in an acute situation, UNHCR reports that almost half of the refugees under its mandate have been under its care for at least 5 years. Trends show that four-fifths of the world’s refugees are hosted by developing countries. Across the world, there are also increasing numbers of countries hosting refugees in which the host populations and governments are hostile towards the refugees living there. Thereby, growing numbers of refugees are living for long periods of time in complicated urban centers. Additionally, the composition of urban refugee populations are reportedly changing from young men who may have been more capable to survive in the city to large numbers of women, children and older people. These trends challenge our capacity to offer mental health and psychosocial support to the most vulnerable.

During this course we will:

1) Explore the range of mental health and psychosocial issues for refugees living in the urban context.

2) Review the recommendations for Best Practices outlined by the Inter Agency Standing Committee Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (2007) and the UNHCR policy on refugee protection and solutions in urban areas (2009).

3) Examine the multilayered multidisciplinary range of interventions possible and practical for the urban context and compare them to the interventions often used in camp settings.

The course will encourage active participation and sharing of experiences of its students.

About the Instructor: Nancy Baron is the Director of the Psychosocial Services and Training Institute in Cairo and Global Psycho-Social Initiatives (GPSI). She received her Doctorate in Education at the University of Massachusetts, U.S.A. with a concentration in Family Therapy and Counseling Psychology. Since 1989, she has provided consultation, assessment, training, program design and development, research and evaluation for UN organizations and international and local NGOs in community and family focused psychosocial, mental health and peace building initiatives for conflict and post-conflict countries. She has lived and worked with emergency affected populations in the Middle East: Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Occupied Palestinian Territories; Jordan and Lebanon; in Africa: Burundi, Egypt, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda; in Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan and Sri Lanka; in Eastern Europe: Kosovo and Albania; in South America: Colombia; and in the South Pacific: Solomon Islands.

The deadline for submitting course applications are:

  • For scholarships: 19th of May
  • For self sponsored participants or for participants sponsored by any organization or their employer: 22nd of May
  • Deadline for paying course deposit is 31st of May

Venue of the course:  The course will take place on the Tahrir Campus in Downtown Cairo

4.      International Migration and the State System (June 23- 27, 2013)

Course Description : Several of the fundamental institutions of the modern system of states, namely sovereignty, modern territoriality, and bounded political community, exist in dynamic tension with human mobility. The course explores the international politics of migration and the effects of migration on international politics. By combining theoretical insights from International Relations and Migration Studies, it advances the thesis that human mobility has been, and continues to be, a consistent driver of change of change both in and of the international system. Migration should therefore be problematized as a major issue area for the study of international politics.

The pedagogical goal of the course will be to provide participants with the tools to analyze migration from both macro and micro levels of analysis, in order to foster theoretically-rich discussion on specific case studies. The syllabus is designed to inform discussion about the following questions:

  • What was the role of human mobility in the formation of the modern international system?
  • What are the effects of major changes in the balance of power on state orientations to human mobility?
  • What are the structural effects of forced migration and population transfers?
  • What do contemporary migration trends and state practices of migration management and border controls tell us about global socioeconomic change?
  • Can the study of the contemporary politics of migration inform our discussion of future migration scenarios?

Participant will be evaluated on the basis of a short written assignment exploring the themes of one week’s readings, and an in-depth case study undertaken as a group assignment. Close, critical engagement with the required readings will be crucial for fruitful discussion, and participants will be expected to arrive in Cairo having prepared in advance. Students are encouraged to challenge the thesis of the course.

The course will be structured around a series of lectures, seminars, and group work, and will include expert guest speakers and multimedia presentations. Suitable candidates for the course will have a background in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Migration and Refugee Studies, Development Studies, Sociology, Anthropology or related social science disciplines. Candidates will benefit from a basic understanding of International Relations theory.

About the Instructor: Craig D. Smith, MSc is a senior PhD Candidate from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where he teaches undergraduate International Relations. He is currently a research fellow at the CMRS, and has previously held a research fellowship at the Hebrew University. He earned his MSc in Global Governance and Conflict Resolution from the University of Amsterdam, and has conducted field research on irregular migration and border controls in Morocco, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Israel, and Palestine. His current field research, supported by a grant from the International Development Research Centre, focuses on the effects of climate change for forced migration in the Nile Delta.

The deadline for submitting course applications is:

  • For scholarships: 19th of May
  • For self sponsored participants or for participants sponsored by any organization or their employer: 22nd of May
  • Deadline for paying course deposit is 31st of May

Venue of the course:  The course will take place on the Tahrir Campus in Downtown Cairo

Eligibility for all courses:

The courses are offered for graduate level students, researchers and practitioners in the field of migration and refugees. The maximum number of participants in each course is between 10 – 30.

All courses are conducted in English and no translation facilities are provided.  Participants should have a sufficient command of the English language.

There are scholarships offered only to qualified candidates from the developing countries.

The course will run with minimum of 10 participants.

Application procedure for all courses:

To apply for the courses, please fill out the application in the following link: http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/Documents/Summer%202013%20Short%20Courses%20Application.doc and attach your most recent CV and send to cmrscourses@aucegypt.edu: Att. Ms. Naseem Hashim and visit the CMRS Short Course web page for more information: http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/outreach/Pages/ShortCourses.aspx .
Applicants may apply and be accepted to more than one course. Please do not hesitate to contact cmrscourses@aucegypt.edu if you have any difficulty with the application process.
Applicants accepted for the course will be notified by email within a week after the deadline for submitting the application.

Course fees:

The tuition fee for each course is $500 USD.

Participants are expected to pay a 30% of the total fees ($150) as a deposit Please pay attention to the deposit deadline for each course and kindly note that the deposit is non-refundable.

More information on payment method will be provided to accepted participants

Tuition fees will cover course material and 2 coffee breaks per course day.

Accommodation costs for those interested in staying at the recommended hotel will be announced shortly. Any other expenses are not included.

Number of Participants: minimum of 10

NB: Non- Egyptian applicants are strongly encouraged to apply three weeks before the course start, in order to have enough time to obtain their visa. Short Courses Coordinator.


New publications: South Sudanese in Israel | Former Burundian refugees struggle to assert their new Tanzanian citizenship

‘Do Not Send Us So We Can Become Refugees Again’: From ‘nationals of a hostile state’ to deportees: South Sudanese in Israel African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) and the Hotline for Migration Workers (HMW), February 2013

Abstract: The report examines the State of Israel’s collective non-removal policy towards asylum seekers. The report focusses in particular on the case of the South Sudanese following Israel’s decision to no longer apply this policy and its aggressive campaign of arrest and deportation in mid-2012 of 1,038 asylum seekers to the newly independent state. Israel’s motivation to end the application of the non-removal policy was influenced not only by the creation of South Sudan as a new nation, but also inappropriately by political agendas in Israel. Further, the government failed to take into account the troubled situation developing in South Sudan, thereby contravening the principle of non-refoulement, which applies in circumstances where a person’s life or liberty would be threatened if he or she were returned.

Download full paper: http://www.ardc-israel.org/sites/default/files/do_not_send_us.pdf


“I can’t be a citizen if I am still a refugee”: Former Burundian refugees struggle to assert their new Tanzanian citizenship International Refugee Rights Initiative, Citizenship and Displacement in the Great Lakes Region, Working Paper 8, March 2013

Approximately 162,000 former Burundian refugees in Tanzania are living in legal limbo in Tanzania. Having been accepted for naturalisation and having denounced their Burundian nationality, they are now unable to get certificates confirming their new status. The situation facing this group is the subject of a paper launched by the International Refugee Rights Initiative today, “I can’t be a citizen if I am still a refugee” Former Burundian refugees struggle to assert their new Tanzanian citizenship. The launch follows a discussion of the paper on 19 March at the University of Dar es Salaam attended by representatives from government, the UN, donors, NGOs and the academic community.

Building on research conducted in 2008, the new research conducted in late 2012 asked whether or not naturalisation has translated into genuine citizenship for this group of (former) refugees both legally and practically. Based on 101 interviews with former refugees, local government officials and members of the host community, as well as engagement with national government officials, the findings show that the former refugees are-as a matter of practice-caught somewhere between refugee status and the genuine assertion of their new citizenship. An unprecedented offer has become increasingly caught up in the realities of implementation and realpolitik. While it is important not to detract from the level of generosity of the government of Tanzania’s original offer, the process has revealed a disjuncture between presentation and reality and the whole undertaking appears to be in jeopardy.

With their applications for naturalisation accepted, but without documentation to that effect, the former refugees remain in a legal limbo. The government of Tanzania asserts that the process is incomplete: “The mere fact that certificates were not issued to the applicants connotes the incomplete part of the process.” Some officials insist that receiving documentation of their status is contingent upon relocation to other areas of Tanzania – at the same time as it appears that the relocation process is stalled. In fact, there are increasing fears that there may be an attempt to withdraw the offer entirely.Compelling arguments were made both for and against relocation. Arguments for relocation were made by government officials, some members of the host population, and even a few of the naturalised former refugees. Referring to how citizenship has been constructed in Tanzania for decades, they emphasise the need to break with localised expressions of “tradition” in order to ensure citizenship built on “new” (i.e. non-ethnic) forms of social affiliation. Arguments against relocation were strongly articulated by the former refugees: if they are citizens now, should they not be allowed to move and settle freely in the country like any other Tanzanian? In addition, some believe that being forced to relocate would leave them vulnerable as it would undermine forms of local belonging that allow vital access to livelihoods.

The situation has become gridlocked with everyone feeling demoralised. In order to break this impasse, the government must demonstrate their commitment to the process by issuing citizenship certificates to those accepted for naturalisation. On the issue of relocation, some form of compromise is likely to be necessary-a compromise that encourages relocation but that does not make citizenship contingent upon it. As one of those interviewed put it “integration happens when ‘new’ and ‘old’ citizens come together as one and count each other as relatives under equality even though our cultures and values are different.”

Ultimately, it would be a tragedy if the process were to unravel at this point. As one of only a few examples of a refugee-hosting government promoting full local integration through the grant of citizenship for a particular group of refugees, what is taking place in Tanzania can be a model for response to situations of protracted exile around the world.

Download full paper: http://www.refugee-rights.org/htdocs/Assets/PDFs/2013/ICantBeACitizen-FINAL.pdf


Events: South-South Institute on Sexual Violence Against Men & Boys in Conflict & Displacement, 8-12 April, Kampala, Uganda

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Refugee Law Project, in collaboration with First Step Cambodia, Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust New Zealand, International Human Rights Law Clinic of University of California Berkeley, as well as two refugee support groups (Men of Hope – Kampala, Men of Peace – Nakivale), and two former IDP groups from Gulu district, is pleased to alert you about the South-South Institute on Sexual Violence Against Men & Boys in Conflict & Displacement, that is taking place from 8-12th April here in Kampala, Uganda.

To the best of our knowledge this is the first such Institute in the region with a majority involvement of male survivors of conflict and displacement related sexual violence. As such it is both exploratory and experimental.

Day 1 is a scene-setting conference, with a key-note speech and succinct presentations and discussions of various relevant research and practice: health realities, psychosocial realities, options for legal action, addressing issues of community shaming, organisation and movement building.

Day 2 is a closed workshop for survivors and staff, facilitated by Ken Clearwater, founding Director of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust New Zealand, aiming to establish survivor priorities for improved service delivery and advocacy work.

Day 3 is a workshop for practitioners working or planning to work with male survivors, facilitated by Alastair Hilton of First Step Cambodia), to determine the training and support needs of practitioners. In parallel there will be a roundtable of legal experts from Uganda and the US, to explore the usefulness of existing legal regimes for refugee and IDP survivors, and to begin to clearly identify key elements of legal reform to best support these categories of survivor.

On Day 4 we take the Institute to students in the medical and legal fields, and seek to identify their training needs.

On Day 5 the key health, legal, psychosocial, community and organisation building issues arising during the week will be presented to and discussed with government, policy makers, donors and diplomats in the course of a round-table.

For various reasons, including cost, we have kept the numbers physically present relatively modest, but we would love to invite your thoughts and contributions. Specifically, we are asking if you would be willing to write a message to our participants as well as to our larger audience, or to share such a message with us via Skype in the course of the Institute.

Write a Message of Support

Your message could be an expression of moral support to survivors who for the first time are coming together and engaging with a wider audience of practitioners, policy makers, students, donors, academics and media. Your message could provide a commentary on what you would like to see with regard to services to survivors, or attitudinal change, or legislative reforms, or research questions. You may wish to share your own experience or that of friends or colleagues. You may have other dimensions you wish to input or comment on; your ideas are warmly welcomed!

We would prefer hand-written messages which are scanned, but an email message would also be very satisfactory. We would also be grateful if you could indicate if you are writing in an individual or an institutional capacity.

All messages which are positive in intent and content will be shared with our primary participant group, and subsequently shared with a wider audience in a slide-show format loaded onto the website of Refugee Law Project, unless you explicitly request us not to do so. We shall remove any messages that are offensive in content or intent, and we shall remove any identifiers of persons other than the sender of the message.

Please send your message using the heading ‘Message to South-South Institute Participants’, addressed to Onen David at pa@refugeelawproject.org .

Join us by Skype

You may also wish to join the conference via Skype to give your message in person. If so, please send a Skype request to RLP at refugee.law.project and we shall alert you to timings.  Please also feel free to circulate this to other individuals or institutions who you know share an interest in these issues.

We are looking forward to hearing from you, and hopeful you will join this conversation through your written message or by Skype!

With many thanks and best regards


The Refugee Law Project, a community out-reach project of the School of Law, Makerere University, was created in 1999 to promote the enjoyment of human rights for all refugees within Uganda. Over the years, the Refugee Law Project has established its reputation as the leading centre for justice and forced migrants in Uganda .

For more information about the work of Refugee Law Project visit www.refugeelawproject.org


Moses A. Nsubuga
Senior ICT Officer
Refugee Law Project


Events: Treating Like Cases Alike in Refugee Law Adjudication, 25 April, London and Toronto

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London jointly with the Centre for Refugee Studies of York University are organising, in cooperation with the University of Liverpool and Temple University, a Public Seminar on Asylum Policy in the EU and North America:

Treating Like Cases Alike in Refugee Law Adjudication: The Troubling Lack of Consistency in Refugee Status Adjudication within and across State Parties to International Refugee Rights Instruments

The seminar will be held on 25 April simultaneously in London and Toronto. UK participants are invited to join us at 3:00 pm in Stewart House, London WC1B 5DN.

Full details of the programme are available on the event site; participation is free, but due to space limitations registration is necessary: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6026010961#

Please, feel free to distribute the information to any interested colleagues, students and organisations.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact the Refugee Law Initiative directly: RLI@london.ac.uk

With best wishes,

Violeta Moreno-Lax

Lecturer in Law ¦ European Partnerships Officer School of Law ¦ University of Liverpool L69 7WW
+44 (0)151 794 30 91 ¦ v.moreno-lax@liverpool.ac.uk



New Thematic Publications on Children/Education; Humanitarian Assistance; and Climate Change/Natural Disasters

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/

New Publications on Children/Education

UNHCR has published a new global review, this time on displaced youth.  Here’s part of the description:

“This review explores UNHCR’s engagement with displaced youth, refugees and IDPs, by analysing the agency’s mandate in relation to youth through its policies, guidelines and strategies, institutional infrastructure, approaches to identifying and responding to the needs of displaced youth, current funding, programmes and monitoring and evaluation processes.”

It concludes: “Displaced youth may well constitute a majority within the population of concern to UNHCR, but because of the lack of clarity of concept, limited policy focus, little dedicated funding and limited comprehensive youth programming, this segment of displaced populations has become largely invisible within UNHCR.”

Other publications:

Age Assessment: A Technical Note (UNICEF, Jan. 2013) [text via Refworld]

Children First and Foremost: A Guide to Realising the Rights of Children and Families in an Irregular Migration Situation (PICUM, Feb. 2013) [text]

Immigration: mineurs non accompagnés (European Commission, Feb. 2013) [text]

Rapid Assessment of Refugee Education in Kampala: With a Focus on Access to Primary and Secondary Education amongst Congolese Refugees (Xavier Project, Oct. 2012) [text]

Refugee and Immigrant Students: Achieving Equity in Education (Information Age Publishing, 2012) [info]

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Evidence & Knowledge in Humanitarian Action, Background Paper for 28th ALNAP Meeting, Washington, DC, 5-7 March 2013  (ALNAP, Feb. 2013) [text]

“Humanitarian Aid: Are Effectiveness and Sustainability Impossible Dreams?,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (March 2013) [full-text]

Interview with Jérémie Labbé on the Future of Humanitarianism (Global Observatory, Feb. 2013) [text]

Understanding Resilience (IRIN, March 2013) [text]
– Introduction to an in-depth analysis on “Building Resilience.”

New Publications on Climate Change/Natural Disasters

Climate Change, Migration and Security: Best Practice Policy and Operational Options for Mexico (Royal United Services Institute, Jan. 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

Climate Displacement Law Project: Towards an International Legal Standard (Displacement Solutions, March 2013) [text]

“Climate Refugees,” Entry in Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History (ABC-CLIO, Jan. 2013 [Google Books]
– Most of the entry can be previewed via Google Books; scroll to pp. 286-292.

ClimMig Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Change, Migration and Displacement, Vienna, 20-21 September 2012 [access]
– Keynote speeches and papers presented at the conference are available.

In the Neighborhood: The Growing Role of Regional Organizations in Disaster Risk Management (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, March 2013) [text]
– See also related UpFront blog post.

Natural Disasters as Threats to Peace, Special Report, no. 324 (U.S. Institute of Peace, Feb. 2013) [text]




New Thematic Publications on Human Trafficking & Refugees

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/

New Publications on Human Trafficking & Refugees

“Abuse and Trafficking among Female Migrants and Refugees,” Chapter in Violence against Women and Mental Health. Key Issues in Mental Health, vol. 178 (Karger, 2013) [abstract]

*Human Trafficking: Should be a Recognized Ground for Asylum (Birdsong’s Law Blog, March 2013) [text]

“Human Trafficking: The Case of Burmese Refugees in Thailand,” International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Latest Articles, 31 Jan. 2013 [abstract]

The Limits of Refugee Law: Human Trafficking and Challenges to the International Protection Regime, London, 21 Feb. 2013 [info] [video]

Reflections on Thailand (2): Linking Statelessness and Trafficking in Persons (Statelessness Programme Blog, March 2013) [text]

*Refugees and the Rashaida: Human Smuggling and Trafficking from Eritrea to Sudan and Egypt, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 254 (UNHCR, March 2013) [text]

Report by Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Following her Visit to Ireland from 30 January to 02 February 2012, Doc. No.  SEC.GAL/246/12 (OSCE, Feb. 2013) [text]
– See also related press release, which notes that the report found “that up to 60% of trafficking victims are being denied full entitlements and benefits as they are treated solely as asylum seekers… .”

“Ruthless Kidnapping Rings Reach from Desert Sands to U.S. Cities,” Wall Street Journal, 1 March 2013 [text]
– Above graphic accompanies article.

“Trafficking Risks for Refugees,” Societies Without Borders, vol. 7, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]
– See also earlier conference paper version.



New Regional Publications on the Middle East and Africa

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/

New Publications on the Middle East

Findings from the Inter- Agency Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence Assessment in the Za’atari Refugee Camp (Child Protection and Gender-based Violence in Emergencies Sub-Working Group, 2013) [text]

Israel: Detained Asylum Seekers Pressured to Leave (Human Rights Watch, March 2013) [text]

“Protected or Excluded? A Case Study of the Interpretation and Implementation of Article 1D with Regard to Palestinian Asylum Seekers,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 35 (March 2013) [full-text]

“State of Exception and Resistance: Two Indivisible Key Aspects to Understand the Political Socialization of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon,”  National Identity: Time, Place, People (University of Latvia, 2012) [text]
– Collection of “publications from 1st international conference for students at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia,” Riga, 15-17 March 2012; scroll to p. 26 for a/m paper.

Syria’s Mess Causes Soul Searching in Humanitarian Aid World (Global Observatory, March 2013) [text]

Syria’s Unseen Crisis: Displaced Women Face Rape, Insecurity, Poverty (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, March 2013) [text]

UNHCR Stands Up for Refugees in Israel (RSDWatch, March 2013) [text]

New Publications on Africa

Citizen Perceptions of Migration in South Africa (Afrobarometer, Feb. 2013) [text]

DR Congo: Poor Coordination Obstructs Emergency Response to Gender-Based Violence (Refugees International, March 2013) [text]

Emergency Response for the Situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: Supplementary Budget Appeal (UNHCR, March 2013) [text]

“Humanitarian Conditions in Darfur: The Most Recent Reports Reveal a Relentless Deterioration,” Sudan Tribune, 10 Feb. 2013 [text via SudanReeves.org]

Joint Assessment Mission: Ivorian Refugees Operation in Liberia, February 2013 (WFP & UNHCR, Feb. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Overview of UNHCR’s Operational Strategies in Africa, 56th EXCOM Standing Committee Meeting, 19 Feb. 2013 [text]
– See also related speech by UNHCR’s Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa.



New Thematic Publications on Gender Issues; Asylum/Protection; 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/

New Publications on Gender Issues

Action Research with Refugee Women: Good Practice and Solutions to Community Participation (IARS &IDRICS, 2013) [text]

“Becoming Queer Here: Integration and Adaptation Experiences of Sexual Minority Refugees in Toronto,” Refuge, vol. 28, no. 2 (2011) [open access text]

Blind Alleys: The Unseen Struggles of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Urban Refugees in Mexico, Uganda and South Africa (ORAM, Feb. 2013) [access]
– Part I is “Guidance for NGOs, Governments, UNHCR & Program Funders”; Part II is country findings (presented in three separate reports).

Guidelines on the Transposition of the Asylum Qualification Directive: Protecting LGBTI Asylum Seekers (ILGA Europe, 2012) [access]

UN Report Highlights Displaced Women and Girls’ Risk for Sexual Violence, Demands Greater Action to Help Survivors (AlertNet, March 2013) [text]

Women’s Asylum News, no. 116 (March/April 2013) [full-text via Refworld]
– Lead article is “Missed Out Campaign – Success.”

New Publications on Asylum/Protection

Lettres Actualités Droits-Libertés (Centre de Recherches et d’Etudes sur les Droits Fondamentaux) [access]
– Browse back issues of these legal analyses to locate a number that focus on asylum and refugee issues; examples of “Letters” published so far in 2013 include: “Consécration du visa de transit aéroportuaire (VTA) comme instrument de police de mise à distance des demandes d’asile“; “Droit d’asile: Le Conseil d’Etat aux prises avec les mutilations génitales féminines”; and “État des lieux alarmant des conditions d’accueil des demandeurs d’asile en France.”

New Network Monitors Abuses of Deportees (IRIN, March 2013) [text]
– Discusses the Fahamu Refugee Programme’s Post-Deportation Monitoring Network.

A Numbers Game: Counting Refugees and International Burden-Sharing, Tasmania, 19 Dec. 2012 [text]
– Public lecture.

Oral Update on the High Commissioner’s 2012 Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Faith and Protection, 56th Meeting of the Standing Committee, 5-7 March 2013 [text]
– See also related presentation.

Refuge, vol. 28, no. 2 (2013) [open access text]
– Special issue on “Is the 1951 Refugee Convention Outdated?”; includes three feature articles on refugee camps, urban refugee livelihoods, and protection in Ireland, respectively. These are followed by three focused sections on asylum policy in Canada, protection in South Africa, and CARFMS 2012 conference presentations.


Refuge from Inhumanity: Enriching Refugee Protection Standards through Recourse to International Humanitarian Law, Oxford, 11-12 Feb. 2013 [info]
– A podcast is available for “Panel VII: Perspectives on Protection against Refoulement under IHL.”

Refugee Protection Seminar Series, Oxford, 16 Jan.-6 March 2013 [info]
– Podcasts of the various presentations are available on FMO.

New Publications on Statelessness

Adopting the Stateless (SSRN, Feb. 2013) [text]
– “This article proposes a nexus of statelessness and intercountry adoption where legislation is put forward to adopt stateless individuals, particularly children. This article will analyze pending legislation for the adoption of North Korean stateless persons and recommend legislation to address broader issues of statelessness.”

Background Note on Gender Equality, Nationality Laws and Statelessness (UNHCR, updated March 2013) [text]
– Reviews laws in 29 countries which do not allow women to confer nationality to their children.

Debating the ‘Right to Citizenship’ (ENS Blog, March 2013) [text]
– Comment re. recent seminar on “The Right to Citizenship: Towards fuller implementation of Article 15 UDHR,” Maastricht, 7 March 2013.

Lost in the Forest: Stateless Children in Borneo’s Palm Oil Industry (Pulitzer Center, Jan. 2013) [access]
– Video report.

No Residence, No Rights (ENS Blog, March 2013) [text]
– Focuses on Serbia.

Statelessness and Citizenship: Camps and the Creation of ‘Political Space’, Oxford, 20 Feb. 2013 [access]
– Podcast of this seminar now available.



New Regional Publications on Asia/Oceania; North Africa; 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/

New Publications on Asia/Oceania

Asylum Seekers, Refugees and People Smuggling—Links to the Key Parliamentary Library Papers (FlagPost, March 2013) [text]

Australian Complementary Protection: A Step-by-Step Approach, Sydney Law Review, vol. 33, no. 4 (Dec. 2011) [full-text]

Overview of UNHCR’s Operational Strategies in the Asia-Pacific Region, 56th EXCOM Standing Committee Meeting, 19 Feb. 2013 [text]
– See also related speech.

“Persecuted Protected by Customary International Law, UNHCR Says,” South China Morning Post, 7 March 2013 [text]

Refugee Resettlement from Pakistan: Findings from Afghan Refugee Camps in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), KNOW RESET Research Report 2013/01 (European University Institute, 2013) [text]

“The Third Country Resettlement Programme in Japan: Myanmar Refugees from Thailand who have Resettled in Japan,” Presentation at 3rd JSA-ASEAN International Conference,  Kuala Lumpur, 22-23 February 2012 [text]
– Scroll to p. 127.

New Publications on North Africa

The Arab Spring and Migration in Egypt, One Year on: Impacts, Perceptions and Attitudes, Cairo Studies on Migration and Refugees, no. 5 (Center for Refugee and Migration Studies & Migration Policy Centre, Oct. 2012) [text]

Chadian Migrants Rue Libyan Detention, Ill-treatment, Deportation (IRIN, March 2013) [text]

Libya and International Refugee and Asylum Law: Addressing the Protection of Refugees and Migrants Displaced by the 2011 Conflict (Global Movements Blog, March 2013) [text]

Two Years after the Crisis: Returnees from Libya Revisited, Policy Brief (IOM, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

“L’Union européenne: entre soutien aux révolutions arabes et peur d’une invasion par les réfugiés,” Vivre Ensemble, vol. 20, no. 68 (Hiver 2013) [full-text]

Violence, Vulnerability and Migration: Trapped at the Gates of Europe (MSF, March 2013) [text]

New Publications on The Americas

CCR Decries Dramatic Drop in Refugees Resettled to Canada (Canadian Council for Refugees, March 2013) [text]

“For Conflict Zones, Sequestration is even more Devastating,” The Atlantic, 5 March 2013 [text]

“Les migrants en provenance d’Haïti sont-ils des réfugiés ‘environnementaux’?,” Vivre Ensemble, vol. 19, no. 66 (Été, 2012) [full-text]

Overview of UNHCR’s Operational Strategies in the Americas, 56th EXCOM Standing Committee Meeting, 21 Feb. 2013 [text]
– See also related speech.

A problemática contemporânea dos refugiados: instrumentos normativos internacionais e regionais de proteção (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, 2012) [text]

Where Legal Mobilization is Lethal: Displaced Women’s Organizing in Colombia (IntLawGrrls, March 2013) [text]



New Journal, Periodical and Newsletter Releases

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/

International Migration, vol. 51, no. 1 (Feb. 2013) [free full-text]
– Focus is on “Labour Migration and Economic Mobility.”

International Migration Review, vol. 47, no. 1 (Spring 2013) [free full-text]
– Mix of articles.

Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 11, no. 1 (2013) [contents]
– Mix of articles, including “The Contribution of Gender-Role Orientation to Psychological Distress Among Male African Asylum-Seekers in Israel.”

Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring 2013) [full-text]
– New “bi-annual electronic publication devoted to disseminating original research on migration from, to, and within the region now commonly known as the ‘Middle East.'”

Women’s Asylum News, no. 116 (March/April 2013) [text via Refworld]
– Lead article is “Missed Out Campaign – Success.”

EMN Bulletin (Jan. 2013) [full-text]
– News and information from the European Migration Network.

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 35 (March 2013) [full-text]
– News and information for the refugee legal aid community.

Forced Migration Review, 25th Anniversary Collection [access]
– Another new addition to this special collection: “Refugees and displaced persons with disabilities – from ‘forgotten’ to ‘vulnerable’ to ‘valuable’.”

Intervention, vol. 11, no. 1 [contents]
– “Special Anniversary Issue: Part 2”; includes a few freely accessible articles including “The first decade of Intervention: facts, figures & trends.”

Refuge, vol. 28, no. 2 (2011; publ. March 2013) [open access text]
– Special issue on “Is the 1951 Refugee Convention Outdated?”; includes three feature articles on refugee camps, urban refugee livelihoods, and protection in Ireland, respectively.  These are followed by three focused sections on asylum policy in Canada, protection in South Africa, and CARFMS 2012 conference presentations.


New Thematic Publications on Counting Displaced Populations; Humanitarian Information; and Climate Change/Disasters

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/

New Publications on Counting Displaced Populations

Asylum Trends 2012: Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries (UNHCR, March 2013) [text]
– See also related news story, with links to materials for media use.

CCR Decries Dramatic Drop in Refugees Resettled to Canada (CCR, March 2013) [text]

FY12 Refugee Admissions Statistics (U.S. Department of State, Feb. 2013) [access]
– Follow link for interactive table.

Modern Technology Helps Meet the Needs of Refugees in South Sudan (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

A Numbers Game: Counting Refugees and International Burden-Sharing, Tasmania, 19 Dec. 2012 [text]
– Follow link for text of public lecture.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt Top One Million (UNHCR, March 2013) [access]
– Follow link for access to map and infographic.

“Validity and Feasibility of a Satellite Imagery-based Method for Rapid Estimation of Displaced Populations,” International Journal of Health Geographics 12:4 (Jan. 2013) [open access text]

New Publications on Humanitarian Information

Evidence & Knowledge in Humanitarian Action, Washington, DC, 5-7 March 2013 [access]
– Follow the link to access the “virtual space” set up to provide access to videos, presentations, PDFs, and session summaries from the meeting.

Chad and the Darfur Refugee Crisis: Internews Humanitarian Information Service’s Program in Chad 2005-2012 (Internews, March 2013) [text]

Oxfam Donates Archive to the Bodleian Libraries (Bodleian Libraries, Feb. 2013) [text]

Presentation: Social Media in Emergency Response Operations (Social Media for Good, March 2013) [access]

“The Use of Systematic Reviews and Other Research Evidence in Disasters and Related Areas: Preliminary Report of a Needs Assessment Survey,” PLOS Currents: Disasters (Jan. 2013) [open access text]

When Information is a Lifeline: The Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises (USAID Frontlines, Jan./Feb. 2013) [text]

New Publications on Climate Change/Disasters

2012 Disasters in Numbers (CRED et al., 2013) [text]

Disasters and Displacement: Improving Preparedness and Protection (IPI, March 2013) [text]
– Summary of a workshop held in Vienna on 5 Sept. 2012.

Economic Losses from Disasters Set New Record in 2012 (UNISDR, March 2013) [text]
– See related infographic (above) and IRIN news story.

Moving Stories: The Arctic – Migration and Displacement Linked to Climate Change (UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition, March 2013) [text]

Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers (Foresight, Nov. 2012) [access]
– Follow link for final report and supporting documents.

Relocation Across Borders: A Prescient Warning in the Pacific (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, March 2013) [text]

The World Turned Upside Down: A Review of Protection Risks and UNHCR’s Role in Natural Disasters, PDES/2013/03 (UNHCR, March 2013) [text]



New Regional Publications on MENA; Middle East, esp. Iraqis; and Europe

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/

New Publications on MENA

After Trials of Winter, Syrian Refugees Face Difficult Summer (Refugees International Blog, March 2013) [text]

AMERA-Egypt, Flagship of the Refugee Legal Aid Movement, Struggles for Financial Survival (RSDWatch, March 2013) [text]

Asylum and Migration in the Maghreb (Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, Dec. 2012) [access]
– Country factsheets are available for Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.

‘Gaza has been de-developing for years’: Urban Displacement and Vulnerability in Gaza (ODI, March 2013) [access]
– Podcast.

Jordan: Obama Should Press King on Asylum Seeker Pushbacks (Human Rights Watch, March 2013) [text]

Libya: Stop Revenge Crimes Against Displaced Persons (Human Rights Watch, March 2013) [text]

Syria Deeply+ António Guterres + Anne C. Richard (Syria Deeply, March 2013) [access]
– Video.

New Publications on Middle East, esp. Iraqis

“Chronic Disease and Disability among Iraqi Populations Displaced in Jordan and Syria,” International Journal of Health Planning and Management, vol. 28, no. 1 (January/March 2013) [free full-text]

Iraq, 10 Years On: “Living in Prolonged Limbo” (The IRC Blog, March 2013) [text]

Keeping an Eye on UNRWA (al-shabaka, Jan. 2012) [text via Bepress]

“Legal Status, Labelling, and Protection: The Case of Iraqi ‘Refugees’ in Jordan,” International Journal of Refugee Law (Forthcoming, 2013) [preprint via SSRN]

Overview of UNHCR’s Operational Strategies in the Middle East and North Africa, 56th EXCOM Standing Committee Meeting, 19 Feb. 2013 [text]
– See also related speech.

“Refugee Education as a Gauge of Liberal Multiculturalism: Iraqi Students in Jordan and the United States,” Chapter 10 in Human Rights in the Field of Comparative Education, Comparative and International Education, vol. 21 (Sense Publishers, 2013) [extract]

Remembering Iraq’s Displaced (Middle East Channel Blog, March 2013) [text] [text via Brookings]

Syria: Towards a More Effective Response (Refugees International Blog, March 2013) [text]

New Publications on Europe

Access to Citizenship and its Impact on Immigration Integration: EU Final Event, Brussels, 22 Feb. 2013 [access]
– Follow link for presentations including one on “Addressing Statelessness in Europe.”

The Dublin II Regulation: Lives on Hold (Dublin Transnational Project, Feb. 2013) [access]
– I posted a link earlier to the final report for this project but neglected to mention that National Reports are also available; follow the link to access them from the list on the left.

“The Europeanisation of Asylum Policies: Lessons Drawn from the Reception Conditions Directive,” London Migration Research Group Seminar, London, 12 March 2013 [access]

Eweida, Religion, Sexuality, Politics, Kylie and Asylum (Free Movement Blog, March 2013) [text]
– “[Eweida v UK] is a useful reminder that decision makers should not rush to judgment on another person’s inner identity.”

“The Implementation of the Right to Asylum in Italy,” ERA Forum, vol. 12, no.1, Suppl. (May 2011) [free full-text]

New and Updated Case-Law Factsheets (ECHR Blog, March 2013) [access]
– Particularly relevant ones are “Dublin” Cases and Interim Measures.

Overview of UNHCR’s Operational Strategies in Europe, 56th EXCOM Standing Committee Meeting, 19 Feb. 2013 [text]