Daily Archives: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Regional Publications on Africa and Syria

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 Africa

Armed Violence and Stabilisation in Western Equatoria: Recovering from the Lord’s Resistance Army (Danish Refugee Council & Danish Demining Group, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Évaluation approfondie sur la sécurité alimentaire en situation d’urgence dans les camps de réfugiés maliens et villages hôtes au Burkina Faso (World Food Programme, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

I Am a Refugee, and I Have Rights (Refugees International Blog, April 2013) [text]

“Refugees, Ransoms and Revolt ,” Middle East Report, vol. 43 (Spring 2013) [text]

Stranded in the Desert (MSF, April 2013) [text]
– See also related IRIN news story.

Upper Nile Refugee Crisis: Avoiding Past Mistakes in the Year to Come (Oxfam, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Syria

Appeal by Heads of Leading UN Humanitarian Agencies for the People of Syria (OCHA et al., April 2013) [text via ICMC]

A City that’s not a City – Inside a Syrian Refugee Camp (Poverty Matters Blog, April 2013) [text]

Is Turkey’s Approach to Syrian Refugees Sustainable? (IRIN, April 2013) [text]

Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon (PRRN Blog,k April 2013) [access]

Promised Aid Funding for Syria Reaches Half-way Point (IRIN, April 2013) [text]

Security Council Informed that Humanitarian Needs in Syria are Growing Rapidly (UN, April 2013) [access]
– See also remarks from OCHASRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, and UNHCR.

Syrians Don’t Belong in Camps (The Atlantic, April 2013) [text via Brookings-LSE Project]

[Map credit: “Syria: Numbers and Locations of Syrian Refugees,” U.S. Dept. of State, April 2013]

New Thematic Publications on Health; Humanitarian Assistance; 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 Health

Access to Healthcare in Europe in Times of Crisis and Rising Xenophobia: An Overview of the Situation of People Excluded from Healthcare Systems (Médecins du Monde, April 2013) [access]

“Discourse on Malaria Elimination: Where Do Forcibly Displaced Persons Fit in These Discussions?,” Malaria Journal 12:121 (April 2013) [open access text]

“Family Therapy Sessions with Refugee Families: A Qualitative Study,” Conflict and Health 7:7 (March 2013) [open access text]

“A Framework and Methodology for Navigating Disaster and Global Health in Crisis Literature,” PLOS Currents Disasters (April 2013) [open access text]

Refugee Health Care: Impacts of Recent Cuts (Canadian Council for Refugees, Feb. 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

“Vitamin D Status of Refugees Arriving in Canada: Findings from the Calgary Refugee Health Program,” Canadian Family Physician, vol. 59, no. 4 (April 2013) [free full-text]

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Engineering’s Place In Humanitarian Work (KERA, April 2013) [access]

The High Commissioner’s Structured Dialogue on NGO-IFRC-UNHCR Partnership: An Initiative to Improve Partnership between UNHCR and NGOs in 2012 and Beyond (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]

Innovation to the Rescue: New Ideas, Partnerships, and Technologies for Helping Refugees (Policy Innovations, March 2013) [text]

Let’s Hear it for the Monolith (ALNAP Blog, April 2013) [text]

Scoping Study: What Works in Protection and How Do We Know? (Global Public Policy Institute, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Statelessness

A new statelessness determination procedure came into effect in the United Kingdom in early April 2013.  UNHCR noted that this development provides “a positive example to other countries that are parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons but which have not taken steps to implement the Convention….”   For more information about the procedure, read the briefing note prepared by Asylum Aid, as well as various related blog posts here, here, and here.


Half Stateless (Refugees International Blog, April 2013) [text]
– Brief report on the Conference for the Stateless in Kuwait, 15-16 April 2013.

Protecting Stateless Palestinian Refugees: The EU Court of Justice Opens a New Chapter (ENS Blog, April 2013) [text]
– Discusses recent El Kott judgment.

Stateless People and Microfinance Intuitions (Statelessness Programme Blog, April 2013) [text]

Surprise! A Simulation on Statelessness (Active Learning in Political Science, April 2013) [text]

Without a Legal Home: Statelessness in the Bahamas (HR Brief Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

Za’tari Camp: a snapshot of a simmering crisis March 18, 2013

Dawn Chatty

Za’tari Camp: A snapshot of a simmering crisis    March 18, 2013.

Za’tari is a containment camp 12 kilometres from the Syrian–Jordanian border.  It was opened in July 2012 to host Syrians fleeing the violence in their country. It was built for a capacity of 60,000 people, but at the time of my visit on March 18th, its population had topped 100,000 and was growing at nearly 5,000 a day. Syrians from Der’a and the surrounding countryside were fleeing the fighting in droves.  Many of them were being displaced for a second time having previously moved from the pastoral region of the Jezirah of Syria which had been stricken by drought between 2006 and 2011.

Za’tari itself was once a small ‘backwater’ village with a pumping station. Today, it has been transformed it into a heaving marketplace and transportation hub.  Cars, buses and ambulances carrying wounded fighters from the on-going fighting…

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Nowhere Home in Oxford

Postcards from ...

Special screening of Margreth Olin’s award-winning documentary: Nowhere Home

When: Tuesday 30th April 2013: 6.15pm introductory talk, 6.30pm screening

Where: The Ultimate Picture Palace, Cowley Road, Oxford

Organised by: Oxford Institute of Social Policy (OISP) in collaboration with the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford and the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham

Synopsis: Nowhere Home follows the fortunes of a number of young people from Salhus, a Norwegian centre offering temporary residence to unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people as they approach adulthood. While they all hope to remain in Norway, the threat of deportation when they turn 18—and uncertain futures in countries like Afghanistan or Iraq—hangs over them. A visceral and provocative film, Nowhere Home scrutinises what Human Rights Watch has called one of  the ‘major moral dilemmas’ facing Europe today.

Year: 2012 / 90m.

Distributor: Norwegian Film…

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