Daily Archives: Thursday, June 27, 2013

Refugee Council Archive: Off Air Recording Requests: WB 29/06/2013

The following off-air recording requests have been made for the Refugee Council Archive for the week beginning 29 June, 2013:

Saturday 29 June

0530-0600: BBC News: Our World:  Treasures of the Deep.  Series Recording.

Sunday 30 June

0755-0800: BBC Radio 4: Acid Survivors Trust International.

Monday 1 July

0900-0945: BBC Radio 4: Population: Ten Billion.

2030-2100: BBC Radio 4: Syria and the New Lines in the Sand.

2100-2200: Channel 5: The Town the Travellers Took Over.

Tuesday 2 July

2235-2335: ITV1: A Very British Appeal – 50 Years of the Disasters Emergency Committee

Thursday 27 June

2000-2030: BBC Radio 4: The Report Tension in Woolwich.

 

Refugee Council Archive: Off Air Recording Requests: WB 22/06/2013

The following off-air recording requests have been made for the Refugee Council Archive for the week beginning 22 June, 2013:

Saturday 22 June

0530-0600: BBC News: Our World:  Meet the Hackers.  Series Recording.

Sunday 23 June

1915-1945: BBC Radio 4: Olympic Legacy Special.

Monday 24 June

2030-2100: BBC1: Panorama Kids Lost in Care.

2200-2330: BBC4: Storyville Power, Money, Greed and Oil.

Thursday 27 June

2100-2200: BBC3: India: A Dangerous Place to Be a Woman

 

Updated List of Events and Opportunities

Details of these new events and opportunities 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/

Shouting in the Wind? Human Rights Days and Public Impacts, Liverpool, UK, 25 June 2013 [info]
– Free event but please register.

National Asylum Summit 2013, Adelaide, South Australia, 26-27 June 2013 [info]
– Public lecture takes place on 26 June, summit held on 27 June.

Note: See past posts for more last minute June 2013 events & opportunities by following the related posts links.

CFP: Intervention [info]
– Special issue on psychosocial work and peacebuilding. Submission deadline is 1 July 2013.

CFP: International Human Rights Law in Refugee Status Determination: Comparative Practice and Theory, London, 13-14 November 2013 [info]
– Submit abstract by 5 July 2013.

National Forum on Children and Young People from Refugee Backgrounds, Sydney, 15-16 July 2013 [info via BroCAP]
– Registration is ongoing.

The Hamburg Conference: Actions for Climate-Induced Migration, Hamburg, 16-18 July 2013 [info]
– Registration is ongoing.

FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement for NGO Programs Benefiting Syrian Refugees in Turkey [info]
– Proposal submission deadline is 22 July 2013.

Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) [info]
– First call for proposals opens 25 July 2013.

Human Rights 2013: The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference, Melbourne, 26 July 2013 [info]
– Includes session on “Refugees, the rule of law and the ethics of protection.” Registration is ongoing.

CFP: Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth [info]
– New open access journal published by the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Submission deadline is 31 July 2013.

Monitoring Protection: Asking the Impossible?, London, 5 July 2013 [info]
– Register by 20 June 2013; will also be streamed live.

Leadership in Crises: The Launch, London, 8 July 2013 [info]
– Register by 20 June 2013; will also be streamed live.

CFP: International Human Rights Law in Refugee Status Determination: Comparative Practice and Theory, London, 13-14 November 2013 [info]
– Submit abstract by 5 July 2013.

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/

Two new issues of periodicals affiliated with the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) are now available:

Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]
– “Many states fail in their responsibilities to their citizens but those states which are fragile, failed or weak are particularly liable to render their citizens vulnerable. This latest issue of FMR includes 24 articles on fragile states and displacement, going behind the definitions, typologies and indicators to explore some of the concepts and realities, looking at a variety of cases and discussing some of the humanitarian and development responses. In addition, this issue contains eight further ‘general articles’ on other aspects of displacement.”

Note:  A call for papers has been issued for FMR’s Dec. 2013 edition that will focus on “crisis migration.”

Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 26, no. 2 (June 2013) [contents]

  • ‘We Are Not Here to Claim Better Services Than Any Other’: Social Exclusion among Men from Refugee Backgrounds in Urban and Regional Australia [abstract]
  • The Housing Resettlement Experience of Refugee Immigrants to Australia [abstract]
  • Unpacking the Micro-Macro Nexus: Narratives of Suffering and Hope among Refugees from Burma Recently Settled in Australia [abstract]
  • ‘It Was the Most Beautiful Country I Have Ever Seen’: The Role of Somali Narratives in Adapting to a New Country [abstract]
  • Safeguarding a Child Perspective in Asylum Reception: Dilemmas of Children’s Case Workers in Sweden [abstract]
  • Repatriation and Integration of Liberian Refugees from Ghana: The Importance of Personal Networks in the Country of Origin [abstract]
  • Remaining Internally Displaced: Missing Links to Security in Northern Uganda [abstract]

This issue also includes a review article and 7 book reviews.

American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 13, no. 7 (2013) [contents]
– Includes a “target article” on “Ethical and Professional Considerations Providing Medical Evaluation and Care to Refugee Asylum Seekers,” accompanied by five “open peer commentaries” that address ethical aspects of health care for asylum-seekers.

Canadian Family Physician, vol. 59, no. 6 (June 2013) [full-text]
– Includes four articles on refugee health.

Humanity, vol. 4, no. 1 (March 2013) [contents]
– Mix of articles.

International Migration Review, vol. 47, no. 2 (June 2013) [contents]
– Mix of articles.

International Review of the Red Cross (2013) [full-text]
– To celebrate ICRC’s 150th anniversary, the Review is featuring “contributions from key personalities sharing their perspective on the organisation. These contributions will be published online throughout the year, starting from the anniversary date of 17 February. A series of articles will also explore the history of humanitarian action as well as current legal and operational challenges.”

Journal of Human Rights, vol. 12, no. 1 (2013) [contents]
– Special issue on “Humanitarianism and Responsibility.”

Revue internationale de la Croix-Rouge, vol. 93, no. 883 (sélection française 2011/2) [full-text]
– Focus is on “Groupes armés.”

Torture: Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, vol. 23, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]
– Mix of articles.

Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 22, no. 1 (2013) [contents]
– Features focus on Chinese migration; articles include “Environmental-related Resettlement in China: A Case Study of the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province” and “The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and Bangladesh-Myanmar Relations.”

Australian Nursing Journal, vol. 20, no. 9 (March 2013) [contents]
– Includes focus section on refugees and asylum-seekers.

Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 38 (June 2013) [full-text]
– News and information for refugee legal aid providers; includes special feature on Rwanda Cessation.

International Migration, vol. 51, no. 3 (June 2013) [contents]
– Special issue on “Incorporating Faith: Religion and Immigrant Incorporation in the West.”

Third World Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 3 (2013) [contents]
– Mix of articles, including two on celebrity humanitarianism.

 

New Thematic Publications on Gender Issues; Legal/Protection Items; and Asylum Issues

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

New Thematic Publications on Gender Issues

“Crimes without Punishment: An Update on Violence against Women and Impunity in Guatemala,” Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, vol. 10, no. 2 (Summer 2013) [full-text via SSRN]

“Development of a Screening Tool to Identify Female Survivors of Gender-based Violence in a Humanitarian Setting: Qualitative Evidence from Research among Refugees in Ethiopia,” Conflict and Health 7:13 (June 2013) [open access text]

“Giving Shelter from the Storm: Colombians Fleeing Persecution Based on Sexual Orientation,” Tulsa Law Review, vol. 48, no. 1 (Summer 2012) [full-text via SSRN]

Internally Displaced Women: Record Number, Unresolved Challenges (UpFront Blog, May 2013) [text]

Safe Haven: Sheltering Displaced Persons from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence – Comparative Report (Human Rights Center, Berkeley School of Law & UNHCR, May 2013) [text]
– See also individual country reports for Colombia, Haiti, Kenya and Thailand, and related blog post.

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Refugee Determination Process in Canada (SSRN, June 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Legal/Protection Items

The Domestic Implementation of International Humanitarian Law: A Manual (ICRC, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Handbook on European Law relating to Asylum, Borders and Immigration (ECHR & EU FRA, June 2013) [text]
– Available in English, French, German and Italian.

Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict, Chipping Norton, UK, 16-18 May 2013 [info]
– Follow link for conference summary.

Reclaiming the Protection of Civilians under International Humanitarian Law, Oslo, 23-24 May 2013 [info]
– Follow link for conference documents, including recommendations; see also related IRIN news story.

“Treaty Interpretation before the Supreme Court,” Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 2, no. 1 (2013) [free full-text]
– In part, discusses R v Secretary and the interpretation of Article 32 of the Refugee Convention.

The United States and Material-Support Bar for Refugees: A Tenuous Balance between National Security and Basic Human Rights, Drexel Law Review, vol. 5, no. 1 (Fall 2012) [full-text]

“U.K. Refugee Lawyers: Pushing the Boundaries of Domestic Court Acceptance of International Human Rights Law,” Boston College Law Review, vol. 54, no. 3 (2013) [full-text]

New Thematic Publications on Asylum Issues

As part of the “Towards Improved Asylum Decision-Making in the EU” project, UNHCR has released Beyond Proof: Credibility Assessment in EU Asylum Systems; the report aims in part to:

“…contribute to the further harmonization of Member State practices as they relate to the assessment of credibility. This report seeks to clarify some key concepts, reference key standards, outline factors that have a bearing on the credibility assessment, and provide some insights into state practices on specific aspects of the credibility assessment. …There is a pressing need for comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on credibility assessment to address the challenges faced by adjudicators in asylum systems. UNHCR has therefore embarked on the review of its own guidance with a view to producing updated guidelines on credibility assessment that reflect recent developments in international refugee law and other relevant areas of law. This report thus does not constitute that updated guidance, although its findings will be taken into account in the guidance’s preparation process.”

A summary version is also available.

Other relevant resources:

Asylum Information Database (ECRE, Forum Réfugiés-Cosi, Irish Refugee Council & Hungarian Helsinki Committee) [access]
– Forthcoming resource that aims to share information on asylum practice in 14 EU Member States.

Asylum Decisions (Immigration Equality, 2013) [access]
– Follow link for table highlighting U.S. precedential and non-precedential cases in the area of LGBT and HIV asylum law.

Asylum Narratives and Credibility Assessments: An Ethnographic Study of the Asylum Appeal Process in Scotland, Dissertation (University of Glasgow, 2012) [text]

“Harming Asylum Seekers’ Chances through Poor Use of Human Rights Treaties,” Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]

Protection Interrupted: The Dublin Regulation’s Impact on Asylum Seekers’ Protection (JRS Europe, June 2013) [access]
– Follow the link for the full report, an executive summary, a briefing paper, and individual country reports.

“Refugee Status Determination in Hong Kong: A New Era for Legal Aid Providers?,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 38 (June 2013) [full-text]

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, London, 25 April 2013 [info]
– Materials from this recent seminar are now available; see also related blog post.

 

 

New Thematic Publications on Human Trafficking/Migrant Smuggling; and General

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 Thematic Publications on Human Trafficking/Migrant Smuggling

Electronic Bulletin on Trafficking, no. 8 (May 2013) [full-text]
– Newsletter from the Canadian Council on Refugees.

An EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings [info]
– Newly-launched forum for combating human trafficking.

Migrant Smuggling in the Horn of Africa and Yemen: The Political Economy and Protection Risks, Mixed Migration Research Series, no. 1 (Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, June 2013) [text]

Pushed to the Brink: Conflict and Human Trafficking on the Kachin-China Border (Kachin Women’s Association Thailand, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/23/48 (UN General Assembly, March 2013) [text]

Sold to the Sea: Human Trafficking in Thailand’s Fishing Industry (Environmental Justice Foundation, May 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on General

Alert 2013! Report on Conflicts, Human Rights and Peacebuilding (School for a Culture of Peace, Jan. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Irregular Mixed Maritime Movements: Comparing the Horn of Africa and the Asia-Pacific (RMMS Secretariat, May 2013) [text]

Joint Reflections on Migration and Development, Geneva, 30-31 May 2013 [info]
– See also the draft programme, concept note and background paper.

Migration and Development Policies and Practices: A Mapping Study of Eleven European Countries and the European Commission (ICMPD & ECDPM, May 2013) [access]
– Follow link for full report and individual country chapters.

Roundtable on Managing Cross-border Movements of People, Singapore, 19-20 November 2012 [text]

That 1990s Feeling, or How Conflict-related Internal Displacement Never Really Went Away (TerraNullius, April 2013) [text]

UNHCR Global Report 2012 (UNHCR, June 2013) [access]
– This annual report “offers a comprehensive view of the agency’s challenges and achievements worldwide.”

 

New Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Disasters ; Health; Religion & Forced Migration

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 Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Disasters

“America’s Climate Refugees,” The Guardian (May 2013) [access]
– Series of articles on indigenous communities at risk in Alaska because of the effects of climate change.

“Disasters, Displacement and Protection: Challenges, Shortcomings and Ways Forward,” Chapter in Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights (Springer, May 2013) [abstract]

Environmental Migrants: Are They Refugees? (SSRN, Jan. 2013) [text]

Environmentally-Induced Displacement and Human Security (SSRN, March 2013) [text]

If We Can’t Stop Natural Disasters, then Let’s Contain Their Human Costs (Refugees International Blog, May 2013) [text]

Migration and Environmental Change: Assessing the Developing European Approach, Policy Brief Series, no. 2 (MPI Europe, May 2013) [text]

Myth Buster: Migration, Displacement and Climate Change (UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, June 2013) [text]

New Initiative to Protect “Environmental Refugees”: Good but not yet Sufficient (German Development Institute, April 2013) [text]

Pacific Islanders Lead Nansen Initiative Consultation on Cross-Border Displacement from Natural Disasters and Climate Change (UpFront Blog, May 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Health

“Controlled Trial of Psychotherapy for Congolese Survivors of Sexual Violence,” New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 368, 23 (June 2013) [free full-text]
– See also related comment.

“Culture- and Evidence-based Health Promotion Group Education Perceived by New-coming Adult Arabic-speaking Male and Female Refugees to Sweden—Pre and Two Post Assessments,” Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 3, no. 1 (2013) [open access text]

“Evaluating Asylum Seekers: Physicians for Human Rights’ Asylum Network,” Sampsonia Way (May 2013) [access]
– Series of interviews with physicians who volunteer with the Asylum Network.

“Is Legal Status Impacting Outcomes of Group Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Male Asylum Seekers and Refugees from Iran and Afghanistan?,” BMC Psychiatry 13:148 (May 2013) [open access text]

“Psychiatric Treatment with People Displaced in or from Fragile States,” Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]

New Thematic Publications on Religion & Forced Migration

International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 (U.S. Dept. of State, May 2013) [access]
– “This comprehensive report comprises almost two hundred individual reports on countries and territories. Each report sets forth the laws, policies, and practices of governments; describes the nature of societal respect for religious freedom; and highlights the specific efforts that the U.S. government made in each country to promote respect for religious freedom.”  More info. is available via humanrights.gov.

Welcoming Christ in Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Persons: Pastoral Guidelines (Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, May 2013) [text]
– Other languages available via the Council’s web site; see also agenda for related meeting and ICMC press release.

New Thematic Publications on Education; Humanitarian Assistance; and Urban 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 Thematic Publications on Education

Publications:

“Overcoming Barriers to Education for Refugees with Disabilities,” Migration Australia Journal, vol. 3 (forthcoming, 2013) [eprint via SSRN]

“Peace Education and its Discontents: An Evaluation of Youth, Violence, and School-based Peace Programs in Northern Uganda,” Pursuit, vol. 4, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

“Psychosocial Well-being within Refugee Education in Cairo,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 38 (June 2013) [full-text]

The Role and Status of Refugee Teachers, Information Brief (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2013) [text]
– Info. about the book this brief describes is available here.

Uncounted and Unacknowledged: Syria’s Refugee University Students and Academics in Jordan (Jadaliyya, May 2013) [text]

UNHCR to Expand Higher Education Opportunities for the Forcibly Displaced (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]

Forthcoming:

Global Education Magazine [info]
– Special issue will honor World Refugee Day.

New Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Accompanying the Families of Missing Persons: A Practical Handbook (ICRC, June 2013) [text]

Evaluation of Humanitarian Action: Pilot Guide (ALNAP, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Helping Local Aid Workers Build Meaningful Careers (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

Humanitarian Intervention in Violence-hit Slums: From Whether to How (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

“Losing Principles in the Search for Coherence? A Field-Based Viewpoint on the EU and Humanitarian Aid,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (May 2013) [full-text]

Which Technology to Use for Disaster Management? (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Urban Refugees

“A Critical Analysis of Kenya’s Forced Encampment Policy for Urban Refugees,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 3, no. 1 (May 2013) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 46.

“Exploring Primary School Teachers’ Attitudes towards Urban Refugee Education in Nairobi, Kenya,” Journal of Human Security Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (Winter 2013) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 48.

Hong Kong Should Uphold the Right to Work for Urban Refugees (Refugee Work Rights, May 2013) [text]

Seeking Safety in the City (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

Working with Urban Refugees: A Handbook (JRS, May 2013) [text]

You Don’t Have to Go Home, but You Can’t Stay Here: The Impact of a Camp-centric International Refugee Regime on Urban Refugees, Thesis (American University in Cairo, April 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Detention; Trafficking; and General

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 Thematic Publications on Detention

Building Empirical Research into Alternatives to Detention: Perceptions of Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Toronto and Geneva, Legal and Protection Policy Research Series, no. 31 (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

Detention in the Asylum System (Refugee Council UK, April 2013) [text]

Expecting Change: The Case for Ending the Immigration Detention of Pregnant Women (Medical Justice, June 2013) [text]

“Immigration Detention – Finding Alternatives,” Session at UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, 13 June 2013 [info]

Memorandum of Understanding between the International Detention Coalition and the Office of the Untied Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (IDC & UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

“Realizing Liberty: The Use of International Human Rights Law to Realign Immigration Detention in the United States,” Fordham International Law Journal, vol. 36, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

New Thematic Publications on Trafficking

The 2013 edition of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report has been published.  Here’s part of the description:

In the TIP Report, the Department of State places each country onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” found in Section 108 of the TVPA. While Tier 1 is the highest ranking, it does not mean that a country has no human trafficking problem. On the contrary, a Tier 1 ranking indicates that a government has acknowledged the existence of human trafficking, made efforts to address the problem, and complies with the TVPA’s minimum standards. Each year, governments need to demonstrate appreciable progress in combating trafficking to maintain a Tier 1 ranking.

More information about the report is available in this briefing.

New Thematic Publications on General

Global Analysis 2012-2013: UNHCR Accountability Frameworks for Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming and Targeted Actions (UNHCR, 2013) [text]

Global Peace Index 2013 (Institute for Economics and Peace, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

International Migration Outlook 2013 (OECD, June 2013) [text]

Stranded Migrants: Giving Structure to a Multifaceted Notion, Global Migration Research Paper, no. 5 (Programme for the Study of Global Migration, 2013) [text]

World Refugee Day: Honoring Refugees, Resolving to Prevent Further Displacement (UpFront Blog, June 2013) [text]

Yearbook on Peace Processes 2013 (School for a Culture of Peace, 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

 

New Thematic Publications on 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 Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Access Denied: Dilemmas of Cross Line and Cross Border Humanitarian Engagement, Online, 13 June 2013 [access]
– Info. and background materials for this event are available here.

Helpdesk Research Report: The Impact of Integrated Missions on Humanitarian Operations (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Making the Right Choices in Emergencies (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Older Persons in Emergency Situations: A Case Study of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (WHO, 2013) [text]

“On the Politics of our Humanitarian Present,” Environment & Planning D: Society and Space (forthcoming) [preprint]

Paradoxes of Presence: Risk Management and Aid Culture in Challenging Environments (ODI, March 2013) [text]

Sharing Space: Adapting Military Approaches to Geospatial Analysis for Humanitarian Response and the Documentation of Human Rights Abuses (Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness

The Women’s Refugee Commission and the Statelessness Programme at Tilburg University have launched a report entitled “Our Motherland, Our Country: Gender Discrimination and Statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa.”  The study focuses on Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Egypt.  Follow this link to access the report, two short films, a photo essay, and a related blog post.

In addition, two recent papers prepared by the Statelessness Programme’s MENA Nationality and Statelessness Research Project are available via SSRN:
– The Stateless Syrians (May 2013) [text]
– The Stateless Tebu of Libya? (May 2013) [text]

Finally, read the stories of stateless women in Lebanon on the Huffington Post.

“Interview with UNHCR’s Statelessness Regional Protection Officer, Inge Sturkenboom,” ENS Newsletter, no. 3 (May 2013) [text]

Poor Judgement, Bad Judgment (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]
– Comment on UK Court of Appeal decision in B2 v The Secretary of State for the Home Department.

Protection against Statelessness: Trends and Regulations in Europe (EUDO Citizenship Observatory, May 2013) [text]

Proving Statelessness: Evidential Issues for Refused Asylum Seekers (ENS Blog, June 2013) [text]

The Rohingya: Bargaining with Human Lives (Open Democracy, June 2013) [text]

 

 

New Thematic Publications on Children; Health; and Celebrity Advocacy

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 Thematic Publications on Children

Child Trafficking, Child Soldiering: Exploring the Relationship between Two Worst Forms of Child Labour (Child Soldiers Initiative, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Children and Armed Conflict: Report of the Secretary-General, UN Doc. No. A/67/845–S/2013/245 (UN General Assembly and Security Council, May 2013) [text via Refworld]
– See also related UN news story.

A Girl’s Right to Say No to Marriage: Working to End Child Marriage and Keep Girls in School (Plan, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Helpdesk Research Report: Child-friendly Spaces for Adolescent Girls in Emergency Settings (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Human Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Young People in the UK: First Report (Human Rights Joint Committee, June 2013) [text]
– Visit the inquiry site for background information and submitted evidence.

“In Pursuit of a New Perspective in the Education of Children of the Refugees: Advocacy for the ‘Family’,” Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, vol. 12, no. 4 (Autumn 2012) [full-text via ERIC]

Shattered Lives: Challenges and Priorities for Syrian Children and Women in Jordan (UNICEF, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Thematic Publications on Health

Access to Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis Treatment in Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Humanitarian Settings: An In-depth Look at Family Planning Services (Women’s Refugee Commission, June 2013) [access]
– Follow the link for the full report in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, as well as a summary for policy makers, accompanying annexes and beneficiary reports.

Continuation of Antiretroviral Therapy for Ivorian Refugees in Liberia during the Emergency Phase (2011-2012) (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

“Is Forced Migration a Barrier to Treatment Success? Similar HIV Treatment Outcomes among Refugees and a Surrounding Host Community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,” AIDS and Behavior, Latest Articles, June 2013 [open access text]

“No Longer a Place of Refuge: Health Consequences of Mandatory Detention for Refugees,” Canadian Family Physician, vol. 59, no. 6 (June 2013) [free full-text]

UNHCR’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Persons of Concern: Global Review (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Celebrity Advocacy

While Angelina Jolie currently reigns as the most famous “star” associated with refugees, this World Refugee Day, UNHCR has called on a wide variety of other well-known people to voice their support for refugees through video messages, photos of themselves with their “most important things”, and lots of tweets.

Several recent publications take an academic look at the role played by celebrities in human rights and humanitarian activism and charity work:

“The Celebritization of Human Trafficking,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (forthcoming, 2013) [eprint via SSRN]
– See also related blog post.

Celebrity Humanitarianism The Ideology of Global Charity (Routledge, Oct. 2012) [info]
– See also debatebook review, and author comment.

“‘Getting in Touch with Your Inner Angelina’: Celebrity Humanitarianism and the Cultural Politics of Gendered Generosity in Volunteer Tourism,” Third World Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 3 (2013) [abstract]
– An earlier version of this paper was presented at an AAG conference session on “Celebrity, Media and Vital Causes.”

“The Long Shadow of Band Aid Humanitarianism: Revisiting the Dynamics between Famine and Celebrity,” Third World Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 3 (2013) [abstract]

 

 

New Regional Publications on Europe and Australia & New Zealand

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 Regional Publications on Europe

4th Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (European Commission, June 2013) [access]
– Follow link for text of report, staff working document, press release, and infographics (including the one displayed at left).

Comments by the UNHCR Regional Representation for the Baltic and Nordic Countries on the Finnish Government’s Draft Proposal on Amendments to the Aliens Act (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

“‘Dubliners’ in the European Union: A Perspective on the Politics of Asylum-seeking,” Chapter in The Distant Present (University of Jyväskylä, 2013) [text]
– Scroll to p. 106.

EU Member States Granted Protection to More than 100 000 Asylum Seekers in 2012 (EUROSTAT, June 2013) [text]

Frontex Should Respect Rights, even on the High Seas (Human Rights Watch, June 2013) [text]

Unwelcome Guests: Greek Police Abuses of Migrants in Athens (Human Rights Watch, June 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on Australia and New Zealand


*Asylum Numbers Spur Review of Australia’s Refugee Commitments (ABC Radio National, June 2013) [access]
– Follow link for audio.

Asylum Seekers: In Search of a Humanitarian Solution – Conversations with the Archbishop, Melbourne, 22 May 2013 [access via BroCAP]

Asylum Seekers and Income Management (FlagPost, June 2013) [text]

The Children of Pahiatua (Slate, May 2013) [text]
– Story about Polish child refugees in New Zealand.

Doing Our Bit – Double NZ’s Refugee Quota [access]
– Web site promoting higher resettlement levels in New Zealand.  See also Facebook page.

Humanitarian Response to Asylum-seekers Needed (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

“Producing Solidarity: A Settlement Strategy of the Karen Refugee Community in Brisbane, Australia,” Paper presented at Ethnographic Horizons in Times of Turbulence: The 7th Annual Joint University of Liverpool Management School and Keele University Institute for Public Policy and Management Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences, Liverpool, UK, 31 August 2012 [text]

The Role of Refugee Community Organisations in Settlement: An Annotated Bibliography (Refugee Council of Australia, June 2013) [text]

Towing Back the Boats: Bad Policy Whatever Way You Look at It (The Conversation, June 2013) [text]

What’s in a Name? Asylum Seekers as Political Currency (University of Auckland, April 2013) [text]

*updated

 

 

 

New Regional Publications on Europe; Syrians; and MENA

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 Regional Publications on Europe

The European Parliament has voted to adopt several legal instruments that form part of the asylum package known as the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), specifically the Asylum Procedures Directive, the Reception Conditions Directive, and the Dublin Regulation. Two other measures round out the package: the Qualification Directive, which was adopted in December 2011, and the EURODAC Regulation, which will be adopted by the JHA Council on 20 June 2013.

Follow this link to the European Commission site for more background information and factsheets on the various provisions that make up the CEAS.

For additional assessments of the CEAS, see:

– Establishing a Common European Asylum System: Still a Long Way to Go. NGO Statement on the Occasion of the Final Vote on the Asylum Package [text]
– Moving Further Toward a Common European Asylum System: UNHCR’s statement on the EU asylum legislative package [text]
– Revised Rules for Treatment of Asylum-seekers [text]

New Regional Publications on Syrians

Ethics and Politics: Response to the Plight of Refugees (Beirut Institute, 2013) [text]

“For Regional Stability, Help Syria’s Internally Displaced,” Christian Science Monitor, 12 June 2013 [text]

For Some, the Best Bad Choice: Returning from Refuge to Syria (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Hard Choices: When the Syria Aid Response Runs out of Money (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Joint Assessment for Syrian Refugees in New Damietta (UNHCR et al., Feb. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Legal Status of Individuals Fleeing Syria (Assessment Capacities Project & MapAction, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– “This thematic report outlines the rights and obligations of individuals who have fled Syria by stipulating the legal framework applicable to those residing in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.”

Policy or Happenstance? Jordan’s Dwindling Syrian Refugee Arrivals (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Responding to Protection Needs of Displaced Syrians in Europe (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

Second-Best Outcome from Geneva II: Scaled-up Humanitarian Action in Syria (IPI Global Observatory, June 2013) [text]

Syria: Agencies Should Send Aid Where Most Needed (Human Rights Watch, June 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on MENA

Amid Syrian Crisis, Iraqi Refugees in Jordan Forgotten (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Fencing Migrants Out: The Impact on Regional Movement (RMMS Secretariat, May 2013) [text]
– Discusses border controls in Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Fragmented Lives: Humanitarian Overview 2012 (OCHA, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Israel: Deportations of Asylum-seekers Must Stop (Amnesty International, June 2013) [text]

Israeli Land Grab and Forced Population Transfer of Palestinians: A Handbook for Vulnerable Individuals and Communities (Badil, June 2013) [access]
– Launched at the conference, “Forced Population Transfer: Elements and Responsibilities.”

Palestinian Refugees: Different Generations, but One Identity (Birzeit University, Dec. 2012) [text]
– Book resulting from a conference of the same name, organized by the Forced Migration and Refugee Unit and held in Nov. 2011.

See also recent blog post highlighting reports that focus on statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa.

New Regional Publications on the Americas; 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 Regional Publications on the Americas

Central American Migrants Face Perils on Journey North (NACLA, May 2013) [text]

Conferencia de Soluciones Sostenibles para la Población Desplazada: Experiencias internacionales y nacionales, Bogotá, 28 y 29 de mayo 2013 [info]
– Follow link for programme and concept note.

*Despite Peace Talks, Forced Displacement Still Climbing in Colombia (IPS, June 2013) [text]

Dignidad sin excepción: Alternativas a la detención migratoria en México = Dignity without Exception: Alternatives to Immigration Detention in Mexico (International Detention Coalition, May 2013) [text]

Refugee Voices: Gay Peruvian Faces Barrier to Asylum (Human Rights First, June 2013) [access]
– First podcast in a new series.

“Security for the Many at the Expense of the New: The Securitization of Refugees in Canada,” Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, vol. 3 (Fall 2012) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 88.

New Regional Publications on Europe

Beyond Proof: Credibility Assessment in EU Asylum Systems (UNHCR, May 2013) [text]

– See also the executive summary.

Protection Interrupted: The Dublin Regulation’s Impact on Asylum Seekers’ Protection (JRS Europe, June 2013) [access]
– Follow the link for the full report, an executive summary, a briefing paper, and individual country reports.

Shifting Responsibilities for EU Roma Citizens: The 2010 French Affair on Roma Evictions and Expulsions Continued, Liberty and Security in Europe (CEPS, June 2013) [text]

“Spiritual Assistance during Two Refugee Crises in the Republic of Macedonia,” The Anthropology of East Europe Review, vol. 31, no. 1 (2013) [open access text]

Where is my Home? Homelessness and Access to Housing among Asylum-seekers, Refugees and Persons with International Protection in… (UNHCR, May 2013)
– Reports for Bulgaria, Poland and Slovakia are available.  See also related press release and photo essay.

New Regional Publications on Africa

The Africa Regional Session at UNHCR’s Annual Consultations with NGOs is currently under way in Geneva.  For more information, read the background paper and follow live tweets from the Fahamu Refugee Programme (particularly with regard to the cessation of Rwandan refugee status).

Publications:

Case Studies in Asocial Reproduction: Refugees and Cross Border Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Horn of Africa (SSRN, April 2013) [text]

Modern Challenges to Traditional Justice: The Struggle to Deliver Remedy and Reparation in War-affected Lango (Feinstein International Center, June 2013) [text]

Repatriation: The Politics of (re)-Constructing and Contesting Rwandan Citizenship, Working Paper, no. 92 (RSC, June 2013) [text]

A Return to the Sahel – The Perpetual Crisis (Refugees International Blog, June 2013) [text]

Simultaneous yet Contradictory Relationships between the Turkana and Refugees in Kakuma Area, Northwestern Kenya (SSRN, April 2013) [text]

What is Happening to Rwandan Refugees in Uganda? (Le Monde Diplomatique, June 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on Asia, esp. Myanmar and Syria/Syrians

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 Regional Publications on Asia, esp. Myanmar

Bridging the Housing, Land and Property Gap – The Need to Effectively Address Housing, Land and Property Rights during Peace Negotiations and in the Context of Refugee/IDP Return: Preliminary Recommendations to the Government of Myanmar, Ethnic Actors and the International Community (Displacement Solutions, June 2013) [text]

Cyclone in Myanmar Uproots Violence-displaced in Rakhine State yet again (IDMC Blog, May 2013) [text]

Myanmar: Protecting Minority Rights is Non-negotiable (Refugees International, May 2013) [text]

North Korea: Denial of Rights Forces Back Refugees (Human Rights Watch, May 2013) [text]
– See also related UNHCR press release.

Responding to Emergencies in Southeast Asia: Can We do Better? (Save the Children, Sept. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Sri Lanka: A Contemporary Case of Paradoxes?,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 38 (June 2013) [full-text]

“Statement on Asylum Trends and Levels in 2012 in Japan,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 38 (June 2013) [full-text]

“What Happens Post-deportation? The Experience of Deported Afghans,” Migration Studies, Advance Access, 8 May 2013 [free full-text]

New Regional Publications on Syria and Syrians

Close to Combustion: Syrian Conflict Inflames Regional Refugee Crisis (Fair Observer, June 2013) [text]

Deluge of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Awakens Old Sectarian Divisions (IPI Global Observatory, June 2013) [text]

Overnight in Jordan’s Za’atari Camp (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Syria’s Internally Displaced – ‘The world has forgotten us’ (Amnesty International, June 2013) [text]

Syria’s Unchecked Humanitarian Crisis, Washington, DC, 19 June 2013 [access]
– Follow link for video; see also photo gallery at right of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

Zaatari Governance Plan (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

A new Regional Response Plan for Syria has been issued for 2013.  Currently, 1.6 million Syrian refugees are being hosted in five different countries, and some 4.25 million are internally displaced.  The plan estimates that by year-end a total of 3.45 million refugees will be in need of assistance. “The total financial requirements in this Regional Response Plan amount to close to US$ 3 billion for international agencies and NGOs and an additional US$ 830 million for the Governments of Jordan and Lebanon.” The UN is also appealing for US$1.41 billion to help people within Syria.

Highlights of the plan are provided here.  See also this related press release and infographic.

Publications:

“Crisis in Lebanon: Camps for Syrian Refugees?,” Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]

Safe No More: Students and Schools under Attack in Syria (Human Rights Watch, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Lessons from the Iraqi Refugee Experience (Boston University Institute for Iraqi Studies, May 2013) [text]
– Workshop report.

Syrians Seeking Refuge in Libya (IRIN, May 2013) [text]