Daily Archives: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Publications: Mixed Migration in Kenya

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The RMMS is pleased to share its latest publication, Migrant Migration in
Kenya. The report is the second, in a series of 9 research initiatives slated
to be published. The report documents the social economy and protection risks
associated with mixed migration flows involving Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea,
Kenya, Somalia (including Puntland), Somaliland and Yemen. It is a
compilation of most recent knowledge, data and analysis available of migrant
smuggling in the region.

It is hoped that the report will be used to increase the level of awareness
among relevant actors to advocate for the improvement in the protection and
assistance mechanisms being accorded to migrants in accordance with the human
rights values and further introduce durable solutions to migration linked
livelihood challenges.

The report is available on the publication section of our website. We have a
limited number of hard copies which can be circulated upon request on a first
come basis.

Mixed Migration in Kenya:

RMMS Research Initiatives: http://www.regionalmms.org/index.php?id=44
RMMS Publications: http://www.regionalmms.org/index.php?id=40


Publications: Beyond Proof – Improving Credibility Assessment in EU Asylum Systems, UNHCR

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.
The UNHCR report “Beyond Proof – Improving Credibility Assessment in EU
Asylum Systems” is now available on Refworld:

Credibility assessment is a challenging and central part of the examination
of asylum claims. It involves a determination of which of the statements and
other evidence provided by the applicant can be accepted and, therefore, may
then be taken into account in the analysis of the well-founded fear of
persecution and real risk of serious harm.

The UNHCR report “Beyond Proof” provides unique insights into state practices
based on research in EU Member States, existing guidance from other states,
training material including the European Asylum Curriculum (EAC), over 200
rulings by international, regional and national courts and over 70 references
to academic publications on the recent developments in international refugee
law and disciplinary fields beyond (neurobiology, psychology, anthropology,
cultural and gender studies) relevant to the credibility assessment in the
asylum procedure.

The EU asylum acquis requires an objective, impartial, and individual
assessment of asylum claims taking into account the applicant’s background
and circumstances. Decision-makers should be informed by developments in
these relevant disciplinary fields. Beyond Proof looks at the application of
these multi-disciplinary factors in the credibility assessment. UNHCR has
also developed checklists and flowcharts that translate the legal and
theoretical concepts into practical tools to assist decision-makers and
support a fair assessment of credibility.

The publication is part of the European Refugee Fund supported CREDO project
led by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) in partnership with UNHCR, the
International Association of Refugee Law Judges, and Asylum Aid. IARLJ has
prepared judicial guidance on credibility assessment and HHC a training
manual for adjudicators with a multi-disciplinary approach.

Previous alerts are available at http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/alerts.html


Publications: New reports on safe shelters

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The Berkeley Human Rights Center, with the support of UNHCR’s Policy
Development and Evaluation Service, has undertaken a detailed review of ‘safe
shelter’ arrangements for the survivors of sexual and gender-based violence
in situations of human displacement. Case studies from Colombia, Haiti, Kenya
and Thailand, plus a comparative analysis. Visit

UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Service, or PDES, is committed to
the systematic analysis and assessment of UNHCR projects, programmes,
practices and policies. PDES also promotes research on refugee, humanitarian
and migration issues and encourages an active exchange of ideas and
information between humanitarian practitioners, policymakers and the academic
community. PDES welcomes your comments and questions on all aspects of its
work and is also pleased to receive expressions of interest from suitably
qualified consultants and interns.

A Four Country Study of Safe Havens for the Displaced

The following links will bring you to the reports from a survey of SGBV “safe
shelters” for displaced persons in four countries: Kenya, Thailand, Colombia
and Haiti. The in-country research explored various models of shelters for
survivors of SGBV in humanitarian settings and the challenges and strategies
relevant to providing this type of shelter. Residents and staff as well as
other key informants were interviewed at thirty-seven shelters throughout the
four countries.

The research was conducted by the Sexual Violence Program at the Human Rights
Center, the Law School of the University of California, Berkeley. UNHCR’s
PDES provided logistical support to the research team and sponsored the
publication of this study.

The first report is a comparison of the four locations. The following reports
are studies from each country:

Safe Haven: A comparative report: http://www.unhcr.org/51b6e27b9.html
Safe Haven: Case Study, Colombia: http://www.unhcr.org/51b6e1ff9.html
Safe Haven: Case Study, Haiti: http://www.unhcr.org/51b6e2b29.html
Safe Haven: Case Study, Kenya: http://www.unhcr.org/51b6e2fd9.html
Safe Haven: Case Study, Thailand: http://www.unhcr.org/51b6e3239.html


New Regional Publications on Europe

New Regional Publications on Europe

International Migration Outlook 2013.
Produced by the OECD

This publication analyses recent development in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and some non member countries including migration of highly qualified and low qualified workers, temporary and permanent, as well as students.

[Access to Free Preview]
See also: Migrant’s Rights Watch – OECD report shows migrants being hit hard by rising unemployment.

Brief Information Note on the Main Asylum-related Legal Changes in Hungary as of 1 July 2013.
Produce by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.
[Download Full Report]

Child poverty and well-being: Spotlight on the situation of migrant children in Cyprus and the EU.
A new report by PICUM.
[Download Full Report]
See also – Migrant’s Rights Watch:  New PICUM report puts spotlight on poverty of migrant children in the EU.

Trafficking in Human Beings Amounting to Torture and other Forms of Ill-treatment
Part I: Trafficking in Human Beings Amounting to Torture
and other Forms of Ill-treatment – Legal Analysis
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights
Part II: Clinical Links Between Human Trafficking and Torture
Helen Bamber Foundation
Produced by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe:  Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings.
[Download Full Report]
See also: OS

CE – OSCE report links human trafficking and torture.

Policy and legislative recommendations towards the effective implementation of the non-punishment provision with regard to victims of trafficking.
Produced by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
[Download Full Report].

Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration.
Produced by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom and Ireland

New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom and Ireland

For Asylum Seekers and their Supporters: A Self-Help Guide against detention & deportation
By Legal Aid for Women.

A lifesaving and labour saving Guide by Legal Action for Women.

“I was detained in Yarl’s Wood and was two days away from being deported.  It took many urgent letters, phone calls and a new solicitor to submit a fresh claim to stop my deportation and get me out.  My supporters followed the steps in this Guide and won.  With this Guide others can also win.” Ida V, All African Women’s Group

“Legal Action for Women, a free legal service whose determination to win justice puts many lawyers to shame, has put together their experience of day-to-day legal case work and campaigning in this exciting Guide.  Not only is it invaluable for those fighting in their own defence or that of their family and neighbours; it is also essential reading for lawyers, advocates and other professionals who will benefit greatly from its practical information and advice.  At a time when principles of international protection for those fleeing persecution are being undermined in Europe and elsewhere, and asylum seekers battle even to get their case heard in court, this Guide is needed more than ever.” Ian Macdonald QC 

Legal Action for Women, started in London in 1982, is a grassroots user-led anti-sexist anti-racist legal service.  It combines experienced lay workers with access to a network of trustworthy lawyers.  It is widely used by sex-workers, immigrant women, single mothers and many facing injustice.

This accessible step-by-step guide puts together information that is not usually available so that anyone determined to get protection and justice can find out how to do it.

[Further Information]

A “Bleak House” for Our Times:  An investigation into Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre
By Legal Aid for Women.

New research based on the experiences of over 130 women detained in Yarl’s Wood Removal Centre explodes the myth that the asylum system is “fast but fair” and that most asylum seekers are “bogus”, and instead demonstrates that most of those deemed “bogus” have never had a chance to present their case.

[Further Information]

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration
Report of the Inquiry into New Family Migration Rules.
June 2013
This report has been written by the Migrants’ Rights Network Policy Director Ruth Grove-White on behalf of and in partnership with the APPG inquiry Committee.

The inquiry is led by a cross-party Committee of MPs and peers, coordinated by the APPG on Migration. The APPG on Migration inquiry committee is chaired by Baroness Hamwee (LD) and comprises Virendra Sharma MP (Vice Chair, Lab), Viscount Robin Bridgeman (Con), Kate Green MP (Lab), Lord Qurban Hussain (LD), Sarah Teather MP (LD), Lord Robin Teverson (LD).

The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the APPG inquiry Committee and the content has been agreed by Committee members. The content is not necessarily endorsed by other members of the APPG on Migration, the political parties of the members of the Committee or the Migrants’ Rights Network. 

[Download Full Report]
See also – Migrant’s Rights Network: Launch of the APPG Migration inquiry report draws attention to the plight of divided families).

Magdalen Commission Report (May 2013).
Irish Department of Justice and Equality.

Following publication of the report of the Inter Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries the Government asked retired High Court Judge and President of the Law Reform Commission, Mr Justice John Quirke to undertake a three month review and, taking into account the findings of the report to make recommendations as to the criteria that should be applied in assessing the help that the Government can provide in the areas of payments and other supports to the women who were admitted to and worked in a Magdalen Laundry and in the laundries operated in the Training Centre at Stanhope Street, Dublin and the House of Mercy Training School, Summerhill, Wexford.  Mr Justice Quirke forwarded his report to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence on 30 May, 2013.  It was considered by Government and was published on 26 June, 2013.

[Commission Report (PDF 1198KB)]

Moving On: Migration trends in later life.
Produced by the IPPR.
[Download Full Report]

Human Rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK : First report of session 2013-14.
UK House of Lords House of Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights
[Download Full Report]


New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom and Ireland

New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom and Ireland

DFID Annual Report and Accounts for 2012-2013.
By the UK Department for International Development.
[Download Full Report]

Workshop report – The deportation of unaccompanied minors from the EU: family tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) project.
3 May 2013, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford.

The deportation of unaccompanied
minors from the EU: family tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) project

The deportation of unaccompanied minors from the EU: family tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied
Minors (ERPUM) project RSC Workshop Report

This report is the outcome of a joint effort between the University of Copenhagen and the Refugee Studies Centre to examine European governments’
plans to deport unaccompanied minors from the EU.
With support from the Migration Industry Research Network, Danish Institute for International Studies, the workshop ‘The deportation of
unaccompanied minors from the EU: family tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors
(ERPUM) project’ was convened at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford on 3 May 2013. Its explicit aim was to subject the little-publicised ERPUM project to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary examination.

The workshop consisted of two sections: first, it convened leading scholars from the disciplines of law, sociology, political science and philosophy,
each addressing different aspects and challenges for the project, and thus complementing each other; and second, it featured a panel discussion with
representatives from UNICEF, UNHCR and the Danish Refugee Council as well as the aforementioned speakers.

[Download Full Report]

Expecting change: the case for ending the detention of pregnant women.
A new report by Medical Justice.
[Download Full Report]
Further information: Institute for Race Relations – Pregnant Asylum Seekers Mistreated in Detention.
See Also: Migrant’s Rights Watch – New report warns that immigration detention for migrant women seriously damages health and puts babies at risk.

Us and Them?  The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Control.
By Bridget Anderson and published by Oxford University Press.

  • Combines policy, law, and empirical research with theory
  • The argument is made with particular relevance to the history and contemporary politics of immigration controls in the UK

Us and Them? explores the distinction between migrant and citizen through using the concept of ‘the community of value’. The community of value is comprised of Good Citizens and is defined from outside by the Non-Citizen and from the inside by the Failed Citizen, that is figures like the benefit scrounger, the criminal, the teenage mother etc. While Failed Citizens and Non-Citizens are often strongly differentiated, the book argues that it is analytically and politically productive to consider them together. Judgments about who counts as skilled, what is a good marriage, who is suitable for citizenship, and what sort of enforcement is acceptable against ‘illegals’, affect citizens as well as migrants. Rather than simple competitors for the privileges of membership, citizens and migrants define each other through sets of relations that shift and are not straightforward binaries. The first two chapters on vagrancy and on Empire historicise migration management by linking it to attempts to control the mobility of the poor. The following three chapters map and interrogate the concept of the ‘national labour market’ and UK immigration and citizenship policies examining how they work within public debate to produce ‘us and them’. Chapters 6 and 7 go on to discuss the challenges posed by enforcement and deportation, and the attempt to make this compatible with liberalism through anti-trafficking policies. It ends with a case study of domestic labour as exemplifying the ways in which all the issues outlined above come together in the lives of migrants and their employers.

Readership: Scholars and students of international relations, migration studies, and law.

[Further Information on the Oxford University Press website]
See also – Migrant’s Rights Network: How society manufactured ‘them’ and ‘us’, and spread the myth that it couldn’t be anything different).


New Regional Publications on MENA; Europe; and Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Environment

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/

New Regional Publications on MENA

Depression Grips Forgotten Refugees Stranded at Egyptian-Libyan Border (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

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

Number of Displaced Surge as Conflict in Syria Continues (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, June 2013) [access]
– Interview.

“The Price of Life,” The Age, 15 June 2013 [text]

Scapegoats of Fear: Rights of Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Migrants Abused in Libya (Amnesty International, June 2013) [access]

Syria: No Respite for the Millions Displaced by the Conflict (Amnesty International, June 2013) [text via Refworld]

New Regional Publications on Europe

Access to Territory and Asylum Procedure in Hungary (Hungarian Helsinki Commission & UNHCR, 2013) [text]

From Back Door to Front Door: Forced Migration Routes through Macedonia to Croatia (JRS Europe, June 2013) [text]

Fundamental Rights: Challenges and Achievements in 2012 (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2013) [text]
– Chapter 1 focuses on “Asylum, Immigration and Integration.”

An Investigation into the Progress Made on Legacy Asylum and Migration Cases: January-March 2013 (Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, June 2013

Refusals of International Protection in Bologna (Asilo in Europa, June 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Environment

Annotated Bibliography on Nature-Society Relations in and of International Borders (York University, June 2013) [text]
– A project of the RRN’s Cluster on Environmental Displacement.

Changing Climate, Moving People: Framing Migration, Displacement and Planned Relocation, Policy Brief, no. 8 (UNU-EHS & Nansen Initiative, June 2013) [text]

Human Mobility, Natural Disasters and Climate Change in the Pacific, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 21-24 May 2013 [info]
– The Nansen Initiative’s first Pacific Regional Consultation.  Follow link for text of Conclusion Document and see also related interview.

Kiribati and Climate Change (Refugees International Blog, June 2013) [access]
– Series of three posts on climate displacement in Kiribati.

“Moving Beyond its Mandate? UNHCR and Climate Change Displacement,” Journal of International Organizations Studies, vol. 4, no. 1 (Spring 2013) [full-text]

“Population-environment Interactions: European Migration, Population Composition and Climate Change,” Environmental & Resource Economics, Online First, 9 June 2013 [full-text via BroCAP]

Rights or Riots? How We Think about Climate Change Migration (Right Now, June 2013) [text]

Was Obama Right to Say Climate Change Will Create “New Waves of Refugees”? (UKCCMC, June 2013) [text]