New Research and Publications 03/15/2014

  • “UK Visas and Immigration modernised guidance about how to handle cases that meet the criteria for automatic deportation. “

    tags: news government reports publications

  • “Girls pay a high price in situations of displacement. Conflicts and disasters make them doubly vulnerable and often put an end to their childhood. Sudden disruption of education, trafficking, gender based violence such as early and forced marriage are some of the protection issues faced by girls that have a critical impact on their future and contribute to perpetuate existing inequality. This paper aims at show case good practices through stories from Afghanistan, DRC, CAR, Palestine and Colombia and provides recommendations on girl specific prevention and response mechanisms. It also highlights the amazing resilience capacities of displaced girls who have been supported and helped to bounce back, to restore their stolen childhood and to be better equipped for the future. “

    tags: reports publications

  • “UNHCR’s primary purpose is, to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to possibly resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff close to 7,000 people (international and local staff combined) are on duty in more than 110 countries to help about 34 million persons.”

    tags: reports publications

  • “Introduction: This research paper details the experiences of 29 asylum seekers who were released from immigration detention in Australia into community-based arrangements with no right to work and limited entitlements. All of the men and women interviewed for this research arrived to Australia by boat after 13 August 2012, the date when the former Labor Government commenced this policy.

    The term “asylum seeker” refers here to an individual who arrived to Australia wishing to claim asylum but whose refugee status is yet to be determined. An individual is found to be a refugee if it is considered likely they would face persecution in their home country due to their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) report that 88 per cent of the refugee claims that were processed in 2012-13 for asylum seekers who came to Australia by boat resulted in protection visas being granted. During the previous three years, over 90 per cent of these claims resulted in protection visas being granted. It is likely, therefore, that a significant proportion of asylum seekers currently in Australia who arrived by boat will also be recognised as refugees.”

    tags: news reports publications

  • “The present literature review aims to provide a panoramic view of the different ways in which the link between climate change and migration has been addressed in the existing literature, building on the recent non-annotated bibliography issued by the International Organization for Migration in December 2012.”

    tags: reports publications

  • “The Asia Pacific is highly vulnerable to climate change from rising sea levels and intensified storms. The displacement of people that this can lead to has created a new category of migrants: climate refugees. The threat of climate change impacts not only island states such as the Maldives, where 14 islands are already uninhabitable, but also low-lying coastal countries such as Bangladesh and Vietnam, where millions reside in areas less than one metre above sea level. An estimated 25% of the world’s population lives in the area around the Bay of Bengal, placing more than half a billion people at risk.

    Asia’s high population density, particularly in coastal megacities, intensifies the scale of the challenge for policymakers. According to a study by the Center for Global Development, Asia accounts for seven of the world’s ten countries most vulnerable to rising sea levels: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam. In just two years, 2010 and 2011, 42 million people in the Asia Pacific were displaced due to disasters caused by climate change.”

    tags: reports publications

  • “Climate change has and will have a tremendous effect on humanity. One of the consequences is people being forced to move – fleeing from the changes in climate and environment. This new group of refugees are known as environmental refugees. Scientific evidence (produced amongst others by the IPPC) suggests that environmental refugees will challenge our globalized world in growing numbers, warning our international political and legal system to take serious considerations of the future of these environmental refugees. This project used the ideas of the cosmopolitans, Simon Caney, and to some extent Ulrich Beck, to place this new group of refugees’ role within the global legal system. We argued that there currently is a legal gap within the international legal framework concerning environmental refugees and by using Caney’s principles of global justice we sought to outline who should bear the responsibility of environmental refugees. Beck’s ideas of our world risk society helped us to understand and uncover the risks from a global perspective and hereby, environmental refugees. These two theories combined, proved to show the complexity of measuring the implications of environmental refugees and how difficult it is to place a realistic responsibility.”

    tags: reports publications

  • “There is something special about marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court, in striking down anti-miscegenation laws, restrictions on the right to marry for disadvantaged groups, and most recently, the Defense of Marriage Act, has long recognized the marital union to be “sacred” and “fundamental to…existence.” Yet this analysis is dramatically different when courts consider asylum law, where a woman who is seeking refuge in the United States to protect her from a forced marriage abroad will likely be denied protection because the harm she fears is not considered to be a “persecutory” act. She may therefore be forced to spend a lifetime with someone she did not choose and does not love – and also unable to marry someone she does choose to love. Such a result in asylum jurisprudence is in grave error, as it fails to acknowledge the longstanding reverence for the institution of marriage in constitutional law and ignores widely-accepted prohibitions against marriages entered into without consent both in the U.S. and in international law.”

    tags: reports publications

  • “Working with asylum seekers and refugees in almost any location in the world involves juggling vulnerability with service availability, battling bureaucracy and bearing witness to remarkable people. Few situations we’ve worked in are as challenging as that of Libya. On the surface it is similar to many other countries in the region that have not signed the Refugee Convention, have no domestic asylum (or migration) legislation and offer no national refugee status determination (RSD) process. The national government is in transition and has no formal MoU with UNHCR.”

    tags: news publications

  • “A new report by Amnesty International reveals that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been carried out on Palestinian and Syrian civilians in Yarmouk, on the outskirts of Damascus, which is under brutal siege by Syrian government forces.

    The report, Squeezing the life out of Yarmouk: War crimes against besieged civilians, published ahead of the third anniversary of the crisis in Syria, highlights the deaths of nearly 200 individuals since the siege was tightened in July 2013 and access to crucial food and medical supplies was cut off. According to Amnesty International’s research, 128 of those who have died starved to death in the catastrophic humanitarian crisis that has emerged.”

    tags: news reports publications

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