Category Archives: Online Resources

New Report: Measuring well-governed migration – The 2016 Migration Governance Index

New Report:

Measuring well-governed migration – The 2016 Migration Governance Index

Poorly managed migration can lead to harm, danger and insecurity, says a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit. It can encourage migrant smuggling and human trafficking, as well as social unrest, xenophobia and discrimination—as observed amid Europe’s ongoing “migration crisis”. It can also create missed opportunities when receiving and sending countries are blocked from harnessing the development gains available through mobility.

Well-governed migration brings profound benefits to both “receiving” and “sending” countries. Receiving countries get productive workers who fill key gaps in the labour market and help their demographic profiles. Sending countries receive billions of dollars in remittances from their overseas workers, attract investment from affluent members of their diaspora, and leverage the benefits of “circular migration” when returning emigrants bring back their skills, expertise, contacts and personal wealth.

Text courtesy of Migrants’ Rights Network – Poorly managed migration harmful says report.


New Survey by Amnesty International: Refugees Welcome Survey 2016

Refugees Welcome Survey 2016: Views of Citizens Across 27 Countries
by Amnesty International

The vast majority of people (80%) would welcome refugees with open arms, with many even prepared to take them into their own homes, according to a global survey commissioned by Amnesty International.

The new Refugees Welcome Index, based on a global survey of more than 27,000 people carried out by the internationally renowned strategy consultancy GlobeScan, ranks 27 countries across all continents based on people’s willingness to let refugees live in their countries, towns, neighbourhoods and homes.

The survey shows people say they are willing to go to astonishing lengths to make refugees welcome. It also shows how anti-refugee political rhetoric is out of kilter with public opinion.

Download: Global Refugees Survey 2016

Further news: Refugees Welcome Index shows government refugee policies out of touch with public opinion.


Resources: British Society of Criminology 2015 conference – Videos of the keynote speakers

Thanks to Border Criminologies for the details in this post.

Videos of the keynote addresses at the 2015 BSC conference are now online including Border Criminologies’ Professor Mary Bosworth speaking about applied research in immigration detention. Also featured are Professor Ben Bowling speaking about crimmigration control in the UK and Professor Sharon Pickering discussing her work on border deaths.

YouTube Link

CMRB: Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel online paper series

CMRB, the Runnymede Trust and the Centre for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute, SOAS are delighted to announce the publication of:

“Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel” online paper series, edited by Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim.

The series aims to to explore the multiple, complex and inter-related ways that anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are constructed in relation to the question of Palestine/Israel from within an anti-racist normative framework

The first tranche of articles can be found at, and includes:

Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim, ‘Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel Series Introduction’

Antony Lerman, ‘The “New Anti-Semitism”’

Hilary Aked, ‘The Undeniable Overlap: Right-wing Zionism and Islamophobia’

Helga Embacher and Jan Ryback, ‘Anti-Semitism in Muslim Communities and Islamophobia in the Context of the Gaza War 2014: The Example of Austria and Germany’

Anabelle Sreberny, ‘The Idea of Jewish Anti-Semitism and Recuperating the “Semites”’

Keith Kahn-Harris, ‘The Interplay between Internal and External Factors in the Stimulation of Intra-Jewish conflict over Israel and Antisemitism’

Stefano Bellin, ‘How Should We Speak About the Jews and the Palestinians? Constructing a Non-Racist Space for Criticism’

The series has been constructed as an open-ended forum for dialogue between academics, activists and interested parties differently situated across the globe. We will consider all submissions that explore any aspect of how anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms and the question of Palestine/Israel intersect, from within an anti-racist normative framework. Please e-mail your submission to

This series has been given the front page of openDemocracy the week commencing Wednesday 28th September. Each day of that week one of five of the articles will be published at

Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim

Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine of Israel on openDemocracy

This week, Nira Yuval-Davis and Jamie Hakim are guest editing a section of openDemocracy called ‘Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine of Israel’, based on the ongoing CMRB project of the same name.

The introduction to the section can be found here:

Every day this week we will be publishing one or two papers on openDemocracy from our CMRB online paper series which is co-sponsored by the Runnymede Trust and the Centre for Palestine Studies, London Middle East Institute, SOAS:

The first openDemocracy article, co-authored by Nira and Jamie can be found here:

Over the course of the week openDemocracy will be publishing articles by Antony Lerman, Sami Zubaida, Hilary Aked, Annabelle Sreberny, Keith Kahn-Harris, Stefano Bellin, Helga Embacher and Jan Rybak.

The Refugee Council Archives at UEL Weekly Bulletin Issue: 5 (18th December 2014).


Refugee Archives News

The Refugee Council Archives at UEL Weekly Bulletin

Issue: 5 (18th December 2014).


Welcome to the fifth issue of Refugee Archive News: The Refugee Council Archives at UEL Weekly Bulletin.

This bulletin has the aim of providing both the latest news and developments on the Refugee Council Archive at the University of East London whilst also providing additional information on issues of concern to refugee and forced migration studies more generally. This I hope will include details of news stories, calls for papers, conferences and seminars, and online resources of potential interest. This bulletin, I hope, will aim to provide useful information to both students and academics on both UEL undergraduate courses in International Development and postgraduate students on our courses in Refugee Studies; Refugee Studies and Community Development and Conflict, Displacement and Human Security, whilst also being hopefully of interest to a wider readership represented by our Twitter and Blog followers.

This bulletin will be circulated via our Refugee Archive WordPress blog and also via our Refugee-Research Jiscmail email list. We would welcome any feedback that you may have on this bulletin and we would also welcome any input that you may have in terms of current and future content for both this bulletin and also our WordPress blog more generally. Please Contact Paul Dudman via email ( or Twitter (@PaulDudman) with any feedback or thoughts that you may have.

There are also some general Archive details included at the end of this and every bulletin posting for your reference.

Archive, CMRB and Course-Related News

Archive News:

Archive Opening Hours: The UEL Archive collections will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period. The Archive at the UEL Docklands Campus will open foe the last time this year on Friday 19th December, 2014 and it will then be closed until Monday 5th January, 2015.

For details of the UEL Library opening hours during this period, please visit the Library Web Pages at:

In the News

Recent figures have been published by UNHCR point to a “record high” of nearly 350,000 sea crossings by migrants and asylum-seekers worldwide this year, with the Mediterranean crossing being the “deadliest route of all”, with at least 3,419 people losing their lives since January 2014.

References: UNHCR – Focus on saving lives, says UNHCR, as numbers of people taking to the seas in search of asylum or migration passes 348,000 globally

Amnesty International – UN finds Mediterranean ‘deadliest’ sea route for migrants

Amnesty InternationalMore deaths in the Mediterranean Sea highlight need for EU-wide search and rescue plan

A selection of news stories:

ICRC – Life of a Syrian refugee in Jordan

ICRC – Ukraine: Donetsk displaced receive emergency supplies

ICRC – South Sudan crisis – one year: Enormous needs must not be forgotten

International Crisis Group – The Central African Republic’s Hidden Conflict

International Rescue Committee – Impending winter may be a ‘second disaster’ for Iraqis fleeing violence [TESTIMONY]

International Rescue Committee – Trapped: Powerful photos from South Sudan

Pulitzer Centre – Syrian Refugees Find Little Comfort in Greece

Refugee Council – A glimmer of hope for refugees seeking family reunion

Refugee Council – Record numbers of people take to sea to reach Europe

Refugee Council – Protection Gap must be closed

BBC News – BBC Pop Up: Tropical refugees in US’s frozen Mid-West

The Independent – We Are All Refugees: The radio soap about displaced Syrians inspired by The Archers

The Age (Australia) – Australia ignoring its obligation to refugees sets a dangerous precedent

Mail Online – Iran extends visas for 450,000 Afghan refugees

Aljazeera – Countries vow to double Syria refugees intake

Aljazeera – Syrian refugees unwelcome in Bulgaria

Amnesty International – CAR: Failure to effectively investigate war crimes fuels further atrocities and fear

EIN – Ed Miliband says Labour will “control immigration with fair rules”

EIN – ECJ judgment clarifies the right of irregular migrants to be heard

Global Voices – Is Argentina Really ‘Infected With Foreign Criminals’? Or Just Xenophobic Politicians?

The Guardian – How painkillers really can relieve a headache brought on by foreigners

Compas Blog – The floating label of ‘the migrant’

UNHCR – Resettlement offers hope to ailing Syrian refugees in need of treatment

Amnesty International – 17 December: the day we lost our homes

The Guardian – Jimmy Mubenga’s widow: I can’t watch this happen to another family

The Guardian – G4S guards found not guilty of manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga

The Guardian – Three arrested after raid on ‘slave’ factory in Rochdale

The Guardian – What should Labour’s message on immigration be?

The Guardian – Ed Miliband says Labour immigration document ‘not very well drafted’

The Guardian – Legal aid restrictions on deportation cases are unlawful, court confirms

The Guardian – Labour strategy to counter Ukip threat over immigration revealed

The Guardian – Labour plans jail terms for exploitation of migrant workers

The Guardian – These days, money buys you a better class of citizenship

The Guardian – Yarl’s Wood: Labour pledges to investigate claims of sexual abuse

The Guardian – Sudanese man killed on M25 after clinging to bottom of lorry

The Guardian – South African man faces deportation from UK because wife’s income too low

The Guardian – Immigrants on the M4: are our traffic jams really not British enough?

The Guardian – Hanif Kureishi: Knock, knock, it’s Enoch

Institute of Race Relations – Patriot games and culture wars: the politics of national identity in Europe

Migrants Rights Network – Labour spells out its approach to immigration policy for 2015 general election

The Telegraph – Landlords to rent homes to ‘white tenants with British-sounding names’ to avoid immigration red tape

The Herald (Scotland) – Plans to rehouse asylum seekers ‘in disarray’

Evening Times (Glasgow) – Refugees ‘at risk’ in early move from Red Road flats

The Telegraph – European court: asking asylum seekers to prove sexuality is breach of human rights

Migrants Rights Network – High Court rules against the government on provision of legal aid in immigration cases

EIN – Detention Action: Court of Appeal rules policy of detaining asylum seekers for ‘quick processing’ of their appeals is not lawful

Channel 4 News – G4S guards cleared of Jimmy Mubenga killing

Daily News Egypt – Exhibition attempts to raise ‘Refugee Voices’

Refugee Council – Judges rule part of detained fast track unlawful

The Guardian – Racism is still a factor in British political life

The Guardian – From the archive, 17 December 1958: Immigrant ship bound for Australia

UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition – How Should Refugee and Migration NGOs Work on Climate Change Issues?

ICRC – Migration: The desperate search for a brighter tomorrow

The Guardian – Migrant overstayer figures swell to more than 300,000, watchdog reveals.

Events and Call for Papers

CFP Panel: The politics of ethnic conflict in contemporary Europe at the UACES 45th Annual Conference
Bilbao (7th – 9th September 2015)

Standing Group “Ethnopolitics” of Political Studies Association UK and Specialist Group “Peace and Conflict Studies” of Political Studies Association of Ireland are calling for papers on “The politics of ethnic conflict in contemporary Europe”, a panel at the UACES conference in Bilbao on 7-9 September 2015 (see here: ).

Ethnic conflict in Europe remains an important political issue into the twenty first century. Whilst ‘peace deals’ such as the Good Friday Agreement (Northern Ireland), the Ohrid Agreement (Macedonia) and the Dayton Agreement (Bosnia and Herzegovina) have had some success in managing violent conflict, the salience of ethnic divisions often endures. This panel will address the continued significance of these divisions, with proposals invited on any aspect of ethnic conflict in Europe broadly conceived.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • The significance of ethnically-based political systems, parties and voting in contemporary Europe;
  • Methods of ethnic conflict management and resolution;
  • Comparative analysis of ethnic conflict in different European societies;
  • The role of European Union institutions in conflict management
  • Impact of regional key actors (international organisations, kin states, diasporas) on conflict dynamics.

Proposals are welcomed from researchers at all stages of their careers.  Please forward a 250 word abstract to Henry Jarrett (University of Exeter, UK) at by Friday 9th January 2015. Please include your name, institution and paper title.

We are particularly inviting postgraduate students to apply.

CfP: Panel “Gender, Violence and Refugee Communities”, ECAS 2015
8-10 July 2015 in Paris, deadline: January 9, 2015.

Convenors: Buckley-Zistel, Susanne; Krause, Ulrike
Center for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg

For many refugees, the end of conflicts does not coincide with the end of violent assaults, but escaping war and repression only offers a certain degree of shelter from physical and structural violence. Women and girls, yet also men and boys, may become victims of sexual and gender-based violence, as has been increasingly reported by aid and human rights agencies in the past years. Moreover, the forceful recruitment of individuals in camps into armed groups, gang violence erupting amongst young refugees or violent disputes upon return to the place of origin suggest that there is a continuation of violence which penetrates into the supposedly safe havens. The experiences of displacement has an impact on social relations, in particular gender relations. While many humanitarian agencies and refugee-supporting organisations recognise this continuum of violence in general and sexual and gender-based violence in particular, they themselves become entangled in the re-negotiation of relations and the forging of new identities.

The panel explores the origins, scope and forms of violence against and amongst refugees from a gender perspective. It assesses how masculinities and femininities – as well as the way they relate to each other – change in the context of displacement and encampment. Case studies reach from the analysis of gendered violence in refugee camps, via the impact of the host community on gender relations, to the role of humanitarian agencies and their gender programmes.

The panel is now online and accessible via

Please submit a short abstract of max. 1500 characters by January 9, 2015.

Crossing Borders, Traversing Narratives: A Postgraduate Symposium of Film and Screen Studies
11 February 2015, University of St Andrews, Scotland

The very recent history saw issues related to nation and nationality re-emerge steadily, often aggressively, questioning and reframing notions such as identity, citizenship, or the irreversibility of globalisation as a border-dissolving, unifying process. In this context, investigating narratives of the displaced and of displacement, as well as their production, representation, distribution and reception, appears to be an increasingly complex, varied, and challenging process.

Crossing Borders, Traversing Narratives aims to re-interrogate cinema’s relationship with the notion of geographical border, and the subsequent effects of this relationship. This one-day symposium is meant to provide an inclusive exchange platform for postgraduate students in the fields of film and screen studies, whose interests either lie in, or can be applied to, this particular area.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Shohini Chaudhuri (University of Essex)

Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Diasporic cinemas
  • Migrant and diasporic filmmakers
  • Multicultural communities and cinema
  • On- and off-screen identities of displacement
  • Issues of distribution and exhibition. Diasporic film festivals
  • Translation, adaptation, assimilation (thematic, stylistic)
  • Cross-border politics, activism, civic engagement
  • Fluid chronotopes
  • Intersections of nation with race, gender, sexuality, class, religion
  • Formal and genre variations


Proposals with a brief abstract (250 words) for a 20-minute paper, as well as a short biographical note, should be submitted to Andrei Gadalean (<>). The deadline for all proposal submissions is 21 December 2014.

New Additions to the Archive

Reporting diversity : how journalists can contribute to community cohesion / developed by the Society of Editors and the Media Trust.

Refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland : a guide for journalists in Scotland / an Amnesty International publication in conjunction with Oxfam, National Union of Journalists and the Scottish Refugee Council.

Show Racism the Red Card : study notes / published by Show Racism the Red Card.

Show racism the red card [videorecording] : a new video from Show Racism the Red Card.

A safe place [videorecording] : a video from Show Racism the Red Card to combat racist myths against asylum seekers.

Diversity and dialogue : living in a multi-faith society / published by the Diversity and Dialogue partnership project.

Missing out : a study of child trafficking in the North-West, North-East and West Midlands / Christine Beddoe.

Joint east west research on trafficking in children for sexual purposes in Europe : the sending countries / edited by Muireann O’Briain, Anke van den Borne and Theo Noten.

The health risks and consequences of trafficking in women and adolescents : findings from a European study / Cathy Zimmerman.

Protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual violence in disaster and emergency situations : a guide for local and community based organisations / compiled and written by Stephanie Delaney.

More than one chance! : Young people involved in prostitution speak out / Julie Taylor-Browne.

More than one chance! : Young people involved in prostitution speak out / Julie Taylor-Browne.

Rights here, rights now : a recommendations for protecting trafficked children / J. Sillen and Christine Beddoe.

Servir. Issue 58, (November 2014). Jesuit Refugee Service.

Panorama: Ebola Frontline. [videorecording]

Tribal peoples for tomorrow’s world / a guide by Stephen Corry.

Refugee education : a global review / Sarah Dryden-Peterson.

Global overview 2012 : people internally displaced by conflict and violence / by Sebastian Albuja [and others].

Body of evidence : treatment of medico-legal reports for the survivors of torture in the UK asylum tribunal / Jo Pettitt.

Internal displacement and the Kampala Convention : an opportunity for development actors / Walter Kalin and Nina Schrepfer.

Durable solutions : perspectives of Somali refugees living in Kenyan and Ethiopian camps and selected communities of return / by Danish Refugee Council and Norwegian Refugee Council.

Asylum under threat : assessing the protection of Somali refugees in Dadaab refugee camps and along the migration corridor / a publication of the Refugee Consortium of Kenya.

Childhood under fire : the impact of two years of conflict in Syria / Nick Martlew.

Untold atrocities : the stories of Syria’s children / Save the Children.

Global migration futures : using scenarios to explore future migration in the Horn of Africa and Yemen : project report – November 2012 / the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat and the International Migration Institute.

The rise of Africa : miracle or mirage? / Nordic Africa Institute.

Where are they …? : the situation of children and armed conflict in Mali / Layal T.E. Sarrouh.

Internal displacement in Africa : a development challenge : exploring development initiatives to alleviate internal displacement caused by conflict, violence and natural disasters / Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

Testing sexual orientation : a scientific and legal analysis of plethysmography in asylum & refugee status proceedings / Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration.

No shelter : protection gaps in Israel facing refugees fleeing gender-based persecution / Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration.

Unsafe haven : the security challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey / joint publication of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly. Turkey Refugee Advocacy and Support Program & ORAM.

Unsafe haven : the security challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey / joint publication of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, Turkey Refugee Advocacy and Support Program & ORAM. (updated ed.)

Rainbow bridges : a community guide to rebuilding the lives of LGBTI refugees and asylees / Organization for Refugee, Asylum & Migration.

Knowing our rights : women, family, laws and customs in the Muslim world.

Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women : a call to action based on an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America / UNICEF

A woman’s struggle : using gender lenses to understand the plight of women human rights defenders in Kurdish regions of Turkey / Roj Women’s Association.

Satisfying labour demand through migration / produced by the European Migration Network.

Asylum and migration glossary 2.0 / produced by the European Migration Network.

Viewing nuclear weapons through a humanitarian lens / John Borrie and Tim Caughley, editors.

Overcoming human poverty / United Nations Development Programme.

Insufficient evidence? : the quality and use of evidence in humanitarian action / Paul Knox Clarke and James Darcy.

Implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action : summary of reports 2007-2013 / United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, (UNISDR).

Progress on global platform chair’s summaries / United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, (UNISDR).

UNHCR operational guidance on the use of special nutritional products to reduce miconutrient deficiencies and malnutrition in refugee populations / UNHCR Division of Programme Support and Management Public Health and HIV Section.

A review of the work of the Refugee Education Unit / Praxis Refugee Education Unit.

Refugees and the “new” Europe : a selected directory of European networking on refugees’ education, training and employment / World University Service (UK) Refugee Education and Training Advisory Services.

Refugee education policy for the 1990s : towards implementing The Refugee Education Charter / compiled be Refugee Education and Training Working Group.

Refugee community schools directory, 1998 : a directory of supplementary schools run by refugee communities / Refugee Council.

Raising the profile of invisible students : practical and peer-led approaches to enhancing educational and emotional support for refugee and asylum seeking children in schools / [written by Michael Brewin and Athy Demetriades].

There you go! / Oren Ginzburg.

For asylum seekers and their supporters : a self help guide against detention and deportation / by Legal Action for Women and edited by Neil Adams and Nina Lopez.

Immigration bail hearings : a travesty of justice? Observations from the public gallery / Campaign to Close Campsfield.

Sanctuary in a cell : the detention of asylum seekers in Northern Ireland / [Victoria Tennant].

Maintaining contact : what happens after detained asylum seekers get bail? / Irene Bruegel, Eva Natamba ; with a foreword by Stephen Castles.

Immigration detention and human rights : deserving the name of democracy : independent research project on the detention of asylum seekers / written by NS Ghaleigh.

Legal advice for people who are detained by the immigration service / published by the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, The Law Society of England and Wales, The Law Society of Scotland, Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner and the Legal Services Commission.

Campsfield report / produced by Sue Lukes and Leonara Lloyd.

Notebook on bail $$n part two : representing yourself in bail applications / by Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Notebook on bail $$n part one : preparing applications for release / by Bail for Immigration Detainees.

Archive Opening Hours

The current Opening Hours for our Archival collections are detailed as follows. The Refugee Council Archive and the British Olympic Association Archive are currently located on our Docklands Campus Library whilst the Hackney Empire Archive is currently located in our Stratford Campus Library.

The opening hours for both Docklands and Stratford Archives are as follows:

Docklands Archive

Mondays:  1pm – 6pm*

Tuesdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Wednesdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Thursdays:  1pm – 6pm*

Fridays: 1pm – 6pm*

Sat/Sun:  Both Archives Closed

Access to the Stratford Archive for the Hackney Empire Archive is by prior appointment only.

* Morning appointments between 10am and 12pm are available by prior appointment.  The Archive will be closed between 12pm and 1pm for lunch.

We would recommend that, especially for external users, that you contact us in advance of your trip in order to make an appointment to use the Archives.  This enables us to ensure that a member of staff will be on hand to assist you.

To make an appointment, please click on the link to our Make an Appointment page.


Archive Web Resources and Email List

Please find details below of our various online and social media resources which are currently available online and please do take a look. We would also welcome any feedback that you may have on how these can be improved:


We have created several blogs to help support the archival work that we undertake and these are highlighted as follows:


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Refugee-Research Email Mailing List

Please also consider joining our Refugee Research Jiscmail e-mail list which is managed in conjunction with this blog.  To subscribe to the mail group, type REFUGEE‐RESEARCH into the ‘find lists’ box, or use the alphabetical index to scroll down to R. and then follow the instructions on our REFUGEERESEARCH homepage to ‘join or leave the list’. Most users need only enter their email address and name. Alternatively, email the Archivist, Paul Dudman on, requesting to join the mail group.

Please let us know of any further links that you would like to see added.


Contact Details

Paul Dudman is currently the Archivist responsible for all of the physical Archives located here at the University of East London Library and Learning Services: Archives. Paul is happy to receive and respond to any questions or queries that you may have in response to both our Archival collections and also our social media presence.

If you wish to contact the Archive, please contact Paul Dudman via one of the contact methods detailed below:

By email at:

By telephone at: +44 (0) 20 8223 7676

Online at:

On Twitter at: @refugee_archive

By post to:

Paul V. Dudman
Library and Learning Services
University of East London
Docklands Campus
4-6 University Way
London, E16 2RD
United Kingdom.


Resources: URBAN DISPLACEMENT: Discussion hosted on

URBAN DISPLACEMENT: Discussion hosted on

Urban Refugees in partnership with are now hosting a live online discussion focused on possible solutions to the challenges faced by urban refugees and IDPs and the key role of CBOs until the 23rd June:

Our featured panellists are experts Erin Mooney, Archie Law, Simone Haysom, Dale Buscher, Louise Olliff, Loren B. Landau, PhD, and Jeff Crisp.

Today most refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in urban settings, not in camps, due in part to the numerous advantages cities offer, including economic opportunities and freedom of movement. This phenomenon of urban displacement is not new, but has received little attention over the years. Assisting and advocating for refugees and IDPs scattered in urban areas is incredibly challenging for organizations that are often ill-equipped to assist populations in urban environments.

Recently, this phenomenon has gained more visibility, particularly since the onset of the Syrian refugee crisis. The question now is to understand how better to support and assist the growing number of urban refugees and IDPs. Self-help groups and community-based organizations have proven that they can play a critical role in the protection of their own communities. Supporting their work and their initiatives, as well as increasing collaboration between humanitarian and development organizations, could be part of the solution.

We would like to encourage you all to visit the website and leave comments in the discussion threads. Your individual insights would be highly valued as we hope to make the debate as stimulating and as balanced as possible. Visit now to join the conversation.

New resources: LGBTI Refugee Project Portal (Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration)

New web portal to help rising numbers of LGBTI refugees fighting for safety

On World Refugee Day (20 June 2014), ORAM – the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration – is today launching a new online portal to help official bodies and NGOs share approaches to protecting LGBTI refugees and to adopt best practices in the face of rising persecution of LGBTI people globally.

The LGBTI Refugee Project Portal showcases projects and approaches that enhance the protection of LGBTI forced migrants in the areas of refugee status determination, policy development and research, practical protection measures and staff development. ORAM is encouraging posting of projects that will lead to better treatment of LGBTI refugees across the globe.

ORAM says the recent upsurge in the marginalization and persecution of millions of LGBTI people across the world has led to the number of refugee claims rising sharply, and yet only a small percentage are disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity as the cause, for fear of further persecution or rejection. Even when the refugees do come out, many refugee agencies are not handling their claims properly or sensitively.

In addition to launching the portal, ORAM is calling on the UNHCR to maintain and release statistics about the LGBTI refugees within its protection mandate. It says that only with accurate data can the crisis be appropriately addressed. ORAM is also calling on all government and intergovernmental bodies to ensure the appropriate training of their staff, to recognize genuine LGBTI asylum claims and to better understand what it means to be an LGBTI refugee, to help ensure they are sensitively and appropriately treated.

Some jurisdictions deny bona fide LGBT refugee claims, telling applicants to go home and conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity. In November 2013, the European Union Court of Justice ruled that this practice is no longer acceptable. ORAM points out there is an urgent need for all bodies processing asylum claims to undergo training that is in-depth and nuanced to convey the complex nature of LGBTI identities and claims. In the past year, ORAM has trained hundreds of refugee professionals including UNHCR, at tens of locations. The organization is working with Columbia University with US State Department funding to assess the impact of LGBT training on refugee professionals.

Neil Grungras, founder and Executive Director of ORAM, said: “LGBTI people are among the most persecuted individuals in the world. We encourage all agencies and NGOs working with refugees to share examples of good practice through our portal in the hope it will help others to improve approaches and lead to safety for the many LGBTI refugees currently fighting for their survival.”

For more information on the LGBTI Refugee Project Portal, visit:


New resources: Annotated Bibliography – Refugee Claims Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

This is to inform you that Mary Kapron (a JD student at uOttawa) and I have posted an annotated bibliography on refugee claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity. You can find the document at the following SSRN page:

This annotated bibliography gives an account of legal and social sciences research sources related to refugee claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bibliography, which focuses primarily on English language publications, includes close to 200 items that fall into the following two categories of research sources:

(1)   scholarly publications on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees and asylum-seekers and the refugee determination process;
(2)   reports from international, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations on the same topic.

Research sources are first organized topically according to the definition of a Convention refugee under the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. As a second listing, we have provided a geographical classification of the sources that focus on specific countries or regions. Finally, we have included an alphabetical listing by author of all of the research sources we were able to locate for this project.

We hope you will find this a useful research tool.


African Affairs Journal: Rwanda Virtual Issue: Twenty Years after Genocide

African Affairs Journal

Rwanda Virtual Issue: Twenty Years after Genocide

To mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide, African Affairs is making some of our best articles on Rwanda freely available. Don’t miss this opportunity to read about the legacy of genocide and Rwandan politics under the RPF.

Link to:  Rwanda Virtual Issue: Twenty Years after Genocide

Details of the included articles are available as follows:

Virtual Issue Exclusive
Scott Straus

Rwanda, Ten Years On: From genocide to dictatorship
Filip Reyntjens

Britannia Waived the Rules: The major government and the 1994 Rwandan genocide
Linda Melvern and Paul Williams

Consociationalism and Power Sharing in Africa: Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Rene Lemarchand

Gender Balance and the Meanings of Women in Governance in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Jennie Burnet

‘You’re either with us or against us’: Civil society and policy making in post-genocide Rwanda, a case study of land reform and the Gacaca Courts
Paul Gready

Peasants, Power and Ethnicity: A bottom-up perspective on Rwanda’s political transition
Bert Ingalaere

Re-engineering Rural Society: The visions and ambitions of the Rwandan elite
An Ansoms
Constructing the Truth, Dealing with Dissent, Domesticating the World: Governance in post-genocide Rwanda
Filip Reyntjens

Whispering Truth to Power: The everyday acts of resistance of ordinary rwandans to the post-genocide reconciliation
Susan Thomson

Developmental Patrimonialism? The case of Rwanda
David Booth & Fred Golooba-Mutebi

Agricultural Innovation From Above and From Below: Confrontation and integration on Rwanda’s rural hills
Julie Van Damme & An Ansoms

The Risks of African Military Capacity Building: Lessons from Rwanda
Danielle Beswick
Navigating the Middle Ground: The political values of ordinary Hutu in post-genocide Rwanda
Anuradha Chakravarty

The Rwandan Genocide: How the press missed the story – A memoir
Richard Dowden


African Affairs Journal: New South Africa Virtual Issue: Twenty years after apartheid

African Affairs Journal

New South Africa Virtual Issue: Twenty years after Apartheid

To mark 20 years of majority rule, African Affairs is making some of our best articles on South Africa freely available. Don’t miss this opportunity to read about how South African politics, economics, and society have evolved since 1994.

Link to:  South Africa Virtual Issue: Twenty years after Apartheid

Further details on the Articles included are available below:

Virtual Issue Exclusive
Jonny Steinberg

The Royal African Society, African Affairs and Apartheid: The Mustoe controversy Of 1970
Virtual Issue Exclusive
Christopher Youé

White Prosperity and White Supremacy in South Africa Today
Frederick A. Johnstone

South Africa – Is There Still Hope?
Desmond Tutu

South Africa’s HIV/AIDS Policy, 1994–2004: How can it be explained?
Anthony Butler

Age of Despair: The unintegrated forces of South Africa
Lephophotho Mashike

AIDS and the Scientific Governance of Medicine in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Nicoli Nattrass

Why ‘Anglo Licks the ANC’s Boots’: Globalization and state–capital relations in South Africa
Okechukwu C. Iheduru

Comrades ‘Back on Track’? The durability of the tripartite alliance in South Africa
Alexander Beresford

Loving the alien? Citizenship, law, and the future in South Africa’s demonic society
Loren B. Landau

Whiteness, racism, and Afrikaner identity in post-apartheid South Africa
Cornel Verwey and Michael Quayle

Beyond Equality: The post-apartheid counter narrative of trans and intersex movements in South Africa
Ryan Thoreson

Reassessing Transition Violence: Voices from South Africa’s township wars, 1990–1994
Gary Kynoch

From Warlords to Freedom Fighters: Political violence and state formation in Umbumbulu, South Africa
Sarah M. Mathis

Neo-patrimonial Politics in the ANC
Tom Lodge

Policing, State Power and the Transition from Apartheid to Democracy: A new perspective
Jonny Steinberg

Briefing: The politics of Marikana and South Africa’s changing labour relations
Raphaël Botiveau

New Reports and Publications on Syria; Women; Malawi; and the West Bank

A collection of newly released reports and publications on Refugee and Forced Migration issues:

A Devastating Toll: the Impact of Three Years of War on the Health of Syria’s Children
By Save the Children

Syria’s shattered health system is forcing health workers to engage in brutal medical practices and a series of epidemics have left millions of children exposed to a plethora of deadly diseases, Save the Children says in a new report.

The report, “A Devastating Toll: the Impact of Three Years of War on the Health of Syria’s Children”, sheds light on a broken health system and its consequences: children not just dying from violent means but from diseases that would previously either have been treatable or prevented.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Life can change: Securing housing, land and property rights for displaced women.
By the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Despite more than US$4 billion invested in justice in conflict-affected and developing countries in one year alone, displaced women are still denied their housing, land and property rights during and after conflict, according to an NRC report launched today. The report shows that returnee women in Afghanistan are evicted from family homes after divorce. In Gaza they miss out on shelter when it is allocated to male heads of households. And in South Sudan returning widows are denied inherited land by customary authorities.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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The Gender Advantage: Women on the front line of climate change.
By the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

The report, The Gender Advantage: Women on the front line of climate change, shows that successful adaptation to climate change means recognizing the role of women smallholder farmers. It describes the lives of millions of women around the world who have been able to better support their families and communities because on gender-sensitive adaptation. “At IFAD, we believe in people-centered solutions that include solutions for climate change,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD. “We need adaptation solutions that build on the diverse knowledge, priorities and capacities of women and men.”
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Malawi’s Open Aid Map.
By the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and others.
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In the Spotlight: Area C Vulnerability Profile.
By the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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The United Nations History Project website

Online Resource:

The United Nations History Project

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight the work of the United Nations History Project in facilitating access to a broad range of information broadly relating to the history of the United Nations.  Coordinated by Dr Heidi J. S. Tworek, in conjunction with Harvard Asia Center and the Joint Center for History and Economics and Harvard and Cambridge, and supported by the United Nations Foundation, the United Nations History Project,

The project aims to illustrate the scholarly importance of studying the history of the United Nations and international organizations in general.

It is a starting point for scholars who wish to research in UN archives or find online materials related to the UN. The website provides comprehensive guides to physical and online sources on the United Nations. It also collates many of the research guides on the United Nations that already exist. In addition, leading scholars on the UN have written about their experiences working in UN archives and discuss further research possibilities.


The United Nations History Project website offers a range of teaching materials to help support the study of UN history. The website is divided into four main sections, incorporating:
  • Researching the UN.  Provides details on how to research the history of the United Nations, encompassing online and physical archive collections; research guides; statistics and researcher experiences.
  • Teaching UN History.  This section highlights Syllabi in relation to the teaching of UN history.
  • Major Themes on UN History.  Highlights thirteen major themes of UN History and their relevant sources of information, encompassing the likes of Environment; Governance; Health; Human Rights; and Peace and Security.
  • Scholarly Networks.  Encompassing further details in relation to scholarly networks supporting the study of the United Nations and its history.
The United Nations History Project therefore represents a very important resources for the history and development of the United Nations, whilst also providing an opportunity to help connect both archivists, scholars and researchers.
We are also very pleased to announce that a couple of our own archival collections based here at the University of east London  are now listed on the UN History Project website.  Further details can be highlighted as follows:
The website offers a set of teaching materials for UN history. There are annotated bibliographies, timelines, and featured sources on thirteen major themes of UN history. There are resources from a course taught on the global history of the UN at Harvard in spring 2011 as well as a compilation of other syllabi on UN topics. – See more at:
It is a starting point for scholars who wish to research in UN archives or find online materials related to the UN. The website provides comprehensive guides to physical and online sources on the United Nations. It also collates many of the research guides on the United Nations that already exist. In addition, leading scholars on the UN have written about their experiences working in UN archives and discuss further research possibilities. – See more at: is a starting point for scholars who wish to research in UN archives or find online materials related to the UN. The website provides comprehensive guides to physical and online sources on the United Nations. It also collates many of the research guides on the United Nations that already exist. In addition, leading scholars on the UN have written about their experiences working in UN archives and discuss further research possibilities.(See more at:
The project aims to illustrate the scholarly importance of studying the history of the United Nations and international organizations in general. – See more at:

Please do take time to investigate and explore this fabulous resource.  Further information on the United Nations History Project can be found as follows:

The United Nations History project can be contacted at:


From the Refugee Council: Report uncovers shocking treatment of detained women

From the Refugee Council:

Report uncovers shocking treatment of detained women

Women for Refugee Women have today published a shocking new report into the detention of asylum seeking women.

Detained: Women asylum seekers locked up in the UK is based on detailed interviews with 46 women who have sought asylum and been detained in the UK which finds that contrary to Government policy, victims of rape and torture who seek asylum in the UK are being routinely detained.

The report also finds alarming levels of depression and suicidal thoughts among detained women asylum seekers; and the routine use of male guards to watch women who have been raped and tortured.

Full Article:-  Report uncovers shocking treatment of detained women.


General: Refugee Law Project documentary: ‘Hidden Bruises’

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

We are glad to share with you our latest documentary titled “Hidden Bruises”. This documentary highlights the challenges faced by refugee women and girls living in Kampala city where they find themselves caught in a web of survival. Many of them have suffered sexual and gender based violence such as rape leaving them with children born out of rape; while many young unaccompanied refugee girls are ill prepared for the rigors of life and thus face numerous challenges as they strive to survive in the city.

This documentary can be viewed at

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