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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.



New Publications: UNHCR Working Papers; Criminalisation of Migrant Women; Attitudes; Book Reviews

Access to Asylum

Access to Asylum

Urban displacement and peacebuilding: an analysis of South African social cohesion interventions.
By Jessica L. Anderson.
New Issues in Refugee Research; Research Paper No. 243.
[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

Back to the land: the long-term challenges of refugee return and reintegration in Burundi
By Sonja Fransen.
New Issues in Refugee Research; Research Paper No. 242.
[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).

The Criminalisation of Migrant Women
By Liz Hales and Loraine Gelsthorpe at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK.

The report lists the following as being amongst its key findings:

  • Just over a quarter (26%) of foreign women in prison had been charged with offences such as deception and fraud in relation to their immigration status, with a further 4% arrested on offences such as street robberies and sale of counterfeit goods, which are potentially linked to trafficking.
  • In interviews with 103 detained women, 43 were linked to circumstances which suggested they were victims of trafficking.  A further 5 had entered independently but had subsequently been trapped in conditions of slavery or servitude, and 10 had entered using the services of agents who had subsequently stolen their documents, making a total of 58 women considered to be in a vulnerable target group.
  • The common experience of women within this target group was one of disempowerment.  All had experience of physical and/or emotional abuse and 24 disclosed that they had been subjected to multiple rape.
  • Of the 43 identified by the researchers as potential victims of trafficking on 11 had been processed through the official procedure for considering such cases – the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), with a further 4 been advised that this was open to them if they wished to make use of it.
  • In 4 of the 11 cases which went through the NRM the decision to accord them victim of trafficking status was negative.  One of these was later overturned on judicial review.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network).

The importance of contact: children’s attitudes towards refugees.
By the Employability Forum.
NB: A full evaluation of Refugees into Schools will be published in Autumn 2012, and will be available on our website: www.employabilityforum.co.uk
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network).

 Book Reviews
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Access to Asylum: International Refugee Law and the Globalisation of Migration Control, by Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Review in International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 24, no. 2 (May 2012).

Frontier Justice: The Global Refugee Crisis and What to Do about It, by Andy Lamey (Doubleday Canada, 2011)
Review from ForMHUB.

Global Migration Governance, ed. by Alexander Betts (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011)
Review forthcoming in International Journal of Refugee Law.

Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present, by Didier Fassin (Univ. of California Press, 2012)
Review from ForMHUB.

Managing the Undesirables: Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Government, by Michel Agier; transl. by David Fernbach (Polity Press, 2011)
– Reviews from ForMHUB and in eSharp, Special Issue (June 2012).

The Plight of the Stateless Rohingyas: Responses of the State, Society & the International Community, ed. by Imtiaz Ahmed (University Press Limited, 2010)
Review from Refugee Watch Online.