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News: Conditions Rapidly Deteriorating for Children Detained in Moria Camp on Lesvos

News from ReliefWeb:

Conditions Rapidly Deteriorating for Children Detained in Moria Camp on Lesvos

Media Contact: Media@savechildren.org

FAIRFIELD, CT (April 3, 2016) — Save the Children expressed deep concern today over the deplorable conditions in Moria detention center on the Greek island of Lesvos, where more than 1,000 children, many traveling alone, are detained as part of the EU-Turkey deal.

In addition to concerns around the detention of asylum seekers, the agency is also shocked by the lack of safeguards in place for those likely to be returned to Turkey in less than 24 hours. It calls on European leaders to urgently rethink their proposal and suspend all transfers to Turkey until there is a guarantee that those in need of international protection will receive it.

“The situation inside Moria detention center is deteriorating rapidly,” said Simona Mortolini, Save the Children Team Leader in Greece. “We have spoken to families and children who are sleeping outside on the cold ground on thin blankets because there is nowhere else for them to sleep in the overcrowded accommodation facilities. The camp was initially designed to host a few hundred people transiting through within a day. It now hosts 3,300 people, many have been trapped there for more than a week.”

“People continue to arrive to the island and the number of families detained in the center continues to increase by the day. It is extremely dangerous for children and we are worried about their physical and mental well-being, especially those children travelling alone.”

“There are reports of protests and people have told us they will commit suicide if they are sent back to Turkey. Some said they will jump off the boats. People are absolutely desperate. They have sold all their worldly possessions to pay for the journey from Turkey to Greece, they already risked their lives at sea to make the crossing. There is nothing left for them to return to – in Turkey or in their countries of origin that are marred by wars and widespread violence and insecurity.”

As part of the new EU-Turkey deal, which came into effect on 20 March, newly-arrived vulnerable children and their families, regardless of their status, have been detained in closed facilities on the Greek islands until their individual interview and assessment take place – which could take weeks or months.

Read Full Article – Conditions Rapidly Deteriorating for Children Detained in Moria Camp on Lesvos

 

New Thematic Publications on Resettlement; Children; 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 Resettlement

The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) took place in Geneva from 1-3 July 2013. Held annually since 1995, “[t]he consultations have become an important vehicle for UNHCR’s cooperation with governments and NGOs and a mechanism to enhance partnership. They offer a forum to review progress on resettlement issues during the year, but more importantly, to re-focus and shape a joint strategy on resettlement.”  Here is the agenda.  Various operational guidance notes and assessment tools are also available.  This newsletter shares resettlement stories and notable developments; see also ICMC’s update.  Finally, here are UNHCR’s projected global resettlement needs for 2014.

Other publications:

CCR Responds to Government Announcement on Resettlement of Syrian Refugees (Canadian Council for Refugees, July 2013) [text]

The Integration of Resettled Refugees: Essentials for Establishing a Resettlement Programme and Fundamentals for Sustainable Resettlement Programmes (UNHCR, 2013) [text]

“Know Reset Project Maps Diverging Resettlement Practices and Legal Frameworks across Europe,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin (12 July 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Children

“Alone and Unrepresented: A Call to Congress to Provide Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors,” Harvard Journal on Legislation, vol. 50, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Cash and Child Protection: How Cash Transfer Programming Can Protect Children from Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Violence (Save the Children, Sept. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Humanitarian Action for Children 2013 (UNICEF, July 2013) [access via UN Pulse]

L’enfant dans l’asile: prise en considération de sa vulnérabilité et de son intérêt supérieur (CBAR, June 2013) [text via Refworld]

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, Oxford, 3 May 2013 [text]

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness

Compilation of Recommendations relating to Statelessness in Outcome Documents from the 1st Cycle (1st-12th sessions) of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Compilation of Recommendations relating to Statelessness during the Second Cycle (13th – 16th sessions) of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Legally Invisible, Fighting for Health Care (ENS Blog, July 2013) [text]

“Stateless in Shangri-La: Minority Rights, Citizenship, and Belonging in Bhutan,” Stanford Journal of International Law, vol. 48, no. 2 (Summer2012) [text via SSRN]

UNHCR’s Verdict on Statelessness Activities over Last Two Years: “Unprecedented” (Statelessness Programme Blog, July 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 Thematic Publications on Humanitarian Assistance; Children; and Rwandan 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 Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

A Call for Evidence-based Decision-making in Humanitarian Response (ALNAP Forum, April 2013) [text]

Hugo Slim: Legal and Ethical to Pursue Cross-Border Humanitarian Aid (Global Observatory, April 2013) [access]

“Humanitarian Workers Unprepared for Decades of Conflict, Warns UNHCR,” The Guardian, 30 April 2013 [text]

“Improving Humanitarian Coordination: Common Challenges and Lessons Learned from the Cluster Approach,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (April 2013) [full-text]

*International Legal Frameworks for Humanitarian Action: Topic Guide (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Many Meanings of Humanitarianism (Debating Development, March 2013) [text]

*updated

New Publications on Children

Childhood under Fire: The Impact of Two Years of Conflict in Syria (Save the Children, March 2013) [text]

Children on the Move (IOM, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Fractured Childhoods: The Separation of Families by Immigration Detention (Bail for Immigration Detainees, April 2013) [text via Migrants’ Rights Network]

“The Kids before Khadr: Haitian Refugee Children on Guantanamo [A Comment on Richard J. Wilson’s Omar Khadr: Domestic and International Litigation Strategies for a Child in Armed Conflict Held at Guantanamo],” Santa Clara Journal of International Law, vol. 11, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Mortality among Populations of Southern and Central Somalia Affected by Severe Food Insecurity and Famine during 2010-2012 (FEWS Net, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– “Half of deaths were children under five.”

World Report on Child Labour: Economic Vulnerability, Social Protection and the Fight against Child Labour (ILO, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Rwandan Refugees

A Cessation of Choice for Rwandan Refugees (Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Dec. 2012) [text]

Contesting Refugee Status Cessation: The Rwandan Case (Oxford Human Rights Hub, March 2013) [text]

“From Urban Catastrophe to ‘Model’ City? Politics, Security and Development in Postconflict Kigali,” Urban Studies, vol. 50, no. 15 (forthcoming 2013) [eprint via LSE Research Online]

Hutu Refugees Fear Forced Return to Rwanda (AP’s The Big Story, April 2013) [text]

“Longing for Home: Pre-genocide and Post-genocide Refugees in Rwanda,” African Journal on Conflict Resolution, vol. 12, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 77.

Ministerial Meeting Reviews Timeline for Solving Rwandan Refugee Situation (UNHCR, April 2013) [text]
– Read also speech given by South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs, and news report on the DRC’s position.

Nakivale Refugee Settlement (Lived Possibilities Blog, April 2013) [text]

Political Survival as a Motive in Decision-Making: The UNHCR and the Rwandan Refugee Crisis, Undergraduate Thesis (Univ. of Maryland, March 2013) [text]

“Recommendations of the International Conference on Rwandan Refugees, held in Brussels, Belgium, on 19 and 20 April, 2013,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 37 (May 2013) [full-text]

“Rwandan Refugees – Is It Safe toCome Home?,” Panel at ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Washington, DC, 23-27 April 2013 [info]
– Scroll to p. 68; see also a brief overview of the panel discussion in FRLAN, no. 37 (May 2013).

New Thematic Publications on Children/Education; Humanitarian Assistance; and Climate Change/Natural Disasters

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 Publications on Children/Education

UNHCR has published a new global review, this time on displaced youth.  Here’s part of the description:

“This review explores UNHCR’s engagement with displaced youth, refugees and IDPs, by analysing the agency’s mandate in relation to youth through its policies, guidelines and strategies, institutional infrastructure, approaches to identifying and responding to the needs of displaced youth, current funding, programmes and monitoring and evaluation processes.”

It concludes: “Displaced youth may well constitute a majority within the population of concern to UNHCR, but because of the lack of clarity of concept, limited policy focus, little dedicated funding and limited comprehensive youth programming, this segment of displaced populations has become largely invisible within UNHCR.”

Other publications:

Age Assessment: A Technical Note (UNICEF, Jan. 2013) [text via Refworld]

Children First and Foremost: A Guide to Realising the Rights of Children and Families in an Irregular Migration Situation (PICUM, Feb. 2013) [text]

Immigration: mineurs non accompagnés (European Commission, Feb. 2013) [text]

Rapid Assessment of Refugee Education in Kampala: With a Focus on Access to Primary and Secondary Education amongst Congolese Refugees (Xavier Project, Oct. 2012) [text]

Refugee and Immigrant Students: Achieving Equity in Education (Information Age Publishing, 2012) [info]

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Evidence & Knowledge in Humanitarian Action, Background Paper for 28th ALNAP Meeting, Washington, DC, 5-7 March 2013  (ALNAP, Feb. 2013) [text]

“Humanitarian Aid: Are Effectiveness and Sustainability Impossible Dreams?,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance (March 2013) [full-text]

Interview with Jérémie Labbé on the Future of Humanitarianism (Global Observatory, Feb. 2013) [text]

Understanding Resilience (IRIN, March 2013) [text]
– Introduction to an in-depth analysis on “Building Resilience.”

New Publications on Climate Change/Natural Disasters

Climate Change, Migration and Security: Best Practice Policy and Operational Options for Mexico (Royal United Services Institute, Jan. 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

Climate Displacement Law Project: Towards an International Legal Standard (Displacement Solutions, March 2013) [text]

“Climate Refugees,” Entry in Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History (ABC-CLIO, Jan. 2013 [Google Books]
– Most of the entry can be previewed via Google Books; scroll to pp. 286-292.

ClimMig Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Change, Migration and Displacement, Vienna, 20-21 September 2012 [access]
– Keynote speeches and papers presented at the conference are available.

In the Neighborhood: The Growing Role of Regional Organizations in Disaster Risk Management (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, March 2013) [text]
– See also related UpFront blog post.

Natural Disasters as Threats to Peace, Special Report, no. 324 (U.S. Institute of Peace, Feb. 2013) [text]

 

 

 

New Publications on The Migrant Journey; Irregular Immigrants; Children; and Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre

Children – First and Foremost

The Migrant Journey
Third Report. Research Report 69. February 2013
Published by the UK Home Office

This third report follows on from ‘The Migrant Journey’ (Achato, Eaton and Jones, 2010) and ‘The Migrant Journey: Second Report’ (Achato, Eaton and Jones, 2011), by providing new analysis on two further cohorts of migrants granted entry clearance visas in 2005 and 2006 and migrants granted settlement in 2010 and 2011. The report also provides updated estimates for the previously published 2004 and 2009 cohorts. For the first time migrants granted visit visas have been included.

[Download Full Report]
See Also – Data tables – Migrant Journey: Third Report (Microsoft Excel file – 115kb)
(Source: The Home Office – Migrant Journey: Third Report).

Returning Irregular Immigrants: How Effective is the EU’s Response?
Briefing written by Myriam Cherti and Miklos Szilard for the Institute for Public Policy Research, (IPPR).
[Download Full Report]

Returning Irregular Immigrants: Is Deportation the UK’s Only Option?
Briefing written by Myriam Cherti and Brhmie Balaram for the Institute for Public Policy Research, (IPPR).
[Download Full Report]

Children – First and Foremost: A guide to realising the rights of children and families in an irregular migration situation.
Report produced by PICUM: the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants.

This guide is the result of the “Building Strategies to Improve the Protection of UndocumentedChildren in Europe” project, which aimed to spread understanding of the challenges children in an irregular migration situation face in accessing their fundamental rights to education, healthcare and housing in Europe, and to share and develop good practices and strategies to overcome these barriers.

Equally, in a press release by the Migrants’ Rights Network, it is stated that:

Children – First and Foremost explains that undocumented children face higher risks of poverty, exploitation, social exclusion andf violence. Whilst children in general are supposed to be protected by special laws and institutions promoting their right to security, education and health services, those whose irregular immigration status, or who are a part of a family with adult members threatened with detention and removal, are often unable to obtain the benefit of this system.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – New PICUM report sets out ways to act to support the rights of undocumented children).

Report on an announced full follow-up inspection of Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, 8 -11 October 2012
by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Tinsley House holds up to 119 male detainees, and also has an adjoining facility for families with children which can hold up to eight families. Over the previous 12 months, just over 40 families had been held in the family unit, normally for a matter of hours. At its last inspection in February 2011, the centre was performing reasonably well or better against inspectors’ four tests of a healthy establishment. This inspection found evidence of further improvement with the centre now performing well in three of the tests: safety, activities and preparation for removal and release.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: HM Inspectorate of Prisons – Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre – continued progress).

 

New Report: Parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people

News from The Children’s Society and The Refugee Council:

Parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people

Link: The Children’s Society

Based on the parliamentary hearings and the submitted evidence received, the panel released its findings as:

Read the press release about the report’s shocking findings.

Recommendations and our campaign

As a result of the shocking findings this inquiry uncovered, as well as our research and years of work providing direct assistance to young asylum-seekers, refugees and their families, we began the End Forced Destitution campaign.

The campaign’s goal is for the government to adopt recommendations made in the inquiry’s report.

Get involved in our campaign.

Evidence

The inquiry collected written evidence on specific questions from a range of perspectives. They also conducted three oral evidence sessions.

Learn more about the:

See Also: The Refugee Council –

MPs’ report shows asylum support system fails children & young people

A damning parliamentary report published today has found that the asylum support system is failing to meet the needs of many children and families, and in a worrying number of cases, putting children in unsafe situations or ones that will be harmful to their heath.

The Refugee Council submitted written evidence to the parliamentary inquiry into asylum support for children and young people, led by former children’s minister Sarah Teather MP, in December 2012. The inquiry panel comprised MPs from all three main parties, as well as a Bishop, a barrister and the Chief Executive of the Children’s Society, who supported the inquiry. The report, released today, contains evidence from many different organisations and individuals, including experts in the health and well-being of children and asylum seekers living on section 95 support (for people waiting for a decision on their claim) and section 4 support (for those who have been refused).

The full news story is available [here].