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New Publications on Livelihoods; Immigration; Roma; British Social Attitudes; Statistics; Children; EASO; and Climate Change.

Livelihoods in protracted crises

Livelihoods in protracted crises

Livelihoods in protracted crises.
Written by Simon Levine and published by Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
[Download Full Report]
(Source: ODI).

Immigration and population growth in the UK
By the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration (UK).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

Italy: On the edge: Roma, forced evictions and segregation in Italy.
By Amnesty International.
[Download Full Report]
(Source:  Amnesty International press release – Italy’s Roma still segregated and without prospects)

British Social Attitudes Survey29th edition 2012.
Editors: Alison Park, Elizabeth Clery, John Curtice, Miranda Phillips
and David Utting.  Produced by NetCen.
[Download Full Report]
– See also, specific section on attitudes to immigration: [British Social Attitudes Survey 29 – Immigration]
(Source: Guardian Online – British Social Attitudes Survey – how what we think and who thinks it has changed.)

Annual Mid-year Population: Estimates for England and Wales,
Mid 2011.
Produced by the Office for National Statistics.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: The Telegraph – Population growing by 1,000 a day, Office for National Statistics shows).

Into the unknown: Children’s journeys through the asylum process.
New report produced by The Children’s Society.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: The Telegraph – Children fleeing wars facing ‘culture of disbelief’ – charity.)

European Asylum Support Office Newsletter – September 2012.

EASO Newsletter

EASO Newsletter

Produced by the European Asylum Support Office, (EASO).
[Access to Newsletter]
(Source: European Asylum Support Office, (EASO).).

‘Because I am a stranger’: Urban refugees in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research – Research Paper No. 244.
By Emily Mattheisen.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR)

Communicating Climate Change and Migration: A Report by the  UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition, (UKCCMC).
[Download Full Report]
(Source: UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition – New research investigates communicating climate change and migration).
See Also: Migrants’ Rights Network – Report: Communicating Climate Change and Migration

In the first report of its kind, analysis reveals that the media debate around climate change and migration has not yet become entrenched. The UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, who carried out the research, have used the analysis to produce the first ever guidance for organisations on effectively communicating the complex connections between climate change and migration.

Both climate change and migration attract a significant degree of public and media attention. Together they represent a potentially explosive combination that could inflame already heated debates. The report released today argues that without a concerted effort to communicate the issues effectively the debate could be hijacked by political interests opposed to human rights and action on climate change.


News: Children seeking safety in UK face damaging culture of doubt | The Children’s Society

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Children seeking safety in UK face damaging culture of doubt


Children seeking safety in the UK on their own are subjected to a culture of disbelief and suspicion, which leaves them feeling frightened and confused, our new report reveals.

Into the Unknown: Children’s journeys through the asylum process found that, despite some recent improvements, many of the UK Border Agency’s (UKBA) practices fail to take the needs of children fleeing war, turmoil and violence into account.


The report highlights the Agency’s failure to make sure that children understand what is happening to them in the asylum process. The absence of child-friendly information, a wide-spread culture of disbelief and disputes over their age are central to increasing young people’s confusion and sense of insecurity.

This causes already traumatised children greater anxiety, with immediate and potentially long-term consequences for their well-being. Worryingly, there are no systems in place for the UKBA to measure the effect of the asylum system on children’s well-being.

‘Instead of getting the care and support they need, these children are considered with suspicion’

Many of the children The Children’s Society spoke to said that in their asylum interviews, there was no ‘responsible adult’ to act on their behalf or explain what was happening. In some cases, their interpreter did not speak the correct dialect or language, misrepresenting what they had said. This made them feel like their refusal of protection was unjustified.

The Children’s Society Chief Executive Matthew Reed said: ‘The amount of confusion and anxiety expressed by the children we spoke to in the asylum process is very concerning.

‘Although the UKBA has made some progress, there needs to be a fundamental shift in attitude in how they work with children fleeing danger who need our help. Instead of getting the care and support they need, these children are considered with suspicion. In some cases they feel like they are being tricked. Children need to understand what is happening to them and have some control over their situation.’

What we are calling for

The Children’s Society is calling for the UKBA to make its asylum process more child-friendly.

This includes providing specialist training for immigration interpreters who work with these children, establishing an independent complaint and feedback system to inform all stages of the immigration process that children can easily understand, and addressing the ‘culture of disbelief’ that prevents children from being treated fairly.


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.

Event: Refugees into Schools: ‘Sharing learning and lessons for the future’

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Refugees into Schools: ‘Sharing learning and lessons for the future’

Conference Hall, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road

Thursday 13th September, 10am – 4.30pm

We would like to invite you to our celebration event for Refugees into Schools. As the project in its current form draws to end, we would like to use this occasion to share what we have learned from meeting with over 5,000 children in London’s schools over the last 4 academic years. We also want to celebrate the support from our volunteers and thank them for making Refugees into Schools such a success.

The project developed to focus increasingly with refugee community organisations, building their capacity to engage with schools and deliver a similar visits. The morning session will provide an insight into how this can happen and how communities can work effectively with schools.

The afternoon session will feature a presentation on the key outcomes from our work with schools and communities, how this fits in with public sector equality duties and a panel discussion with those who have been involved with various aspects of the project.

We will also be distributing reports on children’s attitudes towards refugees, and civic participation among refugees, in addition to a new resource pack for school teachers.

Participants are welcome to attend either the morning or afternoon session, or both. Pre-booking for this event is essential. Please email ris@employabilityforum.co.uk or call 0207 697 4113 to reserve your place. A programme for the event, along with a flyer, can be found here. Please feel free to distribute or advertise both within your networks.

We look forward to sharing our project findings with you.

Kind regards,

Tom Shakhli
Policy and Projects Officer

New Publications on Children and Education; Displacement; LGBTI

A Creeping Crisis: The Neglect of Education in Slow-onset Emergencies (Save the Children, 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

In Search of Safety and Solutions: Somali Refugee Adolescent Girls at Sheder and Aw Barre Camps (Women’s Refugee Commission, Aug. 2012) [text]
– See also related blog posts here and here.

No School Today: Why Syrian Refugee Children Miss out on Education (IRIN, Aug. 2012) [text]

The Fact of Age: Review of Case Law and Local Authority Practice since the Supreme Court Judgment in R(A) v Croydon LBC [2009] (Children’s Commissioner, July 2012) [text]
– Report into the age assessment of children seeking asylum in the UK.

Fostering Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Young People: A Research Project (British Association for Adoption & Fostering, 2012) [text]
– Note: The final research study referenced in this project description has been published.

Conflict-Induced Internally Displaced Persons in Afghanistan: Interpretation of Data as of 31 May 2012 (UNHCR, July 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Crise militaro-politique interne et santé psychophysique des personnes déplacées internes (PDIs): le cas de la Côte d’Ivoire,” Santé Publique, vol. 24, no. HS (2012) [full-text]

The Internal Displacement of the Roma, Ashkali, & Egyptians in the Former Yugoslavia and Their Denial of an Effective Remedy (SSRN, 2010; posted Aug. 2012) [text]

Mainstreaming IDP Principles in Capacity Building Efforts: A Chance Missed in Kosovo (TerraNullius, July 2012) [text]

Asylum: Claims Based on Sexual Identity (House of Commons Library, July 2011) [text]

Country-of-origin Information to Support the Adjudication of Asylum Claims from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (‘LGBTI’) Asylum-seekers, Reports Commissioned by UNHCR (Asylum Research Consultancy, 2012) [access]

Greenwich Declaration, Draft (Greenwich Declaration Advisory Group) [info]
– A final version of this declaration was due to be launched at the Double Jeopardy 2012 Conference, held 5-6 July 2012, in Greenwich, but I have not found a copy yet.

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Asylum: Fleeing Homophobia (Routledge, forthcoming Dec. 2012) [info]
– Based on an earlier conference held in Amsterdam, 5-6 Sept. 2011; see abstract of one chapter on SSRN.

One minority at a time:Being black and gay
By April Guasp and Hannah Kibirige and Published by the Runnymede Trust.

All of these publications were originally listed on the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.


Refugee Council Conference – ‘Working with separated children in the asylum system’ 10th October 2012

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Refugee Council logo

Refugee Council Conference 2012 – booking now!

Our annual conference ‘Working with separated children in the asylum system’ will be held on October 10th 2012 in London.

The conference will combine guest speakers and practical expert sessions, ensuring the conference is relevant, informative and practical.
Speakers include:

Lisa Killham, UKBA Childrens Champion‘UKBA’s approach to children – overview and future plans’
A young personThe experience of being a separated child in the system
Nadine Finch, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers will present key findings and recommendations from forthcoming UNHCR /UNICEF guidance on the best interests of children
Nev Jeffries, British Red Cross, Head International Tracing and Message ServicesHow to help children restore links with family whilst ensuring their safety.
Prof Ravi Kohli, Prof of Child Welfare, University of Bedfordshirefinal speaker of the day, theme to be confirmed

The Expert Sessions, which will focus on 4 topics, are outlined below and delegates can attend 2 of the sessions:

1. Age Assessment – How to make your age assessment lawful and achieve best practiceexpert in place, name to be confirmed shortly
2. Trafficked Children – Identifying and safeguarding trafficked children expert UK Human Trafficking Centre
3. Preparing a Human Rights Assessment for refused young peoplewith expert Zubier Yazdani, Pierce Glynn Solicitors
4. Making decisions on children’s asylum claimswith expert Ruth Hadland, UKBA, Regional Corporate Partner Lead – UASC’s & Vulnerable Adults


Standard rate (local authority, business and statutory) £195 (plus VAT = £234)
Reduced rate (for registered charities) £130 (plus VAT = £156)
RCO rate (subject to availability) £45 (plus VAT = £54)

Download the full programme or book now – please ask us about discounts for multiple bookings.

New Publications on Sanctuary; Children; Humanitarian Assistance

Sanctuary in the city?

Sanctuary in the city?

Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in Kabul
HPG Working Papers, June 2012
By Victoria Metcalfe and Simone Haysom, with Ellen Martin.

This study explores the phenomenon of displacement in the urban environment and the implications and challenges it poses for humanitarian action in Kabul, Afghanistan.Published by ODI as part of the HPG Working Papers series.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Humanitarian Practice Network)

Age Assessment (Scottish Refugee Council, June 2012) [access]
– Practice Guidance and an Information Guide are available.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Arrested Development: Colombian Youth in Panama (Women’s Refugee Commission, June 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

A Framework for the Protection of Children (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

A Framework for the Protection of Children

A Framework for the Protection of Children

New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, vol. 2012, no. 136 (Summer 2012) [contents] [Google preview]
– Special issue on “Independent Child Migration—Insights into Agency, Vulnerability, and Structure.”
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Position Paper on Age Assessment in the Context of Separated Children in Europe (Separated Children in Europe Programme, 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Annual Report 2011 (ICRC, June 2012) [access]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Are They Listening? Aid and Humanitarian Accountability (IRIN, July 2012) [access]
– New In-Depth report on aid policy.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

The SG’s Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: A Humanitarian Perspective (International Peace Institute, June 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Talking to the Other Side: Humanitarian Engagement with Armed Non-state Actors, HPG Policy Briefs, no. 47 (ODI, June 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

The first State of the Humanitarian System report was launched yesterday.  Here is part of the blurb:

This report presents a system-level mapping and analysis of the performance of international humanitarian assistance. The pilot report on the State of the Humanitarian System (SOHS) was published in 2010 and focused on the years 2007 and 2008. This report includes descriptive statistics from the following two years, 2009 and 2010, and reviews performance assessments from 2009 to the end of 2011, comparing findings from the two periods. The ‘international humanitarian system’ is defined here as the network of national and international provider agencies, donors and host-government authorities that are functionally connected to each other in the humanitarian endeavour and that share common overarching goals, norms and principles. The system also includes actors that do not have humanitarian assistance as their central mission but play important humanitarian roles, such as military and private-sector entities.

(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

New Pub: No way out, no way in: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK

From the Press Release:

No Way Out, No Way In: Migrant children fall through the net

No Way Out, No Way In

No Way Out, No Way In

An estimated 120,000 children living in the UK without legal immigration status are at risk of destitution, exploitation and social exclusion because of contradictory and frequently changing rules and regulations which jeopardise their access to healthcare, education, protection by the police and other public services, a new report published today by the University of Oxford shows.

The report “No Way Out, No Way In: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK” is published by the ESRC Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. It shows that irregular migrant children – more than half of whom were born in the UK and have lived here their entire lives – are being trapped between laws protecting children and the enforcement of migration control.

Dr Nando Sigona, the report’s main author, said: “Current immigration policy seems to override the concern for children’s rights. Nobody, not the public, nor the children or their families, benefits from this”.

Both international and British laws guarantee children access to education and healthcare, irrespective of their immigration status, and oblige public authorities to work in the children’s best interests. But increased demands on public authorities by the UK Border Agency – such as asking social services to report suspected irregular migrants – are pushing families and children away from essential services, leaving them more vulnerable and isolated. This can also mean that children and their families who are victims of serious crime may be afraid to report it to police because of their fears about their immigration status.

Frontline professionals like GPs and teachers are increasingly being asked to check the legal status of children in their care. Not having legal status can mean the children either don’t go to school or can’t participate fully. It also means they may not be able to register with a GP or that pregnant mothers who lack legal status may avoid antenatal and postnatal care because of for fear of being reported to UKBA.

Dr Paramjit Gill of The Royal College of General Practitioners stated: “Having a large group of young people without access to healthcare has significant public health implications such as missing out on routine immunisation and screening programmes”.

Dr Sigona said: “The point of the report is to identify the situation that these children are in, and the difficulties that this places on the public service providers with whom they come into contact. Teachers, GPs and social workers should be allowed to do their jobs without having to act as de facto immigration control officers”.

Through a vivid portrait of children’s everyday lives, the report shows the profound extent to which the immigration system can affect the health and educational achievements of irregular migrant children from an early age, and seeks to contribute to the policy debate on how to reconcile the protection of children’s rights and migration control for the benefit of both the children and British society more broadly.

Ilona Pinter, Policy Advisor on Young Refugees and Migrants, The Children’s Society said: “This research shows the harsh reality facing tens of thousands of undocumented migrant children across the UK. Denying families access to support and vital services is leaving

children hungry, homeless and destitute. Regardless of their immigration status, the government has a responsibility to protect all children in the UK”.

Finally, considering that children who were born or spent most of their childhood in the UK are unlikely to be deported and the potential negative impacts on British society of a long term excluded population, the report recommends policy makers to provide effective pathways for irregular migrant children to regularise their legal status.

About the report

The study was carried out by a research team at the ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). It was funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust and was part of a comparative research project in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University (USA). The research team conducted their qualitative study over two years, interviewing 49 irregular migrant families from Jamaica, Afghanistan, China, Brazil, Nigeria and ethnic Kurds reaching in total over hundred minors, and carrying out 30 interviews with public service providers (teachers and GPs), local authorities, policy makers and support organisations.

About the authors of the report

Dr Nando Sigona, the main author of the study, is Research Associate at the ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and Senior Research Officer at the Refugee Studies Centre, both at the University of Oxford. His main research interests include: irregular and child migration, asylum in the EU, Roma politics and anti-Gypsyism in Europe, and the relationship between migration, citizenship and belonging.

Vanessa Hughes is Research Assistant at the ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society where she contributes on a number of research activities and projects on irregular and child migration, migrant integration in the EU, citizenship, and urban change.

Please feel free to circulate the report as widely as you see fit. The report is available on the project blog http://irregularvoices.wordpress.com and at http://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/research/welfare/undocumented-migrant-children-in-the-uk/


New Publications on Canada; Detention; Children; Asia; North Korea; Zambia/Angola; Somalis

"Untold Miseries"

"Untold Miseries"

The report on recognition rates is now available. Entitled “The Luck of the Draw? Judicial Review of Refugee Determinations in the Federal Court of Canada (2005-2010),” the study “examines whether outcomes in these life-and-death applications turn on their merits, or whether, instead, they hinge on which judge is assigned to decide the application.”
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Amnesty International Australia Detention Facilities Visit 2012 (Amnesty International, Feb. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Immigration Detention in Canada (Global Detention Project, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

On the Unintended Consequences of Human Rights Promotion on Immigration Detention (Global Detention Project, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Ensuring the Right of all Children to Acquire a Nationality: Using the 50th Anniversary of Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness to Promote Accession (UNHCR, June 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

A Life on Hold: The Story of a Teenage Refugee (Amnesty International, March 2012) [access]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“Untold Miseries”: Wartime Abuses and Forced Displacement in Burma’s Kachin State (Human Rights Watch, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

China: Divided over North Korean Refugees (International Relations and Security Network, March 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

China’s Repatriation of North Korean Refugees (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/19/65 (UN General Assembly, Feb. 2012) [text via Refworld]
– See section H, “Protection of Asylum Seekers.”
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

The Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Human Rights Council, March 2012) [text via Refworld]
– Discusses the increase in asylum-seekers in South Korea.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Negotiating Local Protection and Emplacement: The Silent Integration of Refugees on the Zambia-Angolan Borderlands, Lausanne, 15 March 2012 [text]- Lunch seminar presentation.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Abuse of Somali Refugees in Kenya and Ethiopia (Human Rights Brief, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Addendum to 2010 UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Somalia, relating specifically to the city of Galkacyo (UNHCR, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

New Publications on Children in Detention; Asylum Support; MRN; Faith; Trafficking; Immigration Rules; Syria; and Displacement

Captured Childhood

Captured Childhood

Captured Childhoods: Introducing a new model to ensure the rights and liberty of refugee, asylum seeker and irregular migrant children affected by immigration detention.
A new report by the Immigration Detention Coalition.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: IRIN – MIGRATION: Too many migrant children locked up).

Networks of Asylum Support in the UK and USA: A Handbook of Ideas, Strategies and Best Practice for Asylum Support Groups in a Challenging Social and Economic Climate’.  A new report by the Asylum Network.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Migrants’ Rights Network Progress Report 2006-2011.
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Faith on the Move: The Religious Affiliation of International Migrants
The Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: The Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life)

An evidence assessment of the routes of human trafficking into the UK
By Kevin Marsh, Rashmi Sarmah, Phil Davies, Emma Froud, Jacque Mallender, Elizabeth Scalia, Tony Munton (Matrix Knowledge Group); and
Andrew Zurawan, Laura Powlton, and Carolyne Tah (Analysis, Research and Knowledge Management, UK Border Agency)
[Download Full Report]
(Source:  Home Office)

Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules:  HC1888.
UK Home Office.
[Download Full Report]
(Source:  Home Office)

`I wanted to die’: Syria’s torture Survivors Speak Out
Amnesty International
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International – Syria: New report finds systemic and widespread torture and ill-treatment in detention).

Sanctuary in the City

Sanctuary in the City

Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in Amman.
HPG Working Papers, March 2012.
By Sara Pavanello and Simone Haysom for the Humanitarian Policy Group.
[Download Full Report]
(Source:  Humanitarian Policy Group).

What does the future hold for IDPs living in camps in Centre Masisi? Return, local integration, and settlement elsewhere in the country.

For over five years, thousands of displaced people have been living in camps in North Kivu. This report analyses the camps of Bihito, Kalinga, Kilimani, and Lushebere, located in Masisi, a territory especially affected by displacement. In order to gain a better understanding of durable solutions that are suitable for the IDPs living in the camps, this report investigates the causes behind their displacement, as well as their living conditions and their prospects for the future. Finally, it offers concrete suggestions to the actors involved, such as authorities in DRC, as well as international and Congolese organisations that provide assistance and protection to IDPs in the camps and support durable solutions to their displacement.

[Download Summary and recommendations)
(Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre)

New Publications an APPG; Environment; Children

I don't feel human

`I don't feel human'

Immigration Advice, Regulation and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and
Punishment of Offenders Bill.  A new policy brief published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, (APPG).
[Download Policy Brief]
(Source: Migrant’s Rights Network]

Climate Change and Migration in Southeast Asia: Responding to a New Security Challenge, Asia Security Initiative Policy Series, Working Paper, no. 20 (Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Feb. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Protection of and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, UN Doc. No. A/66/285 (UN General Assembly, Aug. 2011) [text]
– Includes thematic section on “Climate Change and Internal Displacement.”
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

‘I don’t feel human’: Experiences of Destitution among Young Refugees and Migrants (The Children’s Society, Feb. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World (UNICEF, 2012) [access]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Through their Eyes: Impact Investigates the Plight of Young Refugees (IMPACT, Feb. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Unaccompanied Children on the Move (IOM, Feb. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

UNHCR Education Strategy, 2012-2016 (UNHCR, Feb. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

New Publications on Libya; Children and Destitution; Iran and UNHCR

In War's Wake: The Struggle for Post-Qadhafi Libya

In War's Wake: The Struggle for Post-Qadhafi Libya

In War’s Wake: The Struggle for Post-Qadhafi Libya.
By Jason Pack and Barak Barfi and published by the Washington Institute on Near East Policy.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: DocuBase)

I don’t feel human: Experiences of destitution among young refugees and migrants.   A new report by The Children’s Society reveals alarming levels of destitution among refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children and young people.
[Download Full Report]
Further Information:
Children’s Society – Report: Shocking destitution among asylum-seeking and migrant children
Refugee Council – Child refugees being forced into destitution, report shows: Refugee Council response

“We are ordered to crush you”: Expanding Repression of Dissent in Iran.   A new report published by Amnesty International which:

details how, in the wake of protests called by opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi in February 2011, the Iranian authorities have steadily cranked up repression of dissent in law and practice, launching a wave of arrests in recent months.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International – Iran: New report finds surge in repression of dissent).

UNHCR has begun issuing “Guidelines on Statelessness.” The first is “The Definition of ‘Stateless Person’ in Article 1(1) of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons.” The aim is to “provide interpretive legal guidance for governments, NGOs, legal practitioners, decision-makers and the judiciary, as well as for UNHCR staff and other UN agencies involved in addressing statelessness.”
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

New Publications on Arab Spring, Humanitarian Emergencies, Children and Minors

Year of Rebellion

Year of Rebellion

The Arab Spring and the Death Toll in the Mediterranean: The True Face of Fortress Europe (StateWatch, Jan. 2012) [text]
See Also : Migrants At Sea blog posting – Statewatch Analysis: The Arab Spring and the death toll in the Mediterranean: the true face of Fortress Europe.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

The EU’s Self-interested Response to Unrest in North Africa: The Meaning of Treaties and Readmission Agreements between Italy and North African States (StateWatch, Jan. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies.
A new report published by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
[Download Full Report]
(Source:   ALNAP).

Real Time Evaluation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Response to the MENA Civil Unrest (IFRC, Aug. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Year of Rebellion: The State of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa (Amnesty International, Jan. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Landing in Dover

Landing in Dover


Comparative Study on Practices in the Field of Return of Minors (ECRE & Save the Children, Dec. 2011) [text via Refworld]
– See also related checklist. For more information about this project, visit ECRE’s web page.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Higher Education for Refugees. Special issue of Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees, vol. 27, no. 2 (2010) [full-text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Landing in Dover: The Immigration Process Undergone by Unaccompanied Children Arriving in Kent (Children’s Commissioner of England, Jan. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

“Supporting Refugee Students in Schools: What Constitutes Inclusive Education?,” International Journal of Inclusive Education, vol. 16, no. 1 (2012) [preprint]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Voice of Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers on Guardianship: A Study on Guardians of Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers in Cyprus (Hope for Children, 2011) [text via Terre des Hommes]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Winding Pathways: Supporting Refugee Students in High School – A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of One EAL Teacher in Manitoba, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (University of Manitoba, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Forthcoming publication:

 “I just want to study”: Access to Higher Education for Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Refugee Support Network, Jan. 2012) [info]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Young Lives in Limbo: the protection of age disputed young people in Wales

The Welsh Refugee Council (http://www.welshrefugeecouncil.org/) has recently published a new report entitled, “Young Lives in Limbo: the protection of age disputed young people in Wales”.  This report “describes the experiences of young asylum seekers whose lives are in limbo because their age is disputed by the UKBA and Local Authorities.”

Copies of the Exexutive Summary and the Full Report are available in PDF format from the links below:

Executive Summary – English

Executive Summary – Welsh

WRC Young Lives in Limbo WEB