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Moving Stories report: The voices of people who move in the context of environmental change

From the Migrants’ Rights Network:

The UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, which brings together groups separate concerned wwith environment issues and migrants’ rights groups, has published a new report featuring the voices of people forced to move for reasons which involve climate change.

Moving Stories highlights these powerful, inspiring and often traumatic stories. Testimonies from ten regions across the world have been compiled from local news reports, academic journals and interviews recorded by civil society groups. The stories highlight different kinds of movement affected by slow– and rapid–onset disasters. The stories show us that movement linked to environmental change happens very differently in different parts of the world. The stories also reveal that individual decisions to move or stay vary widely even in response to the same disaster.

 

The report argues that there is no “typical” migrant. It demonstrate the reality of migration and environmental change. A number of stories show how people have used moving seasonally and temporarily, rather than permanently, as a way of adapting to changing environmental conditions. Several stories demonstrate that remittances from other migrants have increased the resilience of people affected by disasters. Most importantly these testimonies give a human voice to this complex and controversial issue.

 

The report concedes that we  don’t have all the answers. But it hopes the Moving Stories project will help to ask better questions about how this issue is addressed. How can moving become an empowering way for some people to adapt to climate change? What is the role of remittances in building resilience to climate change? Will our existing legal frameworks for protecting the rights of people who move be up to the job in a generation’s time?

 

Click on the links above to access the report.

http://climatemigration.org.uk/moving-stories-report-the-voices-of-people-who-move-in-the-context-of-environmental/

 

New Thematic Reports on Family Migration; Climate Change and Collective Responsibility

New Thematic Reports on Family Migration; Climate Change and Collective Responsibility

The Global Climate 2001-2010: A decade of climate extremes – Summary Report.
Report from World Meteorological Organization.

GENEVA 3 July 2013 – The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature records were reported broken than in any previous decade, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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(Source: ReliefWeb – The Global Climate 2001-2010: A decade of climate extremes – Summary Report).

Family Migration and Access to Social and Economic Rights under the Legal Regimes of the EU and the Council of Europe.
A new legal report by Nuala Mole from The AIRE Centre is now available as part of the IMPACIM project at COMPAS.

The report, ‘Family Migration and Access to Social and Economic Rights under the Legal Regimes of the EU and the Council of Europe’, provides an overview of the case law of the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Committee of Social Rights on access to social rights – such as work, housing, health care, education and social welfare benefits – by foreigners resident in European states and in particular by their third country national family members.

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(Source: COMPAS – New report for the IMPACIM project)

Collective Responsibility: The Perceptions, Expectations and Realities of NGO Coordination in Humanitarian Leadership.
Report from InterAction.

InterAction has released a new report entitled: “Collective Responsibility: The Perceptions, Expectations and Realities of NGO Coordination in Humanitarian Leadership”.

The culmination of several months of qualitative research aimed at exploring the NGO role within humanitarian leadership, specifically Humanitarian Country Teams, the report highlights inconsistencies in understanding and attitude among HCT participants. All respondents agree that NGOs bring a specific value-added to discussions and decisions, yet this finding is contrasted by a perceived inequality of NGOs to other members of the HCT.

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(Source: ReliefWeb – Collective Responsibility: The Perceptions, Expectations and Realities of NGO Coordination in Humanitarian Leadership)

 

 

New Regional Publications on MENA; Europe; and Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Environment

Details of these new events and opportunities 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 Regional Publications on MENA

Depression Grips Forgotten Refugees Stranded at Egyptian-Libyan Border (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

Joint Assessment for Syrian Refugees in Alexandria, Egypt (UNHCR et al., Feb. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Number of Displaced Surge as Conflict in Syria Continues (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, June 2013) [access]
– Interview.

“The Price of Life,” The Age, 15 June 2013 [text]

Scapegoats of Fear: Rights of Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Migrants Abused in Libya (Amnesty International, June 2013) [access]

Syria: No Respite for the Millions Displaced by the Conflict (Amnesty International, June 2013) [text via Refworld]

New Regional Publications on Europe

Access to Territory and Asylum Procedure in Hungary (Hungarian Helsinki Commission & UNHCR, 2013) [text]

From Back Door to Front Door: Forced Migration Routes through Macedonia to Croatia (JRS Europe, June 2013) [text]

Fundamental Rights: Challenges and Achievements in 2012 (EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2013) [text]
– Chapter 1 focuses on “Asylum, Immigration and Integration.”

An Investigation into the Progress Made on Legacy Asylum and Migration Cases: January-March 2013 (Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, June 2013

Refusals of International Protection in Bologna (Asilo in Europa, June 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Environment

Annotated Bibliography on Nature-Society Relations in and of International Borders (York University, June 2013) [text]
– A project of the RRN’s Cluster on Environmental Displacement.

Changing Climate, Moving People: Framing Migration, Displacement and Planned Relocation, Policy Brief, no. 8 (UNU-EHS & Nansen Initiative, June 2013) [text]

Human Mobility, Natural Disasters and Climate Change in the Pacific, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 21-24 May 2013 [info]
– The Nansen Initiative’s first Pacific Regional Consultation.  Follow link for text of Conclusion Document and see also related interview.

Kiribati and Climate Change (Refugees International Blog, June 2013) [access]
– Series of three posts on climate displacement in Kiribati.

“Moving Beyond its Mandate? UNHCR and Climate Change Displacement,” Journal of International Organizations Studies, vol. 4, no. 1 (Spring 2013) [full-text]

“Population-environment Interactions: European Migration, Population Composition and Climate Change,” Environmental & Resource Economics, Online First, 9 June 2013 [full-text via BroCAP]

Rights or Riots? How We Think about Climate Change Migration (Right Now, June 2013) [text]

Was Obama Right to Say Climate Change Will Create “New Waves of Refugees”? (UKCCMC, June 2013) [text]

 

New Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Disasters ; Health; Religion & Forced Migration

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 Climate Change/Disasters

“America’s Climate Refugees,” The Guardian (May 2013) [access]
– Series of articles on indigenous communities at risk in Alaska because of the effects of climate change.

“Disasters, Displacement and Protection: Challenges, Shortcomings and Ways Forward,” Chapter in Disentangling Migration and Climate Change: Methodologies, Political Discourses and Human Rights (Springer, May 2013) [abstract]

Environmental Migrants: Are They Refugees? (SSRN, Jan. 2013) [text]

Environmentally-Induced Displacement and Human Security (SSRN, March 2013) [text]

If We Can’t Stop Natural Disasters, then Let’s Contain Their Human Costs (Refugees International Blog, May 2013) [text]

Migration and Environmental Change: Assessing the Developing European Approach, Policy Brief Series, no. 2 (MPI Europe, May 2013) [text]

Myth Buster: Migration, Displacement and Climate Change (UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, June 2013) [text]

New Initiative to Protect “Environmental Refugees”: Good but not yet Sufficient (German Development Institute, April 2013) [text]

Pacific Islanders Lead Nansen Initiative Consultation on Cross-Border Displacement from Natural Disasters and Climate Change (UpFront Blog, May 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Health

“Controlled Trial of Psychotherapy for Congolese Survivors of Sexual Violence,” New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 368, 23 (June 2013) [free full-text]
– See also related comment.

“Culture- and Evidence-based Health Promotion Group Education Perceived by New-coming Adult Arabic-speaking Male and Female Refugees to Sweden—Pre and Two Post Assessments,” Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 3, no. 1 (2013) [open access text]

“Evaluating Asylum Seekers: Physicians for Human Rights’ Asylum Network,” Sampsonia Way (May 2013) [access]
– Series of interviews with physicians who volunteer with the Asylum Network.

“Is Legal Status Impacting Outcomes of Group Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder with Male Asylum Seekers and Refugees from Iran and Afghanistan?,” BMC Psychiatry 13:148 (May 2013) [open access text]

“Psychiatric Treatment with People Displaced in or from Fragile States,” Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]

New Thematic Publications on Religion & Forced Migration

International Religious Freedom Report for 2012 (U.S. Dept. of State, May 2013) [access]
– “This comprehensive report comprises almost two hundred individual reports on countries and territories. Each report sets forth the laws, policies, and practices of governments; describes the nature of societal respect for religious freedom; and highlights the specific efforts that the U.S. government made in each country to promote respect for religious freedom.”  More info. is available via humanrights.gov.

Welcoming Christ in Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Persons: Pastoral Guidelines (Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, May 2013) [text]
– Other languages available via the Council’s web site; see also agenda for related meeting and ICMC press release.

Guardian comment piece: creating new narratives for migration and climate change | UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition

Guardian comment piece: creating new narratives for migration and climate change

May 21, 2013

This article by the UKCCMC project manager originally ran in the Guardian on 17th of May.

This week the Guardian has been running a major series on “climate refugees” about the village of Newtok in Alaska, which faces an imminent threat to its existence from erosion.

The term “climate refugee” is problematic for a number of reasons. The first being that people who are facing movement do not like the term. The word “refugee” brings to mind a number of (not always accurate) images: tented camps, long lines of people walking, dangerous boat crossings. People facing the prospect moving hope that they will have some choice in the timing and circumstances of their movement and that when they arrive they will find work and become active members of their new communities. Their hope is that they will move with dignity.

President Anote Tong of Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific, told Australia’s ABC Radio that the people of Kiribati do not want to leave as refugees but as skilled migrants. Similarly, Ursula Rakova, a campaigner from the Carteret Islands is highly critical of the “climate refugee” narrative: “Our plan is one in which we remain as independent and self-sufficient as possible. We wish to maintain our cultural identity and live sustainably wherever we are.”

Apart from people’s own rejection of the “climate refugee” term there are also several other problems. It’s clear that there are connections between climate change and the movement of people, but the connections are not as clear as the “climate refugee” narrative suggests. The phrase conjures images of large numbers of people moving en masse over long distances and crossing international borders and possibly continents. It seems unlikely that climate change will produce this kind of human movement.

What seems more likely is that climate change might reinforce existing trends in short-term, short distance migration. For example, as subsistence farmers find it increasingly difficult to make a living in rural areas they may move to nearby cities to find work. Whole towns or villages will not move together: in fact, families may not even move together. Far more likely is that one or two household members will move, find work elsewhere and send money home to their community. This statement collected by the EACH-FOR research project from a farmer in Hueyotlipan, Mexico gives a sense of this kind of movement: “Times have changed … the rain is coming later now, so we produce less. The only solution is to go away, at least for a while. Each year I’m working for three to five months in Wyoming. That’s my main source of income.”

Full article via Guardian comment piece: creating new narratives for migration and climate change | UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition.

New Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Disasters; Human Trafficking/Smuggling ; and

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 Climate Change/Disasters

Global Estimates 2012: People Displaced by Disasters is a newly-released report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).  It finds that “98% of all displacement in 2012 [an estimated 32.4 million people] was related to climate- and weather-related events… .”  Follow the link to access the text of the report, a press release, global estimates highlights, and a map.

Other recent publications:

Climate Change, Environmental Degradation, and Migration, Commission Staff Working Document, no. SWD(2013) 138 final (European Commission, April 2013) [text]

CRED Crunch, no. 31 (March 2013) [full-text]
– Provides data for natural disasters in 2012.

Measuring Disasters’ Full Impact (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, May 2013) [access]

“Wet Feet Marching: Climate Justice and Sustainable Development for Climate Displaced Nations in the South Pacific,” Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, vol. 14, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Where the Sea has Risen too High Already (IPS, April 2013) [text]

New Publications on Human Trafficking/Smuggling

Analysis: Southeast Asia’s Human Trafficking Conundrum (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

“Assistance and Protection of Smuggled Migrants: International Law and Australian Practice,” Sydney Law Review, vol. 35, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

Global Eye on Human Trafficking, no. 12 (April 2013) [full-text]
– A news bulletin from IOM.

In Brief: Raids Free Enslaved Migrants/Refugees in Yemen (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

‘No to People Smuggling’: A Review of Australia’s Anti-migrant Smuggling Awareness Campaigns (Migrant Smuggling Working Group, May 2013) [text]

Stuck in Traffic: How Helpful is the Trafficking Framework? (COMPAS Blog, May 2013) [text]

New General Publications

Refugee Repatriation: Justice, Responsibility and Redress (Cambridge University Press, 2013) [info via
Brookings]
– Follow link for text of introduction.

Regional Inter-State Consultation Mechanisms on Migration: Approaches, Recent Activities and Implications for Global Governance of Migration, Migration Research Series, no. 45 (IOM, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

A Report on IASFM14: The 14th Conference of The International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, Kolkata, 6-9 January 2013 [text]

Transitions and Durable Solutions for Displaced Persons: 21 Reasons for Optimism, Presentation at the Transitions and Solutions Roundtable, Amsterdam, 18-19 April  2013 [text]

 

 

New Thematic Publications on Climate Change/Natural Disasters and Ethics

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 Climate Change/Natural Disasters

Creating New Norms? The Nansen Initiative on Disaster-induced Cross-Border Displacement (APMEN, April 2013) [text]

Disappearing States? (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, March 2013) [text]

Disaster Response in Asia and the Pacific: A Guide to International Tools and Services (OCHA, 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Migrations Climatiques,” Theme issue of Cultures & Conflits, no. 88 (Hiver 2012) [contents]

The Year of Recurring Disasters: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2012 (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, March 2013) [text]
– See also related UpFront blog post.

New Publications on Ethics

“Addressing Ethical and Methodological Challenges in Research with Refugee-background Young People: Reflections from the Field,” Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 26, no. 1 (March 2013) [abstract]

“Ethical Challenges in Mental Health Research among Internally Displaced People: Ethical Theory and Research Implementation,” BMC Medical Ethics, 14: 13 (March 2013) [open access text]

“Ethical Considerations for Vaccination Programmes in Acute Humanitarian Emergencies,” Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 91, no. 4 (April 2013) [full-text]

“Exceptions to Blanket Anonymity for the Publication of Interviews with Refugees: African Refugees in Israel as a Case Study,” Research Ethics, OnlineFirst, 20 March 2013 [abstract]

“Perfecting Imperfect Duties: The Institutionalisation of a Universal Right to Asylum,” Journal of Political Philosophy, vol. 21, no. 1 [free full-text]

 

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 Thematic Publications on Counting Displaced Populations; Humanitarian Information; and Climate Change/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 Counting Displaced Populations

Asylum Trends 2012: Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries (UNHCR, March 2013) [text]
– See also related news story, with links to materials for media use.

CCR Decries Dramatic Drop in Refugees Resettled to Canada (CCR, March 2013) [text]

FY12 Refugee Admissions Statistics (U.S. Department of State, Feb. 2013) [access]
– Follow link for interactive table.

Modern Technology Helps Meet the Needs of Refugees in South Sudan (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

A Numbers Game: Counting Refugees and International Burden-Sharing, Tasmania, 19 Dec. 2012 [text]
– Follow link for text of public lecture.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt Top One Million (UNHCR, March 2013) [access]
– Follow link for access to map and infographic.

“Validity and Feasibility of a Satellite Imagery-based Method for Rapid Estimation of Displaced Populations,” International Journal of Health Geographics 12:4 (Jan. 2013) [open access text]

New Publications on Humanitarian Information

Evidence & Knowledge in Humanitarian Action, Washington, DC, 5-7 March 2013 [access]
– Follow the link to access the “virtual space” set up to provide access to videos, presentations, PDFs, and session summaries from the meeting.

Chad and the Darfur Refugee Crisis: Internews Humanitarian Information Service’s Program in Chad 2005-2012 (Internews, March 2013) [text]

Oxfam Donates Archive to the Bodleian Libraries (Bodleian Libraries, Feb. 2013) [text]

Presentation: Social Media in Emergency Response Operations (Social Media for Good, March 2013) [access]

“The Use of Systematic Reviews and Other Research Evidence in Disasters and Related Areas: Preliminary Report of a Needs Assessment Survey,” PLOS Currents: Disasters (Jan. 2013) [open access text]

When Information is a Lifeline: The Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises (USAID Frontlines, Jan./Feb. 2013) [text]

New Publications on Climate Change/Disasters

2012 Disasters in Numbers (CRED et al., 2013) [text]

Disasters and Displacement: Improving Preparedness and Protection (IPI, March 2013) [text]
– Summary of a workshop held in Vienna on 5 Sept. 2012.

Economic Losses from Disasters Set New Record in 2012 (UNISDR, March 2013) [text]
– See related infographic (above) and IRIN news story.

Moving Stories: The Arctic – Migration and Displacement Linked to Climate Change (UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition, March 2013) [text]

Reducing Risks of Future Disasters: Priorities for Decision Makers (Foresight, Nov. 2012) [access]
– Follow link for final report and supporting documents.

Relocation Across Borders: A Prescient Warning in the Pacific (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, March 2013) [text]

The World Turned Upside Down: A Review of Protection Risks and UNHCR’s Role in Natural Disasters, PDES/2013/03 (UNHCR, March 2013) [text]

 

 

New Thematic Publications on Legal Issues; Climate Change; and Humanitarian Assistance

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 Legal Issues

A Case for Asylum for Individuals Persecuted on Account of Being Accused of Witchcraft (Birdsong’s Law Blog, April 2013) [text]

Former ICC Defendant – Ngudjolo – Applies for Asylum in the Netherlands (EJIL: Talk, March 2013) [text]

The Limits of the Law (Garden Court Immigration Blog, March 2013) [text]
– Review of Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights (Pluto Press, Oct. 2012)

The Revival of the Pacific Solution: An Analysis of the Legal Parameters of Offshore Processing in Australia, UNSW Student Legal Research Series, Research Paper, no. 13-03 (UNSW, March 2013) [text]

“Social Visibility and Particularity in Asylum: Gaitan v. Holder and the Ironic Requirement of Social Perception to Avoid Persecution,” Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice, vol. 33, no. 3 (2013) [full-text]

New Publications on Climate Change

Challenges relating to Climate Change Induced Displacement, Remarks at International Conference on “Millions of People without Protection: Climate Change Induced Displacement in Developing Countries,” Berlin, 29 January 2013 (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]

“Climate Change-induced Displacement: Definitional Issues and Concerns,” Chicago-Kent Journal of Environmental and Energy Law, vol. 2, no. 2 (2011-2012) [full-text]

“Collapsing Societies and Forced Migration,” FMR 25th Anniversary Collection (March 2013) [text]

Human Mobility in the Context of Loss and Damage from Climate Change: Needs, Gaps, and Roles of the Convention in Addressing Loss and Damage, Joint Submission to the SBI Work Program on Loss and Damage (UNHCR et al., Oct. 2012) [text]
– Note: “Convention” refers to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“Protection Measures Relating to Climate Change and Environmental Refugees—International Law Regime and the Practices of the EU and the USA,” EurAmerica: A Journal of European and American Studies, vol. 43, no. 1 (March 2013) [abstract]
– Note: The full-text of the article is available in Chinese.

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Holding Politicians to Account for Aid Pledges (IRIN, March 2013) [text]

How Services, not “Innovation,” Can Change Lives (WhyDev, March 2013) [text]

Humanitarian Fiction Challenge: Spy Thriller (Humanitarian Fiction Blog, March 2013) [text]

An Introduction to Cash-Based Interventions in UNHCR Operations (UNHCR, March 2012) [text]

Lessons Learned? The Role of Humanitarians in Protection Response, Humanitarian Assistance Webcast, no. 16, 27 March 2013 [access]
– Follow link for video.

Perspectives on the Future of Humanitarian Action, Web Seminar, 13 March 2013 [access]
– Follow link for video.

The Politics of Aid, London, 14 March 2013 [text]
– Follow link for transcript of speech.

Relationships between Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Service Delivery and Peace-building and State-building: A Review of the Literature, Working Paper, no. 362 (ODI, Dec. 2012) [text via DFID]

 

 

New Publications on Children; Innovation/ICT; and Climate Change/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

“Hosting Strangers: Hospitality and Family Practices in Fostering Unaccompanied Refugee Young People,”Child & Family Social Work, vol. 18, no. 1 (Feb. 2013) [free full-text]

A Lot to Learn: Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Post-16 Learning (Refugee Council, Jan. 2013) [text]

Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (Child Protection Working Group, Oct. 2012) [text]
– See also related USAID blog post.

Report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Asylum Support for Children and Young People (Jan. 2013) [access]

Turned Away: Summary Returns of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adult Asylum Seekers from Italy to Greece (HRW, Jan. 2013) [text]

What Out-of-school Resources and Practices Facilitate African Refugee Students’ Educational Success in Australian Rural and Regional Settings? (Charles Sturt University, March 2012) [text]

New Publications on Innovation/ICT

Digital Education in Rural Uganda (UNICEF UK Blog, Jan. 2012) [text]

In Ecuador, a New Learning Centre Combines Garbage and Gigabytes (UNHCR, Feb. 2013) [text]
– See photo.

Mobile and Internet Use in Crisis-affected Communities: Can I Phone a Friend? (Global Humanitarian Assistance, Nov. 2012) [text]

On a Mission to Close a Gap between UNHCR and Refugees (HCD Connect, Jan. 2013) [text]

New Publications on Climate Change/Disasters

“Bangladesh’s Climate Refugees: ‘It’s a Question of Life’ – Audio Slideshow,” The Guardian, 29 Jan. 2013 [access]

“Environmental Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region: Could We Hang Out Sometime?,” Asian Journal of International Law, vol. 3, no. 1 (Jan. 2013) [free full-text]
– Free access until 12 May 2013.

Summary Report: International Course on Law and Legal Protection in Natural Disasters, Sanremo, 3-7 December 2012 [text]

When Disasters and Conflicts Collide: Improving Links between Disaster Resilience and Conflict Prevention  (ODI, Feb. 2013) [text]

 

New Publications on Climate Change; Statelessness and Detention

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/

Publications on Climate Change

Arctic Indigenous Peoples, Displacement, and Climate Change: Tracing the Connections, Washington, DC, 30 Jan. 2013 [access]
– Follow the link for a background paper and three case studies on indigenous communities in Alaska, the Russian North and Scandinavia.

The Big Thaw (Brookings Institution, Jan. 2013) [text]
– Memorandum written as part of “Big Bets and Black Swans: A Presidential Briefing Book.”

*”Challenges Relating to Climate Change Induced Displacement,” UNHCR remarks given at conference on Millions of People without Protection: Climate Change Induced Displacement in Developing Countries, Berlin, 29 January 2013 [text]

Climate Refugees in the 21st Century (Regional Academy on the United Nations, Dec. 2012) [text]

Displacement, Migration, and Climate Change: The Discussion at COP18 (Yale Climate & Energy Institute, Dec. 2012) [text]

Does International Law Provide Adequate Protections to Refugees? Climate Change, Displacement and International Law: The Protection Gap and How to Close It (e-IR, Dec. 2012) [text]

“Policy Arena: Environmentally Induced Migration, Vulnerability and Human Security: Consensus, Controversies and Conceptual Gaps for Policy Analysis,” Feature section in Journal of International Development, vol. 24, no. 8 (Nov. 2012) [contents]

Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (Catholic Relief Services, 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Publications on Statelessness

Addressing Statelessness in Europe: Kick-off Seminar of the European Network on Statelessness, Budapest, 19-21 Nov. 2012 [info]
– Follow the link for the programme, a factsheet on protecting stateless persons, and five presentations.

Engaging the Human Rights World on Statelessness (ENS Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Recommendations of the African Union Symposium on “Citizenship in Africa: Preventing Statelessness, Preventing Conflicts,” Nairobi, 22-24 October 2012 [textvia Refworld]

A Responsibility to Protect: UNHCR and Statelessness in Egypt, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 250 (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]

Solving Statelessness in Southern Africa (IRIN, Jan. 2013) [text]
– See also related profile of stateless man in South Africa.

“Statelessness and Economic and Social Rights,” Chapter 9 in The State of Economic and Social Human Rights: A Global Overview (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming Feb. 2013) [info]

Statelessness Status Determination in Italy: Quality Assurance Needed! (ENS Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Publications on Detention

The Detention of Vulnerable People: Human Rights Breaches in the UK (Detention Forum, Dec. 2012) [text]

Immigration Detention Working Group, Asia Pacific Regional Workshop, Bangkok, 23-24 October 2012 [text]

“Island Detentions,” Special issue of Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, vol. 6, no. 2 (2012) [full-text]

“Migration, Nationality and Detention,” Special issue ofPrison Service Journal, no. 205 (Jan. 2013) [full-text]

Roadmap for Change – How We Will Challenge Immigration Detention  (Detention Forum, Dec. 2012) [text]

 

News: Bangladesh’s climate refugees: ‘it’s a question of life’ – audio slideshow

Disappearing world … a project for climate refugees near Cox’s Bazar, as people have been forced from islands such as Kutubdia in the Bay of Bengal. Photograph: Salman Saeed. The Guardian Online – Sea change: the Bay of Bengal’s vanishing islands.

The Guardian Online has recently published an interesting audio slideshow detailing the impact of climate change on refugees and Bangladesh.  The article is entitled, `Bangladesh’s climate refugees: ‘it’s a question of life’ – audio slideshow’ and the introduction to the article states:

Many Bangladeshis have relocated from the vanishing island of Kutubdia in the Bay of Bengal to Cox’s Bazaar. But they are being asked to move once again as sea levels rise and people’s livelihoods are put at risk by climate change. John Vidal interviews Kutubdia island administrator Firoza Ahmed, who defends the government’s attempts to protect people but recognises that food production is being hampered, and Aminul Hashim, who has been displaced and says: ‘I have lost all of my land, my house. It’s very hard here’

The full link to the audio slideshow is here:  www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/interactive/2013/jan/29/bangladesh-climate-refugees-audio-slideshow

The Guardian Online has published a number of related articles which are detailed below:

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh’s climate refugees: ‘it’s a question of life’ – audio slideshow

The Guardian Online – Sea change: the Bay of Bengal’s vanishing islands

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh: after the floods comes the hunger – in pictures

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh’s once welcome floods are now harbingers of disaster

The Guardian Online – Bangladesh farmers caught in vicious cycle of flood and debt

The Guardian Online – The threat posed by climate change in Bangladesh – in pictures

The Guardian Online – ‘We have seen the enemy’: Bangladesh’s war against climate change

 

New Publications on Climate/Environmental Change; LGBT Asylum Claims; and New Journal Issues

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 Climate/Environmental Change

“Climate Change and Migration: An Overview,” Chapter in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Feb. 2013) [free full-text]

Climate Change: Natural Disasters Made History in 2011 (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

The Climate Reality Project: Climate Displacement in Africa (Refugees International, Nov. 2012) [access]

Climate-Related Migration Often Short Distance and Cyclical, Not International (Worldwatch Institute, Nov. 2012) [text]

Environmental Change and Migration: Perspectives for Future Action, Briefing Paper 15/2012 (German Development Institute, Nov. 2012) [text]

“Environmentally-induced Migration, Theoretical and Methodological Research Challenges,” Chapter in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Feb. 2013) [free full-text]

“Environmentally-induced Migration, Vulnerability and Human Security: Consensus, Controversies and Conceptual Gaps for Policy Analysis,” Policy Arena Focus Section, Journal of International Development, vol. 24, no. 8 (Nov. 2012) [contents]

“Should the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Recognize Climate Migrants?,” Environmental Research Letters, vol. 7, no. 4 (2012) [open access article]
– Note: This article is included in a special focus section on “Environmental Risks and Migration: Causes and Consequences.”

“Sinking Islands? Formulating a Realistic Solution to Climate Change Displacement,” New York University Law Review, vol. 87, no. 4 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

New Publications on LGBT Asylum Claims

Country-of-origin Information to Support the Adjudication of Asylum Claims from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (‘LGBTI’) Asylum-seekers: Belize (Asylum Research Consultancy, Nov. 2012) [text via Refworld]

Gay Rights and the UN: One Step Back, One Step Forward (The Asylumist, Nov. 2012) [text]

Guidelines on International Protection no. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]
– See also related Human Rights First blog post.

Judging Gender: Asylum Adjudication and Issues of Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Keynote Statement at Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees’ Workshop on Asylum Issues relating to Gender, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Geneva, 25-26 October 2012 [text]

Over Not Out: Refreshed 2012 – A Research Report on LGBTI Asylum Seekers (Metropolitan Migration Foundation, July 2012) [access]

Strengthening Protection for LGBTI Refugees (Human Rights First, Sept. 2012) [text]

US Recognizes LGBT Rights for Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Purposes (Human Rights Brief Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

New Journal Issues

Bulletin de veille stratégique, vol. 9, no. 3 (Sept. 2012) [full-text via Oppenheimer Chair]
– Mix of articles including “Parrainage privé des réfugiés au Canada : Quel passé? Quel avenir?” and “Année 2011, la pire de la décennie pour les réfugiés.”

European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 4, no. 4 (2012) [contents]
– Mix of articles.

Geopolitics, vol. 17, no. 2 (2012) [contents]
– Special issue on “The Geopolitics of Migration and Mobility”; includes “The Geopolitics of Migrant Mobility: Tracing State Relations through Refugee Claims, Boats, and Discourses” and several articles on detention and deportation.

Immigrants & Minorities, vol. 30, nos. 2-3 (2012) [contents]
– Special issue on “Refugees in Britain: Cultural and Political Transfer since c.1830”; the preface and introduction are freely available in full-text.

Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol. 14, no. 3 (2012) [contents]
– Special issue on “Cinemas of Displacement and Destitution.”

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, vol. 14, no. 6 (Dec. 2012) [contents]
– Special focus on chronic disease; includes three articles on refugees.

 

New Publications on Climate Change & Migration; Statelessness; and Evaluations/Lessons Learned

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/

Publications on Climate Change and Migration

Climate Change Litigation – A Rising Tide? (CDKN, May 2012) [text]

Climate Displacement and Migration, Loss and Damage, and the Journey Forward (FIELD, Nov. 2012) [text]
– See also related UKCCMC blog post.

Human Security in the Pacific: The Climate Refugees of the Sinking Islands, Thesis Submitted to the School of Law (Golden Gate University, Nov. 2012) [text]

Where the Rain Falls: Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration (UNU-EHS, Care & CIESIN, Nov. 2012) [access]
– Global policy report and case studies available via the link.  See also related IRIN news story.

Will Climate Refugees Get Promised Aid? (IPS, April 2012) [text]

Publications on Statelessness

UNHCR has published a Self-Study Module on Statelessness that forms part of its E-Learning Course on Statelessness. (Note:  The former is publicly available, the latter is not.)  Other protection-related training modules in this series are provided on Refworld’s Standards and Training web page.

“Addressing Statelessness,” Chapter in Global Appeal 2013 Update (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

“Book Review: Statelessness in the European Union: Displaced, Undocumented, Unwanted, Caroline Sawyer & Brad K. Blitz, eds., New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011,” Law & Society Review, vol. 45, no. 4, p. 1077 (2011; posted Nov. 2012) [text via SSRN]

The CoE Tackles Statelessness, but Ends up Mired in the Politics of Multiple Nationalities (ENS Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

The Gulf’s Stateless People without Rights Decades after Independence (Human Rights First Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Terrorized, Starving and Homeless: Myanmar’s Rohingya Still Forgotten (CNN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Under the Radar and Under Protected: The Urgent Need to Address Stateless Children’s Rights (ENS Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]
– A UNHCR Regional Protection Officer provides background re. this report.

Publications on Evaluations and Lessons Learned

Asylum and Population Control: Assessing UNHCR’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme in Guatemalan Refugee Settlements, Working Paper, no. 83 (RSC, Sept. 2012) [text]

Commander’s Guide to Supporting Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Observations, Insights and Lessons (Center for Army Lessons Learned, Sept. 2012) [text]

Coordinated Assessments in Emergencies – What We Know Now: Key Lessons from Field Experience (ACAPS, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Dangerous Liaisons? A Historical Review of UNHCR’s Engagement with Non-state Armed Actors, PDES/2012/03 (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

Evaluation and Review of Humanitarian Access Strategies in DG ECHO Funded Interventions (Global Public Policy Institute, June 2012) [text via ALNAP]

Evaluation of the Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA) Pilot (DARA, 2012) [text via ALNAP]

Evaluation of the Protection Standby Capacity (ProCap) and Gender Standby Capacity (GenCap) Projects (Global Public Policy Institute, Dec 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Organisational Effectiveness Assessment: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network, Dec. 2011) [vol. 1] [vol. 2]

Special Evaluation Study: ADB’s Response to Natural Disasters and Disaster Risks (Asian Development Bank, Oct. 2012) [text]