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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/

 

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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]