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Call For Papers: RefugeSpecial Issue: Environmentally Induced Displacement (29.2)

Call For Papers: Special Issue: Environmentally Induced Displacement (29.2)

REFUGE vol. 29(2)

Special Issue: Environmentally Induced Displacement

Guest Editors:  Pablo S. Bose and Elizabeth Lunstrum

This special issue will explore the phenomenon of environmentally induced displacement (EID).  From climate change to extractive industries, from ‘natural’ disasters to increased urbanization, from conservation to mega-projects, landscapes and peoples’ place on them are being transformed at an unprecedented scale across the globe.  We suggest that these as well as many other processes provoke specific forms of environmentally induced displacement and forced migration, confronting communities with the loss of their land and other vital resources.  Many of the most affected groups are often vulnerable to begin with, lacking secure rights and access to resources and to formal recourse once these are jeopardized.  This special issue explores the phenomenon of EID through both conceptual as well as empirical work.  We invite submissions that address a range of questions such as: What constitutes environmental displacement?  What practices and discourses help to organize and rationalize these processes?  What are the demographic impacts of environmental displacement?  How have various local and international actors responded to environmentally induced displacement?  What are some of the definitional debates regarding ‘environmental refugees’ and their place within the international protection system?

Successful submissions may come from a wide range of conceptual backgrounds concerned with environmentally induced displacement. A variety of research interests will be explored with the objective of providing theoretical and practical insights on matters such as adaptation and internal coping strategies, livelihoods and sustainable development, prevention prospects, disaster risk management, regional concerns, cross-border legal implications, humanitarian responses, state action and inaction, and environmentally induced versus other forms of displacement (e.g. conflict, developmental, etc).

Contributions may be submitted either in English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They should generally not exceed 7500 words, or 30 double-spaced pages, and must be typed and submitted in electronic form. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process by independent experts. Shorter papers, including commentaries and book reviews, are also welcome. REFUGE adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style for social science papers and to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation for papers in the legal discipline (see style  guide for details). Papers must be prepared with full citation endnotes rather than with a bibliography. Papers should include an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. Papers should also include 1-2 sentences indicating institutional affiliation. Comme indiqué ci-dessus, nous publions également des articles en français. Le format doit être conforme aux normes exigées pour les articles rédigés en anglais.


Submission Deadline: February 28, 2013

For further information, please contact: the Editor of Refuge, c/o Centre for Refugee Studies, York Research Tower, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto (Ontario), Canada M3J 1P3

refuge@yorku.ca     http://www.yorku.ca/refuge

ISSN: 1920-7336


Updated Publication: Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective – Working Paper 308

This is a follow-up to an earlier posting to give details that a newly revised edition of this working paper is now available for access and download online.  Further details are as follows:

Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective – Working Paper 308
By Michael D. Cooper

Migration and Disaster-Induced Displacement: European Policy, Practice, and Perspective - Working Paper 308Abstract taken from the Center for Global Development webpage:

Over the last decade, a series of devastating natural disasters have killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced millions, and decimated the built environment across wide regions, shocking the public imagination and garnering unprecedented financial support for humanitarian relief efforts. Some suggest that disaster migration must be supported by the international community, first as an adaption strategy in response to climate-change, and second, as a matter of international protection.

This study surveys the current state of law as it relates to persons displaced by natural disaster, with a specific focus on the 27 member states of the European Union plus Norway and Switzerland. Its findings show that a few express provisions are on the books in Europe and that there is reason to believe that judicial and executive authorities may interpret other, more ambiguous, provisions to encompass the protection needs of disaster-displaced individuals. Few, if any, of these provisions have been engaged for this purpose, but a number of recent European developments with respect to disaster-induced displacement merit further scrutiny.

[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: Author: Michael D. Cooper.)


Call for Papers: The Gendered Refugee Experience

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Call for Papers: The Gendered Refugee Experience

Papers due: **November 16, 2012**

Maximum length of articles: 6000 words

The 1951 Convention for the Protection of Refugees calls for the protection of individuals who reach countries of asylum. Who manages to flee, who is left behind, and who travels on to secondary and tertiary countries of asylum, however, differs, often along gendered lines. Not only does sheer number of refugees quantitatively differ along gender lines, but gender may also play a key role in mediating individual and collective experiences of flight, perceived and actual risks of migration for refugees, and societal reactions to newcomers. This is true even in circumstances where gender was not the primary reason for flight.

St Antony’s International Review (STAIR) is a peer-reviewed journal of international affairs based at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. For this themed issue, we invite both qualitative and quantitative analyses of gendered refugee experiences, encompassing both theoretical and policy-oriented proposals. Priority will be given to articles that focus on gendered post-flight refugee experiences, rather than those which emphasize gender as a primary cause of initial persecution. stair therefore invites academics and policy-makers to submit paper proposals focusing on one or more of the following questions, or related topics:

– Differing experiences and opportunities of men and women in refugee and/ or Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps;

– Gender-based discrimination perpetrated by host governments in welfare provision;

– Gendered factors relevant to refugee status determination, and other legal decisions;

– Gender influences and components of livelihood strategies in refugee and IDP camps;

– Changes in family structures, family planning, and the role of women following flight or during displacement;

– Gender differences in advocacy and activism within diaspora refugee populations;

– Gendered experience of vulnerability due to a lack of status and statelessness;

– Risks of sexual violence for refugees;

– Differing risks between refugee women and men with respect to long-distance travel to developed countries, border-crossings, and subsequent resettlement;

– Women’s access to durable solutions, in particular resettlement and voluntary repatriation;

– The role of UNHCR and international NGOs in addressing (and potentially creating) gender-related refugee difficulties.

STAIR welcomes abstracts of up to 500 words in length. In addition we seek to publish book reviews of works related to this theme. Please send abstracts and review proposals to stair.refugee@gmail.com .

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.


New Publications on Human Trafficking; Climate Change; and Asia

Details of these new resources were originally found on the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog produced by Elisa Mason.

Publications on Human Trafficking:

Challenging Existing Discourses, Approaches and Responses to Human Trafficking, Gmunden, Austria, 31 July 2012 [access]

European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, vol. 18, no. 3 (2012) [contents]
– Special issue on human trafficking.

Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees between Life and Death (Europe External Policy Advisors & Tilburg University, Sept. 2012) [text]

The Mafia’s Shadow in the Americas: Refugees and Slavery (InSight Crime, Sept. 2012) [access]
– Special feature on organized crime and displacement in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Victims, Villains, and the Virtuous: Constructing the Problems of “Human Trafficking,” Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School (Univ. of Minnesota, June 2012) [text]

Publications on Climate Change:

“Book Review: Climate Change and Displacement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives,” Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 25, no. 3 (Sept. 2012) [free full-text]

Climate Vulnerability Monitor, 2nd ed. (DARA, Sept. 2012) [access]

Human Rights and Climate Change: EU Policy Options (European Parliament, Aug. 2012) [text]

“More Complex Conflict Drivers than Environment and Climate,” New Routes, vol. 17, no. 2 (2012) [full-text]

New Research on Climate Change Migration and Displacement: Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Washington, DC, 26 Sept. 2012 [access]

Part of the Solution? Rethinking Climate Change and Migration (UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition, Sept. 2012) [text]

Publications on Asia:

[Photo credit: © UNHCR/N.Farhad in “Afghan returns pass 50,000 in first eight months, up on last year,” UNHCR, Aug. 2012]

“Afghan Refugees in Pakistan,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 30 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]
– See also news stories from UNAMA and UNHCR Pakistan.

Afghanistan: Country of Origin Information for Use in the Asylum Determination Process (Danish Immigration Service, May 2012) [text via Refworld]

“China’s New Exit-Entry Law,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 30 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

CORI Country Report: Bangladesh (Country of Origin Research and Information, March 2012) [text]

“The Factors Affecting the Development of National Identity as South Korean in North Korean Refugees Living in South Korea,” Psychiatry Investigation, vol. 9, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

The Flight of the Rohingya (Virginia Quarterly Review Blog, Sept. 2012) [text]
– Part 1 of two-part series.

Forced Labour during the Arakan Crisis: An Overview of Forced Labour Practices in North Arakan, Burma (Arakan Project, Aug. 2012) [text]

Will Aung San Suu Kyi Ignore the Rohingya? (Virginia Quarterly Review Blog, Sept. 2012) [text]
– Part 2 of two-part series.

New Publications on Statelessness; Europe; and Climate/Disaster/Environmental Displacement

Details of these new resources were originally found on the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog produced by Elisa Mason.

Publications on Statelessness:

NGOs Urge Governments to Protect Stateless People (JRS Asia Pacific, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Statelessness and Environmental-Induced Displacement: Future Scenarios of Deterritorialisation, Rescue and Recovery Examined,” Mobilities, vol. 6, no. 3 (2011) [free full-text]
– I referenced this article previously, but just discovered its text is now freely available!

Statelessness in Sweden: Changes Ahead? (ENS Blog, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Statelessness in the EU Framework for International Protection,” European Journal of Migration and Law, vol. 14, no. 3 (2012) [full-text via ENS Blog]

A Study and Comparison of National Legislation in Slovenia and International Standards Related to Statelessness (UNHCR Central Europe, Jan. 2012) [text]

Publications on Europe:

Asylum Applicants and First Instance Decisions on Asylum Applications: First Quarter 2012 (Eurostat, Aug. 2012) [text]

Austria Should Improve the Protection of Asylum-seekers, Women and Persons with Disabilities (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Sept. 2012) [access]
– Follow link for Commissioner’s report and comments from the Austrian government.

Can You Be Internally Displaced for Twenty Years? Housing Issues and Protracted Displacement in Azerbaijan (TerraNullius, Sept. 2012) [text]

Internally Displaced Persons in Europe: Another Lost Generation? (Human Rights Comment, Sept. 2012) [text]

Italy Needs to Speed up Court Proceedings and Improve the Treatment of Roma and Migrants (Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Sept. 2012) [access]
– Follow link for Commissioner’s report and comments from the Italian government.  See also related Guardian article.

“The Last Frontier of Globalization: Asylum and Citizenship in the Netherlands,” Macalester International, vol. 30 (2012) [full-text]

Recommendations by UNHCR Concerning the Execution of the Grand Chamber Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the Case of Hirsi Jamaa and Others v. Italy (Judgment of 23 February 2012, Application No. 27765/09) (Council of Europe, Sept. 2012) [text]

A Welcome Vote (Cecilia Malmström’s Blog, Sept. 2012) [text]
– Refer to the tag cloud on the right for other posts on asylum and refugees.

Publications on Climate/Disaster/Environmental Displacement:

Australia: Struggling to Survive on an Atoll (JRS Asia Pacific, Aug. 2012) [text]

Communicating Climate Change and Migration (UK Climate Change & Migration Coalition, Sept. 2012) [text]

Crossing Borders to Escape Natural Calamities Is No Easy Option: International Law Has Long Been a Barrier to Legal Immigration by People Fleeing Natural Disasters, but There Are Ways Round It (Poverty Matters Blog, Aug. 2012) [text]

Environmentally-Induced Displacement: Theoretical Frameworks and Current Challenges (CEDEM, Sept. 2012) [text]
– Includes extensive bibliography.

A Human Rights-Based Approach and District Disaster Management Plans (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, July 2012) [text]

“The Portuguese Press Portrait of ‘Environmental Refugees’,” Proceedings of the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, vol. 64 (April 2012) [text]

The Rising Tide: Environmental Refugees (New America Media, Aug. 2012) [text]

“Statelessness and Environmental-Induced Displacement: Future Scenarios of Deterritorialisation, Rescue and Recovery Examined,” Mobilities, vol. 6, no. 3 (2011) [free full-text]


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: 7 PhD scholarships in Migration, Urbanization and Societal Change at Malmö University, Sweden

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This may be of interest to some on the list:


7 PhD scholarships in Migration, Urbanization and Societal Change at Malmö University, Sweden

Posted on behalf of Carina Listerborn:


7 PhD scholarships in Migration, Urbanization and Societal Change

The Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University, Sweden, has 7 fully-funded four-year PhD scholarships available for candidates from all over the world. 4 scholarships will be in the subject of Urban Studies (two of which with a focus on Real Estate Science) and 3 in International Migration and Ethnic relations.

For more information about Malmö University:


For information on eligibility criteria, conditions and application procedures visit:

http://www.mah.se/english/research/Postgraduate-studies/ (English)

http://www.mah.se/Forskning/Utbildning-pa-forskarniva/ (Swedish)

The posts will be announced on the 6th of September here; http://www.mah.se/medarbetare/Personalfragor/Platsannonser/

Deadline for applications 1th of October 2012.