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New Regional Publications on Europe and Thematic Publications on Health

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 Regional Publications on Europe

“ECtHR Blocks Pushback of Somali Migrants from Malta to Libya Following Outcry from Civil Society,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 12 July 2013 [text]
– See also joint NGO press release.

“Ensuring Protection in Europe”: UNHCR’s Recommendations to Lithuania for the EU Presidency, July-December 2013 (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

“The EU Asylum, Immigration and Border Control Regimes: Including and Excluding the ‘Deserving Migrant’,” European Journal of Social Security, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Some 8,400 Migrants, Asylum-seekers Reach Italy and Malta by Sea in First Half of 2013 (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Srebrenica’s Legacy: How the Lessons of the Balkans Animate Humanitarianism Today (U.S. Dept. of State, July 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Health

“Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors Multimedia Training: A Mixed-methods Study of Effect on Healthcare Providers’ Attitudes, Knowledge, Confidence, and Practice in Humanitarian Settings,” Conflict and Health 7:14 (July 2013) [open access text]

“GP and Registrar Involvement in Refugee Health: A Needs Assessment,” Australian Family Physician, vol. 42, no. 6 (June 2013) [full-text]

“Health Behaviors Associated with Chronic Disease Development and Management among Iraqi Refugees,” Master of Public Health Thesis and Capstone Presentations, no. 76 (Thomas Jefferson University, June 2013) [text]

“HIV-related Risk Factors among Black African Migrants and Refugees in Christchurch, New Zealand: Results from the Mayisha-NZ Survey,” The New Zealand Medical Journal, vol. 126, no. 1376 (June 2013) [full-text]

“Piloting Community-based Medical Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault in Conflict-affected Karen State of Eastern Burma,” Conflict and Health 7:12 (May 2013) [open access text]

“Social Inequalities in Mental Health and Mortality among Refugees and Other Immigrants to Sweden – Epidemiological Studies of Register Data,” Global Action Health, vol. 6 (2013) [open access text]

“Subjective Quality of Life in War-affected Populations,” BMC Public Health 13:624 (July 2013) [open access text]

“Suicide and Suicidal Ideation among Bhutanese Refugees — United States, 2009–2012,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 62, no. 26 (July 2013) [public domain text]

“A Systematic Review of Naturalistic Interventions in Refugee Populations,” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, forthcoming (2013) [preprint]

UNHCR Lebanon Operational Guidance (UNHCR, May 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.

New Thematic Publications on Children; Health; and Celebrity Advocacy

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Thematic Publications on Children

Child Trafficking, Child Soldiering: Exploring the Relationship between Two Worst Forms of Child Labour (Child Soldiers Initiative, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Children and Armed Conflict: Report of the Secretary-General, UN Doc. No. A/67/845–S/2013/245 (UN General Assembly and Security Council, May 2013) [text via Refworld]
– See also related UN news story.

A Girl’s Right to Say No to Marriage: Working to End Child Marriage and Keep Girls in School (Plan, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Helpdesk Research Report: Child-friendly Spaces for Adolescent Girls in Emergency Settings (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Human Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Young People in the UK: First Report (Human Rights Joint Committee, June 2013) [text]
– Visit the inquiry site for background information and submitted evidence.

“In Pursuit of a New Perspective in the Education of Children of the Refugees: Advocacy for the ‘Family’,” Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, vol. 12, no. 4 (Autumn 2012) [full-text via ERIC]

Shattered Lives: Challenges and Priorities for Syrian Children and Women in Jordan (UNICEF, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Thematic Publications on Health

Access to Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis Treatment in Dadaab Refugee Camps, Kenya (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Humanitarian Settings: An In-depth Look at Family Planning Services (Women’s Refugee Commission, June 2013) [access]
– Follow the link for the full report in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, as well as a summary for policy makers, accompanying annexes and beneficiary reports.

Continuation of Antiretroviral Therapy for Ivorian Refugees in Liberia during the Emergency Phase (2011-2012) (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

“Is Forced Migration a Barrier to Treatment Success? Similar HIV Treatment Outcomes among Refugees and a Surrounding Host Community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,” AIDS and Behavior, Latest Articles, June 2013 [open access text]

“No Longer a Place of Refuge: Health Consequences of Mandatory Detention for Refugees,” Canadian Family Physician, vol. 59, no. 6 (June 2013) [free full-text]

UNHCR’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Persons of Concern: Global Review (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Celebrity Advocacy

While Angelina Jolie currently reigns as the most famous “star” associated with refugees, this World Refugee Day, UNHCR has called on a wide variety of other well-known people to voice their support for refugees through video messages, photos of themselves with their “most important things”, and lots of tweets.

Several recent publications take an academic look at the role played by celebrities in human rights and humanitarian activism and charity work:

“The Celebritization of Human Trafficking,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (forthcoming, 2013) [eprint via SSRN]
– See also related blog post.

Celebrity Humanitarianism The Ideology of Global Charity (Routledge, Oct. 2012) [info]
– See also debatebook review, and author comment.

“‘Getting in Touch with Your Inner Angelina’: Celebrity Humanitarianism and the Cultural Politics of Gendered Generosity in Volunteer Tourism,” Third World Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 3 (2013) [abstract]
– An earlier version of this paper was presented at an AAG conference session on “Celebrity, Media and Vital Causes.”

“The Long Shadow of Band Aid Humanitarianism: Revisiting the Dynamics between Famine and Celebrity,” Third World Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 3 (2013) [abstract]



New Thematic Publications on Statelessness; Health; and Gender 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 Statelessness

The European Network on Statelessness and the Statelessness Programme at Tilburg University are calling for the adoption of an “International Day on Statelessness,” similar to Human Rights Day or World Refugee Day.  Share your support/thoughts over at the ENS blog!


“Becoming Stateless: Historical Experience and Its Reflection on the Concept of State among the Lahu in Yunnan and Mainland Southeast Asian Massif,” Southeast Asian Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2013) [full-text]

“Born Lost: Stateless Children in International Surrogacy Arrangements,” Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 21, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

“‘A Forgotten Human Rights Crisis’: Statelessness and Issue (Non)Emergence,”Human Rights Review, vol. 14, no. 2 (June 2013) [abstract]
– See also related ENS Blog postFMR article and thesis.

A Government Approach to Moving Statelessness Forward on the International Agenda (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]

Litigation, Legal Aid & Law Clinics (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]

[Nationality Laws in LiberiaNepal and Thailand] (Statelessness Programme, May 2013)
– Students in the ‘Nationality, Statelessness and Human Rights’ course at Tilburg University provide their analyses.

The Price of Statelessness: Palestinian Refugees from Syria (Middle East Monitor, May 2013) [text]

U.S. Immigration Reform May Finally Help Stateless People (Refugees International Blog, May 2013) [text]

New Publications on Health

“Improving Early Detection of Refugee-Related Stress Symptoms: Evaluation of an Inter-Professional and Inter-Cultural Skills Training Course in Sweden,” Societies3(2) (May 2013) [open access text]

“Meaningful Change or Business as Usual? Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings,” Forced Migration Review 25th Anniversary Collection (April 2013) [open access text]

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean (PAHO, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Piloting Community-based Medical Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault in Conflict-affected Karen State of Eastern Burma,” Conflict and Health 7:12 (May 2013) [open access text]

“Quality of Ultrasound Biometry Obtained by Local Health Workers in a Refugee Camp on the Thai–Burmese Border,” Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 40, no. 2 (Aug. 2012) [open access text]

War Surgery: Working with Limited Resources in Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence, vol. 2 (ICRC, 2013) [text]

New Publications on Gender Issues

Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People(ILGA Europe, May 2013) [text via Refworld]
– See also other related materials from ILGA Europe including score sheets per country.

Female Refugees Fleeing Conflict (IntLawGrrls, May 2013) [text]

Invisible in the City: Protection Gaps Experienced by Sexual Minority Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Urban Ecuador, Ghana, Israel, and Kenya (HIAS, Feb. 2013) [text]
– See also related U.S. State Dept. speech.

“Nexus with a Convention Ground: The Particular Social Group and Sexual Minority Refugees in Ireland and the United Kingdom,” Irish Law Journal, vol. 1, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

The Plight of LGBTI Asylum Seekers, Refugees (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

“Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the Protection of Forced Migrants,”Forced Migration Review, no. 42 (April 2013) [open access text]
-“Around the world, people face abuse, arbitrary arrest, extortion, violence, severe discrimination and lack of official protection because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This latest issue of FMR includes 26 articles on the abuse of rights of forced migrants who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex. Authors discuss both the challenges faced and examples of good practice in securing protection for LGBTI forced migrants.”

UK Asylum Process Painful for Lesbians Fleeing Death Threats (Thomson Reuters Foundation, May 2013) [text]

“Women as a Particular Social Group: A Comparative Assessment of Gender Asylum Claims in the United States and United Kingdom,” Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, vol. 26, no. 2 (Winter 2012) [full-text via SSRN]


New Thematic Publications on Health; Humanitarian Assistance; and Statelessness

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Health

Access to Healthcare in Europe in Times of Crisis and Rising Xenophobia: An Overview of the Situation of People Excluded from Healthcare Systems (Médecins du Monde, April 2013) [access]

“Discourse on Malaria Elimination: Where Do Forcibly Displaced Persons Fit in These Discussions?,” Malaria Journal 12:121 (April 2013) [open access text]

“Family Therapy Sessions with Refugee Families: A Qualitative Study,” Conflict and Health 7:7 (March 2013) [open access text]

“A Framework and Methodology for Navigating Disaster and Global Health in Crisis Literature,” PLOS Currents Disasters (April 2013) [open access text]

Refugee Health Care: Impacts of Recent Cuts (Canadian Council for Refugees, Feb. 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

“Vitamin D Status of Refugees Arriving in Canada: Findings from the Calgary Refugee Health Program,” Canadian Family Physician, vol. 59, no. 4 (April 2013) [free full-text]

New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Engineering’s Place In Humanitarian Work (KERA, April 2013) [access]

The High Commissioner’s Structured Dialogue on NGO-IFRC-UNHCR Partnership: An Initiative to Improve Partnership between UNHCR and NGOs in 2012 and Beyond (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]

Innovation to the Rescue: New Ideas, Partnerships, and Technologies for Helping Refugees (Policy Innovations, March 2013) [text]

Let’s Hear it for the Monolith (ALNAP Blog, April 2013) [text]

Scoping Study: What Works in Protection and How Do We Know? (Global Public Policy Institute, March 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Statelessness

A new statelessness determination procedure came into effect in the United Kingdom in early April 2013.  UNHCR noted that this development provides “a positive example to other countries that are parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons but which have not taken steps to implement the Convention….”   For more information about the procedure, read the briefing note prepared by Asylum Aid, as well as various related blog posts here, here, and here.


Half Stateless (Refugees International Blog, April 2013) [text]
– Brief report on the Conference for the Stateless in Kuwait, 15-16 April 2013.

Protecting Stateless Palestinian Refugees: The EU Court of Justice Opens a New Chapter (ENS Blog, April 2013) [text]
– Discusses recent El Kott judgment.

Stateless People and Microfinance Intuitions (Statelessness Programme Blog, April 2013) [text]

Surprise! A Simulation on Statelessness (Active Learning in Political Science, April 2013) [text]

Without a Legal Home: Statelessness in the Bahamas (HR Brief Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Health; Work Issues; and Statelessness

Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

New Publications on Health

“Building a Welcoming Community: The Role of Pharmacists in Improving Health Outcomes for Immigrants and Refugees,” Canadian Pharmacists Journal, vol. 146, no. 1 (Jan./Feb. 2013) [free full-text]

Casualties of War and Disasters: The Science of Displaced People (Open Access in the Developing World Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

Common Threads: The Sexual and Reproductive Health Experiences of Immigrant and Refugee Women in Australia (Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, 2012) [text]

Improving Reproductive Health Services for Forcibly Displaced Women (Population Reference Bureau, Jan. 2013) [text]

Meeting Mental Health Needs for Immigrants and Refugees in the Central West LHIN: Identifying Multiple Bridges and Barriers (CERIS, March 2013) [text]

Pregnant Women: How Will Changes to Refugee Health Coverage Affect Them? (CERIS Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]

“‘Thinking Too Much’: Psychological Distress, Sources of Stress and Coping Strategies of Resettled Afghan and Kurdish Refugees,” Journal of Muslim Mental Health, vol. 6, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

“Treatment of a Multitraumatized Tortured Refugee Needing an Interpreter with Exposure Therapy,” Case Reports in Psychiatry, vol. 2013:197323 (Feb. 2013) [open access text]

New Publications on Work Issues

Ad-hoc Query on Asylum Seekers’ Access to the Labour Market (European Migration Network, Feb. 2013) [text]

Azerbaijan Internally Displaced Persons Youth Support Project: Youth Skills and Business Development (World Bank, Jan. 2013) [text]

Forced Labour: Current Issues and Debates, London, 9 January 2013 [access]
– Follow link for workshop presentations, including one entitled “Precarious Lives: Forced Labour, Exploitation and the UK Asylum System.”

“The Migration and Labor Question Today: Imperialism, Unequal Development, and Forced Migration,” Monthly Review, vol. 64, no. 9 (Feb. 2013) [text]

Working through Asylum: An Overview of Refugee and Asylum-Seekers’ Ability to Attain and Maintain Employment in Countries of Refuge (Birdsong’s Law Blog, March 2013) [text]

New Publications on Statelessness

Innovations in Russian Legislation on Citizenship (European Network on Statelessness Blog, March 2013) [text]

Kuwait: Small Step Forward for Bidun Rights as 4,000 ‘Foreigners’ Granted Citizenship (Amnesty International, March 2013) [text]

Reflections on Thailand (3): Is the Time Ripe for a Citizenship Campaign? (Statelessness Programme Blog, March 2013) [text]

Report on Statelessness in South Eastern Europe (UNHCR, Sept. 2011) [text]

Small Changes – Big Gains: An Action Plan to Prevent and Reduce Statelessness in the Kyrgyz Republic (UNHCR, 2010) [text]

Statelessness and Nationality in South Africa (Lawyers for Human Rights, March 2013) [text]

The Untold Dangers and Unfeasibility of a Global Registration of Stateless Persons: A Reply to Jay Milbrandt’s ‘Stateless’ (SSRN, March 2013) [text]


New Publications on Social Capital Research and Health

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 Social Capital Research

“The Economic Security of Refugees and IDPs: Social Capital, Remittances and Humanitarian Assistance,” Chapter in Global Migration: Challenges in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2012) [preview chapter via Google Books]

“Migration, Community and Social Media,” Chapter in Transnationalism in the Global City (Universidad de Deusto, March 2012) [preview chapter via Google Books]

Refugee Resettlement: Social Capital, Civil Society and the Integration Processes of Former Refugees, Thesis submitted to the College of Arts (University of Canterbury, 2012) [text]

“‘White Tigers’: Researcher Roles in Relation to Linking Social Capital within Tamil Voluntary Associations in Norway,” Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Access, 13 Dec. 2012 [abstract]

New Publications on Health

“Low Vitamin B12 Levels among Newly-arrived Refugees from Bhutan, Iran and Afghanistan: A Multicentre Australian Study,” PLoS ONE 8(2): e57998 (Feb. 2013) [open access text]

“Prevalence and Patterns of Hazardous and Harmful Alcohol Consumption Assessed Using the AUDIT among Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal,” Alcohol and Alcoholism, Advance Access, 25 Feb. 2013 [open access text]

“Sleeping Patterns of Afghan Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Adolescents: A Large Observational Study,” PLoS ONE 8(2): e56156  (Feb. 2013) [open access text]

“Testing Experiences of HIV Positive Refugees in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda: Informing Interventions to Encourage Priority Shifting,” Conflict and Health 7:2 (Feb. 2013) [open access text]

Trauma and Refugee Integration, London, 6 Dec. 2012 [access]
– Podcast of seminar in RLI series on “Refugee Protection and Psychology.”


New Publications on Human Trafficking/Smuggling; Older Refugees and Health

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 Human Trafficking/Smuggling

“Be Careful What You Pay for: Awareness Raising on Trafficking in Persons,” Washington University Global Studies Law Review, vol. 11, no. 2 (2012) [full-text]

“Book Review: Human Rights and Migration: Trafficking for Forced Labour,” Eastern Journal of European Studies, vol. 3, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Failure to Report: The Manifestly Unconstitutional Nature of the Human Smugglers Act (SSRN, Jan. 2013) [text]

“Human Trafficking in the United States,” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, vol. 31, no. 3-4 (2012)
– Published in two parts:  Part I, State of Knowledge; Part II, Survey of U.S. Government Web Resources for Publications and Data.

In the ‘War’ against Human Smuggling, Who Is Paying the Price? (Oppenheimer Chair, Jan. 2013) [text]

On the Anti-Trafficking Discourse and its Material Consequences (Sojourner Project Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

UNHCR Concern at Refugee Kidnappings, Disappearances in Eastern Sudan (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]
– See also related UN news story.

New Publications on Older Refugees

“Ending Neglect of Older People in the Response to Humanitarian Emergencies,” PLoS Medicine, vol. 9, no. 12: e1001357 (Dec, 2012) [open access text]

Enhancing the Lives of Older Refugees: A Self Improvement Resource for Community Service Providers, Rhodes, Australia, 21 June 2012 [info]
– Here is the presentation and here is the guide.

Ensuring Inclusion of Older People in Initial Emergency Needs Assessments (HelpAge & ECHO, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Food Security and Livelihoods Interventions for Older People in Emergencies (HelpAge & ECHO, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Health Interventions for Older People in Emergencies (HelpAge & ECHO, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Publications on Health

“Access to Health Care for Undocumented Migrants from a Human Rights Perspective: A Comparative Study of Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands,”Health and Human Rights, vol. 14, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

“Cervical Cancer Screening among Vulnerable Women ,” Canadian Family Physician, vol. 58, no. 9 (Sept. 2012) [full-text]

Cultural Traditions and the Reproductive Health of Somali Women (Univ. of San Francisco, Jan. 2013) [text]

Health Care for Undocumented Migrants: European Approaches (Commonwealth Fund, Dec. 2012) [text]

“High Levels of Mortality, Malnutrition, and Measles, among Recently-displaced Somali Refugees in Dagahaley Camp, Dadaab Refugee Camp Complex, Kenya, 2011,” Conflict and Health 7:1 (Jan. 2013) [open access text]

“How do General Practitioners Experience Providing Care to Refugees with Mental Health Problems? A Qualitative Study from Denmark,” BMC Family Practice 14:17 (Jan. 2013) [open access text]

International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care [access]
– All content is freely accessible this week until 10 Feb. 2013.

“Translating Health Care: Stories from Refugees, Providers, and Friends,” Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization, vol. 3, no. 1 (2012) [open access text]


New Publications on Minority Rights; Refugee Health Care; Anti Slavery Leaflets; and Africa

Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya

Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya

Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya
By Laura A. Young for the Minority Rights Group.

Minority and indigenous women in Kenya are discriminated against on multiple levels; they are targeted because of their identification with a minority or indigenous group, and as women – both by cultural practices within their own community and because of gender discrimination more

This report examines the challenges and the new opportunities that have emerged with the passing of the new Constitution in 2010. The goal of the report is to reflect the voices and experiences of women from diverse minority and indigenous communities in Kenya.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Minority Rights Group International)

Know your rights:  a community guide to the UN Declaration on Minorities
By the Minority Rights Group.

The year 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities . It was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 1992 and is the primary UN document dedicated to the rights of minorities.

Minorities throughout the world have benefited from the adoption of the Declaration as the international community recognized and codified their rights, and national governments took action to protect these rights. But there is still a long way to go in order to fully implement this historic Declaration.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Minority Rights Group International)

Reading List: Refugee Health Care.
Updated Version.
Produced by The King’s Fund.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Network e-Bulletin)

Anti-Slavery leaflets.
Produced by Anti-Slavery International.

“The Anti-Slavery campaign in London has created a postcard sized leaflet to hand out to migrant workers, available in a range of languages. The postcard will make workers aware of their legal rights and spell out indicators of forced labour including having identity documents confiscated, being placed under constant control, being misled over working conditions, being forced to work against their will or working below the minimum wage or without pay.”

The leaflets are available to download as pdfs in: English; Bulgarian; Czech; Chinese; VietnameseSlovak; PortuguesePolish; Romanian; and Spanish.

(Source: Network e-Bulletin)

Publications on Africa, (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/) :

The Adoption and Ratification of the African Union’s Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa: An Analysis of the Discourse of States and the International Humanitarian Aid Community (University of the Witwatersrand, Feb. 2011) [text]

Kenya: Don’t Force 55,000 Refugees into Camps (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2013) [text]

Kenya: Somali Refugees under Threat (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Mali’s Conflict Refugees: Responding to a Growing Crisis, Briefing Paper, no. 167 (Oxfam, Jan. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Prepare for Displacement Crisis in Mali (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

New Publications on Health; Refugees in Scotland; Migration Policy; Human Trafficking and Asylum Legal Aid

Publications on Health

“Translating Healthcare: Stories from refugees, providers, and friends.”
By Miriam Mara, Kevin Brooks.

Drawing on interviews and participatory observation, this article weaves stories of translating healthcare told from the perspectives of refugees, health care providers, and friends. The research finds that while literal translations of documents and information are important to the health care process for refugees of New Americans, cultural translations of concepts like health care and preventive care are perhaps even more important. That translation, however, is not simple or literal either; refugees and New Americans may resist, or remain suspicious of, these concepts even once understood. Friends of refugees can provide an important role in helping with cultural and institutional translations, and their role should be consider as part of a culturally-centered approach to healthcare, as outlined by Dutta (2008). Note: all participant and researcher names have been changed in order to protect human subjects.

“The introduction of the voice of the subaltern participant in the discursive space elucidates the interaction between structure and agency” (Dutta, 2008 p. 248).

(Source: Kevin Brooks).

Cultural Traditions and the Reproductive Health of Somali Women: Comprehensive Research Report
By Nancy Deyo.
[Access Full Report]
See Also – “Minnesota Somalis lack culturally competent reproductive health care” .
(Source: Kevin Brooks)

Publications form the Minority Ethnic Matters Overview (MEMO) Newsletter.

MEMO is produced by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities in partnership with BEMIS – empowering Scotland’s ethnic and cultural minority communities. It provides an overview of information of interest to minority ethnic communities in Scotland, including parliamentary activity at Holyrood and Westminster, new publications, consultations, forthcoming conferences and news reports.

Publications from Memo 336

Improving the Lives of Refugees in Scotland after the Referendum: An Appraisal of the Options
By the Scottish Refugee Council
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Fair and democratic migration policy: A principled framework for the UK
By the IPPR.
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Beyond borders: Human trafficking from Nigeria to the UK
By the IPPR.
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Publications from Memo 332

Justice At Risk: Quality and Value for Money in Asylum Legal Aid
By the Runnymede Trust
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New Publications on African Protection Mechanisms; Health; and New Journal Volumes

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 African Protection Mechanisms

The 1969 OAU Refugee Convention and the Protection of People fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence in the Context of Individual Refugee Status Determination, Legal and Protection Policy Research Series, no. PPLA/2013/01 (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]
– Note: “This paper was commissioned by UNHCR in the context of a project on Developing Guidelines for the protection of people fleeing violence and conflict across borders.”  Other commissioned papers in this series are listed in this earlier post.

Asylum in the Practice of Latin American and African States, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 249 (UNHCR, Jan. 2013) [text]
– This paper looks in part at asylum-related provisions within the constitutions of African states.  One of the authors will also discuss the paper’s findings at an International Refugee Seminar in London, 13 May 2013.

Experts Weekly: The Kampala Convention on IDPs Enters into Force (Think Africa Press, Dec. 2012) [text]
– “What will be the potential effects of the Kampala Convention and what are its successes and shortcomings?”

Internal Displacement and the Kampala Convention: An Opportunity for Development Actors (IDMC & NRC, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
– “This analytical paper examines how displacement-relevant international and national human rights instruments and frameworks, including the recent Kampala Convention, can influence and strengthen the design and implementation of development interventions targeting IDPs in Africa.”

[Forthcoming] Protection of the Right to Seek and Obtain Asylum under the African Human Rights System (Martinus Nijhoff, March 2013) [info]
– “This Commentary [by Chaloka Beyani) provides a valuable insight into the use of human rights in the protection of refugees through the prism of the African Human Rights System.”

Publications on Health

“Description and Predictive Factors of Individual Outcomes in a Refugee Camp Based Mental Health Intervention (Beirut, Lebanon),” PLoS ONE, vol. 8. no. 1 (Jan. 2013): e54107 [open access text]

“Forced Migration and Mental Health: Prolonged Internal Displacement, Return Migration and Resilience,” International Health, Advance Access, 21 Dec. 2012 [free full-text]

“A Grounded Theory Investigation into the Experiences of African Women Refugees: Effects on Resilience and Identity and Implications for Service Provision,” Journal of International Women’s Studies, vol. 13, no. 1 (2012) [open access text]

“High Rates of Pneumonia in Children under Two Years of Age in a South East Asian Refugee Population,” PLoS ONE, vol. 8. no. 1 (Jan. 2013): e54026 [open access text]

“The Refugee Medical Exam: What You Need to Do,” Journal of Family Practice, vol. 61, no. 12 (Dec. 2012) [free full-text]

“A Study of Refugee Maternal Mortality in 10 Countries, 2008–2010,” International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, vol. 38, no. 4 (Dec. 2012) [free full-text]

New Journal Volumes

AWR Bulletin, vol. 50, no. 3-4 (2012) [contents]
– Includes a number of papers presented at the AWR’s 62th International Congress on “The State of the European Union Asylum Directives: Accomplishments, Pitfalls an Reparations in the Light of Current Refugee and Migration Challenges.”

Conflict Trends, no. 3 (2012) [full-text via ReliefWeb]
– This issue commemorates the 20th anniversary of ACCORD.

Humanitarian Exchange, no. 56 (Jan. 2013) [full-text]
– Special focus “on issues related to humanitarian civil–military coordination.”

Migration Policy Practice, vol. 2, no. 5 (Dec. 2012-Jan. 2013) [full-text]
– Mix of articles.

Red Cross, Red Crescent Magazine, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]
– Theme is “Humanity Inc., Generating Profit for Care.”

Free content:

As occurs every year, Wiley is beginning to make the content in its first journal issues of the year freely available.  Check out this Disasters issue (vol. 37, no. 1, 2013) for starters, and keep an eye out for forthcoming issues from International Migration and International Migration Review.


New Publications on Health; Migrants in North Africa; 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/

Publications on Health

“Barriers and Facilitators of Social Supports for Immigrant and Refugee Women Coping with Postpartum Depression,” Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 35, no. 3 (July/Sept. 2012) [free full-text]

“The Burden of Tuberculosis in Crisis-affected Populations: A Systematic Review,” The Lancet Infectious Diseases, vol. 12, no. 12 (Dec. 2012) [free full-text with registration]

Caring for Volunteers: A Psychosocial Support Toolkit (IFRC, Aug. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Determinants of Health in Recently Arrived Young Migrants and Refugees: A Review of the Literature,” Italian Journal of Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Do’s and Don’ts in Community-based Psychosocial Support for Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict-affected Settings (WHO et al., 2012) [text]

“The Impact of Risk and Protective Factors on Mental Health and Well-being: Austrian Adolescents and Migrant Adolescents from War-affected Countries,” Italian Journal of Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Conflict-related Sexual Violence: 10 Myths (WHO et al., 2012) [text]

Refugee Health Care: A Handbook for Health Professionals (NZ Ministry of Health, June 2012) [text]

“Well-Being in Refugee Women Experiencing Cultural Transition,” Advances in Nursing Science, vol. 35, no. 3 (July/Sept. 2012) [free full-text]

Publications on Migrants in North Africa

Today, Jesuit Refugee Service Europe launched “Lives in Transition,” a report which highlights the plight of migrants in Morocco and Algeria whose rights are frequently abused “largely because the European Union too often looks the other way.”

Other recent publications that focus on the treatment of migrants in North Africa include:

“African Migrants in Morocco Tell of Abuse,” New York Times, 28 Nov. 2012 [text]

“The Externalization of the EU’s Southern Border in Light of the EU/Libya Framework Agreement: A Lawful Alternative or a Neo-Refoulement Strategy?,” Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law, vol. 6, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

Libya: The Hounding of Migrants Must Stop (FIDH, JSFM & Migreurop, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Libya and International Refugee and Asylum Law: Addressing the Protection of Refugees and Migrants Displaced by the 2011 Conflict,” Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, vol. 2, no. 2 (Nov. 2012) [full-text]

“Libya’s Migrant Workers Still Targeted After the Revolution,” Newsweek, 3 Dec. 2012 [text]

Treatment of Sub-Saharan Migrants in Morocco (ImmigrationProf Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

Building Resilience to Recurrent Crisis: USAID Policy and Program Guidance (USAID, Dec. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Disaster Summary Sheet: Armed Conflict (ACAPS, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Humanitarian Principles in the Post-9/11 World,” Perspective, no. 4-2012 (Nov. 2012) [text]

“Q and A on Humanitarian Principles,” Perspective, no. 4-2012 (Nov. 2012) [text]

Responding to Urban Disasters: Learning from Previous Relief and Recovery Operations (ALNAP, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Rethinking Humanitarianism: Adapting to 21st Century Challenges (International Peace Institute, Nov. 2012) [text]

Technical Brief: Scenario Development (ACAPS, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
– “In a crisis, how are humanitarian conditions likely to change? This is a step-by-step guide to build such scenarios either before or during an emergency.”

The Use of Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters (UK Government Office for Science, June 2012) [text via PreventionWeb]


New Publications on Health and the Middle East

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 Health

“Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy and Treatment Outcomes among Conflict-affected and Forcibly Displaced Populations: A Systematic Review,” Conflict and Health 6:9 (Oct. 2012) [open access text]

Assessing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Resources: Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings (WHO & UNHCR, 2012) [text]

Canadian Doctors Speak Out on the Impacts of Cuts to Refugee Healthcare (CCR Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]
– Includes links to two videos.

“Emotional and Behavioural Problems amongst Afghan Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Children: Results from a Large-scale Cross-sectional Study,” European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, OnlineFirst, 15 November 2012 [free full-text]

“Factors Associated with Latent Tuberculosis among Asylum Seekers in Switzerland: A Cross-sectional Study in Vaud County,” BMC Infectious Diseases 12:285 (Nov. 2012) [open access text]

“Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Contraception among Afghan Refugee Women in Pakistan: A Cross-Sectional Study,” PLoS ONE 7(11) (Nov. 2012) [open access text]

“Migrants, Refugees and Displaced people,” Section in State of World Population 2012 (UN Population Fund, Nov. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
– Scroll to pp. 62-64.

“Pervasive Refusal Syndrome among Inpatient Asylum-seeking Children and Adolescents: A Follow-up Study,” European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, OnlineFirst, 2 November 2012 [free full-text]

“Remembering Episodes of Sexual Violence: The Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Evidence,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 30 (Oct. 2012) [full-text]

“Resilience among Asylum Seekers Living with HIV,” BMC Public Health 12:926 (Oct. 2012) [open access text]

“Resilience and Its Association with Depression, Emotional and Behavioural Problems, and Mental Health Service Utilisation among Refugee Adolescents Living in South Australia,” International Journal of Population Research, vol. 2012, article ID 485956 (March 2012) [open access text]

Publications on the Middle East

Denationalizing Bahrainis, Ousting the Opposition (Statelessness Programme Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

Don’t Forget about the Successes of the UNRWA (The UN Agency for Palestine Refugees) (Huffington Post, Nov. 2012) [text]

Israel and the Criminalization of Asylum Seekers (DIIS Comment, Nov. 2012) [text]

The Palestinians are De Jure Stateless: Centralising Them in the Discourse as a Means to Better Address Statelessness (Statelessness Programme Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

*Rethinking the Response to Refugees in Jordan: Local Based Assistance, Urban Refugees and Host Communities (USCRI, Nov. 2012) [text]
– See also other related notes from the field.

Syria: Turkey Opens up to International Aid in Camps (IRIN, Nov. 2012) [text]

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: The Humanitarian Approach under Political Divisions, MPC Research Report 2012/13 (Migration Policy Centre, 2012) [text]
– Note: Watch for an upcoming MPC “edited volume of reports on the Syrian refugee crisis containing studies from Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.” More information is in their newsletter.

Syrian Women & Girls: No Safe Refuge (Refugees International, Nov. 2012) [text]

New Publications on Health; Children; and Human Trafficking & Smuggling

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 Health

“Evaluating the Mental Health Training Needs of Community-based Organizations Serving Refugees,” Advances in Social Work, vol. 13, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health into Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (WHO et al., Oct. 2012) [text]

Mental Health Needs Not Being Met for Immigrants and Refugees (CERIS, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Occupational Upheaval During Resettlement and Migration: Findings of Global Ethnography With Refugees With Disabilities,” OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, vol. 32, no. 1 (Suppl.) (Winter 2012) [full-text via Creighton University]

“Refugees’ views of the Effectiveness of Support Provided by their Host Countries,” European Journal of Psychotraumatology, vol. 3 (2012) [open access text]

“A Study of Complementary Therapies and Counselling: An Integrative Model for Refugee Health Care,” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 12(Suppl 1):P368 (June 2012) [open access text]

Publications on Children

Broken Futures: Young Afghan Asylum Seekers in the UK and on Return to their Country of Origin, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 246 (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Children and War: How ‘Soft’ Research Can Answer the Hard Questions in Political Science,” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 10, no. 2 (June 2012) [full-text via Chris Blattman]

Child Protection Network (Community-based Child Care Center) Nepal (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Looks at Mentor-Mentee Program.

Child Protection Network (Early Childhood Development Center) Nepal (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Child Protection Network (Community-based Child Care Center) Nepal (UNHCR, Aug. 2012) [text]
– Looks at Community based Child Care Center (CCCC) program.

Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors in Australia: An Overview of National Support Arrangements and Key Emerging Issues, MYAN Policy Paper (Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Sept. 2012) [text via BroCAP]

Publications on Human Trafficking & Smuggling

Is the Immigration of Korean Sex Workers to the United States Sex Trafficking or Migrant Smuggling? (Brookings Institution, Oct. 2012) [text]

Migrant Women Trapped in Sex Trade (IPS, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Seeking Asylum for Former Child Soldiers and Victims of Human Trafficking,”Pepperdine Law Review, vol. 39, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress (U.S. Congressional Research Service, Oct. 2012) [text]

Young Refugee Council Clients Give Evidence in Child Trafficking Case (Refugee Council, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Note “witchcraft” element in this case.


New Reports and Publications on Health Issues

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

New Reports and Publications on Health Issues:

Health Care in Danger: The Responsibilities of Health-care Personnel Working in Armed Conflicts and Other Emergencies (ICRC, Aug. 2012) [text]

Household Based Survey of Retrospective Mortality Rates, Prevalence of Malnutrition, Vaccination Coverage and Basic Needs: Yida Refugee Camp Unity State, South Sudan (MSF, Aug. 2012) [text]

“Inequalities in Mortality among Refugees and Immigrants Compared to Naative Danes: A Historical Prospective Cohort Study,” BMC Public Health 12:757 (Sept. 2012) [open access text]

“Mental Health of Asylum Seekers: A Cross-sectional Study of Psychiatric Disorders,” BMC Psychiatry 12:114 (Aug. 2012) [open access text]

Narrowing Our Moral Community of Concern: A Critique of Canada’s New Refugee Policies (Access Denied, July 2012) [text]

“The Psychological Problems of North Korean Adolescent Refugees Living in South Korea,” Psychiatry Investigation, vol. 9, no. 3 (Sept. 2012) [open access text]

“Risky Alcohol Use among Reproductive-age Men, not Women, in Mae La Refugee Camp, Thailand, 2009,” Conflict and Health 6:7 (Sept. 2012) [open access text]

“Seroprevalence of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection and Prior Immunity in Immigrants and Refugees: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” PLoS ONE 7(9): e44611 (Sept. 2012) [open access text]

Refugee Health Bibliography:

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, here is a list of some essential reading recommended by Jeff Crisp, Head of UNHCR’s Policy Development and Evaluation Service (PDES), specifically relating to refugee health.  Most articles are free or open access.

“Child Acute Malnutrition and Mortality in Populations Affected by Displacement in the Horn of Africa, 1997–2009,” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 9, no. 3 (March 2012) [text]

“If You Could Only Choose Five Psychotropic Medicines: Updating the Interagency Emergency Health Kit,” PLoS Medicine, vol. 8, no. 5:  e1001030 (May 2011) [text]

“Measles — Horn of Africa, 2010–2011,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 61, no. 34 (Aug. 2012) [text]

“Neonatal Survival Interventions in Humanitarian Emergencies: A Survey of Current Practices and  Programs,” Conflict and Health 6:2 (July 2012) [text]

“Reportable Neurologic Diseases in Refugee Camps in 19 Countries,” Neurology, vol. 79, no. 9 (Aug. 2012) [abstract]
– Even though the complete text of this article is not available online, you can listen to a free podcast interview with one of the author’s (scroll down to 28 Aug. 2012) and take a related Continuing Medical Education (CME) exam online.

“Refugee Site Health Service Utilization: More Needs to be Done,” American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 6, no. 4 (July/Aug. 2011) [abstract]

“Six Rapid Assessments of Alcohol and Other Substance Use in Populations Displaced by Conflict,” Conflict and Health 5:1 (Feb. 2011) [text]

“The State of the World’s Refugees: Adapting Health Responses to Urban Environments,” JAMA, vol. 308, no. 7 (Aug. 2012) [text]

“United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Feeding Program Performance in Kenya and Tanzania: A Retrospective Analysis of Routine Health Information System Data,” Food and Nutrition Bulletin, vol. 33, no. 2 (June 2012) [abstract]
– See also related article published earlier by same authors.

“Utilization of Outpatient Services in Refugee Settlement Health Facilities: A Comparison by Age, Gender, and Refugee Versus Host National Status,” Conflict and Health 5:19 (Sept. 2011) [text]