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New Regional Publications on MENA; Europe; and the Americas

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 MENA

“Discrimination Awaits Palestinians Fleeing the Syrian Conflict,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 39 (July 2013) [full-text]

Israel: New Pressure on Asylum Seekers to Leave (HRW, July 2013) [text]

Libya Country Report (Asylum Research Consultancy, July 2013) [text via Refworld]

Libya: Displaced People from Tawergha Barred from Return (HRW, June 2013) [text]

“Syrian Refugees: Living in Limbo,” The Economist, 15 July 2013 [text]

Under Pressure: The Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Host Communities in Lebanon (World Vision, July 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Regional Publications on Europe

Regional Focus: 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 Regional Publications on The Americas

Caribbean Regional Conference on the Protection of Vulnerable Persons in Mixed Migration Flows: Promoting Cooperation and Identification of Good Practices,  Nassau, The Bahamas, 22-23 May 2013 [summary report]
– See also a summary of the conference conclusions.

Internal Displacement, Place Attachment and Post-conflict Trauma in Sucre, Colombia, Bachelor Thesis (Lund University, 2013) [text]

Refugee Status Determination in Canada and the Path to Radical Reform (SSRN, June 2013) [text]

Revisiting Haiti’s Gangs and Organized Violence (HASOW, June 2013) [text]




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 Regional Publications on Europe; Syrians; and MENA

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

The European Parliament has voted to adopt several legal instruments that form part of the asylum package known as the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), specifically the Asylum Procedures Directive, the Reception Conditions Directive, and the Dublin Regulation. Two other measures round out the package: the Qualification Directive, which was adopted in December 2011, and the EURODAC Regulation, which will be adopted by the JHA Council on 20 June 2013.

Follow this link to the European Commission site for more background information and factsheets on the various provisions that make up the CEAS.

For additional assessments of the CEAS, see:

– Establishing a Common European Asylum System: Still a Long Way to Go. NGO Statement on the Occasion of the Final Vote on the Asylum Package [text]
– Moving Further Toward a Common European Asylum System: UNHCR’s statement on the EU asylum legislative package [text]
– Revised Rules for Treatment of Asylum-seekers [text]

New Regional Publications on Syrians

Ethics and Politics: Response to the Plight of Refugees (Beirut Institute, 2013) [text]

“For Regional Stability, Help Syria’s Internally Displaced,” Christian Science Monitor, 12 June 2013 [text]

For Some, the Best Bad Choice: Returning from Refuge to Syria (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Hard Choices: When the Syria Aid Response Runs out of Money (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

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

Legal Status of Individuals Fleeing Syria (Assessment Capacities Project & MapAction, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– “This thematic report outlines the rights and obligations of individuals who have fled Syria by stipulating the legal framework applicable to those residing in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.”

Policy or Happenstance? Jordan’s Dwindling Syrian Refugee Arrivals (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Responding to Protection Needs of Displaced Syrians in Europe (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

Second-Best Outcome from Geneva II: Scaled-up Humanitarian Action in Syria (IPI Global Observatory, June 2013) [text]

Syria: Agencies Should Send Aid Where Most Needed (Human Rights Watch, June 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on MENA

Amid Syrian Crisis, Iraqi Refugees in Jordan Forgotten (IRIN, June 2013) [text]

Fencing Migrants Out: The Impact on Regional Movement (RMMS Secretariat, May 2013) [text]
– Discusses border controls in Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Fragmented Lives: Humanitarian Overview 2012 (OCHA, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Israel: Deportations of Asylum-seekers Must Stop (Amnesty International, June 2013) [text]

Israeli Land Grab and Forced Population Transfer of Palestinians: A Handbook for Vulnerable Individuals and Communities (Badil, June 2013) [access]
– Launched at the conference, “Forced Population Transfer: Elements and Responsibilities.”

Palestinian Refugees: Different Generations, but One Identity (Birzeit University, Dec. 2012) [text]
– Book resulting from a conference of the same name, organized by the Forced Migration and Refugee Unit and held in Nov. 2011.

See also recent blog post highlighting reports that focus on statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa.

New Regional Publications on Asia; the Americas; 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 Regional Publications on Asia

Afghan Refugee Household Assessment in the Republic of Tajikistan (Danish Refugee Council, April 2013) [text via Refworld]

Barely Surviving: Detention, Abuse, Neglect of Migrant Children in Indonesia (Human Rights Watch, June 2013) [text]

A Bend in the Road is not the End of the Road: Philippines President Vetoes IDP Act (IDMC Blog, June 2013) [text]

Cash Programme Review for IDPs in the Kabul Informal Settlements (Danish Refugee Council, May 2013) [text]

*A Commentary on the June 2013 Afghanistan Operational Guidance Note (Still Human Still Here, June 2013) [text]

“Escape from North Korea,” New York Times, 5 June 2013 [access]
– An “Op-Doc” video.

“Guerre et Terre en Afghanistan,” Theme issue of REMMM: Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, no. 133 (2013) [full-text]
– See esp. “Would-be places for displaced Afghans: The UNHCR, landless returnees and the enforcement of the national order” and “Home sweet home! Repatriation, reintegration and land allocation in Afghanistan.”

Pakistan: COI Compilation (ACCORD, June 2013) [text via Refworld]

New Regional Publications on The Americas

Asylum Victories: Stories of Protection Mark World Refugee Day (Center for Gender & Refugees Studies, June 2013) [text]

The Cartagena Declaration on Refugees and the Protection of People Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence in Latin America, Legal and Protection Policy Research Series, no. 32 (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

How the U.S. Asylum Deadline Hurts Women (Daily Beast, June 2013) [text]

A Liberal Tide: Towards A Paradigm Shift in Latin American Migration and Asylum Policy-Making?, London, 18 March 2013 [text]
– Conference report.

UNHCR Drawn into the Edward Snowden Fray, if Only by Speculation (RSDWatch, June 2013) [text]

When Clients Lie (The Asylumist, June 2013) [text]

New Regional Publications on MENA

Bases for the Palestinian Refugees’ Right of Return under International Law: Beyond General Assembly Resolution 194 (CJICL Blog, Nov. 2012) [text]

“Displacement in a Fragile Iraq,” Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]

Displacement, Trauma in Northern Yemen (IRIN, May 2013) [text]

“Flight, Fragility and Furthering Stability in Yemen,” Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]

A Global History of Modern Humanitarian Action: Middle East and North Africa Regional Conference, Amman, 15-16 April 2013 [info]
– Follow link for conference report.

New Texts Out Now: Louise Cainkar, Global Arab World Migrations and Diasporas (Jadaliyya, May 2013) [text]
– Interview with author of “Global Arab World Migrations and Diasporas,” Arab Studies Journal, vol. XXI, no. 1 (Spring 2013).

Regional Responses to Forced Migration: The Case of Libya, MPC Analytical and Synthetic Note 2013/03 (Migration Policy Centre, 2013) [text]

“Report on the Rejected Asylum Seekers of Choucha Refugee Camp,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 38 (June 2013) [full-text]

“Violence in Yemen: Thinking About Violence in Fragile States Beyond the Confines of Conflict and Terrorism,” Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, vol. 2, no. 1:13 (May 2013) [open access text]

“Was Establishing New Institutions in Iraq to Deal with Displacement a Good Idea?,” Forced Migration Review, no. 43 (May 2013) [open access text]

New Regional Publications on MENA; Middle East, esp. Iraqis; and Europe

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 MENA

After Trials of Winter, Syrian Refugees Face Difficult Summer (Refugees International Blog, March 2013) [text]

AMERA-Egypt, Flagship of the Refugee Legal Aid Movement, Struggles for Financial Survival (RSDWatch, March 2013) [text]

Asylum and Migration in the Maghreb (Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, Dec. 2012) [access]
– Country factsheets are available for Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.

‘Gaza has been de-developing for years’: Urban Displacement and Vulnerability in Gaza (ODI, March 2013) [access]
– Podcast.

Jordan: Obama Should Press King on Asylum Seeker Pushbacks (Human Rights Watch, March 2013) [text]

Libya: Stop Revenge Crimes Against Displaced Persons (Human Rights Watch, March 2013) [text]

Syria Deeply+ António Guterres + Anne C. Richard (Syria Deeply, March 2013) [access]
– Video.

New Publications on Middle East, esp. Iraqis

“Chronic Disease and Disability among Iraqi Populations Displaced in Jordan and Syria,” International Journal of Health Planning and Management, vol. 28, no. 1 (January/March 2013) [free full-text]

Iraq, 10 Years On: “Living in Prolonged Limbo” (The IRC Blog, March 2013) [text]

Keeping an Eye on UNRWA (al-shabaka, Jan. 2012) [text via Bepress]

“Legal Status, Labelling, and Protection: The Case of Iraqi ‘Refugees’ in Jordan,” International Journal of Refugee Law (Forthcoming, 2013) [preprint via SSRN]

Overview of UNHCR’s Operational Strategies in the Middle East and North Africa, 56th EXCOM Standing Committee Meeting, 19 Feb. 2013 [text]
– See also related speech.

“Refugee Education as a Gauge of Liberal Multiculturalism: Iraqi Students in Jordan and the United States,” Chapter 10 in Human Rights in the Field of Comparative Education, Comparative and International Education, vol. 21 (Sense Publishers, 2013) [extract]

Remembering Iraq’s Displaced (Middle East Channel Blog, March 2013) [text] [text via Brookings]

Syria: Towards a More Effective Response (Refugees International Blog, March 2013) [text]

New Publications on Europe

Access to Citizenship and its Impact on Immigration Integration: EU Final Event, Brussels, 22 Feb. 2013 [access]
– Follow link for presentations including one on “Addressing Statelessness in Europe.”

The Dublin II Regulation: Lives on Hold (Dublin Transnational Project, Feb. 2013) [access]
– I posted a link earlier to the final report for this project but neglected to mention that National Reports are also available; follow the link to access them from the list on the left.

“The Europeanisation of Asylum Policies: Lessons Drawn from the Reception Conditions Directive,” London Migration Research Group Seminar, London, 12 March 2013 [access]

Eweida, Religion, Sexuality, Politics, Kylie and Asylum (Free Movement Blog, March 2013) [text]
– “[Eweida v UK] is a useful reminder that decision makers should not rush to judgment on another person’s inner identity.”

“The Implementation of the Right to Asylum in Italy,” ERA Forum, vol. 12, no.1, Suppl. (May 2011) [free full-text]

New and Updated Case-Law Factsheets (ECHR Blog, March 2013) [access]
– Particularly relevant ones are “Dublin” Cases and Interim Measures.

Overview of UNHCR’s Operational Strategies in Europe, 56th EXCOM Standing Committee Meeting, 19 Feb. 2013 [text]



New Regional Publications on MENA; the Americas; and Europe

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 MENA

“Droits précaires, déchirures émotionnelles et résilience des migrantes subsahariennes en transit,” Chapter in Droits et cultures en mouvement (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2013) [text via Oppenheimer Chair]

Egypt/Sudan: Refugees, Asylum Seekers Face Brutal Treatment, Kidnapping for Ransom, and Human Trafficking (Amnesty International, April 2013) [text]
– See also related AI press release.

“Implications of the Geopolitical and Economic Constraints for Providing Legal Aid to Refugees in Jordan,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 36 (April 2013) [full-text]

*”Migration and Displacement in Yemen,” ITPCM International Commentary, vol. IX no. 32 (April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
– Theme is “Yemen: On the Verge of Change”; scroll to p. 41.

Palestinian Refugees: A Comparative Approach (Birzeit University, Feb. 2013) [text]
– “This book presents a collection of articles which deal with the issue of Palestinian refugees from different aspects, including the social, demographic, political and legal status of Palestinians… .”

Syria: Breaking the De Facto Humanitarian Embargo against Rebel-held Areas (Sur le Vif Blog, April 2013) [text]

Syrian Refugees and Food Insecurity in Iraq, Jordan and Turkey: Secondary Literature and Data Desk Review (World Food Programme, Feb. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Zaatari Refugee Camp (The Arabist, April 2013) [text]

New Publications on The Americas

Bench-Pressed: A Judge Recounts the Many Blessings and Heavy Lessons of Hearing Immigration Asylum Cases (iUniverse, March 2013) [info]
– Self-published memoir of a former U.S. Immigration Judge that focuses on the stories of five asylum applicants and how they changed her as both a judge and a person.

Canada/USA Bi-National Roundtable on Alternatives to Detention of Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Migrants and Stateless Persons, Buffalo, New York/Fort Erie, Ontario, 24-26 September 2012 [summary conclusions]

“Drug Cartels in Mexico,” Forced Migration Review, no. 37 (March 2011) [open access text]

Guatemalan Migration in Times of Civil War and Post-War Challenges (Migration Information Source, March 2013) [text]

Key Refugee and Immigration Issues for Women and Girls (Canadian Council for Refugees, March 2013) [text]

Leahy Bill Would Restore America’s Commitment to Refugee Protection (Human Rights First, March 2013) [text]

“Refugee Law Initiative Hosts International Conference on Latin American Asylum Policy,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 36 (April 2013) [text]

Situation of the Rights of Children in the Context of Migration in the Americas, 147th Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington, DC, 7-22 March 2013 [access]
– See also related CGRS news story.

New Publications on Europe

Asylum in the EU27: The Number of Asylum Applicants Registered in the EU27 Rose to More than 330,000 in 2012 (Eurostat, March 2013) [text]

Campaign Brings Refugees into Focus (Estonian Human Rights Centre, March 2013) [text]

Fundamental Rights at Europe’s Southern Sea Borders (EU Agency for Fundamental Human Rights, March 2013) [text]

Oral Statement by the Home Secretary to the House of Commons on the Future of UK Border Agency (UK Home Office, March 2013) [text]
– See also response from UK Refugee Council.

Irish Presidency Advances towards Common European Asylum System (Irish EU Presidency, March 2013) [text]
– See also related European Voice news story.


New Publications on Africa; MENA; and Humanitarian Assistance

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

Publications on Africa:

‘Because I am a stranger’: Urban Refugees in Yaoundé, Cameroon, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 244 (UNHCR, Sept. 2012) [text]

Shifting the Burden: The Responsibility to Protect Doctrine and the Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan (Enough Project, Sept. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

No Way In: Barriers to Access, Service and Administrative Justice at South Africa’s Refugee Reception Offices (African Centre for Migration & Society, Sept. 2012) [text]

UNHCR, Mali, and an “Arc of Instability” (Africa in Transition Blog, Sept. 2012) [text]

Young and Restless: Harnessing the Economic Resilience of Displaced Youth in Nairobi (Women’s Refugee Commission, Aug. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Why Mali Matters,” New York Times, 4 Sept. 2012 [text]

Publications on MENA:

[Photo credit: “Syrian refugee boys in a camp in Jordan” in Conflating Spaces, ISN]

Analysis: Donors Not Walking the Talk on Humanitarian Aid to Syria (IRIN, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Conflating Spaces: Syrian Rebels and Refugees in South Turkey,” Security Watch, 18 September 2012 [access]
– Scroll down to locate text.  See also related PRIO Policy Brief referenced in earlier post.

Flouting International Law: Violating the Human Rights of Asylum Seekers, including Victims of Torture and Human Trafficking, in and en route to Israel (Access Denied Blog, Aug. 2012) [text]

Migrants in Libya: ‘They don’t treat us like humans’ (Amnesty International, Aug. 2012) [text]

Migration after the Arab Spring, MPC Research Report 2012/09 (Migration Policy Centre, 2012) [text]

Relief and Recovery Support for Displaced Palestine Refugees from Nahr el-Bared Camp, North Lebanon: Final Report, January to December 2011 (UNRWA, Aug. 2012) [text]

Syria: Indiscriminate Attacks Terrorize and Displace Citizens (Amnesty International, Sept. 2012) [text]

Syria Crisis: The Humanitarian Response, London, 31 August 2012 [text]

Publications on Humanitarian Assistance:

Can Evidence Save Lives? Perspectives from Humanitarian Actors, New York, 19 July 2012 [info]
– See the concept note and background paper for this event.

IASC Real Time Evaluation (IASC RTE) of the Humanitarian Response to the Horn of Africa Drought Crisis 2011: Regional Mechanisms and Support during the Response (Inter-Agency Standing Committee, June 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
– See also synthesis report.

Mainstreaming GBV – Drought, Famine, and Displacement in Somalia: Considerations for Emergency Humanitarian Response (Protection Cluster, Aug. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Staff Care and Humanitarian Aid Organizations: A Moral Obligation,” The Applied Anthropologist, vol. 31, no. 2 (2011) [full-text]
– Scroll to p. 49.