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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.


Course: Northwestern Forced Migration Summer Institute 2013

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The Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS) at Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies is pleased to open registration for our 2013 Summer Institute. This year the focus of the Summer Institute is on the Refugee Status Determination Process and will take place from June 2nd-9th on our Evanston campus.

The Northwestern Center for Forced Migration Studies Summer Institute is an intensive eight-day, non-degree earning certificate program. Focused each year on a key topic of concern in the field of refugee studies, the Summer Institute is structured to provide participants expert knowledge and a forum to exchange ideas, build relationships, develop new approaches and policy recommendations and learn about new developments in the field. Past participants have included government officials, non-governmental organization personnel, university faculty and graduate students.

The 2013 Summer Institute on The Refugee Status Determination Process introduces participants to the legal basis for refugee status and the variations in how authorities in different countries determine whether an asylum-seeker is eligible for refugee status. It provides students with guidance and workshops on case preparation including taking testimony, evidence documentation, working with victims of trauma and with issues of credibility and includes a focus on special topics such as LGBTI and gang-related asylum claims and cases involving unaccompanied minors.

Faculty include: Deborah Anker (Harvard University); Barbara Harrell-Bond, (University of Oxford); Michael Kagan (University of Nevada, Las Vegas); Ruth Farrugia (University of Malta); Uzoamaka Nzliebe (Northwestern University); Miriam Marton (University of Connecticut) and representatives from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Asylum Division

The 2013 Summer Institute is targeted at UNHCR staff, government employees, NGO refugee case workers and practitioners, academics, law students and other graduate students seeking to expand their knowledge of critical elements of the refugee status determination process.

For more information and to register, visit our Summer Institute website at: http://www.bcics.northwestern.edu/programs/migration/summer.html

For more information about CFMS please visit:


Please don’t hesitate to contact the CFMS if you have any questions: cfms@northwestern.edu.

Thank you,

Galya Ruffer, Director, Center for Forced Migration Studies at the Buffett Center


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.