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More Newly Published Books on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation
Publisher: United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation aims to assist in developing quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure progress in the implementation of international human rights norms and principles. It describes the conceptual and methodological framework for human rights indicators recommended by international and national human rights mechanisms and used by a growing number of governmental and non-governmental actors. It provides concrete examples of indicators identified for a number of human rights—all originating from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—and other practical tools and illustrations, to support the realization of human rights at all levels. The Guide will be of interest to human rights advocates as well as policymakers, development practitioners, statisticians and others who are working to make human rights a reality for all.

[Further Information]

Living Alone Globalization, Identity and Belonging
Lynn Jamieson and Roona Simpson
Published by Palgrave MacMillan.

In Northern Europe almost half of households consist of one person. Rates of living alone are lower in the Global South but the trend is still on the increase. Prevalent first among the elderly, living alone then becomes common at ages associated with partners and children. Fears about the end of family and community combine with stereotypes, the ‘sad and lonely’ or ‘selfish singles’, in popular depictions. This groundbreaking and highly original study brings evidence to the core debates about contemporary social change in the context of globalization, exploring individualization and social connection, the future of family formation, consumption and identities, the relevance of place – rural or urban – in mobile worlds, sexuality, belonging and ‘community’, living arrangements and sustainability. This book presents a systematic sociological analysis of the growing trend of solo living across the globe, while also drawing on the voices of working-age men and women living in urban and rural areas in the UK.

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World Population Policies 2011
Published by United Nations

This report provides a comprehensive overview of key aspects of population policies and dynamics for 196 countries since the mid-1970s. Updated biennially, it documents changes in more than 40 aspects of Government views and policies related to population size and growth, population age structure, fertility, reproductive health and family planning, health and mortality, spatial distribution and internal migration, and international migration. The report also includes two-page country profiles, with the first page containing information on changes in the Government views and policies and the second page containing data on selected population indicators corresponding to the timing of three major international population conferences from mid-1970s to mid-1990s and for 2011, the most recent revision year.

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International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Special Bibliography 2012
Published by the United Nations

This bibliography is the second edition to be published by the UNICTR legal Library and Reference. It continue to show how the ICTR inspired researchers. Only for this edition, 200 titles will be added including books, articles from legal journals, comments and summaries regarding cases, unpublished theses and other relevant titles. The product will serve as a reference tool in locating resources written in the work of the Tribunal.

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Nonstate Actors in Intrastate Conflicts
Edited by Dan Miodownik and Oren Barak
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013

Nonstate Actors in Intrastate Conflicts takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the ways external individuals and groups become entangled with volatile states and how they influence the outcome of hostilities within a country’s borders. Editors Dan Miodownik and Oren Barak bring together top scholars to examine case studies in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, and Turkey in order to explore the manifold roles of external nonstate actors. By shedding light on these overlooked participants—whose causes and consequences can turn the tide of war—Nonstate Actors in Intrastate Conflicts provides a critical new perspective on the development and neutralization of civil war and ethnic violence. Contributors: Oren Barak, Chanan Cohen, Robert A. Fitchette, Orit Gazit, Gallia Lindenstrauss, Nava Löwenheim, David Malet, Dan Miodownik, Maayan Mor, Avraham Sela, Gabriel (Gabi) Sheffer, Omer Yair.

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Newly Published Books on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Abused No More: The Voices of Refugee and Asylum-seeking Women
by Holly Challenger
Published by Independent Academic Research Studies

The book is based on an original study that was undertaken by IARS between 2012 and 2013 with funding from Comic Relief. Through user-led research methods, the book aims to provide much needed evidence on the experiences of refugee and asylum seeking women who have been victims of abuse and power. The locus is London and the service areas that were investigated were health and legal. The findings are staggering and timely. The book also proceeds with a number of evidence-based solutions for government and its services, which have recently been extremely reactionary and political in their immigration policies.

Bad News for Refugees.
By Greg Philo, Emma Briant, Pauline Donald.
Published by Pluto Press.

Bad News for Refugees analyses the political, economic and environmental contexts of migration and looks specifically at how refugees and asylum seekers have been stigmatised in political rhetoric and in media coverage.

Through forensic research it shows how hysterical and inaccurate media accounts act to legitimise political action which can have terrible consequences both on the lives of refugees and also on established migrant communities.

Based on new research by the renowned Glasgow Media Group, Bad News for Refugees is essential reading for those concerned with the negative effects of media on public understanding and for the safety of vulnerable groups and communities in our society.

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Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements
By Anandi Ramamurthy
Published by Pluto Press.

Black Star documents the vibrant Asian Youth Movements in 1970s and 80s Britain who struggled against the racism of the street and the state. Anandi Ramamurthy shows how they drew inspiration from Black Power movements as well as anti-imperialist and workers’ struggles across the globe.

Drawing on her intimate knowledge and extensive research, Ramamurthy shows how the struggle to make Britain ‘home’ led to a broad-based identity where ‘black’ was a political colour inspiring unity amongst all those struggling against racism.

Ramamurthy documents how by the late 1980s this broad based black identity disintegrated as Islamophobia became a new form of racism. In the process the legacy of the Asian Youth Movements has been largely hidden. Black Star retrieves this history and demonstrates its importance for political struggles today.

The International Handbook On Gender, Migration And Transnationalism: Global and Development Perspectives
By Laura Oso , Natalia Ribas-Mateos
Published by Edward Elgar.

The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism represents a state-of-the-art review of the critical importance of the links between gender and migration in a globalising world. It draws on original, largely field-based contributions by authors across a range of disciplinary provenances worldwide.

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International Handbook On The Economics Of Migration
Edited by Amelie F. Constant , Klaus F. Zimmermann
Published by Edward Elgar.

Migration economics is a dynamic, fast-growing research area with significant and rising policy relevance. While its scope is continually extending, there is no authoritative treatment of its various branches in one volume. Written by 44 leading experts in the field, this carefully commissioned and refereed Handbook brings together 28 state-of-the-art chapters on migration research and related issues.

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Handbook Of Research Methods In Migration
Edited by Carlos Vargas-Silva
Published by Edward Elgar.

The chapters of this interdisciplinary Handbook maintain an introductory level of discussion on migration research methods, and also provide readers with references necessary for those wishing to go deeper into the topic. Covering both qualitative and quantitative topics, the expert contributors explore fundamental issues of scientific logic, methodology and methods to practical applications of different techniques and approaches in migration research.

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The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration
By Martin Ruhs
Published by Princeton University Press.

Martin Ruhs analyzes how high-income countries restrict the rights of migrant workers as part of their labor immigration policies and discusses the implications for global debates about regulating labor migration and protecting migrants. The book discusses the tensions between human rights and citizenship rights, the agency and interests of migrants and states, and the determinants and ethics of labor immigration policies.

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The Jews of Exeter: An Illustrated History.
By Helen Fry.

In 2013 Exeter Synagogue reached an historic landmark with the celebration of its 250th anniversary. As the second oldest extant synagogue outside London it has a rich history that stretches back to the early 18th century. Evidence exists too for a much older Medieval worshipping Jewish community in Exeter, before their expulsion from England in 1290. By the mid-eighteenth century Exeter possessed a viable Jewish community along with Plymouth, Falmouth and Penzance in the South West, and looked to the future. During this period the four communities all acquired a burial ground and constructed their own purpose-built synagogue. In Plymouth the synagogue is still in use as a place of worship, built a year before Exeter in 1762, and it also has two burial grounds. The Jews of Exeter is the first fully illustrated history on this subject. It opens a window on to Exeter’s Jewish history throughout the centuries: from periods of birth and growth to decline and revival. It focuses on the personalities and figures who shaped the community and who kept the beautiful Georgian synagogue going through difficult eras as well as times of expansion and renewal. Exeter’s gem of a purposebuilt synagogue which dates to 1763 is now a Grade II listed building and is hugely significant in terms of Britain’s wider heritage. The old Jewish burial ground in Magdalen Street on the edge of Bull Meadow was acquired in 1757, and included in this book for the first time is a full list of those buried in the two Exeter Jewish cemeteries, thus providing important information both for genealogists and family historians. Over a period of two and a half centuries the Jews of Exeter have contributed significantly to the wider Devon and Exeter community, including aspects of commerce, business, the arts, politics and civic life. This book will highlight the importance of preserving this unique history and heritage for posterity.

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Courses: Refugee related Master Programmes at University of East London (UEL)

Refugee related Master Programmes at University of East London (UEL)

MA in Refugee Studies at UEL

About the programme:

UEL LogoThe MA in Refugee Studies Programme has developed in the context of increasing concern about forced migration. It recognises the importance of

(forced) migration at the global level and of the multiple factors associated with refugee crises – the interplay of economic, political, social, cultural, and environment pressures which stimulate the search for asylum. The MA in Refugee Studies enables students to examine forced migration as a global phenomenon. It familiarises students with the relevant theories in the fields of (forced) migration studies, law, sociology, anthropology, psycho-social and cultural studies. The course equips students with advanced skills in interdisciplinary analysis and research, and enhances their career prospects and development.

The programme acknowledges that forced migrants confront major obstacles in their attempt to find sanctuary. Although the majority of refugees are in countries of the developing world, structures of exclusion are most fully developed in the post-industrial societies, notably within Europe. The programme highlights problems associated with limitations of asylum rights in the European states and the climate of hostility towards refugees from countries outside Western Europe. The programme considers alternative, positive, approaches to asylum rights.

MA Refugee Studies and Community Development at UEL About the programme

UEL’s innovative new MA in Refugee Studies and Community Development focuses on the increasingly important and highly relevant area of social care and refugees, and the communities to which they belong. Drawing on elements of our successful programmes in Refugee Studies and International Social Work, the MA offers a unique programme that builds on UEL’s expertise in this important field. The programme examines key issues in the field of refugee studies and the communities in which refugees live.

Our unique programme in Refugee Studies and Community Development uses a multi-disciplinary approach, with insights from politics, international relations, development studies, sociology, anthropology, social policy, psychology, and cultural and legal theory. It examines key issues concerning forced migration, as well as social, cultural, political, legal and psycho-social aspects of settlement and community development, with special reference to refugee communities in East London, as an important historic place of settlement.

Special features of the programmes

Refugee-Centred approach

A distinguishing feature of the programmes is their emphasis upon the lived experience of refugees and of refugee communities. It aims to develop a fuller appreciation of refugee experiences, achievements and needs, by approaching refugees as gender social actors. As such, the programmes will interest those who wish to undertake further research in the fields of

(forced) migration and diasporic studies; ethnicity; social, psycho-social and cultural theory; legal studies; and social policy. The programmes will also interest those professionally concerned with human rights; legal representation of refugees; counselling; education; social and community issues; and refugee welfare. They will assist those who wish to enter employment in these fields.

The Refugee Council Archive at UEL

The Refugee Council Archive at the UEL is one of the largest collections of materials on refugees and forced migration. It is a source of information and analysis on displacement, flight and exile; on legal, political and social issues; and on refugee community life. The Archive contains materials on refugees in all parts of the world, with special emphasis on Britain. For over 30 years it was housed at the Refugee Council, the lead organisation in Britain on refugee issues. In 2002 the Archive was moved to the UEL’s Docklands Campus, where it is maintained and developed by the two MA Programmes. It serves students, academics, researchers, policy makers, agencies and community groups, and in particular refugees, for whom access to dedicated materials on forced migration is often difficult.

Internship Opportunities

In addition to having well established links with universities and research centres in Britain and abroad, the two MA Programmes have close relations with numerous national and local agencies and refugee organisations, based on which they operates an internship programme with a range of organisations.

These provide an excellent opportunity for students to acquire hands-on work experience in their field of studies, and enhance their employment prospects.


The two MA Programmes attracts students of diverse origins and experiences, including refugees, from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South-East Asia, the Americas, Western and Eastern Europe. They bring together academics and those who work professionally in the refugee field, including teachers, counsellors, welfare workers, legal advisers and community workers. Such diversity encourages productive exchange of ideas and enhances the learning environment.

Among sponsors of students on the programme are leading human rights organisations, refugee support bodies, overseas development organisations, academic study centres, law firms, local authorities, colleges and schools, race equality and equal opportunities committees, charities and aid groups, as well as refugee community organisations.

Programmes structure

Core modules: Introduction to Forced Migration, Introduction to International Social Work and Community Development and Research Methods

Option modules include specialist options on social, cultural, political, legal and psychosocial aspects of refugee studies and community development.

Students begin the Dissertation during summer semester and submit in September

Career opportunities

The two MA Programmes develop general conceptual and analytical abilities, as well as research skills. They enhance generic skills which are appropriate to both further academic research and professional employment.

The MA in Refugee Studies Programme provides a theoretical and practical grounding for those who wish to advance academic work and progress to doctoral research in the fields of migration; diasporic and ethnic studies; legal studies; as well as in social and cultural theory. It also prepares students for employment in areas related to refugee and migration issues, notably in the fields of immigration and asylum law, advocacy, education, health and employment, as well as local government..

The MA in Refugee Studies and Community Development will appeal to professionals and practitioners interested in refugees and community development, both locally and internationally. Graduates could expect to work in non-governmental organisations, social service departments, and local and international charities.

For further information please check



or contact Diane Ball, Programmes’ Administrator, D.M.Ball@uel.ac.uk or +44(0)20 8223 2770.

About University of East London (UEL)

UEL rated in the top five of the modern universities for research by the Guardian, is a dynamic and vibrant university offering a wide range of courses and programme to over 19, 000 students. Our diverse and innovative learning environment has seen UEL become one of the most multicultural and forward thinking universities in London.

UEL’s School of Law and Social Sciences (LSS) offers a wide range of interdisciplinary programmes covering a wide range of research interests, including Refugee Studies and related fields. Drawing upon the law and social sciences it creates a vibrant academic and intellectual environment. The School is based at the University of East London’s new Stratford and Docklands Campuses – one of the greatest metropolitan areas of Europe.


New Pubs. on Refugee Research, Youth, Newly Arrived Migrants, Employment

Journal of Refugee Studies

Journal of Refugee Studies

Forcing the Issue: Migration Crises and the Uneasy Dialogue between Refugee Research and Policy
By Nicholas Van Hear
Journal of Refugee Studies – Advanced Access.

Abstract from the Oxford Journals website:

Refugee studies are often said to be a product of the policy world, shaped by global power relations and in particular by the interests of the global north. This article attempts to refine this view by exploring the relationship between refugees and forced migration as ‘real world’ phenomena and refugee or forced migration studies as a field of enquiry. The article takes two upheavals—the collapse of communist regimes in 1989–1991 and the financial and economic crisis of 2008–2011—to mark out or ‘bookend’ a period of about two decades during which we may track migration crises and upheavals of varying magnitudes and depth, and relate these developments to the unfolding of refugee or forced migration studies. Taking issue with some commentators’ views about the relationship between ‘real world’ forced migration and the development of forced migration studies as an analytical field, the article addresses the relations among three types of thinking: social science understandings of refugees and forced migration; thinking about refugees and forced migration in the world of policy and practice; and popular or everyday thinking about refugees. Concepts travel among these spheres of thinking and are shaped and transformed en route. Subject to power relations like other forms of knowledge, social science research on forced migration may influence both popular and governmental thinking as much as policy categories shape forced migration research.

(Source: Oxford Journals)

The Employment Rights of Refugees in Africa under the 1969 African Refugee Convention (Refugees and the Right to Work, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Making Our Way: Resettled Refugee and Asylee Youth in New York City (Women’s Refugee Commission, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Participation and Employment: A Survey of Newly Arrived Migrants and Refugees in Melbourne (AMES, 2011) [text via BroCAP]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Preventing Gender-Based Violence, Building Livelihoods: Guidance and Tools for Improved Programming (Women’s Refugee Commission, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

[ToC Alert] Journal of Refugee Studies Table of Contents for December 2011; Vol. 24, No. 4

Journal of Refugee Studies

Journal of Refugee Studies

The latest edition of the Journal of Refugee Studies – Volume 24 Number 4, (December 2011) – is no available on the Oxford Journals website. The table of contents is available from the link below:

Articles from this volume include:

  • Classical Diasporas of the Third Kind: The Hidden History of Christian Dispersion.  [Abstract].
  • Human Agency and the Meaning of Informed Consent: Reflections on Research with Refugees. [Abstract].
  • ‘People Look at Us, the Way We Dress, and They Think We’re Gangsters’: Bonds, Bridges, Gangs and Refugees: A Qualitative Study of Inter-Cultural Social Capital in Glasgow. [Abstract].
  • Ambiguous Expectations and Reduced Confidence: Experience of Somali Refugees Encountering Swedish Health Care. [Abstract].


New Publications Part 2

Longitudinal study of migrant workers in the East of England 2008-2010: final report


(Source: EoE AS&R/MW Newsflash 13-17 June 2011).  This “study explored the perspectives of migrant workers (and stakeholders) in relation to: factors that influence decisions on coming to the UK and length of stay; barriers to full participation in the regional economy; and, barriers to social inclusion in local communities.”
(Source: The Network – http://www.seapn.org.uk/)

Improving immigrants’ employment prospects through work-focused language instruction


(Source: EoE AS&R/MW Newsflash 13-17 June 2011).  This new report from the Migration Policy Institute looks at how to deliver host-country language skills which are necessary for success in the workplace. Useful background for those of us involved in ESOL provision.
(Source: The Network – http://www.seapn.org.uk/)

Giorgia Dona

Giorgia Dona

Migration, Representation and Citizenship in the Wake of the Arab Spring
By Giorgia Dona.

“Though only a small proportion of refugees arrive in Western countries, they have a profound impact on national dialogues. This article is a republished version of the original that appeared on the www.thinkafricapress.com website and is published with their and the author’s kind permission.”
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/)

“Off Target …”


(Source: Migrants Rights News 27 June).  “The latest report by the Migration Observatory at Oxford University has dealt a painful blow to the credibility of the Coalition government’s immigration policy. It concludes that the government is ‘unlikely’ to meet the prime minister’s target of reducing net migration to the ‘tens of thousands’ by 2015.”
(Source: The Network – http://www.seapn.org.uk/)

Chad: Improvements in security allow for the return of some IDPs
Read the Overview (html / pdf)

As of June 2011, there were 131,000 IDPs living in 38 IDP camps in eastern Chad. The majority of them had limited access to livelihoods and continued to rely on protection and assistance from international humanitarian organisations. No new internal displacements were reported in 2010 or in the first five months of 2011. (…)
(Source: IDMC – http://www.internal-displacement.org/)

Selection of Recently Published Journal Articles

The following are a selection of recently published journal articles:

The construction of political agency: South Asian women and political activism By Shaminder Takhar
Community Dev J (2011) 46 (3): 341-350. doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsr039

Link : http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/content/46/3/341.short?rss=1

Abstract : “This article draws on research conducted with South Asian women working in a variety of organizations ranging from those that provide specialist services to training and anti-racist work. It is argued that despite stereotyping, these women have shown agency through involvement in civic organizations which has been crucial in understanding issues that are specifically relevant to South Asian women, for example, forced marriage and honour killings. The article also engages with feminist debates around the construction of political agency and its role in influencing social change and transformation within the South Asian community. The empowerment of women is discussed with reference to its central role in enabling them to take control over their lives

Women’s leadership in camps for internally displaced people in Darfur, western Sudan.  By Devanna De La Puente.
Community Dev J (2011) 46 (3): 365-377. doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsr036

Link : http://cdj.oxfordjournals.org/content/46/3/365.short?rss=1

Abstract : “This paper explores the nature and extent of women’s participation in the internally displaced person (IDP) camps in Darfur. Community leaders and committees always play a key role in the implementation of humanitarian assi stance in Darfur; but women, the majority of the population in the camps, are often underrepresented in community participation and leadership. This is due to the influence of traditional patriarchal structures and compounded by the approach of some service providers and other institutions which often rely on existing and customary structures. This fails to acknowledge or promote the real and potential role of female leadership and equal participation and often reinforces exclusion based on gender. The paper analyses the potential offered by conflict to transform traditional gender roles and emphasizes the importance of ensuring that humanitarian response international NGOs acknowledge the often ignored role of traditional female community leaders and support women’s leadership opportunities more broadly. The paper concludes by highlighting the positive impact of women’s wider role in the community and the potential for long-term change this brings”

Whispering truth to power: The everyday resistance of Rwandan peasants to post-genocide reconciliation. By Susan Thomson.

Afr Aff (Lond) (2011) 110 (440): 439-456. doi: 10.1093/afraf/adr021

Link : http://afraf.oxfordjournals.org/content/110/440/439.abstract

Abstact : “
The government in post-genocide Rwanda stakes its moral claim to legitimacy on a policy of national unity and reconciliation, claiming to create a ‘Rwanda for all Rwandans’. This article investigates peasant resistance to this policy. Focusing on everyday acts of resistance among the rural poor, it demonstrates that despite the appearance of widespread popular support, many peasant Rwandans consider the various mechanisms of national unity and reconciliation to be unjust and illegitimate. Obedience to the dictates of the policy of national unity is frequently tactical, rather than sincere, as peasants employ various strategies to avoid participation. Through a focus on everyday acts of resistance, the article reveals how the post-genocide state through the policy of national unity and reconciliation seeks to depoliticize peasant people by orchestrating public performances and by closing off the possibility for individuals to join together to organize politically. ”

A Double Bind: Malta and the Rescue of Unwanted Migrants at Sea, a Legal Anthropological Perspective on the Humanitarian Law of the Se.  By Silja Klepp.

Int J Refugee Law (2011) doi: 10.1093/ijrl/eer017

Link : http://ijrl.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/06/22/ijrl.eer017.short?rss=1
Abstract : “This paper discusses research results from anthropological fieldwork carried out in Malta in 2007. The island, which is situated in the central Mediterranean Sea between Tunisia, Libya and Italy, is a focal point regarding the continuing refugee situation. One of the research aims was to investigate the situation at sea concerning Search and Rescue (SAR) operations for migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean by boat. In the year 2006, 556 missing and drowned migrants were registered in the central Mediterranean between Libya, Malta and Italy, this number increased to 642 in 2008.1 The goal of the research in Malta was therefore to understand why an increasing number of migrants were dying at sea and what role the European security forces play in this context. “

New Research and Publications, Part 5

Further to my earlier email, please find part 5 of my listing of recently published reports and publications relating to refugee and forced migration studies :
(these documents have been compiled from lists of resources made available on the Forced Migration Curent Awareness Blog) :

African Migrants are Drowning in the Mediterranean (Human Rights Comment, June 2011) [text]

Briefing Paper on Flood-displaced Women in Sindh Province, Pakistan (IDMC and NRC, June 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Last Resort or First Resort? Immigration Detention of Children in the UK (Bail for Immigration Detainees, May 2011) [access]

“Malaria in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana, Kenya: Facilitation of Anopheles Arabiensis Vector Populations by Installed Water Distribution and Catchment Systems,” Malaria Journal 10:149 (2011) [open access article]

Paving the Way: A Handbook on the Reception and Integration of Resettled Refugees (ICMC, June 2011) [text]

African Migrants are Drowning in the Mediterranean (Human Rights Comment, June 2011) [text]

Briefing Paper on Flood-displaced Women in Sindh Province, Pakistan (IDMC and NRC, June 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Last Resort or First Resort? Immigration Detention of Children in the UK (Bail for Immigration Detainees, May 2011) [access]

“Malaria in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana, Kenya: Facilitation of Anopheles Arabiensis Vector Populations by Installed Water Distribution and Catchment Systems,” Malaria Journal 10:149 (2011) [open access article]

Paving the Way: A Handbook on the Reception and Integration of Resettled Refugees (ICMC, June 2011) [text]

Natural Disaster Response in Japan and Fiji, Foreign Policy Trip Report, no. 27 (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, June 2011) [text]

Refugee Integration in Scotland (Scottish Refugee Council, May 2011) [text]

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/17/35 (UN General Assembly, Human Rights Council, April 2011) [text]

What Have I Done? The Experiences of Children and Families in UK Immigration Detention (Children’s Society, May 2011) [text]

Who’s Still Missing? Refugees, Migrants and the Equality Agenda (Equality and Diversity Forum, May 2011) [text]

2010 Annual Report of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC, May 2011) [access]

Critical Reflections on Anti-Human Trafficking: The Case of Timor Leste, NTS Alert (Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, May 2011) [text]

Electing Displacement: Political Cleansing in Apartadó, Colombia, HiCN Working Paper 96 (Households in Conflict, May 2011) [text]

“The Resettlement of Nauruans in Australia: An Early Case of Failed Environmental Migration,” Journal of Pacific History, vol. 46, no. 2 (2011) [full-text via SSRN]

Shahram Khosravi on a World of Borders (The Browser, May 2011) [text]

Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2010: The Numbers and Trends (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, May 2011) [text]

Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (2010) (European Commission, May 2011) [text]

Body of Evidence: Treatment of Medico-legal Reports for Survivors of Torture in the UK Asylum System (Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, May 2011) [text]

The Italian Approach to Asylum: System and Core Problems (Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers, April 2011) [text]

“Searching for the Key in the Wrong Place: Why ‘Common Sense’ Credibility Rules Consistently Harm Refugees,” Boston University International Law Journal, vol. 30, no. 1 (2011) [preprint via SSRN]

Selected Bibliography: Displacement to Urban Areas (UNHCR, updated May 2011) [text]

“Alien Language: Immigration Metaphors and the Jurisprudence of Otherness,” Fordham Law Review, vol. 79, no. 4 (March 2011) [full-text]

Asylum Procedure and Reception Conditions in Italy: Report on the Situation of Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Persons under Subsidiary or Humanitarian Protection, with Focus on Dublin Returnees (Swiss Refugee Council & and the Norwegian Law Student’s Legal Aid Office (Juss-Buss), May 2011) [text]

Beyond Making Ends Meet: Urban Refugees and Microfinance (Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, April 2011) [text]

Legal and Policy Review: Responses to Human Trafficking in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka (UNODC, April 2011) [text]
Meanwhile, Back in Iraq… (IntLawGrrls, May 2011) [text]

Reconsidering the Role of Conflict in the Lives of Refugees: The Case of Somalis in Europe, Working Paper no. 45 (MICROCON, May 2011) [text]

The 2010 Humanitarian Accountability Report (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership, 2011) [text]

“The Impact of Direct Provision Accommodation for Asylum Seekers on Organisation and Delivery of Local Primary Care and Social Care Services: A Case Study,” BMC Family Practice 12:32 (May 2011) [open access article]

Regional Dialogues with Refugee Women and Girls, Reports (It Begins with Me…, 2011) [access]- See earlier post for more information.

Settlement Outcomes of New Arrivals (Australian Government, Dept. of Immigration and Citizenship, April 2011) [text]

Tearing Down the Bridge to Inclusion for Young Asylum Seekers (openDemocracy, April 2011) [text]

Finally, Some Clarity for Gender-Based Asylum Claims (Health Rights Advocate, May 2011) [text]

“Refugee” Status Should Protect Victims of Gang Violence (Health Rights Advocate, May 2011) [text]

There Are Alternatives: A Handbook for Preventing Unnecessary Immigration Detention around the World (International Detention Coalition & La Trobe Refugee Research Centre, May 2011) [text]

The UN Refugee Convention: Still Valid? (Jesuit Refugee Service, May 2011) [text]

Without Citizenship: Statelessness, Discrimination and Repression in Kuwait (Refugees International & Open Society Justice Initiative, May 2011) [text]

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh and Thailand: Fact Finding Mission to Bangladesh and Thailand, 4-17 February 2011 (Danish Immigration Service, May 2011) [text via Refworld]

Annual Risk Analysis 2011 (Frontex, April 2011) [access]
– “[R]ecords the main trends in regular and irregular migration into the European Union in 2010 and offers predictions for the coming year’s trends.”

Crisis and Opportunity: Protracted Displacement in Sudan (Refugee Cooperation, May 2011) [text]

Migration and International Human Rights Law, Practitioners Guide, no. 6 (International Commission of Jurists, April 2011) [text]

Peoples under Threat 2011 (Minority Rights Group International, May 2011) [access]

Voice after Exit: Revolution and Migration in the Arab World (Migration Information Source, May 2011) [text]

Country Information and Evidence Assessment in New Zealand (New Zealand Refugee Law, April 2011) [text]

DR Congo: Support Community-Based Tools for MONUSCO (Refugees International, May 2011) [text]

“Power and Politics in Resettlement: A Case Study of Bhutanese Refugees in the USA,” New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 208 (UNHCR, May 2011) [text]

“Protracted Sahrawi Displacement: Challenges and Opportunities Beyond Encampment,” Policy Briefing, no. 7 (RSC, May 2011) [text]

“Rhetoric versus Reality: The Best and Worst of Aid Agency Practices,” World Development, forthcoming (2011) [preprint]

Displacement in Georgia: IDP Attitudes to Conflict, Return and Justice (Conciliation Resources, Feb. 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2011: Revealing Risk, Redefining Development (UN, 2011) [text]
– See esp. chapter 2 for disaster-induced displacement.
Mexican Internal Forced Displacement Gains Salience (Oxford Analytica, May 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Protracted Refugee Situations: An Iraq Case Study (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, April 2011) [text]

“Protection of Civilians in 2010: Facts, Figures, and the UN Security Council’s Response,” Briefing Paper, no. 147 (Oxfam, May 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

Trafficking for Forced Labour and Labour Exploitation in Finland, Poland and Estonia (European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, 2011) [text]

Back to Basics: The Right to Liberty and Security of Person and ‘Alternatives to Detention’ of Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, Stateless Persons and Other Migrants (UNHCR, April 2011) [text]

Cash in Hand: Urban Refugees, the Right to Work and UNHCR’s Advocacy Activities, PDES/2011/05 (UNHCR, May 2011) [text]

“The End of History? Conflict, Displacement and Durable Solutions in the Post-Cold War Era,” New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 207 (UNHCR, May 2011) [text]

EXCOM Membership by Admission of Members (UNHCR, posted May 2011) [text]


“Look Who’s Coming to Europe,” New York Times, 9 May 2011 [text]

– OpEd by António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Statistical Report on UNHCR Registered Iraqis and Non-Iraqis: Iraq, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and the GCC countries (UNHCR, April 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]

New Research and Publications, Part 4

Further to my earlier email, please find part 4 of my listing of recently published reports and publications relating to refugee and forced migration studies :

Darfur in the Shadows : The Sudanese Government’s Ongoing Attacks on Civilians and Human Rights
By Human Rights Watch
(Source: Human Rights Watch – http://www.hrw.org/)

Pakistan: Impact of flood-induced displacement on women in Sindh province
The July and August 2010 floods in Pakistan caused the largest displacement in the country’s history, of over 11 million people. Women faced particular challenges and discrimination in the extreme circumstances which followed, before, during and after their displacement.
Download the briefing paper (pdf)
Pakistan country page
Source (IDMC – http://www.internal-displacement.org/)

Displacement due to natural hazard-induced disasters: Global estimates 2009 and 2010
Millions of men, women and children around the world are displaced from their homes each year by sudden-onset natural disasters. This report finds that over 17 million people were newly displaced in 2009 and over 42 million in 2010, most of them by extreme weather events. The sheer scale of displacement should leave no doubt as to the seriousness and immediacy of the challenge facing affected populations, governments and the international community. People displaced by disasters have the right to be protected and assisted, and greater efforts and collaboration between actors from different fields are required to strengthen preparedness and response.”
View the report
Press release
Source (IDMC – http://www.internal-displacement.org/)

Pakistan: Returns continue in some areas but comprehensive IDP policy needed
The population of north-west Pakistan has suffered conflict-induced displacement for the past seven years, with the phenomenon reaching its peak in 2009 when there were more than three million internally displaced people (IDPs) in the region. By May 2010, the figure was down to one million, but returns since then have been offset by new displacements. As of May 2011, ongoing military operations and militant activities were causing new displacements in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The official criteria for registration as an IDP have barred many displaced people from assistance. A multi-agency IDP vulnerability assessment profiling (IVAP) found that only around half of all IDPs were registered, but that hundreds of thousands of ineligible people were. (…)
Read the Overview (html / pdf)
Pakistan country page


IDPs return to face slow land allocation, and no shelter, basic services or livelihoods
In August 2010, the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) announced an ambitious initiative aimed at facilitating the rapid return to the south of up to 1.5 million Southern Sudanese living in the north and Egypt. However, the return of Southern Sudanese people to the south has been slower than the GoSS anticipated, and up to now only around 300,000 IDPs have returned.
Achievement of durable solutions has been difficult in a region ravaged by war, still plagued by insecurity and offering limited access to water, health care, education or livelihood opportunities. Upon return many IDPs are faced with no services, no livelihood opportunities and no land to settle on. So far, the GoSS has provided little or no support for integration of returning IDPs an a large share of the facilitation for the returnees has been taken on by the international community.
Download the briefing paper (pdf)
Sudan country page

Source (IDMC – http://www.internal-displacement.org/)


Central African Republic: Grave violations against children including internally displaced children
Children in the Central African Republic (CAR) are being abducted, recruited into armed groups, and denied access to humanitarian assistance, according to a report released today by the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) and IDMC.
The report, An Uncertain Future? Children and Armed Conflict in the Central African Republic, finds that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is still present and active in CAR, where it is abducting children. Abducted children are raped, used as sex slaves, and forced to attack villages and kill others, including other children.
Watchlist and IDMC interviewed former child soldiers, internally displaced children and their families, community leaders and teachers, defense and security forces, and members of self-defense militias.
IDMC has called for a stronger international response to the humanitarian and human rights crisis in CAR. Despite the range, extent and gravity of the violations which children in CAR face, the country continues to receive a relative lack of international attention.
View the report (PDF)
Press release
CAR country page
Source (IDMC – http://www.internal-displacement.org/)

Libya: Increasing reports of internal displacement
The continuing internal conflict in Libya started on 15 February when rioters in Benghazi demanded the end of the 41-year rule of Muammar Qadhafi. As of 14 April, repeated advances and retreats of both pro-Qadhafi and opposition forces had left cities and villages deserted, with civilians increasingly bearing the brunt of the combat.
As of 14 April, aid organisations reported that about 106,000 people had been internally displaced many of them several times. The Libyan Committee for Humanitarian Aid and Relief had reported that 35,000 people had been displaced from Ajdabiya to Benghazi; UNHCR reported that about 6,000 IDPs were seeking shelter in Tubruq. As of 25 March, International Medical Corps’ East Libya Team reported that 25,000 IDPs had gathered in Al Butwen. Meanwhile, according to the Libyan Red Crescent, some 5,000 people were displaced in Derna. (…)
Read the Overview (html / pdf)
Libya country page
Source (IDMC – http://www.internal-displacement.org/)

Communication & engagement toolkit


New from the Evelyn Oldfield Unit is this important toolkit (intended for “supporting RCOs to better connect with their beneficiaries” [p7]) and which looks at mapping; “tools for engagement”; social media; removing barriers; “human resources” – sources of help and support.
NB Fuller assessment to appear in The Network Newsletter.
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

“Eastern European workers under attack”

(Source: IRR Weekly Digest, 27 May)

“Research by the Institute of Race Relations shows that eastern Europeans in the UK face a significant threat of racial violence. Cases over the last twelve months reveal incidents ranging from graffiti and abuse to brutal attacks causing long-lasting physical damage. Some people have resorted to moving away to escape from danger and although incidents occur throughout the UK, there is a particularly high number of cases in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most of the cases we have recorded involve Polish people.”
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

Who’s still missing? Refugees, migrants and the equality agenda

(Source: email from the Equality and Diversity Forum)

“Coinciding with the introduction of the new public sector Equality Duty, EDF commissioned research to explore what lessons can be learnt from the implementation of the previous Race Equality Duty and to consider how public authorities can most effectively use the new Duty to incorporate refugee and migrant communities into their core work.”
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)


Refugee Integration in Scotland – Briefing 1: Key Findings from Stage 1

(Source: MEMO [Minority Ethnic Matters Overview], 265, 30 May 2011)

The Scottish Refugee Council is undertaking a longitudinal study of refugee integration in Scotland. This briefing paper is the first in a series that will highlight the findings of each stage.
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

“Should we be upset by a silent ‘amnesty’ of asylum seekers in the UK?”

(Source: Migrants Rights News, 6 June)

Thoughtful blog posting from Ruth Grove-White, which questions whether there really has been an amnesty …
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

“Population Estimates by Ethnic Group (experimental)”

(Source: Migrants Rights News, 23 May)

The Office of National Statistics has just published these new figures: “Population estimates by ethnic group are available for mid-2001 to mid-2009 for England and Wales and for constituent areas (regions, counties and local authorities). The estimates are provided by age, sex and ethnic group as defined in the 2001 Census.”
However, as you may have seen, there have been some ‘knee-jerk’ reactions to these figures. Ruth Grove-White at Migrants’ Rights Network takes a more analytical look at what they mean in her blog-post at: http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/blog/2011/05/looking-those-immigration-stats-beyond-hysteria.
Also, The Guardian has produced an interactive map: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/may/19/ethnic-breakdown-england-wales.
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

Migration issues – Other Agencies

Glossary on migration

(Source: Migrants Rights News, 9 May)

This is the 2nd edition of the Glossary first published in 2004, and which is a valuable source for governments, practitioners, NGOs and students working in the field of migration.

(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

“The Plight of Chinese Migrant Workers in the UK: Survey findings from East Midlands”

(Source: Migrants Rights News, 11 April)

“Migration Pulse” blog entry from Dr. Bin Wu, a senior research fellow in the China Policy Institute, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham, which highlights research findings from a pilot survey on Chinese migrant employment in East Midlands two years ago.
The full report, Employment conditions of Chinese migrant workers in the East Midlands, is available at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cpi/documents/funded-projects/ilo-employment-conditions-migrant-workers-final.pdf.
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

33rd IBBY International Congress, August 2012 – call for papers


The themes are translation and migration; submissions accepted up to Thursday 30 June 2011.
Further info on the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) weblink (above).
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

What have I done? The experiences of children and families in UK immigration detention

http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/research_docs/ExperiencesOfDetention_ExecSummaryRecs_FINAL.pdf (Summary)

http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/tcs/research_docs/immigration%20experiences_full%20report.pdf (Full report)
(Source: IRR Weekly Digest, 20 May)

Important new report from the Children’s Society, which “investigates the experiences of UK immigration detention of children and their families”, and which found that “the majority of the 79 children and parents in the sample were detrimentally affected by a period in immigration detention.”
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

Ending the abuse: policies that work to protect migrant domestic workers – report from Kalayaan

(Source: EoE AS&R/MW Newsflash 16-20 May 2011)

“Kalayaan, the charity which provides advocacy and advice to Britain’s migrant domestic workers … has published a new report which draws on evidence collected over the last decade and demonstrates that migrant domestic workers are highly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.”
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

No easy options: irregular immigration in the UK

(Source: ippr E-newsletter, 27 April)

New report from ippr, available to download from the above weblink. It takes as its starting point:“A major reduction in irregular immigration in the UK will be difficult to achieve and will take a long time, particularly with respect to reducing significantly the population of irregulars that is long established in this country.” [p4]
It then investigates key options, and makes a series of recommendations. It’s a depressing read, as it places this work in the current UK context:

“Ippr has long backed earned regularisation as one option for dealing with a portion of the UK’s large irregular stock which has built up in recent years. We remain of the view that, properly managed and properly explained to the public, it would be a useful policy tool … There are strong moral and practical arguments in favour of regularisation, given the UK’s recent history of immigration mismanagement, and excluding it as an option will certainly make the task of reducing irregularity that much harder. However, our conclusion in this report – hard-nosed but, we think, self-evident – is that the outcome of the general election in 2010 has ended any prospect of a large-scale regularisation programme.” [p7]

NB The Institute of Race Relations has just published a strong critique of this ippr paper – see: http://www.irr.org.uk/2011/april/ha000027.html.
(Source: Network e-Bulletin – NETWORKEBULLETIN@JISCMAIL.AC.UK)

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration’s assessment of immigration policy

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration met for the second time this year in Parliament to debate the Coalition Government’s immigration policy of the past 12 months in a meeting entitled, ‘Immigration under the Coalition Government: looking back, moving forward’. On the occassion a briefing paper was published to inform the debate.

Parliamentary Accounts Committee report criticises Points Based System

A new report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has criticised the UK Border Agency over the operation of the Points Based System work routes, which were introduced in 2008.

New Research and Publications, Part 3

Further to my earlier email, please find part 3 of my listing of recently published reports and publications relating to refugee and forced migration studies :

Journals and Periodicals

International Journal of Refugee Law (Table of Contents – Volume 23 Number 1, March 2011): http://ijrl.oxfordjournals.org/

Refugee Survey Quarterly (Table of Contents – Volume 30, Number 1, March 2011): http://rsq.oxfordjournals.org/

N°91, 1 March 2011 –
Download the full issue of CrisisWatch N°91

Forced Migration Review issue 37, entitled ‘Armed non-state actors and
displacement’ is now online at

Some armed non-state actors behave responsibly and humanely, at least some of the time. Others seem to have no regard for the damage, distress or deaths
that they cause – and may actually use displacement as a deliberate tactic – in pursuit of their goals of power, resources or justice. FMR 37 looks at a
variety of such actors, at their behaviours and at efforts to bring them into frameworks of responsibility and accountability.


This issue of Humanitarian Exchange is themed Humanitarian Space in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A combination of violent conflict and natural
disasters has led to widespread humanitarian needs in both contexts. Yet, humanitarian organisations are increasingly challenged in their ability to
To view the issue online visit http://www.odihpn.org/report.asp?id=3182.

It is a pleasure to inform you of the second issue of Diversities, published jointly by UNESCO and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. The issue is dedicated to female migration outcomes and published at the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March).

Diversities is a continuation of the International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS), which is published by UNESCO since 1999.

How do women benefit from migration? This special issue of Diversities is focused on how migrant women fare in terms of human rights, gender justice and gender empowerment. The Journal takes an innovative human rights based approach in defining migration outcomes beyond the more conventional economic approach. Papers in the issue provide a broad geographic perspective, including migration following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, South-South migration in Latin America, and migration from Africa to Europe. Data and analysis is provided on the way to measure the outcomes of migration for female migrants in gender equality terms.

Diversities Vol. 13, No. 1, 2011

Female Migration Outcomes: Human Rights Perspectives

Guest Editors: Nicola Piper and Amber French

Do Women Benefit from Migration? An Editorial Introduction, pp. 1-4

Nicola Piper and Amber French

Notions of Rights and Entitlements Among Peruvian Female Workers in Chile, pp. 5-18

Claudia Mora and Nicola Piper

Transnational Migration and Changing Gender Relations in Peruvian and Bolivian Cities, pp. 19-34
Tanja Bastia and Erika Busse

Social Change and Female Involvement: Sinthiane’s Associations at Home and Abroad, pp. 35-48
Georgia Barbara Jettinger

Measuring Women’s Empowerment through Migration, pp. 49-66

Amie Gaye and Shreyasi Jha

Shaking up the Grounds for Human Trafficking on Hispaniola, pp. 67-81

Bridget Wooding


New IDMC Reports:

Ethiopia: Monitoring of conflict, human rights violations and resulting displacement still problematicRead the Overview (html / pdf).

Links made available by ICAR:

The European Court of Human Rights – Facts and figures is a new book published by the Council of Europe.

Coping with Destitution: Survival and livelihood strategies of refused asylum seekers living in the UK by Heaven Crawley, Joanne Hemmings and Neil Price is a new research report from Oxfam. See also IRIN article.
Becoming British Citizens? Experiences and Opinions of Refugees Living in Scotland – Refugee Council research report by Emma Stewart and Gareth Mulvey.
Children and youth:
New reports from Frontex:
An inspection of entry clearance in Abu Dhabi and Islamabad by the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency.

UNHCR Position on Returns to Côte d’Ivoire

Protecting Europe and Protecting Migrants? Strategies for Managing Unauthorised Migration from Africa by Carling, Jørgen and Hernández-Carretero, María in the British Journal of Politics & International Relations Volume 13, No1.
Health and Social Needs of Traumatized Refugees and Asylum Seekers: An Exploratory Study by Patricia J. M. Strijk, Berno van Meijel, Claudia J. Gamel in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care Vol 47 No 1.
Working with Interpreters in Child Mental Health by Cécile Rousseau, Toby Measham, and Marie-Rose Moro Child in Adolescent Mental Health Volume 16, No 1.
Asylum Seekers and the Right to Access Health Care by Stevens, Dallal in Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 4.
Asylum in the Margins of Contemporary Britain: The Spatial Practices of Desire in Gypo by Kirsten Emiko McAllister. Space and Culture 14 (1), (online only)
Reports made abailable through IRR:

Calais Migrant Solidarity has published issue no.3 of: ‘Without Borders’.
Download the issue at:
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/media/2011/03//475212.pdf (pd file, 188kb)

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published new research on: ‘A review of poverty and ethnicity in Scotland’.
Download the summary at:
http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/poverty-ethnicity-Scotland-summary.pdf (pdf file, 132kb)

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published new research on: ‘Ethnic diversity and inequality: ethical and scientific rigour in social research
Download the full report at:
http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/ethnicity-social-policy-research-full.pdf (pdf file, 376kb)

South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) has published the February edition of: ‘SYMAAG News’.
To receive copies email: dignitynotdetention@yahoo.co.uk

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report: ‘Landing in Kent: The experience of unaccompanied children arriving in the UK’.
Download the report at:
http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/force_download.php?fp=%2Fclient_assets%2Fcp%2Fpublication%2F465%2FLanding_in_Kent_-_The_experience_of_unaccompanied_children_arriving_in_the_UK.pdf (pdf file, 396kb)

The Scottish Affairs Committee has published its third report: ‘UK Border Agency and Glasgow City Council’.
View the report at:

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has published a report: ‘Policing Public Order: An overview and review of progress against the recommendations of Adapting to Protest and Nurturing the British Model of Policing’.
Download the report at:
http://www.hmic.gov.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/PPR/PPR_20110209.pdf (pdf file, 282kb)

The Chief Inspector of The UK Border Agency has published a report: ‘A Thematic Inspection of the Points-Based System: Tier 2 (Skilled Workers), July – August 2010’.
Download the report at:
http://icinspector.independent.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/A-thematic-inspection-of-the-PBS-Tier-2_Skilled-Workers.pdf (pdf file, 656kb)

Research Development and Statistics at the Home Office has published a Statistical Bulletin: ‘Operation of police powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 and subsequent legislation: Arrests, outcomes and stop & searches, Quarterly update to September 2010, Great Britain’.
Download the statistics at:

Research Development and Statistics at the Home Office has published: ‘Monthly Asylum Statistics – December 2010’.
Download the statistics at:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs11/asylum-dec2010.xls (excel file, 76kb)

Research Development and Statistics at the Home Office has published: ‘Children entering detention held solely under Immigration Act powers, by age and place of initial detention, (excluding Harwich), January 2011’.
Download the statistics at:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs11/child-detention-jan2011.xls (excel file, 20kb)

Research Development and Statistics at the Home Office has published: ‘Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Summary, United Kingdom – Fourth Quarter 2010’.
Download the statistics at:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs11/control-immigration-q4-2010.pdf (pdf file, 252kb)

The UK Border Agency at the Home Office has published the: ‘Terms of Reference – Independent Family Returns Panel’.
View the document at:
http://nds.coi.gov.uk/imagelibrary/DownloadMedia.ashx?MediaDetailsID=3246 (pdf file, 1.8mb)

The UK Border Agency has published:’ Annual update to the codes of practice for sponsored skilled workers’.
View the codes of practice at:

A new report has been published by the Qalb Mental Health Centre and Cheetah Books, written by Dr Qadir Bakhsh: ‘Mental Health: South Asian Communities Delivering Racial Equality in Mental Health Care – 2010 and Beyond A legacy report’.
Email: cheetah_qb@yahoo.co.uk for a copy of the report

The Migrants’ Rights Network has published its 2010 Annual Report.
Download the report at:
http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/files/publications/MRN_annual_report_2010.pdf (pdf file, 1.1mb)

Joint Enterprise, Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA) has published issue no.3 of its latest newsletter.
Download the newsletter at:
http://www.irr.org.uk/pdf2/JENGbA_Newsletter_issue_3.pdf (pdf file, 464kb)

The Community Security Trust has published its: ‘Antisemitic Incidents Report 2010’.
Download the report at:
http://www.thecst.org.uk/docs/Incidents%20Report%202010.pdf (pdf file, 2.8mb)

Qa research has published a summary report for Children & Young People Now magazine on: ‘Children and Gangs’.
Download the report at:
http://www.qaresearch.co.uk/index.php?/component/option,com_rokdownloads/id,60/task,download/view,file/ (pdf file 684kb)

The Home Office has published a report on: Knife, gun and gang-related youth violence.
Download the report at:

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has published a: ‘Report on an unannounced full inspection of the short-term holding facility at: Luton Airport, 18 October 2010’.
Download the report at:
http://www.justice.gov.uk/inspectorates/hmi-prisons/docs/2010-Luton_Airport_STHF_final_report.pdf (pdf file 68kb)

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has published a: ‘Report on an unannounced full follow-up inspection of Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre and short-term holding facility, 16-27 August 2010’.
Download the report at:
http://www.justice.gov.uk/inspectorates/hmi-prisons/docs/Colnbrook_2010_rps.pdf (pdf file, 580kb)

The Home Office has published a report by Lord Carlile of Berriew Q.C: ‘Sixth Report of the Independent Reviewer pursuant to Section 14(3) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005’.
Download the report at:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/counter-terrorism/independent-reviews/lord-carlile-sixth-report?view=Binary (pdf file, 788kb)

Oxfam has published a report by the Centre for Migration Policy Research (CMPR), Swansea University: ‘Coping with Destitution: Survival and livelihood strategies of refused asylum seekers living in the UK’.
Download the full report at:
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/policy/right_heard/downloads/rr-coping-with-destitution-survival-strategies-uk-040211-en.pdf (pdf file, 612kb)
Download the summary at:
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/resources/policy/right_heard/downloads/rr-coping-with-destitution-survival-strategies-uk-040211-summ-en.pdf (pdf file, 302kb)

HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published the: ‘Monitoring places of detention: First Annual Report of the United Kingdom’s National Preventive Mechanism 2009-10’.
Download the full report at:
http://www.justice.gov.uk/inspectorates/hmi-prisons/docs/National_Preventive_Mechanism_Annual_report_2009-2010(web).pdf (pdf file, 1mb)

Positive Action For Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS) has published a report by Jon Burnett and David Whyte on: ‘The Wages of Fear: risk, safety and undocumented work’.
Download the report at:
http://www.pafras.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/The_Wages_of-Fear.pdf (pdf file, 352kb)

Asylum Aid has published a report: ‘Unsustainable: the quality of initial decision-making in women’s asylum claims’.
Download the report at:
http://www.asylumaid.org.uk/data/files/unsustainableweb.pdf (pdf file, 2.4mb)

The Migrants Resource Centre has published a report: ‘”Hope Costs Nothing” – A report on the lives of undocumented migrants in the UK – 2010’.
Download the report at:
http://www.migrantsresourcecentre.org.uk/images/umr.pdf (pdf file, 5.8mb)

The Children’s Legal Centre has published its: Migrants Children Project update, January 2011′.
View the update at:

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published a report: ‘The work of the UK Border Agency’.
Download the report at:
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmhaff/587/587.pdf (pdf file, 684kb)

Research Development Statistics at the Home Office has published statistics on: ‘Children entering detention held solely under Immigration Act powers, by age and place of initial detention, (excluding Harwich), November 2010’.
Download the statistics at:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/child-detention-nov2010.xls (excel file, 28kb)

Research Development Statistics at the Home Office has published: ‘Monthly Asylum Statistics – October 2010
Download the statistics at:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs10/asylum-oct2010.xls (excel file, 36kb)

Research Development Statistics at the Home Office has published: ‘Occasional Paper 92 – A feasibility study for a survey of migrants’.
Download the paper at:

Research Development Statistics at the Home Office has published: ‘Home Office Research Report 49 – Users’ views of the Points-Based System’.
Download the report at:

Reports detailed from the Network Ebulletin:

Health Protection Agency “Migrant Health Guide” – http://www.hpa.org.uk/migranthealthguide
(Source: EoE AS&R/MW Newsflash 31 Jan- 4 Feb 2011)

“This resource aims to assist primary health care practitioners to look after people who have come to live in the UK from abroad. It is organised on
a country specific basis and outlines a range of health issues that might affect someone coming from each country, making their health care needs
different to that of the UK born population. It also provides practical guidance and resources to assess and manage a wide range of health needs.”

Coping with destitution: survival and livelihood strategies of refused asylum seekers living in the UK


New research from Swansea University’s Centre for Migration Policy Research and Oxfam, which “. uncovers how the hundreds of thousands of people
currently living in the UK, with no access to legitimate means of securing a livelihood, survive on a day-to-day and longer-term basis.”

Publications from Other Sources

‘Migration and Climate Change: an Overview’,  by Étienne Piguet, Antoine Pécoud and Paul de Guchteneire

Summary:  Climate change has become a major concern for the international community. Among its consequences, its impact on migration is the object of increasing
attention from both policy-makers and researchers. Yet, knowledge in this field remains limited and fragmented.

Download the Working Paper
>  [English, PDF].

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) has published a new report on developments at the UN level on the issue of immigration detention.

The report indicates that developments at the UN level over the last 18 months suggest there is growing international recognition among UN
agencies of the issue of immigration detention, particularly the detention of children, and the importance of exploring and promoting
alternatives to immigration detention.

The report can be downloaded at:

Monthly Asylum Statistics – November 2010

Children entering detention held solely under Immigration Act powers, by age and place of initial detention (excluding Harwich), December 2010

To download the above, visit the “what’s new” page at

From the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford:

We are delighted to attach the Winter 2010-2011 issue of our newsletter and our 2009-2010 Academic Record in PDF format. You can also find both documents
at: www.rsc.ox.ac.uk

If you know of anyone else who may be interested in receiving the newsletter or Academic Record, we would be grateful if you would provide us with their details.

A new guide on including migrants in the process of commissioning health services has been published. It is available here:

Please circulate to anyone involved in health needs assessment. Thank you.

Rose N, Stirling S, Ricketts A, Chappel D. Including migrant populations in Joint Strategic Needs Assessment: a guide. February 2011

This Guide has been written to assist those writing a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) as part of the process of commissioning. A JSNA
acts as a critical part of the steps taken in commissioning. It pinpoints areas of concern that require changes to provision in order to
inform mid to longterm strategy; and areas needing further focused assessment.

Some understanding of migration and how it might be changing the local population is essential, as migrants to any given area form part of the
demography. Knowledge of local migration and needs is also important in assessing equity of provision as migrants are in all areas, even when
not visible or seldom heard.

This Guide will help planners and commissioners to build an objective analysis of population needs, taking into account issues of perception
and prioritisation.

To read this informative guide in full see: A Guide to including migrant populations in Joint Strategic Needs
Assessment <http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/aio/25890015>
(PDF, 48 pages, 575KB)

Migration Profile Shows 6.9 Million Affected by Migration and Displacement in Sudan

Sudan – A new IOM migration country profile of Sudan shows that out of a population of 39.2 million, an estimated 6.9 million people in the
country are affected by migration and displacement. These include 4.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), 750,000 foreign migrants
and refugees living in Sudan and at least 1.2 million Sudanese living abroad.
The Sudan Migration Country Profile can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/fCS3sI

New Research and Publications, Part 2

Further to my earlier email, please find part 2 of my listing of recently published reports and publications relating to refugee and forced migration studies :

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2009-2010 [text] and also on TSO Shop website [text]

Human Trafficking and Conflict, Policy Brief, no. 49 (Inst. for Security & Development Policy, Dec. 2010) [text]

International Cooperation and the Antitrafficking Regime, Working Paper, no. 71 (RSC, Dec. 2010) [text]

Right of Asylum in Europe: The “Dublin Regulation” – An Unfair System both for Asylum Seekers and for States (PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, Dec. 2010) [text]

Unaccompanied Minors in the Migration Process (Frontex, Dec. 2010) [text]

Analysis of Law in the EU and a Selection of Member States pertaining to Cross-Border Disaster Relief: Synthesis Report and Recommendations (IFRC, Dec. 2010) [text via ReliefWeb]

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Displacement and Reintegration in Post-referendum Southern Sudan (Norwegian Refugee Council, Dec. 2010) [text]

Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings: 2010 Revision for Field Review (Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises, 2010) [text via Refworld]

Internal Displacement and Refugee Status Determination (Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement, Dec. 2010) [text]

Living in Limbo: Iraqi Refugees and U.S. Resettlement (Human Rights First, Dec. 2010) [text]

Should I stay or Should I go? A review of UNHCR’s response to the protracted refugee situation in Serbia and Croatia, PDES/2010/14 (UNHCR, Dec. 2010) [text]

World Development Report 2011: Input Papers (World Bank, July 2010) [access]
– Relevant titles include “The Impacts of Refugees on Neighboring Countries” and “The Development Challenge of Finding Durable Solutions for Refugees and Internally Displaced People.”

Climate Change and Displacement: Identifying Gaps and Responses, Expert Roundtable, Bellagio Conference Centre, 22-26 February 2011 – Concept Note (UNHCR, Dec. 2010) [text]

Complementarities between International Refugee Law, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law: Concept Note (UNHCR, Dec. 2010) [text]

Excluding Migrants from Justice: The Legal Aid Cuts (Institute of Race Relations, Dec. 2010) [text]

Unsustainable: The Quality of Initial Decision-making in Women’s Asylum Claims (Asylum Aid, Jan. 2011) [text]

Responding to Protracted Refugee Situations: Lessons from a Decade of Discussion, Forced Migration Policy Briefing, no. 6 (RSC, Jan. 2011) [text]

To Transfer or Not to Transfer: Identifying and Protecting Relevant Human Rights Interests in Non-Refoulement, Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper, no. 319 (Cardozo School of Law, Dec. 2010) [text]

Refugee Council Client Experiences in the Asylum Process (Refugee Council, Nov. 2010) [text]

“Affirmatively Denied: The Detrimental Effects of a Reduced Grant Rate for Affirmative Asylum Seekers,” Boston University International Law Journal, vol. 27, no. 1, 2009 (posted Jan. 2011) [text via SSRN]

Away from Iraq: Post 2003 Iraqi Migration to Neighboring Countries and to Turkey (ORSAM, Nov. 2010) [text]

Baltic Sea Region: Information Management to Prevent Trafficking (Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk, Dec. 2010) [text]

Gender related persecution and the Refugee Convention Art 1A(2) (IARLJ, Dec. 2010) [text]

The Palestinian Refugees on the Day After “Independence” (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Dec. 2010) [text]

Protecting Refugees Information Pack (CoE & UNHCR, Dec. 2010) [text]

Off Air Recordings: WB 07/03/2009

Details of the off-air recordings requested for the Refugee Archive for the week beginning Saturday 07 March, 2009 are detailed as follows:

Saturday 7 July

2100-2230: BBC2: The Satanic Verses Affair.  6587

Sunday 8 March

0200-0300: Channel 4: Death in the Bay: the Cockle-Picker’s Story.  32828  (early hours of Monday morning).

Monday 9 March

2030-2100: BBC1: Panorama – Immigration: Time for an Amnesty? 4016

Friday 13 March

1935-2000: Channel 4: (1/9) Unreported World.  (CongoForest of the Dead). 329145  Whole Series Requested

Revised Saturday Openings (New Date in April)

Since my earlier posting regarding Saturday openings for the Refugee Archive during Semester B 2009, I am now able to confirm that the Archive will now be open on a Saturday in April to tie-in with The 6th Annual Forced Migration Student Conference**.

I hope these dates will be fixed now but if the need arises for any alterations then these will be advertised well in advance.

The Archive will therefore be open on the following Saturdays during the times listed:

  • Saturday 7 March: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 28 March: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 25 April: 10am-5pm**.
  • Saturday 9 May: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 16 May: 10am-5pm

These dates are also available on our web site at:


If you have any comments, then please let us know my leaving a reply to this posting or by contacting us at: library-archives@uel.ac.uk.

** Further details on The 6th Annual Firced Migration Student Conference can be found be clicking on the following link:


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Reminder: InFluxEvent@UniversityofEastLondon

In Flux Event @

University of East London

The Refugee Research Centre/UEL invite you to IN FLUX, the culmination of artist Marie Ange Bordas’ Leverhulme Residency at UEL.

During her time at UEL, the artist has developed work around displacement and belonging through informal encounters with students and use of the Refugee Archive resources. She has also collaborated with Anita Fábos on her MA and undergraduate refugee modules, with the aim of stimulating students to challenge their assumptions about the research process and to encourage them to find new approaches to interact with people and explore concepts.

The event will open on December 10th at 17:00 in Matrix East when Marie Ange will show part of the artwork she produced, along with students’ creative projects, and Anita Fábos will address the learning and teaching possibilities of this kind of collaboration for university programmes.

Throughout the week – 11th to the 17th of December– the creative projects produced by Anthropology of Refugees and Cultures of Exile students will be on display in the Library Foyer and the Refugee Archive, (from the 15th).

And on December 15th, Anita Fábos will give the lecture “Refugees as Actors” and, together with John Nassari, host a roundtable discussion on approaches to refugee-centred representation in the Main Lecture Theatre at Business School.

For more information see: http://www.uel.ac.uk/rca/news.htm#influx

Contact: influx.uel@gmail.com

In Flux Exhibition Flyer

In Flux Exhibition Flyer

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UEL Refugee Research Centre Seminar

Resiliance and social capital in asylum seeking families in Sweden

Professor Ulla Björnberg,

Department of Sociology, University of Gotehnburg, Sweden

October 8 2008, 6.00 – 7.30pm, Room EB.G08, East Building, UEL Docklands Campus


Research has suggested that social networks are important resources for children as well as for adults to resist health problems. For asylum seeking children social networking might be hard to accomplish due to constraints linked to social and legal contexts in the host country. Constraints can also be linked to the family situation and the circumstances they have to cope with in every day life. The situation of parents, in particular mothers, are important for the coping of children. In the paper I draw on results from an ongoing study on the experiences of asylum seeking children and their families in Sweden. The over arching research objective is to identify factors that are important for well being of children seeking asylum and to study how they cope with their experiences as asylum seekers. The tension between excluding experiences and expectations regarding how the situation of the child and it’s family should improve or deteriorate after the flight is for a child a constitutive reference for how coping strategies are developed. In the analysis I draw on theoretical concepts of resilience, empowerment and social capital. The main focus is on families who have waited for decisions regarding permanent residence for several months and sometimes more than a year. The empirical data are based on qualitative interviews with children from 9 years and with one parent for each child.


Dr. Ulla Björnberg is full professor of Sociology at the university of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is currently directing a research program on the health and wellbeing of asylum-seeking children and their families in Sweden. She has been engaged in several international projects on family policy and family life in Europe. She lectures on a variety of topics involving gender relations and gender structures, the welfare state and family policy. Dr. Björnberg has a long record of research on families, gender equality, lone mothers,  reconciliation of employment and family life. Recently she has finalised a research programme on Family ties between generations. Public and private transfers between generations in different family forms.



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