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New Publications on NGOs; media and humanitarian information; Democratic Republic of Congo; and Education

A collection of newly released reports and publications on Refugee and Forced Migration issues:

The 1612 Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism: A Resource Pack for NGOs.
By Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict.

On 4 March 2014, Watchlist launched its new “Resource Pack on NGO Engagement in the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM)” co-developed with UNICEF. Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations on UN premises, the launch event included presentations by Watchlist, UNICEF and Watchlist’s civil society partner from Colombia, COALICO. Especially developed for the civil society organizations engaging with the UN-led MRM in the field, the Resource Pack offers NGOs a range of tools to help them define whether and how to engage in the MRM in a way that strengthens both their programs and the mechanism itself.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Supporting the media and humanitarian information and communication in a complex emergency – Roundtable Report.
By International Media Support.
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Everyday Emergency: Silent Suffering in Democratic Republic of Congo.
By Médecins Sans Frontières.

Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is in the grip of an emergency. For two decades, persistent conflict in its eastern provinces, instability in other regions and a dysfunctional health system have led to recurrent humanitarian crises and outbreaks of disease.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Education Under Attack 2014.
by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.

Schools and universities, as well as students, teachers, and academics are intentionally targeted for attack in conflicts worldwide, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack said in a 250-page study released today. “Education Under Attack 2014” identifies 70 countries where attacks occurred between 2009 and 2013, including 30 where there was a pattern of deliberate attacks.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

[Download Full Report]


New Reports and Publications on Natural Disasters; South Sudan; Violence Against Women; Pacific Island Countries; and Refugees inJordan

A collection of newly released reports and publications on Refugee and Forced Migration issues:

Natural Disasters in the Middle East and North Africa: A Regional Overview
Published by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, and Others.

In the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) , the interplay of natural disasters, rapid urbanization, water scarcity, and climate change has emerged as a serious challenge for policy and planning. This report aims to establish a more strategic and collaborative framework between the World Bank and its international partners, particularly United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and UN Development Program (UNDP), in order to assist MNA countries to shift from disaster response to proactive risk management.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Inter-Agency Appeal for the South Sudanese Refugee Emergency (January – December 2014).
By UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

On 15th December 2013, violence broke out in South Sudan’s capital Juba and quickly spread to other locations in the country. Since the beginning of the crisis, seven out of the country’s ten states have been affected by the continuing internal conflict with Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Lakes, Unity and Upper Nile states being the hardest hit. Almost 705,800 people have been internally displaced across the country, including 74,000 seeking shelter in the compounds of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) bases. Externally, another 204,469 have sought asylum in the neighbouring countries, in particular Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Close the Gap: How to eliminate violence against women beyond 2015.
By Oxfam.
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Hardship and Vulnerability in the Pacific Island Countries – A Regional Companion to the World Development Report 2014.
By the World Bank.

Drawing on evidence from Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Kiribati, Fiji and Vanuatu, the report finds that extreme poverty remains rare in the Pacific, but that over 20 percent of people in most countries live in hardship – meaning they are unable to meet all of their basic needs such as food, fuel and medicines.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Tapped Out: Water scarcity and refugee pressures in Jordan.
By Mercy Corps.

We wanted to better understand how to navigate this new environment, where a refugee crisis layers over chronic scarcity. In early 2013, I spent several weeks in Jordan interviewing hosts and refugees, international donors, water specialists, NGOs, and government representatives. The goal was to outline the scope of the challenge, capture key lessons from those living and working on the front lines, and inform future efforts.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom

Investigated or ignored? An analysis of race-related deaths since the Macpherson report, by Harmit Athwal and Jon Burnett (Institute of Race Relation.

Since the publication of the Macpherson report in 1999, into the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, at least ninety-three people have lost their lives as a result of racially motivated attacks (or attacks with a known or suspected racial element) in the UK, according to research by the IRR. The criminal justice system’s response to these deaths is analysed in a new report: Investigated or ignored? An analysis of race-related deaths since the Macpherson report.

[Download Full Report]
See Also – Investigated or ignored?

User guide to the Home Office migrant journey
By the UK Home Office.

The user guide is designed to be a useful reference guide with explanatory notes on theissues and classifications which are key to the production and presentation of the Home Office’s migrant journey.

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Migrant journey: fourth report
By the UK Home Office.

This report is the fourth in a series of reports that explore migrants’ journeys through the UK’s immigration system.


See Also: Migrants’ Rights Network:  Home Office releases new resources on UK immigration.

Employment and occupational skill levels among UK and foreign nationals
By the UK Home Office.
ISBN 978 1 78246 225 5, Occasional Paper 108

Examines employment levels changes, in the context of longer-term labour market trends, recent economic conditions and immigration policy changes.


UK Government Publishes Latest Migration Data

UK Government Publishes Latest Migration Data

Full details can be found as follows:

Home Office immigration statistics: user guide:
User Guide to Home Office Immigration Statistics – [Download PDF]
“This user guide to Home Office immigration statistics is designed to be a useful reference guide with explanatory notes on the Home Office’s quarterly immigration statistics releases.”

Immigration Statistics, October to December 2013:
“This release presents immigration statistics from Home Office administrative sources, covering the period up to the end of December 2013.”

Monthly asylum application tables – [Link]

Children entering detention under Immigration Act powers – [Link]
“The figures maybe revised in subsequent quarterly immigration publications and should be seen as provisional.”

Tables for ‘Immigration statistics, October to December 2013’ – [Link]
“Listing of the data tables included in ‘Immigration statistics, October to December 2013’.”

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today, Thursday 27th February 2014, published the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report (MSQR). The report can be accessed from the following link:


The MSQR series brings together statistics on migration that are published by the Home Office, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), ONS, and the National Records of Scotland (NRS).

See Also:

Migrants’ Rights Network – Migration statistics are difficult reading for Cameron but prove critics right

Migrants’ Rights Network – Asylum applications up by 21% across Europe in 2013

New Publications: Refugee Law Project: Rapid Assessment Report (South Sudan crisis); Report on UN workshop on sexual violence against men and boys; ‘Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence’

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.


In response to the South Sudan crisis and refugee influx in northern Uganda, the Refugee Law Project under its Advisory Consortium on Conflict Sensitivity (ACCS) conducted a rapid assessment study to assess the impact of the conflict and refugee influx in post-conflict northern Uganda as of January 13th, 2014.

The report, attached here, highlights key issues, figures, patterns and perception of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing from the conflict, its social -economic and political impact on the host districts and relationship with host communities. [Moderator’s note: the report can be downloaded at this link: http://www.refugeelawproject.org/resources/briefing-notes-special-reoprts/109-conflict-tj/sprpts-ctj-accs/339-south%E2%80%93sudan-crisis-impact-on-northern-uganda-a-rapid-assessment-report.html].

For further questions or comment please contact us at ctj@refugeelawproject.org




We are pleased to share with you the attached final report and executive summary report of the UN Workshop on Sexual Violence against Men and Boys, held in New York in July of last year [Moderator’s note: please see links below]. The workshop, in which RLP staff and working partners on the issue (Notably Dr David Ndawula, medical practitioner, Prof Laurel Fletcher – University of California Berkeley International Human Rights Clinic, Mr Alastair Hilton – First Step Cambodia, Mr Ken Clearwater – Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust (New Zealand), Mr Onen David & Dr Chris Dolan – Refugee Law Project) were actively involved, and the report of which was prepared by Dr Chris Dolan, was the first UN organized discussion focused specifically on this topic.

In sending out the report, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict noted that:

‘Already, as a result of the workshop, there is greater awareness about the effects of sexual violence on men and boys in key policy documents of the United Nations. The upcoming Secretary-General’s Report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence will include data on sexual violence against men and boys in country situations as well as in a thematic section. Also, the Team of Experts on Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict have committed to assign an expert to review the legislative gaps that impede access of male survivors to justice in conflict situations and work with concerned countries to find solutions. We hope to use the community of practice to update you on these and any new developments in the near future. The report will be made available on the website: http://www.un.org/sexualviolenceinconflict/.’

We would be glad if you could read, share, disseminate and comment on the attached [Moderator’s note: please download the reports at the links below]. Any comments to the UN should be directed to Mr Edem Blege, Programme Officer, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, on blege@un.org . Comments to Refugee Law Project should be sent to gender@refugeelawproject.org

Download the full report here: http://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Report-of-Workshop-on-Sexual-Violence-against-Men-and-Boys-Final.pdf

Download the Executive Summary here: http://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Exec-Summary-Report-of-Workshop-on-SV-against-Men-and-Boys.pdf



We are pleased to alert you to the recent on-line publication of Special Issue, IDS Bulletin 45:1, entitled Undressing Patriarchy: Men and Structural Violence, the publication, which can be downloaded free of charge, is the outcome of a Symposium by the same title in which Refugee Law Project collaborated with Institute for Development Studies (UK), Centre for Health & Social Justice (India), and Men Engaging in Gender Equality Now (Kenya). The Bulletin can be accessed at http://www.ids.ac.uk/publication/undressing-patriarchy-men-and-structural-violence#.

The Bulletin also includes the attached chapter written by Chris Dolan with the title Has Patriarchy been Stealing the Feminists’ Clothes? Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and UN Security Council Resolutions. This can be downloaded in PDF format from the link provided above. Please send any comments to dir@refugeelawproject.org.


The Refugee Law Project, a community out-reach project of the School of Law, Makerere University, was created in 1999 to promote the enjoyment of human rights for all refugees within Uganda. Over the years, the Refugee Law Project has established its reputation as the leading centre for justice and forced migrants in Uganda .

For more information about the work of Refugee Law Project visit www.refugeelawproject.org.

New publications: translated versions of ‘Proposed Elements for Consideration in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’ – UNISDR

New publications: translated versions of ‘Proposed Elements for Consideration in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’ – UNISDR

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The translated versions of the recently released ‘Proposed Elements for Consideration in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction’ by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG) are now available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

Please see the document and translated versions here:  http://www.preventionweb.net/posthfa/proposed-elements

The ‘Proposed Elements’ draws on consultations of all stakeholders that began in early 2012, including online, local, national, regional and global events. Further guidance came from the SRSG’s advisory groups, country reports through the UNISDR HFA Monitor, the findings of the biennial UN Global Assessment Reports on Disaster Risk Reduction (2009, 2011 and 2013) relevant deliberations of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as a growing literature and practice on disaster risk and resilience.

More on WCDRR: http://www.wcdrr.org

New Publications from the UK Inspectorate of Prisons

New reports and publications from the UK Inspectorate of Prisons.

Immigration Removal Centre reports

Report on an unannounced inspection of Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre 5 – 16 August 2013 by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons – [Download Here].

Report on an unannounced inspection of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (17 – 28 June, 30 Sept – 1 Oct 2013) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons – [Download Here].

Annual Reports

HM Inspectorate of Prisons Annual Report 2012-13 – [Download Here].

Short Term Holding Facility Reports

Portsmouth International Port carried on 27 August 2013 – [Download Here].

Loughborough, East Midlands carried out on 28 August 2013 – [Download Here].

Gatwick Airport South Teminal – [Download Here].

Gatwick Airport North Terminal – [Download Here].




From Urban Refugees.org:

The report is based on the graphic testimonies of refugees from the Horn of Africa, the vast majority being Eritrean, who have been through the torture camps of Sinai.   It is estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 refugees have been held as hostages in Sinai, of whom many have died or dissappeared. That total value of the entire Sinai Trafficking cycle is calculated to be of the order of 600 million USD. This new report from EEPA, Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond, shows that for the survivors of Sinai the challenges do not end when they are released, but continue as most remain trapped in situations of insecurity and without the support they need to recover from the physical and psychological trauma of their experiences.
“The report is based on the graphic testimonies of refugees from the Horn of Africa, the vast majority being Eritrean, who have been through the torture camps of Sinai.   It is estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 refugees have been held as hostages in Sinai, of whom many have died or dissappeared. That total value of the entire Sinai Trafficking cycle is calculated to be of the order of 600 million USD. This new report from EEPA, Human Trafficking Cycle: Sinai and Beyond, shows that for the survivors of Sinai the challenges do not end when they are released, but continue as most remain trapped in situations of insecurity and without the support they need to recover from the physical and psychological trauma of their experiences.”. – See more at: http://urban-refugees.org/report-human-trafficking-cycle-sinai-beyond/#sthash.GPQRJtLz.dpuf

Moving Stories report: The voices of people who move in the context of environmental change

From the Migrants’ Rights Network:

The UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, which brings together groups separate concerned wwith environment issues and migrants’ rights groups, has published a new report featuring the voices of people forced to move for reasons which involve climate change.

Moving Stories highlights these powerful, inspiring and often traumatic stories. Testimonies from ten regions across the world have been compiled from local news reports, academic journals and interviews recorded by civil society groups. The stories highlight different kinds of movement affected by slow– and rapid–onset disasters. The stories show us that movement linked to environmental change happens very differently in different parts of the world. The stories also reveal that individual decisions to move or stay vary widely even in response to the same disaster.


The report argues that there is no “typical” migrant. It demonstrate the reality of migration and environmental change. A number of stories show how people have used moving seasonally and temporarily, rather than permanently, as a way of adapting to changing environmental conditions. Several stories demonstrate that remittances from other migrants have increased the resilience of people affected by disasters. Most importantly these testimonies give a human voice to this complex and controversial issue.


The report concedes that we  don’t have all the answers. But it hopes the Moving Stories project will help to ask better questions about how this issue is addressed. How can moving become an empowering way for some people to adapt to climate change? What is the role of remittances in building resilience to climate change? Will our existing legal frameworks for protecting the rights of people who move be up to the job in a generation’s time?


Click on the links above to access the report.



New: HRW World Report 2014

World Report 2014: Events of 2013
Published by Human Rights Watch.

World Report 2014 is Human Rights Watch’s 24th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. It summarizes key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from the end of 2012 through November 2013.

Further Information:

From the Press Release, entitled, “Rights Struggles of 2013: Stopping Mass Atrocities, Majority Bullying, and Abusive Counterterrorism”:

Looking back at human rights developments in 2013, several themes stand out. The unchecked slaughter of civilians in Syria elicited global horror and outrage, but not enough to convince world leaders to exert the pressure needed to stop it. That has led some to lament the demise of the much-vaunted “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine, which world governments adopted less than a decade ago to protect people facing mass atrocities. Yet it turned out to be too soon to draft the epitaph for R2P, as it is known, because toward the end of the year it showed renewed vitality in several African countries facing the threat of large-scale atrocities: Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Democracy took a battering in several countries, but not because those in power openly abandoned it.  Many leaders still feel great pressure to pay lip service to democratic rule. But a number of relatively new governments, including in Egypt and Burma, settled for the most superficial forms—only elections, or their own divining of majoritarian preferences—without regard to the limits on majorities that are essential to any real democracy. This abusive majoritarianism lay behind governmental efforts to suppress peaceful dissent, restrict minorities, and enforce narrow visions of cultural propriety. Yet in none of these cases did the public take this abuse of democracy sitting down.

Since September 11, 2001, efforts to combat terrorism have also spawned human rights abuses. The past year saw intensified public discussion about two particular counterterrorism programs used by the United States: global mass electronic surveillance and targeted killings by aerial drones. For years, Washington had avoided giving clear legal justifications for these programs by hiding behind the asserted needs of secrecy. That strategy was undermined by whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the surveillance program, as well as by on-the-ground reporting of civilian casualties in the targeted-killing program. Both now face intense public scrutiny.

In the midst of all this upheaval, there were also important advances in the international machinery that helps to defend human rights. After a slow and disappointing start, the United Nations Human Rights Council seemed to come onto its own, most recently with significant pressure applied to North Korea and Sri Lanka. And two new multinational treaties give hope for some of the world’s most marginalized people: domestic workers and artisanal miners poisoned by the unregulated use of mercury.

Full Article:-  Rights Struggles of 2013: Stopping Mass Atrocities, Majority Bullying, and Abusive Counterterrorism.


New Reports and Publications

Gender-Age Marker Toolkit
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Media between Freedom and Dependence: Media and Political Elites in Context of Refugees and IDPs in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia
University of Sarajevo.
[Download Full Report]

Portrayals of Immigrants, Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in National British Newspapers, 2010 to 2012
Migration Observatory.
[Download Full Report][text]

Dividing Lines: Asylum, the Media and Some Reasons for (Cautious) Optimism (Asylum Aid, Jan. 2014)
[Download Full Report]

No Place Like Home: An Assessment of the Housing, Land and Property Rights of Palestinian Refugee Women in Camps and Gatherings in Lebanon
Norwegian Refugee Council.
[Download Full Report]

Occupied Country, Displaced People
Norwegian Refugee Council.
[Download Full Report]

Asylum Applicants and First Instance Decisions on Asylum Applications: Third Quarter 2013
[Download Full Report]

Forced Displacement of and Potential Solutions for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees in the Sahel: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger
World Bank.

International Protection Considerations with Regard to People fleeing Southern and Central Somalia
[Download Full Report]

People Affected by Conflict 2013: Humanitarian Needs in Numbers CRED.
[Download Full Report]

Technical Paper: The Risk of Disaster-induced Displacement – South Pacific Island States
[Download Full Report]

2014 Syrian Arab Republic Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP)
[Download Full Report]

Into the Eleventh Hour: R2P, Syria and Humanitarianism in Crisis E-International Relations.
[Download Full Report]

*Humanitarian Crises, Emergency Preparedness and Response: The Role of Business and the Private Sector – Jordan Case Study
Humanitarian Policy Group.
[Download Full Report]

Non-Paper on the International Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Harvard Field Study Group.
[Download Full Report][text]

A Year in Review 2013
UNHCR Syria.
[Download Full Report]



New resources: UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection No. 10

New Resources: UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection No. 10

UNHCR is pleased to share the recently released Guidelines on International Protection No. 10: Claims to Refugee Status related to Military Service within the context of Article 1A (2) of the 1951 Convention and/or the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, available at http://www.refworld.org/docid/529ee33b4.html.

The Guidelines examine the situation of individuals who seek international protection to avoid military service either by the State armed forces or by non-State armed groups and among the issues addressed are:

– Objection to military service for reasons of conscience, where the consequences for not conducting that military service, such as prosecution and disproportionate punishment, amount to persecution. Where alternative service is available but is punitive because of the type of service involved or its disproportionate duration, the issue of persecution may also arise.

– Objection to military service in conflict, which is contrary to the basic rules of human conduct. The objection may be based on the illegality of the conflict or on the conduct of one of the parties to the conflict such that there is a reasonable likelihood of the applicant being forced to participate in acts that violate standards prescribed by international law.

– Objection to the conditions of State military service, for example where the terms or conditions of service amount to torture or other cruel or inhuman treatment, violations of the right to security and integrity of person, or involve forced or compulsory labour, or forms of slavery (including sexual slavery).

– Forced recruitment and/or conditions of service in non-State armed groups. As non-State armed groups are not entitled to recruit by coercion or force, an individual may be eligible for refugee status where the State is unable or unwilling to protect him or her against such recruitment. Likewise, the conditions of such service may amount to persecution.

– Cases involving children unlawfully recruited into military service or being forced to participate in hostilities. All recruitment and use of children in hostilities below the age of 15, whether voluntary or forced, within State armed forces or non-State armed groups, is prohibited under international law. As a result, a child evading forced recruitment or prosecution and/or punishment or other forms of retaliation for desertion would generally have a well-founded fear of persecution.


From the Refugee Council: Report uncovers shocking treatment of detained women

From the Refugee Council:

Report uncovers shocking treatment of detained women

Women for Refugee Women have today published a shocking new report into the detention of asylum seeking women.

Detained: Women asylum seekers locked up in the UK is based on detailed interviews with 46 women who have sought asylum and been detained in the UK which finds that contrary to Government policy, victims of rape and torture who seek asylum in the UK are being routinely detained.

The report also finds alarming levels of depression and suicidal thoughts among detained women asylum seekers; and the routine use of male guards to watch women who have been raped and tortured.

Full Article:-  Report uncovers shocking treatment of detained women.


Newly Published Reports and Publications

Shadow City: Exposing Human Trafficking in Everyday London.
Greater London Authority Conservatives.

There have been 1,057 potential victims of human trafficking* identified in the UK so far this year¹. London accounts for 39% of all cases (389) identified by local authorities, the Met and NGOs such as charities¹. Of London’s 389 cases, just 36 were picked up by the Met.

[Download Full Report]

However, authorities are still blind to the hidden slavery taking place in everyday environments; on construction sites, mobile soup runs for the homeless, at cheap Chinese and Indian takeaways, in Vietnamese nail bars and domestic homes in our neighbourhoods.

ENS Good Practice Guide on Statelessness Determination and the Protection Status of Stateless Persons.

This Guide draws on good practice examples from those states that already have dedicated statelessness determination procedures in place, and is intended to provide practical support to states considering the establishment of such a specific mechanism, or who wish to improve their existing system. The Guide is also of value to international and civil society organisations, as well as academics, who are committed to advocate for better protection standards for stateless persons. It addresses six key areas which states should consider in the process of building a national determination and protection regime for stateless persons. The issues cover the entire spectrum of determination and protection, from basic questions of structure and access through to procedural factors, evidentiary assessment, and finally appeal and status related considerations.

[Download Report]

Religious Hostilities Reach Six Year High
By Pew Research Center.
[Download Full Report]

Poverty, Sexual Orientation and Refugees in the UK.
By Micro Rainbow International.
[Download Full Report]

An Inspection into the Handling of Asylum Applications Made by Accompanying Children: February-June 2013.
Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
[Download Full Report]

New publications: Refuge Issue 29.1; Journal on Migration and Human Security (new article); DARA blog launch; Refugee repatriation (new book); ‘Researching COI Information’ 2013 manual

New Publications from the Forced Migration Current List at:  Forced Migration Discussion List.

Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, Issue 29.1

Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees is pleased to announce that the most current issue has just been published. Issue 29.1 (General Issue with Special Focus on Technology) may be accessed online at: http://pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/refuge/issue/current .


Journal on Migration and Human SecurityThe Journal on Migration and Human Security, a publication of the Center for Migration Studies, announces the release of a new article:

“Global Trends in Immigration Detention and Alternatives to Detention: Practical, Political and Symbolic Rationales”
By Robyn Sampson, La Trobe University and Grant Mitchell, International Detention Coalition

The global growth of immigration detention has been accompanied by increased interest on the part of governments and international bodies in alternative programs. This paper argues that these apparently contradictory trends are influenced by competing political, policy and operational objectives. Drawing from research conducted by the International Detention Coalition and La Trobe University, the paper describes the Community Assessment and Placement (CAP) model, a tool which identifies steps that governments can take to prevent unnecessary detention and to improve the effectiveness of community-based, alternative to detention programs.

Read the article at: http://jmhs.cmsny.org/index.php/jmhs/article/view/14

About the Journal

The Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS) is an online, peer-reviewed public policy publication of the Center for Migration Studies. JMHS addresses timely migration-related issues, scholarship and analysis that receive insufficient attention in US and international policy debates. JMHS draws upon the knowledge, expertise and perspectives of scholars, public officials, faith communities, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, corporate leaders and others. The journal’s theme of “human security” is meant to evoke the widely shared goals of creating secure and sustaining conditions in migrant sending communities; promoting safe, legal migration options; and developing immigration and integration policies that benefit sending and receiving communities and allow newcomers to lead productive, secure lives.

JMHS welcomes evidence-based papers that contain well-supported policy ideas. Information regarding submissions can be found at http://jmhs.cmsny.org/index.php/jmhs/about/submissions.

Breana George
Research Coordinator
Center for Migration Studies
27 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014
P 212.337.3080 x. 7020
F 646.998.4625


DARA: New blog launch

New DARA blog

Debating policies and principles to support principled humanitarian action

We are happy to announce that DARA is launching a blog (http://blog.daraint.org/) where regular staff contributors will debate on how policies and practices support principled humanitarian action. At a time of limited resources and capacity, and growing humanitarian needs, we hope to stimulate much needed conversations on issues such as humanitarian aid effectiveness, principles, and the gaps between policy and practice, for the benefit of the sector and the vulnerable populations it seeks to serve. Please drop by and leave your comments. Your suggestions are also welcome.

The blog kicks off with a post by DARA Chief Executive, Ed Schenkenberg, on the proposal to introduce a certification model for the humanitarian sector developed under the auspices of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR).

To go directly to the full post, click here: http://blog.daraint.org/2013/10/25/certification-a-cosmetic-exercise-in-humanitarian-response/

New book: Refugee repatriation: Justice, responsibility and redress

With apologies for the self-promotion, this book may be of interest to listserv members:

Refugee repatriation: Justice, responsibility and redress
Megan Bradley
Cambridge University Press, 2013

Voluntary repatriation is now the predominant solution to refugee crises, yet the responsibilities states of origin bear towards their repatriating citizens are under-examined. Through a combination of legal and moral analysis and case studies of the troubled repatriation movements to Guatemala, Bosnia and Mozambique, Megan Bradley develops and refines an original account of the minimum conditions of a ‘just return’ process. The goal of a just return process must be to recast a new relationship of rights and duties between the state and its returning citizens, and the conditions of just return match the core duties states should provide for all their citizens: equal, effective protection for security and basic human rights, including accountability for violations of these rights. This volume evaluates the ways in which different forms of redress such as restitution and compensation may help enable just returns, and traces the emergence and evolution of international norms on redress for refugees.