Tag Archives: resettlement

New Thematic Publications on Resettlement; Children; and Statelessness

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

New Thematic Publications on Resettlement

The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) took place in Geneva from 1-3 July 2013. Held annually since 1995, “[t]he consultations have become an important vehicle for UNHCR’s cooperation with governments and NGOs and a mechanism to enhance partnership. They offer a forum to review progress on resettlement issues during the year, but more importantly, to re-focus and shape a joint strategy on resettlement.”  Here is the agenda.  Various operational guidance notes and assessment tools are also available.  This newsletter shares resettlement stories and notable developments; see also ICMC’s update.  Finally, here are UNHCR’s projected global resettlement needs for 2014.

Other publications:

CCR Responds to Government Announcement on Resettlement of Syrian Refugees (Canadian Council for Refugees, July 2013) [text]

The Integration of Resettled Refugees: Essentials for Establishing a Resettlement Programme and Fundamentals for Sustainable Resettlement Programmes (UNHCR, 2013) [text]

“Know Reset Project Maps Diverging Resettlement Practices and Legal Frameworks across Europe,” ECRE Weekly Bulletin (12 July 2013) [text]

New Thematic Publications on Children

“Alone and Unrepresented: A Call to Congress to Provide Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors,” Harvard Journal on Legislation, vol. 50, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

Cash and Child Protection: How Cash Transfer Programming Can Protect Children from Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Violence (Save the Children, Sept. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Humanitarian Action for Children 2013 (UNICEF, July 2013) [access via UN Pulse]

L’enfant dans l’asile: prise en considération de sa vulnérabilité et de son intérêt supérieur (CBAR, June 2013) [text via Refworld]

Workshop Report – The Deportation of Unaccompanied Minors from the EU: Family Tracing and Government Accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) Project, Oxford, 3 May 2013 [text]

New Thematic Publications on Statelessness

Compilation of Recommendations relating to Statelessness in Outcome Documents from the 1st Cycle (1st-12th sessions) of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Compilation of Recommendations relating to Statelessness during the Second Cycle (13th – 16th sessions) of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UNHCR, July 2013) [text]

Legally Invisible, Fighting for Health Care (ENS Blog, July 2013) [text]

“Stateless in Shangri-La: Minority Rights, Citizenship, and Belonging in Bhutan,” Stanford Journal of International Law, vol. 48, no. 2 (Summer2012) [text via SSRN]

UNHCR’s Verdict on Statelessness Activities over Last Two Years: “Unprecedented” (Statelessness Programme Blog, July 2013) [text]


New Publications on Development-induced Displacement and Resettlement

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

New Publications on Development-induced Displacement

Angola: Scores Detained, Convicted after Forced Evictions (Human Rights Watch, Feb. 2013) [text]

Development-Induced Displacement and Resettlement: An International Bibliography (SSRN, Jan. 2013) [text]

“Environmental Mis-Assessment, Development and Mining in Orissa, India,” Development & Change, vol. 44, no. 1 (Jan. 2013) [free full-text]

International Journal of Water Resources Development, vol. 29, no. 1 (2013) [contents]
– Special issue on “Livelihood Rehabilitation of Involuntarily Resettled People by Dam Construction Projects: Cases in Asia.”

“In Nigeria’s Largest City, Homeless Are Paying the Price of Progress,” New York Times, 1 March 2013 [text]

“The Taming of a River: Gender, Displacement and Resistance in Anti-Dam Movements,” Peace Prints, vol. 4, no. 1 (Summer 2012) [full-text]

Unheard Voices: The Human Rights Impact of Land Investments on Indigenous Communities in Gambella (Oakland Institute, 2013) [text]

New Publications on Resettlement

Between Solidarity and the Priority to Protect – Where Refugee Relocation Meets Refugee Resettlement (Debate Migration Blog, Feb. 2013) [text]
– Focus is on Malta.

Resettlement and Women-at-Risk: Can the Risk be Reduced? (UNHCR Regional Office for the USA and the Caribbean, Jan. 2013) [text]

Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities (HIAS, Feb. 2013) [text]

Understanding Resettlement (European Resettlement Network, Feb. 2013) [access]
– Interactive graphic that explains “each phase of the resettlement process from identification to integration of resettled refugees.”


New Publications on Asylum and Population Control; Global Refugee Policy; Mining-Induced Displacement; Refugee Resettlement in America; Refugees of the Arab Spring `Living Under Drones’;

Asylum and population control

Asylum and population control

Asylum and population control: assessing UNHCR’s sexual and reproductive health programme in Guatemalan refugee settlements
Refugee Studies Centre (Oxford) Working Paper Series Number 83.
By Dr Oscar Gil-Garcia.

From the Abstract:

The UN and other multilateral agencies in the fields of relief and development, under the premise of promoting gender equality, increasingly identify reproductive health care to displaced people as a ‘durable solution’ to prevent maternal mortality, complications following abortion, sex gender-based violence (SGBV), and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The UNHCR response to displaced Guatemalan’s seeking asylum in Mexico is the first case where gender equality discourse was used to justify the inclusion of health interventions to respond to SGBV in its humanitarian projects. Questions remain on how gender equality discourse became institutionalised within UNHCR and its impact in shaping health interventions.What role does gender play in shaping health provision, specifically reproductive health, to refugee communities? What lessons can be gained from displaced communities in their provision of health services? To answer these questions, this paper presents findings from ethnographic research among forced migrants living in La Gloria, the largest of the 36 original refugee camps, located in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico.

[Download Full Working Paper]
(Source: Refugee Studies Centre)

Background paper: Global Refugee Policy: varying perspectives, unanswered

Background paper: Global Refugee Policy

Background paper: Global Refugee Policy

By Sarah Deardorff Miller.

Global Refugee Policy (GRP) is a phrase often used by scholars, practitioners and policymakers, but one that is seldom conceptualised, defined or unpacked. Indeed, understanding of GRP is highly contingent on the ontological assumptions and disciplinary lenses applied from the beginning. And yet despite its hazy nature, scholars of all persuasions generally agree that policies have the potential to deeply affect the lives of refugees and other forced migrants in significant ways, from constraining their access to basic human rights, to influencing how, when and where refugees may choose to move.
This paper has been prepared for the RSC 30th Anniversary Conference, 6-7 December 2012.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Refugee Studies Centre)

Living Under Drones: Death, Injury ,and Trauma to Civilians From US Drones.
A researched and documented study by the New York University Law School Global Justice Clinic and Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Librarians and Human Rights)

Mining-Induced Displacement and Resettlement: Social Problem and Human Rights Issue (a Global Perspective).
By Bogumil Terminski.
[Access Full Report]
(Source: Social Science Research Network)

Refugee Resettlement in America: The Iraqi Refugee Experience in Upstate, New York.
Cairo Papers on Migration and Refugees Paper No. 1/ July 2012
By Christine M. Fandrich.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: The American University in Egypt)

Refugees of the Arab Spring: The Syrian Refugees in Lebanon April 2011-April 2012
Cairo Papers on Migration and Refugees Paper No. 2/ August 2012
By Sam Van Vliet and Guita Hourani.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: The American University in Egypt)


New Publications on Syria; Muslims in Paris and London; Resettlement; Health

Syria: A full-scale displacement and humanitarian crisis with no solutions in sight.
A new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, (IDMC),
(Read the Overview (html / pdf)).
See also the Syria country page,
(Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre).

The ‘At Home in Europe Project’ supported by the Open Society Foundation, has published two reports on the experiences of Muslims in London and in Paris.

Muslims in London

Muslims in London

Muslims in London highlights the complexities around belonging and identity amongst Muslim and non-Muslim residents living in Waltham Forest, one of London’s 2012 Olympic boroughs. The research reveals that that local not national identity is strongest for Muslims in Waltham Forest.  The situation is exactly the reverse for non-Muslims in the borough, who feel a stronger attachment to Britain than their neighbourhood.

[Access Muslims In London Report]

Muslims in Paris

Muslims in Paris

Muslims in Paris highlights the everyday experiences and rarely heard voices of Muslims living in the neighbourhood of La Goutte d’Or, situated in Paris’ multicultural 18tharrondissement. The qualitative research reveals that both Muslim and non-Muslim residents share a keen sense of belonging to their neighbourhood, city and country.  Challenging common misperceptions as to sources of division and exclusion, the report finds that Muslims and non-Muslims are united by common values—such as family and good neighbourliness—and that it is social and economic factors, not religion, which divides them.

[Access  Muslims in Paris Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network – ‘At Home in Europe’ project: Reports on Muslims living in London and Paris).

Frequently Asked Questions about Resettlement (UNHCR, April 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Implementation of the Strategic Use of Resettlement (UNHCR, Sept. 2011) [text]
– Discussion paper for Working Group on Resettlement, Geneva, 11‐12 October 2011.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Linking-in EU Resettlement Newsletter, no. 3 (July 2012) [full-text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Progress Report on Resettlement, 54th Meeting of the Standing Committee, UN Doc. No. EC/63/SC/CRP.12 (EXCOM, June 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Refugee Resettlement: Expanding its Reach and Effectiveness through Broader NGO Participation, Background Paper for Annual Consultations with NGOs, Geneva, 3-5 July 2012 [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

UNHCR Guidelines on the Resubmission of Resettlement Cases (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“Accessing Maternal and Child Health Services in Melbourne, Australia: Reflections from Refugee Families and Service Providers,” BMC Health Services Research, 12:117 (May 2012) [open access text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“Combining Biofeedback and Narrative Exposure Therapy for Persistent Pain and PTSD in Refugees: A Pilot Study,” European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 3:17660 (June 2012) [open access text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Family Planning in Emergencies: Urgent Need to Focus on Women Made Vulnerable by Humanitarian Disasters (Huffington Post, July 2012) [text]

“Health Care for Canada’s Medically Uninsured Immigrants and Refugees: Whose Problem Is It?,” Canadian Family Physician, vol. 58, no. 7 (July 2012) [free full-text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“An HIV/STI Prevention Intervention for Internally Displaced Women in Leogane, Haiti: Study Protocol for an N-of-1 Pilot Study,” BMJ Open, 2:e001634 (July 2012) [open access text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Income Inequality and Health: Lessons from a Refugee Residential Assignment Program, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 6554 (Institute for the Study of Labor, May 2012) [text via SSRN]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“A Moral Duty: Why Canada’s Cuts to Refugee Health Must be Reversed,” Canadian Family Physician, vol. 58, no. 7 (July 2012) [free full-text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

“Violence against Women: An Exploration of the Physical and Mental Health Trends among Immigrant and Refugee Women in Canada,” Nursing Research and Practice, vol. 2012:434592 (Feb. 2012) [open access text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).


Publications on Human Trafficking; Europe; Displacement; Resettlement

The U.S. State Department launched its Trafficking in Persons Report for 2012 yesterday.  Access to the text is available here; more information about the report is provided in this briefing.

Trafficking in Human Beings: New Impetus in Fighting the Modern Form of Slavery (European Commission, June 2012) [access]

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

UNHCR Statement on the Application of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protcol to Victims of Trafficking in France (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]

Can Frontex Be Held Liable for Human Rights Violations? Potential Application of Recent European Case Law to the Activities of an Inter-Governmental Agency (SSRN, June 2012) [text]

EU Migration Policy and Its Reflection in Third Countries: Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (Bridge, 2012) [text]
– See esp. chapters on “Functioning of the EU Management of External Borders with Emphasis on Migration and Asylum Problems,” “Application of Legislation of the Republic of Belarus on Refugees and the Main Lines of its Development,” “Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Context of the European Union Policies: the Case of Greece,” and “General Legal Aspect on Asylum within European Union and Italy: A Comprehensive Proposal for a Regulatory Reform.”

Forward, Backward, Stalling? Seminar Series Reflects on the Completion of the Common European Asylum System (RSC, June 2012) [access]
– Includes link to podcasts.

“I came here for peace”: The Systematic Ill-treatment of Migrants and Refugees by State Agents in Patras (Pro Asyl & Greek Council for Refugees, May 2012) [text]

S.O.S. Europe: Human Rights and Migration Control (Amnesty International, June 2012) [text]
– See also “When you don’t exist” campaign.

The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) released its “annual summary of the numbers of people internally displaced by sudden onset natural disasters” yesterday. Global Estimates 2011: People Displaced by Natural Hazard-Induced Disasters found that “in 2011, 14.9 million people were internally displaced throughout the world due to natural disasters, mostly related to weather events such as floods and storms.”  Most displacement took place in Asia.

Does the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program Work? The Economic Outcomes of Program Participants, Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Georgetown University, 2009; posted Feb. 2012) [text]

A Pillar of Protection: Solidarity Resettlement for Refugees in Latin America, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 239 (UNHCR, June 2012) [text]

The Resettlement of Refugees in Australia: A Bibliography (Swinburne Institute for Social Research, May 2012) [text via APO]

The source for all of these publications was the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog at: http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/

International Migration Journal and Publications on Statelessness; Climate/Environmental Change; Resettlement; Displacement

International Migration

International Migration

Latest issue of the journal International Migration, Volume 50, Issue 3 (June 2012), Pages 1–97.  Special edition on: Migration and Development Buzz? Rethinking the Migration Development Nexus and Policies.
[Access – Table of Contents]

No Way Out, No Way In

No Way Out, No Way In

No Way Out, No Way In: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK.
A new report published by the ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Irregular Voices blog).

Kuwait: Security Forces Forcibly Disperse Stateless Residents (Human Rights Watch, May 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Statelessness in the Canadian Context

Statelessness in the Canadian Context

Statelessness in the Canadian Context: An Updated Discussion Paper (UNHCR, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

World Map: Parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (UNHCR, as of 1 May 2012) [access]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Climate Change and Fragile States: Rethinking Adaptation, SOURCE, no. 16 (UNU-EHS & Munich Re, 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Climate Change and Fragile States: Rethinking Adaptation, SOURCE, no. 16 (UNU-EHS & Munich Re, 2012) [text]

Learning Lessons: Intense Climate-related Natural Disasters in Asia and the Pacific (Asian Development Bank, April 2012) [text via PreventionWeb]

Resettlement of Ecological Migrants in Georgia: Recent Developments and Trends in Policy, Implementation, and Perceptions, Working Paper, no. 53 (ECMI, Jan. 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Rethinking Durable Solutions to Displacement in the Context of Climate Change (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, May 2012) [text via ReliefWeb].
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Migrant Boat Tragedy – Interactive (The Guardian, March 2012) [access]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

The Plight of Internally Displaced Persons (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, April 2012) [access].
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Rights Displaced: The Effects of Long-term Encampment on the Human Rights of Refugees, Working Paper, no. 4 (Refugee Law Initiative, May 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Rwandan Refugees Face no Choice but Repatriation (Open Democracy, May 2012) [text]

New Publications on Australia; Urban Issues; Assistance; Resettlement

Asylum Seekers: An Update

Asylum Seekers: An Update

Asylum Seekers: An Update, Briefing Paper, no. 1/2012 (NSW Paliamentary Library, March 2012) [text via APO]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

State of Play Review: Migrants, Cities and the Business Sector (The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, Oct. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Sanctuary in the City? Urban Displacement and Vulnerability in Amman, HPG Working Paper (ODI, March 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

Building the Future of Humanitarian Aid: Local Capacity, Partnerships in Disasters and the Future of Emergency Aid (Christian Aid, March 2012) [text via PreventionWeb]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

UNHCR Manual on Security of Persons of Concern (UNHCR, Nov. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

What Cash Transfer Programming can do to Protect Children: Review and Recommendations (Save the Children et al., Feb. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)

The Joint EU Resettlement Programme was adopted on 29 March 2012, and will take effect in 2013. Refugees from Afghanistan, Burma, Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, and Somalia will be given priority. For more information:
– Financial Incentives for EU Countries to Take up More Refugees (European Parliament, March 2012) [text]
– UNHCR Welcomes Adoption of Joint EU Resettlement Programme (UNHCR, March 2012) [text]
– Linking-In EU Resettlement Newsletter, no. 2 (March 2012) [text]
– Resettlement of Refugees: A New Life (Rui Tavares, 2012) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog)


New Pubs. on Forced Displacement and Resettlement Research and Health

Journal of Refugee Studies

Journal of Refugee Studies

A New Path Forward: Researching and Reflecting on Forced Displacement and Resettlement:Report on the International Resettlement Conference: Economics, Social Justice, and Ethics in Development-Caused Involuntary Migration, the Hague, 4–8 October 2010
A new article to be published in the Journal of Refugee Studies, available as an Advance Access article.


Forced displacement by development projects is occurring around the world at increasing rates. While some institutions have adopted detailed policies to guide resettlement efforts post-displacement, those forcibly displaced by development projects continue to experience intense impoverishment and increased marginalization. Looking to develop new pathways forward to mitigate the negative impacts of development-caused forced displacement and resettlement, resettlement researchers and practitioners met for a conference in the Hague in October 2010. The conference interrogated current involuntary resettlement policies, examined the pitfalls and gaps between policy theories and implementation and began to develop a new framework for displacement and resettlement research, in which imposed development-caused displacement is analysed through the lens of both social justice and human rights.

(Source: Oxford Journals).

Family Planning in Malakal, South Sudan: Results of a Community-based Pilot Project (American Refugee Committee, Women’s Refugee Commission & Centers for Disease Control, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Refocusing Family Planning in Refugee Settings: Findings and Recommendations from a Multi-­‐Country Baseline Study (UNHCR & Women’s Refugee Commission, Nov. 2011) [text]

– Note: Baseline studies conducted for this report are available via the Women’s Refugee Commission’s “reproductive health” section.
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

Towards Improving Forced Migrant Access to Health and Psychosocial Rights in Urban South Africa: A Focus on Johannesburg, Migration Issue Brief, no. 8 (African Centre for Migration & Society, Nov. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

UNHCR Operational Guidance on the Use of Special Nutritional Products to Reduce Micronutrient Deficiencies and Malnutrition in Refugee Populations (UNHCR, 2011) [text via ReliefWeb]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).

UNHCR’s Essential Medicines and Medical Supplies: Policy and Guidance 2011 (UNHCR, Dec. 2011) [text]
(Source: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog).