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New Reports on Durable Solutions; Displacement; Humanitarian Assistance; and Others

Durable Solutions: Perspectives of Somali Refugees Living in Kenyan and Ethiopian Camps and Selected Communities of Return.
Produced by the Danish Refugee Council and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

More than a quarter of the Somali population have fled their country since civil war broke out in 1991. Millions remain in displacement in the region. What are their perspectives on the future? Do they believe in eventual return to Somalia? These are among the themes explored in the report ‘Durable Solutions’.

Civil war and armed conflict in Somalia has caused large-scale internal and external displacement. More than every fourth Somali is today living in displacement – the majority has moved to a safer area within the country, but large numbers have fled to another country.
(Source: ReliefWeb).

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Internal displacement in South Sudan: Out of crisis, an opportunity?
By The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
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South Sudan: A comprehensive response to internal displacement is crucial.
By The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
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Humanitarian Needs Assessment and Engagement Strategy In Kandahar province, Afghanistan (January 2013).
By the Danish Refugee Council.
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Somalia Common Humanitarian Fund CHF – Annual Report 2012,
Produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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Mid-Year Review of the Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan for Kenya 2013.
Produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.[Download Full Report]

Central African Republic Common Humanitarian Fund – Annual Report 2012
Produced by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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Livelihoods at the limit: Reducing the risk of disasters and adapting to climate change.
Produced by Save the Children.
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Central African Republic: abandoned to its fate?
Produced by Médecins Sans Frontières.
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Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal in the OSCE Region: Analysis and Findings.
Produced by the OSCE.
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See Also: OSCE – New report sheds light on trafficking for organ removal in OSCE region.

Final Report:  Cost and benefit analysis project on immigration regulation
Higher Education Better Regulation Group. 11 July 2013.
Produced by the Higher Education Better Regulation Group.
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See Also: EIN – Higher Education Better Regulation Group releases comprehensive study on the cost of the student visa regime.

Gaza in 2020: UNRWA Operational Response – May 2013.
REPORT from UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
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The Arab Spring and Economic Transition: Two Years on.
Source: Foreign & Commonwealth Office via Inside Government (UK).
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New Thematic Publications on Detention; Trafficking; and General

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 Detention

Building Empirical Research into Alternatives to Detention: Perceptions of Asylum-Seekers and Refugees in Toronto and Geneva, Legal and Protection Policy Research Series, no. 31 (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

Detention in the Asylum System (Refugee Council UK, April 2013) [text]

Expecting Change: The Case for Ending the Immigration Detention of Pregnant Women (Medical Justice, June 2013) [text]

“Immigration Detention – Finding Alternatives,” Session at UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs, 13 June 2013 [info]

Memorandum of Understanding between the International Detention Coalition and the Office of the Untied Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (IDC & UNHCR, June 2013) [text]

“Realizing Liberty: The Use of International Human Rights Law to Realign Immigration Detention in the United States,” Fordham International Law Journal, vol. 36, no. 2 (2013) [full-text]

New Thematic Publications on Trafficking

The 2013 edition of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report has been published.  Here’s part of the description:

In the TIP Report, the Department of State places each country onto one of three tiers based on the extent of their governments’ efforts to comply with the “minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” found in Section 108 of the TVPA. While Tier 1 is the highest ranking, it does not mean that a country has no human trafficking problem. On the contrary, a Tier 1 ranking indicates that a government has acknowledged the existence of human trafficking, made efforts to address the problem, and complies with the TVPA’s minimum standards. Each year, governments need to demonstrate appreciable progress in combating trafficking to maintain a Tier 1 ranking.

More information about the report is available in this briefing.

New Thematic Publications on General

Global Analysis 2012-2013: UNHCR Accountability Frameworks for Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming and Targeted Actions (UNHCR, 2013) [text]

Global Peace Index 2013 (Institute for Economics and Peace, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

International Migration Outlook 2013 (OECD, June 2013) [text]

Stranded Migrants: Giving Structure to a Multifaceted Notion, Global Migration Research Paper, no. 5 (Programme for the Study of Global Migration, 2013) [text]

World Refugee Day: Honoring Refugees, Resolving to Prevent Further Displacement (UpFront Blog, June 2013) [text]

Yearbook on Peace Processes 2013 (School for a Culture of Peace, 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]


Re-blog: Stuck in traffic: How helpful is the trafficking framework? | The COMPAS Blog

By: Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS

‘Trafficking’ seems to extend the audience of those engaged with the human rights of migrants. Even those who are not usually sympathetic to the plight of undocumented migrants can engage with the plight of ‘victims of trafficking’ and respond to calls for their protection. Trafficking also seems to offer a rare patch of common ground between migrant advocates and state actors, both concerned to stop exploitation and abuse.

However in practice, anti-trafficking approaches have proved deeply problematic. How helpful is the trafficking framework?

Stuck in traffic: How helpful is the trafficking framework? | The COMPAS Blog

To ask this question is not to put into question the undoubted abuse, injustice, extortion, rape, violence and murder experienced by migrants, particularly undocumented migrants. There is also no question that this happens, and that the vulnerable are exploited (a tricky term though) in myriad horrendous ways.

Full article available via Stuck in traffic: How helpful is the trafficking framework? | The COMPAS Blog.

New Publications on Resettlement and Human Trafficking/Forced Labour

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 Resettlement

EASO & Refugee Resettlement (EASO Monitor, Nov. 2012) [text]

“Expanding Our Community: Independent and Interdependent Factors Impacting Refugees’ Successful Community Resettlement,” Advances in Social Work, vol. 13, no. 2 (Summer 2012) [open access text]

“Japan Announces that ‘0’ Refugees Will be Resettled This Year,” Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, no. 32 (Dec. 2012) [full-text]

New Refugee Resettlement Strategy Unveiled (New Zealand Government, Dec. 2012) [text]

Refugee Resettlement Needs Outpace Growing Number of Resettlement Countries (Migration Information Source, Nov. 2012) [text]

Self-Study Module: Resettlement Learning Programme (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Starting from Refugees Themselves: Towards an Institutional Ethnography of Resettlement, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 247 (UNHCR, Dec. 2012) [text]

Worldwide Community of Resettled Refugees [info] [access]
– Online community for “any refugee or former refugee who has resettled in a third country… .” Free, but requires invitation to join; find out how via the info link.

New Publications on Trafficking/Forced Labour

The 2012 Global Report on Human Trafficking was released this week by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).  As part of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Human Trafficking, the UN General Assembly mandated that the UNODC “collect information and report biennially, starting in 2012, on patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at the national, regional and international levels in a balanced, reliable and comprehensive manner, in close cooperation and collaboration with Member States, and share best practices and lessons learned from various initiatives and mechanisms” (see para. 60).

As such, the newly published report “provides an overview of patterns and flows of trafficking in persons at global, regional and national levels, based on trafficking cases detected between 2007 and 2010 (or more recent). The report also includes a chapter on the worldwide response to trafficking in persons. The Country Profiles of the Global Report present a national level analysis for each of the 132 countries covered by this edition of the report.”

This is the first issue of the global report under the UNGA mandate; an earlier 2009 report with the same title was produced within the framework of the UN.GIFT initiative.

Other recent publications:

Human Trafficking, a Shadow of Migration: Evidence from Germany, Discussion Paper, no. 1246 (German Institute for Economic Research, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling: Similar Nature, Different Concepts,” Studies of Changing Societies: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Focus, vol. 1, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

“A Labor Paradigm for Human Trafficking,” UCLA Law Review, vol. 60, no. 1 (2012) [full-text]

The Protection of Internationally Trafficked Persons in Canada: Critical Gaps in Immigration Policy (Oppenheimer Chair, Dec. 2012) [text]

Secular and Faith-based NGOs: A Content Analysis of Priorities, Thesis submitted to the Graduate School (Ball State University, May 2012) [text]

Trafficking in Persons: U.S. Policy and Issues for Congress (U.S. Congressional Research Service, Dec. 2012) [text]

Understanding Forced Migration and Unfree Labour in the Global Economy, Keynote Lecture at Migration in a Changing World: Where Do We Go Now?, 5-9 Nov. 2012 [access]


New Publications on Causes of Displacement; Human Rights Education; Human Security; Migration Control; Refugee Camps; and Trafficking in Scotland

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/

A Critical Introduction to Immigration and Asylum (International State Crime Initiative, Sept. 2012) [text]

Human Security Report 2012: Sexual Violence, Education, and War – Beyond the Mainstream Narrative (Human Security Report Project, Oct. 2012) [access]
– See also related IRIN news article and IntLawGrrls blog post.

Important but Neglected: A Proposal for Human Rights Education in Refugee and Displacement Camps (SSRN, Oct. 2012) [text]

“Refugee Camps not Designed for Refugees,” DW, 9 Oct. 2012 [text]

Warfare, Political Identities, and Displacement in Spain and Colombia, HiCN Working Paper 124 (Households in Conflict Network, Oct. 2012) [text]

Care And Support for Adult Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings: A Review.
A new report by the Scottish Government.
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New Publications on: Borderline Justice; PICUM Newsletter; Trafficking; EDL; Minority Languages; Children; and Overseas Students

Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights

Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights

Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights.
A new book written by Liz Fekete, vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations.
The book will be published by Pluto Press and their is a launch event for this work which is due to take place on Monday 22 October.  Further details can be found on the Institute of Race Relations website [here] and please also Download an invite (pdf file, 144kb).
From the product description:

From pre-arrival to detention and deportation, Borderline Justice describes the exclusionary policies, inhumane decisions and obstacles to justice for refugees and migrants in the current legal system.

Frances Webber, a legal practitioner with over 30 years experience, provides a unique insight into how the law has been applied to migrants, refugees and other ‘unpopular minorities’. The book records some of the key legal struggles of the past thirty years which have sought to preserve values of universality in human rights – and the importance of continuing to fight for those values, inside and outside the courtroom.

With its combination of legal and political analysis with insider insights, Borderline Justice will appeal to both academic and non-academic audiences. The themes and analysis cross boundaries of law, politics, sociology, criminology, refugee studies and terrorism studies, appealing to the radical tradition in all these disciplines.

[Further Details from Pluto Books]
(Source: Institute of Race Relations).

PICUM Quarterly Newsletter, April-June 2012.
Produced by The PICUM Secretariat.
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(Source: The PICUM Secretariat).

Second General Report on GRETA’s activities covering the period from 1

Overseas Students and Net Migration

Overseas Students and Net Migration

August 2011 to 31 July 2012.
Produced by the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, (GRETA).
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See Also – BBC News Story: Trafficked children in UK council care ‘going missing’

A STUDY OF THE ENGLISH DEFENCE LEAGUE: What draws people of faith to right-wing organisations and what effects does the EDL have on community cohesion and interfaith relations?
By H.S. Lane for Faith matters.
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“European Policy-to-Outcome Indicators and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML)”
ECMI Working Paper #61
By Federica Prina.
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Into the unknown: Children’s journeys through the asylum
A new report produced by The Children’s Society.
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See Also:-
The Independent – UK criticised over child asylum
The Telegraph – Children fleeing wars facing ‘culture of disbelief’ – charity

Overseas Students and Net Migration: Fourth Report of Session 2012–13 : Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence.
New Report by the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.
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Publications on Iraqi Refugees; Homelessness; Trafficking; Roma

Iraqi refugees: making the urban refugee approach context-specific
Article published in the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine  Issue 51, (July 2011).
By Géraldine Chatelard.
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(Source: ALNAP).

Homelessness kills: An analysis of the mortality of homeless people in early twenty-first century England.
Report by Crisis(UK).
From the main findings:

Homeless people are more likely to die young, with an average age of death of 47 years old and even lower for homeless women at 43, compared to 77 for the general population, 74 for men and 80 for women. It is important to note that this is not life expectancy; it is the average age of death of those who die on the streets or while resident in homeless accommodation.

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(Source: DocuBase)

Trafficking in Persons: International Dimensions and Foreign Policy Issues for Congress
Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists).
From the summary:

Trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, refers to the subjection of men, women, and children to exploitative conditions that can be tantamount to slavery. Reports suggest that human trafficking is a global phenomenon, victimizing millions of people each year and contributing to a multi-billion dollar criminal industry. It is a centuries-old problem that, despite international and U.S. efforts to eliminate it, continues to occur in virtually every country in the world. Human trafficking is also an international and cross-cutting policy problem that bears on a range of major national security, human rights, criminal justice, social, economic, migration, gender, public health, and labor issues…

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(Source: DocuBase)

Reducing Vulnerability and Promoting the Self- Employment of Roma in Eastern Europe Through Financial Inclusion.
Report by the World Bank.
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Further information:-
(Source: Roma Solidarity News)
Further information:-
The Slovak Spectator – World Bank: Only one in five Roma in Slovakia has a job.
The World Bank – New World Bank Report Calls for Financial Inclusion of Roma in Eastern Europe through a Comprehensive, Incremental Approach.
The World Bank – Self-Employment through Social Microcredit: A Way Forward for Roma’s Financial Inclusion in Eastern Europe.