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News: ECRE and UNHCR Concerned over the ending of Mare Nostrum without European rescue initiative to replace it.


ECRE and UNHCR have warned that ending Italy’s rescue operation Mare Nostrum without replacing it by a well-resourced European search and rescue initiative would mean more deaths at sea.

One year ago, just a few days after more than 300 people drowned off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy launched the Mare Nostrum operation to ensure search and rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean. Since then, Mare Nostrum has saved around 150,000 people.

“Everyone was horrified at the loss of lives off Lampedusa one year ago. Italy did something about it. Now this life-saving Mare Nostrum operation is at stake. Refugees, many fleeing war in Syria and oppression in Eritrea, cannot stay in lawless Libya and it is not possible for them to reach a safe place legally and safely. If Mare Nostrum ends without being replaced by a well-resourced operation whose priority is to save lives, more people will die in their attempt to reach our shores. A European effort is urgently needed, if the EU is really serious about putting an end to the deaths in the Mediterranean,” said ECRE’s Secretary General Michael Diedring.

Read the full article online via the ECRE website here: ECRE and UNHCR Concerned over the ending of Mare Nostrum without European rescue initiative to replace it.

Further news and social media coverage of this story are available via the following links:

BBC News – UK opposes future migrant rescues in Mediterranean

The Independent – UK axes support for Mediterranean migrant rescue operation

The Independent – Italy’s decision to end Mare Nostrum will put the lives of thousands of migrants and refugees at risk

Amnesty International – Is there ever a justification for leaving people to drown in the Med?

The Telegraph – Drown an immigrant to save an immigrant: why is the Government borrowing policy from the BNP?

The Guardian – Italian navy says it will continue refugee rescue mission despite plan to scrap it

The Guardian – Migrants’ tales: ‘I feel for those who were with me. They got asylum in the sea’

The Independent – European governments must come to the rescue of asylum-seekers

ECRE – Mare Nostrum to end – New Frontex operation will not ensure rescue of migrants in international waters

UNHCR – UNHCR concerned over ending of rescue operation in the Mediterranean


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.

[Download Full Report]

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 Research Report: Migrant Roma in the UK

New Research Report: Migrant Roma in the UK

A new report which seeks to estimate the population of migrant Roma in the UK and document some of the experiences local authorities and key partners have when working with members of these communities is now available from here http://www.shusu.salford.ac.uk/cms/news/article/?id=51 The report from the University of Salford’s Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), is based on a survey of all UK local authorities and interviews with professionals in selected case study areas. The study was generously funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT).The research has generated a number of findings which include:



·         There is approximate 200,000 migrant Roma living in the UK who have migrated in the recent past


·         The majority of the population lives in England with significant concentrations mainly in urban areas


·         The population of migrant Roma is likely to be of comparable size to the population of indigenous Roma (e.g. Romany Gypsies, Irish Travellers etc.) and is likely to equate to at least 400,000-500,000 Roma in the UK when combined


·         When needs arise there is often a complex interplay of factors involving health, education and housing etc.


·         Their experience in the UK is typically punctuated by experiences of entrenched discrimination in their countries of origin

·         Local authorities and partners appear to work well with members of these communities but this appears hampered by not having ready access to resource.


Several UK Government Publications of Note

Factsheet: The UK’s humanitarian aid response to the Syria crisis
By the UK Department for International Development[Download Full Report]

DFID management response to the ICAI recommendations on DFID’s health programmes in Burma, August 2013
By the UK Department for International Development
[Download Full Report]

Dealing with illegal and unauthorised encampments: a summary of available powers
By the UK Department for Communities and Local Government
Ref: ISBN 9781409839903 PDF, 96.3KB, 13 pages

This is the latest edition of the summary of powers on illegal and unauthorised occupation of land. It now includes the removal of restrictions, from planning law, on Temporary Stop Notices for unauthorised caravan encampments which are a main residence.

The “Occupy” encampment at St Paul’s Cathedral brought into focus the question of balance between the right to peaceful protest and the disruptive impact of the illegal occupation of land. The formation of unauthorised campsites can cause problems for the general public and private landowners.

[Download Full Report]

Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation; consultation document
By the UK Home Office.
[Download Full Report]

Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation: overview of the proposals
By the UK Home Office.
[Download Full Report]

Home Office immigration consultation: written ministerial statement
By the UK Home Office.
[Download Full Report]


New Publications on the United Kingdom

New MuslimsThe New Muslims. (Runnymede Perspectives).
A new report by The Runnymede Trust and written by Claire Alexander, Victoria Redclift and Ajmal Hussain.

‘The New Muslims’ report finds that dominant perception of Muslims are damaging as they do not take into account the vast complexities and differences in British Muslim identities. This report examines the wide range of Muslim identities in the UK through looking at a number of factors, including changing demographics, Muslims in the army, Muslims in the media, the unique histories of different Muslim groups in the UK, and youth culture. It makes recommendations based on the failure of policy to reflect the lived experiences of British Muslims.

This report is published weeks after the Home Office has been accused of using racial profiling in Stop and Search and the ‘Go Home’ campaign, and during a time when the Government will be revisiting its approach to integration and security after the murder of Lee Rigby in May 2013

Brook House Immigration Removal Centre (PDF 0.67mb)
Report on an unannounced inspection of Brook House Immigration Removal Centre 28 May – 7 June 2013 by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Report on an announced inspection of Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (4-8 March 2013) by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
Report by by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Immigration from the United Kingdom to Israel

By Laura Staetsky, Marina Sheps and Jonathan Boyd
A new report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.
“On average, over the past twenty years, fewer than two British Jews in every 1,000 have made aliyah each year. Intuitively, that feels very low, but contrasted with aliyah rates from other English-speaking countries, this figure is actually quite high. Aliyah from Britain may not be the most significant immigration for the State of Israel, but it is part of a bigger story shaping the future of the Jewish world, and needs to be carefully monitored and understood.”

To read the report in full, click here.
To read the media coverage, click here.

‘A tale of two Jewish populations’: JPR releases third report showing demographic change since 2001

Today sees the publication of JPR’s third report drawing on the 2011 National Census data.  Our first report, published in December 2012, looked at the UK Jewish population at Local Authority (LA) level, and noted that whilst the size of the Jewish population of England and Wales has remained largely static since 2001, there are significant changes taking place at the local level.  Our second report, published in February 2013, also focused on geography, examined the changes that have taken place at the neighbourhood level.

To read the new report in full, please click here.


New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom

New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom.

Social and public service impacts of international migration at the local level.
Ref: ISBN 978 1 78246 131 9, Home Office Research Report 72 .
Produced by the UK Home Office.

This research was conducted to provide further evidence on the social and public service impacts of migration at the local level.

It examines migrant composition and impacts at the local, rather than the national, level. It presents a local authority typology, classifying all local authorities within England and Wales into twelve discrete groups, on the basis of key migration and socio-economic indicators, including the different migrant types (e.g. workers, students) and nationalities of migrants they have recently received.

Additionally, the research examines impacts of different types of migrant, rather than focusing on migrants as a homogenous group. It considers impacts on different public services (e.g. health services and education) and the local economy.

[Download PDF, 2.22MB, 59 pages]
See also:
The Daily Telegraph – Immigrants create overcrowding and fuel tensions, report finds
Daily Mail – True toll of mass migration on UK life: Half of Britons suffer under strain placed on schools, police, NHS and hounsing

IPS annual report and accounts 2012 to 2013:The 2012-13 annual report and accounts for the Identity and Passport Service (now known as HM Passport Office).
Produced by the UK Home Office.

Executive agency highlights the role it plays in supporting the Home Office’s priorities, such as public protection, reducing the impact and likelihood of identity crime, and preventing terrorism.

This 2012 to 1013 report covers the key performance indicators, principal activities, business and future developments and performance.

[Download Full Report]

Risk factors for congenital anomaly in a multiethnic birth cohort: an analysis of the Born in Bradford study.
Article by Dr Eamonn Sheridan … (et al.)
The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 4 July 2013.

Congenital anomalies are a leading cause of infant death and disability and their incidence varies between ethnic groups in the UK. Rates of infant death are highest in children of Pakistani origin, and congenital anomalies are the most common cause of death in children younger than 12 in this ethnic group. We investigated the incidence of congenital anomalies in a large multiethnic birth cohort to identify the causes of the excess of congenital anomalies in this community.

[Access to Article]
See also:
The Independent – Marriage between first cousins ‘doubles risk of having baby with life-threatening birth defects’

Precarious Lives, Experiences of forced labour among refugees and asylum seekers in England.
Report from Economic and Social Research Council.

This research uncovered evidence that refugees and asylum seekers are susceptible to forced labour in the UK. The findings are based on a two-year study by academics at the Universities of Leeds and Salford, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The research explored experiences of forced labour among 30 people who had made claims for asylum in England, supplemented by interviews with 23 practitioners and policy-makers.

[Download Full Report]

New Regional Publication on Europe and the United Kingdom

New Regional Publications on Europe

FRA Annual Activity Report 2012.
Published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

The founding regulation envisages that every year an annual report on activities has to be prepared and published.

[Download Full Report]

Fundamental rights: challenges and achievements in 2012.
Published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Against a backdrop of rising unemployment and increased deprivation, this FRA Annual report closely examines the situation of those, such as children, who are vulnerable to budget cuts, impacting important fields such as education, healthcare and social services. It looks at the discrimination that Roma continue to face and the mainstreaming of elements of extremist ideology in political and public discourse. It considers the impact the crises have had on the basic principle of the rule of law, as well as stepped up EU Member State efforts to ensure trust in justice systems.

[Download Full Report]

Fundamental rights at Europe’s southern sea borders.
Published by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

This FRA report examines the conditions at Europe’s southern sea borders with respect to the most fundamental rights of a person, the right to life and the right not to be sent back to torture, persecution or inhuman treatment. It looks at sea border surveillance and disembarkation procedures, as well as training and Frontex-coordinated operations. It examines practices across the EU Member States researched – Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain.

[Download Full Report]


New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom

Report on an unannounced inspection of
HMP Lindholme
11–15 February 2013
by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
[Download Full Report]

Secularism, Racism and the Politics of Belonging.
Edited by Nira Yuval-Davis and Phil Marfleet for The Runnymede Trust.
[Download Full Report]


New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom and Ireland

New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom and Ireland

DFID Annual Report and Accounts for 2012-2013.
By the UK Department for International Development.
[Download Full Report]

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.
3 May 2013, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford.

The deportation of unaccompanied
minors from the EU: family tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors (ERPUM) project

The deportation of unaccompanied minors from the EU: family tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied
Minors (ERPUM) project RSC Workshop Report

This report is the outcome of a joint effort between the University of Copenhagen and the Refugee Studies Centre to examine European governments’
plans to deport unaccompanied minors from the EU.
With support from the Migration Industry Research Network, Danish Institute for International Studies, the workshop ‘The deportation of
unaccompanied minors from the EU: family tracing and government accountability in the European Return Platform for Unaccompanied Minors
(ERPUM) project’ was convened at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford on 3 May 2013. Its explicit aim was to subject the little-publicised ERPUM project to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary examination.

The workshop consisted of two sections: first, it convened leading scholars from the disciplines of law, sociology, political science and philosophy,
each addressing different aspects and challenges for the project, and thus complementing each other; and second, it featured a panel discussion with
representatives from UNICEF, UNHCR and the Danish Refugee Council as well as the aforementioned speakers.

[Download Full Report]

Expecting change: the case for ending the detention of pregnant women.
A new report by Medical Justice.
[Download Full Report]
Further information: Institute for Race Relations – Pregnant Asylum Seekers Mistreated in Detention.
See Also: Migrant’s Rights Watch – New report warns that immigration detention for migrant women seriously damages health and puts babies at risk.

Us and Them?  The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Control.
By Bridget Anderson and published by Oxford University Press.

  • Combines policy, law, and empirical research with theory
  • The argument is made with particular relevance to the history and contemporary politics of immigration controls in the UK

Us and Them? explores the distinction between migrant and citizen through using the concept of ‘the community of value’. The community of value is comprised of Good Citizens and is defined from outside by the Non-Citizen and from the inside by the Failed Citizen, that is figures like the benefit scrounger, the criminal, the teenage mother etc. While Failed Citizens and Non-Citizens are often strongly differentiated, the book argues that it is analytically and politically productive to consider them together. Judgments about who counts as skilled, what is a good marriage, who is suitable for citizenship, and what sort of enforcement is acceptable against ‘illegals’, affect citizens as well as migrants. Rather than simple competitors for the privileges of membership, citizens and migrants define each other through sets of relations that shift and are not straightforward binaries. The first two chapters on vagrancy and on Empire historicise migration management by linking it to attempts to control the mobility of the poor. The following three chapters map and interrogate the concept of the ‘national labour market’ and UK immigration and citizenship policies examining how they work within public debate to produce ‘us and them’. Chapters 6 and 7 go on to discuss the challenges posed by enforcement and deportation, and the attempt to make this compatible with liberalism through anti-trafficking policies. It ends with a case study of domestic labour as exemplifying the ways in which all the issues outlined above come together in the lives of migrants and their employers.

Readership: Scholars and students of international relations, migration studies, and law.

[Further Information on the Oxford University Press website]
See also – Migrant’s Rights Network: How society manufactured ‘them’ and ‘us’, and spread the myth that it couldn’t be anything different).


New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom and Europe

New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom

Homecoming: Return and reintegration of irregular migrants from Nigeria

Asylum Information Database: National report – United Kingdom
(Source: Migrants Rights Network Weekly Immigration News, 3 June 2013)

All Party Parliamentary Group on MigrationREPORT OF THE INQUIRY INTO NEW FAMILY MIGRATION RULES June 2013

Fractured childhoods: the separation of families by immigration detention
(Source: NCB Policy & Parliamentary Information Digest, 26 Apr 2013)

One step forward, two steps back: evaluating the institutions of British immigration policymaking
(Source: IPPR Newsletter, 26 Apr 2013)

Detention in the asylum system
(Source: Refugee Council Newsletter, 3 May 2013)
New briefing from the Refugee Council, which looks at when, where and for how long people are detained (and also includes info about the detention of children).

Student visitors

Mothers-in-law important for integration of migrants, says report

Independent Chief Inspector of Border and Immigration: Inspection Plan for 2013-14

One step forward, two steps back: Evaluating the institutions of British immigration policymaking

Identifying and Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking: Guidance for Health Staff

A Question of Credibility: Why so many initial asylum decisions are overturned on appeal in the UK
Jan Shaw, Refugee Affairs Programme Director at Amnesty International UK, said:

We need an asylum system that gets the decision right first time. Getting the decision wrong in the first instance causes a great deal of anxiety for asylum seekers and prolongs the period in which they are left in limbo. It is also wasting tax-payers’ money by refusing people on patently spurious grounds, leading to costly and unnecessary appeals.

In disbanding the UK Border Agency, Theresa May has acknowledged defects in the process as it stands, and she must now ensure that this is a watershed moment where a break with flawed practices is made once and for all.


Giving back to communities of residence and of origin

Human Trafficking: practical guidance

The Integration Consensus 1993–2013: How Britain changed
since Stephen Lawrence

New Regional Publications on Europe

The spring issue of Homeless in Europe, a magazine published by FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations working with the homeless, is now available online.

Study on educational support for newly arrived migrant children

Homeless in Europe

Access to healthcare in Europe in times of crisis and rising xenophobia

New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom

Report on an announced inspection of Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre:  28 January – 8 February 2013
by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Colnbrook was generally well managed and making progress, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, publishing the report of an announced inspection of the immigration removal centre (IRC) near Heathrow.

Colnbrook is one of the more secure and ‘prison-like’ facilities in the IRC estate. It holds just over 400 mainly adult male detainees, as well as a small number of women. Provision for women was due to expand. Serco had decided not to re-tender to run the centre at the imminent conclusion of its current contract. Colnbrook had been on a consistent path of improvement and was safer than inspectors had found it in the past.

[Download Full Report]
(Source:  Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre – noticeable progress).

The effectiveness and impact of immigration detention casework: A joint thematic review by HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
December 2012
A joint report by the HM Inspectorate of Prisons and the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Immigration detention casework – poor casework must be addressed).

Report on an announced inspection of HMP Canterbury: 16–20 July 2012
by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: HMP Canterbury – needs to focus on resettlement).

Detainees under escort: Inspection of escort and removals to Sri Lanka: 6-7 December 2012
by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: HM Inspectorate of Prisons).

Report on unannounced joint inspections of Coquelles and Calais non-residential  short-term holding facilities: 6 – 7 November 2012
by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Contrôleur Général des Lieux de Privation de Liberté,
[Download Full Report]
(Source: HM Inspectorate of Prisons).


New Publications on Economic Issues; Legal Issues; Refugee Camp Programmes; STHF Electric House & Lunar House; and Afghan Asylum Seekers

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

Publications on Economic Issues

Connecting with Emigrants: A Global Profile of Diasporas (OECD, Oct. 2012) [text]

Economic Assistance in Conflict Zones: Lessons from Afghanistan (Center for Global Development, Oct. 2012) [text via Human Security Gateway]

Impact and Costs of Forced Displacement, Research Project, 2010-present (RSC, 2012) [info] [overview]
– Outputs from this project for the World Bank include the following:  Assessing the Impacts and Costs of Forced Displacement, vol. I – A Mixed Methods Approach (May 2012); Study on Impacts and Costs of Forced Displacement, vol. II – State of the Art Literature Review (June 2011); Guidelines for Assessing the Impacts and Costs of Forced Displacement (July 2012);

The Labour Market Integration of Refugee and Family Reunion Immigrants: A Comparison of Outcomes in Canada and Sweden, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 6924 (Institute for the Study of Labor, Oct. 2012) [text via SSRN]

Labour Mobility for Refugees: Workshop in Geneva, 11-12 September 2012 – Summary Conclusions (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Remittances to Transit Countries: The Impact on Sudanese Refugee Livelihoods in Cairo, Cairo Studies on Migration and Refugees, no. 3 (CMRS, Sept. 2012) [text]

Publications on Legal Issues

“Displacement Disparity: Filling the Gap of Protection for the Environmentally Displaced Person,” Valparaiso University Law Review, vol. 46, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Do Human Rights Laws Help Asylum-Seekers? An Empirical Study of Canadian Refugee Jurisprudence Since 1990, Paper prepared for the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, 7 June 2012 [text]

Guidelines on International Protection No. 9: Claims to Refugee Status based on Sexual Orientation and/or Gender Identity within the context of Article 1A(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Reparations for the Uyghur Refugees Illegally Detained at Guantánamo Bay (ExpressO, 2012) [text]

“Seeking Asylum for Former Child Soldiers and Victims of Human Trafficking,” Pepperdine Law Review, vol. 39, no. 2 (2012) [open access text]

Publications on Refugee Camp Programmes

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

Iridimi Refugee Camp Library, Eastern Chad (Bookwish, 2012) [access]

R2E: Human Rights Mobile Library (i-Act, 2012) [access]

Top Kenyan University Opens Campus next to World’s Largest Refugee Camp (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

What Happens after the War? How Refugee Camp Peace Programmes Contribute to Post-conflict Peacebuilding Strategies, New Issues in Refugee Research, no. 245 (UNHCR, Oct. 2012) [text]

Publications on the United Kingdom

Short Term Holding Facilities (UK)

Report on an unannounced follow-up inspection of the non-residential short term holding facility at: Lunar House, Croydon 7 June 2012
by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: HM Inspectorate of Prisons).

Report on an unannounced follow-up inspection of the non-residential short term holding facility at: Electric House, Croydon 7 June 2012
by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
[Download Full Report]
(Source: HM Inspectorate of Prisons).

Afghan Asylum Seekers

Broken futures: young Afghan asylum seekers in the UK and on return to their country of origin.
By Catherine Gladwell and Hannah Elwyn.
UNHCR New Issues in Refugee Research – Research Paper No. 246.
[Download Working Paper]
(Source: UNHCR).



New Publications on Humanitarian Assistance; Europe; and the UK

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

Publications on Humanitarian Assistance

RSC Working Paper, no. 84

RSC Working Paper, no. 84

Fifty Shades of Aid: Love in the Field (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Humanitarian Policy Group Annual Report 2011-2012 (ODI, Sept. 2012) [text]

Humanitarian Staff Development Project: Programme Guide (Context, Oct. 2012) [text via ReliefWeb]

Notes from the Field: Haiti – Displacement and Development in the “Republic of NGOs” (UpFront Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]

Resisting the Mantra of Resilience (IRIN, Oct. 2012) [text]

Tools for the Job: Supporting Principled Humanitarian Action (NRC & HPG, Oct. 2012) [text]

Publications on Europe

“La Crainte est-elle fondée ?” Utilisation et application de l’Information sur les pays dans la procédure d’asile (Comité Belge d’Aide aux Réfugiés, June 2011) [text via Refworld]

Displacement in Cyprus: Consequences of Civil and Military Strife Report Series (PRIO Cyprus, June 2012) [access]

EU: Step Up Sea Rescues to Save Lives (Human Rights Watch, Sept. 2012) [text]

Frontière – Asile – Détention: Législation belge, normes européennes et internationales (Comité Belge d’Aide aux Réfugiés, Jan. 2012) [text via Refworld]

Integrating Refugee and Asylum-seeking Children in the Educational Systems of EU Member States (Center for the Study of Democracy, 2012) [text via EMN Belgium]

“Populism in Brussels? How to Solve the Balkan Asylum Crisis,” EU Observer, 24 Oct. 2012 [text]

Publications on the United Kingdom

Asylum Conditions in Italy Not Severe Enough to Prevent Removal of Refugees from the UK (UK Human Rights Blog, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Discusses the case “EM (Eritrea) and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department.”

Research Note: Immigration and Asylum Services (Legal Services Consumer Panel, Oct. 2012) [text]

Study of Afghan Children Seeking Asylum in the UK (Univ. of Oxford, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Provides brief overview of findings reported in “PTSD in Asylum-Seeking Male Adolescents from Afghanistan.”

The Truth about Asylum (Refugee Council, Oct. 2012) [text]
– Guide to the facts about asylum-seekers and refugees.

Whither Refugee Protection in the Changes to the Canadian and British Asylum Systems? Presentation to RLI Seminar, 17 Oct. 2012 [text]

Why UK Asylum Advocacy Should Take Citizens’ Complaints Seriously, RSC Working Paper, no. 84 (RSC, Oct. 2012) [text]


New Publications on Europe; the UK; and the Americas

Details of these new resources were originally found on the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog produced by Elisa Mason.

Publications on Europe:

Challenges of Forced Migration in Serbia: The State of Human Rights of Asylum Seekers and Returnees based on the Readmission Agreement (Grupa 484, July 2012) [text]

Enhanced Competences for the European Court of Justice: “Re-shuffling” the Dynamics of EU Migration Policy-making?, Migration Studies Unit Working Paper, no. 2012/1 (LSE, 2012) [text]

The Impact of Welfare Systems on Immigration: An Analysis of Welfare Magnets as a Pull-factor for Asylum Seekers and Labour Migrants, Migration Studies Unit Working Paper, no. 2012/2 (LSE, 2012) [text]

Serbia as a Country of Asylum: Observations on the Situation of Asylum-seekers and Beneficiaries of International Protection in Serbia (UNHCR, Aug. 2012) [text]

A Study and Comparison of National Legislation in Slovenia and International Standards Related to Statelessness (UNHCR Central Europe, Jan. 2012) [text]

“Transnationalism of Burundian Refugees in The Netherlands: The Importance of Migration Motives,” International Journal of Population Research, vol. 2012, Article ID 962327 (2012) [open access text]

Publications on the UK:

Best Practice Guide to Asylum and Human Rights Appeals (Electronic Immigration Network, 2012) [text]

Campaigning Toolkit: An Aid to Understanding the Asylum and Immigration Systems, and Campaigning for the Right to Stay (NCADC, 2012) [access]

“Unmasking Deviance: The Visual Construction of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in English National Newspapers,” Critical Criminology, vol. 20, no. 3 (2012) [full-text]

‘We are not in politics to ignore peoples’ worries: we are in politics to deal with them.’ Why Mainstream Parties Change Policy on Migration: A UK Case Study – The Conservative Party, Immigration and Asylum, 1960-2010, Paper prepared for the EPOP annual conference, University of Oxford, 7-9 September 2012 [text]

Publications on The Americas:

Best Practice Compilation

Best Practice Compilation

UNHCR’s Bureau for the Americas has issued a “Best Practice Compilation” which highlights some of the work taking place and accomplishments achieved in the region in the area of Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM).

Asylum and Population Control: Assessing UNHCR’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme in Guatemalan Refugee Settlements, Working Paper, no. 83 (RSC, Sept. 2012) [text]

Colombia Transformational Change Must Include Urban IDPs (Refugees International, Sept. 2012) [text]

“Journeys to Home and Liminal Spaces among Former Refugees: Exploring Identity and Belonging among Vietnamese-Canadians,” Social Space, no. 3 (2012) [open access text]

Legal Aid for Refugee Claimants in Canada (Refugee Forum, posted Sept. 2012) [text]

Refugee Resettlement in America: The Iraqi Refugee Experience in Upstate, New York, Cairo Studies on Migration and Refugees, no. 1 (Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, July 2012) [text]

Refugee Resettlement: Greater Consultation with Community Stakeholders Could Strengthen Program (U.S. GAO, July 2012) [text]


UK Migration Statistics Published Today

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

The following message has been posted today on the UK Migration Statistics Jiscmail Discussion List.  Details are as follows:

Home Office’s Immigration Statistics April – June 2012 release, published today, provides the latest provisional figures on those subject to immigration control. It is available at:


There have been several enhancements to the latest release. As well as modification to the main landing page to ease navigation there are also the following changes:

  • Tables and commentary now provide revised categories for those departing the UK, separately identifying enforced removals and notified voluntary departures (previously combined).
  • New tables (Before Entry topic) and commentary (Work topic) has been included about the sponsorship system, including numbers of sponsored employers on the UKBA register and use of Certificates of Sponsorship (used in applications for work-related visas and extensions).
  • Historical data for 2010 has been added on grants of visas by category by nationality.
  • Most of the tables of figures by nationality have been revised to separate out figures for those designated as “Stateless” and “Refugee”.
  • For longer time series previous published in tables alongside the different topic briefings, figures for earlier periods are now available for some topic areas on the Migration Statistics historical datasets webpage.

Please email MigrationStatsEnquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk if you have any queries regarding the immigration statistics publication.

The Migration Statistics Quarterly Report has also been published by the ONS at: