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Forced Migration Current Awareness

A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason

Updated: 2018-01-23T09:38:45.525-05:00


Regional Focus: Australia


Event: Conference: Refugee Alternatives: Improving Policy, Practice and Public Support, Melbourne, 13-14 February 2018 [info]- Ticket sales end 12 February 2018.Publications:Australia Must Secure Solutions for Refugees Abandoned on Manus Island (UNHCR, Dec. 2017) [text]- Includes links to UNHCR's latest fact sheet on the situation of refugees on Manus Island and the report of the Medical Expert Mission to Papua New Guinea."An Australia–Indonesia Arrangement on Refugees: Exploring the Structural, Legal and Diplomatic Dimensions," Adelaide Law Review, vol. 38, no. 1 (2017) [full-text]"Community-based Interventions for Building Social Inclusion of Refugees and Asylum seekers in Australia: A Systematic Review," Journal of Social Inclusion, vol. 8, no. 2 (2017) [open access]"Deflection and Deterrence: Europe’s Shrinking Asylum Space and its Parallels with Australian Policies," Griffith Journal of Law & Human Dignity, vol. 5, no. 2 (2017) [open access]"Different in the Same Way? Language, Diversity, and Refugee Credibility," International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 29, no. 3 (Nov. 2017) [abstract]- Explores "how Australian guidance on credibility for refugee review decision makers discursively presents diversity, and the impacts this has on decisions in which asylum seekers’ credibility is a central concern." See also related Language on the Move blog post.Operation Sovereign Borders: A Prehistory (Inside Story, Jan. 2018) [text]- Book review of Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s Refugee Policy (UNSW Press, Sept. 2017).Questioning the Australian Refugee Model (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2018) [text]"Securitization of Search and Rescue at Sea: The Response to Boat Migration in the Mediterranean and Offshore Australia," International & Comparative Law Quarterly, First View, 16 Jan. 2018 [SSRN]"The Unlucky in the ‘Lucky Country’: Asylum Seekers, Irregular Migrants and Refugees and Australia’s Politics of Disappearance," Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol. 23, no. 2 (2017) [ResearchGate]Related post:- Regional Focus: Australia (20 Dec. 2017)Tagged Publications.[...]

Regional Focus: Africa


Cameroon's Forceful Repatriation of Nigerian Refugees, Policy Brief (Institute for Security Studies, Dec. 2017) [text]Conflict and Displacement in the Kasai (International Refugee Rights Initiative, Jan. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]Field Survey and Analysis: Survey of Affected People & Field Staff in Somalia (Ground Truth Solutions, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]Foresight Africa Viewpoint – Understanding the Patterns and Causes of African Migration: Some Facts (Africa in Focus Blog, Jan. 2018) [text]"How Friends Become Foes: Exploring the Role of Documents in Shaping UNHCR’s Behaviour," Third World Quarterly, Latest Articles, 8 Jan. 2018 [free full-text]- Note: This article was freely available for a short period (see author announcement on Twitter), but has now gone back behind a paywall. It includes a case study of the cessation of refugee status of Eritreans in Sudan in 2002."The Plight of Tanzanian Persons with Albinism: A Case for International Refugee and Asylum Procedure Reform," Emory International Law Review, vol. 32, no. 1 (2017) [full-text]Roadmap for the Implementation of the Pledges of the Government of Ethiopia for the Application of the CRRF (Govt. of Ethiopia, Dec. 2017) [text]Somalis Who Returned Home Flee to Kenya a Second Time (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2018) [text]South Sudan: Conflict, Displacement, Famine and the HIV Response - Time to Act! (Inter-Agency Task Team for Addressing HIV in Humanitarian Emergencies, Jan. 2018) [text]Working towards Inclusion: Refugees within the National Systems of Ethiopia (UNHCR, Dec. 2017) [text]Related post:- Regional Focus: Africa (8 Jan. 2018)Tagged Publications.[...]

Regional Focus: Americas


2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview: Colombia (OCHA, Jan. 2018) [text]"As US Tightens Stance on Migrants and Refugees, is Mexico Prepared to Take More?," Christian Science Monitor, 16 Jan. 2018 [text]Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle: Backgrounder (Council on Foreign Relations, Jan. 2018) [text]Central Americans Face Backlash on Mexico’s Migrant Trail (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2018) [text]Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Framework (MIRPS), San Pedro Sula Regional Conference, Honduras, 26 Oct. 2017 [info]- Follow link for conference documents and the San Pedro Sula declaration. More info about MIRPs is available on this UNHCR web page and in this document.Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-seekers from Guatemala (UNHCR, Jan. 2018) [text]Evaluating the Effectiveness of PRM-Supported Programs to Build the Capacity of Colombian Municipal Authorities to Assist Internally Displaced Persons (U.S. Dept. of State, Dec. 2017) [text]Finding Housing for the Syrian Refugee Newcomers in Canadian Cities: Challenges, Initiatives and Policy Implications (Institut national de la recherche scientifique, 2017) [access]- Follow link for synthesis report and executive summaries.The New Coyote Trail: Refugees Head West to Bypass Fortress Europe (Refugees Deeply, Dec. 2017) [text]"This is What the Hours after Being Deported Look Like," The Guardian, 12 Dec. 2017 [text]Why We are Challenging the USA as a “Safe Third Country” in the Federal Court of Canada (Canadian Council for Refugees, Dec. 2017) [text]Related post:- Regional Focus: Americas (15 Dec. 2017)Tagged Publications.[...]

Regional Focus: Asia Pacific


Factors Affecting Domestic Refugee Policy Development: An Analysis of South Korea’s Case, Paper presented at The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy, Dayton, OH, 8-10 Nov. 2017 [text]"Forced Migration, Refugees and China’s Entry into the ‘Family of Nations’, 1861–1949," Journal of Refugee Studies, Advance Articles, 8 Jan. 2018 [free full-text]In Northern Myanmar, a Long-forgotten Conflict Flares Out of View (IRIN, Jan. 2018) [text]Labour Migration as an Alternative for Asylum Seekers Facing Protection Issues: A Sri Lanka-based Longitudinal Study, Irregular Migration and Border Research Occasional Paper, no. 22 (Govt. of Australia, Sept. 2016) [text]- Note: Other titles in this series are available here."Malaysia: A Refugee Conundrum," The Lancet, vol. 391, no. 10116 (Jan. 2018) [info]- Note: The full-text of this article can be accessed once a free account has been created."Protection in the Context of Mixed Migratory Movements by Sea: The Case of the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea Crisis," International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 22, no. 2 (2018) [SSRN]"Self-legitimation through Knowledge Production Partnerships: International Organization for Migration in Central Asia," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Latest Articles, 29 Aug. 2017 [abstract]- See earlier related conference paper."Towards Global Management on Flight and Migration? A Comparison of Refugee Politics in Europe and Asia," Asian Journal of German and European Studies, 2:8 (June 2017) [open access]Rohingya crisis:Bangladesh and Burma: The Rohingya Crisis (UK Parliament International Development Committee, Jan. 2018) [text]"Nepal and the Rohingya Refugees," The Diplomat, 5 Dec. 2017 [text]"Plan to Send Rohingya Refugees Back to Myanmar is Put on Hold," NPR, 21 Jan. 2018 [text]The Rohingya Crisis: Backgrounder (Council on Foreign Relations, updated Jan. 2018) [text]Rohingya Who Fled Myanmar a Second Time are Certain: "We can’t go back" (IRIN, Jan. 2018) [text]UNHCR Notes Bangladesh, Myanmar Talks; Stresses Importance of Returns Meeting International Standards (UNHCR, Jan. 2018) [text]We Must Not Repeat the Shameful History of Returning Rohingya Refugees (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2018) [text]"Will Rohingya Refugees Actually Return to Myanmar without the Promise of Full Rights as Citizens?," UN Dispatch, 17 Jan. 2018 [text]Related post:- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (5 Jan. 2018)Tagged Publications.[...]

Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling


(image) Book Review: Human Trafficking and Slavery Reconsidered: Conceptual Limits and States’ Positive Obligations in European Law (Border Criminologies Blog, Jan. 2018) [text]

Flow Monitoring Surveys: The Human Trafficking and Other Exploitative Practices Prevalence Indication Survey - Migrants Interviewed along the Central and the Eastern Mediterranean Routes Compared (IOM, Oct. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Human Smuggling and Intentions to Migrate: Global Evidence from a Supply Shock Along Africa-to-Europe Migration Routes, DEMS Working Paper, no. 375 (Univ. of Milan, Dec. 2017) [text via SSRN]

In Niger, Europe’s Empty Promises Hinder Efforts to Move Beyond Smuggling (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2018) [text]

Migrant Smuggling: Paths from the Horn of Africa to Yemen and Saudi Arabia (Institute for Security Studies, Dec. 2017) [text]

Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking and Exploitation: Evidence from the Central and Eastern Mediterranean Migration Routes (IOM, Dec. 2017) [text]

Sudan: The E.U.’s Partner in Migration Crime (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2018) [text]

Unpacking the Myths: Human Smuggling from and within the Horn of Africa, RMMS Briefing Paper, no. 6 (Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

What Works?: A Review of Interventions to Combat Modern Day Slavery (Walk Free Foundation, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Human Trafficking & Smuggling (30 Nov. 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance


Events: The Humanitarian Crises That Will Shape 2018, Press conference at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018, Davos, 23 January 2018 [info]Cash Transfer Programming: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead, London, 1 February 2018 [info]Publications:Aid Agencies Rethink Personal Data as New EU Rules Loom (IRIN, Jan. 2018) [text]"From Principle to Practice: Humanitarian Innovation and Experimentation," Stanford Social Innovation Review, 21 Dec. 2017 [text]Holding the Keys: Humanitarian Access and Local Organisations (ODI, Jan. 2018) [access]- Follow link for report and policy brief.Limn, no. 9 (Nov. 2017) [full-text]- The theme of this issue is "Little Development Devices/Humanitarian Goods"; articles examine "the recent profusion of micro-technologies in the worlds of humanitarianism and development, some focused on fostering forms of social improvement, others claiming to alleviate suffering, and many seeking to accomplish both."Making Lives: Refugee Self-Reliance and Humanitarian Action in Cities (Save the Children, Dec. 2017) [text]Not a Target: Ensuring the Protection of Aid Workers (Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]"Practices and Consequences of Using Humanitarian Technologies in Volatile Aid Settings," Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 3:1 (Jan. 2018) [open access]Public Service Delivery in Contexts of Urban Displacement: A Discussion Paper on the Importance of Strengthening Public Service Delivery in Urban Humanitarian Contexts (International Rescue Committee, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]"Sticky Technologies: Plumpy’nut®, Emergency Feeding and the Viscosity of Humanitarian Design," Social Studies of Science, OnlineFirst, 1 Jan. 2018 [postprint]Subjective Measures in Humanitarian Analysis (ACAPS, Jan. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]Three Opportunities for Humanitarians in 2018 (ODI, Jan. 2018) [text]World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2017 (OCHA, Dec. 2017) [text]Web site:Centre for Humanitarian Data (OCHA) [access]- "The Centre is focused on four areas: 1) data services; 2) data literacy; 3) data policy; and 4) network engagement. Our vision is to create a future where all people involved in a humanitarian situation have access to the data they need, when and how they need it, to make responsible and informed decisions."Related post:- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (12 Dec. 2017)Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.[...]

Thematic Focus: ICTs and Information-related Items


Events & opportunities:Reconnecting Refugees, Session at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018, Davos, 23 January 2018 [info]Blended Learning Course: Researching Country of Origin Information (COI) [info]- Includes online training from 12 March-6 April 2018 and face-to-face meeting in Vienna on 10 or 12 April 2018. Apply by 26 January 2018.Radio: A Beacon of Progress in Today’s Tech-led Communication Landscape, Geneva, 13 February 2018 [info]Publications:"Communication Rights from the Margins: Politicising Young Refugees’ Smartphone Pocket Archives," International Communication Gazette, vol. 79, nos. 6-7 (2017) [open access]"How to Increase Empathy Towards Refugees? Serious Games Might Provide an Answer," Forbes, 7 Jan. 2018 [text]Mediating a Mobile Identity: The Role of Social Media in the Lives of Hazara Youth in Australia, Paper presented at the 2017 Australian Sociological Association Conference (Univ. of Western Australia, 2017) [text]- Scroll to p. 45.New Documents Underscore Problems of ‘Social Media Vetting’ of Immigrants (ACLU Blog, Jan. 2018) [text]"Online Hate Discourse: A Study on Hatred Speech Directed against Syrian Refugees on YouTube," Journal of Media Critiques, vol. 3, no. 12 (2017) [open access]"Questioning the Role of Facebook in Maintaining Syrian Social Capital during the Syrian Crisis," Heliyon, vol. 3, no. 12 (2017) [open access]What a Start-Up Learned Teaching Coding in Refugee Camps in Africa (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2018) [text]Resources:Digital Tukul [access]- A UNHCR blog on digital (ACCORD) [info]- A new version of this key resource for undertaking country of origin information research is due to be launched in early 2018. Follow the link for a description of some of its new and improved features.ReliefWeb Lite [info]- "Introducing the ReliefWeb Lite Progressive Web App - a cut-down version of ReliefWeb aimed primarily at users on mobile, but also at desktop users on low bandwidth connections including those humanitarian workers in remote areas."Related post:- Thematic Focus: ICTs (12 Dec. 2017)Tagged Events & Opportunities, Publications and Web Sites/Tools.[...]

News: HRW World Report Published


(image) Human Rights Watch has published its annual human rights survey, World Report 2018: Events of 2017. As the Foreword notes, "World Report 2018 is Human Rights Watch’s 28th 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 late 2016 through November 2017."

The topic of the keynote essay is "The Pushback against the Populist Challenge." The companion web site provides access to other thematic essays and multimedia presentations, one of which focuses on "Saving Lives at Sea: A Two-week Rescue Mission with SOS Mediterranee."

Readers can download the entire report or browse by individual country. Previous editions of the World Report can be found here.

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: General


Addressing Forced Displacement through Development Planning and Co-operation: Guidance for Donor Policy Makers and Practitioners (OECD, Nov. 2017) [text]Ensuring Respect for Rights in the Provision of Refugee Protection and Assistance: Summary of an Expert Meeting Held at UNHCR, Geneva, 13 November 2017 [text]Evaluation of UNHCR's Leadership of the Global Cluster and Field Protection Clusters: 2014-2016, ES/2017/04 (UNHCR, Oct. 2017) [text]Five Migration Trends to Watch in 2018 (IRIN, Jan. 2018) [text]Global Compact on Migration: Issues at Play (Center for Migration Studies, 2018) [text]"How Friends Become Foes: Exploring the Role of Documents in Shaping UNHCR’s Behaviour," Third World Quarterly, Latest Articles, 8 Jan. 2018 [free full-text]- Note: This article was freely available for a short period, but has now gone back behind a paywall.International Forum on Migration Statistics, Paris, 15-16 Jan. 2018 [info]- Several sessions focused on forced migration data, including one on the Expert Group on Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons Statistics (EGRIS)."Migration Can Benefit the World. This is How We at the UN Plan to Help," The Guardian, 11 Jan. 2018 [text]- Opinion piece by the UN Secretary General.Moving Beyond “Root Causes:” The Complicated Relationship between Development and Migration (Migration Policy Institute, Jan. 2018) [text]*On the Move (The World in 2018) [text]- "Two new global agreements will try, largely in vain, to bring order to flows of refugees and migrants.""Positive Thinking Elevates Tolerance: Experimental Effects of Happiness on Adolescents’ Attitudes Towards Asylum Seekers," Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Forthcoming, 2018) [postprint]"Refugees, Development, Debt, Austerity: A Selected History," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 6, no. 1 (2018) [open access]Report of the Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS): Note by the Secretary-General, UN Doc. No. E/CN.3/2018/16 (UN Economic and Social Council, Dec. 2017) [text]- Note: This report will be discussed at the upcoming session of the UN Statistical Commission, New York, 6-9 March 2018. EGRIS was also the focus of a panel at the recently held migration statistics forum (see above).Securitisation of Borders and the UN's Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Legal Studies Research Paper, no. 270 (Queen Mary University of London, Jan. 2018) [text via SSRN]Setting Standards for an Integrated Approach to Reintegration: Summary Report (Samuel Hall, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]Shaping the RRI: Preliminary Work Completed (DARA, Jan. 2018) [text]- Update on the Refugee Response Index.The Social Practice of Human Rights: Charting the Frontiers of Research and Advocacy, Dayton, OH, 8-10 Nov. 2017 [info]- The first plenary dialogue focused on "Forced Migration." Various panels addressed issues relating to displacement, migration and refugees; click through for papers.The Top Refugee Issues to Watch in 2018 (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2018) [text]Who Funds Which Multilateral Organizations?, Global Views, no. 8 (Brookings Institution, Dec. 2017) [text]- See also related blog post.*UPDATEDRelated post:- Thematic Focus: General (5 Jan. 2018)Tagged Publications.[...]

Regional Focus: Europe


Event:Launch of report on the use of Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) funding at national level, Brussels, 23 January 2018 [info]Publications:2016 Annual Report on Migration and Asylum (European Migration Network, April 2017) [text]Desk Research of the Surveys of IDPs (UNHCR, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]- Focuses on Ukraine.External Competence and Representation of the EU and Its Member States in the Area of Migration and Asylum (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, Jan. 2018) [text]"An International Law Oriented Approach to the Allocation of Jurisdiction in Asylum Procedures," Chapter in Dialoghi con Ugo Villani (Cacucci 2017) [full-text via Academia]Judy Asks: Is Europe Turning Its Back on Refugees and Migrants? (Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe, Jan. 2018) [text]“Migration Related Restrictions by the EU Member States in the Aftermath of the 2015 Refugee "Crisis" in Europe: What Did We Learn?,” International Comparative Jurisprudence, vol. 3, no. 2 (2017) [open access]“Myths and Facts about Refugees: Reasons for Irregular Border Crossing and the Truth about Social Assistance,” International Comparative Jurisprudence, vol. 3, no. 2 (2017) [open access]- Focuses on Bulgaria."A New Approach to Refugees: Pay Them to Go Home," NPR, 13 Jan. 2018 [text]- See also related RFE/RL graphic showing how much different European countries pay migrants to go home.The Political Economy of European Asylum Policies, ifo Working Paper, no. 245 (CESifo Group, Dec. 2017) [text]"Protecting Syrians in Turkey: A Legal Analysis," International Journal of Refugee Law, Advance Articles, 15 Jan. 2018 [free full-text]What is the Spanish Migration Control Industry, and Why Does It Matter? (ODI, Jan. 2018) [text]Related post:- Regional Focus: Europe (11 Jan. 2018)Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.[...]