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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: 2017-12-11T17:29:26.042-05:00


Regional Focus: Asia Pacific, esp. Rohingya Crisis


Publications:2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview: Afghanistan (OCHA, Dec. 2017) [text]2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview: Myanmar (OCHA, Dec. 2017) [text]"Fearing the Worst, China Plans Refugee Camps on North Korean Border," New York Times, 11 Dec. 2017 [text]From Forced Migration to Forced Returns in Afghanistan: Policy and Program Implications (Migration Policy Institute, Nov. 2017) [text]Health and Care for Migrants and Displaced Persons: Case Studies from the Asia Pacific Region (IFRC, Nov. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]"Power and Responsibility at the Margins: The Case of India in the Global Refugee Regime," Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees, vol. 33, no. 1 (2017) [open access]The Quandary of Repatriating Refugees along the Thailand–Myanmar Border (East Asia Forum, Dec. 2017) [text]"Refugees and Displaced People: How Japan Can Help," JICA's World (Oct. 2017) [text via RSC]Suffering in Shadows: Aid Restrictions and Reductions Endanger Displaced Persons in Northern Myanmar (Refugees International, Dec. 2017) [access]Rohingya crisis:100 Days of Horror and Hope: A Timeline of the Rohingya Crisis (UNHCR, Dec. 2017) [text]- See also UNHCR's latest operational update.27th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Human Rights Situation of the Minority Rohingya Muslim Population and Other Minorities in the Rakhine State of Myanmar, Geneva, 5 Dec. 2017 [access]"The Future of India’s Do-Nothing Policy Toward the Rohingya," The Diplomat, 7 Dec. 2017 [text]Information Needs Assessment: Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh (Internews, Nov. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]"Myanmar Signs Pact with Bangladesh over Rohingya Repatriation," The Guardian, 23 Nov. 2017 [text]- See also related commentary from The Conversation, Human Rights Watch, Lowy Institute, and Open Migration. Also here are responses from UNHCR (24 Nov. and 8 Dec.) and from NGOs.Review: Rohingya Influx since 1978 (ACAPS, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar at the “Gates of Hell”: International Law Duties of Neighbouring States to Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada, Nov. 2017) [text]Related post:- Regional Focus: Asia Pacific (22 Nov. 2017)Tagged Publications.[...]

Thematic Focus: General


Publications:Building Partnerships to Respond to the Next Decade’s Migration Challenges (Migration Policy Institute, Dec. 2017) [text]Data Bulletins (IOM) [access]- This new series "aims to summarize in an accurate and accessible fashion the existing evidence on migration to support the discussions and any follow-up activities of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration." Three are currently available. See also related IOM press release.Effectiveness of Various Refugee Settlement Approaches (GSDRC, Oct. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]Fatal Journeys, vol. 3, part 2: Improving Data on Missing Migrants (IOM, Dec. 2017) [text]- Previously published volumes are available here.Humanitarian Overview: An Analysis of Key Crises into 2018 (ACAPS, Nov. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]Three New Initiatives to Help You Make Sense of Migration (World Economic Forum Blog, Nov. 2017) [text]World Migration Report 2018 (IOM, Dec. 2017) [access]- The 9th in this series, this report "presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues, and is structured to focus on two key contributions for readers: Part I: key information on migration and migrants (including migration-related statistics); and Part II: balanced, evidence-based analysis of complex and emerging migration issues. The two parts are intended to provide both overview information that helps to explain migration patterns and processes globally and regionally, and insights and recommendations on major issues that policymakers are or soon will be grappling with." Follow link for full report and infosheets. See also related World Economic Forum blog post.Global Compacts Round-up:Events:Beyond Stock-Taking: The Path Ahead to a Global Compact for Migration, Webinar, 12 December 2017 [info]Dialogue on Protection Challenges, Geneva, 12-13 December 2017 [info]- Follow link for schedule, background info and new concept paper. See also related press release.Publications:Commitments and Compromises: Will the World be Able to Secure a Better Deal for Refugees? (openDemocracy, Dec. 2017) [text]"Editorial: What Can the Global Compact for Refugees Do for Europe & What Can Europe Do for the GCR?," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 8 Dec. 2017 [text]The Global Compact on Refugees: What Can We Expect? (RI Blog, Dec. 2017) [text]The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration, Kaldor Centre Conference 2017, Sydney, 24 Nov. 2017 [info]- Podcasts and papers are now available.IFRC Policy Brief: Global Compact on Migration (IFRC, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]Trump Wants out of Global Migration Discussions. Cities Want in (Metropolitan Revolution Blog, Dec. 2017) [text]UN Bid to Improve Migrant, Refugee Response Flounders as Political Will Evaporates: Stock-taking Sessions Begin Next Week on Two New International “Compacts” (IRIN, Nov. 2017) [text]Web resources:Expert Voice Series (ICMPD) [access]- Blog series with commentary on both Global Compacts and their various thematic discussions.Network for Refugee Voices [Facebook page]- "[A] group of refugee and refugee-led organizations working to contribute to processes and commitments aimed at reforming the international refugee protection regime, including the UN Global Compact on Refugees and Compact for Migration."Related posts:- News: Global Compact for Migration (4 Dec. 2017)- Thematic Focus: General (29 Nov. 2017)Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.[...]

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2


Asylum Seekers and Refugees' Experiences of Life in Northern Ireland (Queen's Univ., Dec. 2017) [text]- See also companion policy brief, related Belfast Telegraph article, and post on The Conversation.Belgian Refugees between 'War' and 'Peace': Trauma, Transition and Repatriation, Oxford, 29 Nov. 2017 [info]- Follow link for podcast."Exposure to Hate Speech Increases Prejudice through Desensitization," Aggressive Behavior, Early View, 2 Nov. 2017 [free full-text]- One experiment tested Polish attitudes towards Middle Eastern refugees. See also related Journalist's Resource article.Hidden Lives - New Beginnings: Destitution, Asylum and Insecure Immigration Status in Scotland (Scottish Parliament, May 2017) [text]Inspection Report on Asylum Intake and Casework (Independent Chief Inspector of Borders & Immigration, Nov. 2017) [text]- See also related Refugee Action press release.Purgatory on the Riviera (IRIN, Dec. 2017) [text]"The Unique Effects of Blatant Dehumanization on Attitudes and Behavior towards Muslim Refugees during the European ‘Refugee Crisis’ across Four Countries," European Journal of Social Psychology, Accepted Article, 28 Nov. 2017 [preprint]- Note: The four countries were the Czech Rep., Greece, Hungary and Spain.When the British Government Expects Volunteers to Help Refugees, It’s Back to the 1930s (The Conversation, Dec. 2017) [text]Related post:- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (7 Dec. 2017)Tagged Publications.[...]

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1


5th African Union-European Union Summit, Abidjan, 29-30 Nov. 2017 [info]- A Joint Statement on the Migrant Situation in Libya was adopted; see also related Euractiv article and ECFR commentary. Here is the text of the final declaration.Escaping Europe: Why Some Syrian Refugees Have Chosen to Leave (Refugees Deeply, Dec. 2017) [text]EU Migration Partnerships: A Work in Progress (Migration Policy Institute, Dec. 2017) [text] The EU-Turkey Statement or the ‘Refugee Deal’: The Extra-Legal Deal of Extraordinary Times?, Research Paper, no. 6 (Asser Institute, Dec. 2017) [text]Future-proof Migration Management: European Commission Sets Out Way Forward (European Commission, Dec. 2017) [text]Recommendations to the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, January-June 2018 (IOM, Dec. 2017) [text]Refugees and Asylum in the Aegean: The Impact of the EU-Turkey Statement (European Stability Initiative, Nov. 2017) [text]Responses to Mixed Migration in Europe: Implications for the Humanitarian Sector, Network Paper, no. 81 (Humanitarian Practice Network, Dec. 2017) [text]Slave Auctions in Libya are the Latest Evidence of a Reality for Migrants the EU Prefers to Ignore (The Conversation, Dec. 2017) [text]Related posts:- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (1 Dec. 2017)- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2 (1 Dec. 2017)Tagged Publications.[...]

Thematic Focus: Solutions


Publications:"At Least 70 Refugees Held on Nauru Reportedly Accepted for Resettlement in US," The Guardian, 28 Nov. 2017 [text]Ethiopia Embarks on Ambitious Roadmap to Further the Protection of Refugees (UNHCR, Nov. 2017) [text]- See also related VOA News article.“Many Refugees are Women and Children. That Changes Whether Americans Want to Admit Them,” Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2017 [text]One Year on from Major Review of Integration: Thousands of Refugees Remain Isolated and Unable to Learn English (Huffington Post, Dec. 2017) [text]Refugee Admissions and Resettlement Policy (Congressional Research Service, Nov. 2017) [text]Report 3: Settlement Services for Syrian Refugees - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Nov. 2017) [text]- See also related Huffington Post article.Resettlement: Ensuring Safe and Legal Access to Protection for Refugees (European Commission, Nov. 2017) [text]- See also the related data on the resettlement state of play.The Resettlement of Vietnamese Refugees across Canada over Three Decades, Working Paper, no. 2017/188 (UNU-WIDER, Nov. 2017) [text]"U.N. Urges Japan to Resettle More Refugees after Taking Just Three in First Half," Reuters, 20 Nov. 2017 [text]"What Is "Successful" Resettlement? Refugee Narratives from Regional New South Wales in Australia," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Latest Articles, 12 Oct. 2017 [Academia]Web resource:Language Support for Adult Refugees (Council of Europe) [access]- "The Council of Europe has developed this toolkit to help volunteers and refugees in member states face the linguistic challenges caused by large-scale movements of refugees."Related post:- Thematic Focus: Solutions (15 Nov. 2017)Tagged Publications.[...]

Regional Focus: United States


Asylum for People with TPS (The Asylumist Blog, Nov. 2017) [text]Asylum Representation Rates Have Fallen Amid Rising Denial Rates (TRAC, Nov. 2017) [text]Book Review: U.S. Media and Migration: Refugee Oral Histories (Border Criminologies Blog, Nov. 2017) [text]The Deported: Immigrants Uprooted from the Country They Call Home (Human Rights Watch, Dec. 2017) [text]- See also related news release and special feature.DHS Announces Progress in Enforcing Immigration Laws, Protecting Americans: ICE and CBP Release End of Fiscal Year 2017 Statistics (Dept. of Homeland Security, Dec. 2017) [text]- See also related LA Times article.Displacement and Violence in the Northern Triangle (RI Blog, Nov. 2017) [text]Expedited Removal is Not the Answer to the Backlog (Jeffrey Chase Blog, Nov. 2017) [text]Immigration Policy under President Trump: Reducing the Number of Noncitizens -- Legal and Undocumented -- in the US (ImmigrationProf Blog, Nov. 2017) [text]Justices Allow Full Travel Ban to Go into Effect While Government Appeals (SCOTUSBlog, Dec. 2017) [text]- See also related NYT article. Note: "The 9th Circuit is scheduled to hear oral argument on Wednesday [Dec. 6], with oral argument to follow in the 4th Circuit on Friday [Dec. 8]."Leveraging the Links between Migration and Development: US Government Policy, Practice, and Potential (Center for Global Development, Nov. 2017) [text]"Tens of Thousands in United States Face Uncertain Future, as Temporary Protected Status Deadlines Loom," Migration Information Source, 1 Dec. 2017 [text]Threat of Expulsion Hangs over Thousands of Eritreans Who Sought Refuge in Israel and the US (The Conversation, Nov. 2017) [text]The Trump Administration Doesn’t Believe in the Global Refugee Crisis (Vox, Oct. 2017) [text]Related post:- Regional Focus: United States (21 Nov. 2017)Tagged Publications.[...]

Thematic Focus: Mental Health


"Addressing Culture and Context in Humanitarian Response: Preparing Desk Reviews to Inform Mental Health and Psychosocial Support," Conflict and Health, 11:21 (Nov. 2017) [open access]

"Addressing the Hidden Psychological Costs of Disasters and Conflicts in the Context of Forced Migration," International Association of Emergency Managers Bulletin (Aug. 2017) [full-text via SSRN]

"Expanding the Evidence: Key Priorities for Research on Mental Health Interventions for Refugees in High-income Countries," Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, First View, 16 Nov. 2017 [free full-text]

"Immigration-related Mental Health Disorders in Refugees 5-18 Years Old Living in Turkey," Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 13: 2813–2821 (Nov. 2017) [open access]

"'Just as Canadian as Anyone Else'? Experiences of Second-Class Citizenship and the Mental Health of Young Immigrant and Refugee Men in Canada," American Journal of Men's Health, OnlineFirst, 28 Nov. 2017 [open access]

"The Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers on Manus Island," The Lancet, OnlineFirst, 27 Nov. 2017 [free full-text]
- Note: Access to the text is free but requires registration.

Refugees, Mental Health and the Work Place (Refugee Law Project Blog, Oct. 2017) [text]

"Settling Ulysses: An Adapted Research Agenda for Refugee Mental Health," International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 6 (Nov. 2017) [open access]

"Treatment of Sleep Disturbances in Trauma-affected Refugees: Study Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial," Trials, 18:520 (Nov. 2017) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Mental Health (7 Nov. 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Health Issues in Europe


(image) "Differences in the Prevalence of Hospitalizations and Utilization of Emergency Outpatient Services for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions between Asylum-seeking Children and Children of the General Population: A Cross-sectional Medical Records Study (2015)," BMC Health Services Research, 17:731 (Nov. 2017) [open access]

"Ethical Aspects of Medical Age Assessment in the Asylum Process: A Swedish Perspective," International Journal of Legal Medicine, OnlineFirst, 11 Nov. 2017 [open access]

"Forced Migrants Involved in Setting the Agenda and Designing Research to Reduce Impacts of Complex Emergencies: Combining Swarm with Patient and Public Involvement," Research Involvement and Engagement, 3:23 (Nov. 2017) [open access]

"Health Challenges in Refugee Reception: Dateline Europe 2016," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(12) (Nov. 2017) [open access]

"Hepatitis A Virus Infections and Outbreaks in Asylum Seekers Arriving to Germany, September 2015 to March 2016," Emerging Microbes & Infections, 6(4): e26 (April 2017) [open access]

A Review of Evidence on Equitable Delivery, Access and Utilization of Immunization Services for Migrants and Refugees in the WHO European Region, Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report, no. 53 (WHO, Nov. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (6 Dec. 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Health


(image) "Applying a Community-based Participatory Research Approach to Improve Access to Healthcare for Eritrean Asylum-seekers in Israel: A Pilot Study," Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 6:61 (Nov. 2017) [open access]

"Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Response to Humanitarian Emergencies, 2007-2016," Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 23, no. 13 (Dec. 2017) [full-text]

"Cost-effectiveness of Adding Indoor Residual Spraying to Case Management in Afghan Refugee Settlements in Northwest Pakistan during a Prolonged Malaria Epidemic," PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11(10): e0005935 (Oct. 2017) [open access]

"Healthcare Access for Refugee Women with Limited Literacy: Layers of Disadvantage," International Journal for Equity in Health, 16:195 (Nov. 2017) [open access]

"Infectious Disease Risks among Refugees from North Korea," International Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 66 (Jan. 2018) [open access]

Painful Exclusion: The Costs of Denying Asylum Seekers Access to Healthcare Services in Israel, and a Proposal for a Remedy (Physicians for Human Rights, Sept. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Pediatric Care during a Short-term Medical Mission to a Syrian Refugee Camp in Northern Jordan," Avicenna Journal of Medicine, vol. 7, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 2017) [full-text]

"The Physical and Mental Health Problems of Refugee and Migrant Fathers: Findings from an Australian Population-based Study of Children and Their Families," BMJ Open, vol. 7, no. 11 (Nov. 2017) [open access]

"Re-Emerging Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in War-Affected Peoples of the Eastern Mediterranean Region: An Update," Frontiers in Public Health, 5:283 (Oct. 2017) [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Health (7 Nov. 2017)

Tagged Publications.

Events & Opportunities: More Dec. 2017/New Jan. 2018


Dec. 2017:Lecture: The International Community Has Failed Syria, Oxford, 8 December 2017 [info]Job announcement: Doctoral Researcher on Refugee Education: Building Durable Futures (REBuilD), PRIO [info]- Apply by 10 December 2017.Public day: Story and Arts-Based Practices for Displaced Children and Young People, Cairo, 12 December 2017 [info]Symposium: Migrant Children’s Rights in the Context of Repatriation, Groningen, Neth., 14 December 2017 [info]Courses: 1) Cosmopolitan Cairo: Migration, Cultural Diversity and Urban Development in the Global City Cairo, Cairo, 20-24 January 2018; 2) Psychosocial Issues and Interventions for Refugees and Migrants, Cairo, 28 January-1 February 2018; 3) Migrant Citizenship in an Anxious Europe, Cairo, 4-8 February 2018 [info]- Applications for all courses are due 22 December 2017.Job announcement: Head of International Advocacy, ECRE [info]- Apply by 28 December 2017.Jan. 2018:CFP: Anti-Trafficking Review [info]- Contributions sought for themed issue on "Irregular Migrants, Refugees or Trafficked Persons?"; submission deadline is 7 January 2018.Job announcements: Global Refugee Education Project Coordinator & Refugee Law Clinic Project Officer, Refugee Law Initiative [info]- Both are short-term consultancies for scoping exercises; apply 7 January 2018.CFP: Citizens on the Move: Political Participation and Protracted Displacement in Europe, Panel at "Migrations, Development and Citizenship," 2018 APAD International Conference, Roskilde, Denmark, 23-25 May 2018 [info]- Submission deadline is 10 January 2018.Conference: The Ethics of Migration Beyond the Immigrant-Host State Nexus, Florence, Italy, 11-12 January 2018 [info]Fellowship: Arthur Helton Fellowship, ASIL [info]- Applications for the 2018 class of Helton fellows must be submitted by 15 January 2018.Course: MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, RSC [info]- Submit applications by 19 January 2018.CFP: "Refugee Protection in a Hostile World?", 3rd Annual Refugee Law Initiative Conference, London, 18-19 July 2018 [info]- Submit paper/panel proposals by 22 January 2018.CFP: "Revitalising the IDP Field: 20 Years of the UN Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement," Special Workshop, London, 20 July 2018 [info]- Submit paper/panel proposals by 22 January 2018.CFP: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana (REMHU) [info]- Contributions sought for dossier on "Migrants and Refugees in the City"; submission deadline is 31 January 2018.Related post:- Events & Opportunities: More Nov. 2017 & New Dec. 2017Tagged Events & Opportunities. [...]