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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: 2018-02-23T07:21:42.102-05:00


Admin: Winter Break


This blog is taking a little break; posts will resume in a week or so.

Open Access Round-up: 15 February 2018


Below is a listing of Open Access literature that I have referenced on this blog since 31 January 2018. If you are not familiar with Open Access, please visit my other blog for an introduction.Green Open Access [info]"Drivers of Intimate Partner Violence against Women in Three Refugee Camps," Violence against Women, vol. 24, no. 3 (2018)- Preprint version of article."The European Union and Migration: An Interplay of National, Regional and International Law," American Journal of International Law Unbound (Forthcoming, 2018)- Preprint version of article."A Rite of Reverse Passage: The Construction of Youth Migration in the US Asylum Process," Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latest Articles, 21 April 2017- Preprint version of article."Voices Rarely Heard: Personal Construct Assessments of Sub-Saharan Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking and Refugee Youth in England," Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 81 (Oct. 2017)- The postprint version of this article is currently under embargo.Gold Open Access [info]Articles, health-related:"Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Italy: An Enhanced Estimation for First Generation Migrant Women Based on 2016 Survey Data," BMC Public Health, 18:129 (Jan. 2018)"The Health Impacts of Climate-related Migration," BMC Medicine, 16:1 (Jan. 2018) "Improving the Capacity of Community-based Workers in Australia to Provide Initial Assistance to Iraqi Refugees with Mental Health Problems: An Uncontrolled Evaluation of a Mental Health Literacy Course," International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 12:2 (Jan. 2018)"Medical and Health Risks Associated with Communicable Diseases of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh 2017," International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 9 Jan. 2018"Mental Health Effects of Stress over the Life Span of Refugees," Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 7, no. 2 (Feb. 2018)"Migrant Perinatal Depression Study: A Prospective Cohort Study of Perinatal Depression on the Thai-Myanmar Border," BMJ Open, 8:e017129 (Jan. 2018)"Near-death Experiences, Attacks by Family Members, and Absence of Health Care in Their Home Countries Affect the Quality of Life of Refugee Women in Germany: A Multi-region, Cross-sectional, Gender-sensitive Study," BMC Medicine, 16:15 (Feb. 2018)"A Practical Approach to Counseling Refugees: Applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs," Journal of Counselor Practice, vol. 8, no. 2 (2017)"Psychosocial Problems in Traumatized Refugee Families: Overview of Risks and Some Recommendations for Support Services," Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 12:5 (Jan. 2018)"A Psychosocial, Spiritual, and Physical Health Study among Assyrian-Syrian Refugees in Istanbul: Cultivating Resilience in the Midst of Hardship," Middle East Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 2, no. 2 (2017)"Refugee Health: An Ongoing Commitment and Challenge," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(1):131 (Jan. 2018)"The Role of Public Health Information in Assistance to Populations Living in Opposition and Contested Areas of Syria, 2012–2014," Conflict and Health, 11:33 (Dec. 2017)"What is Required for Community-based Participatory Research to be Effective? Studying Asylum-seekers’ Access to Healthcare," Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 7:7 (Jan. 2018)"Working with Refugees in the U.S.: Trauma-Informed and Structurally Competent Social Work Approaches," Advances in Social Work, vol. 18, no. 1 (2017)Articles, other topics:"DREAM Act-Eligible Poised to Build on the Investments Made in Them," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 6, no. 1 (2018)"The Dublin III System: More Derogations to the Duty to Transfer Individual Asylum Seekers?," European Papers, vol. 2, no. 2 (2017)"External Migration and Asylum Management: Accountability for Executive Action Outside EU-territory," European Papers, vol. 2, no. 2 (2017)"Environmentally Displaced Persons in Europe: Limits of the Legal Protection of This Controversial Category of Migrants," Kent Student Law Review, vol. 3 (2017) "Making Sense of Child, Early and Forced Marriage [...]

Regional Focus: United States


Can Regular Migration Channels Reduce Irregular Migration? Lessons for Europe from the United States (Center for Global Development, Feb. 2018) [text]- See also related blog post.Credible Fear: A Screening Mechanism in Expedited Removal, Issue Brief (Human Rights First, Feb. 2018) [text]Fourth Circuit Rejects Trump Travel Ban 3.0 (ImmigrationProf Blog, Feb. 2017) [text]"Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States," Migration Information Source, 8 Feb. 2018 [text]Immigration Court Appearance Rates, Issue Brief (Human Rights First, Feb. 2018) [text]"Immigration Governance for the Twenty-First Century," Journal on Migration and Human Security, vol. 6, no. 1 (2018) [open access]Illegal Immigration and Violent Crime Rates in the United States, 2009-2014 (SSRN, Feb. 2018) [text]Myth v. Fact: Asylum Seekers in the United States (Human Rights First, Feb. 2018) [text]"Operation Sojourner: The Government Infiltration of the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s and Its Legacy on the Modern Central American Refugee Crisis," University of St. Thomas Law Journal, vol. 13, no. 3 (2017) [full-text]Putting Lives at Risk: Protection Failures Affecting Hondurans and Salvadorans Deported from the United States and Mexico (Refugees International, Feb. 2018) [text]The White House’s Immigration Framework Would Eviscerate Immigration from Latin America, Africa, and Asia (Center for American Progress, Feb. 2018) [text]Related post:- Regional Focus: United States (8 Feb. 2018)Tagged Publications.[...]

Thematic Focus: ICTs & Data


5 Social Media and Digital Trends in Development to Watch for in 2018 (Voices Blog, Feb. 2018) [text]Big Data and Alternative Data Sources on Migration: From Case Studies to Policy Support, Ispra, Italy, 30 Nov. 2017 [info]- Follow link for summary report and videos.A Call to Action: Protecting Children on the Move Starts with Better Data (Unicef et al., Feb. 2018) [text]- See also related joint press release.How Tech Can Help When Children are Forced to Flee (World Economic Forum Blog, Feb. 2018) [text]"Improving Refugee Integration through Data-driven Algorithmic Assignment," Science Magazine, vol. 359, no. 6373 (Jan. 2018) [abstract]- See also related Stanford Univ. news story, Thomson Reuters Foundation news report, and blog post."'Migrant TripAdvisor' App Helps New Arrivals Navigate Italy and Escape Abuse," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 15 Feb. 2018 [text]Millions of Refugees Could Benefit from Big Data – but We’re Not Using It (The Conversation, Jan. 2018) [text]"Sentiment Analysis on Twitter: A Text Mining Approach to the Syrian Refugee Crisis," Telematics and Informatics, vol. 35, no. 1 (April 2018) [free full-text]Sources Shared on Twitter: A Case Study on Immigration (Pew Research Center, Jan. 2018) [text]When Refugees Lead, Tech Solutions Can Go Beyond the Hype (Refugees Deeply, Jan. 2018) [text]Related post:- Thematic Focus: ICTs and Information-related Items (18 Jan. 2018)Tagged Publications.  [...]

News: First Formal Consultation re. GCR


The first formal consultation since the release of the zero draft of the Global Compact on Refugees was held in Geneva on 13-14 February 2018. Here are the agenda and the opening remarks of the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection. NGO statements at the consultation are available on ICVA's web site.

This news story from the SDG Knowledge Hub provides some background and context for the consultation.

As ICVA noted in this tweet, the next steps for UNHCR before the second formal consultation (currently scheduled for 20-21 March 2018) are: "informal briefing with Member States in New York on 16 February; work on revising the zero draft based on consultations."

For some additional comments from NGOs on the zero draft, see:
- Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts' Recommendations Following the Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Refugees [text]
- InterAction Refugee Policy Working Group Reaction to Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Refugees [text] [related blog post]
- NGO Reaction to the Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Refugees’ Programme of Action [text]

In addition, a panel of experts will discuss the draft at an event at the University of Ottawa on 26 February 2018.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Global Compact on Refugees Round-up (9 Feb. 2018)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Regional Focus: Europe


Accessing Asylum in Europe: Extraterritorial Border Controls Meet Refugee Rights, Oxford, 7 Feb. 2018 [info]- Follow link for podcast.Analysis: Flow Monitoring Surveys - Profile of Migrants Interviewed in Romania (IOM, Jan. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]Asylum Seekers and Beneficiaries of International Protection in V4 Countries (People in Need, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]- Note: V4 countries include the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.Can Regular Migration Channels Reduce Irregular Migration? Lessons for Europe from the United States (Center for Global Development, Feb. 2018) [text]- See also related blog post.Country Reports (Asylum Information Database, Feb. 2018)- AIDA has updated its reports for Bulgaria, France, Malta and Switzerland.EU-Turkey Cooperation in Migration Matters: A Game Changer in a Multi Layered Relationship?, CLEER Papers, no. 2017/4 (Centre for the Law of EU External Relations, 2017) [text via SSRN]Harmful Borders: An Analysis of the Daily Struggle of Migrants as They Attempt to Leave Ventimiglia for Northern Europe (MSF, Feb. 2018) [text]A Hostile Environment? Documenting the Living Situation for Asylum Seekers in London (Refugee Rights Europe, Feb. 2018) [text]- See also related Guardian article.How Canada is Inspiring Scandinavian Countries on Immigration (The Conversation, Feb. 2018) [text]Legal Aid (Individual Legal Representation in Asylum/Refugee Context) for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Greece: Challenges and Barriers (Legal Aid Actors Task Force, Jan. 2018) [text]"Out of Sight" - Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Italy: Informal Settlements and Social Marginalisation, 2nd ed. (MSF, Feb. 2018) [text]- Follow up to original 2016 report.Related post:- Regional Focus: Europe (9 Feb. 2018)Tagged Publications.  [...]

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects


City of Challenge and Opportunity: Employment and Livelihoods for Internally Displaced People in Maiduguri, Borno State, UnSettlement: Urban Displacement in the 21st Century Thematic Series (IDMC, Feb. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]Jordan, Lebanon Compacts Should be Improved, not Abandoned (Refugees Deeply, Feb. 2018) [text]The Jordan Compact: Lessons Learnt and Implications for Future Refugee Compacts (ODI, Feb. 2018) [text]Managed Labor Migration in Afghanistan: Exploring Employment and Growth Opportunities for Afghanistan (World Bank, Feb. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]Refugee Markets Brief: The Power of Markets to Support Refugee Economic Opportunities in West Nile, Uganda (Mercy Corps, Dec. 2017) [text via ReliefWeb]"Refugees Don't Drain America's Economy. They Revitalize It," Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2018 [text]UNHCR’s Grandi Hails Jordan’s Job Scheme for Syrian Refugees (UNHCR, Feb. 2018) [text]U.S. Employers’ Guide to Hiring Refugees (TENT & LIRS, Jan. 2018) [text]Welcome to Work? Legal Migration Pathways for Low-Skilled Workers (Migration Policy Institute, Jan. 2018) [text]Why Bangladesh Needs a Refugee Compact and Three Big Ideas to Make It Happen, CGD Notes (Center for Global Development, Feb. 2018) [text]- See also related CGD blog post.Why Refugees are an ‘Ideal Talent Source’ for Multinationals (Refugees Deeply, Feb. 2018) [text]Related post:- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (29 Jan. 2018)Tagged Publications.[...]

Thematic Focus: Solutions


News & developments:"Australia Takes the Most Refugees Since Start of Humanitarian Program," The Guardian, 10 Feb. 2018 [text]"Dozens of Refugee Resettlement Offices to Close as Trump Downsizes Program," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 14 Feb. 2018 [text]"Fourth Group of Refugees Set to Leave Nauru for the US," The Guardian, 10 Feb. 2018 [text]"Majority of Australians Support Refugee Resettlement in NZ," Stuff NZ, 29 Jan. 2018 [text]"Third Group of Manus Refugees Leave for US as Despair Grips Those Left Behind," The Guardian, 14 Feb. 2018 [text]Publications/media:"The Costs of Secondary Migration: Perspectives from Local Voluntary Agencies in the USA," Journal of International Migration and Integration, OnlineFirst, 10 Feb. 2018 [abstract]- See also earlier related working paper. Focus on Refugee Resettlement 'Success' to Enhance Debate (The Hill, Feb. 2018) [text]- See also related Yale Jackson Inst. for Global Affairs blog post.No One Teaches You to Become an Australian: Report of the Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes (Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Dec. 2017) [text]On Refugee Integration and the Global Compact on Refugees: Lessons from Turkey, Washington, DC, 30 Jan. 2018 [info]- Follow link for video and audio.Refugee Capacity in Context: A History of Recent Resettlement Numbers in the US (Univ. of Vermont, Feb. 2018) [text]Refugee Resettlement Facts (UNHCR, Jan. 2018) [infographic]- US factsheet.Resettling Syrian Refugees: The Intersection of Rehabilitation and Protection, 25 Oct. 2017 [info]- Follow link for podcast.Safe but not Settled: The Impact of Family Separation on Refugees in the UK (Refugee Council & Oxfam, Jan. 2018) [text]Related post:- Thematic Focus: Solutions (29 Jan. 2018)Tagged Publications.[...]

Thematic Focus: General


Global Compact for Migration mini round-up:Conversation on the Global Compact for Migration and Zero Draft, New York, 9 Feb. 2018 [info]- Listen to this event in two parts: Part I, Part II.Cultivating a New Bargain on Migration: Three Recommendations for the Global Compact (CGD Blog, Feb. 2018) [text]*Expert Views: Good and Bad News in the Draft Global Migration Compact (Refugees Deeply, Feb. 2018) [text]MMP Note on the Zero Draft of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Mixed Migration Platform, Feb. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]"New UN Global Compact on Migration Moves Ahead," Devex, 8 Feb. 2018 [text]On a Right(s) Path? My First Thoughts on the Zero Draft of the Global Compact #ForMigration (GFMD, Migration, Development & Human Rights Blog, Feb. 2018) [text]Publications/media:Deeply Talks: What to Watch on Refugees and Migration in 2018 (Refugees Deeply, Feb. 2018) [access]- Follow link for podcast.Delving into the Work of #EGRIS on Official Statistics (JIPS, Feb. 2018) [text]Deterring Emigration with Foreign Aid: An Overview of Evidence from Low-Income Countries, Policy Paper, no. 119  (Center for Global Development, Feb. 2018) [text]- See also related summary and Guardian article.NGO Reaction to the Zero Draft of the Global Compact on Refugees’ Programme of Action (DRC et al., Feb. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]The Political Predicament and Agency of Refugees, Oxford, 17 Jan. 2018 [info]- Follow link for podcast."Trump Nominee for U.N. Migration Post Called Muslims Violent, Christians Top Priority," Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2018 [text]- See also related Washington Post editorial.UnSettlement: Urban Displacement in the 21st Century - Research Agenda and Call for Partners (IDMC, Feb. 2018) [text]- "We are embarking on a programme of research that will involve partnerships with a wide range of experts and institutions. For this, we invite those interested to join our effort to help us answer the many questions raised in this paper."Urban Myths? Debunking Claims about Displacement in Cities (IDMC Blog, Feb. 2018) [text]While the Migration Agenda Moves Forward, IDPs Keep Getting Side-tracked (IDMC Blog, Jan. 2018) [text]"Who Gets the Right to Stay?," Boston Review, 23 Jan. 2018 [text]Resource:JIPS Essential Toolkit (Joint IDP Profiling Service) [access]- "[A] collection of easily accessible tools and methodology guides for conducting a profiling exercise from start to finish. The toolkit is built from our collective experiences working in the field, so our colleagues and partners around the world don’t need to start from scratch each time."*UPDATEDRelated posts:- Thematic Focus: Global Compact on Refugees Round-up (9 Feb. 2018)- News: "Zero Draft" of Global Compact on Migration (6 Feb. 2018)- News: "Zero Draft" of Global Compact on Refugees (31 Jan. 2018)- Thematic Focus: General (25 Jan. 2018)Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.[...]

Thematic Focus: Children


2018 Humanitarian Action for Children Appeal (Unicef, 2018) [access]2018 Whole of Syria Child Protection Operational Strategy (Protection Cluster, Feb. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]Child Labour within the Syrian Refugee Response: A Regional Strategic Framework for Action (Unicef, ILO & UNHCR, Sept. 2017) [text via Refworld]Inside Malaysia’s ‘Living Hell’ for Refugee Children (Refugees Deeply, Feb. 2018) [text]"Reducing Acquisition Time for MRI-based Forensic Age Estimation," Scientific Reports, vol. 8, article no. 2063 (Feb. 2018) [open access]"A Rite of Reverse Passage: The Construction of Youth Migration in the US Asylum Process," Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latest Articles, 21 April 2017 [preprint]Technical Note on UNHCR's Engagement in the Implementation of the Protection Mechanisms Established by Security Council Resolutions 1612 and 1960 (MRM and MARA) (UNHCR, Jan. 2018) [text]- The purpose of this Technical Note is to help UNHCR operations understand and implement their responsibilities in relation to the: 1) Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism for grave violations against children in armed conflict ("MRM"), as established by UN Security Council resolution 1612 (2005); and 2) Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Arrangements on conflict-related sexual violence ("MARA"), as established by UN Security Council resolution 1960 (2010).This is Our View: The Voices of Unaccompanied Afghan Children in Norway (UNHCR, Nov. 2017) [text]Unaccompanied and Separated Children along Italy’s Northern Borders (InterSOS, Feb. 2018) [text]"Voices Rarely Heard: Personal Construct Assessments of Sub-Saharan Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking and Refugee Youth in England," Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 81 (Oct. 2017)[postprint]- Under embargo until 13 Feb. 2019.A Warm Welcome? Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Networks of Care and Asylum (UCL Institute of Education, Nov. 2017) [text]Related post:- Thematic Focus: Children (12 Jan. 2018)Tagged Publications.[...]