19 March 2018

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2

"Arab Others at European Borders: Racializing Religion and Refugees along the Balkan Route," Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latest Articles, 11 Jan. 2018 [open access]

Blaming the Refugees? Experimental Evidence on Responsibility Attribution, Rationality & Competition Discussion Paper, no. 83 (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, March 2018) [text]

Country Report: Spain (AIDA, March 2018) [text]
- Updated profile.

Crossing the Line of Contact: Monitoring Report (UNHCR, Feb. 2018) [text]
- Focuses on Ukraine.

Feeling Threatened by Immigrants in Your Neighbourhood? (Debate Migration Blog, March 2018) [text]

"European Court of Human Rights: Lack of Access to the Asylum Procedure from 2009 to 2012 in Greece Violated the Applicant’s Fundamental Rights," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 16 March 2018 [text]

Evaluating the Effectiveness of PRM Multilateral Partners in Ukraine to Assist Internally Displaced Persons and Prepare for the Eventual Transition from Relief to Development (U.S. State Dept., Feb. 2018) [text]

Greece: Site Profiles, January-February 2018 (UNHCR, March 2018) [text]

How Italy Can Combine Migration Control with Human Rights (Refugees Deeply, March 2018) [text]

Hungary’s Government Turns on the UN: Country Ramps-up Anti-Refugee Rhetoric Before Elections (Human Rights Watch, March 2018) [text]

"'It's ok if it's hidden': The Discursive Construction of Everyday Racism for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Wales," Journal of Applied & Community Psychology, Early View, 9 March 2018 [open access]

Italy Shuts Down ‘Worrying’ Migrant Hotspot (Human Rights Watch, March 2018) [text]

Know Your Rights: A Guide for Migrants (Migrants' Rights Network, March 2018) [text]
- See also related MRN blog post.

Quantifying the Romanian Asylum System (JRS Europe Blog, March 2018) [text]

Still on the Streets: Documenting the Situation for Refugees and Displaced People in Paris, France (Refugee Rights, March 2018) [text]
- See also related Guardian article.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2 (19 March 2018)

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1

News: Two Years of the EU-Turkey deal

From ECRE's editorial in its Weekly Bulletin:

"This month marks the two-year anniversary of the ignominious EU-Turkey deal. Although rebranded and formalised as a 'Statement,' in part to avoid the parliamentary and judicial scrutiny that an international agreement entails, at its heart there is a deal, an agreement for the mutual benefit of the two parties. The true heart of the deal for the EU, its benefit, is the blocking of departures of people from Turkey. As most of those who arrived during the crisis were refugees, this means the containment of refugees, mainly Syrian, in Turkey. This action of preventing of departures or reducing their facilitation, is not even explicitly mentioned in the Statement, it is dressed up in point 3, that Turkey will 'take any necessary measure to prevent new sea or land routes for illegal migration opening…'. But there is no doubt that this is what is important to policy-makers who claim that the deal is a success because the measure of success is exactly this: people were prevented from leaving (and thus the EU was saved)." Read the rest here.

Other commentary:

"The EU-Turkey Refugee Agreement: A Review," Deutsche Welle, 18 March 2018 [text]

EU-Turkey Statement: Two Years on (European Commission, March 2018) [text]

Refugees Out of Sight, Out of Mind Two Years on from EU-Turkey Deal (The Conversation, March 2018) [text]

The Stories of Asylum Seekers Trapped in Greece: On EU-Turkey Deal Anniversary, Greece Should End Containment Policy (Human Rights Watch, March 2018) [text]
- Follow link to access special interactive feature. See also related Q&A.

Two Years into the EU-Turkey ‘Deal’: Taking Stock (Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, March 2018) [text]

Two Years on, EU-Turkey Deal Creates Misery and Desperation for Those Stuck on Greek Islands (MSF, March 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Other publications:

"Austria Plans to Put Immigration and Borders at Heart of EU Presidency," Reuters, 9 March 2018 [text]
- Note: Austria assumes the EU Presidency in July 2018.

I Get You: Promoting Best Practices to Prevent Racism and Xenophobia towards Forced Migrants through Community Building (JRS Europe, Dec. 2017) [text]

Progress Report on the Implementation of the European Agenda on Migration (European Commission, March 2018) [text]
- See also related press release, which includes an overview and links to a number of relevant annexes and factsheets.

Towards Safety and Opportunity: Regular Pathways to Europe for Refugees and Other Migrants in the Middle East, MMP Briefing Paper, no. 8 (Mixed Migration Platform, Nov. 2017) [text]

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (9 March 2018)
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2 (9 March 2018)

Tagged Publications. 

New Issue of JRS

The latest issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) has been published. Contents of vol. 31, no. 1, March 2018 include:

  • Beyond Labelling: Rethinking the Role and Value of the Refugee ‘Label’ through Semiotics [abstract]
  • Coming Out under the Gun: Exploring the Psychological Dimensions of Seeking Refugee Status for LGBT Claimants in Canada [free full-text]
  • The Right to Belong (If You Can Afford It): Market-based Restrictions on Social Citizenship in Refugee Resettlement [abstract]
  • A Moral Marriage: Humanitarian Values and the Bhutanese Refugees [abstract]
  • Know thy Neighbour: Residential Integration and Social Bridging among Refugee Settlers in Greater Brisbane [abstract]
  • Health Service Access and Utilization among Syrian Refugees and Affected Host Communities in Lebanon [abstract]

Tagged Periodicals.

Regional Focus: Asia, incl. Rohingya Crisis

"China and the International Refugee Protection Regime: Past, Present, and Potentials," Refugee Survey Quarterly, Advance Articles, 13 March 2018 [open access]

"Examining the Impacts of Disaster Resettlement from a Livelihood Perspective: A Case Study of Qinling Mountains, China," Disasters, vol. 42, no. 2 (April 2018) [free full-text]

Japan Revels in Its Refusal of Refuge (Refugees Deeply, March 2018) [text]

"The Role of Civil Society in Hong Kong," Forced Migration Review, no. 57 (Feb. 2018) [open access]

Survival of the Invisible: Economic Security of African Urban Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Bangkok, Thesis (Chulalongkorn University, 2017) [text]

Watch for:

It looks like a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies will focus in part on refugee issues in Asia. Check out abstracts that have been posted for the following articles:

  • Boundaries and Belonging in the Indo-Myanmar Borderlands: Chin Refugees in Mizoram [abstract]
  • Hospitality as a Horizon of Aspiration (or, What the International Refugee Regime Can Learn from Acehnese Fishermen) [abstract]
  • Neither Here nor There: Pakistani Hindu Refugee Claims at the Interface of the International and South Asian Refugee Regimes [abstract]
  • From Political Activists to Social Entrepreneurs: Burmese Refugees in South Korea [abstract]
  • Forced Migration, Refugees and China’s Entry into the ‘Family of Nations’, 1861–1949 [abstract]

Rohingya crisis:

Myanmar Levels Former Rohingya Villages to Build Camp for Returnees (IRIN, March 2018) [text]
- See also related Amnesty International report.

‘No one was left’: Death and Violence against the Rohingya (MSF, March 2018) [text]

The Rohingyas Beyond Domination and Resistance: A Case Study on Refugees’ Innovative Strategies, Global Migration Research Paper, no. 20 (Global Migration Centre, 2017) [text]

Snapshot Survey: An Insight into the Daily Lives of the Rohingya in Unchiprang & Shamlapur (Xchange, March 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, on His Visit to Bangladesh to Assess the Situation of Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar (UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, March 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Statement by Mr. Marzuki Darusman, Chairperson of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council (OHCHR, March 2018) [text]
- See also related news story.

Statement by Ms. Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council (OHCHR, March 2018) [text]
- See also related NPR story

UN Launches 2018 Appeal for Rohingya Refugees and Bangladeshi Host Communities (UNHCR & IOM, March 2018) [text]
- See also related UNHCR news story.

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Asia - Pt. 1 (6 March 2018)
- Regional Focus: Asia - Pt. 2: Rohingya Crisis (6 March 2018)

Tagged Publications. 

16 March 2018

News/Funding Opportunities: U.S. State Department


The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was fired on 13 March 2018. The following references highlight some of the refugee- and migration-related actions taken by, as well as the damage done to, the State Department during his brief tenure.

Articles & blog posts:
  • "At Trump’s State Department, Eight of Ten Top Jobs Are Empty," Bloomberg, updated 13 March 2018 [text]
  • "How Rex Tillerson Wrecked the State Department," New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2017 [text]
  • The Personnel Crisis Awaiting the Next Secretary of State (Just Security Blog, March 2018) [text]
  • "Refugee Skeptic Lands Top State Department Refugee Job," Politico, 8 March 2018 [info]
  • "Rex Tillerson Has Been Fired. Experts Say He Did Damage That Could Last 'a Generation'," Vox, 13 March 2018 [text]
  • "State Dept. Seeks Tougher Visa Scrutiny, including Social Media Checks," Reuters, 4 May 2017 [text]
  • "State Department Tells Refugee Agencies to Downsize U.S. Operations," Reuters, 21 Dec. 2017 [text]
State Dept. statements:
  • Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities, 24 Oct. 2017 [text]
  • Status of the Central American Minors Program, 8 Nov. 2017 [text]
  • U.S. Ends Participation in the Global Compact on Migration, 3 Dec. 2017 [text]
  • Presidential Proclamation Fully Implemented Today, 8 Dec. 2017 [text]
  • Spokesperson Nauert on Mr. Isaacs' Nomination for IOM Director General, Announced in State Department Press Briefing, 1 Feb. 2018 [Twitter]
Funding opportunities:

Despite everything, the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration has continued to issue notices of funding opportunities for NGOs; here are the latest:

NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 12 April 2018.

Request for Concept Notes for NGO Projects Benefiting Urban Refugees in South Africa [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 12 April 2018.

NGO Programs Benefiting Asylum Seekers and Vulnerable Migrants from Venezuela [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 16 April 2018.

Tibetan Refugees in India and Nepal [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 17 April 2018.

Global Programming to Further Innovation in Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Conflict-Affected Humanitarian Emergencies [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 4 May 2018.

Reception and Placement Program [info]
- Proposal submission deadline is 14 May 2018.

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Thematic Focus: Global Compacts Round-up

Where we are now:

A "zero draft plus" of the Global Compact for Migration was issued 5 March 2018 (compare with initial zero draft), and a second round of intergovernmental negotiations took place 12-15 March 2018. (Here is the civil society joint statement that was delivered on day 2 of the meetings.)

A "draft 1" of the Global Compact on Refugees was issued 9 March 2018 (compare with initial zero draft); the second formal consultation will be held in Geneva from 20-21 March 2018. (Here is the agenda. Also, a side event on 20 March 2018 will provide an update on the CRRF.)

Refugees International has published a helpful issue brief on "The Status of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration."

Other recent commentary:

The Draft Global Compact on Migration Fails One of Its Guiding Principles. Here is How to Fix It (openDemocracy, March 2018) [text]

Feeding the Global Compact on Migration: How Do Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries’ Economies? (OECD Development Matters Blog, March 2018) [text]

The Global Compact Negotiations Have Started. What’s On the Docket for the Next Five Months? (CGD Blog, March 2018) [text]

Making the Global Compacts Work for All? A Matter of Information in the Right Language (Forced Migration Forum, March 2018) [text]

NGO Statement on the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), 71st Meeting of the Standing Committee, Geneva, 6-8 March 2018 [access]

The Rapporteur Calls Upon States to Include IDPs in the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration, in Line with the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants (OHCHR, March 2018) [access]
- Follow link for open letter by the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons.

Stopping the Smugglers: Objective 9 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, March 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Three Reasons for Rejecting a ‘Global Compact for Most Migration’ (Jorgen Carling Blog, March 2018) [text]

"Three Ways the Global Compact Can Better Serve Refugees," IPS, 12 March 2018 [text]

Volker Türk Explains Thinking Behind Plans for Global Refugee Compact (UNHCR, March 2018) [text]

Related posts:
- News: Global Compact for Migration (9 March 2018)
- Thematic Focus: General, incl. Global Compacts (1 March 2018)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Regional Focus: United States

News & developments:

"Haley: Vote with U.S. at U.N. or We’ll Cut Your Aid," Foreign Policy, 15 March 2018 [text]

"ICE Spokesman Resigns, Saying He Could No Longer Spread Falsehoods for Trump Administration," New York Times, 13 March 2018 [text]

Long-Residing Liberians are at Risk of Losing Protection from Deportation by the End of March (Immigration Impact, March 2018) [text]
- See also related factsheet on Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians.

"Trump Administration Moves to Reshape Who Qualifies for Asylum," NPR, 12 March 2018 [text]
- See also related Human Rights First press release and Asylumist blog post below.

Blog posts:

Attorney General Seeks to Limit Asylum… or Something (The Asylumist, March 2018) [text]

DHS’ Constant Vetting Initiative: A Muslim-Ban by Algorithm (Just Security, March 2018) [text]

The Empty Promise of “Waivers” from Trump’s Muslim Ban (Just Security, March 2018) [text]

Your Affirmative Asylum Case Was Denied. Now What? (Part 2: Immigration Court and Beyond) (The Asylumist, March 2018) [text]

Law reviews & reports:

"American Courts and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees: A Need for Harmony in the Face of a Refugee Crisis," Harvard Law Review, vol. 131, no. 5 (2018) [full-text]

 Cogs in the Deportation Machine: How Policy Changes by the Trump Administration Have Touched Every Major Area of Enforcement (AILA, March 2018) [text]
- See also the related resources listed on the right side of the page.

The End of Immigration Enforcement Priorities under the Trump Administration (American Immigration Council, March 2018) [text]
- See also related blog post.

The Immigration Nexus: Law, Politics, and Constitutional Identity, Portland, OR, 9 March 2018 [info]
- Included sessions on travel ban and asylum; follow link for access to video.

Invoking Common Law Defenses in Immigration Cases (SSRN, Feb. 2018) [text]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: United States (6 March 2018)

Tagged Publications.

15 March 2018

Thematic Focus: Abuse in the Aid Sector

Event & opportunity:

Panel discussion: The Humanitarian #MeToo Moment: Where Do We Go from Here?, Geneva, 22 March 2018 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

Inquiry: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector, UK International Development Committee [info]
- Written evidence may be submitted until 6 April 2018.

News & commentary:

Aid Agencies Can’t Police Themselves. It’s Time for a Change (IRIN, Feb. 2018) [text]

Humanitarian Accountability for Displaced Persons: Where Are We at? (RLI Blog, March 2018) [text]

A Humanitarian Ombudsman Revisited? (ALNAP Blog, March 2018) [text]

Sex Scandal in the Aid Sector (Thomson Reuters Foundation News, Feb. & March 2018) [access]
- Follow link for coverage.

What Oxfam Can Learn from Charities That Survived Scandals (The Conversation, Feb. 2018) [text]

Agencies' responses/actions:

How We are Working to Rebuild Your Trust (Oxfam, Feb. 2018) [access]

Save the Children UK Confirms Chair and Terms of Reference for Independent Review of Workplace Culture (March 2018) [text]
- Scroll to bottom of page to learn how to take part in the review.

Tackling Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, and Sexual Harassment at UNHCR: An Information Note (UNHCR, March 2018) [text]

UK Aid Chiefs Agree Safeguarding Action Plan as DFID Uncovers New Incidents (Devex, March 2018) [text]

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Open Access Round-up: 15 March 2018

Below is a listing of Open Access literature that I have referenced on this blog since 15 February 2018. If you are not familiar with Open Access, please visit my other blog for an introduction.

Green Open Access [info]

"The European Union and Migration: An Interplay of National, Regional and International Law," American Journal of International Law Unbound, vol. 111 (Forthcoming, 2018)
- Preprint version of article.

"UNHCR and the Pursuit of International Protection: Accountability through Technology?," Third World Quarterly, Latest Articles, 19 Feb. 2018
- Preprint version of article.

"'When I Am a President of Guinea': Resettled Refugees Traversing Education in Search of a Future," European Education, vol. 49, no. 4 (2017)
- Postprint version of article.

Gold Open Access [info]


"The Global Approach to Migration and Mobility," Groningen Journal of International Law, vol. 5, no. 2 (2017)

"Violence and Migration: Evidence from Mexico’s Drug War," IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 7:18 (Nov. 2017)


Forced Migration Review, no. 57 (Feb. 2018)
- Theme is "Syrians in Displacement," with 33 articles.

Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 25, no. 51 (2017)
- Special issue on "Humanitarian Crises: Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights," with 15 articles.

Hybrid Open Access [info]

"Borders, Fences, and Limits—Protecting Austria from Refugees: Metadiscursive Negotiation of Meaning in the Current Refugee Crisis," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 16, nos. 1-2 (2018)

"Everyday Justice for the Internally Displaced in a Context of Fragility: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)," Journal of Refugee Studies, 16 Oct. 2017

"Finding Keys: A Systematic Review of Barriers and Facilitators for Refugee Children’s Disclosure of Their Life Stories," Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, OnlineFirst, 20 Feb. 2018

"Vegetation Monitoring in Refugee-hosting Areas in South Sudan," Applied Geography, vol. 93 (April 2018)

"'We Are a Small Country That Has Done Enormously Lot': The ‘Refugee Crisis’ and the Hybrid Discourse of Politicizing Immigration in Sweden," Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, vol. 16, nos. 1-2 (2018)

"Work-related Stress in a Humanitarian Context: A Qualitative Investigation," Disasters, Early View, 13 March 2018

Law Reviews

"Chevron's Liberty Exception," Iowa Law Review (Forthcoming, 2018)

"The Constitutional Right to Asylum: The Wave of the Future in International Refugee Law?," Fordham International Law Journal, vol. 41, no. 2 (2018)

"Don’t Ask Me about My Business: The Mafia’s Exploitation of the European Migration Crisis," Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, vol. 40, no. 2 (2017)

"Means or Ends? A Comparative Note and Reflection on 'Imputed Political Opinion' Asylum in the United States and Europe," University of Pittsburgh Law Review, vol. 79, no. 1 (2017)

"On Holy Ground: Church Sanctuary in the Trump Era," Southwestern Law Review, vol. 47, no. 1 (2017)

"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)

"The Risk of Statelessness: Reasserting a Rule for the Protection of the Right to Nationality," Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal, vol. 19, no. 1 (2017)

"The Utility of Citizenship Stripping Laws in the UK, Canada and Australia," Melbourne University Law Review, vol. 41, no. 2 (Advance copy, 2017)

Related post:
- Open Access Round-up: 15 February 2018

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance

Faking It: Fake News and How It Impacts on the Charity Sector (International Broadcasting Trust, Feb. 2018) [text]
- See also related Guardian article.

Follow the Money: Using International Aid Transparency Initiative Data to Trace Development Aid Flows to Their End Use (Development Initiatives & Oxfam, March 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Humanitarian Action and Sustaining Peace, Issue Brief (International Peace Institute, March 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

My Journey from Refugee to Aid Worker is Proof Aid Works (Refugees Deeply, Feb. 2018) [text]

Toolkit for Optimizing Cash-based Interventions for Protection from Gender-based Violence: Mainstreaming GBV Considerations in CBIs and Utilizing Cash in GBV Response ( Mercy Corps, International Rescue Committee & Women's Refugee Commission, Feb. 2018) [access]
- Follow link for toolkit, video and case studies.

"'Volunteer Humanitarianism': Volunteers and Humanitarian Aid in the Jungle Refugee Camp of Calais," Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 44, no. 1 (2018) [Academia]

What a Startup Mind-Set Can Contribute to Humanitarian Response (Refugees Deeply, March 2018) [text]

What Grassroots Groups Can Teach Us about Smart Aid (Refugees Deeply, Feb. 2018) [text]

"Work-related Stress in a Humanitarian Context: A Qualitative Investigation," Disasters, Early View, 13 March 2018 [open access]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Humanitarian Assistance (12 Feb. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

14 March 2018

Thematic Focus: Religious Aspects

"Christian Responses to the Migrant Crisis Have Been Radical and Traditional," The Economist, 25 Feb. 2018 [text]

A Diversity of Roles: The Actions Taken by Religious Communities in Sweden during the "Refugee Crisis" in 2015, Opusculum, no. 112 (Maecenata Institute, 2018) [text via SSOAR]

How to Overcome Religious Prejudice among Refugees (The Conversation, March 2018) [text]

"Interview: Church Asylum in Germany – A Glimmer of Hope Before Dubious ‘Dublin-transfers’," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 2 March 2018 [text]

"On Holy Ground: Church Sanctuary in the Trump Era," Southwestern Law Review, vol. 47, no. 1 (2017) [full-text]

Religion is Key to Europe’s Identity Crisis over Refugees (Refugees Deeply, March 2018) [text]

Religious Roles in Refugee Resettlement: Pertinent Experience and Insights, Addressed to G20 Members, Economics Discussion Paper, no. 2018-11 (Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Jan. 2018) [text via ECONSTOR]

Safe and Legal Passages to Europe: A Case Study of Faith-based Humanitarian Corridors to Italy, Working Paper, no. 2017/5 (UCL Migration Research Unit, 2017) [text]

Scoping Study on Local Faith Communities in Urban Displacement: Evidence on Localisation and Urbanisation (UCL Migration Research Unit, 2017) [text]
- See also related webinar and information on related Refugees & Forced Migration Hub.

"Spurned by U.S. and Facing Danger Back Home, Iranian Christians Fear the Worst," New York Times, 1 March 2018 [text]


Migrants and Refugees Section (The Vatican) [access]
- "The Migrants and Refugees Section is a small action-oriented Vatican office personally directed by Pope Francis to assist migrants and refugees."

Series: Religion and Global Migrations, Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, 2015- [info]
- "As the first series of its kind, Religion and Global Migrations will examine the phenomenon of religion and migration from multiple disciplinary perspectives (e.g., historical, anthropological, sociological, ethical, and theological), in various global locations (including the Americas, Europe, and Asia), and from a range of religious traditions." The most recent titled published is Religion in the European Refugee Crisis (2018).

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

Thematic Focus: General

Event & opportunity:

Panel discussion: Immigration Data Matters: How to Find the Most Accurate Resources, Washington, DC, 19 March 2018 [info]
- Will also be livestreamed.

CFP: Forced Migration Processes: Trends, Concepts and Patterns, Bonn, 25-26 June 2018 [info]
- Submit abstracts by 30 March 2018.


71st Meeting of the Standing Committee, Geneva, 6-8 March 2018 [access]
- Follow link for documents and presentations. Visit ICVA for NGO statements.

Beware the Notion That Better Data Lead to Better Outcomes for Refugees and Migrants (Chatham House Blog, March 2018) [text]

Expanding the Scope: Exploring Legal Options for Migration (RMMS, March 2018) [text]

Maritime Migration: Deadly Waters Take Their Toll (RMMS, Feb. 2018) [text]

Policy on Age, Gender and Diversity, UNHCR/HCP/2018/1 (UNHCR, 8 March 2018) [text]
- See also related UNHCR news story.

A Populist Myth about Immigration Courts and Public Opinion: Evidence from the US and Sweden (openDemocracy, March 2018) [text]

Regional Migration Governance: Contributions to a Sustainable International Migration Architecture, Discussion Paper 1/2018 (German Development Institute, 2018) [text]

Return Migration: A Conceptual and Policy Framework (Center for Migration Studies, March 2018) [text]

Sixteenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration, New York, 15-16 Feb. 2018 [info]
- "The purpose of the meeting will be to contribute to the preparation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration by (a) taking stock of existing data and research on relevant topics, (b) highlighting gaps in the current evidence base and (c) assessing priorities for the further development of data, research and training to support the implementation of the Global Compact. In addition, the meeting will allow participants to share information about progress in monitoring the implementation of the migration-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting will also allow participants to present and coordinate their recent activities and initiatives on migration."

State Fragility as a Cause of Forced Displacement: Identifying Theoretical Channels for Empirical Research, Discussion Paper 30/2017 (German Development Institute, 2017) [text]

Statistical Yearbook 2016, 16th ed. (UNHCR, 2017; issued Feb. 2018) [text]
- "The main purpose of the Statistical Yearbook is to provide in a single volume a comprehensive compilation of internationally available statistics and data on the population falling under UNHCR’s mandate, at world, regional and national levels..."

"Witnessing and Disrupting: The Ethics of Working with Testimony for Refugee Advocacy," Journal of Human Rights Practice, vol. 9, no. 3 (Nov. 2017) [free full-text]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General, incl. Global Compacts (1 March 2018)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

13 March 2018

Regional Focus: Africa

2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview: Sudan (OCHA, March 2018) [text]

"Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees," Foreign Policy, 21 Feb. 2018 [text]

"The Gambia: A Haven for Refugees?," Forced Migration Review, no. 57 (Feb. 2018) [open access]

High-Level Event for the Humanitarian Situation in Somalia, London, 6 March 2018
- Here is background information on the Somalia situation prepared for the meeting and a summary of the event

The Illegal Economy of Refugee Registration: Insights into the Ugandan Refugee Scandal (Africa at LSE Blog, March 2018) [text]

Managing Environmental Stress in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp (UNEP, Feb. 2018) [text]

Niger: How Did Protection Needs of Displaced Populations Evolve Throughout 2017 in the Diffa Region? (REACH Initiative, March 2018) [access]
- Includes links to various evaluations (in French) and assessments.

Political Pressure to Return: Putting Northeast Nigeria’s Displaced Citizens at Risk (Refugees International, March 2018) [text]

"Positive Effects of Refugee Presence on Host Community Nutritional Status in Turkana County, Kenya," American Journal of Human Biology, vol. 30, no. 1 (Jan./Feb. 2018) [free full-text]

Protecting Internally Displaced Communities in Somalia: Experience from the Benadir Region, Working Paper (IIED, Dec. 2017) [text]

"Vegetation Monitoring in Refugee-hosting Areas in South Sudan," Applied Geography, vol. 93 (April 2018) [open access]

Related post:
- Regional Focus: Africa (27 Feb. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Children & Families - Pt. 2

Childhood Interrupted: Children’s Voices from the Rohingya Refugee Crisis (World Vision et al., Feb. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

EASO Practical Guide on Age Assessment, EASO Practical Guides Series, 2nd ed. (European Asylum Support Office, March 2018) [text]

"Italy’s ‘Zampa’ Law: Increasing Protection for Unaccompanied Children," Forced Migration Review, no. 57 (Feb. 2018) [open access]

(Member) States’ Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination (European Migration Network, Oct. 2017) [text]
- Note: This is the common template for EU Member States to use for their national contributions to this study. I will reference the final synthesis report when it is completed.

"'No One is Safe': How Trump’s Immigration Policy is Splitting Families Apart," Time Magazine, 8 March 2018 [text]

Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe: Accompanied, Unaccompanied and Separated (UNHCR et al., Feb. 2018) [text]
- Overview of trends, January to September 2017.

The Standards of the Best Interest of the Child in Accordance with Jordanian Legislation, Islamic Shari’ah, and International Standards (UNHCR, March 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Syrian Refugee Children in the Middle East and Europe (Routledge, March 2018) [info]
- Note: Use this flyer to receive a 20% discount!

Voices from Syria’s Danger Zones (Save the Children, March 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children & Families - Pt. 1 (13 March 2018)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Children & Families - Pt. 1

A Call to Action: Protecting Children on the Move Starts with Better Data (Unicef et al., Feb. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

The Child in International Refugee Law, Oxford, 21 Feb. 2018 [info]
- Follow link for podcast.

Child Migrants (Migration Data Portal, updated 13 March 2018) [access]

Children Affected by Armed Conflict, 1990–2016, PRIO Policy Brief (PRIO, 2018) [text]

Children on the Move: Key Facts and Figures, Data Brief (Unicef, Feb. 2018) [text]

Cradled by Conflict: Child Involvement with Armed Groups in Contemporary Conflict (UNU, Feb. 2018) [access]
- Follow link for study in English, French and Arabic, as well as three research briefs.

Expert Roundtable on the Right to Family Life and Family Unity in the Context of Family Reunification, Brussels, 4 Dec. 2017
- A discussion paper is available, as well as two research papers prepared for the roundtable: The "Essential Right" to Family Unity and The Right to Family Life and Family Unity.

"Finding Keys: A Systematic Review of Barriers and Facilitators for Refugee Children’s Disclosure of Their Life Stories," Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, OnlineFirst, 20 Feb. 2018 [open access]

The War on Children: Time to End Grave Violations against Children in Conflict (Save the Children, Feb. 2018) [access]
- See also related NCHS blog post.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Children (12 Feb. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

12 March 2018

Regional Focus: MENA

 2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview: Libya (OCHA, Dec. 2017) [text]

"Balancing the Rights of Displaced, Returning and Remaining Populations: Learning from Iraq," Forced Migration Review, no. 57 (Feb. 2018) [open access]

Country of Origin Information on the Situation in the Gaza Strip, Including on Restrictions on Exit and Return (UNHCR, Feb. 2018) [text]

For Refugees Detained in Libya, Waiting is Not an Option (Refugees Deeply, March 2018) [text]

Inside Israel’s Campaign to Deport Tens of Thousands of African Migrants (Vox, March 2018) [text]

Internal Flight Alternative in Baghdad, UNHCR Letter to Legal Counsel in the Netherlands, 5 Feb. 2018 [text]

"Libya: Migrants and Refugees out by Plane and in by Boat," ECRE Weekly Bulletin, 2 March 2018 [text]

"A Light unto Some Nations," Foreign Policy, 6 March 2018 [text]
- "How Israel’s policy toward African asylum-seekers transformed it from a land of refuge into a land of deportation."

Refugee-led Humanitarianism in Lebanon’s Shatila Camp (Refugee Hosts Blog, March 2018) [text]

"Refugees Stuck in Libyan Prisons as U.N. Evacuation Plan Stalls," Thomson Reuters Foundation News, 7 March 2018 [text]

Strategic Ambiguity and Its Prices: A Human and Legal Drama - Are These People Refugees or Economic Migrants? (SSRN, March 2018) [text]
- Discusses the plight of African asylum-seekers in Israel.

Related posts:
- Regional Focus: Syria (12 March 2018)
Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (28 Feb. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

Regional Focus: Syria

Forced Migration Review, no. 57 (Feb. 2018) [open access]
- Theme is "Syrians in Displacement."

"Millions of Syrians’ Lives Depend on Whether They’re Designated as ‘Refugees’," Washington Post, 6 March 2018 [text]

Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies and Global Responsibility-Sharing, London, 8 March 2018 [access]
- Follow link for podcast.

"Pushing Syrian Refugees to Return," Sada Journal, 1 March 2018 [text]

The Real Reasons Why Syrians Return to Syria (Refugees Deeply, ) [text]

Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, UN Doc. No. A/HRC/37/72 (UN Human Rights Council, Feb. 2018) [text via Refworld]

"Starting Over at Home," IPS, 5 March 2018 [text via ReliefWeb]

Strengthening Local Councils to Bridge the Aid Gap in Aleppo (IIED, Jan. 2018) [text]

Syria Conflict at 7 Years: ‘A Colossal Human Tragedy’ (UNHCR, March 2018) [text]
- See also related timeline.

Syria’s Spontaneous Returns (Samuel Hall, March 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

"Turkey Eyes Refugees Returning to Afrin, Syria," VOA News, 8 March 2018 [text]
- This related VOA News article discusses Turkey setting up camps within Syria for displaced people.

Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (28 Feb. 2018)

Tagged Publications.

Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects

*Are Asylum Seekers More Likely to Work with More Inclusive Labor Market Access Regulations?, WWZ Working Paper 2018/08 (University of Basel, Feb. 2018) [text]

For Refugee Compact to Talk Jobs, It Must Listen to Migration Compact (Refugees Deeply, March 2018) [text]

Immigrants Fuel Job Gains, Not Losses in the United States (Immigration Impact, March 2018) [text]

The Labor Market Integration of Refugees to the United States: Do Entrepreneurs in the Network Help?, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 11343 (Institute of Labor Economics, Feb. 2018) [text]

The Legally Resident Foreign-born Population Has the Same Percentage of Skilled Workers as the US-Born Native Population (Center for Migration Studies, Jan. 2018) [text]

A New Algorithm to Increase Refugee Employment through Smarter Placement (Forced Migration Forum, Feb. 2018) [text]

"Newcomers in the North: Labor Market Integration of Refugees in Northern Europe," Migration Information Source, 27 Feb. 2018 [text]

Refugee Economies in Kenya (Refugee Studies Centre, Feb. 2018) [text]
- See also related post on The Conversation.

*Refugees in the United States: Are They Worse Off?, Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Mark Israel Summer Research Fund in Economics Fellowship (Illinois Wesleyan University, Summer 2017) [text]

(The Struggle for) Refugee Integration into the Labour Market: Evidence from Europe, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 11333 (Institute of Labor Economics, Feb. 2018) [text]

What ‘Merit-based’ Immigration Means in Different Parts of the World (The Conversation, Feb. 2018) [text]

Web site:

Refugee Economies (Refugee Studies Centre) [access]
- "Through primary data collection, we explore the conditions under which refugees can become self-sufficient and make positive economic contributions to their host states and societies." This programme was formerly known as the "Humanitarian Innovation Project." More info. is available in this RSC news release.


Related post:
- Thematic Focus: Work/Economic Aspects (14 Feb. 2018)

Tagged Publications and Web Sites/Tools.

09 March 2018

News: Global Compact for Migration

A "zero draft plus" was issued 5 March 2018 which, according to the co-facilitators, reflects technical updates and clarifications rather than substantive changes. This IISD news story highlights some of the tweaks. (Here is the text of the initial zero draft, for comparison.)

Further discussion of this revised version will take place during the second round of intergovernmental negotiations slated to take place 12-15 March 2018 in New York. Here is a summary of the exchanges that took place during the first round of talks.

Related post:
- Thematic Focus: General, incl. Global Compacts (1 March 2018)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 2

Beyond the ‘Welcome Culture’: Projects of the New German Government on Migration, Asylum and Integration (EU Immigration & Asylum Law & Policy Blog, March 2018) [text]

Country Reports (Asylum Information Database, March 2018)
- Updated profiles are available for Austria, RomaniaSlovenia, and the United Kingdom.

"Don’t Ask Me about My Business: The Mafia’s Exploitation of the European Migration Crisis," Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, vol. 40, no. 2 (2017) [full-text]

Greece: 13,000 Still Trapped on Islands (Human Rights Watch, March 2018) [text]

Half of All Immigration Appeals Now Succeed (Free Movement Blog, March 2018) [text]

Hope and Inclusion: Investing in Stranded Refugees in Serbia (World Bank, March 2018) [text]

Note du HCR sur le projet de loi pour une immigration maîtrisée et un droit d'asile effectif (UNHCR, March 2018) [text]
- See also related ECRE op-ed.

A Refugee Crisis? The Volunteer Humanitarian Response in Lesbos after the EU-Turkey Deal: Between Humanitarianism and Politics, Global Migration Research Paper, no. 21 (Global Migration Centre, 2017) [text]

*Split Loyalties: Mixed Migrants and the Diaspora Connection, RMMS Discussion Paper, no. 4 (Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat, Dec. 2017) [text]
- Focuses on Somalis and Afghans in Denmark. See also related RMMS article.

Syrians Yes, Iraqis No: The Startling Disparity in Britain’s Asylum Decisions (The Conversation, March 2018) [text]

"'We want to work': Refugees Tell France Why UK is so Attractive," The Guardian, 9 March 2018 [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1 (9 March 2018)

Tagged Publications. 

Regional Focus: Europe - Pt. 1

Analysis: Flow Monitoring Surveys - Top 5 Nationalities Interviewed on the Eastern and Central Mediterranean Routes (IOM, Feb. 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Challenges and Practices for Establishing the Identity of Third-country Nationals in Migration Procedures (European Migration Network, Dec. 2017) [text]
- See also related Inform.

The Effectiveness of Return in EU Member States 2017 (European Migration Network, Feb. 2018) [text]
- See also related Inform.

First Report on the Activities of the Secretary General’s Special Representative on Migration and Refugees, 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2018 (Council of Europe, Feb. 2018) [access]

Inform: Safe Countries of Origin (European Migration Network, March 2018) [text]

*Migration [What Think Tanks are thinking] (EPRS, March 2018) [text]
- "This note offers links to commentaries and studies on migration by major international think tanks."

On Protection and Justice: The Proposals for Reform of the Common European Asylum System, GLOBUS Research Papers, no. 4 (Univ. of Oslo, March 2018) [text via SSRN]

Refugees and Migrants at the Western Balkans Route: Regional Overview, September-December 2017 (Save the Children, 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Risk Analysis for 2018 (Frontex, Feb. 2018) [text]

We Need a Global Database on False News about Migrants and Refugees (Poynter, March 2018) [text]

[Working Papers on Implementation of EU Crisis Response in Various Countries] (EUNPACK, 2018) [access]
- Currently, papers are available on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Serbia & Kosovo, and Ukraine.


Related post:
- Regional Focus: Europe (1 March 2018)

Tagged Publications.