Blogs About Refugees
Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Humanitarian Settings: An In-depth Look at Family Planning Services (Women's Refugee Commission, June 2013) [access]
- Follow the link for the full report in English, Arabic, French and Spanish, as well as a summary for policy makers, accompanying annexes and beneficiary reports.
Continuation of Antiretroviral Therapy for Ivorian Refugees in Liberia during the Emergency Phase (2011-2012) (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]
"Is Forced Migration a Barrier to Treatment Success? Similar HIV Treatment Outcomes among Refugees and a Surrounding Host Community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia," AIDS and Behavior, Latest Articles, June 2013 [open access text]
"No Longer a Place of Refuge: Health Consequences of Mandatory Detention for Refugees," Canadian Family Physician, vol. 59, no. 6 (June 2013) [free full-text]
UNHCR’s Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Persons of Concern: Global Review (UNHCR, June 2013) [text]
Calls for Papers: International Human Rights Law in Refugee Status Determination
We write to share news of the forthcoming conference on ‘International Human Rights Law in Refugee Status Determination: Comparative Practice and Theory’ that will take place at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, on 13 and 14 November 2013.
This 1½ day conference brings together leading experts to reflect comparatively on the practical and theoretical impact of international human rights law upon refugee status determination. Three panels will explore comparative practice from around the world and one will be addressed to broader cross-cutting thematic issues. Some further details can be found in the outline below.
For the final thematic panel, we are keen to receive additional contributions, particularly on the following broad topics and their implications for our understanding of the scope of refugee definitions: sexual and gender identity; combatants and military service; permissible limitations to rights (such as the freedom to manifest one’s religion); and internal protection/flight alternative.
If you wish to propose a paper to be presented on this panel, please submit a short abstract of up to 300 words to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> and email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> by Friday **5 July 2013**.
Please note that presenters will be asked to submit a draft paper of 5 000-8 000 words by 1 November 2013 to enable paper-sharing in advance among the participants. Local accommodation will be offered to selected presenters, as well as a contribution towards economy travel expenses of up to £50 (UK), £150 (Europe), £500 (World). After the event, revised papers will be submitted to Martinus Nijhoff for publication in an edited collection.
The conference is organised by the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, jointly with the Centre for Refugee Studies (York, Canada), Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (Harvard, USA), International Refugee and Migration Law Project (UNSW, Australia), International Refugee Law Research Programme (Melbourne, Australia) and other institutions, and includes papers by prominent academics and practitioners.
Registration for the conference will be opened shortly. If you are interested in participating other than as a presenter, please email the convenors so that we can keep you informed.
We look forward to hearing from you.
New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal
David James Cantor
Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London
International Human Rights Law in Refugee Status Determination: Comparative Practice and Theory
London, 13-14 November 2013
International human rights law (IHRL) has assumed an increasingly important role in refugee status determination (RSD) over the past twenty years. At the same time, the legal consequences of this interaction remain a source of considerable contention. Whilst much of the debate has taken place in abstract and general terms, the conference seeks to shift the focus to a detailed comparative analysis of how this relationship is configured by different jurisdictions in practice.
The simple fact that RSD takes place within a wide range of different jurisdictional contexts requires a new point of departure. Indeed, these express a vast variance based, inter alia, on the refugee and IHRL instruments ratified by the country, the ways in which these have been incorporated into domestic law, the interpretation of these instruments through the lens of local legal cultures, and the differing nature of RSD procedures internationally. The conference will provide an important new perspective on the divergent ways that such factors have moulded the relationship between IHRL and refugee law at the level of national RSD practice.
As well as generating important new practical understandings of RSD, the resulting analysis will feed back into wider theoretical debates about the influence of IHRL in RSD. For instance, the obviously uneven cross-jurisdictional terrain raises serious questions about the capacity of IHRL to cohesively shape RSD at the international level. Questions about transnational processes of borrowing between different jurisdictions also arise. Whether IHRL should be used to interpret refugee law and, if so, in which of its components, is also an important issue.
Broad questions to be addressed from both theoretical and comparative perspectives include:
1. Does IHRL influence RSD in practice at the national level? If so, what are the key factors that determine the degree and nature of such influence?
2. Are there particular areas of refugee law interpretation where the influence of IHRL is especially pronounced in national practice?
3. Has the IHRL influence on RSD – and refugee law – been broadly positive or negative?
4. Does IHRL facilitate the convergence of RSD processes at the international level?
The conference provides the opportunity both for a stock-taking of transnational developments over the past twenty years and for the identification of future challenges. Given the scope of the material, it will be of interest to lawyers, judges, practitioners and scholars in the areas of refugee, human rights and EU law, as well as humanitarian workers and academics, government authorities, policy researchers and students.
Filed under: Call For Papers, Events, Refugee Archives Tagged: call for papers, events
Call for Papers: Perspectives on Transitions: Inter-Communal Conflict and Paths to Democratisation, Queen’s University Belfast, 13 September 2013
Call for papers:
Perspectives on Transitions: Inter-Communal Conflict and Paths to Democratisation, Queen’s University Belfast, 13 September 2013
Perspectives on Transitions: Inter-Communal Conflict and Paths to Democratisation
School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
Queen’s University Belfast
13 September 2013
Existing conceptual/theoretical perspectives on the relationship between transition (to democracy among others) and inter-communal conflict so far have not offered much perspective on the Arab Spring, let alone has there been a systematic comparative investigation of these relationships across different waves of transition. This is despite the fact that inter-communal conflict (in a broad sense conflict between distinct ethnic, religious, regional identity groups) has been an important feature of transition processes in countries like Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria, and that there are a number of striking similarities between the dynamics of transition previous waves of democratisation in Latin America, post-communist states and the Arab Mediterranean, including the fact that these transition processes have a significant dimension of international involvement. Moreover, comparative perspectives exist on the second and third waves. Thus, there is both a need and an existing framework for comparing different waves of transitions and the outcomes of such transitions with regard to democratisation from the perspective of ethnic conflict.
We invite submissions that propose to address these issues from theoretical/conceptual perspectives and through single and comparative case studies. The conference will explore a range of debates and topics related to transition and inter-communal conflict/tensions. It is open to those who wish to present work on country specific transitions, on broader patterns of regime consolidation, and on historical perspectives as well as contemporary challenges.
The conference is being organised by School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict Queen’s University Belfast, the PSA Specialist Group on Ethnopolitics, the Centre for Sustainability, Leadership and Governance Plymouth University, the School of Government Plymouth University, Routledge, publishers of Civil Wars, Ethnopolitics and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, published by Taylor & Francis.
We hope to provide some assistance (for travel costs and accommodation) to support attendance at the conference for accepted paper presenters. Meals and refreshments will be available for all participants.
Paper proposals of no more than 500 words, complete with author contact details and institutional affiliation, should be submitted via http://jotformeu.com/form/31643040835347, by July 20. Please indicate in your submission whether you wish to be considered for conference support.
Papers presented for publication will be considered for publication in Civil Wars, Ethnopolitics and Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.
Filed under: Call For Papers, Events Tagged: call for papers, events
The Colombian Conflict: Views from the Ground and the EU Response (Norwegian Refugee Council, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
Internally Displaced Outside of Camps and the Role of Local Authorities in Colombia: A Comparative Study of Bogotá DC and Cali (Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, May 2013) [access]
- Follow link for English executive summary and Spanish report.
International Perspectives on Solutions to Internal Displacement, Speech given at Conferencia de Soluciones Sostenibles para la Población Desplazada: Experiencias internacionales y nacionales, Bogotá, 28-29 May 2013 [text]
Urban Violence and Humanitarian Action in Medellin, Discussion Paper, no. 5 (Humanitarian Action in Situations Other than War, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Brian Ondari
- Denis Minja
- Musa Oganda
- Claire Musiku
- Nelly Nkonge
This is an Android app that increases the amount of data being stored in the refunite database so as to increase the chances of finding a match.
This is done by interacting with the user to encourage them to give as much data as possible. We prompt them to give specific information such as memories of their missing person i.e. birthmarks, relationship, clan, landmarks, events attended together, last seen date, favorites, lifestyle etc.
We interact with the user by calling them according to the name they registered with and each question comes on ‘it’s on’ page to increase their interest.
This narrows down the number of people with similar names during the search. This is our refined search.
Dealing with the issue of weak internet access, the app will be made in such a way that it reads the users frequently searched specifications and can then push data to their phone every week or when internet is accessible and this data according to their frequenct search will be stored in their phone memory.
Project URL: TBA
This project is one in a series of projects developed at the Global #HackForGood in Nairobi, Kenya. Powered by Ericsson and Refugees United.
- Anthony Nandaa @profnandaa
- Mercy Orangi @mercy_orangi
- Thomas Kioko @code_wizard
- Samuel Mbugua @samspftk
- David Maitho @maithothige
- Derick Lung’aho @dericklungaho
- The team’s project is aimed at making it easier to register refugees through registration platforms such as J2ME and SMS/USSD. Further, the team has worked on an online web registration system that has additional/finer details that will make it easier for a refugee to be located successfully especially when basic parameters e.g. the first and last names are similar.
- This project will allow simpler and faster registration coupled with provision of finer details about a refugee in a camp. As such, more families can be reconnected since a finer search, provided by more details about a lost one during registration, will lead to more narrowed down search results, thus raising the possibilities of reconnecting lost ones to their loved ones.
- Dennis Kawawa @_nodem
- David Kirui @davekirui
- Titus Korir @TitusKorir
- Bonny Kashif
The app enables volunteers to collect data offline and synchronize it with an online server when they have a good Internet connection.
The app will ensure that refugees’ information is sent to the database even in zones with poor or no Internet connection.
Project URL: https://github.com/davekirui/refunite
By: Ken Ross
Twitter handle: @kzhen
Project Url: https://github.com/kzhen/RefUnited-IVR-Platform
Description: The Public Broadcast system for the Refugees United platform provides a way for people to connect to an IVR system and record a public broadcast. This broadcast is then available for all registered users of Refugees United to listen to and reply to.
After listening to a broadcast the listener can do the following:
- Reply privately via voice - this will send a voice message directly to the person who posted the broadcast.
- Reply publicly via voice - this will start a “conversation”, so the reply will be attached to the broadcast so both the original person and others can listen to it.
- Listen to any replies that have already been posted.
- Listen to the next broadcast.
Team Members and Twitter Handles
- David Bwire - @davidbwire
- Joseph Murgor - @josemurgo
- Johnstone Kibabu - @kibabumark
About the Project
isearch tries to come up with a better way for families to locate each other by improving the accuracy, efficiency and ease of search.
How It Works
The system seeks to provide these features:
- People who are searching for their loved ones are provided with facilities that will allow them to team up and exchange finer details about who they are looking for based on where their lost family members were last seen. This provides a group search, which is more efficient than a single person search.
- The systems provides notifications on new data sets updated on the system (i.e. if a missing person updates their data it will be nice for the person to be updated on the new datasets)
- The systems serves you with fresh data so that you do not have to search through data that you have already gone through, unless you want to or the data has changed
HongWrong has collected a large number of media reports on the rally to support Edward Snowden in Hong Kong on 15 of June, 2013. Hundreds rallied in the rain demanding the U.S government to stop its spying activities and Hong Kong government to protect Snowden.
Refugee Week Australia, 16-22 June 2013 [info]
- This year's theme is "Restoring Hope."
Refugee Week UK, 17-23 June 2013 [info]
- The theme is "Different Pasts, Shared Future."
Tagged Events & Opportunities and Web Sites/Tools.
Fencing Migrants Out: The Impact on Regional Movement (RMMS Secretariat, May 2013) [text]
- Discusses border controls in Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Fragmented Lives: Humanitarian Overview 2012 (OCHA, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
Israel: Deportations of Asylum-seekers Must Stop (Amnesty International, June 2013) [text]
Israeli Land Grab and Forced Population Transfer of Palestinians: A Handbook for Vulnerable Individuals and Communities (Badil, June 2013) [access]
- Launched at the conference, "Forced Population Transfer: Elements and Responsibilities."
Palestinian Refugees: Different Generations, but One Identity (Birzeit University, Dec. 2012) [text]
- Book resulting from a conference of the same name, organized by the Forced Migration and Refugee Unit and held in Nov. 2011.
See also recent blog post highlighting reports that focus on statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa.
Blog post by Natalia Alvarado, East Africa Camp Coordinator
Yesterday was such a beautiful and inspiring day as we celebrated World Refugee Day with the Congolese community living in Kayole, Nairobi, Kenya under the theme“One family torn apart by war is too many”.
Refugees United presented the event in collaboration with several other organizations including Jesuit Refugee Service, Heshima, Don Bosco, TUSA, Catholic Secretariat, and Faraja Foundation. We even had a few representatives from the Kenyan government present, enjoying the celebrations along side the rest of us.
The event kicked off with a mass at the Divine World Parish church and was followed by a number of presentations by different refugee groups. These included the Congolese Choir, Kayole Choir, the Rwandese dancing group, Kivuli Kabiria, and the Burundian drumming and dancing group Hoza, sponsored by Refugees United.
It was indeed a beautiful event, raising awareness about refugee issues and celebrating the different rich cultures, who are living together side-by-side in Nairobi, Kenya.
Picture caption: Hoza dance group sponsored by Refugees United
In addition, two recent papers prepared by the Statelessness Programme's MENA Nationality and Statelessness Research Project are available via SSRN:
- The Stateless Syrians (May 2013) [text]
- The Stateless Tebu of Libya? (May 2013) [text]
Finally, read the stories of stateless women in Lebanon on the Huffington Post.
- See also a Statelessness Programme blog post summarizing the discussions relating to statelessness and an ENS blog post advocating that the Consultations be used as a springboard for promoting an International Day on Statelessness.
"Interview with UNHCR’s Statelessness Regional Protection Officer, Inge Sturkenboom," ENS Newsletter, no. 3 (May 2013) [text]
Poor Judgement, Bad Judgment (ENS Blog, May 2013) [text]
- Comment on UK Court of Appeal decision in B2 v The Secretary of State for the Home Department.
Protection against Statelessness: Trends and Regulations in Europe (EUDO Citizenship Observatory, May 2013) [text]
Proving Statelessness: Evidential Issues for Refused Asylum Seekers (ENS Blog, June 2013) [text]
The Rohingya: Bargaining with Human Lives (Open Democracy, June 2013) [text]
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is offering its ebook on statelessness for **free** until 19 June 2013! Download the iPad edition here.
[Image credit: Statelessness Programme Facebook page]
Children and Armed Conflict: Report of the Secretary-General, UN Doc. No. A/67/845–S/2013/245 (UN General Assembly and Security Council, May 2013) [text via Refworld]
- See also related UN news story.
A Girl's Right to Say No to Marriage: Working to End Child Marriage and Keep Girls in School (Plan, May 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
Helpdesk Research Report: Child-friendly Spaces for Adolescent Girls in Emergency Settings (Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, April 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
Human Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Young People in the UK: First Report (Human Rights Joint Committee, June 2013) [text]
- Visit the inquiry site for background information and submitted evidence.
"In Pursuit of a New Perspective in the Education of Children of the Refugees: Advocacy for the 'Family'," Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice, vol. 12, no. 4 (Autumn 2012) [full-text via ERIC]
Shattered Lives: Challenges and Priorities for Syrian Children and Women in Jordan (UNICEF, June 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]
- Refugees United and Ericsson hosted a hackathon in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 15th & 16th gathering innovative developers from Nairobi
- Ericsson and Refugees United announced the two semi-finalists who will represent Kenya in the Global Hack for Good Championship
- Winners will be announced on World Refugee Day on June 20th
Nairobi, Kenya – ‘Hackathons’ are becoming increasingly popular in Nairobi, bringing together programmers, designers and developers who wish to spend the weekend networking, innovating and competing. This weekend, Ericsson and Refugees United hosted a special ‘Hack for Good’ in Kenya, which aimed to connect refugee families separated by war, conflict and disaster.
Local developers participated in a two-day hackathon in Nairobi. The event took place at 88mph, a co-creation space known as “Startup Garage.”
“Family members lose track of each other mainly during war or famine and we must continue to invent technical solutions to put them back in touch,” said Margaret Kositany, Director of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson, Kenya.
Partnering since 2010, Ericsson and Refugees United seek to help separated families reconnect via mobile technology. Ericsson supports www.refunite.org – a mobile and web platform that empowers refugees to take the search for long lost family into their own hands.
“With more than 43 million forcibly displaced people of the world, there is an urgent need to reconnect families to their missing loved ones,” said Mr. Richard Ngamita, Data Analyst Manager of Refugees United. “Everyone has the right to know where their family is,” he said before announcing the two Kenyan semi-finalists.
The two winning projects were “DKK” which enables volunteers to collect data offline and synchronizes it with an online server when connection is available and the other winning team was “Team Acid” which developed an application called “refUnite plus” which is an online web registration system with finer details making it easier to locate a refugee.
This hack in Nairobi was the last in a series of three hacks taking place in Cairo, Silicon Valley, and Nairobi. Refugees United and Ericsson will announce the three global winners via Google Hangout on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2013, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees.
The three winners from Cairo, Nairobi and Silicon Valley will be invited to test their prototypes in a refugee camp in late 2013. Over sixty developers signed up for the Hack for Good event in Nairobi, Kenya.
Refugees United, www.refunite.org, is a free platform accessible to families worldwide – via web and mobile. This project has attracted support from Ericsson who provides operational support and advice to Refugees United. The joint mission is to connect one million refugees by 2015.
FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT
- Margaret Kositany, Director of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson Kenya, Margaret.email@example.com / +254 738 500826
- Ida Jeng, Communication Manager, Refugees United, firstname.lastname@example.org / + 45 31 49 31 93
Picture caption: Team Acid (Anthony Nandaa, Mercy Orangi, Thomas Kioko , Samuel Mbugua, David Maitho and Derick Lung’aho) and Team DKK (Dennis Kawawa, David Kirui, Titus Korir and Bonny Kashif)
Publication: Joint Committee on Human Rights to publish Report on the Human Rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK
The Joint Committee on Human Rights will publish its First Report of the 2013-14 Session, Human Rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK, at 00:01 hrs on Wednesday 12 June as House of Lords Paper 9 and House of Commons Paper 196.
The Report will be available under embargo from 11:00 am on Monday 10 June. If you wish to receive and embargoed version of the Report at this time, please e-mail email@example.com
The Report will be available on the Committee’s website on the day of publication.
The Report will also be available from The Stationery Office (tel: 0870 600 5522), Parliamentary Hotline Lo-call 0845 7 023474, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Internet: http://www.tso.co.uk/bookshop, TSO shops, The Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, London SW1A 2JX (tel: 020 7219 3890) and through good booksellers.
See also: The Guardian – Children seeking asylum should ‘be better cared for’ by the state
Filed under: New Resources, Publications Tagged: Joint Committee on Human Rights
New Regional Publications on the United Kingdom
Homecoming: Return and reintegration of irregular migrants from Nigeria
Asylum Information Database: National report – United Kingdom
(Source: Migrants Rights Network Weekly Immigration News, 3 June 2013)
Fractured childhoods: the separation of families by immigration detention
(Source: NCB Policy & Parliamentary Information Digest, 26 Apr 2013)
One step forward, two steps back: evaluating the institutions of British immigration policymaking
(Source: IPPR Newsletter, 26 Apr 2013)
Detention in the asylum system
(Source: Refugee Council Newsletter, 3 May 2013)
New briefing from the Refugee Council, which looks at when, where and for how long people are detained (and also includes info about the detention of children).
Mothers-in-law important for integration of migrants, says report
Independent Chief Inspector of Border and Immigration: Inspection Plan for 2013-14
One step forward, two steps back: Evaluating the institutions of British immigration policymaking
Identifying and Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking: Guidance for Health Staff
A Question of Credibility: Why so many initial asylum decisions are overturned on appeal in the UK
Jan Shaw, Refugee Affairs Programme Director at Amnesty International UK, said:
We need an asylum system that gets the decision right first time. Getting the decision wrong in the first instance causes a great deal of anxiety for asylum seekers and prolongs the period in which they are left in limbo. It is also wasting tax-payers’ money by refusing people on patently spurious grounds, leading to costly and unnecessary appeals.
In disbanding the UK Border Agency, Theresa May has acknowledged defects in the process as it stands, and she must now ensure that this is a watershed moment where a break with flawed practices is made once and for all.
Giving back to communities of residence and of origin
Human Trafficking: practical guidance
New Regional Publications on Europe
Study on educational support for newly arrived migrant children
Access to healthcare in Europe in times of crisis and rising xenophobia
- Download the report (in English) “Access to Healthcare in Europe in times of Crisis and rising Xenophobia”
- Download the English summary of the report (press kit)
- Download the full report on the analysis of the data “Access to Healthcare for Vulnerable People in 14 cities of 7 countries”
- Download document with the full update on the legislation in ten countries (BE, CH, DE, ES, FR, EL, NL, PT, SE and UK)
Filed under: New Resources, Publications, Refugee Archives Tagged: Europe, Publications, regional publications, reports, United Kingdom