MARCH NEWSLETTER: VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1, 2022
WELCOME: Volunteer for LSA 2022!
This is the first quarterly newsletter of the year: Volume 4, Issue 1. Sadly, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has resulted in some 660,000 refugees and over 2,000 deaths. There have also been reports of racial discrimination directed at African nationals attempting to seek refuge in Poland. As the situation worsens on day seven of the attacks, we want to show our support and stand in solidary with everyone affected.
We hope you are looking forward to the 7th Global Annual Meeting (Rage, Reckoning, & Remedy) of the Law and Society Association in Lisbon, Portugal on 13-16 July 2022. We are in need of volunteers to serve as chairs, discussants, and notetakers for CRN11 sessions. We invite you to express your interest by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. First come, first serve.
CRN 11 is happy to announce the launch of the Migration, Displacement, and Development book series with Rowman and Littlefield (Lexington Books). The interdisciplinary book series critically examines the obstinacy to expand legal protection to displaced peoples beyond the bona fide refugee within local, regional, and international contexts. The book series attracts (emerging and displaced) scholars who boldly critique conventional worldviews as well as those who suggest cutting-edge approaches to addressing and ameliorating the harsh realities of global displacement. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
In closing, we would like to reaffirm our support for all those affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender
DISPLACED PEOPLES’ RIGHTS AND PROTECTION
The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) approach to working with minorities and indigenous peoples. Questionnaire responses submitted by the UN system to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNFPII) in preparation of the 21st Session to be held on 25 April – 6 May 2022, The UNHCR asserts discrimination against national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities can be both a driver/cause of displacement and/or statelessness, and it can also impact those who have been displaced or who are stateless. UNHCR thus has a direct interest in the subject of this report and wishes to share some initial, and non-exhaustive, feedback on situations of discrimination against minorities and activities which have been undertaken to promote and protect minority rights. Indigenous peoples and minorities in forced displacement and situations of statelessness are at disproportionately heightened risk of marginalization, discrimination, violence, abuse and exploitation. More information available here.
On 14 March 2022, the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will focus on “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes,” in alignment with International Women’s Day, with its focus on gender equality and climate action, calling for women and girls’ full participation in decision-making in public life. Among UNFPA priorities is to impart the impact of climate change on sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence and harmful practices and bodily autonomy and to advocate for gender-sensitive climate resilience to protect and advance progress on the three transformative results. More information available here.
On 1 March 2022, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights experts sound alarm on serious Papua abuses and call for urgent aid in Indonesia. The UN human rights experts expressed serious concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, citing shocking abuses against indigenous Papuans, including child killings, disappearances, torture and mass displacement of people. The experts called for urgent humanitarian access to the region, and urged the Indonesian Government to conduct full and independent investigations into abuses against the indigenous peoples. More information available here.
Security Council vote sets up emergency UN General Assembly session on Ukraine crisis. The United Nations Security Council voted on Sunday (27 February 2022) to call for a rare emergency special session of the 193-member UN General Assembly on Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, which will be held on Monday (28 February 2022). The measure convening the General Assembly session was adopted by a vote of 11 in favor, with Russia voting against, and China, India and the United Arab Emirates abstaining. The request for an urgent meeting by the General Assembly comes after Russia vetoed on Friday a US-led draft Security Council resolution that would have ‘deplored in the strongest terms the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine’. Since the text was procedural, none of the five permanent Council members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States – could use their vetoes. The measure needed only nine votes in favor to pass. More information available here.
ON 25 February 2022, in a statement at the end of a three-day trip to Afghanistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director, Catherine Russell, said the international community and the de facto authorities must find ways to work together – for the sake of the children of Afghanistan. Decades of conflict, a devastating drought, a collapsing economy and the impact of international sanctions are causing irreparable damage to the children of Afghanistan. In the streets of Kabul, scores of very young children dart in and out of traffic, chasing cars and asking for money. Store shelves and vegetable markets are well stocked, yet hardly anyone can afford to buy. In a hospital in Kandahar, emaciated babies lie motionless two to a bed, too weak to even cry amid a spike in cases of severe acute malnutrition. A 25-year-old mother of five told me that her family subsists on a diet of bread and water. More information is available here.
Remarks of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres’, to the opening meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in New York on 8 February 2022. The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security. The promise of the independence of the Palestinian State remains unfulfilled. Political, economic and security conditions across the Occupied Palestinian Territory are deteriorating as Palestinians experience high levels of dispossession, violence and insecurity. We urgently need to intensify collective efforts to resolve the conflict and end the occupation in line with United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements. See the full remarks: SG/SM/21136.
CALLS: CRN-11 EVENTS
Webinar: Health and Internal Displacement in the Middle East
“Sexual Violence and Forced Displacement in the Middle East: A Scoping Review” by Dr. Veronica Fynn Bruey, Assistant Professor, Legal Studies, Athabasca University on 11 April 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (UK). Registration opens here.
Call For Volunteers: LSA 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal
CRN-11 is in need of volunteers as chairs, discussants, and notetakers for LSA 2022 conference in Lisbon, Portugal. All interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Deadline: 10 March 2022
Call for Book Proposal: Migration, Displacement and Development
Veronica Fynn Bruey and Steven Bender as co-editors, have launched the Migration, Displacement, and Development book series with Rowman and Littlefield. The interdisciplinary series critically examines the obstinacy to expand legal protection to displaced peoples beyond the bona fide refugee within local, regional, and international contexts. Extending protection to a wide range of displaced persons, the series promises to address adverse effects on those forced to leave their homes in the name of globalisation by improving the economic, social, and political conditions driving migration in favour of sustaining growth. The series strives for law and policy reform particularly in areas of trade, economy, remittance and aid as well as protecting individual rights to stay home and live a dignified life. If you are interested in turning your research into a full book, email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Call for CRN-11 Newsletter Editor
CRN-11 Newsletter is produced quarterly per annum and must be released by the last day of March, June, September, and December. The Newsletter Editor will be responsible for:
- Researching and compiling information for the Newsletter,
- Assisting with the distribution of the Newsletter electronically to subscribers and other social networks,
- Inviting and showcasing guest blogger written pieces, and
- Promoting and advertising the Newsletter with the aim of expanding its reach.
To apply, submit a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Application Deadline: Open
Call For Volunteers: Advertisement and Promotion Committee
CRN-11 is also recruiting volunteers to lead the Advertisement and Promotion Committee. To apply, submit a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Deadline: Open
Become a CRN-11 Research Collaborator
Interested in being a bona fide research collaborator with CRN-11? To apply, submit a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Deadline: Open
Invitation to be a Guest Blogger for CRN-11
Do you have an interesting story to tell about internal and international migration and displacement? CRN 11 is eager to share your piece as a guest blogger in our quarterly newsletter. Submit your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Deadline: Open
GENERAL CALLS: UPCOMING EVENTS
Rewriting Jurisprudence: Centring Refugee and Migrant Lived Experience
Rewriting Jurisprudence: Centring Refugee and Migration Lived Experience is an ongoing project. In its first phase, we will be publishing a selection of rewritten judgments as articles in a special issue of a journal. We will then work towards producing a broader range of rewritten judgments for publication as an edited collection. Our strong preference is that these publications will be open access. During the project we will also publish shortened or draft versions as blog posts as a way of ensuring both accessibility and timeliness of contributions. We hope very much that the project will inspire other similar initiatives. To submit and abstract: click here.
Support, Sanctuary, Solidarity: Moving Towards Migrant Justice and Resilience
The Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), in collaboration with York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR), invites abstract proposals for its 16th annual Student Conference on the theme of “Support, Sanctuary, Solidarity: Moving Towards Migrant Justice and Resilience” on March 4-6, 2022. Registration: opens here.
Seminar Series: Race, Borders, and Global (Im)mobility
This series which runs between 19 January and 9 March 2022 critically interrogates how militarized borders, migration enforcement, and racial orderings continue to be normalized globally. Speakers in this series come from a range of disciplines and will examine global migration through questions of race and racism, coloniality, nationalism, citizenship, belonging, criminalization, and bordering. More information available here
Webinar Series: Haunted by Violence
A reading and conversation about bureaucratic and liberal violence, simultaneous requests for and censorship of refugee voices, and ongoing histories that compel our returns to questions of displacement and refuge. More information available here
High-level meeting on health and migration in the WHO European Region: jointly shaping the vision for the health of refugees and migrants
At a high-level meeting on health and migration, hosted by WHO/Europe on 17-18 March 2022, health ministers and representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region will meet to discuss strategic priorities for health and migration beyond 2022. Representatives of refugee and migrant groups, partner organizations and the WHO African and Eastern Mediterranean regions will be involved to encourage participatory dialogue and interregional collaboration as part of a whole-of-route approach. More information available here.
In Dialogue: Symposium on the Displacement of Peoples Between Africa and Europe
Join Indiana University at the IU Europe Gateway in Berlin for a symposium on the transnational dynamics and repercussions of the movement of displaced peoples between Africa and Europe. This two-day symposium (18-19 March 2022) seeks to feature scholars, practitioners, activists, members of local refugee communities, and artists in a dialogue that investigates how education, national security, humanitarian aid, social services, policies, economics, children, families, and identities are being impacted in communities in Africa and Europe. More information available here.
Improving the Global Refugee Regime: from theory to practice?
Call for Papers for the 2022 6th Refugee Law Initiative Annual Conference, ‘Improving the Global Refugee Regime: from theory to practice?’ on 29 June – 1 July 2022, which will be run as a virtual event. Please send all paper and panel proposals (of 3-4 papers maximum) for ‘thematic’ and ‘open’ panels to firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome proposals from researchers at any stage in their careers and, particularly, from researchers working in or on refugee protection in the global South. More information available here. Deadline: 31 March 2022.
Displacement, Governance and Human Rights
Call for Papers for the FFVT Summer School, ‘Displacement, Governance and Human Rights.’ The interdisciplinary Summer School is hosted by the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) as a part of “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) and takes place in Nuremberg, Germany, from 10 to 15 July 2022. Participation is open to Master students as well as PhD candidates, Postdocs and junior practitioners of any disciplinary background. More information available here. Deadline: 31 March 2022.
Critical Humanitarianism: Neoliberal Entanglements with the State
This call seeks papers that study the role of nonprofit organisations and its articulation between population management and neoliberalism. Writing retreat at Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia): Monday 30th May 2022 to Thursday 2nd June 2022. For more information email email@example.com. Deadline: 20 March 2022.
New Edited Collection on LGBTQI+ Displacement in and from East Africa
Since the early 1990s, political, social and economic instability in East Africa, including long- running conflicts in Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Burundi, has produced high rates of displacement. Movement within and from the region has led to substantial refugee populations being housed in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as a large diaspora of East Africans scattered across the globe. More information email firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission Deadline: 1 April 2022.
Writing Workshop on Governance, Conflict Resolution and Climate Change
The Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) seeks to provide Africa-based early career researchers working on the themes of governance, conflict resolution and climate change on the continent with the space and intellectual community to transform a draft paper into a publishable journal piece. The 5-day writing workshop, which will take place on 25-29 April 2022, is designed to provide early career scholars with the opportunity to contribute to knowledge production in one of the three fields of research focus for this workshop: governance, conflict resolution and climate change. More information available here. Details here.
IASFM ’19, San Paolo, Brazil
The 19th International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference (IASFM19), with the theme, “Global Issues, Regional Approaches – Contexts, Challenges, Dialogues and Solutions”, will be held from August 1-5 August 2022 and hosted online by Universidade Católica de Santos (UniSantos). More information is available here. Registration: opens here
Asia Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law
The Asia-Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law is a publication of the Institute of International Legal Studies University of the Philippines Law Center (UP-IILS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). We invite the submission of articles on subjects related to international humanitarian law, humanitarian policy or
humanitarian action, provided the article has not been published or accepted elsewhere. In order to qualify for submission, an article must either be authored by someone from, or based in, the Asia-Pacific region or, alternatively, be about the Asia-Pacific region. More information is available here. Deadline: rolling
RESEARCH, AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
Funding Opportunity for Population, Refugee and Migrants NGOs in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela
This announcement is designed to accompany PRM’s General NGO Guidelines, which contain additional information on PRM’s priorities and NGO funding strategy with which selected organizations must comply. Proposed activities are intended to support Colombian and Venezuelan populations of concern in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. No regional or multi-country application packages will be considered. Refer to guidelines below for further details. Because of PRM’s mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only those programs that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants. More information is provided here. Deadline: 08 March 2022.
Funding Opportunity for NGOs Programs Benefitting Ethiopia and Kenya
This announcement is designed to accompany PRM’s General NGO Guidelines, which contain additional information on PRM’s priorities and NGO funding strategy with which selected organizations must comply. Please use both the General NGO Guidelines and this announcement to ensure that your submission is in full compliance with PRM requirements and that the proposed activities are in line with PRM’s priorities. Submissions that do not reflect the requirements outlined in these guidelines will not be considered. Proposed activities should primarily support refugee populations in Ethiopia and Kenya. Because of PRM’s mandate to provide protection, assistance, and sustainable solutions for refugees and victims of conflict, PRM will consider funding only those programs that include a target beneficiary base of at least 50 percent refugees. More information is provided here. Deadline: 18 March 2022.
International UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: Refugees and Conflict Studies
Call for papers by the Frontiers in Human Dynamics/Political Science. Contributions sought for a research topic on “International UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: Refugees and Conflict Studies.” More information is provided here. Deadline: 31 March 2022.
Funding Programme Forced Migration
The Gerda Henkel Foundation welcomes research projects that adopt multidisciplinary approaches within this framework. Engaging in comparisons across regions and time periods should also be a priority here. Projects that incorporate intersectional perspectives and issues are highly desirable too. Depending on the research approach taken and possibilities at hand, cooperation with local knowledge-producers (researchers as well as civil society actors), or people affected by displacement within countries of origin or asylum (particularly in the “Global South”), is strongly encouraged. More information is provided here. Deadline: 15 June 2022.
IDRC/CRDI Research Chair Professor: Gender in Forced Displacement in Asia
Applications are invited from for a direct-hire in a full-time position as the IDRC Research Chair Professor on Addressing Gender in Forced Displacement in Asia at the Professor level in the Gender and Development Studies program (GDS) in the Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS), School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. More information available here. Deadline: 31 March 2022.
Hearing: ‘Liberia: Massaquoi Freed from Jail in Run-Up to Finnish Verdict’
There’s a new surprise in the trial of Gibril Massaquoi. On Wednesday February 16, the Finnish court released this former Sierra Leonean rebel after almost two years in detention. The trial verdict is expected by April 29, and his release is fuelling speculation about a possible acquittal. In an interview with Justice Info on January 24, Massaquoi expressed confidence in the Finnish justice system, but not in the investigators. Access the hearing information here.
New Report: ‘Climate Change: A Threat to Human Wellbeing and Health…’
UN scientists on Monday delivered a stark warning about the impact of climate change on people and the planet, saying that ecosystem collapse, species extinction, deadly heatwaves and floods are among the “dangerous and widespread disruptions” the world will face over the next two decades due to global warming. Access the full report here.
New Report: ‘Integration of Refugees in Portugal: The Role and Practices of Reception Institutions ’
In Portuguese. Access the full report here.
New Report: ‘Humanitarian Debate: Law, Policy, Action’
Established in 1869, the International Review of the Red Cross is a peer-reviewed journal published by the ICRC and Cambridge University Press. Its aim is to promote reflection on humanitarian law, policy and action in armed conflict and other situations of collective armed violence. A specialized journal in humanitarian law, it endeavours to promote knowledge, critical analysis and development of the law, and contribute to the prevention of violations of rules protecting fundamental rights and values. The Review offers a forum for discussion on contemporary humanitarian action as well as analysis of the causes and characteristics of conflicts so as to give a clearer insight into the humanitarian problems they generate. Finally, the Review informs its readership on questions pertaining to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and in particular on the activities and policies of the ICRC. Access the full report here.
Journal Article: ‘Ethical Considerations: Research with People in Situations of Forced Migration’
Research involving people in situations of forced migration deepens our understanding of their experiences and has the potential to inform evidence-based decision-making, but also poses particular ethical challenges and opportunities. This document is intended to provide researchers, community organizations, and people in situa- tions of forced migration with information on the particularities of forced migration contexts to complement established ethical principles and frameworks on research with human subjects more generally. Access the paper here.
Journal Article: ‘The Current Migrant and Refugee Crisis in Europe: Refugee Reception Centers in South-east Bulgaria’
In this article, we analyzed the current refugee crisis in Europe by discussing its main characteristics within the European context. A comparison between the different routes in Western, Central, and Eastern Mediterranean, the Western Balkans, and in general in South-Eastern Europe was done. As the main research problem, we focused on Bulgaria as an entry gate for the arriving immigrants and we presented the most recent statistics related to the illegal entries in the country. Among our objectives was the analysis of the current problems at the reception centers in South-Eastern part of Bulgaria. Access the paper here.
Journal Article: ‘Understanding Integration Experience and Wellbeing of Economic-Asylum Seekers in Italy: The Case of Nigerian Immigrants’
The literature on migrants’ integration and wellbeing is ample, but the case of economic-asylum seekers in a protracted asylum application system is yet to receive sufficient attention. The economic-asylum seekers are a unique group who migrate with an economic motive but apply for asylum to achieve economic integration in the host country. We use the aspiration-capability framework and a mixed-method approach: participant observation, focus group discussion, and field survey, to study a group of economic-asylum seekers from Nigeria when they were waiting for their asylum decisions in Italy. We find that they evaluate their wellbeing by reflecting on their premigration aspirations, integration constraints, and capabilities. Access the paper here.
Journal Article: ‘Generalised Push-back Practices in Europe: The Right to Seek Asylum is a Fundamental Right’
In recent years, more and more asylum seekers trying to reach the European Union (EU) have found themselves subjected to practices that contradict the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the democratic principles within the Dublin III Regulation. The inalienable right of those individuals to seek asylum is violated every time that the Member States’ national authorities subject them to irregular procedures and deny them their right to international protection without an individual assessment of their asylum claims. These practices are defined as push-backs. Access the paper here.
Journal Article: ‘SARS-CoV-2 attack rate in reception and accommodation centres for asylum seekers during the first wave: Systematic review of outbreak media reports in Germany’
Despite concerns about the impact of the severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) in refugee camps, data on attack rates and effectiveness of containment measures are lacking. We aimed to (1) quantify the attack rate of SARS-CoV-2 during outbreaks in reception and accommodation centres in Germany during the first pandemic wave, (2) assess differences in the attack rate based on containment measures, and (3) provide an overview of testing strategies, communication, conflicts, and protection measures for refugees with special needs. Access the paper here.
Journal Article: ‘Turkish and Libyan Refugee Deals: A Critical Analysis of the European Union’s Securitarian Irregular Migration Policy’
This article critically analyzed the Turkish and Libyan refugee deals. We argued that these deals proved to be unsustainable policy frameworks by focusing on their practical outcomes regarding humanitarian objectives. We utilized the ‘Fortress Europe’ concept to demonstrate how the European Union’s security concerns shaped the framework of these deals. Our study elaborated on two main arguments: First, these deals have undermined both Turkey and Libya’s migration management capacities. Second, these deals failed to provide adequate mechanisms supervising the enforcement of humanitarian objectives. Access the paper here.
Journal Article: ‘The impact of COVID-19 on the living and survival conditions of internally displaced persons in Burkina Faso’
In recent years, as in other parts of the Sahel, the threat of terrorism has escalated in Burkina Faso. In 2019, this country hosted the fourth highest number of new conflict-related internal displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. These people have to cope simultaneously with the full spectrum of environmental, social and health-related stresses in the long, medium and short term, respectively. We seek to compare the living conditions of IDPs before and during the lockdown implemented by the authorities (between 27 March and 5 May 2020) to contain the spread of the virus. Access the paper here.
Journal Article: ‘The ramification of Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis: conceptual analysis of a looming “Complex Disaster Emergency”’
One of Africa’s newest struggles for liberation: Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis, which emerged from legal and education grievances in 2016, rapidly escalated into a secessionist political conflict that is threatening the unity of the country, with potential to degenerate into a complex emergency. In an exploratory, qualitative, analytical, and descriptive case study research tradition involving document/content analysis, we apply the Robert Strauss Centre’s complex emergency framework to investigate the potential of the Anglophone crisis, whose ramifications lead us to consider it an acute complex emergency. Our contention is based on the fact that 72.5% of the variables in all the complex emergencies fall within the relevant to extremely relevant ranking criteria. Access the paper here.
Journal Article: ‘Environmental Displacement in the Anthropocene’
This intervention invites more substantial scholarly attention to human displacement in and of the Anthropocene—this current epoch in which humans have become the primary drivers of global environmental change—and sets out an initial framework for its study. The framework is organized around interrelated contributions. First is the recognition that displacement is driven not just by climate change but also broader forms of environmental change defining the Anthropocene, including biodiversity loss, changes to land and water resources, and the buildup of nuclear debris, along with their intersections. Second, the framework parses out three distinct moments of displacement in the Anthropocene: displacement as a consequence of, prerequisite to, and active response to environmental change. Access the paper here.
Journal Article: ‘Suicide Attempts Among Adult Eritrean Refugees in Tigray, Ethiopia: Prevalence and Associated Factors’
The present study assessed the prevalence of and factors associated with suicide attempts among adult Eritrean refugees in Tigray, Ethiopia. Access the paper here.
Journal Articles: ‘Special Issue: Displaced Syrians’
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Journal Articles: ‘Special Issue on New Demographic Directions in Forced Migrant and Refugee Research’
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Journal Articles: ‘Special Issue on Displacement and Dispossessions’
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Journal Articles: ‘Externalisation/Mobility and Agency in Protracted Displacement’
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Journal Articles: ‘Migrants, refugees, and displaced persons in the Middle East and North Africa’
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Journal Articles: ‘Journal of Internal Displacement, Volume 12, Issue 1’
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New Book: ‘Refugees and Knowledge Production’
Building on research within the fields of exile studies and critical migration studies and drawing links between historical and contemporary ‘refugee scholarship’, this volume challenges the bias of methodological nationalism and Eurocentrism in discussing the multifaceted forms of knowledge emerging in the context of migration and mobility. With critical attention to the meaning, production and scope of ‘refugee scholarship’ generated at the institutions of higher education, it also focuses on ‘refugee knowledge’ produced outside academia, and scrutinizes the conditions according to which it is validated or silenced. Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Christianity and the Law of Migration’
The collection brings together legal scholars and Christian theologians for an interdisciplinary conversation responding to the challenges of global migration. Gathering 14 leading scholars from both law and Christian theology, the book covers legal perspectives, theological perspectives, and key concepts in migration studies. Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Gender, Identity and Migration in India’
The book focuses on voices of displaced women who constitute a critical part of the migration process through an unravelling of the engendered displacement. It draws attention to the various processes, methods and approaches by national and international human rights and humanitarian laws and principles, and the experiences of the relevant communities, organisations towards peaceful co-existence. The contributions to this volume embellish the argument that there is a direct correlation between an academic researcher’s positionality, methods and trajectories of critical knowledge production. Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Asylum as Reparation: Refuge and Responsibility for the Harms of Displacement’
This book argues that states have a special obligation to offer asylum as reparation to refugees for whose flight they are responsible. It shows the great relevance of reparative justice and the importance of the causes of contemporary forced migration for our understanding of states’ responsibilities to refugees. Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Mediated Lives: Waiting and Hope Among Iraqi Refugees in Jordan’
Using the example of Iraqi refugees in Jordan’s capital of Amman, this book describes how information and communication technologies (ICTs) play out in the everyday experiences of urban refugees, geographically located in the Global South, and shows how interactions between online and offline spaces are key for making sense of the humanitarian regime, for carving out a sense of home and for sustaining hope. This book paints a humanizing account of making do amid legal marginalization, prolonged insecurity, and the proliferation of digital technologies. Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Forced Displacement and NGOs in Asia and the Pacific’
This volume presents a comprehensive survey of the dynamics of conflict and climate induced forced displacement and organisational response across Asia and the Pacific. The Asia Pacific region hosts some of the largest numbers of displaced people on the planet, with some of the fewest protections available and sparse frameworks for advancing rights, livelihood, and policy. The region maintains the lowest number of signatory states to international refugee protection covenants, and the majority of national protection and support systems are ad hoc, precarious, and unpredictable. Access the book here.
New Book: ‘Documenting Displacement: Questioning Methodological Boundaries in Forced Migration Research’
Documenting Displacement explores the ethics and methods of research in diverse forced migration contexts and proposes new ways of thinking about and documenting displacement. Each chapter delves into specific ethical and methodological challenges, with particular attention to unequal power relations in the co-creation of knowledge, questions about representation and ownership, and the adaptation of methodological approaches to contexts of mobility. Contributors reflect honestly on what has worked and what has not, providing useful points of discussion for future research by both established and emerging researchers. Access the book here.
New Book Chapter: ‘What Shapes the Narratives on Internally Displaced People in Dnipro Media?’
Long thought of as unthinkable in Ukraine, the issue of IDPs suddenly appeared on the agenda during the 2014 crisis. Scholarly literature and the media firstly looked on their lives and problems through the lens of temporariness. However, when displacement lasts longer than five years, it is worth looking deeper into this issue through the perspective of protracted displacement, not only through issues of survival and coping strategies, but considering the refusal to return and (forced or conscious) integration with a view to a long-term coexistence in their new environment. Although like Georgia (Brun, 2016), which suffered from two internal wars in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Ukrainian society strives to maintain people with their IDP status because their existence and possible return to the Donbas symbolizes the hope of regaining control over occupied territories. Access the chapter here.
Book Review: ‘Entangled Territorialities: Negotiating Indigenous Lands in Australia and Canada
Entangled Territorialities evidently validate Indigenous peoples ongoing struggle (“entanglements”) land dispossession and forced displacement as a result of colonisation and imposition of settler laws. The book serves as a critical dialogue, theoretical framework, and practical tool for teachers, researchers, lawyers, practitioners, and community advocates of Indigenous customary land rights. Access the review here.
Briefing Paper: ‘COVID-19 and Social and Economic Rights of Migrants in Mali’
Produced with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), this analysis specifically sets out the challenges faced by migrants with regard to economic and social rights in the COVID-19 context. This analysis will inform OHCHR’s actions, and also serve as a basis for future activities of the PROMIS project, a UNODC-OHCHR joint initiative aimed at promoting a human rights-based response to smuggling of migrants and to effectively respond to human rights violations related to irregular migration in West Africa. Access the brief here.
Policy Brief: ‘Networks of Care for Displaced LGBTQ+ People: How the United States Can Support LGBTQ+-led Organizations in Central America and Mexico
LGBTQ+ people in Central America are often at heightened risk of violence and discrimination, and thousands have fled their home countries in search of international protection. While the United States remains a major destination for displaced LGBTQ+ people, increasingly, more and more LGBTQ+ people on the move are heading to countries within the region to seek protection. Protection systems in the region are improving but need strengthening. LGBTQ+-led organizations in Central America are often leaders in these systems, providing protection, support, and advocacy for and on behalf of LGBTQ+ people in their countries of origin, while on the move, and in their destination countries. Access the brief here.
Magazine: ‘The Spaces in Between: Social Memory at Dzaleka Refugee Camp’
In the relatively small, Southeast African nation of Malawi is the multiethnic, multilingual community of Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Refugees at the camp are predominantly from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.), and Rwanda, with minority communities from Somalia and a few other countries. Swahili has emerged as the lingua franca of the camp with Lingala, French, Kinyarwanda and Kirundi also being spoken. Established in 1994 following the Rwandan genocide, most of its current residents fled various conflicts in the African Great Lakes region. The camp was previously a maximum-security prison; the name Dzaleka comes from the Chichewa phrase N’dzaleka which means ‘I will never do it again’. Many residents have lived in the camp for years, making it a de facto protracted refugee situation hosting over 46,000 residents. Access the article here.
Blog Post: ‘The New Humanitarian Crisis for Afghans: Access to Asylum’
Rapid changes that happened in the political scene of Afghanistan from April to August 2021, pushed the country to becoming the largest humanitarian crisis in the world in less than 6 months, affecting multiple countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan. Thousands of people were displaced, internally or into neighbouring countries. However, compared to the last similar displacement crisis – the Syrian displacement of 2015 – the EU did not face an influx; only a total of 22,000 Afghans were evacuated to the EU. Access the post here.
Blog Post: ‘Flooding Displacement in Malawi: Policy Practice and Prevention’
Malawi has been blessed with a peaceful history. While much of Africa remains embroiled in civil war and sectarian violence that leaves millions displaced, Malawi has not suffered prolonged political violence since the independence struggle. This has made conflict displacement rare—indeed, Malawi has long been a host for refugees from other nations such as Mozambique. However, the country’s geography makes it prone to adverse weather conditions. Access the post here.
Blog Post: ‘The Dom in Lebanon: Citizens, Migrants, Refugees and Nomads’
The Dom are an ethnic minority group who currently reside in several countries throughout the MENA region, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Gaza, the West Bank, Egypt and Turkey. Historians and linguistic theorists have found that the Dom’s language, referred to as Domari, derives from an Indo-Aryan language. They insist that the Dom are descendants of a group of itinerant ethnic groups, called the Roma (Romani) people and Lom people. Access the post here.
E-Learning: ‘3rd Online Course on Statelessness’
The Course responds to the need of increased knowledge and capacity to prevent, reduce and resolve statelessness and to protect stateless persons worldwide. The curriculum of the Course ranges from the adoption of the Statelessness international conventions and development of national legislation to the work with stateless persons in the field. Access the course here.
E-Learning: ‘1st Summer School on Internal Displacement in the Middle East: Crisis, Displacement and Protection’
This five-day Summer School offers up to 40 participants from academia, government and civil society in the Middle East a firm understanding of the crisis of internal displacement in the region. Focusing on countries with protracted internal displacement dynamics, the School addresses the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Middle East, the challenges that this issue presents, key elements of the humanitarian and development response and the legal and policy frameworks, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on IDPs. Access the course here.
Panel Discussion: ‘Fortress Europe and the Syrian Refugee Crisis’
The devastating conflict that caused immense suffering in Syria is now over a decade old, but while the humanitarian and political crisis are far from over, international interest in Syria has been waning. The panel discussion Fortress Europe and the Syrian refugee crisis intends to stimulate critical reflection and debate on the dilemmas facing humanitarian and medical action in the Syrian conflict. Access the video here.
Short Video: ‘Cruel, Costly and Ineffective: The Failure of Offshore Processing in Australia’
Australia’s multi-billion-dollar offshore processing system has demonstrably failed to stop boats, save lives or break the business model of people smugglers, according to a new policy brief from UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, ‘Cruel, costly and ineffective: The failure of offshore processing in Australia’, authored by the Kaldor Centre’s, Senior Research Fellow Madeline Gleeson, and international refugee lawyer and scholar Natasha Yacoub. Access the video here.
Research Guide: ‘What is Human Trafficking’
Human trafficking is a phenomenon that has been around for decades but that has recently taken the news and society in general by storm. As more and more people become aware of this terrible crime, it’s important to understand and be aware of the dangers and implications that come with this exploitation. It’s also important to know how to protect yourself as well as recognize human trafficking when possible. Access the guide here.
Information Sheet: ‘Your Rights in Research’
Taking part in a research project gives you a chance to make your voice heard, but it can also be inconvenient, cost you time or money, and/or make you feel physically or emotionally uncomfortable. This information sheet explains key terms and outlines your rights. Access the info sheet here.
Code of Ethics: ‘Critical Reflections on Research Ethics in Situations of Forced Migration’
Research with people in situations of forced migration poses particular ethical challenges because of unequal power relations, legal precariousness, extreme poverty, violence, the criminalization of migration, politicized research contexts, the policy relevance of our research and/or dependence on government and non-governmental services and funding. However, Research Ethics Boards (REBs) are not always aware of these particular ethical issues; some countries and institutions do not have REBs; and some kinds of research are not subject to REB approval. Access the Code of Ethics here.
ANNOUNCEMENTS, CAMPAIGNS, AND ALERTS
A Health Provider’s Role in Fighting Human Trafficking
Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery that exploits people for labor and sex, affects about 24.9 million victims worldwide, the U.S. State Department estimates. And the majority of victims will encounter the health care system during their time being trafficked. Health care providers are uniquely positioned to identify and help human trafficking victims because of the likelihood they will come into contact with victims—particularly in urgent care settings, said forensic nurse Diana Faugno, MSN, RN, CPN. More information is available here.
What is Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a phenomenon that has been around for decades but that has recently taken the news and society in general by storm. As more and more people become aware of this terrible crime, it’s important to understand and be aware of the dangers and implications that come with this exploitation. It’s also important to know how to protect yourself as well as recognize human trafficking when possible. More information is available here.
IN THE NEWS
African Business, Maternal and reproductive health-care crisis in Ethiopia (3 March 2022).
Ating Enwongo, How internally displaced persons will vote in 2023-INEC (3 March 2022).
The Irrawaddy, Myanmar Junta planes bumb village sheltering displaced Karenni civilians (28 February 2022).
Aljazeera, Forced displacement in Colombia more than doubled in 2021: Report (16 February 2022).
Aljazeera, Madagascar: Death toll from Cyclone Batsirai rises to 120 (11 February 2022).
Norwegian Refugee Council, Renewed conflict in Ukraine would trigger massive displacement (03 February 2022).
Sertan Sanderson, Why do migrants try to come to the United Kingdom? (31 January 2022).
Maggie McCullough, Rising home sale prices and the risk of renter displacement (31 January 2022).
Harriet Barber, Tropical storm Ana wreaks havoc across southern Africa (28 January 2022).
Melissa Gater, Novak Djokovic was detained for five days – refugees in the same hotel have been there for years (24 January 2022).
Madeleine Gleeson, Australia’s asylum policy has been a disaster. It’s deeply disturbing the UK wants to adopt it (07 December 2021).
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