Thematic Focus: General


Filippo Grandi, the new head of UNHCR, officially began his five-year term on 1 January 2016. He has assumed his responsibilities during an unprecedented period of displacement. Read IRIN’s and DW’s views on the challenges he is facing.


“60 Million Refugees,” Panel at 2016 Annual Meeting of Allied Social Science Associations, San Francisco, 3-5 Jan. 2016 [access]

– Follow link for previews of four presentations that consider asylum policy, protection, the international migration regime, and the economic impact of Syrian refugees.

Addressing Protracted Displacement: A Framework for Development-Humanitarian Cooperation (Center on International Cooperation, Dec. 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]

“Airport Casualties: Non-Admission and Return Risks at Times of Internalized/Externalized Border Controls,” Social Sciences, vol. 4, no. 3 (Sept. 2015) [open access]

Dilemmas of Representation: Organisations Approaches to Portraying Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Working Paper, no. 112 (Refugee Studies Centre, Dec. 2015) [text]

Post-deportation Risks: Criminalized Departure and Risks for Returnees in Countries of Origin (VU Amsterdam, May 2015) [text]

– See also a related review in the Rights in Exile Newsletter.

“Probing for Proof, Plausibility, Principle and Possibility: A New Approach to Assessing Evidence in a Systematic Evidence Review,” Development Policy Review, vol. 34, no. 1 (2016) [full-text via ODI]

“Refugees and Refugee Crises: Some Historical Reflections,” The World Financial Review, 1 Dec. 2015 [text]

“Return Migration,” Online Readings inPsychology and Culture, vol. 8, no. 2 (2016) [open access]

This Year’s Neglected Migration Crises (IRIN, Dec. 2015) [text]

“UNHCR Chief: Election of a Bureaucrat,” Los Angeles Review of Books, 1 Jan. 2016 [text]

Related post:

– Thematic Focus: General (18 Dec. 2015)