INCORE Guide to Internet sources on Refugees and Conflict
Resources compiled and updated by Niall Whelehan (March 2005)
The aim of this INCORE thematic guide on refugees is to provide full-text publications and resources for those interested whether academically or practically in the field.
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Primary Sources(A select list drawn from the categories below)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Notable documents include:
The databases on Country of Origin and Legal Information which are important source for anyone concerned with the field.
This site contains the OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Rights in Africa. Also provided are resolutions, declarations, information by state, and conference reports.
This web resource offers a wealth of information on legal systems in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. An aspect that may be important is the up-to-date information provided on recent decisions by Supreme and High courts, and courts of appeal, some of which deal with asylum cases and law in the particular country.
The European Council on Refugees & Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European network of refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations. The ECRE website includes annual country reports, statistics on refugees in Europe, publications and resources on NGOs.
LLRX guide to international refugee law on the internet is compiled by Elisa Mason offers a clear introduction to important themes concerning refugees.
The electronic library of the University of Minnesota is an important resource for researchers working in the field. Available in Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese, this site provides access to over 18,000 documents relating to UN HR documents, treaties and other instruments for international law, regional materials, bibliographies, topic guides, and resources on refugee and asylum seekers. The site also contains links to over 4,000 other sites. http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/center/asylum/refugee_index.html
U.S. Committee for Refugees(USCR)
Reuters’ AlertNet is a humanitarian news network based around a popular website. It aims to keep relief professionals and the wider public up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe.
Human Rights First's updates on issues related to refugees and asylum-seekers in the United States.
Choike is a portal dedicated to improving the visibility of the work done by NGOs and social movements in South America. It serves as a platform where citizen groups can disseminate their work and at the same time enrich it with information from diverse sources, which is presented from the perspective of Southern civil society.
Derechos: Human Rights News and Actions.
The Forced Migration Monitor is an eight-page, bi-monthly publication of the Forced Migration Projects. Articles in the Monitor focus on issues surrounding forced migration, displacement, and refugees. While the Monitor covers global issues, the geographic emphasis is on the countries of the former Soviet Union, the former Yugoslavia, and the Americas.
The website of the well known human rights NGO contains regularly updated news releases.
Humanitarian news updates from the International Committee for the Red Cross.
International Organisation for Migration News
MERGER (Migration and Ethnic Relations Group for European Research)
UNHCR Refugee News
The Asian and Pacific Migration Journal is published quarterly and offers a multidisciplinary approach to migratory movements from and within Asia and the Pacific. This site contains all titles and abstracts of articles published since the beginning of the publication in 1992.
This journal, from the University of Nice (Sophia Antipolis), is a forum for migration studies and inter-ethnic relations which offers a variety of perspectives from sociology, anthropology, law and history. Available in French.
FMR works to provide a practice-oriented forum for debate on issues facing refugees and internally displaced people in order to improve policy and practice and to involve refugees and IDPs in programme design and implementation. Published three times a year, in English, Arabic and Spanish, the FMR is the in-house publication of the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford.
The focus of JEMS rests on publishing up to date research in the areas of migration and its consequences, ethnic conflict, discrimination, racism, nationalism, citizenship and policies of integration.
Journal of Refugee Studies
The Journal of International Migration and Integrationis a multidisciplinary bilingual (English and French) journal, published quarterly since Winter 2000. Article submissions are open to researchers, policy-makers, and service providers. The editors welcome original research studies relevant to the concerns of policy-makers and NGOs in a wide range of areas related to the journal's mandate. http://jimi.metropolis.net/
International Journal of Refugee Law
Founded in 1966, the IMR is an interdisciplinary quarterlyjournal on all aspects of human mobility. Published by the Center for Migration Studies, New York.
Ìrìnkèrindò is devoted to the study of African migration and immigration to other parts of the world. It aims to debate and document the relevance of African Migration to international social, political and economic systems. Publishes original essays, hard to find essays, critical commentaries and book reviews.
Migration Letters is a biannual multidisciplinary journal that treats topics from “internal migration to transnational mobility to voluntary and forced migration.” Articles and case studies are more varied and pithy than conventional journal articles.
Refugee Survey Quarterly
By John Rogge and Betsy Lippman.
This essay highlights the limitations and benefits of particular government and agency strategies in supporting the internally displaced.
The Global Challenge of Internal Displacement
Refugees: A Multilateral Response to Humanitarian Crisis
By Simon Bagshaw and Diane Paul
The result of investigations in nine countries, this 102 page study finds that the UN's approach to protecting vulnerable populations "is still largely ad hoc and driven more by the personalities and convictions of individuals on the ground than by an institutional, system-wide agenda."
The Protection of Children in Zones of Conflict
A New Challenge for Peacekeepers: The Internally Displaced
This study investigates the need and possibilities for co-operation between military bodies and humanitarian groups in the protection of civilians, refugees and the operation of humanitarian aid.
Training and Academic Institutions
The CMS is a non-governmental organisation, founded 1964, that works to facilitate the study of sociodemographic, historical, economic, political, legislative and pastoral aspects of human migration and refugee movements. Incorporated in the State of New York in 1969 as an educational nonprofit institute, CMS brings an independent perspective to the interdisciplinary study of international migration and refugees without the institutional constraints of government analysts and special interest groups, or the profit considerations of private research firms.
The European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations (ERCOMER) exists to actively encourage, support and promote comparative research in the fields of international migration and ethnic relations within the European context. Located at the University of Utrecht, the centre offers an MSc in Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism (MERM).
International Migration and Ethnic Relations, University of Bergen (IMER Norway/Bergen), is a multidisiplinary research group at the University of Bergen. The aim of the centre is to contribute to increasing research-based knowledge about international migration, not least related to European countries, the consequences of immigration and emigration for societies.
The Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Amsterdam which has existed since 1994. IMES in collaboration with UvA's International School for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ISHSS) offers various programmes for international students interested in migration and ethnic studies, notably an MA in Migration and Ethnic Studies.
The Refugees Studies Programme offers an MSc which entails a nine-month postgraduate course grounded in a multi-disciplinary approach that includes the perspectives of sociology, anthropology, law, politics and international relations. The Centre also provides a summer school and short courses on the rights of refugees under international law. The Centre also publishes the Forced Migration Review.
York University: Centre for Refugees Studies
Amnesty International Refugee Campaign
Canadian Council for Refugees
Danish Refugee Council
December 18 is an online network for the promotion and protection of the rights of migrant workers. The website, available in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and German, provides a global platform for networking, information sharing and campaigning.
The European Council on Refugees & Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European network of over 80 refugee-assisting non-governmental organisations. The ECRE website includes annual country reports, statistics on refugees in Europe, publications and resources on NGOs.
The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law organisation, which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse.
InterAction's CMRA focuses on refugee protection, assistance, resettlement and advocacy. The organisation aims to provide a forum through which relevant agencies may coordinate their programs and policies on immigration, naturalisation and asylum reform.
Based in Dublin and Ennis, the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) is an independent non-governmental organisation which was set up in 1992. It aims in to ensure that all aspects of Ireland's asylum and refugee policy and practice (legal, social, economic and cultural) fully respect international law and the human rights of asylum-seekers and refugees, and to promote public awareness and understanding of asylum and refugee issues. http://www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie
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