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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.

Inclusion in this guide does not imply an endorsement by INCORE of the views expressed in any of these sources. If you have a complaint about this guide or believe that we have omitted a relevant source please read our information about the guides before writing to us. You may find that this will answer some of your questions. This includes a warning about the type of information included in the guide, information about our 'criteria for inclusion' in the guides and about our 'updating and additions policy'.

Primary Sources(A select list drawn from the categories below)

News Sources
Academic Journals
Academic Articles

Training and Academic Institutions

Non Governmental Organisations



Primary Sources


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The UN Refugee Agency’s website provides extensive information and documentation. The easily searchable database is an invaluable resource for researchers in the field, and the collection formerly known as “Refworld” is now available here online.


Notable documents include:

Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951

Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees 1967

Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 1950

Resolution Adopted by the General Assembly, UNHCR, 2004.

Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status under the 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Annual Report of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

The databases on Country of Origin and Legal Information which are important source for anyone concerned with the field.

UNRWA: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.


African Commission on Human and People’s Rights

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.



British and Irish Legal Information Institute

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.



European Council on Refugees and Exiles

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.



Law Library Research Exchange LLRX

LLRX guide to international refugee law on the internet is compiled by Elisa Mason offers a clear introduction to important themes concerning refugees.



University of Minnesota - Human Rights Library – Refugee and Asylum Resources

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)
USCR was established in 1958 to co-ordinate the
United States' participation in the United Nations' International Refugee Year (1959). Since its establishment, the organisation has worked for refugee protection and assistance in World-wide. Helpful documents include the World-wide Refugee InformationStatistics on Refugees and IDPs, Country Maps, Issues and Topics in the Refugee Field, Publications, Refugee Voices, News & Resources.






News Sources



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.



Asylum Protection News

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.
Weekly summaries of the most important and perhaps less reported human rights news, as reported by wire services, newspapers and human rights organisations. To join write to hrb@derechos.org with a message saying 'subscribe briefs'.



Forced Migration Monitor

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.



Human Rights Watch

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
The IOM provides news on their own initiatives as well as migration and refugee updates on several countries and regions.



MERGER (Migration and Ethnic Relations Group for European Research)
A newsletter published by ERCOMER, the European Research Institute on Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Universiteit Utrecht.



OneWorld.net News
OneWorld provides reports/new updates on Refugees and Migration throughout the world. http://oneworld.net/section/current


UNHCR Refugee News
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees provides news updates on refugees and UN initiatives towards a solution. It also offers access to a news-wire service.






Academic Journals


APMJ – Asian and Pacific Migration Journal.

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.



Cahiers de l’URMIS

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.



Forced Migration Review

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.



Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

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
An Oxford University Press publication, the Journal of Refugee Studies provides a forum for exploration of the complex problems of forced migration and national, regional and international responses. It is published quarterly, and provides on-line abstracts of all articles, dating back to 1996.


Journal of International Migration and Integration.

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
Another OUP publication, the IJRL provides on-line abstracts of all articles dating back to 1996 and full text documents dating back to 1998. To view the complete text a subscription fee is required.



International Migration Review

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: Journal of African Migration

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

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
Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ) is published four times a year and serves as an authoritative source for current refugee and country information through a selection of articles, conference reports, documents, abstracts and bibliographies of refugee-related literature. Each issue focuses on specific themes, its coverage highlighting the evolving nature of refugee protection as reflected in refugee literature.


Academic Articles


Making Return and Reintegration Sustainable, Transparent, and Participatory.

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
By Francis Deng
The author is the representative of the UN Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons.


Internally Displaced Persons and Political Participation: The OSCE Region
By Simon Bagshaw
Article by the research assistant to the Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Internal Displacement


Refugees: A Multilateral Response to Humanitarian Crisis
By Sadako Ogata
This is a transcript of a speech given by the former High Commissioner for Refugees for the UN given at Institute of International Studies, University of California at Berkeley on April 1, 1992.



Protect or Neglect? Toward a More Effective United Nations Approach to the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons

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
By Iain Levine
The text is a radio broadcast which took place in
Rwanda in April, 1994 on "Radio Mil Collines". Its intended audience was the Hutu's who were committing mass acts of genocide against the Tutsi's.



A New Challenge for Peacekeepers: The Internally Displaced
By William O’Neill

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.


Observations on The Kosovo Crisis: Popular and Unpopular Refugees

By Matthew J. Gibney
The author is a University Lecturer in Forced Migration Refugee Studies Centre,
University of Oxford.


The Guiding Principles as a Response Strategy for the Internally Displaced
By Roberta Cohen
Cohen is Co-Director of Brookings Institution and in this essay she discusses the merits of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement as a framework for policy making and law.






Training and Academic Institutions


Centre for Migration Studies, New York

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.



ERCOMER – European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations – Universiteit Utrecht

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, Norway.

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.



Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies – University of Amsterdam.

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


Refugee Studies Centre - University of Oxford

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
Founded in 1988, the CRS is successor to the Refugee Documentation Project, created in 1981 for the conservation and analysis of research documents and data collected by Operation Lifeline during the Indo-Chinese Boat People crisis. The CRS offers certificate and graduate diploma courses in Refugee and Migration Studies, and a summer school on Refugee Issues.




Non Governmental Organisations

Amnesty International Refugee Campaign
Amnesty International provides an electronic library on current migration themes and global refugee situations.



Canadian Council for Refugees
A non-profit umbrella organization, the CCR is dedicated to promoting refugee rights in both
Canada and abroad.



Danish Refugee Council
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an umbrella non-governmental organisation consisting of 29 member organisations. Its scope includes both
Denmark and international refugees and they currently have operative programmes in Iraq, Kosovo and the Northern Caucasus.




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.



European Council on Refugees and Exiles

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.



ERRC – European Roma Rights Centre

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 – Committee on Migration and Refugee Affairs.

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.



Irish Refugee Council

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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