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This study seeks to understand the composition, use and cultural orientation of mental health evidence within the UK’s refugee status determination (RSD) process, focusing specifically on mental health evidence provided in the form of a medico-legal report (MLR). By exploring those themes, this paper also strives to provide insight into what constitutes “valid” medical evidence in the context of RSD. Employing a constructivist paradigm, the study is based on 14 interviews with individuals involved in the production of mental health evidence, analysis of documents providing guidance about the production of MLRs, and analysis of MLRs themselves. It is argued that…
In the words of UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, we face ‘the most serious refugee crisis for 20 years’. Recent displacement from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Somalia has increased the number of refugees in the world to 15.4 million. Significantly, some 10.2 million of these people are in protracted refugee situations. In other words, they have been in limbo for at least 5 years, with an average length of stay in exile of nearly 20 years. Rather than transitioning from emergency relief to long-term reintegration, displaced populations too often get trapped within the system. Published on…
'Voices from Chad', a radio programme capturing the views of Sudanese refugees in Chad on the humanitarian aid they have received. The programme was produced by Abdeassoul Bahar of Radio Sila from Goz Beida and la Voix du Ouaddaihis who we had the pleasure to welcome at ALNAP's last Annual Meeting in Addis Ababa. Abdeassoul discusses the programme with Misikir Tilahun from Africa Humanitarian Action, Binapani Mishra from the Society for Women Action Development and Paul Knox Clarke, Head of Communications and Research who also chaired the discussion.    Watch the radio programme and discussion here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME4IdTi1XGs&feature=youtu.be
Located on the south-western tip of the Arabian Peninsula and, at its closest point, a mere 30km from Djibouti, Yemen has long been an important point of transit and destination for migrants from the Horn of Africa. In recent years the numbers of migrants crossing the Red and Arabian seas have been registered in the tens of thousands, with numbers peaking at more than 107,000 in 2012. The majority of migrants are from Ethiopia and Somalia, and make up what is described as a 'mixed migration flow'. Most do not see Yemen as their preferred country of destination, aiming instead…
Around the world, sport has increasingly been touted as a vehicle for social change by organisations, academics and athletes alike. Contrary to the assumptions of many practitioners, however, research also suggests that sport can serve as a medium for inter-ethnic segregation and conflict (Krouwel et al. 2006). Responding to these various applications of sport, this study asks whether sport can facilitate the integration of refugees and asylum seekers, and seeks to identify the mechanisms through which this may occur. The study examines United Glasgow Football Club (UGFC), a team that competes in an anti-racist football league in Glasgow, Scotland, and…
Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper 98, by Katherine Rehberg In this paper, the author charts the proliferation of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) programmes in humanitarian settings, and examines the fierce criticisms they have attracted. She uses Vanessa Pupavac's critique of psychosocial programming as constituting 'therapeutic governance', or the or the homogenisation, pathologisation, controlling and depoliticisation of affected communities, to analyse the evolution of these programmes and the debates surrounding them. She then uses this framework to assess current practice in the MHPSS field, as represented by the 2007 Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial…
The conflict in Syria has now been running for 3 years and the humanitarian community is still grappling with one of its biggest ever challenges. HelpAge and Handicap International have recently commissioned a report of the situation of older people and people with disabilities in the Syrian refugee populations in Lebanon and Jordan. Based on sample of 3000 refugees, the report raises major concerns about the way in which humanitarian programmes routinely fail to provide appropriate assistance to this vulnerable group. Some of the issues are raised include inaccurate demographic data; imprecise targeting and registration; and a lack of proper…
Convened by Dr Cathryn Costello, in association with the Oxford Human Rights Hub   5pm, every Wednesday, Seminar Room 1 Oxford Department of International Development 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB   22 Jan At the end of the rainbow: where next for the LGBTI refugee? S. Chelvan (No5 Chambers)   29 Jan Turning wrongful convictions into rights? Asylum seekers and the criminal law Dr Ana Aliverti (Warwick School of Law)   5 Feb The child in international refugee law Jason Pobjoy (Blackstone Chambers)   12 Feb Three asylum paradigms Jean-François Durieux (RSC and the Graduate Institute, Geneva)   19…
Coventry University's Centre for Disaster Management and Hazards Research (CDMHR) are pleased to be hosting the BSHF’s International conference: Looking Back at Reconstruction. Date: 15th - 16th January 2014   A report by a special rapporteur to the United Nations (2011) concluded that reconstruction andrecovery too often focuses on physical structures (houses), where for those affected the recovery of livelihoods, social networks or services are frequently a higher priority. Much of the impact of recovery and reconstruction on people’s livelihoods and resilience can only be truly understood in the longer term. Much of what we think we know about the impact…
In mid-2012, 18 months into the crisis in Syria, most actors agreed that the picture of the humanitarian situation was incoherent and fragmented: displacement flows, the scope and depth of humanitarian needs and the longer-term impact on infrastructure and livelihoods were largely unknown. Much of the problem revolved around the sensitivities associated with gathering and sharing information on the affected population and restricted access to the field. In neighbouring countries hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees, responses diverged and were not based on a coordinated and harmonised needs analysis. The Syria Needs Analysis Project (SNAP) was established in December 2012…
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