Archive for September, 2008

Two Useful Research Links

Posted in refugees, research with tags on September 30, 2008 by Paul V Dudman

A couple of useful refugee and forced migration research links can be found below:

1) Elisa Mason’s new forced migration research wiki – http://forcedmigrationguide.pbwiki.com/

2) OARS: the Open Access Repository System for Forced Migration Online at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford – http://oars.forcedmigration.org/

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Refugee Research and Climate Change

Posted in refugees, research with tags , on September 30, 2008 by Paul V Dudman

The following pieces of research relating to the impact of climate change in relation to refugee situations are now available online.  The full details and web links are as follows:

The latest issue of Forced Migration Review, number 31, is dedicated to this issue and full details can be found at:  http://www.fmreview.org/climatechange.htm

Forced Migration Online Resource Summary on climate change and displacement, online at
http://www.forcedmigration.org/browse/thematic/climate-change/

A transcript of the April 2008 ippr conference on climate change and displacement, online at
http://www.ippr.org/migration

Posted in:  Refugee Studies and Publications.

Internal displacement to urban areas: the Tufts-IDMC Profiling Study

Posted in internal displacement, research with tags , , , on September 21, 2008 by Paul V Dudman

Further information and details of how to access the findings are discussed in the following IDMC press release:

Internal displacement to urban areas: the Tufts-IDMC Profiling Study

In 2006, the need to better understand the number and situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) in urban centres led IDMC to commission the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University to develop and test an urban IDP profiling methodology.

The resulting Tufts-IDMC Profiling Study aims to help all organisations which promote the rights of IDPs in conflict-affected countries to collect and analyse information on people displaced into cities.

The study had three main objectives:

– To develop generic research tools to be used for profiling urban IDPs, including to make population estimates.

– To generate comparative data on IDPs and non-IDPs in urban areas, including demographic and livelihood characteristics, access to services, economic integration, and whether the assistance and protectionneeds of IDPs differ from that of non-IDPs.

– To use the data to work with governments and humanitarian organisations to develop programs and advocacy strategies that assist IDPs and protect their rights.

The project took place from 2006-2008, in three urban locations: Khartoum, Sudan; Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; and Santa Marta, Colombia. Surveys were conducted in each city, and the resulting case studies and information on the methodology used can be found at www.internal-displacement.org/urban or http://fic.tufts.edu.

New research into London’s disabled refugees

Posted in refugees, research with tags , , , on September 21, 2008 by Paul V Dudman

Refugee Support launches research into disabled refugees and asylum seekers in London
(Source: Migrant Rights Newsletter September 2008)
Refugee Support, the refugee arm of the Metropolitan Support Trust, has recently commissioned research into how refugee community and mainstream organisations assist and support disabled refugees and asylum-seekers in London. The objectives of the research are to: map existing work; assess unmet need; identify barriers to accessing services, explore the concepts of disability and address the shortfalls in service provision. Research findings will be available in November and released at a dissemination event at City Hall in London. For more information about this research contact Charlotte Keeble, Research and Consultancy Manager on 020 7501 2214.

Many thanks to the Welcome To Your Library Digest for this information – http://www.welcometoyourlibrary.org.uk/

Welcome to the Blog!

Posted in refugees, research with tags , , on September 21, 2008 by Paul V Dudman

Hello and welcome to this new Refugee Research Blog for the 2008-2009 academic year.  This blog will now form a part of our growing online resources to help support both the taught masters programme in Refugee Studies at the University of East London and also the Refugee Council Archive and associated collections held within the archives at the UEL Docklands Campus Library.

This blog will be used to provide updates on key information related speficaly to research within the refugee studies and forced migration fields.  In addition, one of my plans for the forthcoming academic year is to develop an online Refugee Research Portal which will help to bring together a comprehensive range of resources including materials from our collections and also a comprehensive listing of resources which are available over the web.  Further information in this regard will be posted here shortly.

Please feel free to use this blog and to recommend any improvements that you would like to see and we would very much like you to consider posting any comments to our posts here on the blog.

I hope you find this blog useful and all feedback and comments would be appreciated.

Paul Dudman
Archivist.