The Journal on Migration and Human Security, a publication of the Center for Migration Studies of New York, has released a new paper, titled “On the Margins: Noncitizens Caught in Countries Experiencing Violence, Conflict and Disaster.” The paper is authored by Sanjula Weerasinghe, Abbie Taylor, Sarah Drury, Pitchaya Indravudh, Aaron Gregg, and John Flanagan of the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.
Recent history has witnessed numerous humanitarian crises in which noncitizens have been among those most seriously affected. This paper seeks to shed light on the protection implications for noncitizens caught in countries experiencing violence, conflict and disaster by examining five prominent crises across three continents between 2011 and 2012: the Libyan uprising; the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan; flooding in Thailand; Hurricane Sandy in the United States; and the conflict in Syria. It identifies factors that influence the vulnerabilities of noncitizens and presents promising practices that limit exposure to harm through targeted measures addressing their particular needs.
The article is available to download at: http://jmhs.cmsny.org/index.php/jmhs/article/view/42
The article is part of the paper series providing topical analysis on specific protection gaps and recommendations to strengthen and reform the US and international system of refugee protection. The entire series is available at: http://cmsny.org/researchprojects/refugeeproject/