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Protracted Refugee Situations

Protracted Refugee SituationsThis website was created as a part of the 'Unlocking crises of protracted displacement for refugees and internally displaced persons' research project, a collaboration by the Refugee Studies Centre, theNorwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and theNorwegian Refugee Council (NRC) /Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). It draws together a range of documents and other resources, aiming to provide information for those working on or interested in protracted displacement.

Forced Migration Review


Forced Migration Review (FMR) is the Refugee Studies Centre’s in-house magazine. It is published three times a year in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. FMR serves the humanitarian community by providing 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. FMR has acquired a reputation as the leading practical journal on refugee and displacement issues. Seven thousand hard copies are distributed to 150 countries. Additionally, the full text of all articles in the three language editions is available online. The English language editions are now also searchable using the FMO Digital Library.

For further information, please contact the FMR Editors:

International Thesaurus of Refugee Terminology


Following a collaboration between the UNHCR Library and FMO, the International Thesaurus of Refugee Terminology (ITRT) is available as an interactive and searchable tool online. Users can quickly locate terminology in English, French or Spanish by: 1) browsing alphabetically, 2) browsing by a newly-defined subject class hierarchy, or 3) conducting a search. The powerful search engine performs automatic truncation allowing users to enter in partial keywords and retrieve complete terms and phrases. The straightforward navigation and user-friendly interface were developed by Oxford ArchDigital (OAD). We hope this new version will serve as an efficient medium for identifying relevant indexing terminology and as a value-added mechanism for managing refugee- and forced migration-related information.

Please visit the ITRT website and send your comments and feedback via the form available on the site.

Psychosocial Working Group Inventory of Key Resources


This inventory is a collection of grey (unpublished) literature that allows ready access to project-related documentation exemplifying key methods and principles of psychosocial interventions.

The Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, on behalf of the Psychosocial Working Group, has developed this collection as a resource for academics and practitioners with the help of the Forced Migration Online team.

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The Refugees and International Law Forum


The Refugee Studies Centre has launched a new initiative on FMO which provides a forum to identify and address challenges to refugee protection from the perspective of the individual as a subject of rights in international law. The Refugees and International Law Forum aims to enhance our understanding of the complex issues that arise from current challenges to protection and to facilitate collective intellectual efforts and contribute to the development of creative solutions. It seeks to promote the debate among academics, governments, international organisations, NGOs, practitioners, policy-makers and others.

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Digital Shikshapatri


Digital Shikshapatri is a digitisation project conducted by the FMO team in conjunction with the Indian Institute Library at the Bodleian Library in the University of Oxford. It focuses on the Bodleian’s Shikshapatri, a manuscript of key importance to Swaminarayan Hindu refugees and Swaminarayan Hindus in general, many of whom came to live in the UK in the latter half of the twentieth century.

The text outlines the basic lifestyle to be lead by Swaminarayan Hindus and anyone else wanting to lead a spiritual life. This particular copy of the manuscript is particularly significant, since it is very likely to have been donated to Sir John Malcolm by Lord Swaminarayan himself. Digital Shikshapatri is designed to increase access to this frail manuscript which, until recently, could only be viewed by special appointment at the Bodleian Library.

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Mursi Online


Mursi Online is intended to be a source of information and news about the Mursi, and a place where the pressures and challenges facing them today can be described and discussed, increasingly, it is hoped, by Mursi themselves. The Mursi project is funded by the Christensen Fund of Palo Alto, California. The website has many features including video clips and an image gallery.

Please visit the website and send your comments and feedback via the form available on the site.



In 2002, the Forced Migration Online team at the Refugee Studies Centre and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York, began to envisage the possibility of developing a sophisticated computer-based simulation tool, ReliefSim. With significant support from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, these partners, together with the University of Oxford’s Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL), and Oxford ArchDigital (OAD) began to develop a pilot training tool designed to create a believable representation of the environment in which humanitarian aid workers may find themselves. Eventually, it was envisaged that this tool will allow aid workers to test their abilities and experiment with techniques in a realistic, but not real, environment, and will encourage them to develop skills in solving complex and interrelated problems. The ReliefSim team have recently completed a web-based prototype of the software, and are now looking for funding to build upon this successful pilot project.

Sphere - Handbook Bibliographies

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The Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response sets out clearly what people affected by disasters have a right to expect from humanitarian assistance. It is a remarkable international initiative aimed at improving the effectiveness and accountability of disaster response. The aim of the Sphere Project is to improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by disasters, and to enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system in disaster response.

Last updated Sep 28, 2011