Is Mediterranean search and rescue a pull factor? Or is that an irrelevant question?

This blog explores whether NGO activity to assist migrants is a “pull factor”? Or whether the question of “pull factor” the wrong one to start with?

Search and rescue: A necessary presence in the Mediterranean as long as people are drowning

This blog explains why the narrative that search and rescue activities are a pull factor for migration is oversimplified.

The duty to rescue refugees and migrants at sea

This blog explores the obligations states have towards refugees and migrants even before they cross the border, including assistance at sea.

The “pull factor” and cross-Mediterranean migration

This blog examines how “the pull factor” became a central premise in European discussions about cross-Mediterranean migration.

The controversial lifesavers: NGO search and rescue in the Mediterranean

This blog examines the role of NGOs and civil society actors in the search and rescue of migrants at sea.

Afghanistan’s corona threat contagion knows no borders

During March 2020, 145,000 Afghans returned from Iran, many infected with coronavirus. This blog examines the impact of Covid-19 on Afghanistan.

The Covid-19 resettlement freeze

The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered the suspension of international resettlement for refugees. This blog examines the discretionary nature of resettlement and the possible future impacts of the resettlement suspension.

Context matters: Why Africa should tailor its own measures to fight Covid-19

This blog identifies political, economic and social risks related to coronavirus responses in Africa and emphasises the disproportionate burden carried by women.

Digital dead body management

How can the digitisation of the human rights field re-shape ideas about death and the practices of care and control of the dead in the international space.

The “real” transformation of migrant smuggling in the time of Covid-19

As Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, allegations of migrant smuggling networks evolving, changing, and undergoing drastic transformations as a result of the pandemic are starting to emerge.

Humanitarian wearables and the future of aid in the global data economy

In the aid sector, the onset of ‘digital humanitarianism’  has produced a significant amount of hype with frequent promises that the latest digital device or platform will be a ‘game changer’. 

We are all fragile, but we are not all equally fragile

As the Covid-19 pandemic is spreading across the globe, its impact touches all corners of society. What happens when the pandemic reaches areas that were already dealing with various sorts of humanitarian challenges? How are humanitarian operations being impacted both directly and indirectly?

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We welcome blog contributions from across the humanitarian field, whether you are a researcher, academic, practitioner or postgraduate student.

For example, you may be a researcher wishing to link your studies to current affairs or events, or you may be a research student wanting to share some preliminary research findings. We also welcome contributions from practitioners working in the field wishing to share experiences or reflections on humanitarian issues or practices.

How to contribute

Please use the form above to submit your blog. It is useful if you also tell us how your blog contributes to the analysis or discussion about a particular humanitarian topic or issue.

All submissions should be made electronically and in Microsoft Word (not PDF or any other format). Blog posts should ideally be between 800 and 1,500 words in length. Please do not submit blogs more than 2,000 words.

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Please be aware that all blogs submitted for publication undergo an independent and anonymous review process. The reviewer may make suggestions to revise your blog prior to publication.

While this blog is hosted by the NCHS, the views expressed by individual authors are their own and must not be interpreted as the position of the NCHS.