Human mobility in times of climate crisis

This blog examines findings related to forced migration, displacement and resettlement from the latest assessment report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in February 2022.

Mobility and confinement: The construction of a humanitarian border in Mexico

This blog examines the impact of security and humanitarian dynamics in Mexico and the resulting construction of a humanitarian border. Published in Spanish only.

Externalising integration: The legal pathways to protection

This blog post aims to analyse the expansion of the use of legal pathways to protection, as described in the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, and how it affects the EU’s policy of externalisation.

The educated refugee woman. An emerging resettlement category?

This blog examines the focus on evacuating educated and professional Afghan women after the Taliban-takeover, and discusses the possible rise of a new resettlement category.

When the storm subsides

This blog explores the widespread mobilisation of volunteers who helped refugees arriving in Europe during the summer of 2015 and early 2016.

From Moria to the UN Security Council

Under the Refugee Convention, people in need of asylum must be given the opportunity to apply for it. This blog examines the fundamental flaws in this system.

Moria’s male refugees need help just as much as anyone else

This blog reflects on the dramatic events where Camp Moria, housing 13,000 refugees mainly from Afghanistan, burnt down on 8 September. Europe, except for Germany, has so far responded in a cold and calculating way.

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.

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Blog guidelines

Who can contribute

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.

Please include the names and a short bio for each author (no more than two to three sentences per author). If you use social media, you can also include your Twitter and/or Facebook handles. Also include a title for the blog, as well as an abstract or summary (maximum 100 words).

It is also useful if you include a suitable accompanying photo or image for your blog. Please also provide a caption where possible and ensure you cite the source and have permission to use it.

Blogs are best when they are easily understood by a wide audience. Please write in an accessible way that will be easily understood. Adding hyperlinks to relevant sources and background information is also a useful way to provide the reader with more information or provide further explanation of complex concepts. Add a short list of references at the end of your blog if necessary.

Please let us know if your blog has been published elsewhere. We can in some cases consider posting pieces that have previously been published, however, the author then needs to obtain permission from the original publisher to re-publish the work.

As a contributor, you are responsible for the factual accuracy of your work. You are also responsible for correctly citing other sources. Responsibility for any plagiarism rests with the author.

Blog review process

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.