The standards of accessibility, fairness, adaptability and efficiency in Refugee Status Determination (RSD) systems around the world have immense implications for the protection and assistance of people of concern, and therefore merit close examination. The 21 articles in the Recognising refugees feature (published in collaboration with the RefMig project at Hertie School/Refugee Studies Centre) debate some of the shortcomings in RSD systems, as well as the challenges faced by different actors and the consequences for asylum seekers and refugees. Authors also explore new developments and approaches.
The second feature in this issue offers reflections on lessons and good practice emerging from the 2018–20 GP20 Plan of Action for Advancing Prevention, Protection and Solutions for IDPs. This complements previous issues of FMR on the Guiding Principles of Internal Displacement marking their launch in 1998 and their 10th and 20th anniversaries. The Foreword is contributed by Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs.
We would like to thank Cathryn Costello, Caroline Nalule and Derya Ozkul (RefMig), Lucy Kiama (HIAS Kenya) and Periklis Kortsaris (UNHCR) for their assistance on the Recognising refugees feature, and Nadine Walicki and Samuel Cheung (UNHCR) for their assistance on the GP20 feature. We would also like to thank the RefMig project (European Research Council Horizon 2020 award, grant number 716968), the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and UNHCR for their funding support for this issue.
This magazine and the accompanying Editors’ briefing will be available online and in print in English, Arabic, Spanish and French at www.fmreview.org/recognising-refugees.
Forthcoming issues (details at www.fmreview.org/forthcoming)
FMR 66: Mental health and psychosocial support, plus mini-features on Missing migrants and Data
FMR 67: Public health and WASH (including pandemics), plus mini-feature on Non-signatory States
Impact of COVID-19 on FMR
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With best wishes
Marion Couldrey and Jenny Peebles
Co-Editors, Forced Migration Review
Jenny Peebles, who has been Co-Editor of FMR since 2017, is leaving FMR. The FMR team thanks her warmly for her invaluable contribution to FMR and wishes her well.