Document Repository: FMO

Library Resources, Refugee Terminology Thesasurus & ExCom Conclusions

Introduction to ‘Open Access’

Open access literature is defined as “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions” (Suber 2008). The particular target of the open access movement is the peer-reviewed research reported in scholarly journals. Because of subscription costs and copyright constraints, many SRLAN members may be blocked from getting at the knowledge and information disseminated in these publications.

The solution? Open access journals and open access archives/repositories – two types of mechanisms that were developed to overcome these restrictions and to make it easier to access research literature. Use the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to locate titles of the former and search their contents. Use the openDOAR directory to search the latter.

For more information about open access generally, read Peter Suber’s “A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access” (available in multiple languages). Additional questions regarding open access can be directed to Elisa Mason, manager of the Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog, at fminfotracker [at] gmail [dot] com (fminfotracker[at]


Refworld is the leading source of information necessary for taking quality decisions on refugee status. Refworld contains a vast collection of reports relating to situations in countries of origin, policy documents and positions, and documents relating to international and national legal frameworks. The information has been carefully selected and compiled from UNHCR’s global network of field offices, Governments, international, regional and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and judicial bodies.

 A Thematic Compilation of Executive Committee Conclusions, UNHCR

Now in its seventh edition, it groups by subject the conclusions of the UNHCR Executive Committee and includes all conclusions up to decision 108 of October 2008.

 European Migration Network

 European Migration Network or EMN Glossary – as one of the key products of the EMN – improves comparability by enabling a common understanding and use of terms and definitions relating to asylum and migration. The Glossary draws on a variety of sources, but primarily on the legislation of the EU asylum and immigration acquis, and makes terms available in the majority of EU Member State languages. This online version of the Glossary is version 7.0 and was updated in July 2020 with the addition of 28 new terms reflecting the most recent European policy on migration and asylum. The last printed version,  Asylum and Migration Glossary 6.0  was published in May 2018 and available for download as an interactive pdf in English here.

 The Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog

The Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog was launched in 2005. This free information service was established to assist users with the following:

  1. keep up with new publications, journal and newsletter issues, events and opportunities for professional development and learning, web sites, and other relevant online resources;
  2. track new research and publication;
  3. learn about online tools that can facilitate the search and retrieval of relevant information resources.

The service seeks out new information sources as well as regularly monitoring standard ones.  As a result, it saves users’ much time and effort in the information-gathering process.  It also expands the knowledge base for those researchers who may not have ready access to library collections or who may not be familiar with the full range of information resources available to them. The service aims to circulate at least one information alert on a daily weekday basis. On average, 26 messages are posted per month.

Interested readers can monitor blog postings two ways:

To start exploring, please visit

 The Forced Migration Online (FMO) Digital Library

Make your documents available for everyone!

The Forced Migration Online (FMO) Digital Library is a key dissemination resource of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. It is the largest collection of its kind on this subject area in the world and contains published and unpublished documents, photographs, documentary films, podcasts of lectures, a directory of organisations and a discussion list which welcomes questions and announcements relating to forced migration and refugee law. This digital library was established so that this important part of the University of Oxford’s library could be accessible to the world.

The Rights in Exile Programme website is using the FMO Digital Library as its main repository for storing documents useful to legal aid providers. We encourage you to submit documents you wish to make available to others, including annual reports and other documents that are currently only available on your website. They will also be available for others to use – including researchers. Instructions on how to submit documents appear below. When you submit a document, you can make its availability known by posting it on the SRLAN-list [at] fahamu [dot] org (SRLAN Listserve).

The FMO Digital Library contains over 4,700 documents and journal issues, which can be searched, read online and printed as required. Journals available include back issues of the International Journal of Refugee Law.

The website can be searched via the main search page:, more precise searching of journals and documents is available via the Digital Library [search] and advanced search pages

We welcome document submissions for the FMO Digital Library. Send your document, stating that you own the copyright, via e-mail attachments (Microsoft Word and PDF only) to: //mce_host/beta/fmo [at] qeh [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk “>fmo[at] or by mail to:

Forced Migration Review
Refugee Studies Centre
Oxford Department of International Development
University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road
Oxford, OX1 3TB

 The Guide to International Refugee Law Resources

The Guide to International Refugee Law Resources includes an introduction to global refugee law and a library of relevant resources and online publications.

 International Organization for Migration Online Bookstore

Glossary on Migration

The IOM publishes a Glossary on Migration, which is now in its second edition. This glossary summarises terms used in international migration law, allowing for variations in terminology.

Handbook on Migration Terminology: Russian-English / СПРАВОЧНИК ПО ТЕРМИНОЛОГИИ В ОБЛАСТИ МИГРАЦИИ: русско-английский

The Russian Federation presently ranks amongst the highest in the world on migration flows volume. Therefore, effective migration management is the task of top priority for Russia, which can be facilitated only by means of developing partnership and coordination with other countries. In turn high-grade international cooperation in the field of migration calls for common understanding of basic migration terms and concepts by all the parties.

The present Handbook on Migration Terminology (based on the International Migration Law N°1 – Glossary on Migration (Geneva, 2004) and International Migration Law N°2 – Glossary on Migration (Russian) (Geneva, 2005)) has been specially developed to achieve this practical goal. This Handbook, in contrast to the previous editions, incorporates simultaneously both English and Russian versions.

 Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OXMO)

OXMO is a UK based online journal dedicated to protecting and advancing the human rights of forced migrants. Authored and edited by students.