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| INTRODUCTION                                                                     International Organisation for Migration                   [RefStud]
1.International Organisations
2.Parliamentary Papers                                                             Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organisation
3.Legislation                                                                      in the field of migration and works closely with governmental,
4.Government Bodies                                                                intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 120 member
                                                                                   states, a further 19 states holding observer status and offices in over 100
| INTRODUCTION                                                                     countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for
Oxford’s collection of official papers material is outstanding. The Bodleian       the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments
Library as a legal deposit library receives one copy of every item published       and migrants through the promotion of international cooperation on
in the UK. In addition the Library functions as a depository library for several   migration issues. It also provides assistance in the search for practical
international organisations, most notably the United Nations. This guide           solutions to migration problems, as well as humanitarian assistance to
aims to give an overview of the various collections and finding aids relevant      migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
to Refugee Studies.                                                                The RSC Library collects IOM books from the Migration Research Series. It also
The Official Papers Section is situated in the Lower Radcliffe Camera where        holds conference papers; the journal, ‘International Migration’ (1986-) and
staff will be more than happy to help with enquiries. For admissions policy        the newsletter, ‘IOM News’ (1993-2003), continued by, ‘Migration’ (2003-)
                                                                                   United Nations                                                                                                                          [Official Papers]
| INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS                                                                                                                                                                              

Commonwealth Secretariat                     [RefStud+Official Papers+Olis]        The Bodleian Library has been a depository library for UN publications
                                          since 1946. The Library holds the Official Records, documents and sales
                                                                                   publications. The Library also holds many publications from the UN subsidiary
Council of Europe                           [Official Papers+Bod Law Library]      bodies, including the UNHCR. The Library also holds a substantially complete
                                                      collection of League of Nations publications and documents.
The Official Papers Section holds official records of the Council of Europe,       The League of Nations and United Nations Treaty Series, and publications
publications are selectively purchased. The Bodleian Law Library also holds        from the International Court of Justice are held at the Bodleian Law Library.
Council of Europe publications and they are shelved in relation to their
subject matter.                                                                    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [Official Papers]
International Labour Organisation                             [Official Papers]
                                                       The UNHCR was established in1950 by the United Nations General
                                                                                   Assembly. It is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to
The Library has been a depository library for ILO publications and                 protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary
official records since 1938. For the ILO Crisis Response and Construction
Programme -
purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to     materials(1946 onwards). It does not give full bibliographic details nor
ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe         does it replace existing bibliographic databases, ie UNBISnet. UN-I-QUE
refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate   focuses upon documents and publications of a recurrent nature: annual/
locally or to resettle in a third country.                                       sessional reports of committees/commissions; annual publications; reports
                                                                                 periodically/irregularly issued; reports of major conferences; statements in the
Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees
                                                                                 General Debate; etc. Information within each record is presented in reverse
                                                                                 chronological order to facilitate identification of the most recent data.
Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees of the 31st January 1967                    UNBISnet                              
                                                                                 This is the catalogue of UN publications and documentation indexed by the
UNHCR Statistical Online Database                                                United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office
                         at Geneva. Also included are non-UN publications held in the collection
                                                                                 of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. UNBISnet coverage is primarily from
In a single electronic platform, UNHCR’s Statistical Online Population
                                                                                 1979 onward, however,indexing for resolutions of the General Assembly,
Database brings together for analysis and comparison standardised data
                                                                                 Economic and Social Council, Security Council and Trusteeship Council are
on UNHCR’s populations of concern at country, regional, and global levels.
                                                                                 included back to 1946.
Detailed information on country of asylum and origin is available; some
population categories go back to 1951, the year UNHCR was created.               ODS                                   
Presently data is available up to 31 December 2005.                              United Nations parliamentary documents since 1946. The United Nations
Other useful statistical publications include: Asylum Trends Feb 2000-,          Official Documents System (ODS) is the electronic repository for official
Quarterly Trends, June 2002-, Statistical Yearbook, 1994-                        documents published by the United Nations. The full text of documents is
                                                                                 accessible in PDF format in all official languages of the United Nations—
UNHCR Executive Committee (ExCom)
                                                                                 Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Documents are
                                                                                 stored in two databases: United Nations documentation, with comprehensive
This section includes Executive Committee conclusions on International
                                                                                 coverage beginning in 1993 and selected earlier coverage, and United
Protection, 1975-
                                                                                 Nations resolutions, which include the official records version of resolutions
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights                  of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and
                                          Trusteeship Council since 1946.

                                                                                 UNITED NATIONS DOCUMENTATION: RESEARCH GUIDE
Useful databases for United Nations material
UN-I-QUE                        This guide is designed for researchers and information professionals with
(UN Info Quest), is a ready-reference file created by the UN Dag                 an interest in United Nations documentation. It presents an overview of the
Hammarskjöld Library to respond to frequently asked questions, designed          various types of documents and publications issued by the UN (e.g, reports,
to provide quick access to document symbols/sales numbers for UN                 resolutions, meeting records, sales publications, press releases) and gives
                                                                                 guidance on how to work with them.

UN HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES                       Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly. At this time no material from the
User friendly free access to the Human Rights Treaties.                          Scottish Parliament is included.

UNITED NATIONS TREATY COLLECTION (UNTS)                                          Parliamentary Data             
                                                This database is maintained and updated by House of Commons Library
A collection of treaties and international agreements registered or filed and    staff, and searched daily by MPs, peers and officials at the Palace of
recorded with and published by the Secretariat since 1946, pursuant to           Westminster. Parliamentary Data provides an index to the proceedings and
Article 102 of the Charter. The UNTS includes the texts of treaties in their     publications of both Houses of Parliament and includes the full text of Early
authentic language(s), along with translations into English and French, as       Day Motions, May 1997-. The database can be searched using a simple
appropriate. The collection currently contains over 40,000 treaties and a        form, and the service offers easy navigation tools. Parliamentary Data is
similar number of related subsequent actions which have been published in        derived from PIMS (Parliamentary Information Management Services), which
hard copy in over 1,900 volumes. The treaty reference information made           is Parliament’s repository for its data.
available for the UNTS at this site corresponds to treaties and subsequent
actions registered up to April 1998.                                             TSO Official Documents Archive
| 2. PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS                 [Official Papers]
                                                                                 This archive contains a selection of Command Papers and other
Parliamentary Papers have not, as a body of papers, been catalogued              governmental publications many in full text, 1994-2005, including annual
systematically by any library. Do not rely on OLIS for records, do use           ‘Control of Immigration Statistics, United Kingdom’.
databases to search for documents and do ask staff for assistance with the
                                                                                 UKOP [OxLIP] is the official catalogue of UK official publications, run by The
printed catalogues and indexes. Parliamentary Papers are generated by
                                                                                 Stationery Office (TSO). UKOP combines the official catalogue of TSO, with
the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They include the following
                                                                                 the Catalogue of Official Publications Not Published by The Stationery Office,
categories of material: Bills, Command Papers and Houses of Commons
                                                                                 1980-. The combination of these catalogues creates the most comprehensive
and Lords Papers, also known as sessional papers. Bills and papers start at
                                                                                 and up-to-date source of government publications in the UK. The inclusion
1 with each new Parliamentary session. Command Papers, however, revert to
                                                                                 of thousands of documents archived in full-text adds considerable value to
1 again when 9999 looks like it may be reached. The printed set dates from
                                                                                 this catalogue. UKOP comprehensively catalogues the output of over 2000
1801 to the present.
                                                                                 official bodies, including: Parliament, devolved administrations, government
USEFUL DATABASES                                                                 departments, quangos, agencies and International bodies such as the United
Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI)         Nations and the World Health Organisation.

OPSI for information on official publications and to access official             UK Parliament                     
publications, specifically Command Papers and legislation.                       This site provides information on the workings of the House of Lords and
                                                                                 House of Commons. It provides access to many parliamentary publications
Parlianet [OxLIP] needs an Athens password and login. Parlianet is an
                                                                                 and proceedings, including papers before Parliament, Bills and Hansard.
index to the proceedings and publications of both Houses of Parliament in
Westminster, 1979-. It also includes material from the National Assembly for
| 3. LEGISLATION                                                                  The same principal applies to searching on the web opac, go to ‘search for
                                                                                  keywords’ to combine search terms.
Acts of Parliament (full statute book as amended and repealed) are
available via the following online services : Justis, Lexis Nexis Butterworth     Note many government publications are now published only on the web.
and Westlaw [OxLIP]. The Statute Law Database (         A good place to start is the portal to departmental and council websites,
uk/) is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United     Directgov
Kingdom made available online. The OPSI ( has
UK legislation dating from 1988 and legislation for Scotland, Wales and           | USEFUL LINKS
Northern Ireland. Hardcopy versions [Official Papers+Bod Law Library].            Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT)  
                                                                                  Formerly known as the Asylum Support Adjudicators, the Asylum Support
| 4. GOVERNMENT BODIES                                                            Tribunal (AST) was set up to consider appeals from decisions made by the
As a legal deposit library the Bodleian Library should have a copy of every       Border and Immigration Agency.
printed publication from all government departments and agencies. Search          Asylum seeker and refugee health care (NHS network)
OLIS for material from government bodies.                                               
                                                                                  This is the informal network of primary care professionals. To include online
Tips for searching on OLIS                                                        presentations of conferences, useful documents, links and resources for
When an item is published by a government department the cataloguer has           primary care professionals
to link the government department to an authority record, so that all records
link to the same written form of the name of the government department.           Department of Health’s Asylum Seeker Co-ordination Team (ASCT)
As an example, the Home Office is always cited as ‘Great Britain. Home  
Office’, in a bibliographic record. The majority of government departments        AsylumseekersAndrefugees/index.htm
have Great Britain before the departmental name.                                  This co-ordinates healthcare policy for asylum seekers and refugees.
                                                                                  The team works across the Department of Health and other Government
Via telnet.                                                                       departments, and with health workers and service planners in the field. In
If you want to browse publications by body and do not know the correct way        particular, ASCT liaises with the Home Office to ensure that health and
to cite the body, the ‘aw =’ author keyword search is very useful.                social care requirements are met at all stages of the asylum process.
Thus: ‘aw = Home Office’ will bring up all publications that have home            Home Office: Border & Immigration Agency
and office in the author field.                                                      
If you know the subject you can further narrow your search by doing a             This agency is responsible for processing all claims for asylum and asylum
combined author keyword search with a title keyword search.                       support made in the United Kingdom. It determines applications from
                                                                                  asylum seekers, granting five years Leave to Remain (LTR) to those who fear
Thus: ‘aw = tw =’. So for example, ‘aw =Home office tw= refugees’,
                                                                                  persecution, integrating them swiftly into UK society. This site has a news
will give you seven records published by the Home Office with ‘refugees’ in
                                                                                  archive and access to documents in full text.
the title.

Home Office: Immigration Research and Statistics Service (IRSS)                   TeacherNet
The IRSS publishes statistics and results of its research programme, the latter   refugeeandasylumseekerschildren/
involving a wide range of immigration and asylum-related topics.                  Links to legislation and keys documents
Department for International Development (DFID)
The Department that manages Britain’s aid to poor countries, working to
bring people out of poverty and so reduce how much their country relies on
overseas aid.
Local Government Association (LGA)
The LGA was formed on 1 April 1997 and promotes the interests of English
and Welsh local authorities. The LGA Asylum Seekers Task Group seeks
to build on good local practice with local authorities to provide a holistic
service for asylum seekers.
London Asylum Seekers Consortium
The London Asylum Seekers Consortium (LASC) provides a variety of support
services for London’s local authorities on asylum and immigration related
issues and is home to the National Register of Unaccompanied Children
Office for National Statistics
This site provides statistics on asylum seekers to the UK with regard to
Refugee Council
Largest organisation in the UK working with Asylum seekers and refugees. It
offers not only direct help and support, but also works with asylum seekers
and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.
Hannah Chandler OULS Official Papers Librarian
Official Papers Section,
Broad Street,
Oxford University
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 277201
Sarah Rhodes Refugees Studies Librarian
Refugee Studies Centre
Dept of International Development (QEH)
University of Oxford
Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB
3 Worcester St, Oxford OX1 2PZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 270722
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 270721
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