This year, World Refugee Day has arrived in conjunction with what could be called the precipice of the refugee crisis. Migration of those fleeing conflict has reached unprecedented levels: Since January 2015, 1.2 million people have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean sea to reach Europe; in 2016 so far, 35% of arrivals by sea have been children and […]

Source: Sophia Akram

NGOs in France have built a model refugee camp and the state now wants to take it over. But do their long-term intentions involve anything other than dismantling it? For those news readers who rely on headlines and front pages to keep abreast of the refugee crisis, they’d be forgiven for thinking that the Calais Jungle or […]

Amnesty International along with the consultancy GlobalScan, recently announced the results of a global survey, which ranked countries accordingly to how welcoming they were to refugees fleeing war and persecution. The Refugees Welcome Index found that globally 80 percent of people would happily accept people fleeing war and persecution into their country, showing that most countries’ policies […]

Source: Al Araby Al Jadeed

In the words of Sepp Blatter, the fallen former FIFA chief, it was “in great generosity” that Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association, withdrew a proposal to ban the Israel Football Association from the FIFA family for violating its statutes. A long list of complaints has hindered the ability of Palestinians to meaningfully participate […]

Source: The New Arab

While managing to circumvent many asylum obligations, both in terms of EU policy and international law, the EU-Turkey refugee deal is stunningly shocking, leading the humanitarian community to object and even protest on the ground. MSF only last week announced that it would withdraw from the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this month and has previously withdrawn […]


My name is Nihad Barakat, I’m from the Sinjar [in Iraq]. We’ve been through some very bad times.” Barakat is a sixteen-year-old girl who was once held captive by ISIS. “They kidnapped us, they raped us, they killed the men, they took our babies from us,” she continued. Barakat made these comments at a conference […]

Young Palestinian refugees, who fled the Yarmuk refugee camp in Syria where they were previously residing due to the ongoing conflict, peer through holes made in their tent as they prepare to move to new houses built by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh, near the southern Lebanese coastal city of Sidon, on January 31, 2014. The United Nations distributed food in the Syrian capital's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp for a second day in a bid to help tens of thousands of trapped civilians. AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT / AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT

A small group of Palestinians from war-torn Syria have found themselves among the rising migration flows from conflict-stricken countries in the Middle East and other regions. The presence of the Palestinians is one of many hidden migration trends occurring between Syria and Europe – hidden truths that are leading to migration officials asking the wrong […]