Forgotten and without a future: Syria’s Palestinian refugees

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Source: Middle East Eye 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 questions, and leading to “migrants” being denied basic rights.

The trends are emerging as it becomes clear that Europe’s attempt at stemming unprecedented migration has caused both predictable and unpredictable results.

No-one believed that the EU-Turkey deal would somehow convince civilians that they shouldn’t escape surrounding violence. Instead, it has led thousands to attempt the deadly aquatic journey between Libya and Italy. Following morbid premonitions from human-rights groups and migration experts, this has indeed led to the death of hundreds of refugees.

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