Category Refugees

World Refugee Day: Children failed by an inadequate system

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 […]

The uncertain future of France’s refugee camps (The New Arab)

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 […]

Iraq Is Facing a Massive Mental Health Crisis

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 […]

Forgotten and without a future: Syria’s Palestinian refugees

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 […]

Migrants Need Access to Health Care

The migrant crisis will impede our ability to deliver Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Post-2015, officials of the United Nations (UN) and other stakeholders started to think carefully about what development meant in this new era. Breaking down perceptions beyond extreme poverty or maternal health is still crucially important, but as a global development community, we acknowledged […]

It’s time we acknowledge Iraq’s mental health crisis

The Iraqi people have lived through decades of war, repression and dictatorship. The Iran-Iraq War, two Gulf Wars, Saddam Hussein’s tyranny, the ongoing insurgency and political “transition” and now the Islamic State group. Iraq’s sectarian make-up and former secular regime has made it a hotbed of tension, even by Middle East standards. When periods of […]

Fear and violence in Calais’ Jungle Camp

Calais is no longer just a port for cheap cheese and wine but a microcosm of tensions around the European migrant crisis. On Friday 12 February, Marianne Humbersot of the Calais Legal Centre, situated in Calais’ Jungle Camp, announced that they would be calling for action against a rising paradigm of violence in the city against the migrant […]