Features 2017-03-09T07:33:00+00:00
2212, 2017

Entrepreneurship enables refugees to be “economically active’ and interact in a positive way with people from the local community, says Spark Director Yannick Du Pont

December 22nd, 2017|

By: Vicki McKenna   As part of Oxfam’s livelihood programme, some 130 women have been trained in sewing techniques over the past two months, learning how to design practical handbags (Photo by Camille Dupire) Migrants face a range of challenges when setting up entrepreneurial activities, which in many cases are interlinked and can stem from [...]

2212, 2017

Challenging living conditions in Greek hotspots arising from the “mix of overcrowding and difficulties in winterizing the RICs” says UNHCR child protection officer, Julie Gaunt

December 22nd, 2017|

By: Vicki McKenna Entrance into the Moria hotspot in Lesbos, Greece, where children registered as adults are accommodated with unrelated adult single men, exposed to very poor living conditions, including overcrowding, inadequate sanitation, and frequent incidents of violence. © 2017 Thanos Tsantas for Human Rights Watch The recent surge in the refugee and migrant arrivals has resulted [...]

2212, 2017

Tech innovation revolutionising the way refugees are perceived and how they are integrated

December 22nd, 2017|

By: Vicki McKenna Syrian refugees shop at the main market in the Zaatari refugee camp Photo: World Economic Forum After six years of conflict in Syria, 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country, including 6.3 million internally displaced (IDPs). Nearly 5 million people are also living in “hard to reach and [...]

1512, 2017

Refugees with Disabilities: A stigmatised and often hidden group

December 15th, 2017|

By: Vicki McKenna On October 17, Special Olympics has brought together thought leaders in the industry to discuss the most vulnerable and least served population within the global displacement crisis in Brussels, Belgium Photo-Special Olympics Europe-Eurasia All refugees face enormous hardship when fleeing their country of origin whether on account of conflict, persecution, political or [...]

1412, 2017

Readmission of asylum seekers to Turkey: What that means for human rights and integration possibilities?

December 14th, 2017|

By: Vicki McKenna UNHCR branded tarps are seen covering  tents and plastic containers during an evening in December 2016. Recent research into the readmission of asylum seekers to Turkey under the EU-Turkey Statement has shed light on key concerns, such as discrimination on the grounds of nationality and barriers to effective human rights monitoring. Likewise, implementation of [...]

2009, 2017

Too little, too late: The two reasons why our governments failed to implement the EU asylum system that citizens want

September 20th, 2017|

At the beginning of September, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) affirmed that all EU Member States are legally obligated to relocate eligible asylum-seekers who arrive in Greece and Italy until the end of this month (26 September). With the legal analysis over, it is now time to ask whether this pilot relocation system has [...]