Another Winter for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

January 04, 2016

Countries like Lebanon are bearing the brunt of the Syrian conflict. Manuel Langendorf reports from a refugee camp near the Syrian border. On a sunny day in the Jaharriyeh refugee camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, winter might seem far away. But for the 250 Syrian families living here in tents...

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand Are Not Taking Responsibility for Refugees

May 30, 2015

The migrant crisis in Southeast Asia speaks volumes about the region’s limited scope of moral responsibility. The joint announcement that Indonesia and Malaysia would “take in” approximately 7,000 migrants adrift on the high seas implies that they have taken some measure of legal...

Jordan: Local Perceptions on Syrian Refugees (Part 2/2)

March 19, 2014

It is important to understand the impact of Syrian refugees on Jordan.  Living conditions at the Gaza camp in Jerash are poor and employment opportunities are restricted mainly to private and informal sectors. According to a public sector official in the Gaza camp:...

Lebanon and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

March 19, 2014

As long as the war continues, Syrian refugees will not be going home. After 11 months of political impasse that prevented the formation of a government, Lebanese political parties finally reached a consensus in mid-February. For the time being, a descent into disorder has been avoided. But it...

Jordan: Local Perceptions on Syrian Refugees (Part 1/2)

March 16, 2014

It is important to understand the impact of Syrian refugees on Jordan. Jordan hosts the largest Palestinian refugee population in the world. It has also been a popular choice of destination for Iraqi refugees. The most recent influx are Syrians due to the civil war that started in...

Syria’s Implosion Shakes Jordan

January 29, 2014

Syria presents Jordan with complex social, political, economic and security challenges. The ongoing conflict in Syria is impacting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in numerous ways. Jordan tends to present an image of political stability and social cohesiveness in an otherwise turbulent...

Syrian Refugees in Yemen: Left to Their Own Fate

September 29, 2013

Syrian refugees in Yemen must be protected from exploitation. Perhaps one of the most efficient ways to comprehend the political and economic situation in Yemen is to see who the beggars in the streets are. The common scene would involve Africans or Yemeni marginalized communities begging at...

Cutting Borders: Ethnic Tensions and Burmese Refugees

September 18, 2013

Ethnic tensions and xenophobia follow Burmese refugees across borders. Despite independence in 1948, Burma has been plagued by problems since the military junta took state control in 1962. Power struggles, conflict, occupation, resource extraction and ethnic tensions have all incited Burma’s...

Life in the Kakuma Refugee Camp

June 22, 2013

Kenya's Kakuma camp has warehoused tens of thousands of refugees for decades. Each year, on June 20, the United Nations marks World Refugee Day; a time to recognize the contributions of refugees to their communities around the world.  Refugees are people who are forced to flee their home...

Afghan Refugees: A People Without Home

June 21, 2013

The imminent expulsion from Pakistan is threatening to push millions of Afghan refugees into deeper turmoil. In a little over a week, a population the size of Equatorial Guinea strewn in the shadow of Hindu Kush mountain range will be forced to move abode. The mass mobilization will see nearly...

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