Tag Archives: Syria

Living in the shadows: new report by UNHCR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, says large numbers of Syrian refugees are sliding into abject poverty, and at an alarming rate, due to the magnitude of the crisis and insufficient support from the international community. He made the … Continue reading

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Bulgaria builds anti-refugee fence; refoulement, according to scholars

news Overwhelmed by an influx of mostly Syrian immigrants, Bulgaria has taken steps to secure its EU border – including building a 30-kilometre barbed-wire fence, standing three meters high and fortified with razor wire coils. The fence was completed this week … Continue reading

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Where is everyone? Report by MSF

Last week, Médecins Sans Frontières published a critical report on the limitations and deficiencies of the international aid response to crises. Some good work is taking place, and lives are being saved, but much more can, and should be done, … Continue reading

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IDMC: A record 33.3 million internally displaced in 2013

news On 14 May 2014, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) issued a report in which it says that 33.3 million people were internally displaced at the end of 2013 due to conflict and violence. This equates to a staggering increase of … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: Bulgaria summarily expels asylum seekers

On 29 April 2014, Human Rights Watch released a report in which it says that Bulgaria summarily returns Syrians, Afghans, and others from within Bulgaria and at the border with Turkey. In order to prevent further arrivals, Bulgaria deployed an … Continue reading

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Council of Europe: Greece must end collective expulsions

News article The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, has criticised Greece for a large number of reported collective expulsions of migrants, including a large number of Syrians fleeing war violence, and allegations of ill-treatment of migrants … Continue reading

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Turkey and EU seek to improve cooperation on borders

News article This week, Turkey and the European Union signed a deal – the EU-Turkey readmission agreement – to establish, on the basis of reciprocity, procedures for the rapid and orderly readmission of the persons having entered on the other … Continue reading

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New report: pushed back at the Greek-Turkish border

Pro Asyl – a German coalition of churches, refugee councils, unions, and human rights councils – has written a report called “PUSHED BACK”, which reveals systematic push backs of refugees in the Aegean Sea, from Greek Islands and at the … Continue reading

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UNHCR releases updated guidance for states receiving asylum seekers from Syria

News article UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a new guidance note entitled ‘International Protection Considerations with regard to people fleeing the Syrians Arab Republic, Update II’. UNHCR characterizes the flight of civilians from Syria as a refugee … Continue reading

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Expert-meeting: The civil war in Syria and its effects on the region

On Wednesday, 23 October 2013 the Hans-Seidel-Stiftung and the Deutsch Arabische Freundschaftsgesellschaft e.V. will organize an expert meeting in Munich to discuss the effects of the crisis in Syria on the whole region. An important aspect of this will be … Continue reading

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