ANALYSIS: Is immigration taking Italy on the verge of a nervous breakdown?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

If one had to judge the situation in Italy just by following political talk shows, politicians’ speeches and newspapers headlines, immigration seems like the main issue that the country is facing a few days before national elections. Not tax evasion, nor corruption, but immigration. Newspapers used the terms “civil war” in their headlines to describe the current situation in the country regarding immigration, while several violent incidents, some of which with explosive devices ...

Lesson in endurance: Syrian refugee teacher enters German school

Monday, 12 February 2018

Working at a German school is not just about reading and writing, maths and singing songs, says newly minted Syrian assistant teacher Hend al-Khabbaz.She was surprised to discover there is also a mountain of paperwork and administrative tasks to perform.The school “is better for the children, but it’s a lot of work for the teachers,” the 35-year-old says with a laugh, speaking in German which she has learnt since fleeing her war-torn homeland less than three years ...

What should Europe do with the children of returning ISIS militants?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Everyone remembers the footage of a little boy who was told by his parents to decapitate his teddy bear in Syria. Some pictures of these children of ISIS holding guns are circulating on social media.These children, as ISIS collapsed, will pose a challenge to European society when they will return from Syria and Iraq.Since the beginning of the war in Syria more than 5,000 Europeans joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. With the defeat of ISIS, the question of the return of militants has ...

Al Arabiya from Davos: Reconnecting Refugees

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Al Arabiya will host a special panel on “Reconnecting Refugees” at the World Economic Forum in Davos which will be moderated by Senior Political Anchor Mayssoun Azzam. The session will focus on the plight of large-scale displacement and the calls for new solutions to help families find safety, navigate life and contribute to the communities where they found refuge. The central question of the panel discussion will be: From universal digital identities to data-driven advocacy, how can ...

Al Arabiya at Davos: On the modern migrant and the right to seek refuge

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

While working on the upcoming session that Al Arabiya is going to conduct in Davos about the plight of large-scale displacement and the calls for new solutions to help families find safety, navigate through life and contribute to the communities where they find refuge, I felt obliged to mention during my opening remarks that I am a refugee myself. I thought that such a statement will send out two main messages: The first one is that such a tragedy could befall anyone and the second is that we ...

After Calais, migrants seek refuge in France’s Grande-Synthe reserve

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Grande-Synthe - Cold, rain, humidity, mug, rats, insecurity and insalubrity, these are the conditions in which the migrants are living in a natural reserve of Grande-Synthe, a small city in northern France, 38 kilometres from Calais. On a cold and foggy morning, we meet with migrants who, since the dismantling of the “Calais jungle”, settled in Prédembourg the natural reserve of Grande-Synthe. This place is not an innocuous choice. Indeed, the nature is best place for the ...

Study: Europe’s Muslim population to grow strongly, even if migration ends

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Muslims could make up over 11 percent of Europe’s population in the coming decades, compared with just under 5 percent currently, if legal migration levels are maintained, a report by a US-based think tank said Thursday. The Pew Research Center, in a study entitled “Europe’s Growing Muslim Population” issued three projections based on different migration scenarios -- zero arrivals, “medium” flows and “high” migration. It showed that even if all ...

The future of refugees is turning into slavery – this cannot happen

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Since the beginning of 2017, 100,000 refugees have made their way to European mainland by crossing on boats, in search of a new, safe life. This is in addition to the 1 million that have reached Europe since 2015. Throughout the process, thousands have lost their lives at sea. Recent research by Verisk Maplecroft has highlighted that refugees are now becoming at a significant risk of modern slavery, as the risk of modern slavery has risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 member states of the ...

Yara al-Wazir

Hungary PM says Europe should process refugees in Libya

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Libya has a government backed by the UN, but has been in political chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011

Death toll mounts after Egypt boat tragedy

Friday, 23 September 2016

The death toll mounted as more bodies were pulled from the waters off the Egyptian coast by Friday

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