UN team arrives in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya refugees

Saturday, 28 April 2018

A UN Security Council delegation has arrived in Bangladesh to visit Rohingya refugee camps and discuss the crisis with local officials. The visit comes amid the delayed repatriation of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape military-led violence. The team arrived in the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar on Saturday. Bangladesh’s acting foreign secretary, M. Khurshed Alam, said the visit is “very significant” as international pressure ...

Myanmar’s fake repatriation of the Rohingya family

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Myanmar has announced the repatriation of the first Rohingya family from Bangladesh, in what is supposed to be the beginning of a process which would see more than 700,000 move back across the border to where their property has been seized or destroyed, and where the Myanmar government continues to deny their existence as an ethnic group and their ancestral rights.Yet this repatriation is not turning out to be quite the PR boon the Myanmar government was hoping for. To begin with, the ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

500 Syria refugees begin returning home from Lebanon

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Around 500 Syrian refugees left southern Lebanon on Wednesday under an agreement between authorities in Beirut and Damascus that provides for their return to their home country, AFP's correspondent said.The UN's refugee agency said it was aware of the returns but was not involved in the agreement, "considering the prevailing humanitarian and security situation in Syria."On Wednesday, 15 buses provided by Syria reached the southern Lebanese town of Shebaa to transport refugees out, ...

Government says number of migrants detained in Libya down sharply

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

The number of migrants detained in Libya has dropped by four-fifths since May 2017, a senior government official told AFP on Monday.General Mohammad Bishr, head of a government department set up to tackle clandestine migration, said the number of migrants held by authorities had fallen from 27,000 in May to 5,200.He said that had allowed the closure of 20 of the country’s 53 migrant detention centers since May 2017. He attributed the change to the accelerating repatriation of migrants, ...

‘Race against the clock’ to bolster Rohingya camps against rains

Monday, 16 April 2018

Mohammad Rafiq was sitting in the shade of a tree, on a break from working to make his refugee camp in Bangladesh safer from the upcoming monsoon, when the hill above suddenly collapsed. “I was buried up to my chest,” he said from a bed in a tent hospital run by the Finnish Red Cross. “I felt like I was going to die.” His fellow laborers - Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, who were building up pathways with sandbags to raise them above floodwaters expected within weeks - ...

VIDEO: In gateway to Europe, Brexit backers eagerly await divorce day

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Lorries trundle past a mural depicting a man chipping away at an EU flag in the British port town of Dover, where most residents are determined to see Brexit through despite the economic risks.With one year to go until Britain's planned exit on March 29, 2019, there are fears in this gateway to Europe of long tailbacks because of additional customs red tape.But the mood is mostly defiant in Dover, where 62 percent voted in favour of leaving the European Union in a 2016 referendum -- far higher ...

Shocking video: Ghouta civilians receive aid if they pledge allegiance to Assad

Saturday, 24 March 2018

A shocking video, reportedly emerging from Syria’s Ghouta, has shown an official in the Syrian regime’s parliament handing out aid packages to civilians, demanding that they cheer for President Bashar al-Assad and acknowledge him as their leader. The video stirred outrage among many viewers. Some referred to the incident as “disgusting and humiliating.” The MP, Mohammed Qaband, can be seen handing out packages containing nutritional material from a medium-sized transport ...

EU unlocks new three bln euro Turkey migrant deal tranche

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The EU on Wednesday unlocked a further three billion euros ($3.7 billion) for refugees in Turkey, the second tranche of a controversial 2016 deal to curb the flow of migrants coming to Europe. "The Commission is today launching the mobilization for the second three-billion-euro tranche of the facility for refugees in Turkey," said the European Commission, the EU executive. EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the commission had fully contracted the first three billion ...

Myanmar continues to expel Rohingya as it ‘negotiates’ to take them back

Sunday, 4 March 2018

The international political discourse around the Rohingya crisis is increasingly around repatriation. And that is hardly surprising. For anyone who is either ignorant of the situation or at least deliberately refuses to engage too deeply with the problem, that seems to be the most immediately obvious and just resolution to what has befallen the Rohingya people at the hands of the Myanmar army. But this would be neither the right thing to do, nor the most practical. Myanmar and Bangladesh have ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Mobile money initiative launched for refugee populations in Jordan

Thursday, 1 March 2018

A first-of-its-kind initiative focusing on financially empowering vulnerable groups such as low income Jordanians and refugees was launched on Wednesday, it has been announced. The Mobile Money for Resilience (MM4R) is the result of an agreement signed between the Central Bank of Jordan and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to a statement released here, MM4R will provide access to more advanced digital financial services, such as payment transfers, savings and credit. ALSO ...

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