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Joint Agency Briefing Note: The Reality of the EU-Turkey Statement

One year ago, European states closed their borders along the Western Balkan route and European Union (EU) leaders put in place the EU-Turkey Statement, a so-called temporary measure to stop irregular migration to Europe. Now EU leaders are declaring their approach a success.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and Oxfam are providing humanitarian response on the Greek islands and mainland, and as our experience clearly shows, the context on the ground is far more troubling and complex.

March 16, 2017

Impact of war on Syrian children’s learning: testing shows gaps in literacy and maths skills

Executive summary

Throughout the Syrian conflict, children’s education has been disrupted by displacement and insecurity. 5.8 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 in Syria require education assistance. Approximately 1.75 million children and youth are already out of school, with many more at risk of dropping out. More than 150,000 education personnel have left the formal system, and a third of schools are damaged or unusable.

March 13, 2017

Let us be proud of Europe: more than 160 NGOs call on EU to lead by values, not fear, in migration response

EU leaders must live up to their commitments to European values in responding to migration, more than 160 NGOs said today in a joint statement. The organisations are calling for strong leadership to uphold the rights and values that have been the founding principles of the European Union for 60 years.

The statement comes ahead of this week’s EU summit, following months of policies aimed at shutting migration routes across the Mediterranean at any cost. Just last month EU leaders in Malta backed an Italian migration deal with Libya that exposes people to suffering and death.

March 8, 2017

Humanitarian crisis in Logone et Chari: A rapid and decisive response is necessary in Cameroon’s Far North

IRC has been working in Cameroon since early 2016, and is now expanding operations further north into the Logone et Chari department in order to meet the needs of refugees and internally displaced people.

February 23, 2017

Lake Chad Basin Crisis: An Analysis of Violence against Women, Children and Displaced Populations in the region - February 2017

“Boko Haram does not respect state boundaries, so it’s important that we also share and analyse across borders, and that we try and join up the response where possible.”

February 20, 2017

In Search of Work - Creating Jobs for Syrian Refugees: A Case Study of the Jordan Compact

The war in Syria has raged on for six years, causing a staggering 11 million people to flee for their lives — the largest refugee crisis of our time. More than six million are displaced inside the country, and nearly five million have fled to nearby countries in search of safety. But many, including the 1.7 million Syrians registered in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon, are living in precarious circumstances.

February 3, 2017

Brief: Urban Response Practitioner Workshop

Today, more than half of the world’s 59.5 million forcibly displaced people live in urban areas1 and their average length of displacement is over a decade.2 In Asia, the world’s fastest urbanizing continent, countries like Iran and Pakistan are among the top-10 major refugee-hosting countries in the world, while Afghanistan remains the second largest source of refugees globally behind Syria.3 In Southeast Asia, Thailand serves as the region’s primary destination for refugees and asylum seekers, with over half a million people of concern living in the country in 2015.

January 26, 2017

Stand and Deliver

Important steps have been taken to improve the provision of education and livelihoods in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Donors have performed well in terms of aid disbursed and committed for the current financial year, and some host governments have made significant policy changes.

January 24, 2017

Violence in the City: A Systematic Review of the Drivers of Violence against Displaced Populations in Urban Crisis and Post-crisis Settings

Humanitarian aid to refugee and internally displaced people (IDPs) has increasingly shifted from rural and camp environments to urban areas in recent years, with 60% of all refugees and 80% of all IDPs currently living in urban areas. Risks of violence for displaced persons in camp-based humanitarian settings are well documented and include gender-based violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and forced marriages, as well as a number of other forms of inter-communal violence, discrimination, and denial of resources, assistance, or assets.

January 23, 2017

The Right to the City for Urban Displaced

Urbanisation is changing the nature of humanitarian response. In the 21st century,
the phenomenon is most prevalent in developing countries; it is estimated that cities in developing countries will account for 96 per cent of urban population growth between 2013 and 2030. Today, 80 per cent of all refugees worldwide are found in developing countries and 60 per cent of the global refugee population, or 36 million refugees, reside in urban areas.

January 23, 2017