Reports and Resources
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European Refugee Crisis Situational Briefing - 2016 March
Proposed moves to bring in a new ‘one in-one out’ system between Greece and Turkey at the EU Council on 17-18 March has seen the UN raise concerns of its legality, but it also threatens to introduce more not fewer incentives for refugees, aided by smugglers, to attempt the dangerous journey across the Aegean. If the number of refugees the EU accepts is based on how many attempt the journey and are returned to Turkey, then Turkey – understandably eager for the EU to take more refugees – is incentivised to let the smuggling continue. We are also concerned about what happens to those people who are returned to Turkey, and then in turn potentially sent back from Turkey to their countries of origin. We seek assurances from the Turkish authorities, and from EU authorities, that all asylum seekers and refugees will be protected, and treated in a fair and humane way, and that no-one will be returned to a place where they are not safe.
The Ebola lessons reader: what’s being said, what’s missing and why it matters
A comprehensive review of Ebola reports offer valuable solutions, but they also perpetuate problems by ignoring fundamental realities.
Pathways to Protection
The IRC calls for Europe to resettle 108,000 refugees per year.
European Refugee Crisis Situational Briefing - 2016 Feb
Flows of refugees into Europe show no sign of abating. In January 2016 alone, 65,775 men, women and children travelled treacherous seas to find sanctuary in Europe, more than in July last year. As a result of chronic conflict, persecution, and human rights abuses in origin countries, the UNHCR predicts 1 million will travel to Europe in 2016. Europe has shown itself to be ill-equipped to respond to this crisis. As a result of a lack of coordinated and humane response by Europe, thousands of refugees fleeing violence and persecution continue to lose their lives and their dignity. This is desperate situation and reflects a shamefully inadequate response. Addressing this challenge is not beyond reach, but European states must take urgent action now.
Market overview of small and medium enterprises in Beirut and Mount Lebanon
The Syrian crisis has led to an influx of more than 1.2 million refugees into Lebanon, creating severe economic, political and social strains. To better understand the effect of these strains on employers this report seeks to identify how to support the private sector to buffer the impact of the Syrian crisis on host countries and on refugees living there.
Working with markets across sectors and outcomes
This paper aims to articulate why markets are at the core of the IRC’s programming in economic recovery and development and beyond and how the IRC does and should engage with markets across sectors.
City Haven (brief)
On February 18, 2016, Emergency Humanitarian Relief Coordinator and UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, welcomed guests to the United Nations in New York City for a special event entitled City Haven: People on the Move • Harboring the Displaced. The event highlighted the challenges and opportunities of responding to urban emergencies, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the Syrian refugee crisis. It sought to change our perceptions of displaced people and propose new ways to ensure towns and cities are safe and inclusive places for all – including refugees and migrants. Referencing the urban context as it relates to both Sustainable Development Goal Number 11 and the UN Secretary-General’s five core responsibilities for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, O’Brien started the discussion by stating that, “we will commit to a concrete set of actions and commitments that will enable all – including member states, affected populations, civil society, and the private sector – to better prepare for and respond to crises, and to become more resilient to shocks.” In order to put these commitments in to practice, O’Brien announced that a new form of collaboration, the Global Alliance for Urban Crises, will be launched during a special session at the World Humanitarian Summit. The Alliance joins a diverse group of actors, who do not currently work together (including municipal authorities, urban professionals and humanitarian and development agencies) to deliver humanitarian responses in urban areas.
Organisational development of local civil society partners
This paper explores the theory and practice of organisational development, in particular, the process through which INGOs work in partnership with their local staff and leadership to help strengthen partners’ ability to serve as effective service providers, public advocates and leaders.
Policy brief: Impact of Syrian refugees on host communities
There is a growing body of research that evidences the vital role Syrian refugees’ play in stimulating host economies and even buffering host economies from some of the wider regional economic impacts of the Syrian war.
Vulnerability assessment of Syrian refugee men in Lebanon
This assessment aims to fill a gap in available data about protection vulnerabilities faced by Syrian refugee men in Lebanon.