December 12, 2013
| Jeff Crisp
| Tagged as: Congress, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Middle East
When masses of refugees escape from one developing country and find
sanctuary in another, they invariably place serious pressures on the
people, land, environment, water supply, infrastructure, and public
services of the areas where they settle. And yet the needs of
refugee-hosting communities are all too often unrecognized and unmet.
December 09, 2013
| Alice Thomas
| Tagged as: Climate Displacement, Americas
To date, no state has recognized these people as being entitled to asylum under the Refugee Convention. But there may be another way forward.
December 05, 2013
| Jeff Crisp
| Tagged as: Congress, Iraq, Syria, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Middle East
I first visited Domiz refugee camp in May 2013. Situated near the city
of Dohuk in northern Iraq, and spread out over 1.5 million square meters
of land which once housed an army base, the camp accommodates around
45,000 Syrian Kurds who have escaped from the conflict in their
homeland, the border of which is just 70 kilometers away. Going back to Domiz at the end of November 2013 for Refugees
International, it was immediately apparent that some important
improvements were being made to the camp.
December 04, 2013
| Tagged as: Congress, Jordan, Syria, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response
The conflict in Syria is only eight miles away from the residents of
Za’atari, the second largest refugee camp in the world. They can
sometimes hear the explosions, according to one humanitarian aid worker,
who noted that the proximity to the border and the conflict adds to the
insecurity in the camp.