Refugees International and Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) hosted a discussion on how the response to the ever-growing Venezuelan displacement crisis can be improved at the national, regional, and international level.
Stakes are high for the final round of African Union-led peace negotiations on the Central African Republic (CAR) ,with millions of civilian lives hanging in the balance. But failure is avoidable if the negotiating parties are patient and stop repeating past mistakes.
With the number of displaced Venezuelans on track to reach 3.6 million this year, small island-nations such as Trinidad and Tobago can’t ignore their responsibility to help.
What will the year 2019 have in store for the Rohingya? Read Daniel Sullivan’s latest op-ed for key developments to keep an eye on and some thoughts on what must be done to improve the outlook.
Refugees International’s advocates forecast what will be the most urgent challenges for the humanitarian community in 2019.
The sudden withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria that Trump has called for, potentially within as little as 30 days, would pose severe humanitarian risks. Read more by RI’s Vice President Hardin Lang.
As Turkey takes sole responsibility from UNHCR for processing the asylum claims of Afghans and other non-Syrians, it must register them and allow them to access their basic rights, say Refugees International’s Izza Leghtas and Jessica Thea.
Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Houthi-led rebel movement agreed to a cease-fire in the port city of Hodeidah and its surrounding governorate on Thursday, following a week of UN–sponsored peace talks in Sweden. If it holds, this agreement would mark a major diplomatic breakthrough. Here’s why it matters and what to watch moving forward.
In remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz offers some perspectives on the migrant caravan and on questions relating to asylum.
The Global Compact for Migration will only be effective if countries move forward with its implementation. However, what is important is that the compact’s 23 objectives embody a comprehensive set of best practices for managing migration in a safe, orderly manner which requires the cooperation of countries of origin, transit and destination.
The nations that are attending the Inter-governmental Conference on Migration in Morocco and the UN climate change negotiations in Poland clearly understand what the current U.S. administration does not (or doesn’t want to): Meeting the challenges of international migration and climate change is not a zero-sum game. Refusing to join cooperative efforts to find joint solutions does not make your own problems better, but worse.
In an oped in the Jersualem Post, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz describes why the Trump administration’s decision to eliminate U.S. support for humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the Middle East represents a misguided approach.
A Refugees International team traveled to Colombia to bear witness to the experience of displaced Venezuelans. But they quickly discovered that it is impossible to view the Venezuelan displacement crisis on its own when there are already 7.7 million internally displaced people in Colombia amid ongoing internal armed conflict.
While it is too early for optimism in Yemen, external pressure may be creating an opportunity to end the war.
Eric Schwartz outlines an actionable advocacy campaign that civil society can undertake to move forward on the issue of statelessness in the context of an administration that is unlikely to make progress on the issue and in fact risks exacerbating statelessness in the United States.
This is a make-or-break moment for the Central African Republic. After years of conflict, a small window of opportunity is open to make real progress toward peace. Alexandra Lamarche offers three key steps the international community must take to consolidate hard-won gains and improve conditions on the ground.
At its 16th Annual New York Circle luncheon on October 23, 2018, Refugees International honored artist and humanitarian Ai Weiwei with its 2018 Exceptional Service Award for his continuous work and advocacy on behalf of refugees.
Intercommunal violence in Ethiopia has forced 1.4 million people to become displaced in 2018, the highest number of new internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. For all the obstacles and uncertainties facing Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy’s administration, it is in their control – and interest – to make significant improvements in their response towards displaced Ethiopians. Mark Yarnell offers steps for improving the response.
Regina Emilio was forced to flee her home after civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013. She is one of some 200,000 people living in UN-controlled Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites across the country. As a recent peace agreement muddles forward, some are talking of closing the PoC sites. But for Regina and others, the sites remain essential as conditions at home are still unsafe.
Help for refugees in Jordan is focused almost exclusively on Syrians. Researchers Izza Leghtas and Dina Baslan make a plea for Yemenis, Somalis, and Sudanese not to be forgotten.