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Peace in the Central African Republic Requires Patience

Peace in the Central African Republic Requires Patience

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.

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False Paradise: Caribbean Island-Nations Must Respect Venezuelans’ Rights

False Paradise: Caribbean Island-Nations Must Respect Venezuelans’ Rights

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.

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The Rohingya Crisis: What to Watch for in 2019

The Rohingya Crisis: What to Watch for in 2019

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.

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U.S. Exit from Syria Would Heighten Need for Humanitarian Aid

U.S. Exit from Syria Would Heighten Need for Humanitarian Aid

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.

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Turkey Must Not Ignore Non-Syrian Refugees

Turkey Must Not Ignore Non-Syrian Refugees

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.

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Migrant’s Compact Mischaracterized for Political Reasons

Migrant’s Compact Mischaracterized for Political Reasons

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.

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Confronting the Link Between Climate Change and Migration

Confronting the Link Between Climate Change and Migration

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.

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President Trump's Misguided Approach on UNRWA

President Trump's Misguided Approach on UNRWA

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.

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We Need to Help Jordan’s Other Refugees

We Need to Help Jordan’s Other Refugees

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.

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Puerto Rico’s Vulnerable Communities Remain Exposed to the Next Storm

Puerto Rico’s Vulnerable Communities Remain Exposed to the Next Storm

A year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico, we returned to some of the hardest hit areas to meet with local community leaders, civil society organizations, and affected households where these encounters left us alarmed.

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"Not doing anything is no longer acceptable": Q&A with Alice Thomas, climate refugee expert

"Not doing anything is no longer acceptable": Q&A with Alice Thomas, climate refugee expert

Mongaby interviewed Alice Thomas, RI’s climate displacement program manager, about the growing impact of climate change on the refugee crisis worldwide.

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The World Is Failing Internally Displaced People. Here’s One Solution.

The World Is Failing Internally Displaced People. Here’s One Solution.

More than one in 10 internally displaced people are in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where millions of IDPs are falling between the cracks of a humanitarian system in urgent need of reform. An important first step is to establish the position of special representative of the secretary-general (SRSG) for IDPs. 

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U.S. Should Not Walk Away From Syria

U.S. Should Not Walk Away From Syria

If the United States decides Syria is not worth its attention, civilians will once again pay a high price.

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