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“Like a Drop of Water on a Fire”: Inadequate Investment in Durable Solutions for Drought IDPs in Ethiopia

“Like a Drop of Water on a Fire”: Inadequate Investment in Durable Solutions for Drought IDPs in Ethiopia

Due to severe drought and conflict, Ethiopia is facing a large scale displacement crisis. Lack of food, shelter, and water are threatening the lives of millions of internally displaced people. This report examines one forgotten population—the 350,000 people displaced by a severe 2015-16 drought in the country’s Somali region—and what must be done in order to build resilience, address humanitarian needs, and prevent this from happening again.

Losing Their Last Refuge: Inside Idlib’s Humanitarian Nightmare

Losing Their Last Refuge: Inside Idlib’s Humanitarian Nightmare

A military offensive by the Syrian regime and its Russian ally in Syria’s northwest Idlib province has displaced more than half a million people from their homes, causing a humanitarian nightmare. This report examines the humanitarian crisis and offers solutions that could save thousands of lives and alleviate the suffering of hundreds of thousands more.

Devastation and Displacement: Unprecedented Cyclones in Mozambique and Zimbabwe a Sign of What’s to Come?

Devastation and Displacement: Unprecedented Cyclones in Mozambique and Zimbabwe a Sign of What’s to Come?

Cyclones Idai and Kenneth devastated Mozambique and Zimbabwe in March and April 2019. The cyclones demonstrate an ugly truth: climate change will affect Africa more severely than any other continent. That the two cyclones occurred at that time of year, with this severity, and in these locations was remarkable. As humanitarians continue to respond to the needs of storm survivors, including a looming food crisis affecting up to a third of the population in Zimbabwe, the region must also prepare for similar storms in the future.

Searching for Safety: Confronting Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Venezuelan Women and Girls

Searching for Safety: Confronting Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Venezuelan Women and Girls

As more than 4 million Venezuelans flee their country, the risk of trafficking and sexual exploitation of Venezuelan women and girls is becoming more acute and demands urgent attention. Moreover, the number of reported female Venezuelan victims of trafficking is on the rise. In this report, Devon Cone and Melanie Teff examine the crisis of trafficking of Venezuelan women in the contexts of Colombia, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago, and Curaçao and recommend a path forward for confronting trafficking and enhancing regional cooperation on this critical issue.

Promoting Refugee Participation In The Global Refugee Forum: Walking The Walk

Promoting Refugee Participation In  The Global Refugee Forum: Walking The Walk

Those with lived refugee experience – whether still in displacement, resettled, or returned – offer necessary perspectives to inform smart, practical, and sustainable programs. The first-ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF) in December 2019 will serve as a clear litmus test of international commitment to refugee participation under the framework of the Global Compact on Refugees.

A Fragile Welcome: Ecuador’s Response to the Influx of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants

A Fragile Welcome: Ecuador’s Response to the Influx of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants

Almost 1.2 million Venezuelans have entered Ecuador since 2015, most of whom have traveled onward to Peru or other third countries as they flee economic and social collapse at home. As more Venezuelans with increasingly acute needs arrive and choose to stay, Ecuador must do more to protect and provide opportunities for Venezuelans—and international donors must respond more generously.

Crisis Denied in Cameroon: Government Refusal to Recognize Suffering in NWSW Deters Donors

Crisis Denied in Cameroon: Government Refusal to Recognize Suffering in NWSW Deters Donors

Cameroon has long been viewed as a model of stability in a region fraught with conflict. Under the surface, however, tensions between its Anglophone and Francophone populations have simmered for decades. In October 2016, violence erupted in the Anlgophone North-West and South-West (NWSW) regions, and has since displaced more than 530,000 people and killed 1,800. If the government of Cameroon and international donors do not act, the humanitarian situation will rapidly deteriorate.

Abused, Blamed, and Refused: Protection Denied to Women and Children Trafficked Over the U.S. Southern Border

Abused, Blamed, and Refused: Protection Denied to Women and Children Trafficked Over the U.S. Southern Border

The Trump administration asserts that its policies at the U.S. southern border are designed to protect women and children from traffickers. However, its actions tell a very different story. Yael Schacher paints a scathing picture of how the administration is rolling back protections for victims of trafficking that have been established over the last decade.

Primer for Members of the 116th Congress on  International Humanitarian Assistance

Primer for Members of the 116th Congress on  International Humanitarian Assistance

Refugees International’s primer for members of the 116th Congress on international humanitarian assistance provides background on the proud, bipartisan tradition of U.S. leadership in humanitarian affairs, the value of U.S. investment in humanitarian and development funding, and the humanitarian imperative of the U.S. refugee resettlement program, and outlines several key priority areas for policymakers. 

Hidden and Afraid—Venezuelans Without Status or Protection on the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao

Hidden and Afraid—Venezuelans Without Status or Protection on the Dutch Caribbean Island of Curaçao

As the crisis in Venezuela has intensified, 3.4 million Venezuelans have fled their homes—many to other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Only 40 miles from the coast of Venezuela, an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 Venezuelans have fled to Curaçao in search of safe harbor. But once on the island, many of them live hidden and afraid with no real opportunities to obtain international protection or other forms of legal stay.

Quito III: What Regional Governments Must Do to Help Displaced Venezuelans

Quito III: What Regional Governments Must Do to Help Displaced Venezuelans

The Venezuelan displacement crisis has continued to grow during the first months of 2019. Now in its fourth year, this is one of the largest displacement crises in the world—3.4 million have fled Venezuela, and the global community is watching to see how the region responds. As affected states convene in Quito to discuss a way forward, they must use the opportunity to harmonize policies and mobilize support for a coordinated, effective response. Refugees International takes stock of recent developments in view of the goals of the Quito Process and recommends national- and regional-level action. 

New MINUSCA Leadership Must Seize Opportunity for Progress in the Central African Republic

New MINUSCA Leadership Must Seize Opportunity for Progress in the Central African Republic

MINUSCA faces serious challenges in the Central African Republic, but Alexandra Lamarche says many of these challenges can be solved. In a memo, she outlines her recommendations for the country’s new UN Special Representative of the Secretary General Mr. Mankeur Ndiaye as he takes command of the mission.

Leaving the Embers Hot: Humanitarian Challenges in the Central African Republic

Leaving the Embers Hot: Humanitarian Challenges in the Central African Republic

Years of instability and violence in the Central African Republic have led to large-scale displacement and a desperate need for international aid. This year, more than half of the country's 4.6 million people will depend on humanitarian assistance for protection and survival. But despite the negative trendlines, there is an opportunity for progress.

“You Cannot Exist in This Place:” Lack of Registration Denies Afghan Refugees Protection in Turkey

“You Cannot Exist in This Place:” Lack of Registration Denies Afghan Refugees Protection in Turkey

Turkey currently hosts the largest population of refugees in the world, including a growing number of Afghan refugees. Following a recent change in asylum procedures for Afghans and other non-Syrians in Turkey, Afghans have been facing increasing difficulties in registering with the authorities. Izza Leghtas and Jessica Thea recommend ways in which Turkish officials can make policy adjustments that will better ensure the rights of refugees.