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‘We Don’t Have Space for You All’: The Struggles Afghan Refugees Face in Turkey

‘We Don’t Have Space for You All’: The Struggles Afghan Refugees Face in Turkey

Due to a change in application procedures, Afghans in Turkey are facing major obstacles when applying for asylum. Sadaf Doost interviewed Dr. Zakira and Dr. Ali Hekmat, co-founders of Afghan Refugees Solidarity and Aid Association, on their work providing relief for Afghan refugees in Turkey.

'Remain in Mexico' Policy Pushes Asylum Seekers into Grave Danger

'Remain in Mexico' Policy Pushes Asylum Seekers into Grave Danger

Ever since Congress denied funding for his border wall, President Trump has blamed Democrats for allowing smugglers to “tape up” women and traffic them over the border. There’s little evidence to support that claim. Yet, a House Homeland Security Advisory Council report suggested that the way to stop exploitation of Central American kids is to adopt a policy of swift repatriation and prolonged detention of children seeking asylum. This is an unserious and inhumane approach to the horrors of exploitation and persecution.

Better Water Management Needed for Thousands Displaced by Drought in Afghanistan

Better Water Management Needed for Thousands Displaced by Drought in Afghanistan

Drought affects 80 percent of Afghanistan’s territory. The government has drawn direct ties between the climate and the country’s economy, food security, and overall stability, so people displaced by climate change-related emergencies could slow Afghanistan’s growth and undermine efforts to reach a successful peace plan.  

Syrian Refugee Crisis Could Grow Exponentially Worse

Syrian Refugee Crisis Could Grow Exponentially Worse

One of the greatest humanitarian disasters in Syria to date is looming. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backers, including Russia and Iran, have steadily regained control of most of the country. The northwest governor of Idlib and its surroundings in northern Hama and Aleppo countryside are the rebels’ last stronghold. Now Damascus and its allies are applying their brutal efforts there. While the immediate threat to civilians there is dire, if Assad isn’t stopped what comes after could be even worse.

Forced Migration and the U.S. Southern Border

Forced Migration and the U.S. Southern Border

In remarks at Saint John’s Church, Refugees International President Eric Schwartz explains that for many tens of thousands of Central Americans—and even hundreds of thousands—forced migration is fueled by well-founded fears of women, men, and children about serious and striking abuses of their human rights.

Venezuelan Refugees in Curaçao are Facing Abuse, Detention, and Deportation

Venezuelan Refugees in Curaçao are Facing Abuse, Detention, and Deportation

A Refugees International team traveled to Curaçao in February 2019 to investigate the conditions for Venezuelans living there. It quickly became clear to us that the fate of Venezuelans in Curaçao might very well be the worst of those seeking refuge in the region.

The Obstacle to Rohingya Return Is Clear: It’s Still Myanmar

The Obstacle to Rohingya Return Is Clear: It’s Still Myanmar

Rohingya refugees continue to arrive in Bangladesh with stories of oppression at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces. Mark Yarnell and Daniel Sullivan report in the Diplomat on what they heard from newly displaced Rohingya during a recent Refugees International research mission to Bangladesh.