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On seeking asylum from poverty:

On seeking asylum from poverty:

Why the refugee/migrant paradigm cannot hold

This paper explores the ‘politics of labelling’ in the UK in relation to the perceived migration ‘crisis’ of 2014-present. Drawing upon philosophical insights in relation to types of violence, I argue that the moral distinction that sustains the labels ‘migrant’ and ‘refugee’ in the present context is untenable, and find that:

On My Own – Recommendations

On My Own – Recommendations

Protection challenges for unaccompanied and separated children in Jordan, Lebanon and Greece

These are the recommendations of the "On My Own" report. The report indicates that the best interests of these vulnerable children are consistently violated by inconsistent or non-existent adherence to updated procedural safeguards, strained institutional capacity, and state-level and public concern that some unaccompanied and separated children pose "security concerns".

Photo: Timon Koch On My Own – Conclusion

On My Own – Conclusion

Protection challenges for unaccompanied and separated children in Jordan, Lebanon and Greece

This is the conclusion of the "On My Own" report. The report indicates that the best interests of these vulnerable children are consistently violated by inconsistent or non-existent adherence to updated procedural safeguards, strained institutional capacity, and state-level and public concern that some unaccompanied and separated children pose "security concerns".

Photo: Timon Koch On My Own – Executive Summary

On My Own – Executive Summary

Protection challenges for unaccompanied and separated children in Jordan, Lebanon and Greece

This is the executive summary of the "On My Own" report. The report indicates that the best interests of these vulnerable children are consistently violated by inconsistent or non-existent adherence to updated procedural safeguards, strained institutional capacity, and state-level and public concern that some unaccompanied and separated children pose "security concerns".

Photo: Timon Koch On My Own

On My Own

Protection challenges for unaccompanied and separated children in Jordan, Lebanon and Greece

This report indicates that the best interests of these vulnerable children are consistently violated by inconsistent or non-existent adherence to updated procedural safeguards, strained institutional capacity, and state-level and public concern that some unaccompanied and separated children pose "security concerns".

Photo: UNHCR Lost for words

Lost for words

Improving information access for refugees and migrants in Greece

Translators Without Borders spoke with refugees and other migrants on the Greek Island of Chios about language barriers regarding information from humanitarian organisations. Interviewees reported that it was very difficult finding information in their mother tongue, which they understood much better than English. Even translated information is not always understandable information, a finding that merits more research. Nearly 80 percent of interviewees said they preferred to get information by word-of-mouth or via video

Photo: UNHCR Putting language on the map in the European refugee response

Putting language on the map in the European refugee response

Translators Without Borders (TWB) spoke with refugees and other migrants in Sicily, Italy and Chios, Greece to learn about challenges with language in the provision of information to them. Among TWB's findings are: NGOs need to ask refugees which languages they want information in; a shortage of female interpreters hampers communication; and much more data needs to be collected on aspects of language in humanitarian crises.

DRC/Mais Salman Monthly summary – July 2017

Monthly summary – July 2017

Middle East

Although conflict in Mosul subsided and the number of civilian casualties in Iraq continued to go down, vulnerable populations remain stranded in numerous countries and displacement remained high. Movement from Turkey to Greece continued in July at low but dangerous levels.

Photo: UNHCR Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Izmir, Turkey

Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Izmir, Turkey

Survey report

The observations of refugees, asylum-seekers and other migrants in Izmir, Turkey who spoke with Ground Truth Solutions echoed survey respondents in other parts of Turkey. The majority did not know all of the assistance available to them (although most did know about cash-based assistance) or how to file a complaint or suggestion about the support they do receive. Though most feel safe in Turkey, they still experience challenges learning Turkish and finding work and housing.

Photo: UNHCR Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Izmir, Turkey

Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions in Izmir, Turkey

Summary of focus group discussions

In its continuing examination of the perceptions of migrants in Turkey, many participants in Izmir expressed concern that relatives or friends of staff working at some organisations benefit over other refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. Only participants from Syria reported receiving cash support from aid agencies or the government. Almost all participants said they are unclear about staying in Turkey or applying for resettlement in another country. And discussion participants gave mixed responses about whether they feel welcomed by Turkish citizens.