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Knowing how to go

Knowing how to go

Iraqi asylum seekers and legal pathways to get to and stay in Europe

This assessment seeks to better understand what types of legal migration pathways and other protection services Iraqi refugees and other migrants are aware of and attempt to access at different points during their migration journey. Furthermore, it highlights when, where and why Iraqi refugees and other migrants fail to access protection services.

Migration from Afghanistan to Europe (2014-2017)

Migration from Afghanistan to Europe (2014-2017)

Drivers, return and reintegration

While research exists on some aspects of decision-making surrounding migration to Europe, little has been done to understand refugees' and other migrants' thought processes and experiences of returning when circumstances in Europe do not permit for asylum and resettlement. REACH researchers Interviewed 28 Afghans who returned to their country to gain insights into the returnees' socio-economic condition, the motivations behind their return, and the challenges they faced when they got home.

Photo: Ground Truth Solutions/Michael Sarnitz Perceptions of internally displaced persons: northern Iraq

Perceptions of internally displaced persons: northern Iraq

Survey and focus group discussion report

More than 300 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq spoke with Ground Truth Solutions researchers in the urban areas of Erbil and Dohuk, as well as in Khazer, Hajj Ali, and Al Salamiyah camps. They said that they have trouble getting jobs in the local economy and that they need cash assistance and compensation for homes that they lost. IDPs generally do not feel that circumstances are improving for people in Iraq.

Photo: Ground Truth Solutions/Michael Sarnitz Perceptions of refugees: northern Iraq

Perceptions of refugees: northern Iraq

Focus group discussion report

Ground Truth Solutions spoke with 49 Syrians at sites in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Syrians face severe problems in fulfilling their basic needs in camps and urban areas, and noted insufficient food, water, medical care, education, tents, gas and electricity. They said bribery, corruption, and favouritism hinder aid distribution, employment, access to information, and complaints mechanisms.

Photo: UNHCR/Mark Henley Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions

Refugee, asylum-seeker and migrant perceptions

Austrian states excluding Vienna

In its latest perceptions survey, Ground Truth Solutions finds that most of the refugees they spoke with in Austria felt welcome and were respected by authorities. They said could meet their needs and were spending their time usefully with activities such as learning the German language. They lacked information about services and support, they said, and were unaware of how to lodge complaints.

Photo: DRC/Megan Passey Life in limbo

Life in limbo

The consequences of thwarted mobility for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Serbia

While media attention largely has shifted to the central and western Mediterranean routes, thousands of refugees and other migrants continue to use the eastern route to Europe. This study highlights the situation of a largely forgotten population - refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants who are "stuck in transit" in Serbia along that eastern pathway. Such ‘limbo’ situations are likely to become increasingly common as the European Union further externalises its approach to border control.

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".