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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

Photo courtesy of Refugees Deeply/Abby Sewell Monthly Summary – September 2017

Monthly Summary – September 2017

Middle East

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Migration from Afghanistan to Europe (2014-2017)

Migration from Afghanistan to Europe (2014-2017)

Drivers, return and reintegration

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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: INTERSOS/Timon Koch Examining the protection of migrants in vulnerable situations in the contexts of Jordan and Lebanon

Examining the protection of migrants in vulnerable situations in the contexts of Jordan and Lebanon

This paper looks at the findings of our upcoming research on existing international protection frameworks for the human rights of migrants in vulnerable situations, and how these are adhered at the country level in Jordan and Lebanon. It also features an expert discussion of the findings.

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.

Photo: DRC/Noe Falk Nielsen Mixed migration and the global compacts

Mixed migration and the global compacts

a perspective from the Middle East

This is the first in MMP's Policy Brief series. In this brief, MMP presents its takeaways from the consultations it has attended on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which aims to create an intergovernmentally negotiated agreement that addresses all aspects of international human migration. Recommendations include preventing populations from falling into a gap between the migration compact and the Global Compact on Refugees and expanding safe and regular pathways for refugees and migrants.