Humanitarian Analysis

Europe doesn't have a migrant crisis, it has a Syrian crisis

BEIRUT, 2 September 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Imagine Syria didn’t exist. The war never happened and no one had to flee. How would Europe’s migration crisis look then? full report

Debates over language: a dangerous distraction?

AMMAN, 31 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - Migrants? Refugees? Or just "people" fleeing horror and hardship? All this attention on what terms we use for the thousands risking their lives to reach Europe is missing the point, argues Melissa Phillips, who says our energies would be better spent on a more coordinated response and a better understanding of why so many people are on the move. full report

So much for sanctuary: how an EU asylum rule 'results in death'

OXFORD, 28 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The discovery of dozens of dead migrants in a truck in Austria has shed fresh light on how the overzealous use of EU regulations can have tragic consequences. full report

When to use the M-word

OXFORD, 27 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - Using the right terms when referring to Europe’s migration crisis has become a minefield for journalists. Al Jazeera’s recent decision to stop using the word ‘migrant’ entirely in reference to people crossing the Mediterranean is one reflection of the evolving debate, but there are still plenty of major media brands getting it wrong. full report

Ebola: Where are we now?

DAKAR, 27 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Ebola outbreak appears to be winding down, but it isn't over yet. Here's where things stand. full report

Eyes Wide Shut: The challenge of humanitarian biometrics

BELGRADE, 26 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The use of biometrics clearly has a role to play in humanitarianism. The challenge, says IRIN columnist Paul Currion, is to protect the vulnerable, whose identities may be vital for accessing government services, while preventing powerful states and private companies who may seek to experiment or exploit. full report

Do we still care about the F word?

ISTANBUL, 24 August 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Famine, one of the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, used to have the power to provoke global campaigns. Nowadays, the general public barely bats an eyelid. full report

Whatever happened to those heroes?

BELGRADE, 19 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - World Humanitarian Day honours aid workers who have been killed in conflict zones around the world. But IRIN columnist Paul Currion argues the hero narrative avoids tough questions about who is really responsible. full report

What peace deal? No end to Mali conflict

BAMAKO, 19 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Malian government and Northern rebel groups signed a peace deal on 20 June that was supposed to end years of conflict. Two months later, the violence continues. full report

On World Humanitarian Day, a new idea to protect aid workers

ISTANBUL, 18 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - The French NGO Action Against Hunger is proposing a radical new idea to protect aid workers from attack. But could it work? full report

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