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Turkey’s refugee smugglers adapt and prosper

ISTANBUL, 8 February 2016 (IRIN) - Turkish and German leaders may be ramping up the rhetoric and hardening their resolve to crack down on the people smugglers pushing a steady stream of Syrians and others out into the Aegean, but the illicit trade is still booming and the criminal networks are finding new ways to avoid detection. full report

The axis of generosity

LONDON, 3 February 2016 (IRIN) - As a major funding conference opens in London, IRIN has run the numbers. Which countries can claim to be doing the most for the Syria crisis? We compare 29 aid donors (to Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan) and refugee-hosting countries. full report

UN changes Syria siege list, adds Madaya and Yarmouk

JERUSALEM, 1 February 2016 (IRIN) - The UN has quietly added four areas to its increasingly controversial list of areas under siege in Syria, including Yarmouk and Madaya, the town that brought the issue of blockades into the limelight. full report

Syrian peace talks lost in a fog of war

JERUSALEM, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - With the main Syrian opposition group threatening not to show, and talks in separate rooms even if they do, are these peace talks at all? full report

Should airdrops be tried to save starving Syrians?

JERUSALEM, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - Since Madaya forced the plight of Syrians under siege onto the international stage, voices calling for airdrops to save starving civilians have only become louder. Governments and aid agencies say it can't be done effectively. But is it that simple? full report

Syrian refugees in Cologne fear backlash

OXFORD, 15 January 2016 (IRIN) - Syrian refugees living in Cologne say they’re afraid they’ll have to pay the price for the actions of gangs of men, said to be of Arab and North African origin, who assaulted and robbed women in the city on New Year’s Eve. Twenty-two asylum seekers are reported to be among the suspects that German police have identified so far. full report

UN appeals for Syria: a look at the numbers

JERUSALEM, 15 January 2016 (IRIN) - As the war in Syria drags on, donors have given more but the percentage of needs they meet has decreased. IRIN takes a look at the numbers. full report

Briefing: All you need to know about sieges in Syria

LONDON, 12 January 2016 (IRIN) - Last week’s deal to allow aid into Madaya was more of a swap by warring parties than a humanitarian gesture, and the small Syrian village is not an isolated case. So as aid trucks brought relief to the besieged village, IRIN went looking for information on sieges, and found out that even the simplest questions don’t have easy answers. full report

Jordan cracks (down) under refugee pressure

AMMAN, 6 January 2016 (IRIN) - At the beginning of what’s already set to be a tough year, Jordan's deportation of 600 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers who had been demanding more support is a grim indicator of the growing insecurity refugees in Jordan face. full report

A different sort of aid for Syria?

BEIRUT, 4 January 2016 (IRIN) - Some aid organisations and policy experts are finding that with more than four out of five Syrians in poverty, traditional humanitarian aid, while necessary, just isn’t enough. So they’re advocating for, and implementing, livelihood projects – intervention to assist people’s abilities to support themselves. full report

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