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Top picks: Migrant boats, Islamic State and World Bank controversy

LONDON, 24 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of noteworthy humanitarian journalism and research, compiled by the editorial team. This week - a deep dive into the Islamic State, Sudan's Southern Kordofan and the World Bank's dubious practices. full report

Destroy the smuggling market, not the boats

LONDON, 24 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Anthropologist and author of "Illegality, Inc." Ruben Andersson of the London School of Economics explains why an EU plan to destroy migrant smugglers' boats is doomed to fail. full report

The EU’s ‘disappointing’ response to the migration crisis

OXFORD, 24 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - A closer look at the list of commitments from Europe’s leaders after their hastily-arranged migrant crisis summit in Brussels reveals no substantial change in response and few measures likely to have any major impact on the flows of migrants and asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe. full report

Forced separation: life inside Myanmar's Rohingya and Buddhist camps

SITTWE, 23 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - The Myanmar government is collecting temporary identification cards from the minority Rohingya community in the western state of Rakhine, which was riven by violence between Muslims and Buddhists in 2012. Some 140,000 Rohingya and about 10,000 Buddhists still live in separate camps set up in the wake of the conflict. Three years on, IRIN finds conditions grim and attitudes entrenched. full report

Migrant smugglers profit from Libya's chaos

TRIPOLI, 23 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Most of the 1,750 migrants to have drowned in the Mediterranean this year were sub-Saharan Africans who boarded smugglers’ boats in Libya. We will never know all their individual stories, but it is possible to retrace their steps through the deserts of Sudan, Chad and Niger to Libya’s porous southern borders, and north to its coastal cities and the beaches where the boats were launched. full report

The Med: One final danger in a migrant's odyssey

OXFORD, 20 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every time a migrant boat capsizes on its way to Europe, a death toll is estimated by aid agencies and reproduced in media reports. But what about that other number? What about all those who die before ever setting foot on a boat? That number may be far higher. full report

Prison or poverty: Impossible choice for Israel deportees

JERUSALEM/KAMPALA, 16 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - For Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers facing deportation from Israel’s Holot detention centre, the future is bleak. Those who have gone before describe a hand-to-mouth existence in Uganda or no freedom of movement in Rwanda. full report

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

BELGRADE, 15 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work. full report

In Pictures: On the migration road in Serbia

BELGRADE , 15 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Serbia has been hosting refugees from Croatia and Bosnia for the past 20 years, but was unprepared for a recent influx of new asylum seekers, the majority of them from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. full report

Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean: What can be done?

LAMPEDUSA/OXFORD, 15 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - With Italian authorities rescuing 8,500 migrants in the Mediterranean over the weekend and reports up to 400 may have perished, there can be no doubt that an unprecedented summer surge in migrant sea crossings is already under way. full report

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