Global Issues

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

Briefing: Should 'killer robots' be banned?

GENEVA, 14 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Drones are already doing a lot of killing on behalf of certain governments, but a human being still has to make a conscious decision somewhere and press a button. What if killing machines were programmed to take such decisions all by themselves? full report

Drones and crisis mapping - digital aid in Vanuatu

NAIROBI, 14 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - The cyclone-hit Pacific islands of Vanuatu are the latest proving ground for new information technology and the digital humanitarian volunteers that are now an integral part of disaster response. full report

Europe must stop exporting its migration fears – or face the consequences

LONDON, 13 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - In a new column, anthropologist and author of "Illegality, Inc." Ruben Andersson of the London School of Economics warns that European Union initiatives to collaborate with African states may fuel irregular migration rather than stem it. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Aid flows, education and North Korea

DUBAI, 10 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's weekly assortment of journalism and research about the humanitarian world that piqued our interest. full report

The new buzzword in aid – and why agencies are slow to act

NEW YORK, 9 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - 'Urban' is a new buzzword in humanitarian circles, but aid agencies, accustomed to working in more remote war zones or in the aftermath of natural disasters, have been slow to turn it into action full report

What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?

GENEVA, 7 April 2015 (IRIN Global) - Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there? full report

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