Global Issues

Venezuela crackdown forces out Colombian migrants

CUCUTA/PUERTO SANTANDER, 3 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - Venezuela has embarked on a campaign to deport Colombian migrants and refugees it accuses of involvement in cross-border smuggling. The arrival of thousands of returnees at the border is overwhelming authorities and aid agencies. full report

2,400 reasons to care

OXFORD, 3 September 2015 (IRIN Global) - As public pressure grows on EU leaders to develop a coherent response to the refugee crisis, our Migration Editor asks what it will take to get them to act. full report

Here today, gone tomorrow

LESVOS, 31 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - For aid workers responding to the rush of migrants and asylum seekers arriving in Greece, the crisis raises a set of troubling questions with no easy answers. 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

IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths

LONDON, 28 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. 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

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

Face of World Humanitarian Summit to step down

LONDON, 26 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - After 15 months at the helm of the UN’s largest attempt in decades to reform emergency aid, the head of the World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat, Jemilah Mahmood, is stepping down. full report

Photo Feature: The race to beat Hungary's border fence

Röszke , 25 August 2015 (IRIN Global) - As Hungary rushes to complete the first phase of a controversial fence along its Serbian border, migrants – mainly refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – have been desperately trying to reach the country, which marks the beginning of the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone. When the fence is up, entry will become much harder. full report

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