Yemeni migrants’ mass return from Saudi
Around 200,000 Yemeni expatriate workers have returned from Saudi Arabia since June, according to estimates from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), amid a sharp escalation in deportations as Saudi authorities crack down on those breaking labour laws - developments that risk increasing poverty and destabilizing the transition in Yemen, say analysts. Full report
Helping host communities help Syrian refugees
8 November 2013
Syrian refugees living in urban and peri-urban areas in Jordan and elsewhere in the region are placing an increasing burden on the local communities hosting them. As the Syrian crisis drags on, aid agencies and donors are looking to shift away from strictly humanitarian aid for refugees to a longer-term development approach that also benefits affected national populations and governments.
Somali refugees in Yemeni limbo
7 November 2013
It is eight years since Esmahan Abdaqadir Ali left the Somali capital Mogadishu for a new life in Saudi Arabia, and things have not quite turned out as planned. For a start, she never reached her destination.
“Catastrophic” humanitarian situation in Yemen’s Dammaj
6 November 2013
A fresh outbreak of sectarian fighting in northern Yemen between militants of the Houthi-led Shia movement and (Sunni) Salafists has entered a second week with at least 50 people killed, according to a senior government health official, and aid workers getting little access to the besieged village of Dammaj, a Salafist stronghold.
Planning for winter in Jordan’s Za’atari camp
4 November 2013
As the first rains of the season hit Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, aid agencies are trying to ensure refugees are better protected against winter storms than they were last year.
Analysis: Politics and power in Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp
1 November 2013
More than a year after Za’atari camp was opened in Jordan as a temporary solution for Syrian refugees, it is slowly transforming into something much more permanent. One of the demands of an increasingly long-term aid operation is a greater focus on the camp’s governance - a sensitive area at the crossroads of politics and humanitarian relief.