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Family reunion out of reach for many refugees in Europe

OXFORD, 6 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Imagine that you have to flee your country and, for whatever reason, you cannot take your family with you. After a long and perilous journey, you finally reach a safe country and successfully apply for asylum there. What will be your next and most urgent priority? For the vast majority of us, it will be to ensure the safety of the family we left behind and to be reunited with them as soon as possible. full report

Araya's story

BIRMINGHAM, 6 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - After being granted refugee status in Europe, most refugees are keen to reunite with their families as soon as possible, but family reunification procedures for refugees have become increasingly restrictive and complex in many member states. IRIN spoke to a UK-based Eritrean refugee about her experience. full report

The most important aid organisation you've never heard of

BEIRUT, 2 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Saudi Arabia has quietly launched a new behemoth in the international aid world. The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid looks set have a budget of hundreds of millions and could become the country's equivalent to USAID. As one UN expert said, "the era of the Saudis just giving money and disappearing is over." full report

It's all about the money

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - The rising cost of responding to concurrent crises – and how to plug that funding gap – is dominating debate in the aid sector and is likely to become one of the key themes at next year’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). full report

The humanitarian one percent

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Charities and NGOs like to promote transparency and good governance in the countries they work, but how much do we really know about where and how aid money is really spent? Very little, according to the Local to Global Protection Initiative (L2GP), which in conjunction with IRIN has produced a series of graphics analysing the money flows from big donors. full report

Cameroonians plagued by urban flooding

DOUALA, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Rapid urbanization in Cameroon's Douala city and an increase in annual rainfall in the region is putting more people at risk of flooding each year. The latest storm affected more than 30,000 people, destroying homes, businesses and livelihoods. full report

Time to fix the aid industry’s broken record?

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - Barely a month goes by without a new report or panel event urging better co-ordination between local, national and international actors in disaster response situations, and more advance community resilience building and investment into countering climate change. But when will this talk start to walk? full report

Greek financial showdown overshadows refugee crisis

MYTILENE, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - In the shadow of Greece’s bitter row with creditors, the refugee crisis unfolding in its islands has been pushed from the headlines, but boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers continue to arrive and systems for receiving them have virtually collapsed. full report

Fleeing Islamic State: 'We heard them calling takbir'

AMUDA, SYRIA, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled fighting in the northern city of Hassakeh, with residents describing widespread panic following a sustained assault by so-called Islamic State militants. For the newly displaced, there are shortages of goods and support. full report

Are SE Asia’s trafficking kingpins getting off the hook?

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Southeast Asia’s smuggling and trafficking rings have now gone dormant. But rights groups warn that the criminal syndicates will soon be back unless the authorities go after the kingpins, who may include politicians and businessmen, as well as senior police and military officers. full report