Governance

The $1bn hole in Afghanistan’s refugee system

MAZAR-E-SHARIF, Afghanistan, 3 September 2015 (IRIN Asia) - The United States has allocated $950 million for assisting Afghan refugees and returnees, but much of that money has been lost to corruption while those in need remain in dire conditions, according to a report released today by a congress-appointed auditor. full report

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

When Myanmar votes, Rohingya must stay home

BUTHIDAUNG, Myanmar, 1 September 2015 (IRIN Asia) - In the 2010 general elections, about 150,000 Muslims in this isolated township in western Myanmar were able to cast their votes. When the country returns to the polls in November the number of Muslim voters here is likely to be about a dozen. 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

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

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

The lost childhoods behind our chocolate

ABIDJAN, 25 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - An estimated 1.62 million children are forced to work in Cote d'Ivoire each year. The majority spend their days in cocoa fields, cultivating the beans that will eventually become chocolate. full report

Rape, stigma, poverty: The lot of urban refugees in Cameroon

YAOUNDE, 24 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Despite efforts to help refugees who settle in urban areas, many still face stigma, poverty and sexual assault. full report

Burundi diary - inauguration day

BURUNDI, 20 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - In this latest installment of his Bujumbura Diary, IRIN correspondent Desire Nimubona reflects on the insecurity in his country on the day that President Pierre Nkurunziza is sworn in for a controversial third term in office. full report

What peace deal? No end to Mali conflict

BAMAKO, 19 August 2015 (IRIN Africa) - The Malian government and Northern rebel groups signed a peace deal on 20 June that was supposed to end years of conflict. Two months later, the violence continues. full report

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