Refugees/IDPs

Millions of aid dollars lost in currency swings

BEIRUT/GENEVA, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Currency fluctuations this year could cost relief agencies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income, threatening aid to millions of people around the world. full report

Taking the long run in Palestine

BETHLEHEM, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Three thousand people are preparing to run tomorrow in annual 'Right to Movement' marathon in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. IRIN's Annie Slemrod is among them. full report

Record-breaking year for asylum claims: 8 key trends

OXFORD, 26 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - 2014 was a year of records for asylum claims, according to an annual round-up released today by UNHCR, which noted that 866,000 claims were made in the world's industrialized nations, double the figure for 2013. full report

Agencies overwhelmed as Mindanao conflict flares again

MAGUINDANAO , 25 March 2015 (IRIN Asia) - Humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope with a growing number of people displaced by fighting in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says more than 120,000 have sought shelter in public buildings or informal camps. The latest conflict, sparked by a botched anti-terror raid, threatens the future of much heralded peace deal. full report

Photo Feature: Bulgaria repels asylum seekers at Turkish border

EDIRNE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - Thousands of asylum seekers, many of them from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are being denied entry to the European Union via Turkey’s border with Bulgaria. According to testimonies from asylum seekers, they are not only denied the opportunity to apply for asylum, but turned back by Bulgarian border police and, in many cases, beaten. full report

10,000 flat-pack IKEA shelters for Iraqi displaced

DUBAI, 24 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The UN refugee agency has placed an order for 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters designed by a social enterprise arm of furniture giant IKEA, with first delivery planned to displacement camps across Iraq within months. full report

Ukrainian refugees face dwindling options in Poland

WROCLAW, 23 March 2015 (IRIN Global) - During nearly a year of conflict between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine, neighbouring Poland has received less than 3,000 of the 674,000 Ukrainians that have fled the country. full report

Iraqi Kurdistan nears breaking point

ERBIL, 20 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The pressure of hosting more than 1 million people displaced by militants from the group calling itself Islamic State - on top of an existing 225,000 Syrian refugees - is taking a crippling economic and social toll on Iraqi Kurdistan and increasing risks for the most vulnerable. full report

Syrian aid groups seek greater role

DUBAI, 18 March 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Local NGOs and diaspora groups involved in frontline aid delivery in Syria want more recognition from the wider humanitarian community as well as the chance to access direct funding, rather than working merely as silent implementers for international NGOs. Limited communication due in part to language and cultural barriers, but also to concerns around terrorism, has led to parallel and duplicated operations, competition for donor funding, staff poaching and a general feeling of mistrust. full report

A long wait for home – how Ebola kept refugees stuck in Liberia

ABIDJAN, 18 March 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nearly 38,000 Ivorian refugees living in Liberia have been unable to return home since July 2014, when Cote d’Ivoire closed its borders with Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak. full report

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