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

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

Europe doesn't have a migrant crisis, it has a Syrian crisis

BEIRUT, 2 September 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Imagine Syria didn’t exist. The war never happened and no one had to flee. How would Europe’s migration crisis look then? full report

Freedom brings stigma and fresh fears for Boko Haram 'wives'

YOLA, 1 September 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Hundreds of women and girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram have since escaped or been rescued, but their struggles are far from over. 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

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