Table of contents


  1. SYRIA: Turkey opens up to international aid in camps
  2. ISRAEL-OPT: Border communities prepare for the worst
  3. OPT: In the line of fire
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE: A four-degree warmer world
  5. OPT: Gaza hospitals need more drugs
  6. In-Depth: On the frontlines of “Fortress Europe”
  7. In-Depth: Imagining the future of migration
  8. In-Depth: Changing the odds in Europe's asylum lottery
  9. In-Depth: Top 10 neglected refugee crises
  10. Overview: Crossing into the unknown
  11. In-Depth: Migration policy bites hard
  12. LEBANON: Concern for Syrian refugees as winter approaches
  13. CLIMATE CHANGE: To save trees, save people


SYRIA: Turkey opens up to international aid in camps
ANKARA، 16/11/2012 (IRIN) - Turkey has treated Syrians fleeing to its territory better than most countries in the world ever would or could. Refugees receive three hot meals a day and live in modern facilities, in much better conditions, they say, than their counterparts in Lebanon and Jordan. full report
ISRAEL-OPT: Border communities prepare for the worst
SDEROT/TEL AVIV/GAZA CITY، 16/11/2012 (IRIN) - Sderot’s streets are empty, its schools and shops closed. Residents of this southern Israeli town are accustomed to the alarm that sounds almost daily as rockets fired from Gaza land here. But the upsurge in violence in recent days is, for some, the last straw. full report
OPT: In the line of fire
GAZA CITY، 18/11/2012 (IRIN) - It seemed a wise decision: when the air strikes began over the Gaza Strip on 14 November, Othman Abdel’Al, like several Gazans, moved his family to a safer location. But when they returned to check on their home three days later, the bombs fell, killing Othman's wife and hospitalizing him. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: A four-degree warmer world
JOHANNESBURG، 19/11/2012 (IRIN) - A new report released just days ahead of the UN climate change talks to be held in Doha, Qatar, paints an unnerving picture of a four-degree Celsius warmer world by the end of the century. full report
OPT: Gaza hospitals need more drugs
GAZA، 19/11/2012 (IRIN) - The nurses at Shifa hospital in the Gaza Strip have seen bombing casualties before, but never on this scale. “I was here when the [23-day] 2008-09 war took place, and I think this one is more difficult in [terms of] injuries and the type of demanding work we do”, said Tal’at Al Ejla, a 30-year-old nurse. full report
In-Depth: On the frontlines of “Fortress Europe”
ORESTIADA، 21/11/2012 (IRIN) - Until a few months ago, Greece’s 200km border with Turkey represented the largest crack in the walls of “Fortress Europe”; it was the point where the majority of undocumented migrants entered the European Union (EU). full report
In-Depth: Imagining the future of migration
JOHANNESBURG، 21/11/2012 (IRIN) - What does the future hold for international migration? By 2030, will we see more people migrating in response to climate change and an increased demand for their labour in Europe? Or will rapid economic growth and development in traditional migrant-sending countries persuade more people to stay put? full report
In-Depth: Changing the odds in Europe's asylum lottery
JOHANNESBURG، 21/11/2012 (IRIN) - Desperate to escape the conflict in Syria, but reluctant to see out the war in a dusty refugee camp in Jordan, Emmad Saeed* and his family paid smugglers to take them to Europe. They hoped to reach relatives in Germany or Sweden but their smugglers guaranteed only that they would get to Europe, and the country their small boat washed up on was Greece. full report
In-Depth: Top 10 neglected refugee crises
JOHANNESBURG، 21/11/2012 (IRIN) - Refugee crises appear to come and go. In 2011, all eyes were on the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya as it received hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing famine and conflict. This year, attention has shifted to the refugee exodus from Syria, even though the majority of Somalis who arrived at Dadaab last year are still there. full report
Overview: Crossing into the unknown
JOHANNESBURG، 21/11/2012 (IRIN) - Hamid’s parents migrated from Afghanistan before he was born and he grew up in Iran where life as an unregistered refugee was hard, particularly after his father returned to Afghanistan never to be heard from again. At the age of 15, Hamid paid smugglers to get him into Europe using money his two older brothers had raised from selling off their tailoring business. full report
In-Depth: Migration policy bites hard
TEL AVIV، 21/11/2012 (IRIN) - The Israeli government says a hardening of migration policy has caused a 90 percent drop in arrivals in the last few months, from around 2,000 in May to 122 in September. full report
LEBANON: Concern for Syrian refugees as winter approaches
BEIRUT/TAALABAYA، 21/11/2012 (IRIN) - Winter is approaching fast for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, who are facing night-time temperatures that regularly dip below zero. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: To save trees, save people
JOHANNESBURG، 21/11/2012 (IRIN) - Scientists are pushing for changes to a UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest loss. Environmentalists have long argued the mechanism must also protect biodiversity and forest-dependent communities. Now, ahead of climate talks in Doha, this thinking is finding a broader audience. full report