For almost four decades, Pakistan has given refuge to more than a million Afghans who escaped the Soviet invasion. But now the government wants tens of thousands of them to go back.
An Afghan-American perspective on the US withdrawal
A young Afghan-American woman and former refugee shares her story, as well as her thoughts on the withdrawal of US troops and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
#Afghanistan #Afghanrefugee #Taliban
Is Europe Doing Enough to Address the Afghan Migration Crisis?
America's two-decade-old war will be ending later this month. But a series of failed talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, chances of any lasting political solution are bleak. With the Taliban's recent offensive, more and more Afghans are fleeing the war-torn country every day. Many are hoping to cross into Europe, but some EU leaders have called for the refugees to be settled in Turkey. Currently nearly four million refugees, mostly Syrians, are in Turkey. Aid groups warn the country is hitting breaking point and that a new wave could overwhelm the already fragile system in place. But have the EU, the US, and wealthy Gulf States done enough to address this growing humanitarian crisis?
Ugur Yasin Asal
Associate Professor at Istanbul Ticaret University
Associate Professor at the University of Reading
Closing Kakuma Refugee Camp | Bigger Than Five
Two of the world’s largest refugee camps are now facing the prospect of closing down.
The Kakuma and Dadaab camps in Kenya are home to 430,000 refugees, primarily from Somalia and South Sudan. Many of the refugees have lived there since the camps were established three decades ago.
Over half of the refugee population are children, many of whom have never known life outside the camps.
In March, the Kenyan government issued an ultimatum to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to present a plan for closure of the two camps within two weeks or the Kenyan government would begin repatriating the refugees.
UNHCR and the Kenyan government came to an agreement to close the camp by next June.
Refugees who live in Kakuma are worried about the impending closure of the camp. Here’s the story of Jelly Naomi, a mother of four, filmed by refugees who also live in Kakuma.
The Plight of Refugees | Bigger Than Five
Displaced by war, persecution and natural disaster, tens of millions of refugees have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety. Are we doing enough to protect the most vulnerable among them: children?
Commissioner-General of UNRWA
Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration
Afghan-Danish Football Player
Opera Singer and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
Palestinian-Lebanese Director and Multimedia Artist
Has Life in Gaza Become Unlivable?
The Gaza strip is one of the most densely populated places on earth, and one of the most impoverished. Existence there means unsafe drinking water, few jobs, even fewer basic necessities and almost no chance of leaving. So, has life in Gaza become unlivable? And what responsibility does Israel have?
President of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security
Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council
Former USAID Assistant for the West Bank and Gaza
Idlib Crisis: Will Turkey-Russia Ceasefire Deal Hold?
For the past two weeks, Syria saw an escalation in violence that many feared could lead to a confrontation between Turkey and Russia. But after 6-hours of negotiations in Moscow, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, agreed to a ceasefire that took affect midnight Thursday. The two leaders also agreed to joint patrols on a crucial highway that rebels and the Syrian regime have fought to control. But many past ceasefires have failed, bringing the warring parties back to the starting point. Will this latest deal hold?
Vice President of the Syrian Coalition
Director of Syrian Legal Development Programme
Should Greece Accept More Refugees?
Turkey announced it would no longer prevent refugees from crossing into Europe after a Syrian regime air strike killed 34 Turkish soldiers in Idlib. Drone footage showed long lines of men, women and children walking towards Turkey's border with Greece, but days later they were met by baton-wielding riot police, tear gas and water cannon. Turkey says it had no choice but to ease its border restrictions. So, have refugees become pawns in in a political tussle? And what responsibility does Greece have to take in refugees?
Analyst at the Security Department of the SETA Foundation
Journalist and Writer
Political Analyst and Journalist
Greece’s Floating Fence
Athens plans to build a fortress in the sea to stop refugees coming from neighbouring Turkey. Would a barrier in the sea be effective? Francis Collings reports,
What do refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina eat?
Migrants and refugees staying at reception centers in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, are provided with three daily meals. This is how they are prepared.
#RefugeeCrisis #EuropeRefugees #MigrantsRoute
Refugees stuck in Bosnia and Herzegovina
With the Croatian border closed, around 8,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Pakistan and Afghanistan, are stuck in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Suffering from a complex decision-making system and ethnic divisions, Bosnia has been struggling to provide them with basic necessities. Some racist sentiments have also been sparked.
#RefugeeCrisis #EuropeRefugees #BosniaandHerzegovina
Refugee Crisis: Hungarian attitude to refugees bucks international trend
A new poll published by Ipsos suggests that global attitudes towards refugees are changing for the better - but the data also shows that in some parts of the world - especially in Europe - negative attitudes are on the rise. This is especially true in Hungary where public support for diversity was at the bottom of the chart. Ali Mustafa visited Budapest to find out why.
#EuropeRefugees #RefugeeCrisis #Hungary
Bosnia Migrant Camp: Turkish Red Crescent sends aid to migrants
In Bosnia, local authorities say they're unable to provide proper shelter to the refugees stuck in a camp there. The refugees have complained about the terrible conditions, and they've welcomed aid from the Turkish Red Crescent. Semir Sejfovic has more.
#BosniaMigrantCamps #TurkishRedCrescent #Refugees
Refugee Crisis: Thousands still attempt to reach Europe
Since January, nearly 50-thousand people have been rescued by Turkey's coast guard on the waters between Turkey and Greece. That's almost twice the number of people who were rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard Command last year. The refugee crisis is still ongoing, as Rahul Radhakrishnan reports from the Aegean Sea.
#RefugeeCrisis #EuropeRefugeeProblem #AegeanSeaRefugees
Lampedusa scarred by migrant deaths at sea - Refugee Crisis
The number of migrant arrivals to Italy has halved from past years, but thousands continue to attempt the crossing from North Africa to Europe. A key entry point is Lampedusa, a remote Italian island a few hundred kilometres off the coast of Libya and Tunisia. Rahul Radhakrishnan has this report from the place often referred to as the gateway to Europe for asylum seekers.
#MigrantDeaths #LampedusaMigrants #Refugees
Refugee Crisis: Conditions dire at Greece's Moria camp
Like other Aegean isles near the Turkish coast, Lesvos has witnessed a sharp rise in arrivals of asylum seekers desperate to reach Europe in recent months. The Moria camp there is four times over capacity. Rahul Radhakrishnan visited the overcrowded camp and has this report.
Saving Migrants At Sea | Bigger Than Five
Sea-Watch 3 was stranded in the Mediterranean for 17 days after the Italian government blocked the German rescue boat from disembarking 40 migrants on its shores. The boat was confiscated. The captain was arrested. Haidi Sadik, who was on the mission, calls on the EU for urgent humanitarian action.
#BiggerThanFive #SavingMigrants #migrants
Searching for Answers
Last March, one community in the German capital Berlin, woke up to a senseless crime. Their house of worship, the Koca Sinan mosque, was burned in a deliberate arson attack. Now after more than a year without a proper place to pray, a new mosque is being built. But questions still remain on who was behind the attack, and why the perpetrators haven't been caught. Yunus Paksoy has this report from Berlin.
Rising Hatred in Germany
In the last two years alone, Germany has seen more than 2,000 reported incidents categorized as anti-Muslim, with over a 100 of them directed at mosques. This has led the German-Muslim community to call for a new government post to address the country’s growing Islamophobia. But would that be enough to stop the rise of far-right parties and hate crimes that are gripping not only Germany, but many parts of Europe.
Vice-chair of the Political Science and International Relations Department at Marmara University
Seeking Refuge in Uganda: Scarce resources divide locals and refugees
Uganda is home to more than a million refugees, mostly from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the United Nations, Uganda's asylum policies are among the most progressive in the world. But as Leon Ssen-yange reports, the strain on resources and conflict in resettlement camps has heightened tensions among both locals and refugees.
#Uganda #UgandaRefugees #RefugeeCrisis
MIGRATION CRISIS: Time for a new approach?
The recent picture of the father and daughter drowned trying to reach the US caused anger - and brought more attention to the issue of migration. But when the outrage subsides, where do we look for solutions?
Joining us at the Roundtable Matthew Saltmarsh Senior Communications Officer, UN Refugee Agency; Lucia Kula Human Rights Lawyer, SOAS University; Ramzy Baroud Journalist and Alexander Betts Professor Forced Migration, Oxford University.
Roundtable is a discussion programme with an edge. Broadcast out of London and presented by David Foster, it's about bringing people to the table, listening to every opinion, and analysing every point of view. From fierce debate to reflective thinking, Roundtable discussions offer a different perspective on the issues that matter to you. Watch it every weekday at 15:30 GMT on TRT World.
#UNHCR #refugees #migrantcrisis #conflict #humanrights #migrants #IDPs
Captain of a rescue ship carrying 42 migrants arrested in Italy
The captain of “Sea-Watch 3” rescue ship that was carrying 42 migrants has been arrested for docking at an Italian port without permission and refusing to obey a military vessel after a two-week standoff with Italian authorities. #migrant #Italy #SeaWatch3
Images of drowned migrant and child stir outrage in the US
Shocking images of a drowned migrant and his 23-month-old daughter who died while trying to cross the Rio Grande river from Mexico to the United States have sparked outrage, underscoring the dangers faced by asylum seekers. #migrants #migrantcaravan #US
Students in Istanbul raise awareness about World Refugee Day through their art
A group of students marked World Refugee Day by participating in an art workshop at Istanbul’s migration office. Some of them spoke to us about their artworks and what they learned about migration during the workshop. #refugee #art #Turkey
World Refugee Day Special
New figures from the UN show more than 70-million people are displaced - a record high number. Half of those are children. The UN says developing countries, not wealthy western nations are bearing the brunt of the crisis. It says more than two-thirds of the world's refugees come from five countries - Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia and Myanmar.