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.
Migrants acknowledged on international day
Every year, the global community observes December 18 as International Migrants Day. It aims to raise awareness about the challenges of migrating, and celebrate the contributions of migrants worldwide.
Croatian police accused of illegally pushing back refugees
An Afghan man trying to cross into the European Union says Croatian police are continuing to illegally push refugees, back from the border. Ibrahim Rasool has also filmed videos that show children packed into a police van with adults - and a pregnant woman being carried in a blanket. Andrew Hopkins reports.
#AfghanRefugees #Pushbacks #Croatia
Geopolitical dispute exacerbates humanitarian disaster at Poland-Belarus border
A military build-up is intensifying on the Poland-Belarus border. Russia has sent troops, in a show of support for its ally. Poland has beefed up its security and British soldiers are also there. Thousands of migrants and refugees have gathered at the crossing after Belarus granted them visa-free travel. It's not only a geo-political dispute, but has also led to a humanitarian crisis for those who find themselves trapped in freezing conditions. Many have no access to food, supplies or medical care, as fears for their safety mount. Our Europe Correspondent, Simon McGregor-Wood reports.
#MigrantCrisis #Refugees #Europe
The difference between refugees and migrants | I Got A Story to Tell | S2E13
In this episode of I Got A Story To Tell we breakdown the difference between migrants and refugees and why it's important.
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,
Refugee Crisis: Refugees in Bosnia demand better conditions
Bosnia has become a popular transit route for refugees wanting to cross into Western Europe. Many are escaping war and poverty in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. But as Yasin Eken explains, with winter approaching, many are worried about how they'll survive.
#Refugees #Bosnia #TransitRoute
Refugee Crisis: Refugees seek asylum for a safer life in Turkey
A large number of refugees continue to go to great lengths to seek asylum in a number of countries. Over the recent Eid holidays, thousands gathered at a small park in Ankara waiting for their turn to receive documentation. Rahul Radhakrishnan went to meet some of them.
#turkey #ankara #refugees
Emma’s Torch serves up food made by refugees
"Refugees are welcome here," says Brooklyn restaurant Emma's Torch, which also holds an eight-week training course that teaches refugees and human trafficking survivors the basics of cooking and serves up dishes made by its students.
#emmastorch #refugees #brooklynrestaurant
Facebook a tool for migrant trafficking?
Organised crime gangs still use Facebook to ferry migrants across borders in exchange for money, according to UK's National Crime Agency.
Tunisian fishermen call the EU to rescue migrants like they did
Tunisian fishermen in the coastal town of Zarzis, have witnessed the tragedy of migrants' death in the Mediterranean for years. They have been rescuing migrants and recovering the dead.
Migrants' tragedy: Family separation at sea
In one of the most dramatic rescue operations carried out by migrant rescue ship, the Aquarius, this year, a mother died leaving two children behind, one was taken to Tunisia and the other to Italy. Watch their story.
What is a refugee's worth in the EU?
The European Commission is proposing to give its member states seven thousand dollars for every migrant they host. The problem is, many EU states have adopted a "not in my backyard" mentality. So in response, the bloc is proposing to build holding areas it says will rapidly and securely process these people, while preventing their movement.
Dominik Tarczynski - Member of the Polish Parliament
Matteo Villa - Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies
Jelka Kretzschmar - Spokeswoman for Sea-Eye
Is the EU's refugee plan a bribe or charity?
The European Commission is proposing to give its member states seven thousand dollars for every migrant they host. But we will they be held in detention centers as part of the deal? Natalie Poyhonen reports.
Refugee Crisis: EU members to discuss migration, asylum policy
EU leaders will meet in Brussels on Thursday and once again migration will dominate their agenda. The issue is causing real political tension within the bloc. A meeting last week failed to lay the foundations of a new migration policy, and some countries are threatening to take matters into own hands. At sea, migrant rescues continue, as do arguments about where they should go. Simon McGregor-Wood has this report.
Refugee Crisis: More refugee rescue ships being left stranded
Italy's interior Minister is calling for migrants trying to reach Europe by sea to be refused entry and instead taken to processing centres in Libya. Matteo Salvini will push the idea at this week's EU summit in Brussels where a showdown over migration is expected. But as Sarah Morice reports, in the meantime refugee boats are being left in limbo at sea.
Refugee Crisis: Spain offers ship bearth as Italy, Malta refuse
Spain has offered to take in more than six hundred people stuck on a ship - after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock. They've all been rescued at sea after trying to get to Europe from Libya. But, the aid group in charge of the ship says - making the long voyage to Spain would be a daunting journey. Jemima Walker reports.
Bigger Than Five: Time For Change at the UN?
Bigger Than Five looks at the state of the United Nations - asking what reforms are needed for it to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.
The world is changing. New rivalries and alliances are being formed and the era of two major superpowers is long gone. The USA is prioritising a new nationalism and abandoning international agreements. China and Russia are deepening ties. The diplomatic sands of the Middle East are shifting in unexpected ways. And throughout all this - the United Nations is engaged in a struggle to stay relevant - a struggle perhaps for its very survival. The calls for major changes are growing louder. How the UN responds could decide its fate - and have lasting importance for our world.
James Champion, Executive Producer of Bigger Than Five says, “The calls for major reforms at the UN are growing louder. How it responds could have lasting importance for our world. Bigger Than Five will examine the failures and successes of the United Nations and ask what the future could hold.”
The programme host, Ghida Fakhry commented, “As world citizens we all have a stake in how effective the UN is. This is a subject that really matters for so many people. So we'll be putting tough questions to UN insiders and getting expert opinions on what comes next.”
Bigger Than Five deals with global conflicts and crisis. On this special show, Fakhry questions whether there is injustice at the heart of the UN?
#UN #UnitedNations #ChangingWorld