06 April 2018

Regional Focus: MENA


On 2 April 2018, Israel announced a new plan for addressing the situation of African asylum-seekers. Instead of deporting them to Rwanda and Uganda, some would remain in Israel while others would be resettled in Western countries. An agreement was signed with UNHCR accordingly. Hours later, the agreement was suspended. Read the following for more information:

"Israel Will Now Send African Migrants to Countries in the West Instead of Africa," QZ, 2 April 2018 [text]

UNHCR and Israel Sign Agreement to Find Solutions for Eritreans and Sudanese (UNHCR, 2 April 2018) [text]

"Netanyahu's Incredible Flip-Flop on African Migrants," The Atlantic, 2 April 2018 [text]

UNHCR Statement Regarding the Cancellation of Israel-UNHCR Agreement (UNHCR, 3 April 2018) [text]


*Report Launch: Triggers of Return of Syrian Refugees, Beirut, 16 April 2018 [info]
- The report to be launched is called "Unheard Voices: What Syrian Refugees Need to Return Home." See also related BBC story.


Flights above the Fray: The Experiences and Uncertain Future of UNHCR’s Family Visit Program for Sahrawi Refugees (Feinstein International Center, April 2018) [text]

"How Global Politics Made Yemen's Humanitarian Disaster," NPR, 22 March 2018 [text]

*How Should Israel Address African Refugees? (Order from Chaos, April 2018) [text]

International Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees, Working Paper, no. 2 (KNOMAD, March 2018) [text]
- Focuses on the MENA region.

Jordan: Step Forward, Step Back for Urban Refugees (Human Rights Watch, March 2018) [text]

Leaving Libya by Boat: What Happens after Interception? (International Refugee Rights Initiative, April 2018) [text]

Making Aid Work in Lebanon: Promoting Aid Effectiveness and Respect for Rights in Middle-income Countries Affected by Mass Displacement (Oxfam, April 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Palestinian Refugees Lament as Trump Funding Cuts Create Job Insecurity and a Pension Crisis (The Conversation, March 2018) [text]

Palestinian Syrians: Displaced Once Again - An Eye on the Appalling Humanitarian Conditions of Syria’s Palestinian Refugees in Exile (Euro-Med Monitor, March 2018) [text]

Qatar’s Unprecedented Financial Support to UNRWA (UNWRA, April 2018) [text via ReliefWeb]

Return and Readmission of Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) to Lebanon and Jordan (UNHCR, Dec. 2017) [text]

The Second Exodus:Tracing the Footsteps of Palestinian Refugees in Syria (Atlantic Council, April 2018) [text]

The Wages of War: Learning from How Syrians Have Adapted Their Livelihoods through Seven Years of Conflict (Feinstein International Center, Feb. 2018) [text]


Related post:
- Regional Focus: MENA, incl. Syria (23 March 2018)

Tagged Publications and Events & Opportunities.

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