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UN: EU should overhaul policy on Syrian refugees
AP, 09/10/2014
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency on Wednesday said it was urging the European Union to overhaul its policy toward Syrian refugees, warning the number of fatal accidents at sea could rise further as winter approaches. U.N. officials, presenting their proposals in Athens, said more than 3,000 asylum seekers had died trying to cross the Mediterranean this year. They urged the EU to provide ports for reception and to process asylum applications across member states. The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, also urged the 28-nation bloc to provide emergency financial assistance to Greece, Italy and Malta to deal with the soaring number of illegal sea crossings. "With the best will in the world, the number of people coming is too large for authorities to deal with," said Giorgos Tsarbopoulos, head of UNHCR's office in Greece. "There must be legal asylum options, with so-calle...
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Record 3,072 migrants killed crossing Mediterranean in 2014: IOM
The Express Tribune, 29/09/2014
GENEVA: More than 3,000 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, more than double the previous peak in 2011, the International Organisation for Migration said Monday. Europe is by far the most dangerous destination for “irregular” migrants, the organisation found in a report, with 3,072, or 75 per cent, of the 4,077 registered migrant deaths worldwide since January happening in the Mediterranean. In the 216-page report titled “Fatal Journeys: migrant fatalities across land and sea“, IOM said more than 40,000 people had perished since 2000 while migrating — 22,000 of them while trying to reach Europe. “It’s time to do more than count the number of victims,” IOM chief William Lacy Swing said in a statement. “It’s time to engage the world to stop this violence against desperate migrants,” added Swing, whose agency is not part o...
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EU-bound migrants increasingly in danger and marooned
Euronews, 06/10/2014
Egypt is increasingly becoming a hub for illegal migration to Europe. This is Alexandria, one of the port cities of the Nile Delta. Many migrants and would-be migrants leave from this shore. They take fearful risks to cross the Mediterranean Sea. They’ve been driven by wars in Syria, Iraq and Darfur to desperation. The UN refugee agency says the number making the attempt, year-on-year, has doubled. Our correspondent went to speak with some who failed. They are kept in a processing centre in Alexandria. Amera Khalil, from Darfur, who was stopped at sea by Egyptian authorities two weeks ago with her four children, told us: “Nobody helped me in Darfur. Nobody stood by me there. So, I took my children and I came here. I submitted my papers to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights here in Egypt, and I went to their offices several times, but I did not get any help, not even news...
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UNHCR Lebanon head discusses critical aid to Lebanese communities in Mt Lebanon
UNHCR Lebanon, 03/10/2014
SIBLINE, Lebanon, 2 October 2014 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Representative in Lebanon Ninette Kelley today met with Sibline Mayor Mohammad Oubar to review progress on construction of a water reservoir, part of a massive project that will ensure regular water supply to more than 80,000 Lebanese residents and some 16,500 Syrian refugees living in Mount Lebanon. The project, which is part of a range of initiatives across Lebanon designed to support local communities, will see the construction of ten reservoirs across ten communities in Mt. Lebanon, beginning with Rmeileh, Sibline, Barja, Borjein, Chhim and Baasir. “UNHCR’s assistance is very important to Sibline”, Oubar said, “because it is actually benefiting both the Lebanese and the Syrians living in the area. It is important for us that UNHCR’s support and commitment continue”. “Lebanon today faces an unprecedented challenge ...
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UNHCR urges Europe to do more to help Syrian refugees
UNHCR, 11/07/2014
GENEVA, 11 July (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Friday called for European nations to do more to help Syrian refugees who are trying in growing numbers to reach the safety of Europe. A new report, Syrian Refugees in Europe: What Europe can do to Ensure Protection and Solidarity, found that Europe is shouldering only a small part of the Syrian refugee problem. Just four per cent of Syrian refugees have sought asylum in Europe. Since the conflict began in March 2011, some 123,600 Syrians have sought asylum in Europe, not including Turkey. There are over 2.9 million refugees in countries immediately neighbouring Syria. UNHCR urged states to ensure access to their territory, including fair and efficient asylum procedures; to provide adequate reception conditions; and to take other measures to provide protection and safety for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. "An incre...
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Europe must give Syrian refugees a home
The Guardian, 22/07/2014
While the world’s eyes are now firmly fixed on Gaza, the Syrian maelstrom of death, destruction and displacement rages on, and shows no signs of abating. When histories are written about the humanitarian cost of Syria’s civil war, Europe’s response to the crisis of a generation might be summed up in a single phrase: never was so little done by so many for so few. More than three years after the conflict began, almost three million refugees have fled their shattered homeland in fear of their lives. A dispassionate observer might imagine that, by virtue of wealth and geography, many would seek safe harbour just a few kilometres to the west, in the peaceful and prosperous countries of the EU. The reality is dramatically different. In response to the largest forced displacement crisis in the world, taking place only a short boat ride away, Europeans have provided refuge to a g...
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Queen commends UNICEF’s work in Jordan
The Jordan Times, 18/08/2014
AMMAN — Her Majesty Queen Rania on Monday met with UNICEF’s deputy executive director, Geeta Rao Gupta, to discuss the UN agency’s efforts to support women and children in Jordan. Talks also covered the ongoing efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza residents suffering as a result of the conflict in the area, according to a statement from Her Majesty’s office. Gupta, who also serves as the vice chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, expressed her gratitude for the role that Jordan and its leadership play in supporting humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza as well as welcoming the large influx of Syrian refugees and absorbing Syrian children in the public school system. Queen Rania commended UNICEF’s work in the region and Jordan, particularly in the development of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Maria Calivis, UNICEF...
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UAE conference hopes to help more than 2 million displaced children in region
The National UAE, 19/08/2014
DUBAI // With more than 2.6 million children and adolescents displaced in the Middle East and North Africa, the UAE is looking to help the United Nations draft a protection plan to assist them. At the Investing in the Future conference to be held on October 15 and 16 in Sharjah, experts from child protection agencies, the UAE, government officials from other countries and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will discuss how to protect these refugees from exploitation and violence. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, the wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, said governments and organisations had a responsibility to ensure children’s rights were upheld and that they grow up in a safe environment. “The conference seeks to make recommendations and adopt steps to protect the rights of refugee children, and to put the necessary measures in place to protect them...
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مصر تؤكد استعدادها لتخفيف المعاناة عن اللاجئين السوريين
AKHBAR MASR - http://www.sis.gov.eg/Ar/Templates/Articles/tmpArticles.aspx?ArtID=87010#.U_mwpMW1YpJ, 07/05/2014
أكد السفير طارق معاطي، نائب مساعد وزير الخارجية للاجئين والهجرة، استعداد مصر لتقديم كل ما يلزم من تعاون مع المجتمع الدولى فى هذا الصدد مؤكداً على أهمية استمرار التنسيق والتعاون لضمان أفضل السبل لمساعدة الأشقاء السوريين على العيش الكريم وتخفيف معاناتهم. جاء ذلك خلال استقبال السفير طارق معاطى الثلاثاء 6/5/2014 الوفد رفيع المستوى للدول التى تستضيف اللاجئين السوريين والذى يزور القاهرة خلال الفترة من 4-7 مايو الجارى بهدف متابعة أوضاع اللاجئين السوريين فى مصر والأعداد التى يمكن استيعابها فى هذه ...
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Syrians come to Egypt seeking refuge, bring shawerma
Daily News Egypt - http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/07/07/syrians-come-egypt-seeking-refuge-bring-shawerma/, 07/07/2014
Three years ago, there were few authentic Syrian restaurants in Egypt. “Now they are countless,” said Mohamed Belal, who helped to found one of Cairo’s first Syrian restaurant chains in 2004. Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, more than 190,000 Syrians have taken refuge in Egypt, bringing with them, among other things, an entrepreneurial spirit and shawerma. Syrian restaurants require little capital, which makes it one of the easiest businesses to start, Belal said. Shawerma is also an easy product to sell. In Syria, Belal said, “You may find up to nine shawerma restaurants in the same street, and they will be all making profit equally.” Egyptians, he said, “tend to prefer a greasy diet,” so selling shawerma is “a very profitable business”. At the Heliopolis branch of Belal’s restaurant, Anas El Demishki, you can smell the shawerma as soon as y...
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