By J Nastranis | IDN-InDepthNews Report
GENEVA (IDN) -The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has drawn attention to a rather significant aspect of the current flow of migration of peoples young and old from war-torn regions. A record number of them are child refugees and migrants – 700 a day – seeking asylum in Europe.
By Mirjam van Reisen* | IDN-InDepthNews Viewpoint
BRUSSELS (IDN) - With the 28-nation EU desperately trying to find a solution to the unprecedented inflow of people seeking international protection and a better life, the size of the problem and the political battlefield are seriously damaging European cooperation and undermining citizens' trust in the European project.
However, the proposals presented by the European Commission six months ago were reasonable and fair. Strengthening EU's diplomacy to resolve the Syrian conflict, stepping up assistance to the countries neighbouring Syria, reinforcing external border controls and relocating 40,000 refugees based on a fair distribution key – all these made complete sense and could have been an adequate answer to the situation, at that point in time.
But Member States didn't play ball. The shameful lack of solidarity, pure selfishness and political short sightedness of a number of (especially new) Member States frustrated any attempt to manage the situation in a reasonable and serene way. Despite all the (European) Councils, precious time has been lost and the situation today is worse than ever before, threatening to hurt the very fundaments of the EU.
By J C Suresh | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis
TORONTO (IDN) - A high-ranking UN official has warned against ‘toxic public debates’ in the face of 60 million forcibly displaced people living in a troubled global landscape of increased conflict and called for a global compact on refugee and asylum matters.
By Karina Boeckmann
BERLIN (IDN) - Whether it goes down in the history of the United Nations as a milestone or not, the world body's "refugee agency" UNHCR has taken a significant step by acknowledging that when natural disasters and violent conflicts uproot entire communities and hope is slipping away, faith is the last straw at which the displaced and the forlorn clutch. [GERMAN] [JAPANESE]
By Jerome Mwanda | IDN-InDepth NewsReport
NAIROBI (IDN) – The United Nations has taken the wind out of the sails of world's rich countries that never tire of complaining about the citizens of developing lands burdening their rather stressed economies, by pointing out that about 80 per cent of refugees around the world live in poor countries.