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Medium: We need a new deal for refugees — here’s why

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About 60 per cent of the world’s refugee population lives in around 10 countries, all in the global south. Refugees often live in the poorest parts of these countries. The global compact is a response to the need for the international community to come together and help these countries that are particularly affected by refugee movements. That’s the whole purpose. We have just ended an 18-month process of intense engagement with all 193 Member States of the United Nations plus all other stakeholders — non-governmental organizations, the private sector, faith communities, refugees themselves, and the World Bank. Click here to continue reading from the original source.

Refugees Deeply: Fear Dampens Hope Among Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia

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IN JULY THIS year, Ethiopia and Eritrea shocked the world, thrilled their people and upended politics as usual in the Horn of Africa by signing an agreement of peace and friendship that ended 20 years of conflict. Change has happened remarkably fast since then. Phone lines and flights that hadn’t operated for two decades reconnected the two countries, which share a 567-mile (912km) border. Families separated by war reunited in ecstatic celebration. The Eritrean embassy in Addis Ababa reopened and everyone expects land travel across the contentious border to resume soon. But not everyone is excited about peace. On a recent research visit to Ethiopia, where we have been studying Eritrean refugee settlements for the past two years, we discovered that many refugees are afraid of what peace could mean for their safety and their future. Some refugees say that the end of conflict in the region may actually be more dangerous for them than war. Click here to continue reading from…

News Deeply: School Started by Refugees Becomes One of Uganda’s Best

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When he arrived at this United Nations camp in western Uganda in 1997, Joseph Munyambanza had been able to attend only poor-quality schools. Eight years later, he and other young refugee students wanted to help children who also faced dismal education prospects, so they started a club with activities focusing on education. In 2009, they expanded that effort to create their own school called Coburwas – a combination of Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Sudan, the countries of origin for many of the refugees in the camp. Today, Coburwas has 530 primary and secondary students. “We studied in overcrowded schools and were taught by unqualified teachers,” said Munyambanza, who fled North Kivu, in a war-torn region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, when he was six. He was still a teenager when he and other refugee youths started Coburwas “to create [a] homelike environment for the most vulnerable children in the community to access education.” Munyambanza and his colleagues…

New York Tmes: White House Weighs Another Reduction in Refugees Admitted to U.S.

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he White House is considering a second sharp reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States, picking up where President Trump left off in 2017 in scaling back a program intended to offer protection to the world’s most vulnerable people, according to two former government officials and another person familiar with the talks. This time, the effort is meeting with less resistance from inside the Trump administration because of the success that Stephen Miller, the president’s senior policy adviser and an architect of his anti-immigration agenda, has had in installing allies in key positions who are ready to sign off on deep cuts. Last year, after a fierce internal battle that pitted Mr. Miller, who advocated a limit as low as 15,000, against officials at the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and the Pentagon, Mr. Trump set the cap at 45,000, a historic low. Under one plan currently being discussed, no more than 25,000 refugees…

The Independent: Why we need to protect refugees from the ‘big ideas’ designed to save them

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As the so-called “refugee crisis” continues to dominate European political and media debate, I’ve become increasingly concerned about the way in which some academics are responding to “solve” the issue. “Refugia” is the latest idea. Conceived of by two Oxford University academics, Refugia would be an autonomous region in which refugees would live and work, separated from the communities for whom their presence has become so politically problematic. The location of these areas and the numbers of people living there would involve bargaining and negotiation between richer states and the countries of the global south, in which 85 per cent of displaced people currently live. The proposal comes hard on the heels of suggestions from two other Oxford academics that “Special Economic Zones” be established in countries hosting large numbers of refugees in countries close to Europe to deter them from crossing the Mediterranean. The recently appointed mayor of Amsterdam has similarly called for a land of Zatopia, a utopian community where refugees can take…