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06 Apr 2016 description
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By Kristy Siegfried

Zakir was just 14 when he fled pressure from Taliban fighters to join their ranks and embarked on the long and dangerous journey from Afghanistan to Britain.

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27 Jan 2016 description
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OXFORD, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - A new Danish law that will allow police to search asylum seekers arriving in the country and confiscate any cash or valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,460) has been widely condemned by refugee and human rights groups. But it is only the latest among a raft of new laws introduced by EU member states in the past six months aimed at deterring asylum seekers from lodging claims on their territory.

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15 Oct 2015 description
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MALMO, 15 October 2015 (IRIN) - Sweden is experiencing a rapid rise in the numbers of unaccompanied refugee children seeking asylum there. In the first two weeks of October alone, well over 4,000 unaccompanied minors arrived in the country, bringing the total this year to 18,000, more than two and a half times the 7,000 that came during the whole of 2014.

09 Sep 2015 description
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By Imogen Wall

LONDON, 9 September 2015 (IRIN) - The Hive Warehouse on the Kingsland Road in east London would normally be empty on a Sunday, but last weekend it was buzzing with activity. A constant stream of cars pulled up outside to unload bags of donated goods. Volunteers carried them upstairs, where dozens more people of all ages and backgrounds were emptying, sorting and repackaging. They ranged from a woman whose family survived the Holocaust to Natalie Bennett, leader of the UK’s Green Party, and a musician who shares a flat with the organisers.

20 Aug 2015 description
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OXFORD, 19 August 2015 (IRIN) - Migrant arrivals to Europe in 2015 were widely expected to surpass the record levels reached in 2014, as conflicts in Syria and elsewhere raged on. But the staggering number of sea arrivals to Greece in recent weeks appears to have taken many by surprise. Greece recorded more than 50,000 arrivals in July, according to the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, surpassing in just one month the 43,500 who arrived during the whole of 2014.

14 Jul 2015 description
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By Christopher Horwood

NAIROBI, 14 July 2015 (IRIN) - In a new column, Christopher Horwood, who has worked in humanitarian and development aid for over three decades and is the founding coordinator of the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) in Nairobi, Kenya, urges EU leaders to rethink their contradictory approach to irregular migration

30 Apr 2013 description
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JOHANNESBOURG, 29 avril 2013 (IRIN) - À leur arrivée dans les pays hôtes, la majorité des demandeurs d’asile se trouvent incapables d’apporter la preuve des persécutions qu’ils ont subies. Ainsi, les chances de voir aboutir leur demande de statut de réfugié dépendent en grande partie de la vraisemblance de leur récit. Cependant, la crédibilité des demandeurs d’asile est de plus en plus souvent remise en cause, particulièrement dans les pays qui reçoivent de nombreuses demandes d’asile.

24 Apr 2013 description
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JOHANNESBURG, 24 April 2013 (IRIN) - Most asylum seekers arrive in host countries with no evidence to prove they have fled persecution. This means the success of their applications for refugee status depends largely on whether their stories are believed. But the credibility of asylum seekers is increasingly being called into question, particularly in countries that receive large numbers of asylum claims.

22 May 2012 description
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LONDRES, 22 mai 2012 (IRIN) - Un fauteuil roulant robuste conçu pour les situations d'urgence, un réseau de stations de radio locales qui fournit en temps réel la carte des crises en cours, un ensemble d'idées pour améliorer la redevabilité dans les programmes gérés à distance : toutes ces idées sont originales et ont été financées par un fonds créé spécialement pour favoriser de nouvelles façons de penser la pratique humanitaire.

21 May 2012 description
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LONDON, 21 May 2012 (IRIN) - A sturdy wheelchair specially designed for emergency situations; a network of local radio stations providing real-time mapping of developing crises; a compendium of ideas for getting better accountability in remotely managed programmes - they are all original ideas and all have been funded from a special pot of money created to foster new thinking in humanitarian practice.

24 Feb 2012 description
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LONDON, 24 February 2012 (IRIN) - The London Conference on Somalia ended with a seven-point plan aimed at boosting humanitarian aid and support for African Union troops, and tougher action on piracy, but "fell short on the measures required to address the risks faced by civilians", said Amnesty International. [http://world.myjoyonline.com/pages/news/201202/82024.php ]

04 Jan 2012 description
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BANGKOK, 4 January 2012 (IRIN) - As the government of Myanmar continues to pledge political reform, donors are reassessing their giving in a country that has historically received among the lowest levels of per capita development aid of any developing country.

"Myanmar has been called an aid orphan in the past because its per capita assistance is so low," London-based Myanmar analyst Ashley South told IRIN.

25 Jul 2011 description
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LONDON, 25 July 2011 (IRIN) - Post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems experienced by Somalis who fled their country to settle in the UK, according to Abdi Gure, a community development worker for Mind, a mental health organization based in Harrow, north London.

Uncertainty over immigration status, housing and language barriers can compound mental illness but fear of being stigmatized may prevent sufferers from seeking support from their community as well as from the mental health services.

03 Jun 2011 description
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BLANTYRE, 2 June 2011 (IRIN) - After several years of fragile gains, Malawi's healthcare sector is facing major setbacks following a decision by its largest international donor, the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), to freeze its aid to the impoverished nation.

The UK provided about US$122 million annually to Malawi, of which $49 million went to funding Malawi's public health sector, but DFID made its final aid disbursement in March and has decided not to renew a six-year funding commitment which ends in June.

07 Feb 2011 description
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LONDON, 7 February 2011 (IRIN) - Oxfam has added its voice to a growing chorus of concern about Britain's system for deciding on asylum claims, and the suffering it causes, in a report on destitute asylum seekers, who are forbidden to work but cannot claim state benefits.

These men and women, who told their stories anonymously in Coping with Destitution: Survival strategies of asylum seekers in the UK, live in the shadows, penniless and …

11 May 2009 description
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DAKAR, 11 mai 2009 (IRIN) - Aucun cas de grippe A (H1N1) n'a encore été confirmé en Afrique, et les experts médicaux se demandent si ce constat est le fait de la chance ou si, bien au contraire, il s'explique par le manque de centres d'analyse de la grippe entièrement équipés.

Des cas de grippe A (H1N1) ont été confirmés en Amérique du Nord, en Amérique du Sud, en Asie et en Europe, mais ni en Australasie, ni en Afrique, selon l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).

« Je suis très surpris qu'aucun cas n'ait encore été signalé ici ; le manque de …