Safety, dignity and a better life. These are the main reasons people are leaving their homes as their countries are affected by conflicts, climate change and extreme poverty.
A small number of these migrants, including refugees, come to Europe with hopes of a new beginning. But what could have been a manageable increase of people arriving at Europe's borders has turned into a humanitarian shame: the European Union’s response is constantly creating new problems and causing unnecessary suffering.
This briefing paper is the result of a joint effort by 12 national and international organizations operating in Greece. The aim is to explain the current situation for those stranded in Greece for over six months since the closure of the northern border and introduction of the European Union (EU) – Turkey deal.
Since 2009, Oxfam and others have been raising the alarm about a great global land rush. Millions of hectares of land have been acquired by investors to meet rising demand for food and biofuels, or for speculation. This often happens at the expense of those who need the land most and are best placed to protect it: farmers, pastoralists, forest-dependent people, fisherfolk, and indigenous peoples.
Delivered by Winnie Byanyima, CEO of Oxfam, on behalf of Action Aid, ACF International, CARE International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, GOAL, Oxfam, Save the Children, World Vision International and the wider NGO community
The El Niño weather event is now over. The chances of an imminent La Niña have reduced.
It would be all too easy for the global community’s attention to switch to other crises.
By UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate: Mary Robinson and Ambassador Macharia Kamau; and Oxfam International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima
Today's problem is an urgent one
As a weather phenomenon, El Niño is a complex concept to grasp. Cyclical ocean temperature changes affect other weather patterns in complicated ways, resulting in drought, floods and more severe storms. To further complicate matters, El Niño is now also interacting with climate change in ways that we do not fully understand.
British indie band Editors visited Greece this week with Oxfam to meet people forced to flee their homes. The trip was ahead of a public march demanding action to support refugees taking place in central London tomorrow (17 September 2016).
The band is urging Theresa May and other world leaders meeting to discuss the refugee crisis in New York on Monday and Tuesday to commit to action to ensure that people forced from their homes are kept safe, supported and together.
On September 19th and 20th, world leaders gather at the United Nations (UN) for two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis – the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants co-chaired by the Governments of Jordan and Ireland and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees convened by President Obama.
Almost four million refugees and asylum seekers have fled from one conflict zone to another Oxfam said today ahead of two summits being held in New York next week (19, 20 September) aimed at addressing the refugee crisis.
Increasing aid and making it more effective can help poor people become more politically active in decisions that affect them, while also supporting governments to become more accountable and plot their own path to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to a new Oxfam report released today, “Accountability and Ownership: The role of aid in a post-2015 world”.
The report marks the anniversary of the signing of the Sustainable Development Agenda.
The disappointing outcome document for the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants has today been adopted as a UNGA Resolution. It falls far short of what is needed to address the global displacement crisis or protect people on the move:
Josephine Liebl, Policy Lead for Oxfam's Global Displacement Campaign, said: "Despite a few areas of progress, UN member states are failing to protect the millions of people searching for safety and dignity as they flee conflict and persecution.
When food prices spiked in 2008, the international price of basic food items peaked at unprecedented levels, bringing a wave of food riots in low-income countries. Subsequent price volatility had huge impacts on millions of people who struggled to feed their families nutritiously. Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility was a real-time investigation by IDS and Oxfam of the experiences of people on low and uncertain incomes as they made dramatic adjustments to their place in the global economy in the wake of the food and financial crises that began in 2007.
At least 28 unaccompanied children went missing each day from Italy’s reception centres for refugees and migrants in the first six months of 2016, said international agency Oxfam in a report released today.
The children have run away from what are de-facto detention centres which are unsafe, offer inadequate accommodation and where they receive little or no information about what they are entitled to. They have fled to live on the streets and are exposed to even greater risks.
Pacific island countries are working hard to address the escalating realities of climate change, including the impact on land, livelihoods, and on the food and water security of their most vulnerable communities. The need for accessible, predictable, adequate and appropriate financial support to meet the climate crisis is urgent and growing.
In response to the G20 Leaders’ meeting in Hangzhou, China, Oxfam’s Head of Global Policy and Campaigns, Penny Fowler, said:
El número de refugiados y migrantes muertos en todo el mundo tratando de huir a otro país ha aumentado un veinte por ciento en los últimos doce meses, tiempo transcurrido desde que se ahogó el niño sirio Aylan Kurdi. En el Mediterráneo, el número de personas muertas se ha incrementado en más del diez por ciento desde la muerte de Aylan el 2 de septiembre de 2015. Estos datos son la prueba de que las actuales políticas europeas de disuasión para detener la migración están fracasando al precio de miles de vidas, y de que los gobiernos necesitan corregir el rumbo de manera urgente.
Globally the number of refugees and migrants who have died while trying to reach another country has increased by more than a fifth in the last year despite the public outcry over the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi in the Mediterranean, Oxfam said today.
5700 people have died on refugee and migrant routes around the world since the body of the little Syrian boy washed up on a beach after his family tried to cross to Europe from Turkey. In the year before he died, 4664 deaths were recorded.
This brief draws examples from the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia and details how gender is or is not an integral element of adaptation practices and policies. The document offers recommendations for how greater inclusion can be achieved, in a context where policy approaches aimed at strengthening local communities’ adaptive capacity largely fail to recognise the gendered nature of everyday realities and experiences.
The key lessons from the aforementioned regions are the following:
The Paris Agreement marked a major breakthrough in support for climate action from many parts of the business community, including from key actors in the food and beverage sector. But despite significant progress, much work remains both to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to support the millions of people already hit by climate change.
Oxfam helps more people suffering from war and disaster than ever before – Annual Report
- Biggest-ever emergency aid effort
- Record income but harder to meet increased needs
- Appeal to public to volunteer in shops to boost slight drop in sales in tough high-street environment
Oxfam GB provided emergency aid to almost nine million people in 2015/16, the highest number in its history, according to its annual report published today. The majority of these people were fleeing conflict and disaster.
The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, this 19th September, has been called to tackle one of the greatest global challenges of our age: to protect and assist millions of people on the move in search of safety and dignity.
More than 20 million men, women and children have been forced across international borders by conflict, violence and persecution.