From the hopeful refugee to the frustrated detainee, meet the real people stuck in Libya
As the EU sets new policies and makes deals with African nations to deter hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking new lives on the continent, what does it mean for those following dreams northwards and the countries they transit through? From returnees in Sierra Leone and refugees resettled in France to smugglers in Niger and migrants in detention centres in Libya, IRIN explores their choices and challenges in this multi-part special report, Destination Europe.
The senior UNHCR executive opens up about his agency’s challenges influencing antagonistic governments, its fractious relationship with other UN agencies, and a refugee response system at "breaking point"
Monsoon season in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps, formerly refugee-friendly countries closing their borders, and an international refugee response system at “breaking point”: these are just some of the things that keep the man who oversees the delivery of UN aid to millions of refugees up at night.
by Philip Kleinfeld
At the camp for displaced people in Rukoro, nobody can remember the last time they saw an aid worker. There are no tents and tarpaulins for the roughly 300 people that live here – just a collection of tiny, tunnel-shaped huts tucked out of sight down a dirt track in this remote corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Rutshuru region.
Read the full report on IRIN.
While the EU welcomes a sharp drop in migrant arrivals, Libya’s Coast Guard is overwhelmed and complains of empty European promises