As the stalemate continues over a common set of rules on asylum within the European Union, “externalizing,” “offshoring,” “outsourcing” and, most recently, “regionalizing” asylum and migration management in non–European Union countries remain on the agenda. So does offshoring actually work? This brief takes a comparative look at offshoring asylum and migration management in Australia, Spain, Tunisia, and the United States, and lessons learned for the European Union.
Media coverage of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis has predominantly focused on the high number of refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh and the devastation being wrought there this monsoon season. Yet a hidden crisis—an identity crisis—is also percolating beneath the surface of this vast encampment (which is currently the largest refugee settlement in the world).
For years, Yemen has been devastated by an armed conflict between Houthis and forces loyal to the Hadi government. A coalition led by Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is supporting forces loyal to the government. Recently, Open Society’s Soheila Comninos spoke to the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights’ Radhya al-Mutawakel about what has made this conflict so destructive.
What is it like in Yemen now?
Death surrounds us. I don’t know anyone who has not been touched by this conflict.
The Open Society Foundations have been working in Italy for more than a decade, providing grants to local groups involved in a range of social issues, including migration.
The Open Society Foundations do not and have never funded the important direct humanitarian response of NGOs, such as the operation of search and rescue vessels in the Mediterranean. However, we uphold the principles that motivate their efforts to save human lives.
Today, 1.1 billion people around the world lack legal identity documentation. Without it, they cannot vote, access healthcare, or go to school—and are at risk of becoming stateless. Entire communities—especially the poor and members of minority groups—may lack documentation, leaving them legally and politically invisible. The lack of effective citizenship prevents millions from realizing their rights and reaching their full potential.