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29 Jul 2018 description

This paper analyses the level of economic integration experienced by Syrian refugees, refugees of different nationalities and other foreign nationals (including those sponsored under the Kefala system), particularly in light of recent efforts to improve access to decent work in the region. In doing so, this paper argues that, while some groups may be better positioned than others to reach a certain degree of economic integration, none of them have the opportunity to fully achieve it.

10 Jul 2018 description


As the intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration draw to a close, there has been increasing debate on the issue of responsibility sharing and the protection of irregular migrants outside of the scope of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

01 Jun 2018 description

The following trends analysis is put together on the basis of available secondary data at the time of publication. It is representative of the available information and therefore indicative of mixed migratory trends in the Middle East.

12 Feb 2018 description

Amman, Jordan, February 12, 2018 – On February 5th, the co-facilitators of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration released the “zero draft” with 22 core commitments. The intergovernmental Compact(s) process, and the zero draft, present a crucial step towards ensuring that migrants, whether seeking a better life or escaping violence and poverty, can do so in a safe, predictable, and orderly manner.

12 Dec 2017 description

As part of the Mixed Migration Platform, Ground Truth Solutions conducted a series of surveys between March and August 2017 to look at the perceptions of people in a range of locations along the migration route from the Middle East to Europe. This brief presents their views on one aspect of the surveys: access to information and the extent to which they trust what they are told. The findings point to the need for humanitarian organisations, governmental agencies, and the media to improve the way they communicate with people whose need to know is great.

30 Nov 2017 description

Executive Summary

In 2017, Spain has seen a new surge in arrivals of refugees and other migrants to its shores. As of 31 October, the country recorded 21,304 irregular entries, twice as many as the same period in 2016. With this increase, the profile of arrivals has changed, as increasingly people from the Middle East – the majority of whom are Syrians – travel to Spain.

16 Nov 2017 description

Executive Summary

Many refugees and other migrants migrate to Europe to seek asylum, and with asylum a more secure life and improved livelihoods. Recent REACH assessments have found that a number of these refugees and other migrants lack information about legal migration pathways when they set out on their migration journeys.1 Aside from asylum, they are often unaware of other types of legal mechanisms that would enable them to remain in Europe legally.

31 Oct 2017 description

The decision to migrate to a new country is complex. Perhaps even harder is the decision to return from a host country to a person’s country of origin. Increasing numbers of Afghans are making these decisions, and often under strained and difficult circumstances. While research exists on different aspects of decisionmaking surrounding migration to Europe, little has been done to understand the thought process and the experience of returning when circumstances in Europe do not permit for asylum and resettlement.

26 Oct 2017 description


This report summarises the findings of interviews and focus group discussions conducted in July and August 2017 with 340 internally displaced persons (IDPs) at five different sites in northern Iraq. Interviews and discussions took place with IDPs living in urban areas of Erbil and Dohuk, as well as in Khazer, Hajj Ali, and Al Salamiyah camps.

26 Oct 2017 description


This report summarises the findings of six focus group discussions conducted with Syrian refugees at four different sites in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. The discussions took place in the Domiz and Kawergosk camps and in the cities of Dohuk and Erbil, the region’s capital. The overwhelming majority (97%) of registered Syrian refugees in Iraq live in Iraqi Kurdistan; of these 244,235 people, roughly half live in Erbil and a quarter in Dohuk, which are the areas focused on in this report.1