Invisible Wounds: Mental Health among Displaced People and Refugees
Oct 17, 2016 / Blog entry
The plight of forcibly displaced people, who are fleeing conflict and violence, is best summed up by the lyrics of the plaintive 1970 classic by Argentine troubadour Facundo Cabral: "No soy de aquí ni soy de allá" ("I'm not from here nor there"). Those lyrics convey both the sense of uprootedness felt by those displaced from their native lands and...
Peer-to-Peer Learning Field Visit on Solid Waste Management for Communities Hosting Refugees
Peer-to-Peer Learning for Host Municipalities on Solid Waste Management
Oct 06, 2016 / Highlight
A webinar will be provided, if you would like to participate register here and will get back to you with our availabilities.
Context and Rationale
Following the exchanges during the Peer to Peer learning workshop “Mediterranean Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis” which took place in Amman May 30-June 1st, 2016, the Center...
Q & A: New Initiatives for Education in the Middle East and North Africa, Including for Refugees
Oct 04, 2016 / Blog entry
Dans la deuxième partie de notre entretien, Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali, chef de service au pôle mondial d’expertise en Éducation de la Banque mondiale, revient sur les initiatives engagées pour améliorer l’enseignement public à tous les niveaux d’étude dans les pays du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique du Nord (MENA), et souligne l’importance pour tous...
Preparing for the Future: Coordinating Syrian refugees and the Diaspora
Oct 04, 2016 / Blog entry
Sur quelles sources d’investissement et sur quels marchés pourrait-on s’appuyer pour venir en aide à la fois aux réfugiés syriens et aux communautés qui les accueillent ? Sachant que le secteur privé est mon champ de travail depuis 20 ans, l’une des premières pistes que j’ai explorée pour résoudre cette question a été celle de la diaspora : quel...
Q & A: The Importance of Early Childhood Development in the Middle East and North Africa
Oct 03, 2016 / Blog entry
Alors qu’une nouvelle année scolaire démarre dans les pays du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique du Nord (MENA), des millions d’enfants se préparent activement à faire leur rentrée. Certains, piégés par les conflits, risquent de ne pas aller du tout à l’école ; d’autres commenceront cette année dans un pays voisin du leur. En temps de paix comme en...
The Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network
Sep 28, 2016 / Highlight
In light of the high influx of refugees in the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Turkey, a growing number of municipalities is facing significant challenges in responding to this unprecedented crisis, which often extends beyond local governments’ traditional responsibilities (education, employment, aid relief and emergency...
[Report] Forced Displacement: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts
Sep 28, 2016 / Highlight
Rooted in 10 conflicts, majority of refugees have been hosted by 15 countries, says new World Bank report
Forced displacement is a crisis centered in developing countries, which host 89 percent of refugees and 99 percent of internally displaced persons, says a new World Bank report. At its root are the same 10 conflicts which have accounted for...
UN Refugee Summit Issues a New Declaration for Refugees and Migrants
Sep 26, 2016 / Highlight
On Monday, September 19th, 2016 world leaders came together at the UN General Assembly to adopt the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants expressing their commitment to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and to share responsibility for large movements on a global scale. The Declaration was adopted in the context of...
How Many Years Do Refugees Stay in Exile?
Sep 26, 2016 / Blog entry
"The average length of time that refugees spend in camps is 17 years." This cruel statistic has been quoted many times, influencing our perception of refugee crises as never-ending events which are spinning out of control. It has significant implications when deciding the type of aid that is needed, the combination of humanitarian and development...
Forced Displacement: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced and Their Hosts
Sep 26, 2016 / Library
One global issue at the forefront of World Bank Group work this year and beyond is the forced displacement of people and its impact on ending extreme poverty. Forcibly Displaced: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts, prepared by The World Bank Group and the United Nations High Commissioner...
Municipalities at the Forefront of the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Aug 22, 2016 / Blog entry
Le conflit qui s’éternise en Syrie, poussant des millions de personnes à fuir leur pays, complique singulièrement la donne pour les pays de la Méditerranée, avec des répercussions dans toute l’Europe. Depuis 2011, la Turquie, le Liban et la Jordanie, qui ont des frontières communes avec la Syrie, ont absorbé l’essentiel des quelque 5 millions de...
Municipalities Seek to Secure the Welfare of Both Refugees and Host Communities
Jul 13, 2016 / Library
The complex and protracted nature of today’s conflicts has led forced displacement to reach an unprecedented level since World War II; substantially over 60 million people are now uprooted around the world, of which 4 million Syrian refugees. 86% of Syrian refugees live in Syria neighboring countries, and particularly in cities, which raises a...
Mediterranean Refugees and Migrants Newsletter - Issue 3
Syrian Refugees: Gaziantep’s Social Support Program
Jul 07, 2016 / Blog entry
On 15 March 2011, Syria witnessed a movement of protests part of a larger Arab uprising. The scene soon turned into civil unrest. In consequence to intense civil war, a big migration wave, hit in 2011 neighboring countries, particularly Turkey continuously increasing till this date. The crisis in Syria is the biggest human tragedy since World War...
Refugees in Lebanon: Challenge or Opportunity?
Jun 22, 2016 / Blog entry
A l’heure où l’Europe cherche à restreindre l’accès de son territoire aux réfugiés, un soutien renforcé aux pays limitrophes de la Syrie paraît indispensable. Ce soutien doit répondre aux besoins vitaux des personnes fuyant le conflit tout en favorisant la cohésion entre population hôte et population réfugiée.
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Survey Findings: Challenges and Achievements facing Municipalities Hosting Refugees in the Middle East and Turkey
Summary Note: Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis
What do Refugees Bring to the Host Communities?
Jun 14, 2016 / Library
From raising gender awareness to spreading the Syrian culinary art, this slideshow tells “the other sides of the story”, by shedding light on the added value and great contributions Syrian refugees bring to their host communities today. Testimonials and quotes are of Syrian interviewees. This slideshow is part of SouriaLi’s booth, at the...
The Positive Face of the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Jun 14, 2016 / Library
The human face of the Syrian refugee crisis, portraying positive and inspiring stories of social integration and adaptation of refugees across host communities in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The video also sheds light on young Syrians and their aspirations. This video is part of SouriaLi’s presentation during the CMI Peer-to-Peer...
The Implications of Displaced Children Not Receiving an Adequate Education
Jun 09, 2016 / Blog entry
The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, conducted an interview with Dr. Dawn Chatty, an Emeritus University Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration and former director of the Refugee Studies Centre in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, UK, on the sidelines of the workshop about refugees’ historical...
Press Release: Mediterranean Municipalities at the Forefront of The Refugee Crisis: Peer-To-Peer Learning Workshop for Communities Hosting Refugees
Migration Is the Fate of This Geography
May 30, 2016 / Blog entry
The UCLG-MEWA 2016 CONGRESS, “Migration, Culture and Gastronomy Summit,” was held in Gaziantep on 19-21 April. The migration referred to is, of course, the migration of Syrian refugees to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
The previous week İstanbul Aydın University hosted the International Congress on Cities and City Councils. Though the focus was to...
Could a Livelihood in Agriculture Be a Way for Refugees to Move from Surviving to Thriving?
May 25, 2016 / Blog entry
Jasser, a 24-year-old Syrian man, and his family were forced to flee Syria in 2012 because of the bombings. He lost his mother and sister, his house, car, and job. Jasser and other displaced people like him are struggling to find jobs (and get visas), generate income, and gain an education. They all say they want to return home in the near future...
How Can Municipalities Be Supported in Their Response to the Refugee Crisis?
May 19, 2016 / Highlight
[Summary Report] UCLG MEWA Congress and Peer-learning Visit of Mashreq Mayors to Gaziantep Municipality
Between the 19th to the 21st of April, 2016 the United Cities and Local Governments, Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) organized its annual congress in Gaziantep, Turkey, with the focus on the refugee crisis. The event addressed how...
The Education of Young Refugees in Europe: A Golden Opportunity
May 03, 2016 / Blog entry
Entretien avec Dawn Chatty, anthropologue américano-britannique spécialiste du Moyen-Orient qui, aujourd’hui travaille tour à tour les réfugiés Syriens à travers la région affirme que trouver un moyen pour fournir une éducation aux réfugiés, qui ont quitté l'école depuis cinq ans, est vital pour qu'ils puissent revenir à construire une nouvelle...
[Regional Workshop] Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis
May 02, 2016 / Highlight
Event organized by the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the World Bank Group, and support by other partners (IRC, GIZ, UCLG-MEWA).
Municipalities in the Mediterranean are at the forefront in providing assistance to migrants and refugees. While 60% of worldwide refugees live in cities, this figure amounts to...
[Regional Workshop] Municipalities at the Forefront of the Refugee Crisis - Agenda
[Workshop Video] Launch of WB/UNHCR Report: “The Welfare of Syrian Refugees: Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon”
Apr 29, 2016 / Highlight
Senior governmental representatives, World Bank specialists and United Nations officials as well as members from the civil society gathered in Paris for a cross-regional exchange between Middle Eastern and European countries hosting refugees, on the analytical findings, and policy implications, of the World Bank/UNHCR study “The Welfare of Syrian...
Pathway for Admission of Syrian Refugees
Apr 27, 2016 / Highlight
High-Level Meeting on Global Responsibility Sharing Through pathway for Admission of Syrians Refugees
In light of the magnitude, scope, and complexity of the Syria crisis, and its impact on neighbouring countries as well as those further afield, there is an urgent need for the international community to recommit to the fundamental principle of...