Category: Middle East


“I constantly felt like a guest with no hope,” says Aso, a Kurdish returnee

Aso, a 29-year-old from Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, migrated irregularly through seven countries to reach Germany where he...
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Eight children among 23 migrants who drowned in Greek and Turkish waters

In two separate incidents, 23 migrants, including eight children, drowned when their boats sank off the coasts of Turkey and...
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Migrant crossings from Turkey to EU doubled in 2019

In 2019, more than 70,000 migrants have crossed from Turkey into EU countries, while 445,000 were allegedly intercepted and held...
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Nearly 10,000 Iraqi migrants returned home voluntarily in 2019

Nearly 10,000 Iraqi migrants and refugees have chosen to voluntarily return home from EU countries this year, according to The...
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“Not enough food, bathrooms, or healthcare services,” says Ramin, an Afghan returnee

Ramin*, 22, is one of the many Afghans who have been returned home this year after attempting to migrate irregularly to Europe....
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Thirteen members of Italo-Greek smuggling group have been arrested in Italy

Thirteen members of an international criminal group which smuggled migrants from Greece to Italy were recently arrested,...
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Over 55,000 migrants intercepted by Turkish Coast Guard in 2019

Turkey has reinforced its efforts to block irregular migrants from reaching Greece. In 2019, the flow of irregular migrants...
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Greece: Migrants allegedly beaten by border authorities

Greek authorities are beating and mistreating migrants in an attempt to push them back into Turkey, according to migrants who...
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Iraqi Kurdish smuggler sentenced to four years in Spanish prison

Shwana Rafiq, a 36-year-old Iraqi Kurdish asylee in Spain, has been sentenced to prison for his leading role in a gang that hid...
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