UN: 800 people returned to Libya while crossing Mediterranean

2020 was a deadly year for people fleeing Libya for Europe, according to data from the UN's International Organization for Migration.

Al-Monitor Staff | Refugees | Feb 5, 2021
al-monitor A member of the Libyan Red Crescent checks blankets in which the bodies of drowned migrant children had been wrapped on the shore of Zawia, west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Dec. 16, 2020, after the corpses were transported to a nearby hospital morgue. The bodies of four migrant children between the ages of 5 and 10 were found on the beach following the sinking of a boat carrying 30 people trying to reach Europe, the Libyan Red Crescent said. Photo by AFP via Getty Images.

Iraq makes major progress in closing camps for the displaced

After six years of displacement, Iraq has closed around 62% of its remaining camps for internally displaced persons over the past six months and is planning to close all of them this year.

Gilgamesh Nabeel | Refugees | Jan 15, 2021

Why refugees won’t return to Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s call on Syrian refugees to return to the homeland has sparked many reactions, as some still fear returning to cities and towns occupied by Iranian forces accused of violations and abuses against the locals.

Akhin Ahmed | Refugees | Nov 24, 2020

Iraq’s camp closures could leave 100,000 homeless as winter looms

The Norwegian Refugee Council said displaced Iraqis are being forced from their camps with little notice.

Al-Monitor Staff | Refugees | Nov 10, 2020

UN agency for Palestinian refugees runs out of money to pay salaries

The announcement comes as the UN body is strained with increased demands and still reeling from a total funding withdrawal imposed by the Trump administration.

Al-Monitor Staff | Refugees | Nov 9, 2020