Seven million people have fled Venezuela - but the crisis is deprioritised

Almost as many people have fled from Venezuela as from Ukraine, but the crisis in Venezuela receives considerably less resources from the outside world. Photo: Wilfredor. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Vilma Ellemark

Millions of people have been forced to leave both Venezuela and Ukraine. Even so, only 16 percent of the aid response to Venezuelan refugees and migrants has been funded this year, compared to 71 percent of the response to Ukraine. - I don't think people understand how bad the crisis in Venezuela is, says León Poblete, researcher in economics at Uppsala University.

November 23, 2022, Report

People continue to flee Lebanon – despite deadly boat accidents

From January to September 2022, the number of people who left Lebanon for Europe has increased by 70 percent compared to the same period last year. Pictured: Rubber boat arrives at the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Penelope Schulman. Source: Flickr.

Of: Amanda Rossling

Widespread poverty, lack of sanitation and substandard health care are some examples of the deteriorating situation in Lebanon. More and more people want to leave the country, and last September at least 94 people died when a boat with refugees crashed in the Mediterranean.  

November 10, 2022, News

Migrants deported from the US and Mexico: "They are pressured to take more dangerous routes"

Tens of thousands of migrants have set up camp on the US-Mexico border while awaiting asylum. Photo: Christian Palma. Source: Flickr.

Of: Hanne Karlsson

Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants, mainly from Haiti, have been deported from the United States and Mexico in the past month. Many of them have been forced to leave the countries without being given the opportunity to seek asylum. Several human rights organizations claim that this is both discriminatory, illegal treatment and something that violates migrants' human rights.

November 11, 2021, Analysis

The unknown violence at the EU borders

Of: Zozan Palonen Uzun

Migrants are subjected to illegal pushbacks in the EU by border police, which is a violation of human rights. The book The Black Book of Pushback highlights how people fleeing EU borders are exposed to systematic violence. The book has documented over 12 cases where people are affected by illegal pushbacks where the majority have been subjected to various types of violence.

June 24, 2021, News

Week 24: Debate on flight and migration on International Refugee Day

Of: The Chancellery

New figures from the UNHCR show that more than 80 million people are currently on the run and that the number has more than doubled in the last ten years. This week, the debate has revolved around several aspects of flight and migration and several debaters believe that the rich countries in the world must take joint responsibility for the situation. Democracy and climate linked to the Chinese regime have also been debated and Swedish companies should stop assisting dictatorships in oppressing LGBTQI people.

June 21, 2021, Current debate

Week 23: Increased nationalism, EU migration policy and criticism of arms exports to Yemen

Of: Jennie Aradszky

This week, migration policy in Sweden and at EU level has been debated. Nationalism and closed borders have increased within the EU and in Sweden there is a proposal for a new Aliens Act which, according to a large number of researchers, goes completely against the knowledge about migration and integration. Swedish arms exports have also been discussed and criticized with reference to the war in Yemen.

June 14, 2021, Current debate

Fewer refugees to Europe during the pandemic - but future refugee crises await

The number of people on the run will increase. There is still no common action plan for the EU.
Photo: jricard, Unsplash

Of: Myra Pernvall

The refugee crisis in 2015 showed the EU's inability to act uniformly. Due to climate change, new refugee flows to Europe and Sweden are now expected. At the same time, Swedish migration policy is being tightened. What will the world look like when the number of refugees increases and the borders become tighter?

May 21, 2021, News

Record number of people fleeing their home countries south of the Sahara

Conflicts between ethnic groups and extremist forces are two reasons why people are fleeing their homes. Photo: MONUSCO / Abel Kavanagh

Of: Anna Mattsson

Conflicts and violence have forced millions of people to flee their homes around the world, and more than ever are now fleeing their homelands, according to the latest figures from IDMC, the Internal Refugee Monitoring Center. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region where violence has caused the most internally displaced people.

March 29, 2021, News

Break the silence and stop the approaching famine in Tigray

Photo: Rod Waddington, Flickr

Of: Pierre Fruhling

Some silences can lead to disaster. The situation in Tigray in northern Ethiopia today is a dramatic example. The war in Tigray continues, the famine has probably already begun and may soon become extremely widespread. The Ethiopian government is blocking free access for humanitarian operations, and denying permits to independent journalists as well as to investigations into abuses and massacres. But to the outside world, the people in Tigray do not seem to exist.

March 4, 2021, Debate

Refugees are ignored when countries close their borders

Despite the pandemic, the EU must take responsibility for refugees who come to Europe and treat them with respect, writes Frida Lamberth Wallensteen. Photo: Mstyslav Chernov, Unframe

Of: Frida Lamberth Wallensteen

The pandemic has contributed to the strengthening of world borders as countries fight covid-19. As a result, the flow of refugees dreaming of a safer life is increasing. By 2020, more migrants than ever have made their way to the Spanish island world. The United Nations Organization for Migration, IOM, has compiled statistics showing that close to 80 […]

January 8, 2021, Chronicle