After months of negotiations, the 28 European Union leaders and the Turkish government last weekend reached an agreement to slow the refugee influx from Turkey. In exchange for taking back Syrian refugees who crossed to Europe illegally, the EU will accept refugees from Turkey, along with 6 billion euros ($6.7 billion) and a renewed prospect for Turkey to join the EU.
Full article published in Dallas Morning News on 23 March 2016.
With winter approaching and no end in sight of the civil war, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are running out of time and money.
Nearly 90 per cent of Lebanon’s over one million Syrian refugees are today trapped in a vicious cycle of debt, according to the findings of a recent assessment by UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP, the World Food Program.
Full article published in the National Post on 21 November 2015.
As the Syrian refugee crisis escalates, some eastern European countries — notably Hungary — are being cast as villains for turning their backs on desperate men, women and children with nowhere else to go.
But the spotlight is also turning to another group of countries that critics accuse of failing to pull their weight.
Full article published in the National Post on 26 October 2015.