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    Egypt: More than Just a Refuge for Syrians

    No doubt, the rather unstable situation in Egypt since 2013 has had its consequences on Syrians living there. Historically, the relationship between Egyptians and Syrians has been special. Not so far from now, about half a century ago, Syria and Egypt were combined as one republic. Egypt, at the...
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    Turkey: New Hope or Despair and Suffering for Refugees?

    The European Union’s deal with Turkey further endangers and degrades the lives of individuals fleeing persecution and seeking asylum in Europe. This deal announced on 8 March 2016 seeks to stop the flow of migration to Europe by deporting asylum seekers from the Greek Islands to Turkey. Deportations from...
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    Migrants: From Hope to Frustration in Europe

    Last year was a year marked by a major migration crisis, which, according to international organizations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations, saw the greatest waves of exodus since the Second World War coming to Europe. Hundreds of thousands fled their war-torn homelands, passing borders under often-dangerous conditions,...
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    Thousands of Refugees ‘Imprisoned’ in Immigration Detention Centres Across Europe

    While open-air migrant camps in Greece or France have attracted much media attention lately, less prominent in the media are the migrant detention centers that exist all over Europe. They carry euphemistic names such as “Immigration Removal Centre” in the UK, “Identification and Expulsion Centres” in Italy or “centers...
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    Taking Away Refugees’ Valuables: A Harmful and Disgraceful Move

    The policy recently initiated by the governments of Denmark and Switzerland to seize the valuables of refugees on arrival is another example of governments’ senseless responses to the humanitarian crisis that refugees face in reaching Europe. Notice that I am calling it a humanitarian crisis not a “refugee crisis”...
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    In Defence of the Arab Man: An Egyptian Feminist in Germany

    By Dina Wahba When I first started studying gender I was very provoked by the position taken by Arab and Muslim feminists living in the west on feminism, Islam, women’s rights and other relevant issues. For me, they were not radical enough, almost apologetic and not outspoken against the...
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    How Foreign Intervention in Syria has Made Everything Worse

    The fruits of the Syrian ‘Arab Spring’: over 250,000 dead, over 6.7 million refugees and over 7.6 million internally displaced. A perpetuating cycle of uncontrolled, unending violence. The plight of refugees seeking asylum in Europe has evoked worldwide sympathy, illuminating the humanitarian issues faced by Syrians escaping the Civil...
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    From War to Rejection: The Perilous Journey of a Syrian Refugee

    “If I had known what I would face in Hungary, I wouldn’t have left Syria,” one refugee told al-Jazeera’s Mohamed Jamjoom at a crowded train station in Budapest, where Hungarian authorities have prevented asylum seekers from boarding German bound trains -a standoff that is entering its second day. This...
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    Undeserved Halo for Germany’s Stance on Refugees

    At the dinner table at home in Germany, we often discuss the plight my cousin in Syria faces. We talk about how my dad eventually convinced him not to hire a trafficker to sneak him out of his war-torn homeland and into neighbouring Turkey. We try to figure out...