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    Syrian Women: Efforts and Ambitions to Cope in Turkey

    There is no doubt that the past five years have dramatically changed the lives of Syrians; this time has also changed how they see themselves in a milieu that is, according to many of them, quite different from the homeland. In fact, not all families fled the war­-ravaged Syria...
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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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    How to Have Sex: Belgium Launches Website to Teach Refugees About Sex

    The Belgian government launched a website, Zanzu, aimed at giving migrants and refugees “who have been in Germany for a short time” the ability to learn about “sex and sexuality”. In a press release marking the website’s launch in Germany, Parliamentary State Secretary Elke Ferner said that the website will...
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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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    15 Migrants and Refugees Who Changed the World

    As a result of conflict in the Middle East and Africa, the issue of refugees has been at the forefront of political and societal debate. There has been a prevalence of negative discourse on immigrants, especially concerning the potential of immigrants to adversely affect the country in which they...
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    Refugee Girls Dress Up As What They Want to be in the Future

    The Syrian crisis and the ensuing violence has meant that more than four million Syrian children are unable to go to school. For girls, this is particularly an issue as they constantly face threats of early marriage, violence and exploitation. But what if these refugees were able to rebuild...
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    Controversial Dutch Politician Hands Out ‘Red Spray’ to Help Women ‘Repel Islamic Testosterone Bombs’

    As some European countries continue to open up their borders to individuals fleeing war and trauma, controversial far-right Dutch figure Geert Wilders increased his attacks on refugees. In the town of Spijkenisse in Holand, Wilders, who is renowned for his xenophobic rhetoric in Europe, handed out ‘defence sprays’ containing...
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    #Techfugees: Ending the Invisibility of Refugees

    Michael Harrington once wrote in 1962 ‘That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten…What is much worse, they are not seen.’ While this is certainly true today, the internet and technology have managed to break barriers by supporting...
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    Masked Men Are Attacking and Molesting Child Refugees in Sweden

    Up to 100 ‘masked men’ have been accused of attacking and molesting child refugees in Sweden, reported local and international media. Believed to belong to a Neo-Nazi group, the masked men dressed in all-black outfits gathered in the capital city of Sweden to “punish migrants”. “They gathered...