Diaspora & Refugees

31 05, 2024
  • The belongings of homeless Syrian asylum seekers sit in piles outside a mosque in Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia, 27/3/2024 (Hanna Davis/Syria Direct)

Worsening conditions in Cyprus push scores to return to Syria

By Hanna Davis|2024-06-04T19:52:20+02:00May 31, 2024|

As life in Cyprus grows increasingly difficult for many asylum seekers, the number of Syrians opting into the island’s “voluntary return” program is going up. So far this year, 114 Syrians have returned, compared to just around 30 in all of 2023.

22 05, 2024
  • Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati (center) poses for a picture with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides in Beirut, 5/2/2024 (Joseph Eid/AFP)

EU-Lebanon aid deal blows back on Syrian refugees

By Hanna Davis|2024-05-23T12:25:08+02:00May 22, 2024|

A billion-euro EU aid package to Lebanon, in part to stem migration, caused an uproar in the country and triggered a crackdown on Syrian refugees that advocates warn will only push more to flee abroad

14 05, 2024
  • Basil Hussein al-Batoush, 35, holds his youngest child on the balcony of their new apartment in Jounieh, roughly a month after municipal police evicted them and other Syrians from an apartment complex in the Lebanese coastal city, 9/5/2024 (Hanna Davis/Syria Direct)

Thousands of Syrians facing eviction as Lebanon cracks down

By Hanna Davis|2024-05-15T15:52:30+02:00May 14, 2024|

Hundreds of Syrians in Lebanon have been evicted, and thousands more face losing their homes, as the country cracks down on refugees. Some 1,306 Syrian households and individuals have been evicted so far in 2024, compared to 78 in 2023.

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