migration

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.

22 04, 2024
  • An overhead view of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, 18/4/2024 (Syria Direct)

Syrians at a loss after Erbil stops issuing visas

By Sozdar Muhammad|2024-04-22T20:25:00+02:00April 22, 2024|

Erbil’s April 4 decision to stop issuing visas to Syrians has been a disaster for those for whom the Kurdistan Region of Iraq was a safe haven from conscription or a place to reunite with family members after years of separation.

11 04, 2024
  • A Syrian supermarket chain sells Syrian product and sweets in Cairo’s southern Maadi neighborhood, 17/3/2024 (Lyse Mauvais/Syria Direct)

In Egypt’s ‘Little Syria,’ a golden age dims

By Lyse Mauvais|2024-04-11T14:40:24+02:00April 11, 2024|

Egypt is home to 1.5 million Syrians, thousands of whom have opened successful businesses in the country. Many consider Egypt a safe haven compared to other states in the region, where anti-refugee sentiments are on the rise. However, amid a worsening economic crisis, this golden age may be nearing its end.

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