The Kremlin is trying desperately to end the war in Syria, but it wants nothing to do with displaced Syrians at home. Unlike Ukrainian refugees who were granted an expedited asylum process in 2014, thousands of Syrians in Russia have struggled to get legal status. Ksenia Yablonskaya / MT NOGINSK — In a gray industrial city an hour outside of Moscow, Safa sits in front of a room full of low desks and child-size chairs. On the walls around her, posters of the Arabic alphabet hang next to pictures of cartoon animals with their names written in Russian.Safa’s classroom, empty on a late afternoon in August, is part of a temporary school for Syrian refugee children, who, without proper documents, have been unable to get into local schools.Like her students, Safa, a solemn woman with deep-set eyes and dark auburn hair, came to Russia to escape fighting in Syria. But almost four years later, she has been unable to either return home or get permanent asylum. Read More … [Read more...] about Syrian Refugees in Russia Trapped in Legal Limbo
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Greek police have charged a Syrian refugee, once hailed for saving people at sea, with helping migrants illegally enter the country, her lawyer said Wednesday. Sarah Mardini, 23, who has settled in Germany, was arrested last week in what police said was an operation to dismantle a "criminal network" involving 30 members of an NGO working on the island on Lesbos, where thousands of migrants are living in camps. "For me, this is clearly a case of criminalising help given to refugees," her lawyer Haris Petsikos told AFP, adding that she is being detained in a prison outside of Athens. He said Mardini, who denies the charges, had been volunteering on the island for Emergency Response Centre International. She was arrested alongside one of the NGO's leaders, Greek national Nassos Karakitsos and Irish volunteer Sean Binder. Mardini and her sister Yusra's plight to reach Lesbos from Turkey made the news in 2015, when they used their swimming skills to pull to safety their water-logged boat … [Read more...] about Syrian refugee volunteer detained in Greece
In 2015, when hundreds of thousands of Syrians fled on the arduous journey dreaming of reaching a safe and prosperous haven in Europe, many did not realise that this dream would in fact remain illusionary and unfulfilled. After escaping war in their home country, they not only faced the risk of death in the Mediterranean but also came across walls erected against them in Hungary, 'forbidden cities' where refugees are not welcome in Germany while being greeted by 'Burn Them Alive!' slogans by xenophobic groups on the Greek island of Lesbos and similar far-right groups in other countries. On 7 May, a Syrian refugee was stabbed in an allegedly racially-motivated attack in Edinburgh, UK. Although the UN recently launched an action plan on the integration of refugees in the job market, research shows that 80 percent of Syrian refugees in Europe remain unemployed. According to the Economist, whereas it takes six years for the refugees' employment rates to exceed natives in the United … [Read more...] about [Opinion] Integration of Syrian refugees in Europe needs scrutiny
LONDON - Anadolu Agency Turkey continues to provide top care and protection to more than 3 million Syrian refugees in the country, attendees of a U.K. parliamentary event hosted by the Ankara-linked Yunus Emre Institute heard on May 9. The event examined the work of the Turkish state and Turkish and international NGOs in accepting Syrian refugees and integrating them into Turkish society. The session was hosted by Matthew Saltmarsh, a senior external relations officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Abby Dwommoh, a public information officer and spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Ibrahim Vurgun Kavlak, general coordinator at the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM). “When I give presentations like this, I often ask the audience: Which country is the largest host of refugees in the world?” Saltmarsh said at the event. “The answer is varied, but very rarely is it Turkey ... … [Read more...] about Turkey praised for care given to Syrian refugees
The report, headlined “The refugee parliamentary candidate with 30,000 signatures,” could only find itself a tiny spot in Turkey’s hecticnews environment when it was published in daily newspaper Karar on May 2. Some 50,000 Syrians are reportedly cooperating to come up with a parliamentary nominee, organizing a petition in the Yayladağı and Antakya districts of the southern province of Hatay as well as in the nearby province of Osmaniye. The group has collected 5,000 signatures to nominate Hafez' href='/search/Samir Hafez'>Samir Hafez, former head of the Syrian Turkmen Council, for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The group aims to collect 30,000 signatures and has informed the Turkish Presidency of its aim. “It is not important whether it is me or someone else [who is nominated]. What is important is that these people, like all other minorities, need a quota [in parliament to be represented]. Perhaps 120,000 to 130,000 people … [Read more...] about A Syrian refugee MP in Turkey?