Table of contents


  1. The tragedy of Iraq's Sunnis
  2. Unexpected humanitarians – the rise and potential fall of Syria's diaspora aid
  3. Is Yemen Europe's next migration crisis?
  4. Crossing Croatia
  5. The right way to reinvent the wheel?
  6. The hurdles awaiting the new SDGs
  7. Bad time to change UN refugee supremo?
  8. Slideshow: Humans of Syria
  9. The humanitarian caste system?
  10. The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram
  11. Bomb it, fix it: Saudi aid to Yemen
  12. Bitcoin for good? - From the dark web to the light
  13. IRIN's Top Picks: Overhauling aid, ending poverty and 'philanthrocapitalism'
  14. Cross at your peril: tough justice for refugees in Hungary
  15. Rent to tent and back again


The tragedy of Iraq's Sunnis
KIRKUK، 16/9/2015 (IRIN) - The Islamic State has forced hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from minority sects to flee. But the militants, who are Sunni Muslims, have actually displaced more of their own co-religionists. Caught between IS and hostility from other Iraqis, these displaced are pushed back into the militants' hands. full report
Unexpected humanitarians – the rise and potential fall of Syria's diaspora aid
ABU DHABI، 16/9/2015 (IRIN) - At the beginning they funded a revolution, then an aid network. Are the Syrians who crowd funded an uprising starting to give up on their homeland? full report
Is Yemen Europe's next migration crisis?
SANA'A/BEIRUT، 18/9/2015 (IRIN) - Suddenly everyone knows about Syria refugees flee across Europe. But further south, another Middle Eastern country is imploding at an even faster rate. Will Yemenis be the next wave of migrants to Europe? full report
Crossing Croatia
TOVARNIK/OBREZJE، 22/9/2015 (IRIN) - Since Hungary sealed its border with Serbia last week, refugees and migrants determined to reach northern Europe have started forging a new route through Croatia. But the small country has struggled to manage the sudden arrival of tens of thousands of people at its borders. full report
The right way to reinvent the wheel?
VIENNA، 24/9/2015 (IRIN) - Despite an EU agreement to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers over the next two years, the best hope for meeting the immediate needs of the tens of thousands of migrants and refugees already making their way across Europe often comes from volunteers working for recently formed grassroots organisations. Paul Currion looks at how one such initiative took the lead in responding to Europe’s refugee crisis. full report
The hurdles awaiting the new SDGs
NAIROBI، 25/9/2015 (IRIN) - No one does summits like the UN, and this weekend will be a big one, as the world celebrates the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals – a new set of targets that global leaders have signed up to, including Shakira, David Beckham, and Pope Francis. full report
Bad time to change UN refugee supremo?
OXFORD، 28/9/2015 (IRIN) - Around the world, more people are being driven from their homes by wars and persecution than ever before. At the same time there appears to be less agreement than ever about how to deal with simultaneous refugee crises of unprecedented scale and duration. full report
Slideshow: Humans of Syria
LESVOS، 28/9/2015 (IRIN) - Objects of pity or attractive prospective employees? The Syrians landing on the beaches on the Greek island of Lesvos have some serious CVs. IRIN policy editor Imogen Wall spoke to some about the professional skills they have to offer Europe, and their career ambitions. full report
The humanitarian caste system?
LESVOS، 30/9/2015 (IRIN) - Syrians are everyone’s new favourite refugees. But the growing perception that they receive preferential treatment from governments, volunteers and aid agencies is undermining humanitarian principles and causing serious problems for responders in Lesvos and beyond. full report
The road to redemption? Unmaking Nigeria's Boko Haram
ABUJA، 1/10/2015 (IRIN) - Is Nigeria attempting the impossible in trying to de-radicalise Boko Haram militants? IRIN speaks to the prisoners, their victims, and the de-rad “treatment teams” trying to reintegrate them into society. We explore what drove the men to join an insurgency that is tearing the region apart and ask whether such a programme can work. full report
Bomb it, fix it: Saudi aid to Yemen
GENEVA، 2/10/2015 (IRIN) - Saudi Arabia's aid to Yemen looks like an enormously charitable humanitarian gesture in the account books, but it takes on a starkly different perspective when global politics are brought into consideration. full report
Bitcoin for good? - From the dark web to the light
LONDON، 5/10/2015 (IRIN) - It’s the dark web’s currency of choice: for drugs, blackmail and worse. Its exchange rate has been wildly volatile. Why then are aid agencies, child rights advocates and land activists getting their heads around Bitcoin? full report
IRIN's Top Picks: Overhauling aid, ending poverty and 'philanthrocapitalism'
LONDON، 9/10/2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs, and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report
Cross at your peril: tough justice for refugees in Hungary
BUDAPEST، 9/10/2015 (IRIN) - Refugees and migrants who cross Hungary's new border fence from Serbia do so at their own risk, and not just because of the razor-wire. Most are immediately detained and given a court hearing resulting in an expulsion order. Their future from that point becomes a lot more uncertain: full report
Rent to tent and back again
LONDON/ERBIL، 12/10/2015 (IRIN) - The image of Syrian refugees in dusty refugee camps is a favourite cliché of politicians and media alike, but most refugees live in the cities, towns and villages of neighbouring countries. full report