Table of contents


  1. Canada’s private refugee sponsors in the spotlight
  2. Aid? What aid? Besieged Yemenis ask
  3. Top Picks: The Arab Spring, arms to Yemen and why Myanmar wins
  4. Humanitarian aid funding 2015
  5. This year's neglected migration crises
  6. Timeline: Yemen's horrible year
  7. A different sort of aid for Syria?
  8. Five key challenges for new UN refugee chief
  9. Jordan cracks (down) under refugee pressure
  10. How 150,000 people were saved in the Mediterranean
  11. IRIN's Top Picks: Starvation, combustible IKEA shelters, and the end of the world as we know it


Canada’s private refugee sponsors in the spotlight
OTTAWA، 16/12/2015 (IRIN) - Syria's refugee crisis has put Canada’s unique private sponsorship programme in the spotlight, both within Canada’s borders and across the world. Of the 25,000 Syrian refugees that the Liberal government has promised to resettle by the end of February, a significant number will be received by private sponsors. full report
Aid? What aid? Besieged Yemenis ask
TAIZ، 18/12/2015 (IRIN) - On Thursday night, representatives of Yemen’s warring parties announced a deal to immediately allow aid into the besieged city of Taiz. But residents say this week’s truce still hasn’t brought them the relief they so desperately need. full report
Top Picks: The Arab Spring, arms to Yemen and why Myanmar wins
LONDON، 18/12/2015 (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
Humanitarian aid funding 2015
LONDON، 21/12/2015 (IRIN) - We have rounded up the available humanitarian funding data for the year. Which governments gave the most? Which were most generous compared to their national wealth? Find out here: full report
This year's neglected migration crises
OXFORD، 21/12/2015 (IRIN) - In 2015, all eyes have been on the Mediterranean and Europe's so-called migration crisis. But people are being displaced in many other corners of the world away from the media's glare. According to the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, this year is likely to see worldwide forced displacement exceeding 60 million for the first time. Here are six under-reported migration stories. full report
Timeline: Yemen's horrible year
SANAA، 23/12/2015 (IRIN) - 2015 was a disastrous year for Yemen. Already the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country, the rise of the Houthi insurgency and Saudi Arabian-led airstrikes intended to oust them from power led to a full-blown humanitarian disaster. And then in November, coastal regions were hit by the most powerful storm in decades, causing displacement and flooding. Here's a look back at Yemen's awful year, with links to our coverage of the unfolding crisis, especially its impact on civilians: full report
A different sort of aid for Syria?
BEIRUT، 4/1/2016 (IRIN) - Some aid organisations and policy experts are finding that with more than four out of five Syrians in poverty, traditional humanitarian aid, while necessary, just isn’t enough. So they’re advocating for, and implementing, livelihood projects – intervention to assist people’s abilities to support themselves. full report
Five key challenges for new UN refugee chief
OXFORD، 5/1/2016 (IRIN) - Getting back to work following the end-of-year break can be tough. But spare a thought for Filippo Grandi, who arrived in Geneva this week to begin his five-year term as head of the UN’s refugee agency. full report
Jordan cracks (down) under refugee pressure
AMMAN، 6/1/2016 (IRIN) - At the beginning of what’s already set to be a tough year, Jordan's deportation of 600 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers who had been demanding more support is a grim indicator of the growing insecurity refugees in Jordan face. full report
How 150,000 people were saved in the Mediterranean
ROME، 7/1/2016 (IRIN) - Italy's Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre is a 365-day-a-year operation that coordinated more than 930 sea rescues in 2015, saving over 150,000 lives. There are no days off. On Christmas Day, 751 people were rescued from six different boats. IRIN took a look at how sea rescue is done. full report
IRIN's Top Picks: Starvation, combustible IKEA shelters, and the end of the world as we know it
GENEVA، 8/1/2016 (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