IRC in the News
More aid agencies helping refugees and migrants arriving in Greece said they were joining a boycott of detention centres on Wednesday, angered at an EU deal they say runs roughshod over human rights.
Human rights organisations reject the pact between the European Union and Turkey to fast-track registration and asylum applications, under which hundreds of new arrivals have been detained since Sunday. Refugees or migrants whose applications fail will be sent back to Turkey.
Aid agencies said cooperating with the Greeks at detention centres would make them complicit with an "unfair and inhumane" practise.
Two aid agencies said on Wednesday they were following the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR and aid organisation Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a major contributor to the relief effort, which both announced on Tuesday they would cut back assistance.
"The IRC alerted the (Greek) coast guard on Monday that we would not transport the world's most vulnerable people to a place where their freedom of movement is impeded upon," said Lucy Carrigan, a regional spokeswoman for the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
The global refugee crisis has thrust global migration issues to the forefront of the international development community, and those interested in working in this area can do so in a variety of ways, either through lifesaving, immediate humanitarian aid or long-term development assistance.
Aside from attempting to address the root issues that drive displacement, professionals and practitioners are also working around the clock to mobilize resources and funding to support refugees, protect them throughout their journeys toward asylum, and assist in their settlement and integration into their host communities.
“It is very rewarding work,” Sarah Vania, regional human resources director for U.S. programs at the International Rescue Committee, told Devex. “Refugee resettlement offers a strong, warm and deeply committed community of professionals.”
The Syrian refugee crisis has entered its fifth year in March. The embattled country has been entrenched in conflict following a series of uprisings in the Middle East known as the 2011 Arab Spring. More than 5 million people who lived in the war-torn nation have been displaced.
The Ebola virus marks a milestone this month – it's been two years since the first case was confirmed in West Africa, the start of a devastating epidemic that claimed over11,000 lives. The anniversary is making health workers think about what the world has – and hasn't – learned from the experience.
Today, the International Rescue Committee is issuing a new report on the epidemic and its aftermath. (Actually it's an analysis of previous Ebola reports from the World Health Organization, Bill Gates, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative and others.) The idea was, with so many reports already out there, let's see what issues are being raised — and what's not being raised that should be part of the discussion of lessons learned.
It looks like a refugee resettlement office will be returning to Missoula.
The International Rescue Committee has announced it's laying the groundwork to re-open an office in the Garden City for the first time since 1991 when the group worked to resettle Hmong refugees.
“As we face the largest global refugee crisis since WWII, it is imperative that we work together to help mitigate suffering abroad,” said Missoula Mayor John Engen. “Missoulians take our humanitarian obligations seriously. We are proud to help in this endeavor and support the opening of a refugee resettlement office in Missoula.”
The International Rescue Committee announced Friday it will reopen an office in Missoula, where it has not had a presence since 2008.
In a statement released alongside the announcement, Missoula Mayor John Engen said the world is in the midst of the largest refugee crisis since World War II.
“Missoulians take our humanitarian obligations seriously. We are proud to help in this endeavor and support the opening of a refugee resettlement office in Missoula,” he said.