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People are forced to leave their homes for many reasons. Conflict, the disintegration of a state, persecution, environmental degradation, poverty and development are the main drivers of forced migration.

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Why Hazaras are in danger in Afghanistan: Expert opinion

On 23 July 2016, a peaceful protest by Hazaras in Afghanistan ended in tragedy. At least 80 people died, and more than 230 were injured, in a bomb blast. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. In the opinion of a leading expert on Afghanistan, Professor William Maley of the Australian National University, this attack has profound implications.
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Why people need to leave

Why do people leave? The reasons, and how the law treats those reasons, is complex. This post discusses persecution, conflict, environmental change, and development as causes for flight.
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Key Facts On The Conflict In Syria And Iraq

Key facts on the conflict in Syria and Iraq

The Syrian civil war began in March 2011 amidst the Arab Spring, when a wave of democratic protests spread throughout the Middle East. Protests began after the arrest, torture and killing of two teenage boys who had written anti-government graffiti.Some governments in the Middle East responded to protests with compromise and democratic reforms. The Syrian government under Bashir Al-Assad responded by killing hundreds of protesters and jailing many more.
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Statelessness in international law

Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights acknowledges the right to a nationality as a fundamental human right and prohibits the arbitrary deprivation of nationality. There are two…

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Protracted refugee situations

UNHCR defines a protracted refugee situation as one in which 25,000 or more refugees of the same nationality have been displaced in the same country of asylum for five years or…

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What is statelessness?

Stateless people are people who do not have a nationality. Sometimes, this is because they are not recognised as a citizen under the law of any country. Sometimes, a person…

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Statelessness in international law

Under article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to a nationality and a person cannot be deprived of his or her nationality arbitrarily. There…

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Zimnako’s story

Every Sunday I am playing soccer… Sometimes I don’t see my family because I am at soccer. Self-confessed soccer tragic Zimnako R Jela originally began playing the beautiful game as…

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How many stateless people are there?

There are over 10 million stateless people in the world, and about a third of these are children, according to UNHCR. However, its official statistics only include 3.5 million, because…

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Statelessness in the Asia-Pacific

More than 40% of stateless people are in Asia, around 3.5 million people. Very few countries in the region have signed the Statelessness Conventions and many discriminate against stateless minorities.
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