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Latest items for CWC-DATA-3

April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The problems faced by internally displaced and returnee women are uneven regulations on the use of health care in the territory of BiH, if they are outside the area of the entity they belong to, and the fear of losing the rights acquired in the places of displacement. An additional problem is missing the deadlines for reporting to the Employment Service, through which the health care is provided, and insufficient awareness among returnees and displaced populations" (35). "The Law on Foreigners and the Law on Asylum in BiH are in line with the GEL. While a person is in the status of a seeker of international protection, the MoS BiH...more
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

[Tibet] "Tight border controls sharply limited the number of persons crossing the border into Nepal and India. In 2015, 89 Tibetan refugees transited Nepal through the Tibetan Reception Center, run by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Kathmandu, on route to permanent settlement in India. This compared to 80 in 2014, down from 171 in 2013 and 242 in 2012" (page 89). [Hong Kong] "Government policy was to repatriate undocumented migrants who arrived from mainland China, and authorities did not consider them for refugee status. As of July the authorities had returned 1,975 immigration offenders and illegal immigrants to the mainland . . . The SAR...more
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"As of September there were approximately 38,000 irregular migrants and asylum seekers in the country, of whom approximately 500 entered as unaccompanied minors and approximately 7,000 were women, according to NGOs" (25). "In June the government announced it would issue A/5 humanitarian visas to 200 Sudanese migrants from Darfur. While this represented an improvement over the 2A5 'conditional release' status, NGOs cautioned that even these 200 migrants would continue to lack the full protections of refugee status. In February the Population and Immigration Authority issued new guidelines to RSD adjudicators to increase their sensitivity to gender problems" (27).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"According to UNHCR, the government has granted registration to 951,000 Afghan and 28,000 Iraqi refugees under a system known as “Amayesh,” through which authorities provide refugees with cards identifying them as legally registered refugees. The cards enable refugees to access basic services and facilitate the issuance of work permits. Additionally, approximately 1.4 million “nonrefugee” Afghans held visas under a Joint Action Plan for formerly undocumented Afghans. A large number of undocumented Afghans lived in the country and were unable to register as official refugees or visa holders" (25-26).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"There were multiple reports of so-called survival sex by refugees to obtain income to supplement food rations and other necessities in the Dzaleka Camp. Gender- based violence and other criminal activities were also reported at Dzaleka" (para 63).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"According to the Statistical Communique of the People’s Republic of China on 2013 National Economic and Social Development published by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, 289 million persons lived outside the jurisdiction of their household registration. Of that number, 245 million individuals worked outside their home district. Many migrant workers and their families faced numerous obstacles with regard to working conditions and labor rights. Many were unable to access public services, such as public education or social insurance, in the cities where they lived and worked because they were not legally registered urban residents. Poor treatment and difficulty integrating into local communities contributed to increased unrest among...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The Council of Ministers decided (Decision No.75.317, dated 19.6.2013) to recognise children of IDP mothers as displaced persons entitled to all rights the children of the IDP fathers have regarding all existing benefits (e.g. housing schemes). By the enactment of the necessary legislative amendment [L.170(I)/2013] on 27.12.2013, the children of IDP mothers can participate on an equal footing in housing schemes and in renting subsidy schemes" (33).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The COI reported that the large number of missing men contributed to a sharp rise in female-headed households and increased the number of female IDPs and refugees" (para 13). "Observers of the refugee crisis reported women, men, and community leaders consistently identified sexual violence as a primary reason their families fled the country" (para 185). "NGOs working with refugees reported families reportedly killed some rape victims inside the country, including those raped by government forces, for reasons of 'honor'" (para 189). "In March the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) estimated that half a million women in the country and in nearby refugee camps were pregnant and needed care. It also estimated...more
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The government cooperated with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian organizations in providing protection and assistance to refugees, returning refugees, asylum seekers, and other persons of concern. The government also provided funding to humanitarian organizations to provide social services to migrants, including refugees. The government continued to make travel documents available to Sahrawis, and there were no reported cases of authorities preventing Sahrawis from traveling out of the country. The government encouraged the return of Sahrawi refugees from Algeria and elsewhere if they acknowledged the government’s authority over Western Sahara. Refugees and asylum seekers, as well as migrants, were particularly vulnerable to abuse;...more
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The government cooperated with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian organizations in providing protection and assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, returning refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, vulnerable migrants, or other persons of concern. Resources provided by the government were inadequate to meet the assistance needs of these populations . . . According to UNHCR, as of September 1, the government hosted 50,649 Malian refugees at the Mberra camp, located in the southeastern region of Hodh El-Chargui, and an estimated 1,000 other persons" (page 12-13).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Internal population movements increased in 2016 because of armed conflict. During the year internal displacement statistics reached a record high, with approximately 661,000 persons displaced. Most IDPs left insecure rural areas and small towns seeking relatively greater safety and government services in larger towns and cities in the same province. All 34 provinces hosted IDP populations" (20). "Limited humanitarian access caused delays in identifying, assessing, and providing timely assistance to IDPs. IDPs continued to lack access to basic protection, including personal and physical security and shelter. Many IDPs, especially in households with a female head, faced difficulty obtaining basic services because they did not have identity documents. Many IDPs in...more
March 6, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Refugees were able to use the education system and the socialized medical system, but the government offered no assistance with housing or food except in extreme cases that involved children and pregnant women" (9).
Feb. 26, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Drug traffickers, guerrilla fighters, and other illegal armed groups continued to displace predominantly poor and rural populations" (18). "Drug traffickers, guerrilla fighters, and other illegal armed groups continued to displace predominantly poor and rural populations" (21). "The Victims’ Unit cited extortion, recruitment by illegal armed groups, homicides, and physical and sexual violence as the primary causes of intra-urban displacement. UNHCR reported that in some departments displacement disproportionately affected indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups" (22). "UNHCR stated that Colombia was the country of origin for 360,000 refugees and persons in a refugee-like situation, the majority in Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Panama. UNHCR estimated that between 400 and 500 Colombians crossed into...more
Feb. 23, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"With regard to displaced and refugee women, the Government follows the recommendations in the Protocol of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, on the prevention and suppression of sexual violence against women and children, adopted on 30 November 2006, of which the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a signatory. Government actions to support this group are undertaken by the Ministry of Solidarity and Humanitarian Action. Addressing this issue remains a challenge" (22).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The populations of Gao, Kidal, and Timbuktu feared leaving the cities for security reasons, including the threat from roadside bombs (see section 1.g.). Conditions at the beginning of the year encouraged some refugees and IDPs to return to their homes in the north, but subsequent incidents of insecurity slowed the rate of returns. The government facilitated travel to the north for IDPs who lacked the means to pay for their travel" (page 15). "The Commission on Population Movement, led by the International Organization for Migration, estimated the country had 61,920 IDPs as of September 17, a 39 percent decline from the previous year. The IDP population had fallen to a...more
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Palestinian refugees residing in the country could not obtain citizenship and were not citizens of any other country. Palestinian refugee women married to Lebanese citizens were able to obtain citizenship and transmit citizenship to their children. Palestinian refugees, including children, had limited social and civil rights and no access to public health, education, or other social services. Children of Palestinian refugees faced discrimination in birth registration, and many had to leave school at an early age to earn an income" (Pg 22). "The legal age for marriage is 18 for men and 17 for women. Family matters are governed by confessionally determined personal status law, and minimum ages acceptable for...more
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"It is also concerned about the consequences of forced evictions of indigenous women and women of African descent from lands traditionally occupied or used by them and the dispossession of such lands by private non-State actors" (12). This implies an IDP issue (CCS-CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The country’s laws provide for the granting of asylum or refugee status, and the government has established a system for providing protection to refugees. The government accepted 36 Syrian refugees for resettlement during the year, with approximately 20 applications pending. The government has provisions for integration, resettlement, and return of refugees. A UNHCR report noted that the country received 153 refugees and 13 asylum seekers during 2014" (page 16).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The negative impact on women's control over land and natural resoruces stemming from business and development projects that result in the internal displacement of women and girls, forced eviction, labour exploitation, serious health consequences, sexual abuse and violence and trafficking" (14-15). "The Committee is concerned about the situation of children, in particular girls, left behind in the State party by migrant family members. It is also concerned about the situation of internally displaced women and children, whose displacement is directly linked to the high rates of violence and crime in the State party, including by gangs or transnational organized crime, and is particularly concerned about the situation of women in...more
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The Committee regrets that the State party maintains its position that the Convention is not applicable beyond its own territory, such that it provided no information on the implementation of the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory over which the State party exercises jurisdiction or effective control. It reiterates that the State party’s position is contrary to the position of the Committee and other treaty bodies, including the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee against Torture and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the International Court of Justice (ibid., para. 12)" (pg. 4)."Women, including those belonging to minority groups, are...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"When UNHCR ceased providing assistance to the Shousha camp for refugees from Libya in June 2013, it still housed more than 300 persons who had been denied refugee status. In September 2014 the Tunisian Red Crescent counted 98 persons residing in the camp. Of these, 45 were registered refugees who had refused resettlement within the country. The remaining 53 were not granted asylum status and continued to appeal that decision. In October 2014 the government dismantled the Shousha camp; however, UNHCR still provided services to the refugees resettled in homes in Gabes and Medenine. According to press reports, there were at year’s end approximately 50 refugees and economic migrants occupying...more
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Starting on August 25, the country experienced an influx of more than 646,000 Rohingya migrants from Burma, more than doubling the existing refugee and undocumented migrant population in the refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar, near the Burmese border" (16-17). "According to the United Nations, more than 50 percent of the new arrivals since August 25 were female, including approximately 16,000 pregnant women. The new Rohingya arrivals took shelter in jungles, hill villages, and open spaces along the road from Ukhiya to Tenkaf and built homes mostly with bamboo poles and plastic sheets"(19). "Authorities displaced several indigenous families to create border guard camps and army recreational facilities" (19).more
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The country continued to experience a dramatic influx of refugees from Syria, as well as persons from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries. By law refugee status could be conferred only on persons of European origin. Persons from other countries could apply for recognition as “conditional refugees,” with the exception of Syrians, for whom the law establishes a “temporary protection” status. The renewal of conflict in the Southeast also resulted in an increased number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) . . . Conditional refugees and Syrians under temporary protection also experienced restrictions on their freedom of movement. Authorities assigned “conditional refugees” to one of 62 cities, where they received services from...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Nepali-speaking Bhutanese were subject to discrimination with respect to employment and occupation" (18).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

During the fighting between Government army and Shan State Army (North), Government’s health workers have not only failed to provide health care service to refugees in Murng Hsu area but have also prohibited SWAN’s health workers from providing any service. In one case the government appointed midwife stationed in Hai Pa village ran away during the fighting. She came back to the village only after the fighting stopped. Then she took all the medicines that people donated for refugees to the government clinic in the village (Source: Shan Women’s Action Network) . . . Ma Tin Su, a government health worker and village tract hospital administrator based in Tha-yet-chaung Township,...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"On Government-issued identification cards, women are listed as “dependent” even if they are employed and have their own careers and identification cards for children must bear the signature of the father not the mother. This also holds true in IDP camps, where residents must list a father’s not mother’s name on all documents" (page 6-7). "The situation is especially dire for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps in northern Shan, Palaung, and Kachin states, and others affected by conflict who are without means to provide for themselves and their families. Thus, they easily fall prey to brokers who promise safety and a job necessary for survival. For example, border immigration...more
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Security concerns also limited the number of displaced Kosovo Serbs who sought to return" (para 76). "As of October UNHCR estimated that 16,893 persons remained displaced in Kosovo and throughout the region due to the 1998-99 war and riots in 2004. Significant numbers of Kosovo Roma, Kosovo Ashkali, and Kosovo Egyptians remained unregistered and uncounted by authorities, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center. Many of these persons resided in informal settlements lacking electricity and other basic services" (para 79)
Nov. 9, 2018, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Before the Syrian conflict, child marriage would not have been a reality for Iman and her family, as it was a significantly less common practice. Some estimates show that child marriage rates are four times higher among Syrian refugees today [in Lebanon] than among Syrians before the crisis. This skyrocketing rate can be attributed to the terror, poverty and instability that the conflict has caused" (para 6).
Nov. 9, 2018, 1:53 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Before the Syrian conflict, child marriage would not have been a reality for Iman and her family, as it was a significantly less common practice. Some estimates show that child marriage rates are four times higher among Syrian refugees today [in Lebanon] than among Syrians before the crisis. This skyrocketing rate can be attributed to the terror, poverty and instability that the conflict has caused" (para 6).
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The government cooperated with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian organizations to provide protection and assistance to internally displaced persons, refugees, returning refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, and other persons of concern" (page 18). "The government recognized 65 persons as refugees during the first six months of the year, out of 149 asylum seekers at various stages of the process . . . UNHCR also noted that the application of refugee criteria was not consistent throughout the country, and the recognition rate remained low" (page 19-20). "The law does not provide for differentiated procedures for persons with specific needs, such as separated children, and persons with...more