Middle East and North Africa

In 2020, billions of dollars were poured into mass communications campaigns to spread information about the COVID-19 disease. However, many communities around the world were either unable or unwilling to adopt preventative measures despite having been exposed to official messaging on the topic.  Seefar’s success in behaviour change communications is based on our unique focus …

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The lack of good job opportunities at home drives millions of people to seek work abroad and can discourage migrants from considering returning to their home countries. In pursuing better jobs and economic opportunties, migrants often end up in situations of trafficking, modern slavery and irregular mirgrant status.  Vulnerabilities begin at the earliest stages of …

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Seefar’s pilot remote migration communications campaign in Turkey and Serbia has resulted in over one third of transit migrants making safer and more informed migration decisions after receiving a consultation on the risks and realities of irregular migration.  The campaign, On The Move, ran from April to December 2020 and was aimed at informing transit …

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The current coronavirus pandemic has brought far-reaching consequences to communities across the globe: pushing health systems to their limits, isolating vulnerable individuals and worsening pre-existing inequalities.  Seefar works with severely affected communities in East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, West Africa, the Sahel, and Europe, delivering communication campaigns to people …

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LIFT provides financially attractive livelihoods to vulnerable or marginalised groups in developing countries through access to the booming global freelance economy. LIFT provides the infrastructure, mentoring, targeted language training, technical skills, and support to help vulnerable people earn a living through online freelance platforms. THE PROBLEMS WITH TRADITIONAL LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMMING FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS LIFT was …

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For more than four years, we have been interviewing a panel of Iranians planning and executing irregular migration. Our latest report is Refugee Integration in Europe: Life and other Plans among Iranian Irregular Migrants Settling in Europe. More than 25% of the people we found in Iran with a plan to migrate irregularly in 2014 have now …

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European Union cooperation with Turkey and Libya and the family separation crisis in the United States show global failures in reconciling ‘tough’ border policies with every child’s right to live free from violence and exploitation. Many child protection measures in Western destination countries do not address children’s needs before or during difficult journeys. Effective and …

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What does it mean for a country to be ‘generous’ to refugees? The term “generous” is frequently used in discussions about displacement, but often with different connotations. Countries that accept large numbers of refugees—such as Canada’s 2015 decision to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees—have been praised as ‘generous’. At the same time, the term is used by …

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Seefar built on its work with Iraqi Kurds by recently completing a mixed-methods research project in Iraq and Greece focussed on Iraqi Kurd migrants. The aim of this latest research was to understand:  The location and intentions of pockets of Iraqi Kurd and Arab migrants, Their motivations and what influences their decision-making processes, Destination preferences, andRelevant protection …

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