South and Central Asia

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 …

LIFT: Livelihoods Initiative for Transformation Read More »

Millions of refugees and migrants have returned to Afghanistan since 2012. Most come from neighbouring countries, driven out by protection concerns, fears of deportation, economic difficulty and integration challenges. In the European Union (EU), asylum recognition rates for Afghans are falling; in Turkey and the Western Balkans, expanded immigration enforcement and harsh conditions drive movements both onwards …

Distant Dreams: Understanding the aspirations of Afghan returnees Read More »

The biggest repatriation project in recent history is occurring with the forced exodus of millions of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran, and failed Afghan asylum seekers returning from Europe. To better understand the challenges returning Afghans face, as well as the emotional and psychosocial impacts of return and reintegration for returning migrants and hosting …

Examining Return and Reintegration in Afghanistan: Why Psychosocial Interventions Matter Read More »

Iran has been out of the public eye as EU decision-makers focus attention and money on more significant regions of origin of irregular migration. Yet Iran, previously a major source of irregular migration to Australia, has consistently been a source of asylum applicants in Germany, the UK, and elsewhere in the EU. We cannot predict …

Windows of opportunity: Iranian irregular migration and return 2014-2016 Read More »

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 …

Who is Generous to Refugees? Read More »

Aid has increasingly been viewed as a tool to reduce migration. Few studies have actually investigated these assumptions. Seefar conducted research to explore how development programs influence the migration intentions of Afghan potential migrants. This pilot research, entitled “Alternatives to irregular migration: how aid affects choices among Afghan potential migrants”, comes at a time when large amounts of development …

Aid and migration: how aid affects Choices Read More »

Denmark’s Region of Origins Initiative (ROI) was a groundbreaking effort to link humanitarian, development and refugee management ambitions. It is now in its third phase, giving Denmark a lot of experience to draw on in responding to the European refugee crisis, including to address protracted displacement and onward movement. Seefar is proud to have the …

Reviewing assistance to IDPs and refugees in Afghanistan Read More »

The Brussels Conference on Afghanistan features a high-level dialogue on migration dedicated to finding ways to manage irregular migration from the country. In a country where resurgent conflict in one province coexists with promising development advances in other parts of the country, there are no easy answers. A new article from Seefar, Irregular Migration to the European Union: …

Beyond ‘mass arrivals’: insights into Afghan irregular migration Read More »

Approaches to effective security are increasingly involving communities and civil society in law enforcement. Saferworld’s EU funded project in Central Asia made great contributions with a focus on this approach. Seefar jumped at the chance to work with Saferworld and to evaluate the project. The project has aimed to democratize police and security issues through supporting civil society engagement …

Evaluating Saferworld’s EU Funded Project in Central Asia Read More »

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