The dramatic global rise in refugee numbers is forcing frontline states to cope with large new communities. Global and regional actors are seeing their foreign policies put under unexpected new pressure. As the line between refugees and migrants becomes increasingly blurred, the international community’s commitment to humanitarian ideals and international law is increasingly in question. Overall, the world's collective ability to prevent or to end conflict is being undermined. Through increased reporting, partnerships, and heightened advocacy, Crisis Group seeks to persuade policy makers to focus on one of the primary drivers of this humanitarian crisis: conflict and state fragility.
Massive deportations from Mexico and the U.S. have not stopped Central Americans fleeing endemic poverty and epidemic violence. Erecting more barriers and forcing migrants and refugees underground deepens the humanitarian crisis - and strengthens the illegal networks turning much of Central America into a criminal battleground.
The fact that [abuse of women and children] has increased so much in this past year or two is also directly related to the deteriorating economic situation in Libya.
[Afghan refugees] settle around urban centres, which may be relatively safe, but what essentially happens is it cuts them off from communities they belong to.
We’re in uncharted territory [with Moscow-led Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan]. We’re here in Russia’s back yard, and the ball is in their court.
Some of us looking at the conflict [in Syria] from the West have consistently underestimated the capacity for bloodshed in Syria to worsen. There’s a temptation to think, well, it can’t get any worse. And yet repeatedly it has gotten worse. And I think there’s a lesson there. There’s no reason to believe this will be as bad as things get.