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Humanitarian corridors in Ukraine: the illusion of an ideal solution

"Humanitarian corridor". In just a few days, these two words have become a common theme in public speeches about Ukraine, evoking the illusion of an ideal solution to the suffering of people trapped in cities surrounded by Russian forces. However, the imperative need to support any initiative that aims to allow civilians who wish to flee a combat zone should not obscure the political instrumentalisation of which humanitarian corridors are sometimes the object, nor the complexity of their implementation.

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Humanitarian corridors: negotiated exceptions at risk of manipulation

Für das Konzept des humanitären Korridors gibt es weder einen normativen Rahmen noch eine einheitliche Definition – was es sehr anfällig für politische Interpretationen macht. Der Begriff hat mehrere Bedeutungsverschiebungen erfahren, von der Bezeichnung eines Durchfahrtsrechts bei bewaffneten Konflikten bis hin zu einem erleichterten Zugang angesichts von Grenzsperren oder bürokratischen Zwängen.

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Deplorable conditions in French ‘Refugee Camp’

The suffering endured by refugees and other exiles in the northern port town of Calais, France, has been the subject of significant media attention in recent months. Renewed interest in the plight of Calais' encamped population began to peak in April 2015, at the same time that the French authorities forcibly closed the largest settlement, situated in woodland adjacent to an active titanium oxide factory. Residents of this settlement were relocated to a nearby segment of sandy grassland that was once both a waste disposal site and a local shooting range.

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Challenges in Responding to Massive Displacements in Resource-poor Settings: The Case of Central African Republic Refugees in Eastern Cameroon

Read the letter by Caroline Abu Sa'Da and Christine Jamet, a response to the briefing by Welz “Crisis in the Central African Republic and the international response” published in African Affairs (Vol. 113, No. 453, pp. 601-610).

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Advocating “Dignity” and “Return” for Lebanon’s Palestinians: Imagining a Diasporic Project

The 2010 reform of the legal regime regulating Palestinians’ access to the labour market in Lebanon ignited a heated debate among Lebanese, Palestinians, and international political actors. This article analyses the advocacy initiatives preceding the reform to answer the following question: what signifiers of Palestinian-ness have Palestinian political entrepreneurs mobilised?

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Cancer care for refugees

Along with other non-communicable diseases, cancer is now recognised as a major challenge for humanitarian health providers and for those who finance their programmes. The recent Policy Review of cancer treatment requests submitted to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Exceptional Care Committees (ECC), by Paul Spiegel and colleagues, makes a valuable contribution to a sparse evidence base.

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