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22 February 2016

A man passes a baby through the fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border in Röszke, Hungary, 28 August 2015. © Warren Richardson

Word Press Photo Foundation: The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture is a collaboration between the Centre for Innovation, Leiden University and World Press Photo Foundation. Supported by City of The Hague the initiative brings together the worlds of photography, data, analytics and storytelling in a compelling visual platform, to take you beyond the frame. Photos give us information and feed our emotions. The Bigger Picture invites you to explore the deeper meaning of what you might not see at a first glance. What is the story behind the image? What else is there to know? What is the bigger picture?

Starting with World Press Photo’s award-winning photographs, users are drawn into a new type of visual analytics. The website and visualizations are created in cooperation with LUST, a design studio based in The Hague and IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team who supported this initiative by providing and interpreting the data from Migration Flows Europe and Missing Migrants Project

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A Japanese-donated tent in northern Iraq is now home for this Syrian refugee family from Aleppo. Photo: IOM

The Case for Surge Funding

Germany – Important progress was made at the donors’ conference for Syrian refugees convened in London on February 4. But much more remains to be done. The international community is still vastly underestimating what is needed to support refugees, both inside and outside the borders of the European Union. To deal with the refugee crisis, while putting the EU’s largely unused AAA borrowing capacity to better use, requires a paradigm shift, writes George Soros for Project Syndicate.

Rather than scraping together insufficient funds year after year, it is time to engage in “surge funding.” Spending a large amount of money up front would be far more effective than spending the same amount over several years. Frontloading the spending would allow us to address the most dangerous consequences of the crisis – including anti-immigrant sentiment in receiving countries and despondency and marginalization among refugees – more effectively. Making large initial investments would help tip the economic, political, and social dynamics away from xenophobia and disaffection, and toward constructive outcomes that benefit refugees and the recipient countries alike. 

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Migration in the News

  • UN News Centre, Middle East Monitor, ANSA Med and Telesur reported the joint statement by IOM, UNICEF and UNHCR calling for an end to child migrant and refugee deaths in the Mediterranean.

  • NPR reported from The Responder, a search and rescue tug vessel leased by the NGO MOAS, that has been supporting Greek coastguard  efforts to save the lives of migrants and refugees in the Aegean.

  • RT reported that authorities in the Netherlands are investigating whether some Ukrainians might be applying for refugee status in order to voluntarily return home with a reintegration grant.

  • Voice of America reported that Macedonia is now turning away Afghan migrants trying to enter the country from Greece. Syrians and Iraqis are still being admitted.

  • Euronews reported that Austria has gone ahead with a plan limiting the number of migrants and asylum seekers entering the country, in defiance of the European Union.

  • National Geographic featured the work of photographer Alessandro Grassani, who tracks the lives of environmental and climate migrants in countries including Bangladesh, Kenya, Haiti and Mongolia.

  • Korea Herald published a series of articles on the situation of refugees in Korea and asked whether the country should be doing more to help Syrian refugees.

  • AFP reported that South Sudan government troops took part in the killing of at least 18 people inside the UN “protection of civilians” site in Malakal last week.    

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera reported how Greek fishermen in Lesbos are saving the lives of migrants and refugees trying to reach the island from Turkey.   

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