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The New Humanitarian 22-01-11:

How Denmark's hard line on Syrian refugees is an aid group's ethical dilemma till sidans topp

Denmark is the first European country to tell large numbers of Syrian refugees to go home. While it hasn't begun deportations, nearly 400 Syrians from in and around the capital, Damascus, have been stripped of their residency permits and the right to work since 2019.


Many governments and international organisations produce COI reports - like the one used to support Denmark's decision - to gather information on refugees' home countries to help guide immigration authorities in their asylum decisions. They often consult civil society, but Denmark is unusual in paying DRC - an NGO whose mandate is to protect refugees and their rights - to join fact-finding missions and co-write reports, according to experts.

Established in the 1950s as an umbrella organisation for Danish refugee groups, DRC has a long history of working closely with the Danish government - which is also one of its largest funders. This particular report on Syria created a fierce debate within the organisation about the benefits of its close relationship with the government, which openly states that its goal is to have as few refugees in the country as possible.

The New Humanitarian interviewed nine current and former DRC officials about the report, some of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. On one side of the internal debate are staff who believe DRC can positively impact policy from the inside by maintaining its close relationship with the government. On the other are those who believe DRC's participation was used to legitimise Europe's harshest policy on Syrians and did little - if anything - to help protect refugees.


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Arkiveringsdatum 210111:

AYS 20-12-28:

Voices from the ground - the 'NGO Dilemma' till sidans topp

At the start of 2020, on the eve of the first Greek Lockdown, Gianni Manzella and Simone Innico began asking volunteers and aid workers their opinions on the 'NGO Dilemma' -the role and scope of grassroots and bigger aid and solidarity organisations in the context of EU migration policies of the last five years. The answers they received provide a fitting end to a year which has only raised more questions about the European response to migration. They also provide more inputs to a debate on the role of 'humanitarianism' and on the relationship between volunteer work and activism at the European borders, which has been going on for some time both online and offline.

+ Why are we here?

+ What are we actually doing here?

+ Why do we assume these responsibilities and obligations, instead of those who should be accountable for them?

+ How longer can this 'placeholder' solution go on?

These are the sort of questions that occupy the thoughts of many, while at the same time they are managing what can be rather serious situations in highly volatile, and occasionally dangerous, circumstances. The 'NGO dilemma' describes exactly this ambivalent attitude which many volunteers, social workers, or 'solidarians' have experienced.

This is the dilemma of knowing that your work will cover for someone else's responsibilities - someone with much more resources and authority - but knowing that, if you refuse, the first ones to get hurt will certainly be the most vulnerable. Because, at the end of the day, there has to be someone there to handle the situation - but who will this someone be?


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Källor: Informationen på denna sida är hämtad från följande källor (externa länkar): EU (kommissionen, ministerrådet, parlamentet och domstolen), Europarådet (mr-kommissionären, domstolen, kommittén mot tortyr), FN:s flyktingkommissariat UNHCR, FN:s kommitté mot tortyr m.fl. FN-organ, Sveriges Radio, SvT, andra svenska media via Nyhetsfilter och pressmeddelanden via Newsdesk, utländska media till exempel via Are You Syrious och Rights in Exile, internationella organisationer som Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ECRE, Statewatch och Picum, organisationer i Sverige som Rädda Barnen, Asylrättscentrum, Svenska Amnesty, FARR och #vistårinteut samt myndigheter och politiska organ som Migrationsverket, Sveriges domstolar, JO, Justitiedepartementet m.fl. departement och Sveriges Riksdag.

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