What is the Status of the World’s Refugees?


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Newsletter nº 5 – May, 2017

What is the Status of the World’s Refugees?

The world is facing unprecedented levels of population displacement. As noted in recent articles by the Igarapé, at least 65 million people are on the move, including 21.3 million refugees and 31 million internally displaced persons since the beginning of 2016. That means that 1 in every 100 people globally is displaced from their home. The last time we came close to these levels was during the World War II.

There is not just one global refugee crisis, but as noted in articles in the Guardianand Brazilian press, multiple overlapping crises. And it’s not the West, but rather North Africa, Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia that are especially affected. A new data visualization, EarthTime Lapse, captures the scale and distribution of these crises between 2001-2016. It was exhibited by the Igarapé at this year’s WEF Meeting (January),TED2017 (May), and the Global Cities Forum (June).

Earth Timelapse was developed as a partnership by the Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab, together with the Igarapé Institute and others. The latest findings were featured by Business Insider (on refugeesterrorism and pandemics), Fast CompanyNexoo Globothe WEF Agenda and more than 90 news outlets around the world. The platform has more than 1 million views over May (and more animated clips are available). Igarapé will continue developing the platform in the months ahead.

Igarapé in numbers – May 2017

  • The Igarapé Institute expanded its support to humanitarian and development agencies in May. We were recognized as one of the country’s most important non-governmental organizations by the Guia de Fontes de Ajuda Humanitária published by Doctors Without Borders. Igarapé also co-edited a pathbreaking report on Central American displacement with the ODI’s Humanitarian Practice Network and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), reaching over 50,000 practitioners globally.
  • Igarapé Institute was mentioned 1,075 times by the Brazilian and international media in May. The Institute’s research was featured by El PaísThe GuardianDeutsche WelleTeleMundo, and EFE among others. Key topics were the #InstintodeVida campaign including by  Folha de S. Paulo and the AP. The Institute’s work on drug policy and prison reform was also covered by Revista ÉPOCA, while new research on the future of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah) was picked-up by EFE.
  • Igarapé Institute researchers also published 7 opinion pieces in various media outlets. They include articles on the FARC disarmament process in Colombia  (Razón Pública), the increasingly “war-like” conditions in Rio de Janeiro (O Globo), the implications of the US-Mexico border wall on arms trafficking (Americas QuarterlyEfeito Naim), arms regulation in Brazil (Nexo), and the implications of explosive displacement from Venezuela into Brazil (Jota). We also gave a large number of live interviews in May, including on arms transfers from Brazil.
  • Igarapé members participated in 17 public events and meetings in May. Included among them: the Drug Policy Alliance leadership meeting, in New York, with the presence of Igarapé executive director Ilona Szabó: the participation of Ilona and fellow Robson Rodrigues in the event “Medo e Democracia”, at EMERJ; developer Bruno Siqueira’s participation in the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development; and the OAB Joinville event of the Commission on Drugs Policy, with the  researcher Ana Paula Pellegrino.

ISPGeo in Focus

The Igarapé Institute strengthened its cooperation with the Institute of Public Security (ISP) in May. A new crime mapping platform, ISPGeo, is now operational, reaching thousands of police officers across the state. As reported by the press, ISPGeo allows law enforcement personnel to determine the areas and times where crime concentrates to improve police efficiency. A new video developed by the Institute and ISP highlights the functionality of the tool. Igarapé is now supporting training and working with the authorities to improve crime preventionBloomberg portrayed the Institute’s work as bringing Rio’s public security infrastructure into the 21st century.

Instinto de Vida in OAS General Assembly

The Instinto de Vida campaign took part in the 47th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the OAS, in Cancun (MEX) from 19-21 June. The campaign coordinators also launched a new policy documenthighlighting evidence-based approaches to reducing homicidal violence. The team met with ambassadors from Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala to discuss ways for their governments to hit the 50% reduction target. With launches in Mexico and El Salvador in May, Instinto de Vida was reported by APThomson ReutersO Globo and many others, generating more than 500 stories.

Keep an eye out for

  • Senior researcher, Renata Giannini, will be in Cape Town from 3-5 July to participate in the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organied Crime and ENACT event.
  • Igarapé Institute research director, Robert Muggah, is heading to Singularity Universityin San Francisco from 7-8 July to teach, meet with Google partners and connect with social impact specialists.
  • The Institute’s executive director, Ilona Szabó, will be in Ottawa and Toronto from 10-15 July to take part in a special global leadership forum held by the World Economic Forum and representatives of the Canadian government.
  • Researcher Renata Avelar will participate in the Third Academic Conference on International Mediation from 17-19 July in Rio de Janeiro.
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