General Information February 2024

Humanitarian Workers Face Deportation From Israel After Freeze On Visas

Tell your MP: Stop Electronic Monitoring of Asylum Seekers/Migrants

Shamima Begum Loses Bid to Regain UK Citizenship

"No Such Thing As Justice Here": Criminalisation of People Arriving to the UK on 'Small Boats'

Sunak’s Asylum Laws Trapping 55,000 People in ‘Perma-Backlog

Foreign Criminals to be Offered Deportation Instead of Prosecution

Mental Health Challenges Faced by Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Home Secretary Sacks Borders Watchdog Via Zoom After Clash

Achieving Racial Justice at Inquests

Closure of UK Family Scheme for Ukrainians Described as ‘Cruel’ Move

Changes to the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession

Home Secretary Confirms “Pause” On Processing Asylum Claims

How to Apply For Leave to Remain as a Victim of Domestic Violence

Teenage Asylum Seeker Secures Permission to Challenge Illegal Migration Laws

Drastic Erosion of Women’s Rights in Afghanistan Continues

Home Office Clarifies Position on Inadmissible Asylum Claims

Pontins Served ‘Unlawful Act Notice’ Over Discrimination Against Irish Travellers

Rwanda Plan Fundamentally Flawed, Parliamentary Report Warns

EDM 377: ICJ Ruling on Gaza and the UK’s Duties Under the Genocide Convention

Government Backs Down on Removing Safety for Asylum Seeker Accommodation

The Silent Serial Killer: 391 Deaths In 25 Years at the UK Border

UN Secretary-General: End ‘Abhorrent Practice’ of Female Genital Mutilation

We Really Should Talk About the Word “Should” - Shouldn’t We?

UK’s Coming Election and the Politics of Immigration: Five Key Themes

Rishi Sunak’s Small Boats Plan - Home Office Deems Turkey Unsafe

Deadly Consequences of the New Deal to ‘Stop the Boats’

France: Migrant Children Sleep in the Street in Marseille

30,000 UK Asylum Seekers on Bail Under Rwanda Deportation Threat

Continuing Conflicts That Create Refugees - February 2024

Twenty Deteriorated Situations – A Remarkably High Number: Burundi - Rwanda - Korean - Peninsula - Papua New Guinea - Ecuador - Venezuela - Türkiye - Israel/Palestine - Jordan - Syria - Iraq - Yemen - Iran - Comoros Islands - Mozambique - Somalia - Somaliland - Burkina Faso - Mali - Niger

Conflict Risk Alerts: Haiti, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Syria,Yemen

Resolution Opportunities: None

The monthly conflict tracker highlights five conflict risks, four of which underscore the threat of a major conflagration in the Middle East.

Israel’s relentless attacks on Gaza – which have killed more than 27,000 people in four months – continued unabated and could wreak further death and destruction unless mediation efforts deliver a ceasefire. A truce could offer respite and aid for the almost two million displaced Gazans fending off famine and disease.

The U.S. and UK began a bombing campaign against Yemen ’s Houthis, risking a wider escalation. The U.S. “terrorist” designation of the group could compound the humanitarian crisis and hamper the peace process. Meanwhile, front lines in several regions displayed signs of a possible return to conflict (see this month’s Conflict in Focus).

Hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah continued at high intensity as Israel stepped up pressure to push back the group’s fighters deployed along the border, highlighting the risk of all-out war engulfing Lebanon and the region.

The U.S. looks set to launch retaliatory strikes in Syria or elsewhere after a Tehran-backed group likely operating from Syria killed three U.S. servicemen in Jordan – the first deadly attack on U.S. forces in the region since Israel’s war in Gaza began.

With Haiti’s acting Prime Minister Ariel Henry due to step down on 7 February but unlikely to stick to his pledge, a former rebel leader rallied support for protests to topple him, raising the risk of instability in coming weeks.

Junta leaders in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso announced their immediate withdrawal from the regional bloc Economic Community of West African States, marking a major setback for regional integration.

Somalia reacted furiously to a memorandum of understanding between Ethiopia and Somaliland on sea access. The diplomatic row could weaken Mogadishu’s anti-Al-Shabaab campaign and further undermine regional stability.

Burundi’s diplomatic spat with Rwanda over the latter’s alleged support for RED-Tabara rebels intensified with Burundi’s border closure, which came amid escalating rhetoric and reports of a troop build-up along the frontier.

In Venezuela, the Supreme Court reaffirmed a decision banning the opposition’s presidential candidate María Corina Machado from standing for office, dealing a blow to prospects for a competitive 2024 election.

President Noboa declared an “internal armed conflict” for the first time in Ecuador’s history after criminal groups unleashed a wave of violence in prisons and cities nationwide.

North Korea fired barrages of artillery near a South Korean island and formally dropped the goal of unification with the south, signalling Pyongyang’s intention to stoke tensions on the Korean Peninsula in 2024.

Our tracker assessed one improved situation in Guatemala . The transfer of power took place as planned, with Bernardo Arévalo assuming the presidency after months of relentless efforts to block the August election result and a turbulent inauguration.

Aside from the scores of conflict situations we regularly assess, we tracked significant developments in the Comoros, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea.

Source: Crisis Group.