North Africa

The Spring of the Caudillos

by Youssef Cherif

The recent uprisings in Algeria and Sudan have been celebrated as an Arab Spring 2.0. It is a nice metaphor, but these events are not exactly that. The closest comparison would be Egypt in 2013, when the army establishment exploited a popular uprising to consolidate its power and confiscate politics. The Arab world has entered a new era […]

Algeria Has a Legitimacy Problem

by Benjamin P. Nickels

Political scientists sometimes distinguish between performance legitimacy and personal legitimacy. Certain regimes remain in power thanks to what they provide: things like security and order, economic growth, clean streets. Think Singapore or Rwanda. In other countries, a shared culture and history determines who has the right to rule, whether or not that ruler performs well. The […]

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    Defining Identity and Identifying Migrants in the Global Compact for Migration

Defining Identity and Identifying Migrants in the Global Compact for Migration

by Tendayi Bloom

In December 2018 the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration was almost unilaterally adopted by United Nations Member States. It was extraordinary that in the space of just over two years, the first comprehensive document on international migration could have been negotiated and adopted with so much support. And it was extraordinary that for the […]

  • Permalink Haytham and Mariam hold their children Ali and Fadwa. The family fled Hamah 3 years ago. Fadwa was born 7 months ago. The family struggles to pay $350 for an apartment in the North of Lebanon as there are little job opportunities. Haytham says that the tension between the refugees and host communities in increasing when it comes to livelihoods. Additionally, Lebanese employers are afraid to hire Syrian nationals due to government restrictions. The Norwegian Refugee Council is advising them on how to register his daughter Fadwa.Gallery

    Obstacles to Accessing Civil Registration and Identification: NRC’s Field Experiences with Displaced Persons

Obstacles to Accessing Civil Registration and Identification: NRC’s Field Experiences with Displaced Persons

by Fernando de Medina-Rosales

For more than two decades, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has assisted displaced persons to access civil registration and identification documents. During 2018, NRC assisted approximately 527,000 individuals worldwide with this issue. We provide information on rights, procedures and remedies; enable legal advice and representation before government entities; support women’s access to documentation; and, in some […]

  • Permalink Tegene Erke, 38 is a mother of four. She lives in Mecha woreda , Bachma kebele. Tegene is grateful for being able to have registration of birth for her daughter Alemtsehay Chekele , nine months old. Based on the proclamation on the registration of vital events and national identity card 760/2012, the Amhara region Vital Records Registration Agency was first established in 2016. The agency in the region is successful and has achieved milestones within a very short period of time. The region has become a role model for other regions in vital records registration. Source: UNICEF Ethiopia/2017/Michael Tsegaye, Flickr.Gallery

    Consular Protection, Legal Identity and Migrants’ Rights: Time for Convergence?

Consular Protection, Legal Identity and Migrants’ Rights: Time for Convergence?

by Stefanie Grant

The Global Compact on Migration is a timely reminder of the role of consuls in the protection of migrants’ rights: from issuing documents to arranging criminal defence.

Consuls have been largely invisible in discussions of migrants’ human rights. Their role in protecting nationals abroad has tended to be forgotten, with priority given to the development of migrant protection […]

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