Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - MERGE - Migration and the Middle East


MERGE X TRANSMIT Data Brief #2: Food insecurity in Lebanon and the potential ripple effects of the war in Ukraine

In this report we present novel data on the economic wellbeing, food security and migration aspirations of the Lebanese and Syrian population in Lebanon, collected between December 2021 and January 2022. By sharing these preliminary results, we seek to provide an understanding of the extent of the economic vulnerability in Lebanon before the onset of the war in Ukraine and to help anticipate its potential ripple effects.

MERGE X TRANSMIT Data Brief #1: The EU-Turkey Deal as a successful Blueprint?

In the wake of the escalating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the 2016 EU-Turkey Deal is again being discussed as a possible blueprint for the European management of humanitarian displacement. This brief seeks to provide context to this discussion by shedding light on the group most affected by the existing agreement between Turkey and the EU – Syrian refugees in Turkey, using new data on the wellbeing of Syrian refugees in Turkey gathered by the TRANSMIT project. Focusing on the four key dimensions of employment, livelihood, education and healthcare access it provides evidence that five years later, the EU-Turkey deal is far from the universal success some want to perceive.

MERGE X TRANSMIT Data Brief #3: Healthcare Access Crisis in Lebanon

The data analyzed in this data brief clearly demonstrate that the political and economic crises that have struck Lebanon in the past years poses an immediate risk to population health. A majority of respondents surveyed struggle to access healthcare services and medication. While the marginalized Syrian population remains particularly vulnerable to healthcare exclusion, our analysis shows that a growing share of the Lebanese host population faces similarly precarious conditions. The Lebanese state meanwhile has shown itself unable to respond to this healthcare crisis thus opening the door for further crises such as the recently observed Cholera outbreak.