ALERT – Third issue of Humanitarian Alternatives finally released !

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A new issue of Humanitarian Alternatives has just been released ! With a focus on forced migration, this third and last issue of 2016 offers greater and renewed content on topics such as the World Humanitarian Summit or the European refugee crises.



Launched in February 2016, Humanitarian Alternatives is a project financially supported by five foundations, among which Handicap International Foundation, and whose aim is to contribute to critical thinking of the humanitarian sector by bringing together researchers in humanities and field practitioners.

The first two issues were respectfully focusing on the latest Ebola outbreak and the World Humanitarian Summit. This latest issue, however, investigates in further analysis the phenomenon of forced migrations.


A focus on forced migrations

Since 2015, a rising number of refugees and migrants have made the journey to Europe to seek asylum, most of them traveling across the Mediterranean Sea or through Southeast Europe. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the top three nationalities of the over one million Mediterranean Sea arrivals between January 2015 and March 2016 were Syrian (46.7%), Afghan (20.9%) and Iraqi (9.4%).[1] And of the refugees and migrants arriving in Europe by sea in 2015, 58% were men, 17% women and 25% children.[2]

The  European refugee crisis has captured all the attention in the region and the journal covers some of its most talked-about challenges such as the refugee camps established in northern France. In addition, this issue of Humanitarian Alternatives addresses the refugee crises in Nigeria, Myanmar or Cameroon, and pays tribute to the Greek population who, in the words of Barbara Hendricks, opera singer and Honorary Ambassador for life of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, have been the epitome of solidarity.


An overview of some other topical international issues

Dr. Antonio Donini, Visiting Fellow at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, also took advantage of the third issue of Humanitarian Alternatives to take stock of the situation, six months after the World Humanitarian Summit.

On a different topic, Verena Richardier shared her insights on NGOs and civil society organizations in China, highlighting some semantic specificities or the link between the State, INGOs and local NGOs.

This issue also includes some thoughts on environmental migrations or corruption in the humanitarian sector.



To learn more about the various views expressed in this second issue, please, click here.


Cover of Humanitarian Alternatives' 3rd issue

Cover of Humanitarian Alternatives‘ 3rd issue



[1] “Monthly Arrivals by Nationality to Greece, Italy and Spain”. Refugees/Migrants Emergency Response – Mediterranean. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.

[2] “Over 1 million arrivals in Europe by sea: UNHCR”. Business Standard. 30 December 2015.