Attention to the rise of child marriages among Syrian refugees overlooks a related phenomenon: child divorce.
Laura Dean is a journalist reporting from the Middle East and Europe. Previously, she was the Senior Middle East Correspondent for GlobalPost, writing from Egypt and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Dean formerly worked as an election observer with with the Carter Center in Tunisia and Libya and served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, DC. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, Slate.com, Foreign Policy, The London Review of Books blog and The Globe and Mail, among other publications. Dean grew up in Bahrain and graduated from the University of Chicago. She speaks French and Arabic.
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The Jordanian government is between a rock and a hard place balancing security concerns and refugee needs. But so too are the refugees themselves.
All of the refugees at the Idomeni camp are devastated by the EU-Turkey accord. But one group has particular reason to fear being returned to Turkey: Syrian and Iraqi Kurds.
The demographics of the Idomeni refugee settlement in Greece are changing fast. And things are getting ugly.
For Syrian refugees, the deepest tragedies are too commonplace to be worth mentioning. Those making resettlement policy must account for mental health and psychosocial needs of the refugee populations.
As EU officials debate who to send back from Europe to Turkey, refugees stranded in the Idomeni camp in Greece ponder an uncertain future.