We have conversations with people in crisis situations because they are the best to know the problem, their needs and the solutions. Based on the insights we get from these conversations, we draft reports sharing their voices, experiences and recommendations.
Assessing the Current Status of Syrian Refugees in Türkiye
Published May 14, 2023
Upinion conducted a study on the living conditions of Syrian refugees in Türkiye. The results revealed a grim reality of daily struggles with intimidation, violence, and discrimination in aid distribution post earthquakes and in the run-up to the 2023 General Elections. Upinion and its partners call for the EU and national governments to take a more prominent stance in protecting Syrians, in the region and through resettlement, and to actively collaborate with local organisations to achieve this goal.
Putting Syrian Refugees Centre Stage
Published May 12, 2023
To gain a better understanding of concerns around UNHCR’s dedication to “Accountability to Affected Populations”, Upinion and its partners of the Refugee Protection Watch (RPW) coalition initiated dialogues with 334 Syrian refugees in Lebanon on their perceptions on their participation, inclusion, access, and quality of UNHCR services in Lebanon. The study confirms that despite the increased rhetorical emphasis on AAP, limited progress has been achieved to put this ambition into practice.
1 Year Living in Forced Displacement for Refugees From Ukraine
Published February 21, 2023
One year after the escalation of the international armed conflict in Ukraine, Upinion and the Norwegian Refugee Council engaged in a conversation with nearly 1500 refugees from Ukraine, including from the Roma population, in neighbouring countries Poland, Romania, and Moldova. Our newly-published report sheds light on the increasing hardships of Ukrainians, the difficulties in covering basic needs and finding sustainable sources of income, the experiences of adapting to a new country, as well as people’s return intentions.
Endless Refuge and Unsafe Homecoming
Published December 8, 2022
In this third annual research report, the Refugee Protection Watch (RPW) coalition – an initiative between Upinion and four humanitarian, development and peacebuilding NGOs – is ringing the alarm bells on the living conditions of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and of those who have returned to their home country. Upinion’s online conversations with a community of 623 respondents in Lebanon renders the deteriorating situation visible through the eyes of both Syrian refugees and local residents themselves. The Belgian media outlet Nieuwsblad also refers to the research results.
Alarming situation for Afghan refugees in Turkey
Published August 11, 2022
One year after the Taliban’s violent take-over in Afghanistan, Upinion and its partner 11.11.11, the Belgian umbrella organization of International Solidarity, show in a new report that the situation of Afghan refugees in Turkey is alarming and requires immediate attention by the international community. References to the findings of the Upinion conversation were made in several media outlets, among which Het Nieuwsblad, Het Laatste Nieuws, De Wereld Morgen, and Taketonews.
Syrian CSO consultations for the Sixth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 9/10 May 2022
Published May 9, 2022
For the third year in a row, Upinion has conducted the online consultations among Syrian civil society representatives, activists, journalists, and interested individuals, that precede and inform the annual Brussels Conference. While Upinion acknowledges the ongoing need for face-to-face engagement with Syrian civil society, the online consultations still provided 1.277 representatives from civil society organizations and 631 individual Syrians from Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, the EU, Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan the opportunity to voice their opinion on amplifying Syrian voices through our platform!
Little Faith in Parliamentary Elections
Published May 2022
Both ahead of and right after the parliamentary elections in Lebanon last May, Upinion and partners of the RPW coalition gauged its community of Lebanese and Syrians nationals’ perceptions for the future and experiences on voting day. Results reveal the very little faith in government responsibilities, the expected increase in tensions, and unprecedented financial hardships faced by both Syrian refugees and Lebanese residents.
The dangers of premature return to Syria – Refugee Protection Watch
Published November 2021
Upinion has been a proud member of the Refugee Protection Watch (RPW) since 2020, a coalition of five organizations, which conduct research and advocacy on protection issues facing Syrian refugees and returnees. This 2021 study reiterates the dangers for Syrian refugees of premature return to Syria, as well as a clearly perceived presence of push factors in Lebanon.
COVID-19 Vaccine Willingness in the Sahel Region
Published March 2022
What do we actually know about people’s perceptions of COVID-19 and the vaccine in African countries? Upinion and Mercy Corps’ Crisis Analytics team decided to talk to the people themselves, and conducted an online conversation with 1862 individuals from Mali and Burkina Faso, and to a lesser extent Niger, in the winter and spring 2021/2022. It turns out that the majority of urban residents of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, do plan on taking a COVID-19 vaccine, if it would become available to them.
Put a halt to forcible returns of Syrian refugees from Turkey
Published March 2022
Since 2011, the political and economic situation in Turkey has undergone drastic changes, which has resulted in an increasingly hostile public opinion against refugees. 11.11.11 and Upinion conducted an online conversation with 944 Syrian refugees in Turkey to gauge their perception on existing pressures and their living conditions in the country.
Trapped in between Lebanon and Syria
Published November 19, 2020
In the first such study since the end of the fighting, the Refugee Protection Watch coalition has communicated with hundreds of refugees in Lebanon and refugees who returned to Syria to produce a thorough and disturbing overview of the dire plight of the approximately 5.5 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.
COVID-19 in Lebanon: Impact on Refugees and Host Communities
Published April 22, 2020
The Refugee Protection Watch (RPW) Coalition – an initiative between Basmeh&Zeitooneh, ALEF, PAX, 11.11.11. and Upinion – undertakes research and advocacy on protection issues facing Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the conditions for safe, voluntary and dignified return inside Syria. This briefing outlines some research findings, and key protection concerns that the RPW coalition has so far noted with regard to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis in Lebanon, and contains a number of recommendations for policymakers, donors and NGOs.
Connecting with Syrian refugees in Turkey
Updated February 18, 2019 — Originally published December 21, 2018
We connected with the Syrian community in Turkey to learn about their challenges and needs. In this report we highlight the opinions of over 7.000 Syrian refugees and we share their insights. More about this community.
Connecting with asylum seekers on Lesbos
Updated February 4, 2019 — Originally published January 18th 2019
We reached out to asylum seekers on Lesbos to learn about their needs, living conditions and access to legal assistance. Our insights are based on 165 community members. More about this community.