More than 50,000 migrants ‘die in search of a better life’

The tragic milestone was confirmed in a new report from the International Organization for Migration’s Missing Migrants Project, which also maintains that little action had been taken by any country of origin, transit or arrival.  “While thousands of deaths have been documented across migration routes each year, very little has been done to address the… Continue reading More than 50,000 migrants ‘die in search of a better life’

Netflix biodrama draws attention to real-life refugee-turned-Olympian 

Communications chief Melissa Fleming also called the Netflix film The Swimmers, “a wakeup call” and a “hugely welcome step” for everyone to stand in solidarity with refugees.  Although Yusra and Sara Mardini were forced to flee Syria’s civil war in 2015, the biographical drama, which Netflix dropped on Wednesday, makes clear that they took their… Continue reading Netflix biodrama draws attention to real-life refugee-turned-Olympian 

Myanmar crisis: Rights expert urges Korea to play ‘enhanced leadership role’ 

21 November 2022Human Rights Concluding a six-day official visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK), a UN-appointed independent human rights expert urged the country to help reverse the international community’s failure to address the crisis in Myanmar by taking the regional lead in ending violence against civilians there. “The Republic of Korea can play a vital… Continue reading Myanmar crisis: Rights expert urges Korea to play ‘enhanced leadership role’ 

Displaced families face winter hardships, UN refugee agency warns

11 November 2022Migrants and Refugees Millions of people displaced by conflict or persecution from Ukraine, Afghanistan and across the Middle East could face a perilous winter as freezing temperatures add to the misery already that they are already suffering from spiralling prices, the lingering impact of COVID-19 and extreme weather linked to the climate crisis,… Continue reading Displaced families face winter hardships, UN refugee agency warns

UN refugee chief urges stronger action to end ‘legal limbo’ of statelessness

4 November 2022Migrants and Refugees The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Friday called for stronger political commitment and action to improve the lives of the roughly 4.3 million stateless people worldwide who are “languishing without citizenship and living in the shadows.”   Statelessness is “a pervasive and grave human rights violation”, as well… Continue reading UN refugee chief urges stronger action to end ‘legal limbo’ of statelessness

Malaysia’s forced return of Myanmar’s most vulnerable must stop: UNHCR

25 October 2022Migrants and Refugees Malaysia’s forced return of asylum-seekers to Myanmar has meant that hundreds of Myanmar nationals have been “sent back against their will” to the troubled country in the last two months, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. There have been “multiple reports” of deportations since April which run contrary to international humanitarian law, UNHCR spokesperson, Shabia Mantoo,… Continue reading Malaysia’s forced return of Myanmar’s most vulnerable must stop: UNHCR

Venezuelan refugees and migrants struggle to survive in Latin America and the Caribbean

Some 4.3 million face challenges accessing food, housing, and stable jobs, according to the Refugee and Migrant Needs Analysis (RMNA) analysis, conducted by the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, and its migration agency, IOM. They co-lead the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V), and the report is based on collaboration with… Continue reading Venezuelan refugees and migrants struggle to survive in Latin America and the Caribbean

Grandi praises Angela Merkel’s strong ‘moral compass’ as she lands top UNHCR refugee award

10 October 2022Migrants and Refugees For her political courage, compassion and decisive action in protecting people forced to flee, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, presented the former Chancellor of Germany with the prestigious Nansen Award, on Monday. High Commissioner Filippo Grandi introduced this year’s global laureate, Angela Merkel at the award ceremony,… Continue reading Grandi praises Angela Merkel’s strong ‘moral compass’ as she lands top UNHCR refugee award

Migration becomes a trending topic at New York Fashion Week

2 October 2022Migrants and Refugees New York Fashion Week was treated to a celebration of diversity and inclusion earlier this month, when designers backed by the UN-supported No Nation Fashion initiative showcased their creations on the catwalk. It’s not quite rags to riches, but No Nation Fashion has come a long way from its beginnings… Continue reading Migration becomes a trending topic at New York Fashion Week

Hypothermia, dehydration, and 5,000 km on foot: Venezuelan migrants risk their lives for a better future

Venezuelans desperate to leave the economic crisis in their country are risking their lives in the hope of a better future, braving extreme weather, border crossing, and bandits along the way. Jhonny, 26, along with his pregnant wife, Cribsel, 19, sits with their two children at a migrant reception centre in Chile. The 3,700-meter-high altitude… Continue reading Hypothermia, dehydration, and 5,000 km on foot: Venezuelan migrants risk their lives for a better future

‘My children ask me, what is Syria?’ Za’atari refugee camp enters second decade

2022 marks the tenth anniversary of the UN-run Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. It is the largest in the Middle East – and one of the largest in the world – and home to some 80,000 Syrians. UN News spoke to some of the refugees about life at the camp, and their hopes for the… Continue reading ‘My children ask me, what is Syria?’ Za’atari refugee camp enters second decade

Dealing with the trauma of displacement in The Gambia

When conflict broke out in Kaddy’s Senegalese village in early April, she was forced to leave her belongings behind to save her family. “We lost everything. When we left, we could not take anything with us. Our animals, our food; everything was destroyed in the fighting.” Together with her husband and seven children, Kaddy fled… Continue reading Dealing with the trauma of displacement in The Gambia

Braving mines and missiles to bring aid to Ukraine’s displaced population

Six months after the Russian invasion, Ukraine is the scene of the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War. Almost a third of those displaced by the conflict come from the region around the country’s second largest city of Kharkiv, in the east. Helping those in need is dangerous work. Before dawn… Continue reading Braving mines and missiles to bring aid to Ukraine’s displaced population

Myanmar: 5 years since Rohingya mass exodus, UNHCR urges solutions 

This week marks five years since more than 700,000 ethnic Rohingya fled military persecution from Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday, appealing to the international community for greater support. “The latest exodus from Myanmar is now officially defined as being a protracted situation,” UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo told journalists at a… Continue reading Myanmar: 5 years since Rohingya mass exodus, UNHCR urges solutions 

A light in the darkness for Ukrainians under fire

The Russian invasion of Ukraine shows no sign of letting up, but the UN continues to bring humanitarian supplies to the country, including solar lamps, which bring some respite from the darkness of windowless basement shelters, in regions where electricity infrastructure has been destroyed or damaged by shelling. In a dark, overcrowded cellar in Kharkiv,… Continue reading A light in the darkness for Ukrainians under fire

Rohingya refugees share concerns with UN rights commissioner during visit to Cox’s Bazar

During her first official visit to Bangladesh, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, met with a host of officials, civil society representatives and Rohingya refugees on Tuesday. In Cox’s Bazar, she visited camps housing Rohingya refugees who, after terrible repression and human rights violations, fled Myanmar five years ago “to get some… Continue reading Rohingya refugees share concerns with UN rights commissioner during visit to Cox’s Bazar

140 aid workers killed in 2021 as UN humanitarian funding gap looms larger than ever – OCHA

The news comes at a time when global needs are at an all-time high, with a record 303 million people in crisis worldwide. “UN appeals aim to reach 204 million of the most vulnerable. Never before have humanitarians been called to respond to this level of need and they are doing so in ever more… Continue reading 140 aid workers killed in 2021 as UN humanitarian funding gap looms larger than ever – OCHA

Dozens missing after migrant boat sinks in Aegean Sea – UNHCR

Dozens of people are said to be missing after a boat of migrants and refugees sank in the Aegean Sea on Wednesday off the Greek island of Karpathos, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. “Very sad news from the Aegean: Dozens of people are missing after a boat sank off the island of Rhodes… Continue reading Dozens missing after migrant boat sinks in Aegean Sea – UNHCR

Ethiopia: Without immediate funding, 750,000 refugees will have ‘nothing to eat’

UN agencies appealed on Tuesday for $73 million over the next six months to provide food rations to more than 750,000 people seeking refuge in Ethiopia. The World Food Programme (WFP), UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and Ethiopian Government Refugees and Returnees Service (RRS) made the plea for assistance because without it, WFP will run out… Continue reading Ethiopia: Without immediate funding, 750,000 refugees will have ‘nothing to eat’

Jordan: As vast Za’atari refugee camp turns 10, Syrians face uncertain future

Ten years since Jordan’s Za’atari camp opened its doors to 80,000 displaced Syrians, poverty now affects an increasing number of residents who face an uncertain future, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. “With the increase in food prices across the world, many refugee families are struggling to meet their basic needs on a daily basis,”… Continue reading Jordan: As vast Za’atari refugee camp turns 10, Syrians face uncertain future

IOM: Uptick in migrants heading home as world rebounds from COVID-19

According to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) 2021 Return and Reintegration Key Highlights published on Thursday, nearly 50,000 migrants were assisted to voluntarily return to their country of origin in 2021. Global Migration, which had decreased by approximately 27 per cent during the COVID-19 pandemic, has begun to rebound to pre-pandemic levels. In 2021, IOM… Continue reading IOM: Uptick in migrants heading home as world rebounds from COVID-19

Top rights expert questions ‘double standard’ on Ukraine’s war displaced

A top UN-appointed human rights expert on Thursday raised the issue of an alleged “double standard” in Poland and Belarus towards those forced to flee the war in Ukraine. Mr. González Morales was referring to third country nationals who had been based in Ukraine at the outbreak of the war, particularly people of African descent and other… Continue reading Top rights expert questions ‘double standard’ on Ukraine’s war displaced

Landmark guidelines aim to protect children uprooted by climate change

The Guiding Principles for Children on the Move in the Context of Climate Change contain a set of nine principles that address the unique and layered vulnerabilities of boys and girls who have been uprooted, whether internally or across borders, as a result of the adverse impacts of climate change.  Climate change is here and… Continue reading Landmark guidelines aim to protect children uprooted by climate change

WHO calls for action to provide migrant and refugee healthcare

The warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) comes in its first ever report on the health of refugees and migrants, published on Wednesday.  It calls for urgent action to ensure people on the move can access healthcare services that are sensitive to their needs.  “Whether by choice or by force, to be on the… Continue reading WHO calls for action to provide migrant and refugee healthcare

Voluntary repatriation of refugees from Angola to DR Congo resumes

After a two-year hiatus, the voluntary repatriation of refugees from Angola to their homeland in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has begun again, after the programme was put on hold in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic led to long-term border closures. “The first convoy of 88 Congolese refugees departed from the Lôvua settlement in… Continue reading Voluntary repatriation of refugees from Angola to DR Congo resumes

Migrant deaths in Libyan desert ‘wake-up call’ for stronger protections  

The UN migration agency on Friday deplored the deaths of at least 20 migrants in the Libyan desert and renewed its call for stronger migrant protection along the Chad-Libya border.  “The death of twenty people in the Libyan desert yesterday is yet another wake-up call for the whole international community and a reminder that we… Continue reading Migrant deaths in Libyan desert ‘wake-up call’ for stronger protections  

UN rights office in probe call, after Morocco-Spain migrant deaths, Texas tragedy, show need for safer pathways

The deaths of at least 23 migrants seeking to reach Spanish territory from Morocco should be investigated urgently by both countries, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, reacting also to reports overnight of of least 50 migrants found dead in a truck in southern Texas. The Morocco-Spain border incident took place last Friday when African… Continue reading UN rights office in probe call, after Morocco-Spain migrant deaths, Texas tragedy, show need for safer pathways

UN plan calls for real progress towards ending internal displacement crisis

With record numbers of people uprooted within their homelands due to conflict, disasters, the climate emergency and other tragedies, more must be done to end this crisis, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday, launching his Action Agenda on Internal Displacement.  The plan outlines 31 commitments by the UN system to better resolve, prevent and… Continue reading UN plan calls for real progress towards ending internal displacement crisis

Lebanon: $3.2 billion plan launched to support local families and refugees

The 2022 Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) aims to deliver critical assistance to more than three million people as vulnerabilities rise, and to support public infrastructure, services, and the local economy.  Today, over 126 partners launched the LCRP to help support displaced &host communities in #Lebanon ,incl.:– 1.5M Lebanese– 1.5M displaced Syrians – 210,000 Palestinian… Continue reading Lebanon: $3.2 billion plan launched to support local families and refugees

UN food agency announces further refugee ration cuts, in quest for #ZeroHunger

The UN World Food Programme, WFP, said on Monday that it will have no choice but to make further food ration cuts soon for refugees. The cause of the imminent cuts is multiplying humanitarian needs around the world and insufficient funding. This has already forced the agency to make significant reductions in daily meals for… Continue reading UN food agency announces further refugee ration cuts, in quest for #ZeroHunger

Amidst escalating needs and soaring hunger, refugees caught in the eye of the perfect storm  

Further food ration cuts are imminent for refugees as humanitarian needs multiply around the world while funding struggles to keep pace, the UN food relief agency warned on Monday, World Refugee Day.  “As global hunger soars way beyond the resources available to feed all the families who desperately need WFP’s help, we are being forced… Continue reading Amidst escalating needs and soaring hunger, refugees caught in the eye of the perfect storm  

Guterres visits refugees resettled in NYC, urges world to ‘stand together in solidarity’

“Like millions of refugees worldwide, they are helping bring new life, prosperity and rich diversity to their host communities. We must continue supporting them,” the UN chief said on Twitter following the visit. Ahead of #WorldRefugeeDay, I visited refugees from Iraq & Afghanistan currently living in New York. Like millions of refugees worldwide, they are… Continue reading Guterres visits refugees resettled in NYC, urges world to ‘stand together in solidarity’

UN expert urges UK to halt transfer of asylum seekers to Rwanda

“There are serious risks that the international law principle of non-refoulement will be breached by forcibly transferring asylum seekers to Rwanda,” said Siobhán Mullally, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children. “People seeking international protection, fleeing conflict and persecution, have the right to seek and enjoy asylum – a fundamental tenet of… Continue reading UN expert urges UK to halt transfer of asylum seekers to Rwanda

A record 37 million children displaced worldwide: UNICEF 

Conflict, violence and other crises left a record 36.5 million children displaced from their homes by the end of last year, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates – the highest number recorded since the Second World War, the agency said on Friday.  This figure includes 13.7 million child refugees and asylum-seekers, and nearly 22.8 million, who… Continue reading A record 37 million children displaced worldwide: UNICEF 

Hunger in Latin America: whole continent is on the move, warns WFP

Ever greater numbers of vulnerable people are risking their lives on dangerous migration routes in Latin America, forced to move by the global food security crisis that’s been made worse by spiralling inflation linked to the war in Ukraine, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. “We are having countries like Haiti with… Continue reading Hunger in Latin America: whole continent is on the move, warns WFP

UK’s bid to export some refugees to Rwanda, ‘all wrong’, says UN refugee chief

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Monday dismissed the British Government’s proposal to process United Kingdom-bound asylum seekers in Rwanda, describing the offshore deal between the two countries announced in April, as “all wrong”. The development comes as senior judges in the UK ruled that the Government’s first flight taking asylum seekers to… Continue reading UK’s bid to export some refugees to Rwanda, ‘all wrong’, says UN refugee chief

From The Field: A ‘child of international solidarity’

For three generations, Marsel Abdo’s family have been fleeing conflict, including the Syrian war and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A childhood photo of Marsel and his brother, Nidal., by Courtesy of Marsel Zaki Abdo It began when grandfather left his home in Palestine after the creation of Israel in 1948, to take refuge in… Continue reading From The Field: A ‘child of international solidarity’

First Person: The South Sudanese refugee helping others through trauma

Rose Mary Tiep, fled domestic abuse and the conflict in South Sudan five years ago. Today she is helping others through their trauma in an Ugandan refugee camp, as part of a UN-backed support programme. Ms. Tiep lives and works in Omugo II, an extension of Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, which is home to 43,000… Continue reading First Person: The South Sudanese refugee helping others through trauma

Mediterranean Sea journeys for migrants have grown more deadly: UNHCR

Migrants who risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean to Europe on flimsy boats often piloted by people-smugglers, are at greater risk of dying now than for years, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. Latest data visualisation figures from UNHCR, shows that there were 3,231 dead or missing at sea last year, a sharp rise… Continue reading Mediterranean Sea journeys for migrants have grown more deadly: UNHCR

Ethiopian migrants head home on first ever return flight from Yemen’s Ma’rib

For the first time ever, 150 Ethiopian migrants are flying to Addis Ababa on a Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) flight from Yemen’s conflict-affected Ma’rib governarate, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday. It is the first of several flights that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has planned to help 900 Ethiopians flee the… Continue reading Ethiopian migrants head home on first ever return flight from Yemen’s Ma’rib

‘We must not turn our backs’ on migrants stranded in Yemen

With some 27,800 migrants having crossed from the Horn of Africa into war-torn Yemen this year, the UN migration agency, IOM, expressed concern on Tuesday over the safety and well-being of those on the move. Over the last five months, more people have made the dangerous journey than that of all of last year, according… Continue reading ‘We must not turn our backs’ on migrants stranded in Yemen

Sahel should be seen as region of ‘opportunity’ despite ‘multiple crises’

The Sahel is a vast under-populated region stretching across Africa from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east, an area which is being destabilized by terrorism-related conflict, the effects of climate change and a lack of development. UN News spoke to Mr. Annadif about the solutions to the problems the region faces.  … Continue reading Sahel should be seen as region of ‘opportunity’ despite ‘multiple crises’

States urged to do more to help Haitians fleeing insecurity by sea

Amid growing insecurity and gang violence in Haiti, the numbers of desperate people resorting to risky sea crossings has sharply increased. On Friday the UN called for regional Governments to step up protection for refugees. Speaking to journalists at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Shabia Mantoo, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR),… Continue reading States urged to do more to help Haitians fleeing insecurity by sea

Ukrainian refugees arrive in Poland ‘in a state of distress and anxiety’

With more than 3.5 million people having fled to Poland since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, continues to scale up its operations to provide aid to arrivals, the agency’s spokesperson said on Friday. “Poland remains the main country of arrival for refugees from Ukraine,” UNHCR spokesperson Olga… Continue reading Ukrainian refugees arrive in Poland ‘in a state of distress and anxiety’

UNHCR chief urges support for Bangladesh to save Rohingya lives, ‘build hope’

Wrapping up a five-day mission to Bangladesh, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees appealed on Wednesday for sustained and predictable support for Rohingya refugees and their host communities. “The world must remember the crisis that Rohingya refugees and their hosts have been facing for the last five years,” Filippo Grandi said after visiting refugee camps in… Continue reading UNHCR chief urges support for Bangladesh to save Rohingya lives, ‘build hope’

UN migration agency and EU step up aid for 325,000 Yemenis in need 

The UN migration agency IOM and the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid wing (ECHO), said on Monday that they are scaling up their efforts to respond to the needs of more than 325,000 displaced by the conflict in Yemen, including migrants and the communities that host them. Those in need will be provided with urgently needed… Continue reading UN migration agency and EU step up aid for 325,000 Yemenis in need 

17 Rohingya feared dead amid storm off Myanmar coast: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said it is shocked and saddened by reports that more than a dozen Rohingya – including children – have perished at sea off the coast of Myanmar over the weekend. Initial reports suggest the boat left Sittwe in Rakhine State, Myanmar, last Thursday, the agency reported, and the vessel encountered bad… Continue reading 17 Rohingya feared dead amid storm off Myanmar coast: UNHCR

Forcibly displaced people worldwide reach record 100 million

The Ukraine war and other conflicts pushed the number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution over the staggering milestone of 100 million for the first time on record, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) informed on Sunday. “One hundred million is a stark figure — sobering and alarming in equal… Continue reading Forcibly displaced people worldwide reach record 100 million

Global action needed to streamline pandemic travel measures

Countries must find consensus on clear, equitable and streamlined pandemic travel measures, the heads of two organizations working to improve migration said on Friday during on event on the sidelines of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) at UN Headquarters in New York.  António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and… Continue reading Global action needed to streamline pandemic travel measures

Countries review progress on global migration compact

Mr. Guterres was addressing the official opening of a meeting to review progress towards implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, adopted by governments in 2018.  — United Nations Network on Migration (@UNMigNetwork) May 19, 2022 The first International Migration Review Forum will also examine the interplay between migration and broader concerns,… Continue reading Countries review progress on global migration compact

Syrian refugees in Iraq, risk losing access to basic food supplies

Syrian families living in refugee camps in Iraq are facing new and alarming levels of food insecurity, according to figures released by the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday. Money is running out to help families with basic day to day items, while amidst harsh economic conditions, refugees from the decade long… Continue reading Syrian refugees in Iraq, risk losing access to basic food supplies

Ukraine: UN labour agency update shows 4.8 million jobs lost to war

The impact of the Ukraine crisis on the world of work: Initial assessments estimates that escalating hostilities would further affect the economy, causing employment losses to soar to seven million. However, if the fighting were to cease immediately, the International Labour Organization (ILO) study says that a rapid recovery could return 3.4 million jobs and… Continue reading Ukraine: UN labour agency update shows 4.8 million jobs lost to war

Moldovans open their borders, homes and hearts – UN chief

“People have opened their homes and their hearts to the Ukrainians”, he said, in admiration for the hospitality being extended to the refugees. Home away from home UN Photo/Mark Garten During his visit, the UN chief stopped in on a couple hosting refugees in their two-room apartment. Vasiliy and Klavdia Turkanu, a retired couple, have… Continue reading Moldovans open their borders, homes and hearts – UN chief

Guterres expresses solidarity as Moldova grapples with fallout of Russia’s war in Ukraine

Speaking at a press conference alongside Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau, the UN chief said: “Moldova is not just another country receiving refugees … I am deeply concerned about the continuation and possible spread of the war Russia is waging in Ukraine, and by the impact it is having not… Continue reading Guterres expresses solidarity as Moldova grapples with fallout of Russia’s war in Ukraine

Deaths at sea on migrant routes to Europe almost double, year on year

More than 3,000 people died or went missing while attempting to cross the Mediterranean and the Atlantic last year, hoping to reach Europe, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday, appealing for $163.5 million to assist and protect thousands of refugees and asylum seekers.   Of the 2021 total, 1,924 people were reported to… Continue reading Deaths at sea on migrant routes to Europe almost double, year on year

Ukraine: Security Council urged to ‘put aside’ divisions, end ‘senseless war’

Speaking from Hungary, where almost half a million Ukrainians have sought safety, she updated that neighbouring countries are including refugees in national education, health and social programmes. “While the sheer scale and speed of displacement is immense, we must not lose sight of what these figures mean.” Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees @KellyTClements briefing the… Continue reading Ukraine: Security Council urged to ‘put aside’ divisions, end ‘senseless war’

African-born advocate and refugee, reflects on being a Black woman in the US 

On the heels of Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March and the appointment of the first Black female Justice to the US Supreme Court in April, one African woman has been talking to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, about her childhood experience of fleeing conflict in Liberia to become a leading… Continue reading African-born advocate and refugee, reflects on being a Black woman in the US 

Ukraine: Escaping Bucha

Bucha. Once a quiet dormitory town near Kyiv, it is now synonymous with the mass killing of civilians in the increasingly brutal war in Ukraine. Although Yuliia and her family escaped the bloodshed, and are receiving help form the UN migration agency (IOM), they are struggling to adapt to their new status as they join… Continue reading Ukraine: Escaping Bucha

UNHCR ‘firmly’ opposing UK-Rwanda offshore migration processing deal

A deal reportedly made by the United Kingdom to send some migrants for processing and relocation to the Central African nation of Rwanda, are at odds with States’ responsibility to take care of those in need of protection, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday. In an initial response, UNHCR spelled out that it was not a… Continue reading UNHCR ‘firmly’ opposing UK-Rwanda offshore migration processing deal

Sub-Saharan Africa under threat from multiple humanitarian crises

Issuing the alert, WFP said that the figure rose to 43 million when the Central African Republic was included in the food insecurity estimate. And the problem is not limited to rural areas as 16 million people living in urban spaces are also at risk of acute food insecurity with WFP warning that some six… Continue reading Sub-Saharan Africa under threat from multiple humanitarian crises

El Salvador: Response to the rise in gang killings ‘cruel and inhuman’

The introduction of a series of measures in El Salvador in response to a rise in gang killings, has prompted the grave concern of the UN human rights office, which noted on Tuesday a pattern of “unnecessary and excessive use of force” by police and military forces. Since the state of emergency adopted on 27… Continue reading El Salvador: Response to the rise in gang killings ‘cruel and inhuman’

First Person: A first in psychological aid, for Ukraine refugees in Poland

Many of the millions of refugees forced to leave Ukraine because of the Russian invasion are traumatized and need mental health support. In one Polish transit site, volunteers like Aurang Zeb Khan, have been trained by the UN refugee agency (IOM) to administer psychological first aid. Mlyny is a small town in southeastern Poland, approximately… Continue reading First Person: A first in psychological aid, for Ukraine refugees in Poland

Response plan launched to support 1.4 million Rohingya and Bangladeshis

“Robust and sustained international support” is again needed for Rohingya refugees and the Bangladeshi communities generously hosting them, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. “Humanitarian agencies are seeking more than $881 million to support approximately 1.4 million people, including over 918,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char, and around 540,000 Bangladeshis… Continue reading Response plan launched to support 1.4 million Rohingya and Bangladeshis

‘Sharp rise’ in Nicaraguans fleeing to Costa Rica, strains asylum system

Around three per cent of Costa Rica’s population is now made up of Nicaraguan refugees and asylum seekers, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. Doubling in number over the last eight months, the agency now estimates that there are more than 150,000 Nicaraguans who have crossed over the southern border, seeking refuge in… Continue reading ‘Sharp rise’ in Nicaraguans fleeing to Costa Rica, strains asylum system

One month of war leaves more than half of Ukraine’s children displaced

“The war has caused one of the fastest large-scale displacements of children since World War Two,” said UNICEF chief Catherine Russell. This includes more than 1.8 million who have crossed into neighbouring countries as refugees and 2.5 million who are now internally displaced. Grim milestone According to UN human rights office, OHCHR, 78 children have… Continue reading One month of war leaves more than half of Ukraine’s children displaced

Mozambique: Thousands continue to flee violence in Cabo Delgado

One year after brutal attacks by suspected Al Shabab militants began in northern Mozambique, thousands continue to flee ongoing violence in Cabo Delgado province, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. “According to partners in the region, a series of attacks by non-State armed groups between January and mid-March displaced some 24,000 people within… Continue reading Mozambique: Thousands continue to flee violence in Cabo Delgado

First Person: Witnessing the pain of Ukraine refugees wrenched apart

The UN has helped tens of thousands of Ukrainian refugees to cross into Poland and other neighbouring countries. Chris Melzer, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Germany, told UN News that he has witnessed many traumatic scenes, of families ripped apart by the crisis. “I have witnessed many difficult things since this conflict… Continue reading First Person: Witnessing the pain of Ukraine refugees wrenched apart

UNHCR chief condemns ‘discrimination, violence and racism’ against some fleeing Ukraine

The head of UN refugee agency UNHCR, spoke out on Monday against the “ugly reality” that some refugees fleeing across the Ukraine border, and Third Country Nationals, have been subjected to racism and discrimination. In a statement issued marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Filippo Grandi said that although he had been “humbled”… Continue reading UNHCR chief condemns ‘discrimination, violence and racism’ against some fleeing Ukraine

UN says at least 70 migrants dead or missing off Libyan coast

Over the past two weeks, at least 70 migrants have gone missing at sea and are presumed dead off the coast of Libya, the UN migration agency said on Thursday. “I am appalled by the continuing loss of life in the Central Mediterranean and the lack of action to tackle this ongoing tragedy,” said Federico… Continue reading UN says at least 70 migrants dead or missing off Libyan coast

Stop violence at European borders and protect refugees – UNHCR

He said in a statement that violence, ill-treatment, and pushbacks continue to be regularly reported at multiple entry points at land and sea borders.   The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, expressed deep concern over an increasing number of incidents of violence and serious human rights violations against refugees and migrants at various European borders, several of… Continue reading Stop violence at European borders and protect refugees – UNHCR

‘Strengthened international cooperation’ needed for safe, regular migration

“Migration is a fact of life” and a “positive phenomenon” that enriches societies and economies, Secretary-General António Guterres said. However, if poorly managed, it generates huge challenges, he added, “from tragic loss of life, to rights abuses and social tensions”, which is why effectively managing migration and protecting their rights, requires “strengthened international cooperation”. Make… Continue reading ‘Strengthened international cooperation’ needed for safe, regular migration

Human rights defenders threatened at Poland-Belarus border

Independent UN experts expressed deep concern on Tuesday over allegations that human rights defenders have been threatened at the Polish-Belarusian border, including media workers and interpreters.  “I am receiving several reports of harassments from human rights defenders who assist migrants and document human rights violations against them, at the Polish-Belarusian border, and I am deeply… Continue reading Human rights defenders threatened at Poland-Belarus border

Number of internally displaced in Myanmar doubles, to 800,000

The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Myanmar has doubled since February of last year, now crossing the 800,000 mark, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced on Friday.  Speaking to journalists in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh said the agency was stepping up aid for the displaced as conflict intensifies.  “Security is deteriorating rapidly across the… Continue reading Number of internally displaced in Myanmar doubles, to 800,000

Tragic death of Venezuela baby highlights need for greater migrant protection

Following the death of a baby during an interception at sea off the southeast coast of the island of Trinidad on Sunday, UN agencies have expressed their deep sadness and called for stronger measures to protects refugees and migrants. The vessel carrying Venezuelans was intercepted by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard when it entered… Continue reading Tragic death of Venezuela baby highlights need for greater migrant protection

First Person: Hope and shelter, amid the fighting in Burkina Faso

For the last three years, a retired cook in northern Burkina Faso has been providing shelter for people displaced by armed attacks in the country, where the security situation continues to deteriorate. Recent unrest in the capital Ouagadougou surrounding the military coup, is just the latest example of instability in Burkina Faso, whose citizens have… Continue reading First Person: Hope and shelter, amid the fighting in Burkina Faso

Finding homes for more than a million displaced Ukrainians

Around 1.5 million Ukrainians have been forced from their homes since fighting in the far east of the country began in 2014. The UN and other humanitarian organizations are supporting those who have been displaced, as they try to adjust to their new lives. When the conflict broke out between Government forces and mostly pro-Russian… Continue reading Finding homes for more than a million displaced Ukrainians

Tigray: Eritrean refugees ‘scared and struggling to eat’ amid aid obstacles

For the first time in weeks, aid teams have reached refugee camps in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, only to find that some Eritrean nationals living there have likely died of preventable diseases, while others are “scared and struggling to get enough to eat”, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. More than 25,000 refugees live in in… Continue reading Tigray: Eritrean refugees ‘scared and struggling to eat’ amid aid obstacles

UK Borders Bill increases risks of discrimination, human rights violations

A new bill being debated by lawmakers in the United Kingdom increases the risk of discrimination and “serious human rights violations” and breaches the country’s obligations under international law, five independent UN human rights experts said on Friday. If adopted, the Nationality and Borders Bill would “seriously undermine the protection of the human rights of… Continue reading UK Borders Bill increases risks of discrimination, human rights violations

Decade of Sahel conflict leaves 2.5 million people displaced

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called on Friday for concerted international action to end armed conflict in Africa’s central Sahel region, which has forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes in the last decade. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, the agency’s spokesperson, Boris Cheshirkov, informed that internal displacement has increased tenfold since 2013, going… Continue reading Decade of Sahel conflict leaves 2.5 million people displaced

Bangladesh: Second fire in a week tears through vast Rohingya refugee camp

Teams from UN migration agency IOM were mobilized on Sunday after fire swept through a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, home to thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar.  The blaze was first reported just before 5 pm local time and caused considerable damage to sections of the largest camp of… Continue reading Bangladesh: Second fire in a week tears through vast Rohingya refugee camp

Harsh winter fuels ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday that a harsh winter in Afghanistan is aggravating already severe conditions faced by millions across the country. In the past 24 hours, heavy snowfall and rain have impacted a number of areas, disrupting flights to and from Kabul Airport, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).… Continue reading Harsh winter fuels ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Bangladesh: Fire rips through COVID treatment centre for Myanmar refugees  

A devastating fire has ripped through a COVID-19 treatment centre for Myanmar refugees sheltering in Bangladesh, UN migration agency (IOM) said on Tuesday.   In a tweet, IOM said that no-one was hurt at the health facility, part of the vast Cox’s Bazar camp complex, after the blaze began suddenly on Sunday evening.   Parts of the hospital were… Continue reading Bangladesh: Fire rips through COVID treatment centre for Myanmar refugees  

Pakistan: Smartcard registration drive for Afghan refugees ends

The first drive to verify data relating to around 1.4 million Afghan refugees on the move over past decade in Pakistan has been concluded, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday. The agency commended the Government of Pakistan for its country-wide campaign, the agency’s spokesperson, Babar Baloch, told journalists in Geneva. “Following a short… Continue reading Pakistan: Smartcard registration drive for Afghan refugees ends

Waves of Haitians risk treacherous sea journey to find better life

“I was trying the reach the Turks and Caicos Islands, but my boat capsized at sea. If there were opportunities to start up my own business, I would stay in Haiti.”  The story of Jacques* a 32-year-old father from Limonade on Haiti’s northern coast is perhaps typical of the increasing numbers of people who try… Continue reading Waves of Haitians risk treacherous sea journey to find better life

Urgent action needed to save Rohingya refugees distressed at sea in Indonesia  

The UN refugee agency called on Wednesday for the immediate, life-saving disembarkation of a group of Rohingya refugees in distress at sea off the coast of Indonesia.  In a statement, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that it was “deeply concerned for the safety and lives of those onboard”.  The… Continue reading Urgent action needed to save Rohingya refugees distressed at sea in Indonesia  

2021 Year in Review: Refugee, migrant numbers rise, despite travel curbs

By November, more than 84 million people had been forced from their homes, according to UNHCR data. This figure is an increase from 2020 and 2019, both of which were record-breaking years in terms of the numbers forcibly displaced around the world.  ‘A paradox not seen before in human history’ This rise was coupled with… Continue reading 2021 Year in Review: Refugee, migrant numbers rise, despite travel curbs

Lebanon crises increase suffering of migrant domestic workers

Many migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are denied basic human rights, and suffered abuse at the hands of their employers. Since the worsening economic crisis in the country their plight has, if anything, worsened. “The recruitment agencies and employers treat us as if we are human commodities!”, says Adanesh Worko, an Ethiopian worker who works… Continue reading Lebanon crises increase suffering of migrant domestic workers

Thousands head home voluntarily from Zambia to DR Congo  

Nearly 5,000 refugees who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) four years ago, are opting to head home voluntarily from Zambia over the coming months, with the first 100 people setting out on Tuesday.  The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said that security had improved sufficiently in DR Congo’s Pweto territory, Haut-Katanga province, for them to go home… Continue reading Thousands head home voluntarily from Zambia to DR Congo  

End ‘appalling’ Belarus-Poland border crisis, UN rights office urges

Belarus and Poland must resolve the migrant and refugee crisis at their mutual border, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, describing the on-going situation as “appalling”.  OHCHR again called on the two countries to address the matter in line with their obligations under international law.  This follows a visit by a UN… Continue reading End ‘appalling’ Belarus-Poland border crisis, UN rights office urges

UN chief calls for unity among Lebanese leaders, affirms solidarity with citizens

Fractured along sectarian lines, successive Governments have been unable to put the country on a sustainable path forward. Kicking off a four-day visit, he met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, saying they had a “fruitful” talk. One simple message Subsequently, at a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace, the UN chief called on the… Continue reading UN chief calls for unity among Lebanese leaders, affirms solidarity with citizens

‘Solidarity with migrants has never been more urgent’: Guterres

Today, more people than ever live in a country other than the one where they were born. While many individuals migrate out of choice, many others leave home out of necessity.  Approximately 281 million people were international migrants in 2020, representing 3.6 per cent of the global population. In his message, António Guterres said those on the… Continue reading ‘Solidarity with migrants has never been more urgent’: Guterres

Migrant workers still at great risk despite key role in global economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the key role that migrant workers play in the global economy, as well as the “terrible risks” that they are forced to take, to find work. The analysis featured on the Global Migration Data Portal, provides snapshots of the latest statistics and trends, including the impacts of COVID-19 on mobility.… Continue reading Migrant workers still at great risk despite key role in global economy