Refugees and Migrants

Niger population’s suffering ‘increasing with each passing month’: UN Refugee Agency

An upsurge of violence in the south-east of Niger means that the population’s suffering is increasing “with each passing month,” a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson warned on Tuesday, at a press briefing in Geneva. In March alone, some 88 civilians were reported to have died during attacks.

‘World’s deadliest sea crossing’ claimed six lives a day in 2018: UN refugee agency

Six people died every day last year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe – “the world’s deadliest sea crossing” - the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Wednesday, citing ongoing political deadlock over sea rescue and disembarkation.

Mediterranean migrant drownings should spur greater action by European countries, urge UN agencies

A spate of migrant shipwrecks and rescues in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days is evidence that urgent action is required from European States to address the issue, the UN said on Tuesday

Migrants and refugees face higher risk of developing ill-health, says UN report on displaced people in Europe

European authorities are “struggling” to meet the needs of irregular migrants and refugees who are wrongly accused of spreading sickness among host communities, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, at the launch of its first report on the subject.

Another 170 migrants disappear in shipwrecks, UN agency reiterates call for an end to Mediterranean tragedy

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, stated on Saturday that “no effort should be spared” in saving lives at sea, following reports of two new shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea, in which some 170 people either died or went missing. 

FROM THE FIELD: How the smell of fresh bread transformed one refugee life

Who would imagine that the smell of fresh bread wafting through a bakery could change the course of a young Syrian refugee’s life?

Saudi woman seeking asylum in Thailand ‘now in a secure place’ says UNHCR

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Monday that 18-year-old Saudi national Rahaf Mohammed Al-qunun, who had been stranded at Bangkok airport after fleeing her family in Kuwait, saying that she would be killed if forced to return, was “now in a secure place”.

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Miraculous’ music made by hearing-impaired children

A group of deaf and hard-of-hearing Syrian refugee and local Lebanese children have sung in a choir in Beirut giving a performance that was “nothing short of miraculous,” according to conductor Pascal Khairallah.

New migration pact highlights key role of business in protecting migrants, say UN experts

A group of UN experts welcomed a call for Member States and businesses to join forces in protecting the rights of migrants on Thursday, following the recent adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) on 10 December.

Migrants: ‘A powerful driver’ of economic growth, ‘dynamism and understanding’

Human migration is “a powerful driver of economic growth, dynamism and understanding,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said, in his message  commemorating International Migrants Day, marked on 18 December.