Refugees and Migrants

Migrant deaths along US-Mexico border remain high despite drop in crossings – UN agency

The number of migrants losing their lives attempting to cross the United States-Mexico border in 2017 remained high in spite of substantial decrease in the number of arrests along the frontier, the United Nations migration agency reported on Tuesday.

Without urgent funding, Burundi risks becoming a ‘forgotten crisis’ – UN refugee agency

Warning that Burundi could become a “forgotten crisis,” with the number of people struggling for survival increasing by the day, United Nations agencies together with aid partners on Wednesday launched a funding appeal to keep the humanitarian situation from deteriorating further.

UN News in Brief: 2 February 2018

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• Migrant’s bodies wash ashore in Libya

• Kenyan TV stations remain off air despite State directive

• Maldives urged to respect decision to overturn conviction against former leader

Ahead of monsoon season, UN supports Bangladesh’s efforts protect Rohingya camps from floods, landslides

The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are ramping up to assist Bangladesh’s efforts to mitigate some expected impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in the country, during which, according to an initial risk analysis, at least 100,000 Rohingya refugees could be in grave danger from landslides and floods.

Security operations by Myanmar show ‘established pattern’ of domination over ethnic groups – UN expert

What Myanmar’s Government has claimed are military and security operations are “actually an established pattern” of domination and aggression against ethnic groups, the United Nations independent expert on the rights situation there said on Thursday, reporting on her visit to nearby countries, including Bangladesh, which is hosting nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees.

Amid funding crunch, UN agency seeks $800 million in lifesaving aid for Palestine refugees

Facing an acute funding shortage, the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees is seeking more than $800 million for its emergency programmes for Syria and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Safety of Rohingya children must be guaranteed, before return to Myanmar – UNICEF

Improved security and unimpeded humanitarian access in Myanmar are essential before Rohingya children can be returned from Bangladesh, a senior official of the United Nations children's agency has said.

Conditions in Myanmar not yet suitable for Rohingya refugees to return safely – UN agency

The necessary safeguards for Rohingyas to return to Myanmar are absent, and there are ongoing restrictions on access for aid agencies, the media and other independent observers, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, two months after Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed on a plan for the refugees’ voluntary return to their homes.

Warning that ‘peace remains elusive,’ UN chief outlines areas for action in 2018

Having taken office with a call for peace to be the watchword of 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday said the world instead had ‘gone in reverse,” and that there are critical areas that need action in the New Year, including climate change, the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East conflict, and the Rohingya crisis.

Migration, sustaining peace, development high on UN General Assembly’s agenda for 2018

Migration, sustaining peace and development are among the priorities of the United Nations General Assembly for the remainder of the current session through September 2018, the President of the main UN deliberative and policymaking body said Friday.