Migrants and Refugees

Refugees disproportionately exposed to COVID impact: Guterres

Everyone has a duty to help refugees rebuild their lives after a particularly difficult year for so many – that’s the message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June.

Forced displacement at record level, despite COVID shutdowns: UNHCR

The number of people fleeing wars, violence, persecution, and human rights violations, rose last year to nearly 82.4 million people, a further four percent increase on top of the already record-high of 79.5 million, recorded at the end of 2019.

‘Families came first’ for remittances in year of pandemic, says Guterres 

Migrants working away from their families made significant sacrifices to send money home last year as they did before COVID, UN chief António Guterres said on Wednesday, warning that now is not the time for countries to withdraw their support to these key workers. 

UN launches response plan to ‘safeguard the well-being and dignity’ of Rohingya in Bangladesh 

Under the leadership of the Government of Bangladesh, the Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched a $943 million plan on Tuesday to “safeguard the well-being and dignity” of Rohingya refugees in the country and their host communities. 

Why we should support refugee athletes’ Olympic medal hopes in Tokyo: UNHCR

Ahead of Tokyo 2021, it’s never been more important to support the refugee athletes who have escaped conflict and persecution and who continue to train, despite the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vintage French rugby pros tackle refugee integration in the vineyards

An association run by former rugby professionals in the French wine-making region of Bordeaux is supporting the integration of refugees, through career training, work opportunities and regular sports sessions.

Libya: UN envoy hails new national government after years of ‘paralysis and internal divisions’ 

After years of “paralysis and internal divisions”, progress towards a lasting peace through stable national government and dialogue, is being made in Libya, the top UN envoy for the country said on Wednesday. 

Asia-Pacific: UN forum highlights central role of migrants in world’s most populous region

United Nations officials on Wednesday highlighted the contributions of migrants to economies and societies in Asia and the Pacific, calling on countries to ensure all who live within their borders are fully included in national coronavirus inoculation programmes. 

Transparency must rule Iraqi elections, ‘loyalties cannot be for sale’, Security Council hears

A deadly rocket attack on Monday night in Erbil drew condemnation from the UN envoy in Iraq, who told the Security Council on Tuesday that “such reckless attempts to inflame tensions pose grave threats” to the country’s security. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Thousands of migrants lose shelter, after camp destroyed in fire

The closure and subsequent fire, on Wednesday, at a migrant camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina has left thousands of migrants without shelter and protection, amid plummeting winter temperatures, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.