Migrants and Refugees

As thousands flee violence in Nicaragua, UN refugee agency urges more support for countries taking them in

As thousands flee mounting political tensions, violence and serious human rights violations in Nicaragua, the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, has called for international solidarity and more support for the countries hosting those who are joining the exodus.

Ahead of World Day against human trafficking, UN expert stresses States’ obligation to stop ‘gross human rights violations’

Ahead of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Monday, the UN human rights expert on the issue has emphasized that both victims and potential victims’ rights must be upheld – especially women and children – and appealed for all States to prevent and combat the global scourge.

Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement, says UN agency

Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said; although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern.

Syria: Scaled-up assistance, ‘sustained access’ needed to 140,000 made homeless, says UNHCR

Following a Government-led assault on Syria’s opposition-held areas, an estimated 140,000 people in the country’s south-west remain homeless and in need of help, the United Nation Refugee Agency (UNCHR) said on Friday, calling for sustained access to displaced communities.

UNHCR welcomes deal to end latest migrant stand-off in Mediterranean Sea

UN Refugee Agency chief Filippo Grandi, on Thursday gave a cautious welcome to the decision by several EU countries to take in some 450 migrants who have been stranded at sea for days, warning that a “ship-by-ship” arrangement was not sustainable.

The world ‘must rally’ to support one million Rohingya refugees, UN Migration chief says

A failure to remain focused on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh “would have tragic outcomes” for the nearly one million children, women and men living in Cox’s Bazar, said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), on Tuesday.

New identity cards deliver recognition and protection for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh will soon have credit card-sized plastic IDs – many possessing, for the first time ever, an individual identity document – providing another level of protection, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

Libya urged to end migrant detention amid warnings over threat to Mediterranean search and rescue

The head of UN Migration Agency (IOM), William Lacy Swing, has urged Libya to stop detaining migrants who have been returned to the country’s shores after trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

Women-Friendly Spaces for Rohingya refugees: A place for protection and care

Simple shelters that are little more than huts with bamboo sticks and plastic sheeting for walls, and tarpaulins overhead, are serving a very important purpose for refugee women and girls forced to flee their homes to the vast refugee camps of Bangladesh. 

Ben Stiller’s new role, more about hope than humour, as he’s named Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), announced on Monday that the actor, director, producer and philanthropist Ben Stiller, is to become its latest Goodwill Ambassador, as he issued an appeal for action on behalf of those forced to flee their homes around the world.