Migrants and Refugees

UNHCR chief calls on US to end COVID-19 asylum restrictions at the Mexico border

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed to the Government of the United States to “swiftly lift” the public health-related asylum restrictions that remain in effect at the southern border, and to restore access to asylum for the people “whose lives depend on it”.

Arbitrary expulsions of migrants in Chile must stop immediately, urge rights experts

Migrants must be allowed to stay in Chile while their cases are being individually assessed or risk “irreparable harm”, a group of UN-appointed independent human rights experts said in a statement on Wednesday. 

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. 

Over half of LGBTQI students in Europe bullied in school: UNESCO

More than one in two LGBTQI students in Europe have suffered bullying based on their sexuality, the UN educational, cultural and scientific body (UNESCOsaid on Monday, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia.

‘I am alive, but I feel like I am dead’: a migrant grieves the drowning of 3 children

Misrah, an undocumented migrant worker, and her family, left their home in Ethiopia hoping for a better life. Instead, her three children are now dead, drowned during a perilous sea crossing across the Gulf of Aden, when the overloaded boat smuggling them into the country capsized.

Deadly shipwreck off Venezuela underscores need for safe migration pathways, protection

The latest shipwreck in the Caribbean has highlighted the need for safe migration pathways, particularly in the COVID-19 era when many borders remain closed, two UN agencies said on Monday. 

Libya shipwreck claims 130 lives despite SOS calls, as UN agencies call for urgent action

A shipwreck off the Libyan coast has reportedly claimed the lives of 130 people, despite SOS calls for help, the UN migration agency IOM said on Friday. 

Climate change link to displacement of most vulnerable is clear: UNHCR

Weather-related crises have triggered more than twice as much displacement as conflict and violence in the last decade, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday.

UNICEF reports sharp rise in migrant children in Mexico

The number of migrant children reported in Mexico has increased sharply, jumping from 380 to nearly 3,500 since the beginning of the year: a nine-fold rise, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, reported on Tuesday. 

Thousands flee fresh clashes in Central African Republic: UN agency

Recent fighting between government forces and rebels in northern Central African Republic (CAR) has forced more than 2,000 refugees into neighboring Chad over the past week, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.