Migrants and Refugees

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.

‘Historic moment’ for people on the move, as UN agrees first-ever Global Compact on migration

For the first time ever, United Nations Member States have agreed an all-encompassing Global Compact to better manage international migration, address its challenges, strengthen migrant rights and contribute to sustainable development. 

Safe and orderly migration is ‘in everybody’s interest’, says senior UN official

International migration “has been with us forever”, and a safe and orderly means of facilitating it is “in everybody’s interest”, said a UN envoy.

‘Multilateralism in action’ says UN chief ahead of expected agreement on migration compact

With the General Assembly set to agree a new global compact on migration, the United Nations chief on Thursday highlighted its “immense potential” to harness the benefits of orderly migration and lower the risks facing millions on the move without documentation.

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.

Two shipwrecks add to ‘alarming increase’ in migrant deaths off Libya coast: IOM

More than 200 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean in the past three days, bringing the overall death toll so far this year to more than 1,000, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Monday.