African migrants

News in Brief 5 December 2019

  • At least 58 lives lost off coast of Mauritania
  • Measles epidemic continues in Samoa
  • Around 2.3 Zambians facing food insecurity
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Libya: Renewed commitment to Mediterranean rescues encouraging, but ‘overriding priority’ must be ‘lasting peace’, say UN officials

The heads of the two key UN agencies championing refugees and migrants have called for an end to their “arbitrary detention” across Libya, following an agreement on Tuesday by European Union countries to offer those fleeing across the Mediterranean a safe berth through a new distribution mechanism.

Libya detention centre airstrike could amount to a war crime says UN, as Guterres calls for independent investigation

An airstrike on a detention centre in Tripoli that killed scores of migrants and refugees “deserves more than condemnation”, UN agencies said on Wednesday, as both the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the head of the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL), insisted that it may amount to a war crime. 

Nigeria: Awareness-raising radio show on perils and opportunities of migration, launched by UN agency

A radio series was launched on Tuesday in Nigeria by the UN migration agency (IOM) to sensitize vulnerable people seeking to pursue economic opportunities abroad on the perils of irregular migration – migration done outside the regulated frameworks – and provide information on pathways to migrate legally and safely.

Africa migration: good for the continent and ‘good for the world’

Migration in Africa is good for the continent and “good for the world” as a catalyst for job and wealth creation, a UN expert economist said on Thursday.

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UN and Africa: focus on African Union, post offices and digital classroom in a box

AU-led peace operations need “predictable and sustainable” financing

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