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News in Brief 2 November 2018

  • Call to protect NE Nigeria's most vulnerable after deadly attack on camp 
  • 251,770 lives lost to tsunamis in last 20 years, $280 billion in losses: UNISDR
  • Rush of Venezuelans into Peru ahead of residency deadline-UNHCR

 

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UN agency issues refugee protection guidance for thousands of Venezuelans fleeing crisis-torn country

As deepening economic woes force thousands of Venezuelans to flee the crisis-gripped country, the United Nations on Tuesday issued guidance on treating the population as “refugees,” while the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned that the outflow into neighboring countries such as Colombia constitutes a “humanitarian disaster.”

Refugees “often the first victims” of terrorism: UNHCR

When considering how terrorists sometimes abuse the asylum system, it must be remembered that refugees are “often” their first victims.

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European proposal to relocate extra 120,000 refugees welcomed

A new proposal by the European Commission to relocate thousands of refugees crossing into Europe has been welcomed by the United Nations.

The EC’s plan is to relocate an additional 120,000 people seeking asylum in Greece, Italy and Hungary to other European nations.

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Calais death toll “highlights refugees’ desperation”

The rising death toll among refugees and migrants at a French port requires urgent action from the authorities, the UN said Friday.

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UN refugee agency launches campaign to eliminate statelessness within 10 years

The United Nations refugee agency today launched a global campaign aimed at ending within a decade the problem of statelessness – a legal limbo for the more than 10 million people worldwide who lack a nationality and the human rights protections that go with it.

Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll – UN agency

Search and rescue operations are ongoing for survivors following a recent boat accident in the Mediterranean, the latest tragic incident off the Libyan coast of Tripoli, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR).

UN agency dismayed as Thailand deports Laotian refugee at risk of mistreatment

The United Nations refugee agency today spoke out against the deportation of a Laotian man from Thailand back to his homeland, where he could face harsh treatment amounting to persecution.

UN rights office ‘deeply disturbed’ over Australia’s handling of Sri Lanka asylum seekers

The United Nations human rights office said today that is “deeply disturbed” that Australian authorities on Sunday returned to Sri Lanka 41 people seeking asylum, apparently without adequate screening of their protection claims and needs.

UN voices concern after Australia returns asylum-seekers intercepted at sea to Sri Lanka

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced deep concern after Australia handed over some 41 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka after intercepting them at sea, and highlighted its unease with shipboard processing of protection claims.