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20 die after human traffickers force migrants into sea en route to Yemen

At least 20 people have drowned after smugglers threw dozens of migrants overboard as they sailed from Djibouti to Yemen, UN migration agency IOM said on Thursday.

Migration chief calls for all displaced to be included in national COVID-19 vaccination plans

The head of the UN migration agency, IOM, is strongly advocating for governments everywhere to respect the “fundamental right of healthcare” when it comes to ensuring vulnerable migrants and the displaced get equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

In an interview for UN News, António Vitorino wants migrants to be included in all plans. The agency's Yasmina Guerda, began by asking the Director General to outline the overall impact of the pandemic on migrants and the displaced.

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Moria fires aftermath: More than 1,000 asylum seekers relocated from Greece this year

Nearly 140 asylum seekers were relocated from Greece to Germany on Wednesday through a European Commission-funded initiative that has relocated more than 1,000 people so far this year alone, three UN agencies have reported. 

UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds rescued in the Mediterranean

Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday.

Countries urged to target smugglers after 27 migrants die at sea

Two UN agencies are calling for greater action to dismantle smuggling and trafficking networks following the deaths of 27 migrants off the coast of Mauritania, northwest Africa.

News in Brief 21 July 2020

  • Yemen: COVID linked to more IDPs
  • Deforestation slowing, but not enough: FAO
  • Rights experts call for Ethiopia protest probe
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FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 restrictions leave migrant workers stranded

In countries across the world, tens of thousands of migrant workers are finding themselves stranded through travel restrictions, in the hope of curbing the spread of COVID-19. 

Migrants stranded ‘all over the world’ and at risk from coronavirus

Thousands of migrants have been stranded “all over the world” where they face a heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, the head of UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.

UN prepares for potentially devastating COVID-19 outbreak in conflict-ravaged northeast Nigeria

In northeast Nigeria, where armed conflict has forced millions from their homes, the UN’s migration agency, IOM, is supporting the construction of quarantine shelters, as the region braces for an outbreak of COVID-19 which, it warns, would have ‘devastating consequences’ for those who have been displaced. 

FROM THE FIELD: Migrants use digital ‘fab labs’ to address Djibouti health protection shortages

With Djibouti’s health system under enormous strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, young migrants in the country are using 3D-printers to make face shields, and ease the shortfall inside medical facilities in the Horn of Africa country.