migrants

‘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. 

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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News in Brief 30 May 2018

  • On second day in Mali, UN chief visits regional counter-terrorism force base
  • A generation of self-empowered youth ‘superheroes’ can change the world, UN forum told
  • Some 160 Somali migrants return from Libya: IOM
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Realistic solutions must form basis of Global Compact for migration – UN conference

Reflecting the reality of life on the ground for millions of migrants fleeing their homes must form the basis of the upcoming United Nations-backed Global Compact for migration, a hearing on the key issue was told on Monday.

Smugglers see thousands of migrants in Yemen as ‘a commodity’, UN agency warns

With an estimated 7,000 migrants entering Yemen each month, most of them seeking to reach Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, the United Nations migration agency on Tuesday called for greater efforts to protect them from smugglers and other criminals.

News In Brief 01 May 2018

  • Pre-monsoon rains already affecting refugee children in Bangladesh: UNICEF
  • Hostilities in Myanmar’s Kachin State ‘wholly unacceptable’: UN rights expert
  • Mediterranean migrant arrivals less than half of 2017 numbers: IOM
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News In Brief 11 April 2018

  • UN chief calls for investigation into peacekeeper killing in CAR
  • WHO appeals for access to Syrian city following alleged chemical attack
  • UNHCR report documents change in ‘Desperate Journeys’ to Europe
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Human Rights Committee warns over shrinking checks and balances on Hungarian Government

The UN Human Rights Committee has expressed concern over “major legislative reforms” by the Hungarian Government that have impacted migrants, non-governmental organizations and others, including one law passed last year that

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Top UN officials urge stronger support for Syrians and host communities amid escalating violence

Senior United Nations officials on Friday called for greater support for Syrian refugees as well as the communities hosting them amid escalating violence in the war-torn country. 

Evidence-based approach crucial to migrants and migration – top UN officials

As Governments begin to negotiate a global compact on migration, an accurate portrayal of migrants, and of migration, is needed more than ever before to help shape public discourse and policy, senior United Nations officials said Wednesday, underscoring the importance of an evidence-based approach to the issue.