Migrants and refugees

News In Brief 16 August 2018

  • Palestinian school reopening may be short-lived, warns UNRWA
  • Child deportations from US, Mexico drive extreme violence, poverty and trauma: UNICEF
  • Reversal of genocide acknowledgement, ‘undermines rule of law’
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Venezuelan exodus to Ecuador reaches record levels: UN refugee agency steps up aid

One of the largest population movements in Latin American history is under way from Venezuela, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, which on Friday confirmed that it is increasing assistance to neighbouring Ecuador, where more and more Venezuelans are arriving each week.

Thai citizenship means ‘dream of a brighter future’ for cave rescue boys, says UN Refugee Agency

The decision of the Thai Government to grant citizenship to three of the boys recently rescued after being trapped in a flooded cave, along with their football coach, has been welcomed by UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

News In Brief 27 July 2018

  • ‘Warehouses emptying’ amid growing humanitarian needs in south-west Syria
  • Mediterranean migrant deaths passes 1,500 mark for fifth year in a row
  • IOM lends support to victims of Lao dam disaster
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News In Brief 20 July 2018

  • Refugee health services on track despite new emergencies: UNHCR
  • Extreme weather grips Scandinavian states, Arctic: WMO
  • Syria returnees must have safe passage home: UNHCR
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News In Brief 19 July 2018

  • UNHCR welcomes deal to end latest migrant stand-off in Mediterranean Sea
  • Two besieged towns evacuated in Syria
  • International Financial and Trade Institutions in focus
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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.

Libya has agreed to change migrant detention policy, says IOM chief

The Libyan authorities have “in principle” agreed to let the UN migration agency (IOM) take care of people rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, rather than put them in detention, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing told Jens Renner on Friday, adding that thousands of people still remain in detention .

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News in Brief 06 July 2018

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Veteran public official from Portugal elected to lead UN migration agency

A lawyer and politician from Portugal, with an extensive career in public service, has been elected to head the United Nations migration agency.