Migrants and refugees

News in Brief 27 July 2021

  • Rising concern over plight of Eritrean refugees in Tigray camps: UNHCR
  • IOM: Dozens missing in #Libya shipwreck
  • 600 million children not in school because of COVID-19, reports UNICEF
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News in Brief 13 July 2021

  • Tigray aid convoy access call @WFP @WHO
  • WHO chief Tedros in new COVID-19 vaccination appeal
  • 270,000 Afghans newly displaced since January 2021: UNHCR
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Traffickers have taken advantage of COVID crisis, new UN study shows

A new study from the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the impact of COVID-19 on victims and survivors of human trafficking, indicates that the ‘severity’ of abuses and levels of violence have increased during the pandemic.

Louise Potterton spoke to Ilias Chatzis, Chief of UNODC’s Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section, which developed the new study.   

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PODCAST: Somali refugee farmers put down new roots in rural US

Refugee farmers who grew up cultivating crops in Somalia have returned to the land, albeit in the United States, decades after fleeing their country’s civil war.

They’ve been resettled in the US state of Maine after living for years in UN-supported refugee camps in Kenya. For this latest Lid is On podcast from UN News, Daniel Dickinson reports from Maine.

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News in Brief 7 July 2021

  • COVID variants ‘winning the race against vaccines’: WHO chief
  • UN Myanmar expert calls for ‘emergency coalition’ to end junta rights abuses
  • Pathway to jobs in education for refugee graduates: UNHCR
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News in Brief 6 July 2021

  • Displacement crisis driving up hunger in northern Mozambique: WFP
  • OHCHR voices ‘deep concern’ over protesters’ deaths in Eswatini
  • Iran urged to end long-term detention to ‘silence’ rights defenders
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Climate change scare for business, COVID’s $2.4 trillion tourism hit and Tigray alert

In this week’s show, the worrying rise of internet blackouts to stifle dissent and why going green is a matter of survival for small firms. Also, the pandemic’s $2.4 trillion hit to global tourism, what new migrant worker numbers tell us about the world economy - and an alert over the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

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News in Brief 30 June 2021

  • Rights expert calls for global 'pandemic protection fund'
  • Tourism braces for $2.4 trillion hit to global economy
  • Migrant worker numbers rise globally by five million: ILO
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News in Brief 29 June 2021

  • Pressure-cooker heatwave danger in Canada, UN northwest: WMO
  • Mali alert: rampant impunity for human rights abuses: Bachelet
  • Tigray crisis can be resolved, with aid access, agencies say
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News in Brief 22 June 2021

  • 'Invisible' stateless people risk missing COVID jabs: UNHCR
  • Scale back on raw fish consumption in Southeast Asia, says FAO
  • Eritrea human rights: 'No tangible signs of progress'
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