Migrants and refugees

News in Brief 20 December 2018

  • WFP reaches a record 5 million people in DRC
  • Unimaginable horrors’ facing migrants and refugees in Libya
  • New Migration Pact Highlights Key Role of Business in Protecting Migrants, say UN experts
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Global Compact on Refugees: How is this different from the migrants’ pact and how will it help?

The terms ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’ have been used interchangeably to describe the millions of people worldwide that are either fleeing conflict or seeking better living conditions. As the United Nations sets out to secure global compacts to better protect them, it’s critical to understand the differences between the two.

Education ‘the key to social inclusion’ says Côte d’Ivoire refugee in Marrakech

If countries help educate incoming migrants and refugees, they will no longer be viewed as a problem, but a valuable resource, said a 20-year-old from Côte d’Ivoire, speaking on behalf of young people, ahead of the adoption of the new UN Global Compact for Migration in Marrakech, Morocco.  Kader Diabate made the voyage alone to Italy on one of the world’s most dangerous routes – through Niger and Libya, and across the Mediterranean Sea.  He spoke to UN News’s Mustafa Al Gamal about his extraordinary journey.

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UN agencies call for more resettlement and end to detention of asylum seekers in Libya

Denouncing the dangers faced by migrants and asylum seekers in Libya, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Friday for an end to their detention and advised those intercepting or rescuing them at sea against returning them to a country where they face “squalid conditions”.

US must abide by humanitarian refugee accords: UN refugee agency

Responding to United States President Donald Trump’s proclamation which would deny political asylum to migrants crossing illegally into the country,  the UN refugee agency UNHCR, released a statement on Friday saying that the US must abide by international refugee protection accords.

News in Brief 23 October 2018

  • UN Refugee Agency concerned by threats to migrant caravan headed to US
  • Biometric data improves aid to displaced people in South Sudan
  • UNESCO chief condemns death of Pakistan journalist
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Negative treatment of migrants ‘detrimental’ to society at large: UN human rights expert

Mental health, “is not about how the brain works, it’s about relationships.” That’s one observation from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Pūras, detailing the psychological effects of lacking family unity for children separated from their migrant parents.  Mr. Pūras spoke with UN News's Natalie Hutchison.

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‘Semi-catatonic children’ among victims of Australia’s offshore detention policy: UNHCR

A “pervasive sense of helplessness and hopelessness” exists among those held in Australia’s offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, which has worsened in recent months, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned on Friday.  In an appeal to the Australian Government to evacuate the more than 1,400 asylum-seekers and migrants there, UNHCR spokesperson Catherine Stubberfield told UN News that some children have become “semi-catatonic” and need urgent help.

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Consequences of severe global funding shortages for refugees and migrants ‘all too real’, warns UNHCR

Efforts to assist the tens of millions who’ve been forced from their homes are being increasingly constrained by severely limited funds, a new report from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has warned, urging greater international attention and support.

News in Brief 28 September 2018

  • Ebola response back on track, despite UN alarm over uptick in DR Congo violence
  • South Sudan alert as record numbers face 'catastrophic' food insecurity
  • Deadly repercussions of lack of NGO boats in Mediterranean – IOM, UNHCR
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