Migrants and refugees

Algeria must stop arbitrary expulsion of West African migrants in desert: UN migration rights expert

Atrocities suffered by child and adult migrants from West African States “should shock the conscience of humanity” into action, a UN rights investigator said on Thursday, before calling for Algeria to halt the collective expulsion of thousands of foreign nationals to Niger.

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.

Governments urged to ‘do the hard work’ to better manage global migration

As world leaders met at the United Nations on Wednesday to discuss the first global agreement designed to better manage international migration, a leading voice on migrants’ rights urged them to “do the hard work” of turning words into action.

Vulnerable children face ‘dire and dangerous’ situation on Greek island reception centres, UNICEF warns

Overcrowding in Greek island reception centres for refugees and migrants has made conditions for children there increasingly “dire and dangerous”, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday, warning that “severe emotional distress” affects many and that self-harm is a “possibility”.

Major increase in Europe’s refugee and migrant death rate: UNHCR

The number of refugees and migrants reaching the European continent is going down, but the rate of fatalities has gone up dramatically, according to a new report from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR

Refugees overcrowded to ‘boiling point’ on Greek island, warns UN agency

The Government of Greece has been urged by the United Nations to do more to help thousands of asylum-seekers and migrants who have been “crammed” into island reception centres, amid reports that children have tried to take their own lives there.

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.

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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