Migrants and refugees

World famous voices weave the ‘pattern’ of refugee lives for UNHCR

Russian-born actor, filmmaker and photographer Yul Brynner was appointed a special consultant to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in 1959. As we mark World Refugee Day, this edition of Podcast Classics features UN Radio's "Pattern of Our Lives”, for which he called on fellow Hollywood stars to recount the true-life experiences of refugees.

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News in Brief 19 June 2018

  • Immigration and children’s rights on US border ‘not incompatible’, says UNICEF
  • Humanitarian supplies arrive at embattled Yemen port
  • UN rights expert urges action to end systemic abuse of leprosy sufferers
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News in Brief 12 June 2018

  • Monsoon season rains and floods threaten 200,000 Rohingya refugees
  • Ukraine ‘largest displacement crisis in Europe’ since ‘90s: IOM
  • Guatemala volcano: UNHCR concern for 1.7 million people
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News In Brief 05 June 2018

  • Concern for “tens of thousands” of rights defenders under arrest in Egypt – OHCHR
  • Mediterranean boat tragedy update – UNHCR
  • Children “as young as one” involved in U.S. separation of migrant families - OHCHR
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News in Brief 01 June 2018

  • UNHCR alarm over deadly detention centre escape in Libya
  • South Sudan faces dire hunger levels ahead of lean season: WFP
  • WHO chief backs call for world leaders to ‘redouble efforts’ on chronic diseases
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News in Brief 17 April 2018

  • $38 million appeal launched for conflict-hit Ukraine
  • Mali violence spike drives thousands to Burkina Faso
  • Rights committees join forces for migrant children
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New compact to improve refugee response ‘a chance to chart a different course’ – UN agency chief

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday kicked off in Geneva a dialogue on protection challenges with a stark warning: the tragedy of forced displacement has deepened – one year after the world pledged to improve its response to refugee situations.

News in Brief 12 April 2017 (PM)

International Day of Human Space Flight celebrates international cooperation

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Interview with Karen AbuZayd, Special Adviser on the Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

Karen AbuZayd wants you to think of refugees and migrants in a positive way. The United Nations Special Adviser has been working behind the scenes since January to raise support for global compacts to support large movements of refugees and migrants. These will be up for discussion on 19 September 2016, when the UN will host a high-level meeting to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing Member States together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.

INTERVIEW: resolving conflicts key to stemming global displacement, says new UN refugee chief

Multiple conflicts have resulted in the massive displacement of men, women and children around the world in record numbers. Last year alone, more than one million refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean to Europe. And yet, the arrivals in Europe represent only a fraction of the world’s current 60 million refugees and displaced people – the highest level since the end of the Second World War.