UN officials call for respect for rights of migrants and their crucial economic role

With mounting unemployment spurring discrimination and the politics of polarization on the rise, United Nations officials have decried the human rights violations, xenophobia, and exploitation faced by many of the world's 214 million international migrants.

UN human rights chief urges States to end discrimination against migrants

The top United Nations human rights official has urged States to end the criminalization of irregular migrants and to reduce barriers to human mobility by expanding channels for legal migration, deploring the discrimination, abuse and exploitation many migrants are subjected to.

UN expert urges EU to help ‘overwhelmed’ Greece deal with irregular migrants

Greek prisons are congested and the judiciary under stress as hundreds of irregular newcomers flow into the country daily via neighbouring Turkey, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today, urging the European Union to help Greece deal with the problem of migrants.

All countries must protect rights of tens of millions of irregular migrants – UN group

All countries must protect the human rights of the tens of millions of migrants worldwide who lack proper legal status and are thus more likely to face abuse, prolonged detention and ill-treatment, enslavement, rape or even murder, a United Nations-backed group warned today.

UN official denounces mistreatment of migrants and urges respect for their rights

Migrants continue to endure multiple forms of discrimination, exploitation and other violations of human rights, a senior United Nations official has said, calling for their protection and social inclusion in communities where they live.