UN rights experts applaud Netherlands Government decision to help homeless migrants

A group of United Nations human rights experts has welcomed the decision by the Government of the Netherlands to grant funding for municipalities that provide emergency shelters to homeless migrants in a reversal from the Dutch authorities’ earlier position.

Latest incidents at sea show need for action to protect migrants, stress UN officials

Senior United Nations officials today stressed the need for urgent action to protect migrants at sea following recent incidents in the Mediterranean involving hundreds of people stranded while attempting to reach Europe.

On International Day, UN chief urges greater attention to 'precarious' situation of migrants

Far too many migrants still live and work in precarious and unjust conditions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said today in a message to mark International Migrants Day.

‘Things are about to change,’ UN expert urges Malta to prepare for migrants

Malta, a key entry point into Europe, needs to step up its preparation for migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the Mediterranean Sea and arriving at its external borders, United Nations human rights expert François Crépeau warned today.

As number of seafaring migrants surges, UN calls for better global protection efforts

Amid record high numbers of global migrant arrivals by sea, the international community is steadily losing focus on saving lives and intensifying its efforts to deny foreigners access to asylum, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has warned ahead of a Geneva-based forum devoted to protecting sea-bound migrants.

UN rights expert urges reversal of UK decision to halt Mediterranean migrant rescues

The United Nations human rights expert on migrants today urged British authorities to reconsider a decision not to support search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, saying allowing people to die at Europe’s borders just because of their administrative status “is appalling.”

More respect, less criminalization for migrant workers, UN rights expert urges

The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers’ rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this “very vulnerable” group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed today.

UN expert urges European nations to rethink policies as migration-related deaths rise

In attempting to seal their borders, European nations are facing an “impossible” task, the United Nations independent expert on the human rights of migrants said today, as he encouraged the European Union (EU) to identify new legal channels of migration in an effort to save lives.

UN expert urges better protections for Sri Lankans migrating abroad for work

A United Nations human rights expert called today on the Government of Sri Lanka to increase its attention and efforts to prevent exploitation of its nationals working abroad, including by shoring up protections at all levels.

In Stockholm, Ban calls for optimizing benefits of ‘journey of hope’ for migrants, society as a whole

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all countries to rally around the common goal of creating regular, safe and orderly channels of migration and to optimize the benefits of this phenomenon – for those people crossing borders and for society as a whole.