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As Mediterranean death toll soars, Ban urges collective response to large refugee and migrant movements

At least 880 people appear to have died over the past week as their vessels capsized in the Mediterranean, bringing the total fatalities along the dangerous crossing route to 2,510 so far this year, the United Nations refugee agency said today, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a comprehensive and collective response to large movements of refugees and migrants.

UN children's agency 'alarmed' at refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has expressed alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors.

UN agency urges Greece to find alternatives for refugees and migrants at ‘sub-standard’ sites

“Seriously concerned” by what it termed sub-standard conditions at several sites in northern Greece where refugees and migrants were evacuated this week from the makeshift site at Idomeni, the United Nations refugee agency today urged the Greek authorities, with the financial support provided by the European Union (EU), to quickly find better alternatives.

FEATURE: UN aid chief calls on leaders to ‘make commitments for the future’ at World Humanitarian Summit

Commitments to strengthening the humanitarian system so that preparedness and resilience are taken more seriously, with local response at the heart of the efforts, are the focus of next week’s World Humanitarian Summit according to the United Nations aid chief.

UN deputy chief calls for greater integration efforts to meet challenges of refugees in urban areas

More than half of the world’s refugees live in urban areas, and often in fragile cities with high levels of inequality, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today, stressing the importance of integration efforts that enable refugees to benefit from the opportunities cities offer so that they can ultimately have a dignified life.

Cities have “humanitarian duty” to accept migrants

Cities, especially in Europe, have a “humanitarian duty” to accept migrants according to the chief of the UN settlements agency, UN Habitat.

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EU has largely ‘abandoned’ Greece to deal with migrant crisis on its own, UN expert warns

The suffering of migrants in Greece is the result of a complete absence of long-term vision and the clear lack of political will of the European Union (EU), a United Nations human rights expert said today, warning that Greece, already struggling to cope with fiscal challenges, has been abandoned by the EU to deal with a crisis that requires a response from all countries in the region.

UN and Africa: focus on reconciliation in South Sudan, migrants in Angola and refugee camps in Kenya

Traditional Leaders urged to promote peace and reconciliation in South Sudan

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Angola encouraged to develop comprehensive strategy for migrants

Angola is being asked to develop “an all-inclusive strategy” for migrants in the country, many of whom are from neighbouring states.

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250 million people on the move globally

War, human rights violations, underdevelopment, climate change and natural disasters are leading more people to leave their homes than at any time since reliable records began.

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