Renowned author calls for more “nuanced” discourse on refugees

Negative views about refugees and migrants show disregard for the contributions these people have made to society, celebrated Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said on Friday.

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Australia and Nauru must end offshore detention; investigate claims of abuse – UN rights office

Expressing concern about alleged violations against migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, the United Nations human rights office today reiterated its call for Australia and Nauru to end the practice of processing and keeping these people offshore.

UN rights chief sees ‘worrying signs’ in Bulgaria’s detention regime for migrants

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today expressed serious concern that virtually all people entering Bulgaria in an “irregular manner” are subjected to detention, and that they could be prosecuted and even jailed if they try to leave, “placing many of them in an invidious Catch-22 situation.”

Migrants in a “catch 22” when both entering and leaving are criminalized

In Bulgaria, refugees and migrants fleeing conflict and persecution all too often find themselves treated as criminals.

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World should “embrace” new UN draft agreement on refugees

The world should “embrace” a new draft agreement on refugees and migrants that will commit countries to take more action over the crisis.

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INTERVIEW: UN senior adviser discusses blueprint to strengthen global responses for refugees and migrants

Following five months of negotiations, United Nations Member States agreed on 2 August by consensus upon a political declaration that will serve as the basis for discussions and the outcome of the first-ever UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants which will be held, on 19 September, at UN Headquarters in New York.

General Assembly decision makes International Organization for Migration part of UN system

The United Nations General Assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution approving an agreement to make the International Organization for Migration (IOM) part of the UN system as a related organization.

Africa should avoid debt, find new ways to finance its development

Africa should avoid debt and find new ways to finance its development, a new report by the UN trade and development agency (UNCTAD) h

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UN chief welcomes China joining the International Organization for Migration

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed China’s decision to join the International Organization for Migration (IOM), saying that the country will make a “valuable contribution” to IOM.

UN expert calls for context-specific strategies to counter xenophobia in migration crisis

A United Nations expert today urged the world body’s Human Rights Council to address xenophobia and its conceptualization, trends and manifestations in the context of an acute migration crisis, and with an action plan “carefully adapted to domestic realities.”