migrants

The virus that shut down the world: The plight of refugees and migrants

In part four of our review of the global impact of COVID-19, UN News considers the new challenges faced by refugees and migrants during 2020; from a heightened risk of catching the COVID-19 virus in crowded camps, to being stranded due to travel restrictions, and becoming the targets of criminal gangs.

News in Brief 28 December 2020

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrant lives at ‘immediate risk’, warn UN agencies 
  • UN peacekeepers patrol polling stations during CAR elections 
  • World must prepare for the next pandemic, UN urges  
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrant lives at ‘immediate risk’, warn UN agencies

United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners have called on authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to act urgently to help hundreds of migrants, stranded and without shelter, amid freezing winter temperatures. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Thousands of migrants lose shelter, after camp destroyed in fire

The closure and subsequent fire, on Wednesday, at a migrant camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina has left thousands of migrants without shelter and protection, amid plummeting winter temperatures, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported. 

News in Brief 18 December 2020

  • $254 million appeal launched for Mozambicans fleeing violent extremists in north 
  • Vulnerable migrants still dying in their thousands on perilous journeys 
  • UN rights office warns over arrest of demonstrators in Thailand on treason laws 
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Integral to societies, migrants are central to COVID-19 recovery: Guterres

The UN marks International Migrants Day on Friday, highlighting their essential contribution to societies everywhere, and underlining migrants' central role in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

News in Brief 14 December 2020

  • Discrimination among reasons why migrants earn 13 per cent less than locals: ILO 
  • Alert for West and Central African migrant rescue as funding dries up: IOM
  • Glimmer of hope for recovering Mediterranean fish stocks: FAO 
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News in Brief 2 October 2020

  • Sudan alert: flooding and inflation deepen humanitarian needs  
  • Iraq urged to investigate attacks on women human rights defenders – UN Special Procedures 
  • Central Mediterranean migrant ‘horrors’ must be addressed by States: OHCHR 
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News in Brief 8 September 2020

  • Alexei Navalny poisoning must get independent probe
  • Burkina Faso: 535,000 children under five ‘acutely’ malnourished
  • 83 migrants rescued in Sahara Desert bound for Libya
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News in Brief 10 August 2020

  • UN will support Lebanon ‘in every possible way’ pledges UN chief
  • UN rights chief warns new Somalia draft law ‘risks legitimizing child marriage’
  • Boosting migrant worker protections during COVID pandemic
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