Decade of Sahel conflict leaves 2.5 million people displaced

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called on Friday for concerted international action to end armed conflict in Africa’s central Sahel region, which has forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes in the last decade.

News in Brief 21 December 2021

  • Alarm over Sudan reports of sexual violence and live rounds used against protesters 
  • ‘Appalling’ plight of migrants and refugees at Belarus-Poland border  
  • Thousands head home voluntarily from Zambia to DR Congo  
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‘Solidarity with migrants has never been more urgent’: Guterres

In a message just ahead of International Migrants Day, celebrated on Saturday, the United Nations Secretary-General said that expressing solidarity with migrants on the move, “has never been more urgent.”

UN raises alarm over ‘continuing’ expulsions of asylum seekers from Libya 

Asylum-seekers and other migrants continue to be forcefully expelled from Libya, raising concerns at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 

News in Brief 9 December 2021

  • Vaccine hoarding will prolong COVID-19 pandemic, warns WHO
  • $1.79 billion needed to help Venezuelan refugees and migrants: IOM  
  • Land and water ecosystems, ‘stressed to a critical point’ 
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Global displacement rising despite lockdowns that kept billions grounded

There was a dramatic increase in internal displacement due to disasters, conflict and violence in 2020, but global mobility overall, ground to a halt due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.  

IOM scales up aid at EU-Belarus border, as migrant hypothermia deaths tick up  

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners, are scaling up aid along the border between the European Union and Belarus, amid worsening winter weather, which is leading to rising deaths due to hypothermia among asylum seekers stranded there. 

News in Brief 25 November 2021

  • Drowning of 27 migrants in English Channel is worst disaster on record: IOM 
  • UNHCR reports surge in gender-based violence, highlights grassroots solutions 
  • Rights experts condemn Iran execution of young offender  
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Drowning of 27 migrants in English Channel is worst disaster on record: IOM 

Urgent action is needed to avoid a repeat of tragedies like this week’s drowning of at least 27 people in the English Channel, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday. 

News in Brief 12 November 2021

  • Belarus-Poland crisis: Human rights of trapped migrants are paramount 
  • UN Special Advisor urges bolder action on #COP26 draft text 
  • DR Congo’s massive hunger catastrophe  
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