Gun-toting smugglers force migrants overboard off Yemen, drowning at least 39 – UN

In yet another grim episode of asylum-seekers and migrants dying while trying to cross the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen, people-smugglers forced some 140 Ethiopians and Somalis at gunpoint to jump overboard, drowning at least 39 of them, the United Nations refugee agency has reported.

Annan urges humane treatment of migrants trying to cross Morocco-Spain border

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced deep concern about the “very serious situation” of migrants trying to cross from Morocco into Spain and urged all governments to manage the flow of people across borders more effectively.

Human rights of migrants deteriorating, warns UN expert

Migrants face increasingly harsh conditions around the world, from exploitation in the workplace to frequent episodes of xenophobia or racism to detention if their status is irregular, a United Nations human rights expert says.

Committee on UN treaty to protect migrant workers begins first meeting

The United Nations-sponsored convention to protect the world’s migrant workers and their families will open its first committee meeting today in Geneva, beginning its work by electing members, setting up rules of procedure and developing an agenda for the years ahead.

UN officials urge greater protection for world's migrants

Marking International Migrants Day, United Nations officials today called attention to the abuses suffered by millions of people who have left their home countries, and urged greater international efforts to protect them.

Annan urges governments not to use immigrants as political scapegoats

Immigrants and refugees should not - and must not - be seen as a burden, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in The Hague upon the launch of a document containing 21 principles for more humane government policies to deal with migrants.

Top UN rights official calls on European countries to portray migrants fairly

The top United Nations human rights official today called on European countries, meeting in Spain to discuss illegal immigration issues, to guarantee that asylum seekers and other migrants were portrayed fairly and without stereotypes.