migrants

One in two Venezuelan families on the move face ‘drastic’ choices to survive

A “continued flow” of Venezuelans out of their country is to be expected, UN humanitarians said on Friday, highlighting the many risks faced by families on the move, such as begging, child labour and even so-called survival sex.  In an interview with UN News’s Samuel Mungai, UN refugee agency spokesperson Liz Throssell, explains that one in two families have encountered problems on their perilous journeys.

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News in Brief 18 July 2019

  • UN independent experts urge Italy to stop 'criminalising' migrant rescues 
  • In Myanmar, girls trafficked abroad for sex work, says UN independent expert
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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Ebola now an international Public Health Emergency, young peacemakers, defining moment for Sudan, war crimes fugitives, migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary

In today’s Daily Brief: the DR Congo Ebola outbreak is officially declared an international Public Health Emergency; UN Youth Envoy briefs Security Council; an ‘exciting and potentially defining’ moment for Sudan, says UN adviser; more cooperation’s needed to secure arrest of war crimes fugitives; and politicizing the migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary

News in Brief 17 July 2019

  • It’s time to find and arrest remaining war crimes fugitives – UN prosecutor
  • Politicization of migrant ‘crisis’ in Hungary making them scapegoats, rights expert warns
  • Ethnic Russians reach out to other indigenous groups at UN forum
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Friday’s Daily Brief: More climate action says Guterres, migrant children dangers, Ebola fight, record-setting weather

This Friday, we cover: UN chief appeals for stronger climate action commitment; report on migrant children deaths and disappearances; Ebola fight in DR Congo as violence goes on; and global over-heating. 

News in Brief 28 June 2019

  • Ebola fight ongoing amid evidence of ‘several massacres’ in DRC’s Ituri province
  • Earth is set to experience its five warmest years on record
  • One migrant child reported dead or missing every day, UN calls for more protection
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Thursday’s Daily Brief: dire living conditions in Idlib, migrants at US southern border, end in sight for trachoma, Human Rights Council

This Thursday, we cover: the dire humanitarian situation in Syria’s Idlib; living conditions at the US-Mexico border denounced by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); trachoma-related blindness on the verge of being eliminated; and updates from the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

News in Brief 27 June 2019

  • After Rio Grande drownings, UNICEF chief highlights ‘dire’ detention centres on US-Mexico border
  • UN panel appeals to Mexico to release two men held in arbitrary detention for years
  • Hundreds of millions of people no longer at risk of blindness infection trachoma: WHO
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News in Brief 26 June 2019

  • Tragic image of drowned father and child in Rio Grande spurs migration debate 
  • UN should lead criminal investigation into Khashoggi killing, says rights investigator 
  • Two-thirds of global drug deaths now from opioids: UN drugs report 
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Sahara migration route: Many would die without us, migration agency warns

Every month, the UN rescues around 1,200 people from the vast Sahara Desert, near Niger, many after they’ve been abandoned by traffickers who promised to take them to Libya, Nigeria or Morocco. In an interview with Daniel Johnson from UN News, Joel Millman from the UN migration agency, IOM, says that without its help, “virtually all of them” would perish.

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