migration

News in Brief 30 September 2020

  • Earth’s web of life must be protected, UN chief Guterres tells biodiversity summit 
  • Older persons still ‘invisible’ despite pandemic spotlight, says rights expert 
  • UN Migration Agency to probe sexual abuse allegations 
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Coronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroad

Often the equivalent of several hundred dollars a month, remittances – the money that migrant workers send home to their families – have been adding up in a big way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will especially benefit families in developing countries, and keep tens of millions out of poverty.

News in Brief 28 May 2020

  • COVID-19: African nations urged to remain vigilant as lockdown easing begins
  • UN migration agency IOM lauches $206 million Syria appeal
  • Rohingya refugees ‘stranded at sea’, warns IOM
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Migrants among most vulnerable, as IOM ramps up coronavirus response worldwide

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has expanded the scope of its Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP), to include far-reaching interventions that aim to mitigate the dire health and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, the agency said on Wednesday.

News in Brief 14 February 2020

  • Vital Idlib aid deliveries resume after ‘heavy bombing’, say UN humanitarians  
  • Horn of Africa to Yemen is world’s busiest sea route for migrants – IOM 
  • Drop in Ebola infections encouraging but fragile says WHO 
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2019: A deadly year for migrants crossing the Americas

More than 800 people died last year crossing deserts, rivers and remote lands while migrating across the Americas, making 2019 one of deadliest years on record, the UN migration agency said on Tuesday.

Friday’s Daily Brief:  Yemen exclusive, India rights, Chile, Ebola updates

Our top stories for Friday include an exclusive UN News interview with Yemen Envoy Martin Griffiths; India’s new “discriminatory” citizenship law; a milestone smallpox eradication anniversary; helicopters deployed in DR Congo Ebola fight; Mediterranean migrant latest, and Chile’s deadly protests: UN report finds clear pattern of repression.

News in Brief 15 November 2019

  • ‘Deadliest year yet’: UN warns over migration deaths in Americas
  • DRC Ebola infection rate drop is ‘encouraging’ news: WHO
  • Central African Republic: 20,500 displaced by unseasonal, heavy rains in Bangui
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News in Brief 15 October 2019

  • In Syria, violence continues ‘on both sides’ of border with Turkey
  • Concerns over deportation of Haitian migrants from Bahamas to Haiti – OHCHR
  • IOM organizes first humanitarian charter flight from Algeria to Niger
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Poverty and male impunity, leading to increased trafficking of women

Millions are trafficked around the world each year, and more than 70 per cent of them are women, according to UN figures. In an interview with UN News, Hilary Gbedemah, chairperson of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) says that poverty, male impunity and forced migration are just a few of the factors boosting the numbers. 

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