migration

Deaths soar on perilous maritime migration routes to Europe

Deaths of migrants travelling by dangerous sea routes to Europe have soared in the first six months of the year. At least 1,146 people died attempting to reach Europe by boat from January to June, the UN migration agency, IOM said on Wednesday.

News in Brief 8 April 2021

  • Thumbs up for COVAX as vaccine scheme delivers to over 100 countries and economies
  • COVID19 travel restrictions hit refugees and migrants hardest: IOM
  • Mali prosecution of journalist could amount to harassment - rights experts
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Asia-Pacific: UN forum highlights central role of migrants in world’s most populous region

United Nations officials on Wednesday highlighted the contributions of migrants to economies and societies in Asia and the Pacific, calling on countries to ensure all who live within their borders are fully included in national coronavirus inoculation programmes. 

UN welcomes Biden administration commitment to refugee protection

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday welcomed the “positive steps” announced by the new US administration towards migrants and refugees, while the head of UN refugee agency (UNHCR) congratulated the new President and Vice President on taking office, pledging to work with them to strengthen global support for refugees. 

Migration chief calls for all displaced to be included in national COVID-19 vaccination plans

The head of the UN migration agency, IOM, is strongly advocating for governments everywhere to respect the “fundamental right of healthcare” when it comes to ensuring vulnerable migrants and the displaced get equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

In an interview for UN News, António Vitorino wants migrants to be included in all plans. The agency's Yasmina Guerda, began by asking the Director General to outline the overall impact of the pandemic on migrants and the displaced.

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Pandemic curbs trend towards ever-increasing migration

Travel restrictions and other curbs to movement put in place in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, have put a significant dent in migration figures, but the overall trend shows 100 million more people living outside their countries of origin in 2020, compared to the year 2000, a new UN report revealed on Friday.

Migration will continue to rise, despite pandemic, says UN official

Migration is part of the modern world, and it is not going away despite a COVID slowdown, a UN official has told UN News.

Jorge Bravo from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), explained to Conor Lennon from UN News that the longer-term trend is showing an increase in the numbers of people leaving their countries of origin to live elsewhere.

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Global agreement on migration 'taking root' despite pandemic challenge: Guterres 

The Global Compact for Migration, adopted by countries in 2018 as a comprehensive framework for cooperation on international migration, is “taking root in promising ways”, the UN Secretary General said on Tuesday. 

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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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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