Era of increased mobility requires better protection of migrants’ rights, says Ban

In an era where people are crossing borders in greater numbers seeking better opportunities, it is more vital than ever that States safeguard the rights of migrants, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level gathering in Athens today.

Migrants worse off than other workers during recession, warns UN official

The global economic crisis is having a particular impact on the well-being of those who cross borders seeking better opportunities for themselves and their families, a senior United Nations official said today, noting that migrants are often the first to suffer job losses or worsening working conditions.

UN rights expert warns of adverse impact of Romania's growing migration trend

The rising flow of workers moving in and out of Romania has delivered a significant blow to parts of the population in the Eastern European country, an independent United Nations human rights expert has warned.

Top UN refugee official calls for meeting on Mediterranean irregular migration

The top United Nations refugee official, António Guterres, has urged the European Commission (EC) to convene a gathering bringing together Italy, Malta, Libya, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and others to create a joint response to irregular migration across the Mediterranean Sea.

Global financial crisis may pose greater risks for migrants, UN-backed meeting hears

The global financial crisis may have a dramatic impact on the lives of migrant workers in South-East Asia, participants at a United Nations-backed meeting held in Bangkok stressed, noting in particular the negative repercussions for migrants’ health and their risks of contracting HIV/AIDS.