refugees

Pandemic making life harder for older refugees in Latin America

The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening the already difficult situation of older refugees across Latin America, according to a joint assessment published on Wednesday by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and the NGO HelpAge International. 

During relative calm, growing humanitarian suffering in Syria, a ‘tragic irony’  

Violent conflict, terrorism and human rights abuses continue in Syria as its besieged population suffers economic destitution, displacement, detention and abduction, the UN’s Special Envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

UNHCR chief calls on US to end COVID-19 asylum restrictions at the Mexico border

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed to the Government of the United States to “swiftly lift” the public health-related asylum restrictions that remain in effect at the southern border, and to restore access to asylum for the people “whose lives depend on it”.

News in Brief 9 April 2021

  • Deep concerns from WHO over Brazil COVID deaths
  • Proof of life requests from the UN human rights office for Jordanian Prince, Dubai Princess
  • UNHCR: Syrian families must not be returned home despite improving security
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News in Brief 7 April 2021

  • COVID-19 cases rise globally for sixth consecutive week 
  • Greater action needed on refugee vaccination, urges UNHCR’s Grandi 
  • Hate speech still rising against Roma despite recognition gains 
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News in Brief 6 April 2021

  • Clarity still needed on effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine passports: WHO 
  • Scale of acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ‘staggering’ 
  • Refugee agency supports health care for 120,000 refugees in Iran  
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Vintage French rugby pros tackle refugee integration in the vineyards

An association run by former rugby professionals in the French wine-making region of Bordeaux is supporting the integration of refugees, through career training, work opportunities and regular sports sessions.

News in Brief 23 March 2021

  • UN rushes to help Cox’s Bazar refugees following massive blaze  
  • UN condemns deadly shelling of Syrian children and hospital workers 
  • Inventions boom in ‘assistive tech’ offers wider benefits for all 
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News in Brief 8 February 2021

  • UN stands ready to support relief, in aftermath of deadly India flash floods 
  • Refugee chief Filippo Grandi urges regularization of displaced Venezuelans 
  • Rights experts insist foreign nationals should be returned from Syria camps 
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News in Brief 29 January 2021

  • Central African Republic crisis forces 200,000 from homes in under two months 
  • ‘Imminent’ Iran execution must be halted, urges UN human rights office 
  • Venezuela: UN rights expert to assess impact of unilateral sanctions  
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