refugees

Vulnerable Venezuelan refugees need more aid: UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi

On a visit to the Colombian border, UN refugee agency chief, Filippo Grandi, said the international community must do more to aid thousands of Venezuelans leaving the country each day. Mr. Grandi spoke to the UN Information Centre’s Edith Girval. 

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Sexual exploitation an ‘almost existential issue’ for UNHCR, says Deputy High Commissioner

Sexual exploitation is an “almost existential issue” for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Deputy High Commissioner Kelly T. Clements said on Tuesday. Announcing measures designed to encourage victims to come forward, she told UN News the number of reported cases of abuse has doubled among its more than 1,000 international partners in the last year, now that people “know where to go” to raise the alarm.

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News In Brief 31 August 2018

  • Refugees overcrowded to “boiling point” on Greek island, warns UNHCR
  • Cluster munitions still used extensively in Syrian conflict, say treaty monitors
  • Returnee migrants speak of hope from business training in Nigeria
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Half the world’s refugee children not in school, UN agency finds

With more and more children forced to leave their homes, over half of the world’s school-aged refugees are now out of education, the United Nations refugee agency said in a new report released on Wednesday.

‘Passport to dignity’ that schools represent may expire fast, without emergency funding warns UN Palestine refugee agency

 

A lack of funds means that the new school term for over half a million Palestinian students could be cut short after just one month, says UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refuge

News In Brief 31 July 2018

  • Three out of five babies are not breastfed within first hour of life, putting them ‘at risk’
  • ‘International solidarity’ and more support needed for countries hosting exodus of Nicaraguans, fleeing violence
  • UN Syria envoy chairs informal talks on reviving peace talks and constitutional change
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Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement, says UN agency

Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said; although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern.

‘Multilateralism in action’ says UN chief ahead of expected agreement on migration compact

With the General Assembly set to agree a new global compact on migration, the United Nations chief on Thursday highlighted its “immense potential” to harness the benefits of orderly migration and lower the risks facing millions on the move without documentation.

News in Brief 05 July 2018

  • Syria: Civilians continue to suffer in crossfire, UN officials speak out
  • Yemen’s UN envoy reassured by warring parties’ ‘strong desire’ for peace
  • All countries falling short in delivering quality health care, says UN report
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Syria: Civilians caught in crossfire, UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open its border

The head of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed on Thursday for Jordan to open its border with south-west Syria to help protect around 750,000 civilians who are “caught in the crossfire”, amidst airstrikes and heavy shelling.