refugees

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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News in Brief 28 January 2021

  • Escalating hostilities in Yemen’s Hudaydah put thousands of civilians at risk  
  • Paperwork holds up ailing supertanker inspection 
  • Asylum ‘under attack’ at Europe’s borders - UNHCR 
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News in Brief 26 January 2021

  • Mozambique: UN responds as thousands are hit by Cyclone Eloise 
  • Refugee resettlement suffers ‘extreme anomaly’ from pandemic fallout in 2020 
  • UN health agency panel issues key guidance on second COVID vaccine timing 
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Many Tigray refugees entering Sudan with nothing but their clothes: UNHCR 

Nearly 60,000 people from Ethiopia’s volatile Tigray region have now crossed the border to remote southeastern Sudan, after more than two months of fighting, many with just the clothes on their backs. 

The emergency has created a massive protection challenge for the UN refugee agency in SudanUNHCR, which is doing everything it can to provide what they need, as spokesperson Axel Bisschop tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson. 

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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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FROM THE FIELD: The genocide survivor helping others avoid starvation

During the 1994 Genocide Against The Tutsi In Rwanda, Liberee Kayumba avoided starvation thanks to emergency rations from the World Food Programme (WFP). Today, she is helping to ensure that Burundian refugees in the country have enough to eat.

News in Brief 5 January 2021

  • UNHCR relocates first Ethiopian refugees to new site in Sudan
  • UN appeals to spoilers in Central African Republic election to respect poll results
  • Mounting concern for Bosnia’s migrants left in freezing conditions
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The virus that shut down the world: The plight of refugees and migrants

In part four of our review of the global impact of COVID-19, UN News considers the new challenges faced by refugees and migrants during 2020; from a heightened risk of catching the COVID-19 virus in crowded camps, to being stranded due to travel restrictions, and becoming the targets of criminal gangs.