refugees and migrants

News in Brief 26 March 2021

  • Alert over Eritrea refugees after camps found destroyed in Ethiopia
  • 100 million more children fail minimum reading proficiency because of COVID
  • Severe insecurity in Angola driving families to Nambia
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Tackling people traffickers in Africa’s Sahel – what works (and what doesn’t)

The work of the UN and its partners never stops against human traffickers in West and Central Africa, who force people to risk their lives on dangerous journeys across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea. In this interview, UNHCR Special Envoy Vincent Cochetel tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson about the many ways the agency helps vulnerable people in the Sahel. 

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FROM THE FIELD: Sharing migration stories across generations in Central America

Two migrants, one young and one old, have been sharing their experiences of migrating to a small town in Costa Rica in Central America.

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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Greater equality a ‘prerequisite’ for overcoming global crises: Bachelet 

In reviewing, assessing and acknowledging the effects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, enslavement and colonialism, the groundbreaking Durban World Conference of 2001, represented a “milestone” in the common fight against racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, the UN human rights chief said on Monday. 

News in Brief 3 September 2020

  • Refugee students shut out of school due to COVID
  • ICC speaks out against US sanctions of senior officials
  • WHO backs steroids for COVID patients, but only severely ill
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World expects unity ‘where humanity is most wounded and trampled’, Grandi tells Security Council

With nearly 80 million people now living in forced exile, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, urged the Security Council on Thursday to overcome its differences and start resolving conflicts so that refugees and internally displaced persons can finally return home.

News in Brief 3 June 2020

  • People on the move need protection during pandemic: Guterres
  • Khartoum massacre victims, await justice in Sudan
  • Bachelet alarmed by free speech clampdown in Asia
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News in Brief 9 January 2020

  • UN strongly condemns attack on Mali peacekeeping base
  • 2020 must be 'year of change' on refugee protection in Europe
  • UN envoy welcomes Russia-Turkey ceasefire call in Libya
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Wednesday's Daily Brief: UN bid to aid diabetics, Israel-Gaza attacks, climate change in Nepal, Iraq envoy appeal to MPs

A recap of Wednesday’s stories in brief: UN leads plan for insulin supply boosts; ‘No justification’ for Gaza border violence; Iraqis paying ‘unthinkable price’ in protests; $1.35 billion needed for Venezuela crisis; Record flooding affects 100,000 Nigerians.