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Deadly ‘invisible shipwrecks’ plague migrants bound for Canary Islands

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 14:59
A sharp increase in the deaths and disappearances of migrants at sea heading to Spain’s Canary Islands, along the West African coast, is a cause for “extreme concern” the UN’s migration agency, IOM, said on Friday.

Mexico calls for respect for migrants’ rights, and ‘true international solidarity’  

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 14:33
In his address to the high-level debate at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Marcelo Ebrard, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, reaffirmed his country’s commitment against discrimination and hate speech and called for more solidarity.  

UNICEF: Haiti children vulnerable to ‘violence, poverty and displacement’

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 18:18
As Haiti continues to reel from the “triple tragedy” of natural disasters, gang violence and the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) expressed concern on Thursday that two-thirds of Haitian migrants expelled from the United States border in recent days are women and children – including newborns with “specific and immediate needs”.

UN agencies shocked by deaths near Belarus-Poland border 

Tue, 09/21/2021 - 20:06
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, and migration agency IOM, called on Tuesday for an immediate investigation into the deaths of four people near the border between Poland and Belarus, due to causes yet to be determined.  

US plan to increase refugee resettlement welcomed by UNHCR

Tue, 09/21/2021 - 14:42
United States President Joe Biden’s proposal to raise the target for refugee resettlement there in the coming fiscal year to 125,000 people, has been welcomed by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Refugees face dire consequences from COVID-19 underfunding, UNHCR warns 

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 14:43
Underfunding has left a “yawning gap” in the UN Refugee Agency’s ability to protect forcibly displaced people worldwide from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNHCR said on Friday.