Making migration work again

At the end of May 2017, leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised countries met in Taormina, Italy to discuss the globe’s most pressing …


Doha’s Deft Diplomacy Dents the Pain from the Ongoing Gulf Crisis

The blockade enforced on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain was a disaster waiting to happen.<p>The last six weeks have probably been the most …

Middle East

Saudi-led air strikes kill at least 20 Yemeni civilians: officials

DUBAI (Reuters) - At least 20 Yemeni civilians were killed and many others were wounded when a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a village in the south, officials from the armed Houthi movement and the government said on Wednesday.<p>The U.N. said the victims of Tuesday's bombing, which hit al-Atera …

Middle East

Saudi airstrike in Yemen leaves 20 civilians dead

An air raid in Yemen has killed at least 20 people mostly from the same family, the United Nations (UN) and witnesses said Wednesday, the latest in a …

Middle East

New novel ‘Live from Cairo’ set among refugees during the Arab Spring of 2011

American writer Ian Bassingthwaighte’s novel goes beyond the headlines.

Arab Spring

Uganda's other refugee crisis

Sitting on a crate outside his mud-walled house in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, 30-year-old George Mukhwezi explained how he fled his home country of Uganda because he was gay.<p>“My life was in danger when people and the police realized I was gay,” said Mukhwezi, who arrived in Kenya last year. …


Asylum seekers who housed Snowden to sue Canadian government

The seven asylum seekers who housed American whistle-blower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in 2013 are set to sue the Canadian government on Tuesday for …

Hong Kong

UNHCR facilitates return of 4.1 mln Afghan refugees since 2002

ISLAMABAD, Jul 11 (APP): United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has facilitated the return of 4.1 million registered Afghan Refugees …


Syrian army soldiers inflict heavy losses on Daesh militants

Syrian government forces have dealt stinging blows to Takfiri Daesh terrorists in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.


Malala highlights education needs of Iraq's displaced children

Nobel Peace Prize winner says access to education is needed to protect displaced children both now and in the future


How to Plant a Tree in the Desert

President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord was perplexing to Europeans for many reasons, not least of which was their determination that climate change represents a for-profit opportunity. In particular, the Dutch, who more or less invented water management …


The flow of migrants from Africa appears to be shifting to a different part of Europe

MADRID/DAKAR (Reuters) - The number of migrants crossing into Spain by sea from North Africa has doubled in 2017 from last year, outpacing the Libya-Italy route as the fastest growing entry point to Europe.<p>The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says the spike in migrant boats is already putting …


Govt Shouldn't Deport Ethnic Uyghurs to China

Beirut — Egyptian authorities should not deport dozens of detained Chinese Muslim Uyghurs to China, where they are at serious risk of arbitrary …


New 'Roadmap' Provides Lifeline for Unaccompanied, Migrant Children in Europe

Thousands of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children risk exploitation, trafficking, abuse and violence because European asylum …


Migrants numbers to Spain double in 2017

The number of migrants crossing from North Africa to Spain has doubled in 2017.<p>The increase in migrant boats arriving on Spanish shores is already …


Spike in migrant boats to Spain may signal shift in Africa exodus

MADRID/DAKAR (Reuters) - The number of migrants crossing into Spain by sea from North Africa has doubled in 2017 from last year, outpacing the Libya-Italy route as the fastest growing entry point to Europe.<p>The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says the spike in migrant boats is already putting …


Spain urged to prepare as migrant arrivals double

The increase in migrant boats arriving on Spanish shores is already stretching the country's insufficient structures, the United Nations Refugee …


Hunger strike on the steps of the UNHCR office in Athens

Raluca Bejan | July 6, 2017<br>On Friday, July 7, 2017, Anwar starts his 108th day of protest: 64 days of hunger strike plus 44 days of regular protest …


Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Working with Refugee Girls in Uganda

<i>Actress and model Cara Delevingne explains why she decided travel to Uganda supporting refugee girls' education with Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's adolescent-girl campaign, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).</i><p>This January, I traveled to Uganda as a Girl Up …


Japan has a labor crisis that refugees could fix—if only its government would let them

<i>Japan would rather have robots nurse its elderly, and self-driven lorries transport its goods than allow refugees to help ease the nation’s ballooning labor crisis.</i><p>Japan is drowning in a surplus of jobs, and while that may sound like the pinnacle of capitalist aspirations, it’s actually a huge …


Gay Refugees From the Mideast

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “For Abused Gay Iraqi in Turkey, U.S. Refugee Freeze Is Cruelest Blow” (news article, July 2):<p>Last fall, I traveled to the Middle East to undertake research for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and met a number of gay and transgender refugees from Syria and Iraq. …


UN Identity Tech Partner Integrates Blockchain Into Payments Platform

A technology company involved in the UN's blockchain trials has expanded its work with the tech through its aid-focused payments platform.<p>As reported …

United Nations

The Maddening Maze Of Getting A Syrian Passport Abroad

<i>A Syrian passport once cost $9 and took only a few hours to issue. As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, Syrians in Turkey are paying up to $2,000 and waiting for months to get one of the world’s weakest passports.</i><p>ISTANBUL – In the summer of 2012, before violence gripped northern Syria, …


Ian Bassingthwaighte - Live From Cairo - Book Review

Ian Bassingthwaighte’s experience as a legal aid worker in Egypt in 2009, helping to place refugees from Iraq and Sudan, was the impetus for this …

United Nations

Meet the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet

Chrissy Teigen<p>Some of the most common words returned in Google searches of Teigen’s name are “real,” “relatable” and “all of us” — not exactly what …

United Nations

'Refugee influx to Europe hits 100,000 in 2017'

<b>Over 100,000 refugees have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe so far this year, figures by the United Nations show.</b><p>The figures …


Italian plan to curb Mediterranean rescue boat charities 'threatens lives'

New rules drawn up by Italy likely to bring NGOs under coast guard control, which they fear will hamper rescue attempts<p>Charities that rescue migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean have reacted angrily to plans to make them subject to a new code of conduct drawn up by Italy and endorsed by …


Civilians Emerge From Mosul’s Rubble Starving, Injured and Traumatized

A woman ran through an alley in Mosul’s Old City with two babies clutched to her chest and two small children following closely behind, grabbing for her skirt.<p>The family was among hundreds of civilians emerging from the rubble of the besieged neighborhood on Monday as Iraqi Special Forces went …

World News

Europeans Favor Fairness in Allocating Asylum Seekers

Refugees and migrants give information to a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) staff (C), during a pre-registration process that …


Crisis for civilians deepens as Mosul battle nears end

The fight for Mosul may be almost over but while many civilians run for their lives, tens of thousands more are still trapped in ISIL’s last pockets of resistance.<p>US-backed Iraqi forces have been battling for over eight months to liberate the city. The humanitarian crisis faced by its people has …