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30.6 million people were internally displaced in 2017

According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), in 2017, “there were 30.6 million new displacements associated with conflict and disasters across 143 countries and territories.” Conflict resulted in 11.8 million new internal displacements last year, while disasters resulted in 18.8 million internal displacements. Of the former, 7.9 million displacements were driven by armed conflict,…

UN announces new land ready to relocate Rohingya refugees ahead of monsoon

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in Bangladesh issued a release on Tuesday, May 8, announcing the first new land ready for the relocation of Rohingya refugees to safer ground ahead of the monsoon. This was part of a joint initiative between the International Organization for Migration, the World Food Programme, and UNHCR, and involved several dozen…

US toughen border rules, separate children from parents

US officials said on Monday, May 7, that the Trump Administration will step up criminal prosecution of parents who illegally enter the country, and put their children in protective custody. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Thomas Homan, acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said that this is not a new policy, and that the…

UN rights expert expresses concern over increased violence in Myanmar’s Kachin state

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, has “expressed grave concern” over an increase in violence in the country’s Kachin state, in which ten civilians have reportedly killed, and several others have been injured. Lee said she had received reports that Myanmar’s military had conducted aerial bombings…

Humanitarian groups unconvinced about Bangladesh’s plan to relocate Rohingya refugees to island

Humanitarian groups are not convinced about Bangladesh’s plan to relocate 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island in June, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. Bangladesh’s government has been working on the Bhasan Char island for four months, but has not given humanitarian agencies access. A briefing with aid groups took place on April 4, but it…

First Rohingya family returns: Myanmar

Following a military crackdown that was launched in late August 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. Myanmar has been accused of conducting “ethnic cleansing” by the United Nations, but it has denied this. The country has announced that five members of one family reached a “repatriation camp” on Saturday, April 14, the…

Nearly 700,000 Syrians displaced thus far in 2018: UN

Panos Moumtzis, the United Nations’ Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, issued a statement this week, saying he was “deeply concerned about the continuing massive displacement of close to 700,000 Syrians since the beginning of the year due to ongoing hostilities in the country.” He said that this figure adds to the 6.5 million Syrians who…

UN official says Myanmar not “conducive” for Rohingya refugees’ return

Ursula Mueller, the United Nations’ Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, recently completed a six-day visit to Myanmar. “From what I’ve seen and heard from people – no access to health services, concerns about protection, continued displacements – conditions are not conducive to return,” Mueller has said. Myanmar’s government has previously promised to ensure that the repatriation…

Migrant Workers: Rights and Concerns Community Resource

Migration has been a much discussed topic of late, especially in wake of the Rohingya exodus. However, there are many other reasons for people to migrate. Here are a few observations and recommendations presented during a seminar held on February 3, 2018 at the Delhi School of Social Work is association with the Sadhbhavna Mission.…

Water scarcity could displace hundreds of millions by 2030: report

A panel comprising 11 heads of state and a special advisor recently released a report on water action, which calls for major changes in the way water is managed so that the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation can be reached, UN News reported. The report notes that…

Humanitarian access declines in Myanmar

According to research group ACAPS, Myanmar leads the list of countries where aid organisations’ ability to reach those requiring assistance has declined in the last six months, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. ACAPS considered 37 countries using nine indicators, such as violence against aid workers and restrictions that bar people from getting aid. “Myanmar is the…

Climate change could cause more than 140 million climate migrants: World Bank

According to a new World Bank report, more than 140 million living in three world regions will likely migrate within their own countries by 2050, the Guardian reported. The World Bank considered three regions, and found that sub-Saharan African could see 86 million internall displaced people in the years leading up to 2050. This figure was…

Thousands of asylum seekers still remain stranded in Greek islands

Nine human rights and humanitarian groups recently stated that several thousand asylum seekers remain stranded on the Greek island migrant “hotspots”, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Greek government data indicates that more than 10,000 people remain stuck on the Aegean islands of Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesbos, and Samos, where most asylum seekers are being hosted. The…

Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya persists in Myanmar: UN Human Rights official

UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour recently travelled to Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar, which is hosting several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees who have steadily fled from Myanmar after a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in late August 2017. Following his visit, Gilmour said, “The ethnic cleansing of Rohingya from Myanmar continues. I don’t…

United States border agents detain immigrant families in freezing cells: HRW

In a recently released report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) detailed that United States’ Customs and Border Protection agents regularly hold families, including infants, in freezing holding cells after they are taken into custody at or near the border. For the report, HRW conducted 110 interviews with women and children, and found that border agents regularly separate…

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