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Poverty and conflict spurring major increase in global migration: ILO

Increasing poverty and conflict have spurred a 20% spike in the number of international migrants in a four-year period, according to a report from the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), the Guardian reported. The ILO report indicated that “the number of people who left their home country in search of work, to join family,…

35th Citizenship related Suicide in Assam! Death toll rises as state of hopelessness engulfs region

The excruciating and soul-crushing process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the long standing ‘D’ Voter vis-a-vis Foreigners Tribunal has taken not less than 35 lives until now. After Samsul Hoque of village Bagariguri under the Barpeta district took the extreme decision to take his own life on November 14, 2018, two…

Three million people have fled Venezuela since 2015: UN

The United Nations recently stated that around three million Venezuelans have fled “economic and political crisis” in the country since 2015, the Guardian reported. New data indicates that around one in 12 Venezuelans has left due to hyperinflation, shortages of medication and food, and violence. According to William Spindler, spokesperson for the UN refugee agency…

Nearly 6,000 doctors call for children to be moved from Nauru detention centre

Nearly 6,000 Australian doctors have called on Australia’s government to move all children being held in the detention centre on Nauru due to “serious mental and physical health concerns,” the Guardian reported on October 15. Around 5% of all registered doctors in Australia had signed a letter being sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The…

Venezuela refugee exodus approaching “crisis moment”: IOM

The United Nations migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has cautioned that the mass exodus of Venezuelans from their country is approaching a “crisis” point. Al Jazeera reported. IOM spokesperson Joel Millman said on Friday, August 24, “This is building to a crisis moment that we’ve seen in other parts of the world,…

Thousands of Rohingya children at risk of becoming a “lost generation”: UN

According to the United Nations, Rohingya refugee children who do not have access to proper education in refugee camps in Bangladesh are at risk of becoming a “lost generation,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. A recent report from UNICEF said that the “lives and futures of more than 380,000 children in refugee camps in Bangladesh…

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, Reuters reported. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Thomas Homan, acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said that this is not a new policy, and…

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, according to a Reuters report. Myanmar’s government has previously promised…

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.…

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