Category: Refugees

Toll on refugee and migrant children continues to mount one year after EU-Turkey deal – UNICEF

Although she used to be in Grade 6, 12-year old Ayesh, who fled to Turkey from the Idlib Governorate of Syria does not attend school. Photo: UNICEF/Shehzad Noorani

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that one year after the Balkan border closures and the European Union-Turkey Statement, which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation. “While there has been a major decrease in the overall numbers of children […]

South Sudan now world’s fastest growing refugee crisis – UN refugee agency

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The number of South Sudanese fleeing their homes is “alarming,” the United Nations refugee agency said, announcing that 1.6 million people have either been displaced or fled to neighbouring countries in the past eight months ago. “A famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee […]

Migrating children and women, suffer ‘sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention’ – UN agency

A migrant gestures from behind the bars of a cell at a detention centre in Libya, Tuesday 31 January. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi

A senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official is calling the routes from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Europe one of the “world’s deadliest and most dangerous for children and women,” as the agency reported that nearly half of the women and children interviewed after making the voyage were raped. “Refugee […]

Refugees fleeing danger are ‘not dangerous themselves’ – UN agency chief

High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi briefs the press in Beirut, Lebanon, on his landmark trip to Syria.

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The head of the United Nations refugee agency warned developed countries against politicizing the issue of refugees, stressing that the move risked undermining the principle of international solidarity with those fleeing war and persecution. “These are people that flee from danger, they’re not dangerous themselves,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told reporters in […]