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  1. Climate Refugees Refused UN Protection & Denied Rights Under International Law

    Monday, December 09, 2019

    MADRID, Spain, Dec 09 (IPS) - Miles Young is Director of the Social Development Program, Pacific Community (SPC)The term "environmental refugee" has gained prominence in recent years as climate change and desertification have threatened the livelihoods of millions of people, causing many to re-locate.

  2. Gains and Losses of Irregular Migration

    Friday, December 06, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Dec 06 (IPS) - While opening a newspaper or watching a TV program we are every day made aware of the plights of irregular migrants. Some recent examples among many – on 24 October, 39 Chinese nationals were found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex. They had apparently frozen to death within a refrigerator container with temperatures as low as -25C (-13F).

    This while tragedies occur almost daily on the Mediterranean Sea. On 26 November, a rescue vessel found a boat almost completely sunken. It had three dead bodies aboard. Fifty-five migrants were saved. Three of them were in a critical condition, and one died after reaching Melilla in Spain, where the migrants were brought in. Three children were among the survivors, though a further ten individuals were reported missing.

    Nowadays, such news items pass by almost imperceptibly. Every day, thousands of unfortunate human beings are trafficked all over the world to suffer underpaid, hazardous work, or prostitution.

  3. Forced to Flee. Displaced with a Dream. Time for Action.

    Friday, December 06, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 06 (IPS) - Genesis smiles and holds her hand up proudly to answer questions in class. She claps her hands in support of her classmates when they answer the teachers' questions correctly. "I miss my cousins and aunts in Venezuela, she says." Her smile fades and her lips tighten. She struggles to hold back her tears. "I can't return. I want to stay here in my school, with my new friends." Her smile returns, as she resolutely states: "I want to become a lawyer, so I can help solve problems."

  4. The Story Behind The Gambia’s Lawsuit against Myanamar over the Rohingya Genocide

    Tuesday, December 03, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 03 (IPS) - On Nov. 11, the Gambia filed a lawsuit against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice for the southeast asian country's atrocities against the Rohingya population. 

  5. Bangladeshi Migrant Female Domestic Workers Face Violence

    Thursday, November 28, 2019

    NEW YORK, Nov 28 (IPS) - Millions of Bangladeshi women are facing violence either as domestic housemaids or as migrant workers in Gulf countries. A few days ago, a video in social media, secretly filmed by a Bangladeshi housemaid employed in Saudi Arabia, caught everyone's attention where she was helplessly crying and begging to be rescued from her abusive employer.

  6. 270 Million People are Migrants, Who Send Home a Staggering $689 Billion

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27 (IPS) - The number of international migrants in 2019 is now estimated at 270 million and the top destination remains the United States, at nearly 51 million, the UN migration agency said on Wednesday.

  7. Statistics and Stories – Time to Change the Refugee Narrative?

    Monday, November 25, 2019

    ROME, Nov 25 (IPS) - Statistics and stories. When aid agencies appeal for funding to tackle the latest refugee crisis and journalists do their reporting, then these are the two narratives most chosen -- one impersonal and the other upfront and individual.

    The sheer numbers can feel overwhelming. The UN refugee agency UNHCR says more than 70 million people are currently displaced by conflict, the most since the Second World War. Among them are nearly 26 million who have fled their countries (over half under the age of 18) and 3.5 million more are registered as asylum seekers.

  8. With the UN Security Council in Paralysis, Are there New Hopes for Rohingya Muslims?

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 19 (IPS) - The 15-member UN Security Council (UNSC) stands virtually paralyzed in the face of genocide charges against the government of Myanmar where over 730,000 to one million Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a 2016 crackdown by Myanmar's military.

  9. ICC Gives Greenlight for Probe into Violent Crimes Against Rohingya

    Friday, November 15, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 (IPS) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity, namely deportation, which have forced between 600,000 and one million Rohingya refugees out of Myanmar, into neighboring Bangladesh since 2016.

  10. Central America - Fertile Ground for Human Trafficking

    Friday, November 08, 2019

    SAN SALVADOR, Nov 08 (IPS) - Central America is an impoverished region rife with gang violence and human trafficking - the third largest crime industry in the world - as a major source of migrants heading towards the United States.

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