South-East Asia’s migrant workers often face immense hardship throughout their migration experience, such as stigma and discrimination, exploitative working conditions, social exclusion and, critically, a lack of access to health services, says a new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Continue reading
After decades of sustained and unrestrained anti-foreigner abuse, misinformation and distortion, and in the wake of a recent article in the Sun newspaper calling migrants “cockroaches,” the UN Human Rights Chief on Friday urged the U.K. authorities, media and regulatory bodies to take steps to curb incitement to hatred by British tabloid newspapers, in line with the country’s obligations under national and international law. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also called on all European countries to take a firmer line on racism and xenophobia which he said “under the guise of freedom of expression, are being allowed to feed a vicious cycle of vilification, intolerance and politicization of migrants, as well as of marginalized European minorities such as the Roma.” Continue reading
Can the United Nations help to protect people seeking safety abroad if their homes and jobs are destroyed by prolonged drought, rising sea levels or other climate change-related phenomena in the same way as if they were displaced by war or human rights abuses? The short answer, today anyway, is no.
Strengthening the connection between people seeking livelihoods abroad and the post-2015 development agenda was crucial to origin and destination countries and to migrants themselves, delegates heard today, after unanimously adopting the Declaration of the General Assembly’s High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development. Continue reading
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 26 July 2013, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR has reviewed the measures announced by the Australian Government on 19 July in relation to asylum-seekers arriving by boat in Australia. Continue reading
The UNODC Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific launched the Voluntary Reporting System on Migrant Smuggling and Related Conduct (VRS-MSRC) in support of the Bali Process on Tuesday, 16 July 2013. The VRS-MSRC is an internet-based, secure system where state authorities can collect and share migrant smuggling data. To date, authorities Continue reading
Irregular migration in the European Union is not a new trend. However, since the 1990s, Europe has seen a sharp increase in irregular migration where people are willing to risk their lives in order to enter the EU, according to UN Special Rapporteur François Crépeau. Continue reading
Delegates from the region and beyond have highlighted the need for greater practical cooperation to address rising levels of irregular maritime movements in the Asia-Pacific region.
This conclusion was reached at the end of a three-day “Regional Roundtable on Irregular Movements by Sea in the Asia-Pacific region,” which was organized from Monday to Wednesday in Jakarta by the Indonesian government and the UN refugee agency. Continue reading