Yesterday 20 June, was World Refugee Day. The United Nations estimates that every minute eight people flee from war, persecution, or terror. The day is observed to bring attention to their collective struggle and to address the widespread global displacement of millions of people.
More than three quarters of the British public would accept refugees in their neighbourhood or home, according to a new Amnesty International survey published yesterday (18 May 2016), showing that anti-refugee political rhetoric is “out of step” with public opinion
During a visit to Geneva on 29 April 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the first-ever Olympic refugee team to compete in the international event, and received the Olympic Cup Award on behalf of the UN.
The programme announced by the Government to resettle 3,000 refugee children in the UK over the next four years has been welcomed by the development agency Christian Aid. But the organisation emphasises that the plans are too slow and lacking in adequate ambition.
The UK is failing in its responsibility to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people who have been displaced by conflict, violence, persecution and poverty, a group of 13 aid and refugee agencies said today (14 April 2016).
Expressing deep regret and concern over the deaths of four migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in a detention centre in al-Zawiya, Libya, the senior United Nations humanitarian official in that country called yesterday (6 April 2016) for an independent, impartial and full investigation into their deaths.