The top UN human rights official has called Myanmar’s operations against the Rohingya as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Though the government has recognised UNHCR status for decades, they are now arresting people who have been designated as asylum seekers.
The treatment of Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s roughly 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya is the biggest challenge facing leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.
While online media distributors have been effectively blocked from their platforms, print and broadcast journalists’ investigative capacities have also suffered greatly.
Australia agreed to settle nearly 2,000 refugees held offshore in exchange for UNHCR facilitating a swap deal with the US.
While the conflict is far from over and millions are still displaced, “this is a significant trend and a significant number,” according to the UNHCR.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year as a result of persecution, violence and human rights violations.
Top UN peacekeeping official in the country David Shearer claimed that the splintering of the erstwhile bipolar conflict has escalated and spread the scope of violence in the country.
The spectre of violence, ethnic cleansing and starvation hangs upon the young war-torn nation, as repeated efforts to broker peace have failed.
Over 17.5 million people have been displaced from Iraq, Yemen and Syria.
Close to 1.2 million refugees need resettling globally, but only 93,200 places in resettlement countries are expected to become available this year.
About 800 people fell prey to food poisoning at a camp near the Iraqi city of Mosul after breaking their Ramadan fast together with a communal iftar meal.
Seven men were found dead during Saturday’s rescues, but survivors brought to Trapani in Sicily indicated a further 13 had been lost at sea.
The International Organisation for Migration sounded the alarm after its staff in Niger and Libya documented shocking testimonies of trafficking victims from several African nations, including Nigeria, Ghana and the Gambia.
The civil war in the South Sudan began two years after it won independence from Sudan and the fighting has led to the worst refugee crisis in the country.
Hundreds of Iraqis fled the heavy fighting in the Mosul-Baghdad area and headed to areas which had been reclaimed from the ISIS.
Two years after its birth as an independent state, South Sudan plunged into conflict as rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his then-vice president, Riek Machar, exploded into violence.
After a series of attacks in Pakistan left more than 130 people dead in February, Islamabad shut down its border crossings with Afghanistan.
Although the Rohingya community in Delhi worries about their families abroad, their day-to-day survival preoccupies them.
Sooka spoke to The Wire about Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process, the sequencing of judicial mechanisms for the same and the role other countries can play.
Some 1.5 million refugees have fled fighting and famine in South Sudan to neighbouring countries, half of them to Uganda, and thousands more are leaving daily, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday.
Afghan refugees, some who have spent decades in Pakistan, have been forced to return to their home country, which continues to struggle with recovering from its history of wars and violence.
The government last week said the situation in northern Rakhine had stabilised and that it had ended a four-month security crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
Canada, Australia and the US were the top providers of asylum to Rohingya Muslims who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar before Dhaka stopped the programme around 2012.
A growing number of Rohingya girls are becoming victims of human traffickers, who sell them to Rohingya men as child brides in neighbouring Malaysia.
Human Rights Watch has described the treatment of Afghans in Pakistan as “a toxic combination of deportation threats and police abuses”
Rights groups estimate 30,000 migrants, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, are working in bars in shopping streets and red light districts in Tapachula near the Guatemala border that has become a trafficking hotspot.
A few kilometres separate the Spanish enclave Melilla and the Moroccan coastal city of Nador. This tiny Spanish town became a major crossing point for those seeking to reach asylum.
Several countries across Africa are overburdened by a lack of space and financial support for refugees.
Refugees with no legal documents are unable to exchange old currency, except at discounted rates with local traders.
Some Rohingya refugees have been missing since Tuesday after a group crossed the River Naaf that separates Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Aid workers said hundreds of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar crossed the border to Bangladesh, seeking shelter from escalating violence in the northwest.
The rise of nationalism in rich countries poses a worrying challenge to migrants fleeing wars, UN refugee chief Grandi said on Sunday.
Births in ISIS-controlled areas were registered with authorities that are not considered valid outside that shrinking territory – or not registered at all.
After years of living in legal limbo, nearly 3,000 stateless people in the southern Philippines have been granted nationality by Manila and Jakarta.
The number of those who lose their lives while trying to reach Europe is higher than those who manage to get to the continent.
The migrants are being moved to 450 centres across France, whereas many migrants hoped to reach Britain to start a new life.
The UNHCR has said that it won’t shut the camps down or push people out, and the people will return ‘of their own volition’.
As the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Guterres could promote a more unified approach to helping the displaced.
El Salvador stands at the centre of the current refugee crisis in Central America. But gang violence is not the only reason why its people are fleeing their country.