The number of internally displaced people is at a record high. Here’s why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Vicente Anzellini, Research coordinator, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre & Clémence Leduc, Intern, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre Despite refugees and international migrants making more media headlines, internally displaced people (IDPs) represent the majority of the world’s forcibly displaced. A new report published […]

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for continued action to eradicate trafficking in human beings

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is presenting its Second Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings. Taking stock of measures taken since 2015, the report highlights the main trends in trafficking in human beings and outlines remaining challenges that […]

The needs, challenges and power dynamics of refugee resettlement

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Adèle Garnier, Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, Macquarie University & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies, Peace Research Institute Oslo & Liliana Lyra Jubilut, Professor of International Law, Human Rights and Refugee Law, Universidade Católica […]

Why cities hold the key to safe, orderly migration

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Harald Bauder, Professor of Geography and the Director of the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto & Loren Landau, South African Research Chair for Mobility & the Politics of Difference, African Centre for Migration […]

Rohingya emergency one year on: UN says thousands of lives saved, but challenges remain

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Significant progress has been made in protecting hundreds of thousands Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in the 12 months since they fled violence in Myanmar, but lives “will once again be at risk” if funding is not urgently secured, UN officials said on Friday. Dr. […]

Greater support needed for refugees and migrants from Venezuela – UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As hundreds of Venezuelans continue to pour into neighbouring countries due to social and political upheaval at home, the heads of the United Nations refugee and migration agencies called for greater international support to meet the most basic needs of the displaced. As of […]

Militias force nearly 2,000 to leave Libyan capital’s largest shelter for internally-displaced: UNHCR

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Libyan militias have forced nearly 2,000 people from an ethnic minority likely targeted for their alleged links to the former Gadaffi Government, to flee long-established shelters in the capital Tripoli, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday. In an appeal for the human […]

Venezuelan exodus to Ecuador reaches record levels: UN refugee agency steps up aid

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. One of the largest population movements in Latin American history is under way from Venezuela, according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, which on Friday confirmed that it is increasing assistance to neighbouring Ecuador, where more and more Venezuelans are arriving each week. Amid […]

Thai citizenship means ‘dream of a brighter future’ for cave rescue boys, says UN Refugee Agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The decision of the Thai Government to grant citizenship to three of the boys recently rescued after being trapped in a flooded cave, along with their football coach, has been welcomed by UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Following global media coverage of the rescue, it emerged […]

Bangladesh: Head of UN refugee agency calls on Asia-Pacific leaders to show ‘solidarity’ with Rohingya refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, on Tuesday urged government representatives and business leaders from the Asia-Pacific region to offer more support and protection for over 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence and discrimination in Myanmar’s Rakhine State over […]

‘Immense’ needs of migrants making perilous journey between Yemen and Horn of Africa prompts $45 million UN migration agency appeal

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. As conflicts and natural disasters have sharply deteriorated living conditions in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, more and more people have been crossing the Gulf of Aden in both directions, leading the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to appeal for $45 million to […]

Key Brazilian border crossing for Venezuela refugees reopens as asylum numbers pass last year’s total

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Some 117,000 Venezuelans have claimed asylum already this year — more than for the whole of 2017 — the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, after welcoming a decision by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court to reverse the closure of the country’s border […]

Villages ‘reduced to ash’ amid ‘barbaric violence’ in DR Congo, reports UN refugee agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Humanitarian needs are enormous in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has reported accounts of “barbaric violence”. In all, 350,000 people are estimated to have fled months of ethnic clashes between the Hema and Lendu groups, in the […]

New identity cards deliver recognition and protection for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh will soon have credit card-sized plastic IDs – many possessing, for the first time ever, an individual identity document – providing another level of protection, according to the United Nations refugee agency. The exercise, which began at the end […]

Syria: Civilians caught in crossfire, UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open its border

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The head of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed on Thursday for Jordan to open its border with south-west Syria to help protect around 750,000 civilians who are “caught in the crossfire”, amidst airstrikes and heavy shelling. “More than 320,000 people are now […]

Women-Friendly Spaces for Rohingya refugees: A place for protection and care

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Simple shelters that are little more than huts with bamboo sticks and plastic sheeting for walls, and tarpaulins overhead, are serving a very important purpose for refugee women and girls forced to flee their homes to the vast refugee camps of Bangladesh. They are […]

As many as 330,000 displaced by heavy fighting in south-west Syria – UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Intense air and ground-based strikes at multiple locations in Syria’s south-western Dara’a governorate has resulted in the “largest displacement” in the area since the conflict began more than seven years ago, the United Nations refugee agency has reported. A number of civilians are also […]

Ben Stiller’s new role, more about hope than humour, as he’s named Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), announced on Monday that the actor, director, producer and philanthropist Ben Stiller, is to become its latest Goodwill Ambassador, as he issued an appeal for action on behalf of those forced to flee their homes around the world. […]

Latest tragedy in the Mediterranean claims over 100 lives – UN refugee agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Expressing “deep sadness” over the deaths of more than 100 refugees and migrants when their boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea, the United Nations refugee agency has called for greater international efforts to avoid further tragedies. “[We are] concerned about the increasing number of […]

Resettlement needs set to rise to 1.4 million people in 2019, UN refugee agency reports

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Close to 1.4 million people will need resettlement in countries free from war and persecution in 2019, the UN refugee agency, said on Monday, citing growing forced displacement across the globe. Resettlement – the transfer of refugees from the country where they have claimed […]

Myanmar: New UN envoy offers to serve ‘as a bridge’, recognizes ‘positive steps’ over Rakhine state

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Focussing on “listening to all sides” the new United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar praised “recent positive steps” taken by the government and United Nations to try and ensure the eventual voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees, to their homes in Rakhine […]

Hungary’s laws on helping vulnerable foreigners are ‘blatantly xenophobic’: UN rights chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Hungarian legislation that criminalizes anyone who supports asylum seekers and other vulnerable individuals is “blatantly xenophobic”, “shameful” and “disgraceful”, the UN human rights chief said on Thursday. Commenting on the Hungarian Parliament’s decision to vote in Government proposals on Wednesday, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein […]

These charts show where the world’s refugees came from in 2017 – and where they’re heading

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer Where do most of the world’s refugees come from? And where do they end up? If you’re conjuring up an image of people fleeing a wartorn nation and heading to a developed one, you may be […]

Refugees now make up 1% of the world’s population

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content If all the world’s refugees came together as a single nation they would collectively create one of the largest countries on Earth. According to the UNHCR, there are now almost 70 million forcibly displaced […]

Nearly three million more displaced year-on-year, warns refugee agency chief, but solutions are within reach

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The number of people forced to flee their homes last year rose by nearly three million to 68.5 million, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday, warning that the world’s displacement hotspots “are becoming hotter”. Citing ongoing, protracted violence around the […]

‘Worst devastation I have seen,’ says UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie, as she visits West Mosul

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After visiting the shattered streets of West Mosul over the weekend, the long-standing United Nations Refugee Agency envoy, Angelina Jolie, said that she had never seen such devastation, in her 17-years of working in the field. Mosul was liberated by an Iraqi government-led coalition […]

UN mobilizes in Rohingya camps to support babies born of rape; young mothers face stigma

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Despite challenges brought on by the arrival of the monsoon season this month, United Nations agencies in Bangladesh continue to support nearly one million Rohingya refugees, including thousands of victims of sexual violence. Members of the mainly-Muslim minority community began fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state […]

Rohingya refugee shelters ‘washed away’ in Bangladesh monsoon rains: UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Two days of heavy monsoon rains have caused severe structural damage to camps in Bangladesh hosting one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Monday. So far, more than 9,000 have been affected and the number is expected […]

African migration: what the numbers really tell us

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marie McAuliffe, Head of Migration Policy Research Division, International Organization for Migration & Adrian Kitimbo, Research Associate, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria Africa is often depicted in the media as a continent of mass exodus. […]

Central Africa Republic: Violence drives thousands of refugees into neighbouring DR Congo, says UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR). According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), […]

A day in the life of a refugee: We should be someone who helps

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Davor Klepo, a 3rd year Croatian medical student from University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek. He serves as secretay of local committee in CroMSIC and Publicatons assistant in IFMSA. Mr Klepo is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). The opinion expressed […]

Healthcare for refugees: a necessary symbiosis of medicine and politics

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Janatana Karunakumar, a 3rd year medical student at Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. Ms Karunakumar is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European […]

The refugee crisis seen through the eyes of a young doctor from Turkey

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Idil Kina, a 2nd year medical student from Turkey. Ms Kina is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one. When […]