On the World Day Against Child Labour, Caritas network has issued campaigning leaflets to raise awareness about child trafficking.Read more
GENEVA, June 6 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today welcomed the European Union's announcement of a major new contribution of up to €400 million for the Syria situation until the end of the year.Read more
New MPI Brief Examines the Significant Ways in Which the Permanent U.S. Legal Immigration System Would Be Reshaped Under the Senate Bill WASHINGTON – A new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis issued today finds that the legal immigration system proposed under legislation expected to be debated in the Senate next week would retain a strong emphasis on family unification while growing skills-based immigration more than fourfold, contrary to the perception that a new focus on employment-based immigration would come at the expense of family-based immigration.Read more
Is racism a matter of perspective gone wrong? And, if so, how can we fix it?
A new study in Consciousness and Cognition demonstrates technology may be able to offer part of the solution: donning the skin of a dark-skinned avatar significantly decreased an individual’s racial biases.Read more
LAST week’s Cannes Film Festival was an eye-opener for the way migration is now a major theme of our times.
Films now regularly depict people setting off for a new country, bearing little more than dreams of a better life. But behind the romance of every film touching on migration comes the reality that so many of those moving from their homelands soon discover that reality is not as rose-tinted as they imagined it might be. Many face the perils of trafficking, exploitation, aching loneliness and rootlessness. All of this is grist to the film industry's mill.Read more
Caritas has been responding to the needs of Syrians since the first days of the crisis in March 2011, supporting both those inside the country and refugees throughout the region. Caritas has helped more than 100,000 people in need, without discrimination.
However, this is only a temporary remedy. There cannot be an end to the suffering of the Syrian population as long as the fighting continues.Read more
Human trafficking is "a despicable activity, a disgrace for our societies, which describe themselves as civilized," Pope Francis said.
Refugees, displaced and stateless people are particularly vulnerable to "the plague of human trafficking, which increasingly involves children subjected to the worst forms of exploitation and even recruitment into armed conflicts," the pope said May 24.Read more
In November 2011, the European Commission published a set of legislative proposals on EU funding in the area of Home Affairs for the period 2014-2020, which are currently being discussed by the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. As part of these proposals, an Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) will be created, which will play an important role in financing activities addressing the needs of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants across Europe.Read more
Afghanistan - IOM staff in Afghanistan are returning to work after Friday’s terrifying attack on the IOM compound in the capital Kabul, which claimed the lives of three Afghans and left three international staff wounded, one seriously.
At a press conference yesterday, IOM’s Chief of Mission Richard Danziger praised the response of Afghan security forces, as well as the professionalism and calmness of his staff in the wake of the attack.Read more
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday reiterated its concerns about the treatment of asylum-seekers arriving by sea to Australia.
According to new legislation, all asylum-seekers arriving by boat anywhere in Australia are now subject to transfer to Nauru or Papua New Guinea for processing and will only have their claims for refugee status assessed in Australia if the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship makes a personal decision to allow them to, on the basis of it being in the public interest to do so.Read more