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Nearly Half Of All Refugees Are Children, Says Unicef

Nearly Half Of All Refugees Are Children, Says Unicef

Children now make up more than half of the world’s refugees, according to a Unicef report, despite the fact they account for less than a third of the global population. Just two countries – Syria and Afghanistan – comprise half of all child refugees under protection by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), […]

Passage Through Mexico: The Global Migration To The US

Passage Through Mexico: The Global Migration To The US

The sun has barely risen and already hundreds of migrants are gathered outside the vast white and green immigration detention centre, hoping to get through its gates. Most have travelled thousands of miles on foot, by boat and bus from South America, but few here speak Spanish. In front of the locked gates near Mexico’s […]

Threat Of Marriage Hangs Over Young Malian Refugee Girls In Mauritania

Threat Of Marriage Hangs Over Young Malian Refugee Girls In Mauritania

Tinalbaraka Amano has done well to adapt to life in the desert. Three years ago, the 16-year-old had her own room in a suburban house in Mali’s capital, Bamako. She had school friends with middle-class aspirations and Snapchat. At Mbera refugee camp in southern Mauritania, she sleeps in a tent with her parents. Before bed, […]

After Brexit, The UK Still Has A Role To Play In Preventing Conflict

After Brexit, The UK Still Has A Role To Play In Preventing Conflict

As the UK heads towards Brexit, and reviews its place in, and relationships with, the wider world, it must not lose sight of its role in building peace. Despite understandable anxiety, suspicion and mistrust today, British people are still likely to be living, some years from now, in a democratically governed, prosperous and peaceful UK. […]

As The UK Shuts Itself Off, Africa Rolls Out A Welcome Mat Across The Continent

As The UK Shuts Itself Off, Africa Rolls Out A Welcome Mat Across The Continent

In policy as in life, one man’s poison is another man’s cure. While Brexit and rising nationalism across Europe have called into question the European project, last Sunday the African Union (AU) unveiled an electronic passport intended to allow the free movement of people, goods and services across the continent’s 54 countries. The e-passport is […]

The Refugee Crisis Is A Problem Of Poverty, Not Just Migration

The Refugee Crisis Is A Problem Of Poverty, Not Just Migration

Images of Syrians fleeing their homes and taking treacherous journeys in search of safety in Europe have dominated the news as levels of global displacement have escalated. Figures released on Monday by the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, show that forced displacement affected more than 65 million people in 2015, the highest level ever recorded. […]

Remittances Are a Mainstay For Millions of The World’s Poor – Let’s Improve Them

Remittances Are a Mainstay For Millions of The World’s Poor – Let’s Improve Them

Remittances are a hidden force international development. The World Bank estimates that $601bn (£424bn) was sent in remittances last year, $441bn of which was received in the developing world. This is three times the amount sent in international aid. Today is the International Day of Family Remittances, started last year by the International Fund for […]

Myanmar Women Put In Danger By Ban On Maids Working Overseas

Myanmar Women Put In Danger By Ban On Maids Working Overseas

Van Biak had only been away from her family in Leilet in north-west Myanmar for two weeks, but her mother was in tears as they embraced on the veranda. Biak and her older sister, Van Hnem, left to find work as maids in Singapore with few job opportunities in their remote village in Chin state, […]

French Minister Warns Of Mass Climate Change Migration If World Doesn’t Act

French Minister Warns Of Mass Climate Change Migration If World Doesn’t Act

Global warming will create hundreds of millions of climate change migrants by the end of the century if governments do not act, France’s environment minister has warned. Ségolène Royal told ministers from 170 countries at the UN environment assembly in Nairobi that climate change was linked to conflicts, which in turned caused migration. “Climate change […]

Kenya Tells UK To Resettle Somali Refugees Living In Dadaab

Kenya Tells UK To Resettle Somali Refugees Living In Dadaab

Kenya says it plans to expel hundreds of thousands of refugees within six months, and argues the international community is partly to blame for leaving it to deal with so many refugees for so long. The deputy president, William Ruto, said it is now up to the developed world to mitigate the fallout, suggesting that […]