Lesbos is not meant to welcome migrants “for ever”, says UNHCR representative in Greece | AFP

The Greek island of Lesbos is not meant to welcome migrants “for ever”, says UNHCR representative in Greece Philippe Leclerc, one week after the fire that destroyed Europe’s largest migrant camp and left thousands homeless.

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Over 1% of humanity displaced, says UN’s Filippo Grandi | AFP

Nearly 80 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to violence and persecution, marking a near-doubling of global displacement in a decade, says UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi.

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The crisis that “continues to worsen” in central Mali | AFP

Central Mali has been caught up in a whirlwind of violence for the past five years and Mamadou Lamine Diop, who heads the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the region, is well placed to observe that the situation “continues to deteriorate”.

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Migrants describe their struggle in overcrowded Samos camp | AFP

Conditions remain difficult in the overcrowded camp of Samos. Built to handle 650 people, the camp and surrounding are now hosting some 6800 people, with the UNHCR describing the situation as shocking and shameful.

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‘Urgent’ for Greece to improve miserable camps: UNHCR chief | AFP

Greece must take “urgent” steps to improve “miserable” conditions in its overcrowded island migrant camps, the UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi says after visiting camps on the island of Lesbos.

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Refugees evicted by police from sit-in outside UNHCR in Cape Town | AFP

Refugees who had been staging a sit-in outside the UN high Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Cape Town are forcefully evicted by police. A water canon and stun grenades were used to remove those who refused to obey the court order attained by the building owners.

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Greece: 4 years later migrants plead freedom from “hell”

Four years after the start of the biggest migration crisis in the history of the European Union, migrants crossing to Greece are starting to pick up again. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced that arrivals by sea from Turkey to Greece, mostly Afghan and Syrian families, increased to 10,258 in September. It said this was the highest monthly total since 2016, when the EU reached an accord with Turkey to stem the flow of arrivals.

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Trinidad And Tobago Is Ignoring Its Venezuelan Refugee Problem (HBO)

Cedros, on the remote southwestern tip of the island of Trinidad, is a sleepy fishing village unaccustomed to heavy traffic. Its port is little more than a narrow jetty sticking out into the water and a small customs house on shore.

But in recent months, ferries have been dropping off passengers by the dozen, most of them hauling large rolling suitcases behind them. That’s because Cedros happens to be seven miles away from the Venezuelan coast, where political turmoil and a collapsing economy is driving people out by the thousands.

“Before this situation developed, the number of [Venezuelans] entering through the port was under 100 weekly,” said Shankar Teelucksingh, the councillor for Cedros. “Today we have over 1,500. And that’s just what we can keep track of — that excludes the ones that come into the country illegally.”

Roughly 3.4 million people have left Venezuela in recent years, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The large majority have gone overland to Colombia, Peru, and other South American countries. But proportionally, Trinidad and Tobago has received the most: an estimated 60,000 Venezuelans now live in the island nation, which amounts to more than four percent of its population.

And yet, of all the countries bearing the brunt of the Venezuelan refugee crisis, Trinidad and Tobago has done the least to address it. Venezuelans there can apply for refugee status from the UNHCR, which entitles them to stay in the country. But the government has not otherwise made significant efforts to integrate them or provide them with legal status.

Adults are not legally allowed to work, and children are not given the right to a public education. As a result, Venezuelans in Trinidad live mostly underground. The lucky ones find local residents who are willing to help them.

After months of living in overcrowded conditions with other families, Josué Campos and his family met a local school principal named Kelly-Ann Langdon-Pascal, who let them enroll their daughter for free in her small private school. Langdon-Pascal also rented them her basement apartment for cheap.

Campos and his wife now work odd jobs cleaning houses and on construction sites. “It’s tough, because you have to live in fear,” Campos said. “You’re working and you’re wondering if immigration is coming, if the police are coming. It’s not stable.”

Still, odd jobs in Trinidad are a better deal than a stable job in Venezuela: A day’s work in Trinidad is enough to buy food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Campos said. “With the minimum wage you get in Venezuela, you can’t even buy breakfast.”

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Trinidad And Tobago Is Ignoring Its Venezuelan Refugee Problem (HBO)

Cedros, on the remote southwestern tip of the island of Trinidad, is a sleepy fishing village unaccustomed to heavy traffic. Its port is little more than a narrow jetty sticking out into the water and a small customs house on shore.

But in recent months, ferries have been dropping off passengers by the dozen, most of them hauling large rolling suitcases behind them. That’s because Cedros happens to be seven miles away from the Venezuelan coast, where political turmoil and a collapsing economy is driving people out by the thousands.

“Before this situation developed, the number of [Venezuelans] entering through the port was under 100 weekly,” said Shankar Teelucksingh, the councillor for Cedros. “Today we have over 1,500. And that’s just what we can keep track of — that excludes the ones that come into the country illegally.”

Roughly 3.4 million people have left Venezuela in recent years, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The large majority have gone overland to Colombia, Peru, and other South American countries. But proportionally, Trinidad and Tobago has received the most: an estimated 60,000 Venezuelans now live in the island nation, which amounts to more than four percent of its population.

And yet, of all the countries bearing the brunt of the Venezuelan refugee crisis, Trinidad and Tobago has done the least to address it. Venezuelans there can apply for refugee status from the UNHCR, which entitles them to stay in the country. But the government has not otherwise made significant efforts to integrate them or provide them with legal status.

Adults are not legally allowed to work, and children are not given the right to a public education. As a result, Venezuelans in Trinidad live mostly underground. The lucky ones find local residents who are willing to help them.

After months of living in overcrowded conditions with other families, Josué Campos and his family met a local school principal named Kelly-Ann Langdon-Pascal, who let them enroll their daughter for free in her small private school. Langdon-Pascal also rented them her basement apartment for cheap.

Campos and his wife now work odd jobs cleaning houses and on construction sites. “It’s tough, because you have to live in fear,” Campos said. “You’re working and you’re wondering if immigration is coming, if the police are coming. It’s not stable.”

Still, odd jobs in Trinidad are a better deal than a stable job in Venezuela: A day’s work in Trinidad is enough to buy food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Campos said. “With the minimum wage you get in Venezuela, you can’t even buy breakfast.”

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Rescued Sea Watch migrants arrive in Sicily

The 47 migrants aboard the Sea Watch 3 are checked in and registered by the Red Cross, UNHCR and the police as they arrive in the Sicilian port of Catania. The Dutch-flagged ship, which had been waiting off the coast of Sicily with people it pulled to safety in the Mediterranean on January 19, was finally given permission to anchor in Catania after six other countries agreed to take them in.

Number of vulnerable people increases at Greece-Turkey border

Greek authorities and the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) express “their concern” at the increase in migration flows at the Greek-Turkish land border, marked by the arrival of many vulnerable people, families and unaccompanied minors.

Jolie seeks support for Venezuelan refugees

(24 Oct 2018) UNHCR special enjoy Angelina Jolie visits Venezuelan refugees at the Peruvian border, calling the situation “predictable and preventable.” (Oct. 24)

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UN: Caravan susceptible to humanitarian crisis

(23 Oct 2018) As thousands of Central American migrants resumed an arduous trek toward the US border, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday warned of the urgent need to provide humanitarian assistance. (Oct. 23)

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Angelina Jolie visits Iraq’s devastated Mosul

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visits West Mosul, less than a year after the city’s liberation. The visit marks Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001. She arrives in the city on the second day of the Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Mosul

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited West Mosul on Saturday (), less than a year after the city’s liberation from the Islamic State group. (June 16)

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‘The worst is yet to come in Mosul exodus’ – UNHCR representative in Iraq

The western mainstream media are turning a blind eye to the plight of civilians suffering as a result of US-led coalition air strikes in Iraq, according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova. RT discusses the Mosul crisis with Bruno Geddo, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Iraq.

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People trapped in Mosul aren’t receiving enough help; situation ‘desperate’ – UNHCR spokesman to RT

Charity Oxfam International reports that 750 thousand civilians are still trapped in the western part of Mosul in dire conditions.Human rights groups have long been warning that civilians require more help than they are receiving.
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Fleeing to Rwanda: Burundi On The Brink (Dispatch 1)

Over 150,000 people have fled the small Eastern African nation of Burundi since political strife, intimidation, and unrest have plagued the country in recent months. Many of those migrants have sought refuge in neighboring Rwanda. Nearly 30,000 civilians are now living in Mahama refugee camp, one of the largest UNHCR camps built since the crisis began in April 2015.

A large number of activists, journalists, politicians, and opposition leaders have also fled Burundi for their own personal safety, settling in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.

VICE News stops through Rwanda en route to Burundi and speaks with young men at Mahama camp and an activist in Kigali about what life is like amid the current political crisis.

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