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Ghulam Nabi Azad quits J&K Congress' Committee hours after being appointed its chairman | MK Stalin's DMK approaches Supreme Court challenging definition of freebies | In embarrassment for Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka minister says 'we're managing govt, not running it' | Delhi sees rise in hospitalisations after Covid spike, 8-10 deaths daily | Policemen, civilian injured in two separate grenade attacks in Kashmir

Dozens missing after migrant boat sinks in Aegean Sea – UNHCR

New York: Dozens of people are said to be missing after a boat of migrants and refugees sank in the Aegean Sea on Wednesday off the Greek island of Karpathos, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

IOM: Uptick in migrants heading home as world rebounds from COVID-19

New York: According to the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) 2021 Return and Reintegration Key Highlights published on Thursday, nearly 50,000 migrants were assisted to voluntarily return to their country of origin in 2021.

UN rights office in probe call, after Morocco-Spain migrant deaths, Texas tragedy, show need for safer pathways

New York: The deaths of at least 23 migrants seeking to reach Spanish territory from Morocco should be investigated urgently by both countries, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday, reacting also to reports overnight of of least 50 migrants found dead in a truck in southern Texas.

Belarus-Poland crisis: Human rights of trapped migrants ‘paramount’

New York: Amid growing concerns about the plight of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers at the Poland-Belarus border, the UN rights office and UN refugee agency on Friday urged all parties to respect human rights and refrain from using them for political ends.

Families of missing migrants, forced to search alone

New York: Urgent support is needed for tens of thousands of missing migrant families who are often forced to rely on smugglers and other informal networks, to trace loved ones, the International Organization for Migration's (IOM) said on Wednesday.

For 55 million displaced, status quo ‘not an option’

New York: Nationally-owned solutions must be found for more than 55 million people displaced within their own countries, according to a new report presented to the UN Secretary-General by the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, released on Wednesday.

Deadly ‘invisible shipwrecks’ plague migrants bound for Canary Islands

New York: A sharp increase in the deaths and disappearances of migrants at sea heading to Spain’s Canary Islands, along the West African coast, is a cause for “extreme concern” the UN’s migration agency, IOM, said on Friday.

‘Lifesaving’ protection for children in conflict must be central to pandemic recovery: UN official

New York: Protection for children caught up in war must be at the heart of the international agenda, including COVID-19 response, a senior UN official said on Monday.

Turkey: 11 irregular migrants from Pakistan held

Istanbul: As many as 11 irregular migrants from Pakistan were held in Turkey's northwestern Kocaeli province on Friday, media reports said.

Violence against smuggled migrants widespread, but justice is lacking: UN report

New York: Migrants smuggled across borders are often subjected to extreme violence, torture, rape and kidnapping, whether in transit or in captivity, but authorities take little action to address these offences, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report published on Monday.

Asia-Pacific: UN forum highlights central role of migrants in world’s most populous region

United Nations officials on Wednesday highlighted the contributions of migrants to economies and societies in Asia and the Pacific, calling on countries to ensure all who live within their borders are fully included in national coronavirus inoculation programmes.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Thousands of migrants lose shelter, after camp destroyed in fire

New York: The closure and subsequent fire, on Wednesday, at a migrant camp in Bosnia and Herzegovina has left thousands of migrants without shelter and protection, amid plummeting winter temperatures, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported.

CAR: UN chief condemns escalating violence during election campaign

New York: With a week to go until elections are scheduled to take place in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN is concerned about an escalation of armed attacks, amid reports that armed groups have taken control of towns near the capital, Bangui.

Integral to societies, migrants are central to COVID-19 recovery: Guterres

New York: The UN marks International Migrants Day on Friday, highlighting their essential contribution to societies everywhere, and underlining migrants' central role in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

ILO study finds migrants earn much less than locals, and the gap is widening

New York: The gap between wages paid to migrant and national workers is big and growing, and may widen further because of the pandemic, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a report published on Monday.