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Thousands flee Syria for Turkey, escaping aggression between rival military forces – UN refugee agency

16 June 2015 – New fighting in northern Syria has forced 23,135 refugees – some 70 per cent of whom are women and children – to flee across the border into Turkey's Sanliurfa province, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


Greek islands under ‘tremendous strain’ as hundreds of refugees arrive daily – UN

16 June 2015 – More than 55,000 refugees have arrived in the Greek islands so far this year, with hundreds arriving every day in inflatable dinghies and wooden boats, putting a “tremendous strain” on the communities that receive them and worsening conditions for the new arrivals, the United Nations refugee agency said today.


Syria: UN special envoy arrives in Damascus for talks with Government officials

15 June 2015 – The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura has begun a visit to the capital, Damascus, following an invitation by the Government to visit the country, according to a spokesman for the Organization.


Remittances from Europe provide 'lifeline' to millions worldwide, says UN agency

15 June 2015 – According to a report released today by the Rome-based United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), migrant workers living in Europe last year provided a lifeline to more than 150 million people around the world by sending home $109.4 billion in remittances.


Welcoming progress on human rights, UN official urges action to bolster protections and end abuses

15 June 2015 – While 70 years of work by the United Nations has helped build a formidable system of rights protections, the nagging persistence of “everything else” – wars and ongoing deprivation – is deeply worrying, the top UN human rights official declared today, urging renewed action to promote economic and social rights for all and tackle pervasive discrimination and repression.


In Geneva, Ban says international community has ‘obligation to act’ for Yemen peace

15 June 2015 – The international community has not a moment to lose if it is to help end the fighting in Yemen and broker a lasting peace for the country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today as he urged stakeholders to “make the most of the momentum of opportunity.”