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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.