Resources on Migration

Today the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) expressed concern about the grave risks to refugee and migrant women and girls on the move in Europe. UNHCR, UNFPA and WRC conducted a joint field assessment of risks involved for refugee and migrant women and girls in Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in November 2015.

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For the first time since World War II, Europe is experiencing a massive movement of refugees and migrants, women, girls, men and boys of all ages, fleeing armed conflicts, mass killings, persecution and pervasive sexual...

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Place and mobility integrate the social and spatial dimensions of the environment that we live in and move between. As increasing numbers of people around the world are moving, both within national borders and internationally, a secure place for people on the move is essential, underscoring the importance of planning for rapidly growing cities that can integrate and support rural-urban migrants as well as the urban poor.

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As part of its commitment to the human and reproductive rights of women, UNFPA is one of many UN agencies working to bring to public attention to trafficking of women and children. More action is needed, however, and potential UNFPA entry points include (a) technical assistance and training to governmental and other agencies to increase their capacity to develop policies and other anti-trafficking measures; (b) counselling for victims of trafficking; (c) medical supplies and services, including reproductive health services, to victims of trafficking; and (d) awareness and advocacy campaigns.

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The present report responds to Decision 2011/101 of the forty-fourth session of the Commission on Population and Development that the special theme of the forty-sixth session in 2013 would be “New Trends in Migration: Demographic Aspects”.

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In 2013, the number of international migrants worldwide reached 232 million, an increase of 57 million, or 33 per cent, compared to 2000. Most international migrants reside in the developed regions (59 per cent). Europe hosts the largest number of international migrants (72 million), followed by Asia (71 million) and Northern America (53 million).

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The growing interest in and visibility of international migration and the 5-year review of progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals provided UNFPA with a good opportunity to convene an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to analyze the interface between International Migration and the MDGs.

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This publication is a compilation of technical reports by independent experts and representatives from governments, international agencies and NGOs, addressing the needs, challenges, opportunities and rights of female migrants.

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This handbook acts as a step-by-step guide for policymakers, responding to the gap between talk and action and giving practical meaning to the concept of Migration and Development. While the handbook does not prescribe a uniform policy or programme, it rather provides guidance, ideas and suggestions so countries can tailor-make an approach useful in their own context.

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