Geographic Updates

North Korea: North Korea Locks Down Kaesong Over Suspected COVID-19 Case

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un placed the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea under total lockdown after a person was found there with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, saying “the vicious virus” may have entered the country, state … Continue reading

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UNHCR stresses urgent need for States to end unlawful detention of refugees and asylum-seekers, amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Australia: “Measures to tackle COVID19 do not justify arbitrarily detaining refugees and asylum seekers on arrival”. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling today on States to urgently release refugees and asylum-seekers who are being unlawfully  held in detention.  Instead, … Continue reading

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FEATURE: WINNERS OF UNHCR YOUTH WITH REFUGEES ART CONTEST ANNOUNCED

Launched in April 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNCHR’S first art contest encouraged young people aged 12-25 to reflect creatively on the theme: “everyone counts in the fight against the virus, including refugees.” One in four participants were themselves refugees or … Continue reading

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Indonesia and Malaysia: Indonesian migrant workers Facing hardship in Malaysia turn to Indonesian Government for Help

While Malaysia managed to flatten its COVID-19 curve with a strict stay-at-home order, a slowed economy has seen many migrant workers from neighbouring Indonesia struggle to feed themselves. As Indonesians — particularly women — face an increasingly desperate situation, there are … Continue reading

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THAILAND, MYANMAR AND CAMBODIA: MIGRANTS STRUGGLE TO RETURN ACROSS CLOSED THAI BORDER

Businesses have reopened and begun hiring after the government eased lockdown measures, but migrant workers who returned home and waited for the Covid-19 outbreak to clear are now finding themselves on the outside looking in, unable to re-enter Thailand. The … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Authorities Arrest Bangladeshi migrant who criticised Malaysian government on TV

Malaysian authorities say they have arrested a Bangladeshi man who criticised on television the country’s treatment of undocumented migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25-year-old will now be deported. In a documentary on Al Jazeera, Rayhan Kabir said the government discriminated against … Continue reading

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New Zealand Grants Refugee Status to Kurdish-Iranian Writer

New Zealand: New Zealand has granted refugee status to a Kurdish-Iranian writer, Behrouz Boochani, who was held for about six years in an Australian-run offshore detention camp, authorities said Friday. Boochani was detained on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island after he … Continue reading

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Morrison Government must accept New Zealand offer to provide safety for refugees due to COVID-19 crisis

New Zealand: New Zealand granting Behrouz Boochani asylum is a strong reminder to the Morrison Government that there is a viable solution to 7 years of failed asylum policy. The Morrison Government has an opportunity to resettle people in New … Continue reading

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South Asia’s Weakening Resilience in the State of Pandemic

Before Covid-19, the Spanish flu was the deadliest pandemic that hit the world, including the South Asian countries. It was estimated that around 18 million people died in this region due to that pandemic in 1920. A century later, the … Continue reading

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Refugees drawing strength from memories of war

Australia: (Featured) “When we look back at all we have faced – leaving Vietnam, through refugee camp, coming to Australia – this COVID-19 seems so small,” Nahn says. Refugees discuss how they have drawn strength from their past experiences to … Continue reading

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