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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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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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Thailand: COVID-19 does not stop Thai Church’s work on behalf of migrants and refugees

Work went on during pandemic despite “restrictions,” Catholic volunteer noted. Volunteers and some refugees helped to make masks and sanitisers. People in urgent need are “fragile,” said a priest in Bangkok. Health crisis has increased inequalities. Source: https://bit.ly/38Mu631

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Malaysia: Refugee Artists Pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in Fear of Xenophobic Backlash

Artists from refugee communities have decided to pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in light of heightened xenophobia, said to have spurred out of the Malaysian government’s pushback of Rohingya boats in fear of them bringing COVID-19. The authorities have also … Continue reading

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Myanmar: 23 COVID-19 Cases in Migrants Deported from Thailand

Myanmar has reported 23 cases of COVID-19, the most officially reported in a single day in the country, amongst a group of migrants held in quarantine after being deported from Thailand. The 23 migrants had been detained in Thailand’s detention … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Rise of Covid-19 Cases

17 New cases confirmed 30th May, bringing the country’s total to 228. The return of migrants from bordering areas continues, with more than 80,000 migrants returned since March, mainly from Thailand. All returnees are required to undertake testing at the … Continue reading

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Thailand: Warnings of a Second Wave of COVID-19 Resulting from Migrant Living Conditions

Health experts have warned Thailand is vulnerable to a second wave of COVID-19 due to the neglect of their large migrant labor sector. These fears follow after Singapore’s second wave of cases. initially being praised for their Covid-19 response and … Continue reading

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Japan and Thailand: Refugee Aid from Japan’s Contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand for the Prevention of COVID-19

The Government of Japan’s contribution of 450,000 USD to Thailand in aid of preventing COVID-19 is welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency.  The UNHCR Representative of Thailand states that this contribution will “allow UNHCR to share information on hygiene measures … Continue reading

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Thailand: Let UN Refugee Agency Screen Rohingya

(Bangkok) – Thai authorities should allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) unhindered access to Rohingya from Myanmar to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s inhumane policy of holding Rohingya … Continue reading

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Thailand: Crowded Conditions in Immigration Detention Centres

Authorities have reportedly started shifting immigration detainees to different facilities to assist social distancing but immigation detention centers remain crowded, risking risk of infection and no measures regarding immigration detainees in prisons have been announced. The Border Consortium released a … Continue reading

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