In the midst of unprecedented levels of migration around the world, the UN Secretary-General has declared that “Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems to be not only on the rise but also becoming more socially and politically accepted.” The personal costs of xenophobia and discrimination are high,
The United Nations Department of Public Information has launched two new animated videos sharing the powerful stories of two young refugees. One of them highlights the dramatic story of Yusra Mardini, a young refugee from conflict-torn Syria who achieved her dream to compete in the 2016 Olympics.
The SRSG for Migration, Ms. Louise Arbour, participated on July 6th in an international conference on migration in Rome, featuring the foreign ministers of several EU countries , international organizations and the main African countries of transit.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registered a record number of 65.6 million displaced people due to conflict or persecution in 2016, including 6.9 million individuals displaced within the borders of their own countries and 3.4 million new refugees and new asylum-seekers.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world with almost 4 billion followers worldwide. It is also one of the most diverse sports. For example, La Liga, the top Spanish Soccer league, has 479 foreign players from 44 different countries.