UN releases massive new estimate of global refugee resettlement needs

The same day that Donald Trump called for a ban on refugee resettlement from Muslim countries, the UN Refugee Agency released its latest estimates of the number of people living as refugees who will need to be resettled to a third country. “The Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2017 report was released at an annual meeting in Geneva..The report says that despite increased resettlement quotas from some countries, expansion in global resettlement capacity, and increases in submissions, the projected number of people in need of resettlement in 2017 will pass 1.19 million. In response, UNHCR expects to submit 170,000 refugees for resettlement next year, based on the expected global quotas from resettlement states. This compares to a current target of some 143,000 in 2016 and more than 100,000 in each of 2015 and 2014 respectively. Despite the increase in quotas from states and submissions made, the gap in terms of needs remains great. In 2017, Syrians are projected to account for 40 per cent of needs, followed by Sudan (11 per cent), Afghanistan (10 per cent) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (9 per cent).” (UNHCR http://bit.ly/1WLVrZm)

Pope Visits WFP…Francis’ visit to the World Food Program was the first by a pope to the Rome-based agency that provides emergency food aid for 80 million people in some 80 countries in the world. The pope has repeatedly drawn attention to global indifference toward refugees, the poor and the hungry, and has made food security one of the cornerstones of his papacy, previously visiting WFP’s sister organization, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Francis said that while aid is often obstructed, weapons are trafficked freely. ‘As a result, wars are fed, not persons. In some cases hunger itself is used as a weapon of war,’ he said.” (AP http://yhoo.it/1WLUSyB)

It’s like Uber, but for navigating terrible traffic in the world’s sixth largest city… “The ride-hailing apps that are now part of daily life from New York to New Delhi and London are usually used to summon cars. Jakarta, the world’s sixth-largest urban sprawl and by some measures the most car-clogged, needed something different. In hindsight, the Go-Jek mobile app for hailing rides on motorcycles, to dodge and weave through traffic, was a no-brainer. But its sudden success over the past two years took even its founder by surprise. The app’s name is a play on “ojek,” the Indonesian word for freelance motorcycle taxis, now a rare sight in Jakarta after many drivers joined Go-Jek’s green-jacketed, GPS-coordinated ranks.” (AP http://yhoo.it/1WLWlVK)

Africa

Eritrea on Monday accused arch-rival Ethiopia of attacking its heavily militarised border, but officials in Addis Ababa said they had no knowledge of the reported fighting. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1tsSFfM)

Rwanda expelled about 400 Burundians back to their country accusing some of them of espionage and fuelling tensions between the two small neighbours whose relations have been strained by Burundi’s political crisis, an official said. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1Yo17bw)

Leading opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have organized themselves under one umbrella called “Rassemblement” or “Rally” to force President Joseph Kabila to leave power. (VOA http://bit.ly/1Ugqfhn)

Kenya’s parliament proposed giving the Supreme Court more time to hear petitions against future presidential votes, after weeks of protests by opposition parties accusing the main election body of bias. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1rmki8r)

A group of 26 Mozambique civil society organisations said on Monday $1.86 billion of government debt arranged by Credit Suisse and Russia’s VTB Bank was illegal and should not be paid. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1tsSbGt)

Kenya must relax its November deadline for sending some 350,000 Somalis home from the world’s largest refugee complex as parts of their war-torn nation are unsafe, the United Nations refugee chief said on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1Ugq71z)

Villagers re-located to a sprawling government-owned farm complex in eastern Zimbabwe to make way for the nation’s biggest diamond field are hoping that President Robert Mugabe’s move to take control of the valued resource will benefit them. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1rmnm4m)

MENA

Bahraini police detained a prominent activist during a raid on his home early on Monday morning, rights groups and the activist’s family said, part of a wide crackdown on dissent more than five years after the Arab Spring. (AP http://yhoo.it/1UgqLfx)

Iraq said Monday it had launched an investigation into possible human rights abuses against civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah as an aid group said more than 4,000 more people had left the city over the weekend. (AP http://yhoo.it/1UOTcOz)

Moroccan authorities said Tuesday they had arrested an Italian national on suspicion of plotting attacks in support of the Islamic State group. (AP http://yhoo.it/1Yo1CCo)

A Qatari court on Monday handed down a one-year suspended sentence for adultery to a Dutch woman that was drugged and raped in an upscale Doha night club. (VOA http://bit.ly/21iJeKl)

Asia

The Indonesian capital’s reputation as one of the most congested cities is typically not an advantage with investors. But one company has become the country’s most visible technology success with an app that relieves some of the pain of its maddening traffic. (AP http://yhoo.it/1UOStNA)

Police found a severed head in the southern Philippines on Monday and are examining whether it belonged to a Canadian hostage who is believed to have been beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants after a ransom deadline passed, officials said. (ABC http://abcn.ws/1WLWAjH )

A buying spree in the Asia-Pacific region propelled double-digit growth in the global arms market last year to a record $65 billion, defence analysts IHS Jane’s said Monday. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1Yo2nLG)

The United States is asking its allies helping with security in Afghanistan to maintain funding for Afghan forces at a cost of nearly $5 billion a year until at least 2020, a top U.S. military commander said on Monday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/28zKmi7)

Some 4.7 million children below the Bangladesh’s legal working age of 14 spend their days as restaurant servers, ticket collectors on public buses, construction workers, or laborers in garment factories and other hazardous industries, according to UNICEF. (AP http://yhoo.it/28zJs5b)

Campaigners say alcohol abuse fuels violence towards women and girls in India. But how would the state cope without funds from liquor sales? (Guardian http://bit.ly/1UgoMYA)

The Americas

A top Venezuelan opposition leader on Monday launched a tour of Latin American countries to rally support for his side in its bid to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1VVEGKa)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Puerto Rico can’t restructure more than $20 billion in public debt as it tries to overcome a decade-long economic crisis. (AP http://yhoo.it/28zMdn9)

America’s presidential rivals offered sharply different approaches for tackling extremism Monday after the Orlando massacre, with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump accusing Muslims of failing to report potential terrorists in their midst. (AFP http://yhoo.it/28zNZEG)

As Rio prepares to host the Olympic Games in August, rights groups are concerned that killings by police have increased by more than 50 percent in the past two years. In Rio state, 645 people were killed at the hands of police last year and more than 100 people have been killed by Rio police so far this year. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1tsQ3hQ)

A senior American official on Monday reaffirmed White House support for a treaty banning nuclear testing worldwide and urged other countries to move it toward its long-delayed enactment despite the “domestic political obstacles” keeping her country from ratifying it. (AP http://yhoo.it/1UOTdC5)

…and the rest

Police detained 34 volunteers in northern Greece Monday while clearing makeshift migrant camps along the border with Macedonia. (AP http://yhoo.it/1UOTIw2)

The U.N. human rights chief on Monday decried a “worrying rise” in detentions of migrants in Greece and Italy and urged authorities to find alternatives to confining children while asylum requests are processed. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/28zI0jf)

The United Nations said Monday it will try to resettle a record 170,000 refugees urgently in need of a new home next year as it grapples with an unprecedented displacement crisis. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1Yo1H9h)

Opinion/Blogs

The Orlando Massacre proves that anti-LGBT violence is a threat to international peace and security (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1U9DXWm)

Visualizing gun deaths – Comparing the U.S. to rest of the world (Humanosphere http://bit.ly/1Ugpi8Y)

The Muslim Silence on Gay Rights (NY Times http://nyti.ms/28zMpCV)

Everything you need to know about UK aid and the 0.7% spending pledge (Guardian http://bit.ly/28yOChO)

To lead on international development, it is vital that Britain does not isolate itself from the EU (New Statesman http://bit.ly/1WLT3BS)

‘Likes’ That Can Kill (Inter Press Service http://bit.ly/1ZLYCyi)

How to make Latin America’s most violent cities safer (Guardian http://bit.ly/28zJFp0)

Africa needs a sustainable solution to deal with cataract blindness (The Conversation http://bit.ly/1U9DpA1)

3 reasons why we can win the fight against poverty (TED Talk http://bit.ly/1U9CKyu)

Brexit and the Globalization Trilemma (Dani Rodrik http://bit.ly/1Yo6qI6)

The ‘internet of things’ is narrowing the gap between data and action (Devex http://bit.ly/1UP0O3P)

Everybody needs good neighbors: Australia’s immigration detention policies in a global context (DevPolicy http://bit.ly/1UP03aS)

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