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11 Mar 2021

Countries in North Africa are historically destinations for sub-Saharan and North African refugees and migrants, and they are at the intersection of a number of mixed migration routes, including the Western, Central and Eastern Mediterranean Routes. As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold worldwide in the first months of 2020, countries in West and North Africa implemented various measures to limit the spread of the virus, such as border closures between countries and partial or full confinements within countries.

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4 Mar 2021

The present report is provided as an update to my previous report on the activities of the United Nations system in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (A/74/677), which was issued in February 2020 in accordance with General Assembly resolution 72/284.The update provides a supplementary account of the progress made in 2020 in implementing the Strategy.

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25 Feb 2021

What kinds of information do migrants themselves rely on and does information save migrants’ lives and reduce vulnerabilities en route? In migration policy debates, migrant smugglers are often portrayed as those most responsible for putting migrants’ lives at risk. Yet, we question the problematic one-sided focus on the smugglers, highlighting how also local authorities, police and the military are key perpetrators and pose a real risk for migrants on the move.

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18 Feb 2021

The Gulf countries differ from other Middle Eastern countries with their high economic incomes and relatively low population. Despite their high economic incomes, there is no rich diversity ahead of the Gulf countries in terms of economic resource diversity. For this reason, the issue of diversifying the economic resources of the Gulf countries is of critical importance. In this context, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Qatar are leading economies in the Gulf region in terms of regional and international competitiveness.

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