15 July 2022


UNHCR survey finds refugees from Ukraine hope to go home

Refugees will need continued support until they are able to return.

GENEVA – The majority of refugees from Ukraine hope to return home as soon as possible but around two-thirds expect to stay in their current host countries until hostilities subside and the security situation improves, according to new findings published today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.



World population to reach 8 billion this year, as growth rate slows

15 November 2022 is predicted to be the day that the global population reaches eight billion. The projection is revealed in the UN’s World Population Prospects 2022 report, which also shows that India is on course to surpass China as the world’s most populous country in 2023.

The latest UN projections suggest that the world’s population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, before reaching a peak of around 10.4 billion people during the 2080s. The population is expected to remain at that level until 2100. 


UNESCO, UN report: Social media platforms play critical role in stemming online hate

‘As Holocaust deniers become more sophisticated, so must those who are working to fight this evil,’ says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder

NEW YORK – Reducing the large amount of Holocaust denial and distortion online requires effective action on the part of social media platforms, according to a first-of-its-kind report released today by UNESCO and the UN Department for Global Communications, in partnership with the World Jewish Congress.


Cascading global crises threaten human survival and the SDG roadmap is the way forward

New York, 7 July– The climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic and an increased number of conflicts around the world have placed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in jeopardy, according to The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022, released by the United Nations today.

The Report highlights the severity and magnitude of the challenges before us, with these cascading and intersecting crises creating spin-off impacts on food and nutrition, health, education, the environment, and peace and security, and affecting all the SDGs, the blueprint for more resilient, peaceful and equal societies.


Unilateral sanctions threaten scientific research and academic freedom: UN experts

GENEVA (7 July 2022) –UN human rights experts today raised concerns over expanding the application of unilateral sanctions into areas of scientific and academic research and publishing, after reports that academic research submitted by authors from sanctioned countries were being disqualified.

“We are gravely concerned at the growing negative impact of existing sanctions regimes on academic and scientific research, as well as on initiatives of international academic cooperation, adversely affecting the participation of scholars and academics from sanctioned countries,” the experts said.



ID-Art, INTERPOL’s first App, turns one year old

The App was downloaded more than 24,400 times in 170 countries

ID-Art, INTERPOL's first App, recently celebrated its first birthday. Over 365 days, the App was downloaded more than 24,400 times in 170 countries. The first 10,000 downloads were recorded in September 2021 and these reached 20,000 in April 2022.


Project CT-Tech

Leveraging new and emerging technologies in the fight against terrorism

Timeframe: 2022 - 2024

Budget: EUR 5 million

Donor: European Union

As new technologies become available for legitimate use, there is an increased risk that terrorist groups will exploit them for their own aims.


HOTSPOT: Using biometric data to strengthen border security

The HOTSPOT initiative uses biometric data to help detect foreign terrorist fighters and criminals who try to cross borders illegitimately. At the same time, it disrupts the networks that facilitate such travel.


Human trafficking: kidnapped teenager reunited with family after INTERPOL operation

Intelligence from Operation Weka II unveils Togo location of schoolgirl trafficked from Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – Police cooperation via INTERPOL has enabled Togo police to release a teenage girl from sexual exploitation and reunite her with her family in Burkina Faso.


Fugitive mafia boss extradited from Brazil to Italy

Brought to justice after 23 years on the run, Morabito was arrested in an INTERPOL-supported operation in Brazil last year.

Lyon, France: Rocco Morabito, a convicted Italian drug lord linked to the ‘Ndrangheta mafia, has been successfully extradited from Brazil to Italy, accompanied by Italian law enforcement officers belonging to the INTERPOL Cooperation Against ‘Ndrangheta (I-CAN) project.



Europol report: latest situational analysis on terrorism in the EU

Published by Europol today, the European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2022 (TE-SAT) provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date intelligence picture on terrorism in the European Union. 


514 employers linked to labour infringements identified across the EU

487 possible victims of different types of exploitation identified during EU-wide joint action week.

An EU-wide coordinated action week targeting human trafficking for labour exploitation and related offences took place between 15 and 21 June 2022. 


More than 130 arrests during EU-wide action against child trafficking

Law enforcement authorities identify up to 60 new suspects as well as around 130 potential victims

In a joint action supported by Europol, officers of the participating European law enforcement entities and labour inspectorate authorities arrested over 130 criminals and successfully identified around 60 new suspects.


11 arrests in Germany, Poland and the UK for smuggling migrants from Belarus into the EU

Europol’s Operational Task Force Flow targets the increase of migrant smuggling activities along the EU-Belarus border.

A cross-border operation, coordinated by Europol and involving law enforcement authorities from Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and the UK, has led to the dismantling of an organised crime network smuggling migrants from Belarus into the EU. 



39 arrests in cross-border operation against migrant smuggling in small boats across English Channel

Three High Value Targets and prime suspects identified by Operational Task Force Dune arrested in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

Concerted work on several national law enforcement investigations across the EU has led to the dismantling of one of the most active criminal networks smuggling migrants across the English Channel in small boats.