16 March 2018

UN launches 2018 appeal for Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host communities: Joint UNHCR/IOM Press Release

16 March 2018 - United Nations agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis, a US$951 million appeal to meet the urgent needs of nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees and more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in the communities hosting them. Over the months since the outset [...]

9 March 2018

Syria conflict at 7 years: “a colossal human tragedy”

Beirut/Geneva, 9 March 2018 - The relentless suffering of Syrian civilians marks a shameful failure of political will and a new low in Syria’s long-running conflict, which this month reaches a depressing seventh anniversary, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Friday. “This seven-year war has left a colossal human tragedy [...]

7 March 2018

Her Turn: UNHCR report reveals critical gap in education for refugee girls

Geneva, 7 March 2018 - “Her Turn”, a new report from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, reveals that refugee girls at secondary level are only half as likely to enrol in school as their male peers, even though girls make up half of the school-age refugee population. Access to education is a fundamental human [...]

15 February 2018

Over 1,000 refugees evacuated out of Libya by UNHCR

Geneva, 15 February 2018 - Since November, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. On Tuesday, a flight departed from Tripoli bound for, Niamey, Niger, carrying 128 refugees and on Wednesday, a second plane took [...]

9 February 2018

Women and children threatened by sexual violence at refugee reception centres in Greek islands – UN

9 February 2018 – Asylum seekers are reporting sexual harassment and violence at some sub-standard reception centres on Greek islands – where even bathing during the daytime can be dangerous – despite Government measures to address the dire living conditions, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday. “In 2017, UNHCR [the Office of [...]

6 February 2018

Burundi risks to become a forgotten refugee crisis without support

6 February 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with its 26 other humanitarian partners, is today launching a funding appeal for US$391 million to support some 430,000 Burundian refugees during 2018. We are urging donors to step up support for desperate refugees who struggle to survive in neighbouring countries as efforts are falling [...]

2 February 2018

UNHCR warns monsoons in Bangladesh could put protection of Rohingya refugees at serious risk

2 February 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partners are ramping up efforts to mitigate some of the expected impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. The adverse weather conditions, including potential cyclones, could put tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees staying at the highly congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar [...]