20 November 2017

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Kristin Davis calls for urgent action for Rohingya refugee children

Dhaka, 20 November 2017 - Marking the United Nations Universal Children’s Day today, 20th November 2017, the internationally acclaimed actress and Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, Kristin Davis, is calling for global attention and funding to provide more life-saving aid for Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh. Davis, speaking today with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, [...]

17 November 2017

UNHCR concerned over Israel’s refugee relocation proposals

Geneva, 17 November 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seriously concerned by proposals announced yesterday by Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Under these proposals, Eritreans and Sudanese asylum-seekers and refugees would be compelled to accept relocation to countries in Africa or face imprisonment in Israel. The [...]

13 October 2017

Chile becomes latest country to resettle Syrian refugees

Geneva, 13 October 2017 - Chile has become the newest country to be resettling Syrian refugees. Sixty-six Syrians (32 children, 16 women and 18 men) arrived there yesterday from Lebanon, as part of a refugee resettlement programme led by the Chilean government with the support of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. In Santiago the [...]

9 October 2017

UNHCR brings help to refugees and migrants impacted by fierce fighting in Sabratha

Geneva, 9 October 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, delivered today a first batch of humanitarian assistance to refugees and migrants stranded in Sabratha, a city located some 80 km west of Tripoli and which has been the theater of three weeks of fierce fighting. “The situation remains very fragile and we are [...]

5 October 2017

UNHCR’s Volker Turk warns of threats to global asylum environment in key address

Geneva, 5 October 2017 - Violations of international refugee law, such as attacks by troops and families being driven back across borders, jeopardized the safety of people fleeing for their lives in 2017, UNHCR’s international protection chief said today. In a key annual address to the UN Refugee Agency’s annual Executive Committee meeting in [...]

28 September 2017

UNHCR saddened by reports of refugees drowning in the Bay of Bengal

Geneva, 28 September 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is saddened to have learned of a tragedy in the Bay of Bengal in which 14 Rohingya refugees are reported to have drowned when their boat capsized on Thursday trying to reach safety in Bangladesh. Among the dead were five girls, four boys and five [...]

27 September 2017

UNHCR calls for the EU relocation scheme to continue

Geneva, 26 September 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today urged EU Member States to promptly relocate all asylum-seekers eligible under the EU’s emergency relocation scheme and for it to continue beyond the two years originally planned. “Although the relocation scheme has only partially met what was originally foreseen to be achieved, with 29,144 [...]

18 September 2017

Visionary Nigerian teacher wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

Geneva, 18 September 2017 - Mediator who helped gain release of Chibok girls wins humanitarian honour for opening schools amid conflict in north-eastern Nigeria. Zannah Mustapha, a champion for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in north-eastern Nigeria to get a quality education, has been named the 2017 winner of UNHCR’s [...]

15 September 2017

UNHCR welcomes launch of Olympic Refuge Foundation

Geneva, 15 September 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today warmly welcomed the launch by the International Olympic Committee of the Olympic Refuge Foundation, with the aim of creating safe sport facilities and developing sport activities for refugee, displaced and vulnerable children. “UNHCR is fully supportive of this excellent initiative, which will improve [...]