22 May 2017

Searching for Syria? Google and UNHCR offer answers to five top questions

New York/London/Paris/Berlin/Madrid/Geneva, 22 May 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Google are launching a powerful new website that gives global online audiences an informative and compelling insight into the Syrian refugee crisis, its staggering human cost and the world’s humanitarian response aimed at helping millions of Syrian families, forced from their homes by [...]

22 May 2017

UN refugee chief Grandi in Libya: UNHCR ramping up its humanitarian response

Geneva, 21 May 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today that it is stepping up its presence and programmes in Libya in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis resulting from conflict, insecurity, political instability and a collapsing economy in the North African country. Amid the increasing complexity of refugee and migrant movements through [...]

17 May 2017

Azraq, the world’s first refugee camp powered by renewable energy

Azraq, 17 May 2017 - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, switched on today the newly constructed solar plant in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp. Funded by the IKEA Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the solar farm has brought renewable power to a population that lived for two and a half years with only sporadic access [...]

16 May 2017

Over US$1.4 billion needed for South Sudan refugees in 2017

Geneva, 15 May 2017 - The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking USD 1.4 Billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to [...]

8 May 2017

More than one million children have fled escalating violence in South Sudan

Juba/Geneva/Nairobi/New York, 8 May 2017 – More than one million children have now fled South Sudan where escalating conflict is ravaging the country, UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today. “The horrifying fact that nearly one in five children in South Sudan has been forced to flee their home illustrates how devastating this conflict [...]

27 April 2017

Yusra Mardini appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Geneva, 27 April 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today announced the appointment of Syrian refugee and Olympic athlete Yusra Mardini as a Goodwill Ambassador. Since her selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Mardini has worked closely with UNHCR, highlighting with her own inspiring performances the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team and the wider [...]

27 March 2017

IGAD Summit: UNHCR appeals for continued and strong support to Somalia and countries hosting Somali refugees

Geneva/Nairobi, 25 March 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for support for efforts aimed at bringing greater stability inside Somalia, and to the countries hosting Somali refugees. Speaking at the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) Special Summit of Regional Heads of State on durable solutions for the protracted Somali refugee situation in [...]