30 January 2019

Six people died each day attempting to cross Mediterranean in 2018, UNHCR reports shows

Geneva, 30 January 2019 - Refugees and migrants attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea lost their lives at an alarming rate in 2018, as cuts in search and rescue operations reinforced its position as the world’s deadliest sea crossing. The latest ‘Desperate Journeys’ report, released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, [...]

30 January 2019

‘World’s deadliest sea crossing’ claimed six lives a day in 2018: UN refugee agency

30 January 2019 - According to a new report from the agency, an estimated 2,275 individuals drowned or went missing in the Mediterranean in 2018. This is despite the fact that Europe saw the lowest number of refugees and migrants arriving for five years, at 139,300, principally Spain (65,400), Greece (50,500) and Italy (23,400). “Saving lives at [...]

18 January 2019

Join global challenge to match refugees’ billion-mile journey

Geneva, 18 January 2019 – More than 20,000 Lost Boys trek hundreds of miles from southern Sudan to Ethiopia in a desperate search for safety after civil war broke out. One million Kosovars set off on foot across the barbed-wire strewn border to Albania and Macedonia fleeing conflict at home. Hundreds of thousands of [...]

3 January 2019

UNHCR and the World Bank opens data center on refugees in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, 3 January 2019 - A new data center aimed at increasing knowledge on the socio-economic dimensions of refugee situations and thereby improving policy and practice is on its way to Denmark. UNHCR, The UN Refugee Agency, and the World Bank have joined forces on the objective of improving global knowledge and data on [...]

19 December 2018

UNHCR welcomes agreement on migration compact

New York, Geneva, 19 December 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes today’s endorsement by the UN General Assembly of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This comes two days on from Monday’s agreement by UN member states to a Global Compact on Refugees. The decision formally endorsing the migration [...]

18 December 2018

States reach historic deal for refugees and commit to more effective, fairer response

New York, 17 December 2018 - UN General Assembly agrees on an innovative global framework to better serve the forcibly displaced and their host communities. In a historic decision, the member states of the UN General Assembly today agreed on a new international framework – known as the Global Compact on Refugees – that [...]

13 December 2018

UNHCR donors commit a record US$926 million in initial pledges for refugees, internally displaced and stateless people in 2019

Geneva, 12 December 2018 - Donor governments today pledged an initial US$926 million towards the work of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in providing protection and assistance to millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people worldwide in 2019. The pledges, made at an annual donor gathering in Geneva, amount to the highest [...]

11 December 2018

UN and partners launch plan to support Syrian refugees and countries hosting them as number of Syrian refugee new-borns reaches one million mark

Amman/Geneva, 11 December 2018 - United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 5.5 billion plan designed to support national efforts in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq deal with the continued impact of the Syria crisis. These neighboring countries have remained incredibly generous [...]

7 December 2018

First group of refugees evacuated from new departure facility in Libya

Geneve 6 December 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in coordination with Libyan authorities, evacuated 133 refugees from Libya to Niger today after hosting them at a Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in Tripoli which opened on Tuesday. Most evacuees, including 81 women and children, were previously detained in Libya. After securing their [...]