16 April 2019

One year into Nicaragua crisis, more than 60,000 forced to flee their country

Geneva, 16 April 2019 - A year into Nicaragua’s political and social crisis, an estimated 62,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, with the vast majority - some 55,500 – seeking refuge in Costa Rica. Many – in what is overwhelmingly a refugee flow – have resorted to irregular crossings to avoid detection, often walking [...]

2 April 2019

UNHCR says Ukraine landmine risk needs urgent action

2 April 2019 - This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for increased efforts to address the dangers and legacy of [...]

8 March 2019

High Commissioner for Refugees visits Syria, assesses humanitarian needs

Damascus, Syria, 7 March 2019 - On his fourth visit to Syria as High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi assessed the massive humanitarian needs facing the population here. After eight years of war, he observed that the magnitude of the humanitarian problem is staggering, exacerbated by the millions of people uprooted from their homes. [...]

19 February 2019

Less than 5 per cent of global refugee resettlement needs met last year

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. 19 February 2019 - New data released by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency shows that despite record levels of worldwide forced [...]

18 February 2019

United Nations Seeks USD 920 Million for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis in 2019

Geneva, 15 February 2019 – United Nations aid agencies and NGO partners launched today (15/02) the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. The appeal seeks to raise USD 920 million to meet the massive needs of more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar and over 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in host communities. Critical aid [...]

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 [...]