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 [...]

7 March 2017

UNHCR underscores humanitarian imperative for refugees as new U.S. rules announced

Geneva, 6 March 2017 - In light of today’s Executive Order regarding U.S. refugee resettlement, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, underscores that refugees are ordinary people forced to flee war, violence and persecution in their home countries and who remain in urgent need of life-saving assistance and protection. Commenting on the Executive Order the UN High [...]

28 February 2017

Refugees and migrants face heightened risks while trying to reach Europe – UNHCR report

Geneva, 27 February 2017 - In a new report, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, details the impact of the increased border restrictions introduced in 2016 on refugee and migrant movements towards and inside Europe. It shows that people continued to move but undertook more diversified and dangerous journeys, often relying on smugglers because of the [...]

21 February 2017

Yemen’s Brutal Conflict Pushing One Million Displaced to Return to Danger

Geneva, 21 February 2017 Unabated conflict and rapidly deteriorating conditions across Yemen are pushing millions of displaced Yemenis further into danger and adversity, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, warned today following the release of the latest data on the country’s displacement crisis. Since the beginning of the conflict in [...]

20 February 2017

Severe food shortages hit Africa’s refugees hard – UNHCR and WFP warn

Geneva, 20 February 2017 The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, are very concerned that critical shortages in food assistance are affecting some 2 million refugees in 10 countries across Africa. The shortages could worsen in coming months without new resources [...]

16 February 2017

UN City hosts Social Media Week with presentations by WFP, UNHCR and UNICEF Denmark

Social Media Week (SMW) is a leading news platform and worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world. Human connectivity is changing rapidly and SMW seeks to understand how humanity and technology will come together to change [...]

2 February 2017

UNHCR gravely concerned by intensified hostilities in Al Mokha affecting Yemeni civilians

Geneva, 1 February 2017 - UNHCR is deeply concerned about the plight of thousands of Yemeni civilians fleeing or caught up in heavy confrontations between the warring parties in the Red Sea districts of Al Mokha and Dhubab in Taizz governorate. Owing to ongoing military operations impeding humanitarian access, comprehensive displacement data is currently difficult to [...]