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 [...]

13 September 2017

UNHCR Chief Visits Hungary, calls for greater access to asylum, end to detention and more solidarity with refugees

Budapest, 12 September 2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called on Hungary to improve access for people seeking asylum and to do away with its so-called border “transit zones,” which he said are in effect detention centres.In Budapest, he met Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó and Interior Sándor Pintér and stressed that [...]

12 September 2017

UNHCR report highlights education crisis for refugee children

Geneva, 12 September 2017 - More than 3.5 million refugee children aged 5 to 17 did not have the chance to attend school in the last academic year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says in a report released today. These include some 1.5 million refugee children missing out on primary school, the report found, [...]

11 September 2017

Central Mediterranean situation: UNHCR calls for an additional 40,000 resettlement places

Geneva, 11 September 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called today for an additional 40,000 resettlement places to be made available for refugees located in 15 priority countries*along the Central Mediterranean route. “These 40,000 resettlement places, which will complement already existing commitments, will be crucial to help the most vulnerable refugees along the Central [...]

24 August 2017

As Europe refugee and migrant arrivals fall, reports of abuses, deaths persist

Geneva, 24 August 2017 - A newly compiled report by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, shows a decline in the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe in the first half of 2017. However, without legal means available to them many are still resorting to being transported by ruthless people-smuggling and trafficking networks, risking [...]

17 August 2017

UN Refugee Chief urges international recognition and support for Sudan

Khartoum, 17 August 2017 - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, paid his first official visit as High Commissioner to Sudan this week, at a time when refugees continue to flee the brutal conflict in South Sudan. He called on the international community to recognize Sudan’s long-standing tradition of hosting refugees and asked for [...]

17 August 2017

South Sudan refugees in Uganda pass 1 million mark, UNHCR renews call for help

Geneva, 17 August 2017 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today reiterating its call to the international community for urgent additional support for the South Sudan refugee situation and Uganda in particular, where the number of refugees from South Sudan has now reached 1 million. Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 [...]

4 August 2017

Refugee team competes in World Athletics Championships

Five athletes heading from Kenya to the IAAF championships in London will be the first refugees to take part in the competition. By Yvonne Ndege. Nairobi, Kenya, 3 August 2017 – Five refugee athletes are heading to London from Kenya to compete in the World Athletics Championships opening this week, the first time in the competition’s 34-year [...]

13 July 2017

Malala highlights education needs of Iraq’s displaced children

Hasansham, Iraq, 12 July 2017 – During her first visit to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday called for world leaders to invest in education for children in conflict stricken countries. “Education cannot be ignored. Especially for countries that are going through conflict. Education is a basic [...]