18 May 2018

Thousands flee Central African violence into remote region of northern DRC

18 May 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed at new displacement in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where 7,000 Central African Republic refugees have arrived in under a week into a situation of little help and desperate need. The refugees, most of them women and children, are concentrated in [...]

10 May 2018

UNHCR resumes life-saving refugee evacuations from Libya

Geneva, 10 May 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, evacuated 132 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers out of Tripoli and flew them to Niamey, the capital city of Niger, on Thursday. This is the first group of refugees airlifted out of Libya since the UNHCR humanitarian evacuation programme was temporarily halted in early March, [...]

4 May 2018

Monsoon response effort in full swing as seasonal rains hit Bangladesh

Geneva, 4 May 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is rushing additional aid to Bangladesh where the first monsoon rains have been affecting Cox’s Bazar district and the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees there. The first of three scheduled humanitarian airlifts carrying additional shelter materials arrived in Bangladesh on Tuesday (1 May). [...]

24 April 2018

UNHCR and OECD launch action plan to boost refugee employment

Geneva, 24 April 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, launched today an innovative action plan to expand employment opportunities for refugees. The document not only identifies the challenges, opportunities and best practices in the integration of refugees to the labour market, but also offers [...]

10 April 2018

UNHCR alarm at escalating Syria humanitarian needs

Geneva, 10 April 2018 - With violence in several areas of Syria UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency today expresses its alarm at the civilian deaths this is causing as well as spiralling new displacement. This is on top of a humanitarian situation that is already desperate; Syrian civilians have more than suffered enough. Of [...]

16 March 2018

UN launches 2018 appeal for Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host communities: Joint UNHCR/IOM Press Release

16 March 2018 - United Nations agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis, a US$951 million appeal to meet the urgent needs of nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees and more than 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis in the communities hosting them. Over the months since the outset [...]

9 March 2018

Syria conflict at 7 years: “a colossal human tragedy”

Beirut/Geneva, 9 March 2018 - The relentless suffering of Syrian civilians marks a shameful failure of political will and a new low in Syria’s long-running conflict, which this month reaches a depressing seventh anniversary, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Friday. “This seven-year war has left a colossal human tragedy [...]