15 February 2018

Over 1,000 refugees evacuated out of Libya by UNHCR

Geneva, 15 February 2018 - Since November, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. On Tuesday, a flight departed from Tripoli bound for, Niamey, Niger, carrying 128 refugees and on Wednesday, a second plane took [...]

9 February 2018

Women and children threatened by sexual violence at refugee reception centres in Greek islands – UN

9 February 2018 – Asylum seekers are reporting sexual harassment and violence at some sub-standard reception centres on Greek islands – where even bathing during the daytime can be dangerous – despite Government measures to address the dire living conditions, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday. “In 2017, UNHCR [the Office of [...]

6 February 2018

Burundi risks to become a forgotten refugee crisis without support

6 February 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with its 26 other humanitarian partners, is today launching a funding appeal for US$391 million to support some 430,000 Burundian refugees during 2018. We are urging donors to step up support for desperate refugees who struggle to survive in neighbouring countries as efforts are falling [...]

2 February 2018

UNHCR warns monsoons in Bangladesh could put protection of Rohingya refugees at serious risk

2 February 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its partners are ramping up efforts to mitigate some of the expected impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. The adverse weather conditions, including potential cyclones, could put tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees staying at the highly congested settlements in Cox’s Bazar [...]

30 January 2018

DRC Congo violence sees surge in refugees fleeing eastwards

Geneva, 30 January 2018 - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed by a recent surge in violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is driving large numbers of Congolese to flee eastwards to neighbouring Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda. Thousands of children, women and men have abandoned their homes, in [...]

23 January 2018

UNHCR steps up call for unhindered access in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State

Geneva, 23 January 2018 - Two months ago, the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed on an arrangement for the voluntary return to Myanmar of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees currently living in the Cox’s Bazar area in Bangladesh. The bilateral arrangement outlines important commitments by both governments to ensuring the voluntary [...]

22 January 2018

Global report: 10 most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2017

22 January 2018 -  Today the international aid organization CARE launched a new report highlighting 2017’s ten most under-reported humanitarian crises. The report “Suffering in Silence” found that the humanitarian situation in North Korea received the least media attention globally. While much media focus has been on nuclear brinkmanship, the humanitarian situation has been [...]

19 January 2018

Concern grows for women and children fleeing Cameroon

Geneva, 19 January 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. With the number of people fleeing English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria growing, UNHCR, the UN [...]