UNHCR chief exhorts France to promote solidarity towards refugees in Europe

9 October 2017 - 8:00pm
PARIS – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Monday that France has a leading role to play in resettling refugees and managing migration flows in Europe. During a meeting with French...

UNHCR brings help to refugees and migrants impacted by fierce fighting in Sabratha

8 October 2017 - 8:00pm
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, delivered today a first batch of humanitarian assistance to refugees and migrants stranded in Sabratha, a city located some 80 kilometres west of Tripoli and which has been...

UNHCR readies aid amid fresh refugee surge in Bangladesh

8 October 2017 - 8:00pm
The UN Refugee Agency is rushing relief supplies to the border areas amid reports that an estimated 10,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh on Monday. This sudden influx follows the recent slowing...

UNHCR's Volker Turk warns of threats to global asylum environment in key address

3 October 2017 - 8:00pm
Violations of international refugee law, such as attacks by troops and families being driven back across borders, jeopardized the safety of people fleeing for their lives in 2017, UNHCR’s international...

UNHCR and Qatar Charity formalize cooperation agreement to support of global refugee programmes

2 October 2017 - 8:00pm
GENEVA – This morning, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Qatar Charity (QC) signed a cooperation agreement aimed at supporting UNHCR protection and assistance activities for refugees and displaced persons...

Nigerian Educator honoured at 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award ceremony

1 October 2017 - 8:00pm
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR today honoured Zannah Mustapha with the 2017 Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony in Geneva for founding a school in Maiduguri, Nigeria, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency. The...

UNHCR Statement

1 October 2017 - 8:00pm
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is profoundly saddened by the death of a refugee in East Lorengau, Papua New Guinea, today. Once again, such tragedy highlights the acute vulnerability of refugees and asylum-seekers...

UNHCR saddened by reports of refugees drowning in the Bay of Bengal

27 September 2017 - 8:00pm
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is saddened to have learned of a tragedy in the Bay of Bengal in which 14 Rohingya refugees are reported to have drowned when their boat capsized on Thursday trying to reach...

UNHCR calls for the EU relocation scheme to continue

25 September 2017 - 8:00pm
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today urged EU Member States to promptly relocate all asylum-seekers eligible under the EU’s emergency relocation scheme and for it to continue beyond the two years originally...

UNHCR Chief calls for stepped-up support for Rohingya Refugees, thanks Bangladesh for keeping borders open

24 September 2017 - 8:00pm
Dhaka - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today called for support to be ramped up for an estimated 436,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last month,...

UNHCR and League of Arab States sign agreement to address refugee challenges in the Arab region

21 September 2017 - 8:00pm
NEW YORK/CAIRO - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the League of Arab States (LAS) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at establishing a global cooperation framework for an effective response...

Strong compacts for refugees and migrants more urgent than ever

19 September 2017 - 8:00pm
Joint statement by UN Special Representative for International Migration and UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

UNHCR calls on DRC to protect refugees after tragic killings

18 September 2017 - 8:00pm
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to ensure protection for refugees and asylum-seekers after a shocking shooting incident in Kamanyola on September...

UNHCR Special Envoy lauds return of Somali refugees from Yemen

18 September 2017 - 8:00pm
133 refugees return from Yemen to Somalia by boat in maiden UNHCR-organized operation

Visionary Nigerian teacher wins UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

17 September 2017 - 8:00pm
Mediator who helped gain release of Chibok girls wins humanitarian honour for opening schools amid conflict in north-eastern Nigeria. 

UNHCR shocked over Burundians deaths in DRC, calls for investigation

15 September 2017 - 8:00pm
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is shocked and saddened over the violent death of numerous Burundian nationals – among them likely refugees and asylum-seekers, in Kamanyola, a town in the eastern Democratic...

UNHCR welcomes launch of Olympic Refuge Foundation

14 September 2017 - 8:00pm
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...

UNHCR welcome's Irish pledge to resettle an additional 330 refugees in 2018

14 September 2017 - 8:00pm
The UN Refugee Agency has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, that Ireland will accept an additional 330 refugees in 2018. "Ireland has again shown...

Rohingya emergency: U.S. action welcomed by UNHCR

14 September 2017 - 8:00pm
WASHINGTON - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, expressed gratitude Friday to the United States after funds it provided for emergency use were directed to deliver life-saving aid to Rohingya refugees who have...

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

11 September 2017 - 8:00pm
Budapest – 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...