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The Dadaab refugee operations are coordinated by UNHCR Sub-Office Dadaab, which also serves the three camps in Dadaab Sub-County. UNHCR Field Office Alinjugur is part of the larger Dadaab operation and covers Hagadera camp in Fafi Sub-County. Both UNHCR offices cooperate closely ... Kenya
More than 1 million refugees who fled war and persecution for the safety of Uganda are being verified in the biggest exercise of its kind in the history of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

So far in 2018, 3,636 refugees and migrants have been disembarked in Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard. The latest intervention took place on 16 March when 89 refugees and migrants were disembarked in Tripoli. UNHCR and its partner, International Medical Corps, assisted disembarked individuals with ...
At the end of last year, the business received a start-up grant from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Nada and Mohammad used the money to buy more books for the library and to publish their first homegrown product – a “creative diary” designed by Nada. “The publishing side is hard to start with. It needs ...
With a terminal illness and children who fled to Russia after the conflict began, Svetlana is among those who rely on Proliska, a partner of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. They help her to obtain medical treatment, heat her home, cook, clean, and be dealt with quickly at the pension office so that she does ...
It's the same for most of the refugees and migrants who arrive by sea as well as for the people who help them, including staff from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. “All the people of concern need interpreters,” explains Ali, who is fluent in Urdu, Farsi, Dari and of course Greek. “You're the bridge connecting ...

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with 30 humanitarian partners, is launching today an appeal for US$504 million, to assist the people forced to flee one of the world's most complex, challenging and forgotten crises in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). By the end of the year, it is ...
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Heavy rains, potential cyclones and adverse weather conditions are threatening to put more than one hundred ...
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working with partner organizations in western Uganda to support a growing number of people, most of them women and children, fleeing horrific inter-ethnic violence and sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). More than 57,000 refugees ...
BEIRUT, Lebanon – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Friday described the suffering of civilians in Eastern Ghouta as an appalling example of the human tragedy resulting from the conflict in Syria, which has now been raging for seven years. “The choice of the people in Ghouta is ...
We at UNHCR do very concrete work to advance these goals. In Lebanon, women represent over 50 percent of our outreach volunteers. In the Central African Republic, three centres are now helping displaced women to improve their literacy skills, address sexual and gender-based violence, and earn a ...
With support from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the World Food Programme, government officials began collecting fingerprints and scanning the irises of more than 1 million refugees. The purpose of the exercise is to ensure that all refugees are properly registered and receive the protection ...
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, distributed last week 8 water tanks to 7 different healthcare facilities located in the cities of Sabratha and Az-Zawiyah (60Km and 40 Km west of Tripoli respectively), in order to support medical facilities in providing their services to local communities and internally displaced ...
... humanitarian sector's ability to build new partnerships will be key to handling long-term displacement of refugees, Catherine Wiesner, regional refugee coordinator for Burundi at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told the Aid & International Development Forum Africa Summit in Nairobi, ...
The project tours international festivals and, with support from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Mohammed, 16, carries out workshops with Syrian and Iraqi refugee schoolchildren. Under his guidance, the children create buildings out of paper, which are transformed into a virtual city that they can then ...
During the Security Council briefing on Myanmar held in New York on 13 February 2018, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, stressed that the restoration of rights is key for refugees' voluntary, safe, and sustainable return to Myanmar. UNHCR continues advocating for the rights and ...
After nine days, the newcomers were able to build their own makeshift shelters with materials provided by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Among those Karim sheltered was 26-year-old Abul Manzur, who fled attacks by Myanmar troops and militia. He trekked for weeks in search of safety before finally ...

On arrival at the Ugandan border, UNHCR and its partners, including the non-governmental organization World Vision, identify unaccompanied children, interview them and determine their status. Because Kenyi is 17 years old, it was decided he was old enough to act as the head of the household and the ...
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today new measures to support the government of Uganda's refugee programme, including through a major biometric data verification exercise. “We are taking extremely seriously recent developments in Uganda. The refugee programme in this country is of ...
In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today reiterated its calls for the protection and safety of both the newly displaced and of hundreds of thousands civilians still trapped by fierce fighting and in need of aid. Among those escaping danger was Mohamad, ... Ghouta
The number of Anglophone Cameroonians seeking asylum in Nigeria has doubled since mid-January. Without urgent international support, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warns that their struggle for survival will be increasingly desperate. Anglophone Cameroonians began fleeing violence in October ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, is alarmed by a further deepening of the humanitarian crisis in Syria as fierce fighting in Eastern Ghouta, rural Damascus and Afrin in the country's northwest causes massive new displacement. In Eastern Ghouta alone, more than 45,000 Syrians have fled their homes in ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the launch of birth certification for thousands of Malian refugee children in Mbera camp, in south-east Mauritania. In a ground-breaking development for refugee protection in the country, the Mauritanian authorities have started issuing birth certificates for some ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging authorities in Rwanda to ensure safety and protection for refugees after protests led to the tragic deaths of at least five refugees and the injury of many others – including the members of the police force – on Thursday. We are shocked and disturbed at loss of ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has issued a stark warning as new displacement figures climb. According to the latest information gathered, as of 9 February, from partners, local authorities and community outreach efforts, some 85,000 people have been forced from their homes since December 2017 ... Ghouta
UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). □ In the refugee response, the main government counterparts are the Ministry of Interior and the Commission for Refugee Affairs (CRA). Ghouta
Since November 2017, UNHCR has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya. On 10 February, a flight departed from Tripoli evacuating 130 refugees to Niamey, Niger. A second flight departed on 13 February with 128 refugees onboard. With the cooperation of UNHCR's partners and ... Ghouta
BUDAPEST, Hungary – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, expressed today its dismay over recent additional restrictions at border crossing points, which have further reduced access to territory, for asylum-seekers and refugees. It also called the Government of Hungary to withdraw a proposed bill that ... Ghouta
Jacek Karnowski, the Mayor of Sopot, which is prepared to take more refugees and migrants. © UNHCR/Rafal Kostrzynski. By Helen Womack in Gdansk, Poland | 16 February 2018. The port city of Gdansk once led the fight for freedom from Communism in Poland. Now it is showing a new kind of solidarity – with migrants ... Ghouta
ANKARA, Turkey – UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Thursday praised Turkey's generosity in hosting more than 3.5 million refugees from ... Grandi described Turkey's inclusive legal framework towards refugees as a positive example that would help to shape UNHCR's drafting of a ... Ghouta
In 'A call to action: Protecting children on the move starts with better data', UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Eurostat and OECD together show how crucial data are to understanding the patterns of global migration and developing policies to support vulnerable groups like children. The Call to Action confirms ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Libya deplores the tragic truck accident near Bani Waleed, which left 19 refugees dead and 49 others injured on Wednesday, 14 February. The smuggler's truck reportedly drove into a large hole in the road and lost its balance being heavily overloaded with 180 people ... Ghouta
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 ... Ghouta
Former High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers, who had led the UN refugee agency from 2001 to 2005, passed away in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, yesterday. “Mr. Lubbers was a powerful advocate for refugees, displaced and stateless people, with a strong personal commitment to the refugee cause,” said ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed at the deportation of a Cambodian refugee from Thailand, despite the confirmation of her refugee status and her well-founded fear of persecution if returned to Cambodia. UNHCR understands that the refugee was taken from an immigration detention centre in ... Ghouta
Refugees remain anxious about the prospect of returns to Myanmar taking place in the near future. They reiterated that they will not consider going back to Myanmar unless questions of citizenship, legal rights, access to services and restitution are addressed. An MoU between the Government of ... Ghouta
In coordination with UN agencies and partners, UNHCR is responding to the needs of some 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDP) from Tawergha who recently attempted to return to their hometown. Following the Presidency Council's decree of 26 December 2017 indicating the start date for the return ... Ghouta
The UNHCR said migrants were particularly vulnerable to sexual attacks at the Moria camp on the island of Lesbos, and Vathy on Samos. "In these two centers, bathrooms and latrines are no-go zones after dark for women or children," spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters at a press conference in Geneva. Ghouta
UNHCR is particularly concerned for those that remain in areas close to hostilities in Taizz and Hudaydah. As a result of prolonged fighting in those two governorates, conditions continue to rapidly deteriorate, exposing people to violence and disease, without basic services. Most of those displaced in the ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the steps taken by the Ugandan government to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in government refugee programmes. Uganda's Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, initiated the probe after reports received by UNHCR and the World Food Programme ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is pleased to announce that for the first time ever refugee-made products will be on display at Ambiente, the leading ... the chance for a person who has fled war and persecution to offer something of beauty and style to the world,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees ... Ghouta
SEOUL, South Korea – UNHCR High Profile Supporter and refugee athlete Yiech Pur Biel carried a special message of peace as he arrived on the divided Korean Peninsula ahead the 2018 Winter Olympics. “Peace is the fundamental of everything that a state can do,” Pur told the audience during a talk in ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, helped in the selection process and the administrative procedures. A UNHCR report on refugee education showed that less than one per cent of refugees attend university, compared with 34 per cent globally. Higher education plays an important role in protecting young ... Ghouta
Spotting the potential signs of the disease and referring cases to medical facilities, as well as tracing families and neighbours who may also have been infected, are just part of the workload of volunteer programme run by Food for the Hungry and Medical Teams International, in partnership with UNHCR, the ... Ghouta
GENEVA – UNHCR launched an appeal today for US$391 million to support 430,000 Burundian refugees this year, saying more cash was urgently ... Launching the appeal, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said many important needs had not been met because of a shortfall in ... Ghouta
Following clashes in Aden, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, have resumed humanitarian activities with freedom of movement largely restored. Assistance to refugees and asylum seekers has restarted, including preparation for the eighth Assisted Spontaneous Return (ASR) for Somali refugees. Ghouta
SEOUL, South Korea – UNHCR High Profile Supporter and refugee athlete Yiech Pur Biel carried a special message of peace as he arrived on the divided Korean Peninsula ahead the 2018 Winter Olympics. “Peace is the fundamental of everything that a state can do,” Pur told the audience during a talk in ... Ghouta
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is gravely concerned about escalating violence in Ituri province of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), creating new displacement over the last four days. At least 30 people are reported to have been killed amid conflict between the Hema and Lendu ... Ghouta
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 ... Ghouta
Many villages have been burned to the ground in Ituri's Djugu territory, according to initial information by UNHCR monitors in the affected areas. Fighting among the two communities had previously devastated the region from 1999 to the early 2000s, leading to large scale internal displacement and refugee ... Ghouta


 

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