UN High Commissioner for Refugees - updates

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Numbers tell staggering story of EU migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Where are these people coming from where are they going how many have died and how many will be allowed to stay?

ASHORE AT LAST. In this file photo, a migrant carrying his baby comes ashore along with other refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos on October 24, 2015 after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/AFP

At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:55 PM

General Ayoub Kacem says the boat s hull was completely destroyed and the survivors all men were found clinging to a floating device

UN wants $3.5B to support Syrian refugees in Turkey

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:46 AM

The figure of 3 5 billion for the next two years is part of a 4 6 billion package the UN is seeking to help refugees including those hosted by Lebanon Jordan and Egypt

In this file photo, Syrian children stand behind a fence at a refugee camp in the Kilis district of Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, on October 23, 2016. Ozan Kose/AFP

Antonio Guterres, tireless refugee champion

Dec 13, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Who is Antonio Guterres the man set to become the next head of the United Nations?

NEXT UN CHIEF. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres attends a press conference presenting the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) global overview 2014 report on May 14, 2014 in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe – UN refugee chief

Jun 19, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Refugees don t bring danger to us they flee from dangerous places says UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

epa05326034 A refugee boy looks out from the window of a bus as he waits to be transferred to a hospitality centre during a police operation at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 24 May 2016. The transport of refugees from Idomeni to the new accommodation centres started on Tuesday. According the refugee coordinating committee spokesman Giorgos Kyritsis, all the refugees will have been transferred in the next ten days adding that it will be a smooth relocation procedure and not a police sweeping operation. EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo

May 03, 2016 - 11:03 AM

One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia s human trafficking crisis hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution

IN LIMBO. This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Christophe Archambault/File/AFP

Canada fulfills promise to take 25,000 Syrian refugees

Mar 01, 2016 - 8:33 AM

The country is set to take in some 12 000 more refugees by the end of the year

In this file photo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks to a Syrian refugee child upon arriving at Toronto's Pearson Airport, December 11, 2015. Photo courtesy Canadian Prime Minister's Office

Italian diplomat Grandi to be new UN refugee chief

Nov 12, 2015 - 10:15 AM

The 58 year old diplomat will replace Antonio Guterres of Portugal who was UN High Commissioner for Refugees since 2005 a UN statement says

NEW REFUGEES CHIEF. A picture taken on December 6, 2012 shows then UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner Filippo Grandi speaking during an interview. Joseph Eid/AFP

Migrants stream into Austria from Hungary

Sep 05, 2015 - 9:47 AM

2nd UPDATE Hungary has become the newest flashpoint as hundreds of thousands of migrants try to cross its borders on their journey to Western Europe

HELPING MIGRANTS. Migrants sit in the railway station in Tatabanya 57 kms west of Budapest, Hungary, September 4, 2015, after some 200-300 migrants broke out of the Bicske train station. At Bicske in Hungary, police and interpreters on September 3, urged refugees and migrants to leave a train bound for the western town of Sopron and board 20 waiting buses to a nearby camp, but many were promptly brought back to the station platform. Photo by Balazs Mohai/EPA

Number of Syrian refugees tops 4 million mark – UN

Jul 09, 2015 - 1:33 PM

UN refugee chief: This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty

SUFFERING. In this file photo, a Syrian refugee family sits near the Syrian-Turkish border in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, south-eastern Turkey, June 16, 2015. Stringer/EPA

UN struggles in bringing aid to millions of Syrians

Jan 29, 2015 - 8:16 AM

The United Nations is also requesting 2 9 billion this year to fund aid operations for Syria after UN agencies received less than half of requested amount last year

PEEK-A-BOO. A Syrian refugee child peeks out of their tent at a refugee camp in the Suruc district near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 28 January 2015.  Sedat Suna/EPA

Syrian refugees rise by 704,000 in 6 months – UN

Jan 07, 2015 - 1:29 PM

The UNHCR also forecasts that the number of Syrian refugees could shoot up to 4 27 million by December

Record numbers trying and dying to reach Europe – UN

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:20 PM

More than 207 000 people have made the crossing almost three times the previous high recorded in 2011 with about 60 000 coming from war torn Syria says the UNHCR

A refugee is carried off an Italian Navy ship in the port of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy, 07 June 2014. Mike Palazzotto/EPA

Don’t forget 20K homeless after Yolanda – UN

Nov 08, 2014 - 3:00 PM

International organizations and humanitarian groups have credited the government for its competent and impressive rehabilitation efforts but notes that permanent shelter and livelihood remain urgent needs

UN pushes for shelters after Tacloban tent fire

May 29, 2014 - 8:03 PM

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees mourns the double tragedy that killed 7 Yolanda survivors including a 4 month old baby

WHAT'S LEFT. Six months after Yolanda, tragedy kills the homeless. Photo courtesy of Tacloban City government

Deaths, refugees and damage: Syria's crisis in figures

Apr 01, 2014 - 10:26 PM

Key figures follow on the casualties and damage in the conflict which started in March 2011

Over 15,000 Central Africa civilians at risk of attack – UN

Feb 25, 2014 - 8:24 PM

More than 15 000 people most of them Muslim are at present surrounded and under threat by armed groups UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards tells reporters

DISPLACED. A boy crouches on an airplane in the Christian Mpoko refugee camp on February 20, 2014 during sunset, in Bangui, Central African Republic. Photo by Fred Dufour / AFP

'Catastrophe of unspeakable proportions' in Central Africa

Feb 13, 2014 - 2:12 PM

UN commissioner for refugees: Massive ethno religious cleansing is continuing Shocking barbarity brutality and inhumanity have characterized this violence

UNFETTERED VIOLENCE. Members of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) lynch a man suspected of being a former Seleka rebel on February 5, 2014, in Bangui. Issouf Sanogo/AFP

UN appeals for record aid to address Syria crisis

Dec 17, 2013 - 8:21 AM

The UN s humanitarian agency OCHA which launched the appeal for emergency aid said the funds are needed for 2014

MORE VIOLENCE. Syrians look at the bomb damage allegedly caused by pro-government forces in a neighborhood held by rebel forces in the northern city of Aleppo on December 16, 2013. AFP / Mohammed al-Khatieb

French intervention in CAR dangerous but vital – Hollande

Dec 11, 2013 - 11:57 AM

France has deployed 1 600 troops to halt the sectarian tinged violence in the country

TALKS. A photograph dated December 6 and made available by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) on December 9 shows a French soldier speaking with locals during operation Sangaris, in Central African Republic. Photo by Denniel Melanie/EPA

Chance of a new life trumps risks for Afghan refugees

Oct 23, 2013 - 1:55 PM

Many Afghans are looking for an escape as more than a decade of international intervention winds down

White House presses case for Syria strike

Sep 08, 2013 - 1:05 PM

A US congressional panel posted videos of Syrian victims Saturday Sept 7 many of them children as the White House presses its case for a strike against Damascus

SYRIA DISCUSSIONS. Intelligence and diplomatic officials arrive at a members-only closed briefing on Syria for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives September 5, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Syria strike: Obama clears first hurdle

Sep 05, 2013 - 9:39 AM

As Obama s big hitters lobbied Congress in Washington the president used an appearance during a visit to Sweden to rally global support and to deny he is isolated

SEEKING SUPPORT. US President Barack Obama answers a question on Syria during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister after their bilateral meeting at the Rosenbad Building in Stockholm on September 4, 2013. AFP/Jewel Samad

End Syria 'cycle of horror', swamped neighbors, UN say

Sep 05, 2013 - 8:45 AM

UN MidEast diplomats: A political solution to end this cycle of horror is urgently needed

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres flanked by the ministers from Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan at the start of today's meeting in Geneva. © UNHCR/J-M. Ferre

Angelina Jolie visits Syrian refugees in Turkey camps

Sep 13, 2012 - 4:41 PM

Hollywood star and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie on Thursday September 13 visited Turkey s largest camp for Syrian refugees near the border where overjoyed thousands welcomed her

SPECIAL ENVOY. US actress and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie attends a press conference following a meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati in Beirut on September 12, 2012. The number of refugees who have fled Syria has reached more than 250,000, the United Nations said , calling the humanitarian problems sparked by the conflict "our biggest crisis". AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID

Syria foes bolster forces for long Aleppo battle

Aug 01, 2012 - 10:48 AM

Syrian troops and rebels poured into Aleppo on Tuesday as both sides battened down for the long haul on day four of a pivotal battle in the nearly 17 month conflict

BATTLE SCARS. A picture shows destroyed buildings in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on July 29, 2012. The battle between rebels and regime for Syria's second city Aleppo is a crucial fight that could determine the trajectory of the more than 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, experts say. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE TORRES

Tons of aid arrive today

Dec 23, 2011 - 7:35 AM

UN airlifts thousands of blankets tarpaulin and kitchen sets