Russians become biggest group of asylum seekers - UN refugee agency data

Russians have overtaken Iraqis as the world's biggest national group of asylum seekers, but overall refugee numbers have declined over the first nine months of this year, the UN refugee agency announced today.

UN agency warns EU on ‘safe country’ proposals for refugees

On the eve of European Union (EU) talks on asylum procedures, the United Nations refugee agency today said it has warned member states that proposed legislation on so-called “safe” countries could “seriously compromise the protection of refugees.”

Asylum seekers in industrialized countries decrease in 2nd quarter - UN agency

The number of asylum seekers in industrialized countries decreased almost across the board in the second quarter of this year, with asylum applications from Iraqis seeing the most dramatic drop, the UN refugee agency said today.

UN refugee agency concerned by new US asylum policy

With worldwide anxiety over homeland security prompting governments to rethink their national immigration and asylum guidelines, the United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern that a new United States policy requiring mandatory detention of asylum-seekers based on nationality unjustly targets persons who themselves are fleeing conflict and human suffering.

China: UN agency seeks access to 48 asylum seekers from DPR of Korea

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has asked the Government of China for access to a group of 48 asylum seekers from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) arrested on Saturday.