asylum

UN’s top refugee official says fight against terrorism must not infringe on asylum

The international community should join forces to fight intolerance, preserve the rights of people fleeing conflict, and help the more than 25 million internally displaced peoples (IDPs) around the world rebuild their lives without fear, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said today in Geneva.

Number of asylum-seekers in industrialized world continues to fall sharply: UN

The number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries has continued to fall during the first half of this year, maintaining the sharp downward trend that began in 2002, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Media figures on asylum in Italy ‘misleading,’ UN refugee agency says

Over half of asylum applicants in Italy whose cases were examined on their merits in 2004 were judged to be in need of international protection, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Number of asylum seekers arriving in industrialized countries continues to fall – UN

Continuing a downward trend in asylum numbers, fewer people have applied for asylum in industrialized countries in the first three months of this year compared to the last quarter and over same period in 2004, said the United Nations refugee agency today.

European asylum bill might lead to breach of international law, UN agency warns

Reiterating its “serious concerns” over new European Union (EU) legislation on asylum, the United Nations refugee agency today warned that without additional safeguards the measure might lead to breaches of international refugee law, and it urged Member States to adopt more favourable provisions.

UN moves towards resolving refugee situation in ex-Soviet Central Asian states

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that, together with Turkmenistan's government, it had completed the country's first ever registration of all refugees, in a major step toward resolving the situation arising from conflicts in nearby Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

UN refugee agency deeply concerned over recent actions by Italy, Switzerland

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced deep concern over actions by two European countries yesterday – Italy’s deportation of 180 people to Libya and Switzerland’s adoption of a new asylum law.

UN Goodwill Ambassador Jolie launches centre for refugee children in US

Thousands of children fleeing persecution around the world and arriving alone in the United States will now have better access to free legal counsel, thanks to a new national centre launched by United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie.

Over 100 feared drowned in people smuggling off Yemen, UN agency reports

More than 100 people are feared to have drowned in the past week while attempting to reach Yemen aboard smugglers' boats from Somalia, the latest in a series of similar tragedies that have caused an untold number of deaths in the past few years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Asylum seekers in industrialized world reach lowest level in 16 years, UN reports

The number of asylum seekers arriving in industrialized countries fell sharply for the third year in a row in 2004 to its lowest level in 16 years, a development that should undermine public campaigns that seek tighter controls on immigration, the United Nations refugee agency said today.