asylum

UN refugee agency urges European Union to protect asylum-seekers

The United Nations refugee agency has called on Germany, which takes over the European Union (EU) presidency for six months beginning 1 January, to take early measures on key refugee protection issues.

Uruguay’s new refugee laws earn praise from UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed Uruguay’s approval of laws containing guarantees on the processing of asylum claims and special provisions for the protection of women and children.

UN refugee agency calls on European nations to go further in asylum standards

Welcoming the entry into force across the European Union (EU) of minimum standards for granting refugee status, the United Nations refugee agency today urged countries to live up to their moral and legal obligations and maintain the highest possible asylum standards.

Fall in asylum applications in most industrialized countries continues unabated – UN

Asylum applications in most industrialized countries continue to drop, largely due to fewer people applying in Europe after the introduction of more restrictive policies as well as to improved conditions in some of the main countries of origin, according to latest United Nations statistics released today.

Lower number of asylum-seekers raises questions for industrialized countries: UN

In the last five years, the number of asylum-seekers arriving in all industrialized countries has fallen by half, according to preliminary annual figures released today by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who said this trend should spark reflection in the industrialized world about the fate of those in need of protection.

UN refugee agency puts spotlight on difficulties of asylum-seekers in Greece

Pointing out that few people have been granted asylum in Greece in comparison with its European neighbours, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today launched a country-wide campaign to express its concern that Greek authorities are discounting over 98 per cent of asylum applications.