UN agency reports surge in asylum seekers as Poland joins Schengen Zone

Poland has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers in the latter part of this year, particularly Chechens and Ingush from Russia, owing to fears that the country’s accession to the European border-free zone today will lead to stricter controls, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN expert lauds Mongolia’s treatment of asylum seekers from DPR Korea

A United Nations expert on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today praised Mongolia’s treatment of asylum seekers from that country and its cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the issue.

Asylum seekers need more protection in face of counter-terrorism measures - UN expert

Counter-terrorism measures in many parts of the globe disproportionately impact asylum-seekers, refugees and immigrants, a United Nations independent human rights expert said in New York today.

Slovakia: UN refugee agency signs agreement to assist asylum seekers

Pressing forward in efforts to ensure that asylum-seekers have access to European Union (EU) territory and asylum procedures, the United Nations refugee agency today announced that it has signed an agreement to monitor activities along Slovakia’s land borders and at its airports.

UN refugee agency protests over forced return of Chinese asylum seekers from Russia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has protested over the forced return of a Chinese asylum seeker and her eight-year-old daughter from Russia although they had both been registered by the agency as persons in need of international protection.