asylum

UN agency concerned over forced returns of asylum-seekers from central Iraq

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed its concern that some European nations have recently been forcibly returning asylum-seekers from central Iraq – which has witnessed serious human rights violations and continuing insecurity.

Iraqis top lengthening lists of asylum-seekers in industrialized nations – UN

Iraqis head the list of the growing number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries again this year, just ahead of people searching for safety from war-torn Afghanistan and Somalia, according to a report published by the United Nations refugee agency today.

Asylum systems in some countries ineffective, warns senior UN refugee official

Despite some improvements over the past year, asylum systems in some countries remain ineffective and unresponsive, the top protection official with the United Nations refugee agency has warned.

UN agency voices concerns as France dismantles migrant camp

The United Nations refugee agency has appealed to French authorities to consider the protection needs of individuals who had been staying in a makeshift camp in the northern city of Calais which the Government began to dismantle today.

UN refugee agency voices hope that France extends protection to asylum-seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced hope that asylum-seekers and children hoping to cross to the United Kingdom will be protected following the announcement that France will close makeshift settlements housing the undocumented foreigners.

UN agency voices concern after Greece closes camp housing asylum-seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced its concern about Greece’s decision to close down a makeshift camp in the city of Patras, and the fate of hundreds of asylum-seekers and refugees that are now homeless as a result of this weekend’s action.

Teens require better asylum procedures in Central Europe – UN agency

The growing number of teenagers independently seeking asylum in countries across Central Europe are often met with inadequate services, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Countries in turmoil fuelling rise in asylum applications, finds UN report

The number of people seeking asylum in industrialized countries rose in 2008 for the second year in a row, partly due to an increase in applications by people from Afghanistan, Somalia and other countries experiencing turmoil or conflict, says a new United Nations report.