asylum

Tighter policing of European borders must not hinder access to asylum – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency today called on the European Union (EU) and its border agency, known as FRONTEX, to ensure that asylum in Europe is not being threatened in the drive for tighter policing of the continent’s external borders.

UN agency calls on Greece to carry out urgently-needed asylum reform

The United Nations refugee agency today called on Greece to urgently reform its asylum system, stressing that this will go a long way in improving what it described as a “humanitarian crisis” for those seeking protection in the country.

UN urges proper treatment of migrants after reported deaths in Saudi Arabia

The reported deaths of five Ethiopian migrants in a deportation facility in Saudi Arabia has refocused attention on the way asylum-seekers are treated, with the United Nations refugees agency recalling its appeal last month for the kingdom’s authorities to stop sending people back strife-torn to Somalia.

UN agency urges Australia to look for alternatives to detaining asylum-seekers

The United Nations refugee agency has urged Australia to look for alternatives to detaining asylum-seekers arriving by boat who pose no health or security risk to the public, after the Government announced it will reopen a remote facility to house them.

Claims of asylum inconsistently examined across European Union – UN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has found that among 12 European Union (EU) nations, there are inconsistencies in the way asylum applications are assessed.

Afghans top global list of asylum applicants in 2009 – UN agency

Afghans overtook Iraqis as the nationality with the largest number of asylum applicants in 2009, according to a report issued today by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Top UN refugee official welcomes Greece’s plans for asylum reform

The top United Nations refugee official today welcomed broad measures announced by the Greek Government to create a modern and effective migration and asylum system that fully respects human rights.