Asylum requests in developed countries rose in first half of year – UN

Applications for asylum in developed countries rose by 17 per cent in the first six months of this year, with most of those seeking admission coming from countries with a history of population displacement, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN refugee agency condemns Sudan’s deportation of Eritrean refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today condemned Sudan’s deportation of Eritrean asylum-seekers on Monday, saying it was concerned with the increased frequency of such incidents and said they violated both international and Sudanese law.

UN agency presses for proper safeguards for children being sent from Australia

Australia’s plan to send unaccompanied minors seeking asylum to Malaysia lacks important operating safeguards for children, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Draft asylum law in Austria sparks concern from UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency voiced concern today about a proposed law in Austria that it said would further restrict the rights of asylum-seekers in the Central European nation.

Border control efforts must not encroach on needs of asylum-seekers – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern that States trying to prevent the entry of irregular migrants into their territories are doing so without establishing guarantees to ensure the protection of those in need.