UN voices concern after Australia returns asylum-seekers intercepted at sea to Sri Lanka

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced deep concern after Australia handed over some 41 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka after intercepting them at sea, and highlighted its unease with shipboard processing of protection claims.

In Bulgaria, living conditions for asylum-seekers improves, but gaps remain - UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency applauded today the “significant efforts” made recently by the Bulgarian authorities and their partners to improve living conditions for asylum seekers in the country.

Industrialized nations see sharp rise in asylum claims, driven by Syria crisis – UN report

A new report issued today by the United Nations refugee agency found a sharp rise in asylum claims in 44 industrialized countries over the course of last year, driven primarily by the crisis in Syria.

Manus Island disturbance prompts UN call for ensuring protection of asylum-seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today highlighted the need to address “significant shortcomings” in the process by which Australia moves asylum-seekers to Papua New Guinea and called for a probe into recent incidents that reportedly led to the death of an asylum-seeker on Manus Island.

Australia: UN agency concerned by reports that asylum-seeker boats forced back to Indonesia

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) confirmed today that it is seeking details from Australian authorities about recent media reports of the navy forcing boats, presumed to be carrying asylum-seekers on their way to Australia, back to Indonesian territorial waters, as well as reports of plans to buy and provide vessels for future “push-backs.”

Australia’s transfer of asylum-seekers to Pacific islands faulted in UN reports

Asylum-seekers transferred from Australia to Pacific island processing centres, including survivors of torture and trauma and unaccompanied children, are living in arbitrary detention and harsh physical conditions that do not meet international standards, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN welcomes Bulgaria’s commitment to improve conditions for asylum-seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed assurances from the Bulgarian Government of quick action to fix dire conditions for those seeking asylum within its borders, as the country strains to cope with the increasing number of new arrivals.

UN agency concerned over record arrival of refugees, migrants to Yemen

A record number of refugees and migrants arrived in Yemen during the first half of this year, the United Nations reported today, while also warning that it is increasingly dangerous for people to make the trip by boat from the Horn of Africa, and once in the country, they face many challenges such as sexual abuse and exploitation.

Ukraine’s refugee asylum system needs further improvement, says UN report

Despite significant progress in recent years, Ukraine’s asylum system still requires fundamental improvements to increase fairness and protect people against forced return to threatening situations, the United Nations refugee agency said in a report released today.

Despite progress, UN finds faults with Australia's off-shore asylum processing centre

Despite recent improvements, conditions at an offshore processing centre currently housing 250 people seeking asylum in Australia do not meet international standards, the United Nations refugee agency said today, citing “continued and worrying shortcomings” at the facility.