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.

Serbia’s only asylum centre now in Government hands after UN transfer

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has handed over Serbia’s only facility housing asylum-seekers to the Government, marking the final step in the transfer of responsibility from the agency, which was the sole body dealing with this group for over 30 years.

Iraqis leading the way in growing numbers of asylum-seekers, says UN agency

The number of people seeking asylum around the world is on the rise with Iraqis being by far the top nationality in search of safety, according to a report published by the United Nations refugee agency today.

Too many refugees denied their rights, despite recent gains – UN official

Far too many refugees and asylum-seekers still face intolerance and are denied their rights, even though the past year has witnessed some improvements in their treatment, according to the top protection official serving with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN refugee chief urges European Union to develop common asylum system

The chief United Nations advocate for refugees today appealed to European Union member countries to build a coherent and effective unified asylum system that will promote the rights of the migrants who arrive in the 27-member bloc and seek protection.