asylum

UN refugee agency concerned over Austria’s new asylum policy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern about a new policy in Austria which bars some asylum-seekers from government-run shelters while their requests for protection are being processed.

Europe should support UN efforts to repatriate Afghans, Lubbers says

Citing a sharp drop in asylum applications in Europe, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) last night called on the continent’s leaders to invest more in UNHCR programmes to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees.

Europe not deluged by ‘bogus’ asylum-seekers, new UN statistics show

Responding to what it described as “somewhat frenzied” political debate in a number of European countries concerning migrants, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today issued new statistics showing a sharp drop in the number of people seeking asylum on the continent.

UNHCR concerned at reports of stowaways being denied hearing in European ports

The United Nations refugee agency today urged European countries to sort out the case of a pair of stowaways who, in an apparent attempt to seek asylum, have been travelling from port to port aboard a cargo ship for more than two weeks.

UN refugee agency welcomes European Union move to standardize asylum policies

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a new European Union (EU) policy towards asylum seekers as an “important step,” but also noted that the measure might lower some countries’ standards, particularly with regard to refugee employment.

UNHCR welcomes UN human rights mission to detention centre in Australia

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the news that a senior UN human rights official will visit an Australian detention centre where asylum seekers had recently staged two weeks of tense protests.

UNHCR urges Australia to review policy of detaining asylum seekers

While welcoming the end of protests in Australia's Woomera detention centre, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged Canberra to review its policy of detaining asylum seekers.

Security concerns must be balanced with asylum principles, UN refugee agency says

As new concerns have emerged in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks against the United States, an official from the United Nations refugee agency today urged governments to balance security needs with refugee protection principles.

UNHCR expresses deep concern over attacks on asylum-seekers in United Kingdom

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reacted with deep concern to the outbreak of vicious attacks on asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom over the past week, urging politicians and the media to deal responsibly with the issue.

Seven asylum seekers from DPR of Korea arrive in Seoul

Seven asylum seekers from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea who had sought help at the United Nations refugee agency's office in Beijing arrived in Seoul over the weekend, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).