asylum

UN agency hails draft law in Ireland that would speed asylum for refugees

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed a draft law in Ireland that would speed up the asylum process for people seeking protection in the country.

Slovenia’s new asylum law sparks concern from UN refugee agency

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has criticized Slovenia’s new asylum law which it says could lead to people being deported even before their cases have been properly evaluated and to the widespread use of detention.

UN agency reports surge in asylum seekers as Poland joins Schengen Zone

Poland has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers in the latter part of this year, particularly Chechens and Ingush from Russia, owing to fears that the country’s accession to the European border-free zone today will lead to stricter controls, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN expert lauds Mongolia’s treatment of asylum seekers from DPR Korea

A United Nations expert on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today praised Mongolia’s treatment of asylum seekers from that country and its cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the issue.

Asylum seekers need more protection in face of counter-terrorism measures - UN expert

Counter-terrorism measures in many parts of the globe disproportionately impact asylum-seekers, refugees and immigrants, a United Nations independent human rights expert said in New York today.

Slovakia: UN refugee agency signs agreement to assist asylum seekers

Pressing forward in efforts to ensure that asylum-seekers have access to European Union (EU) territory and asylum procedures, the United Nations refugee agency today announced that it has signed an agreement to monitor activities along Slovakia’s land borders and at its airports.

UN refugee agency protests over forced return of Chinese asylum seekers from Russia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has protested over the forced return of a Chinese asylum seeker and her eight-year-old daughter from Russia although they had both been registered by the agency as persons in need of international protection.

UN refugee agency urges European Union to protect asylum-seekers

The United Nations refugee agency has called on Germany, which takes over the European Union (EU) presidency for six months beginning 1 January, to take early measures on key refugee protection issues.

Uruguay’s new refugee laws earn praise from UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed Uruguay’s approval of laws containing guarantees on the processing of asylum claims and special provisions for the protection of women and children.

UN refugee agency calls on European nations to go further in asylum standards

Welcoming the entry into force across the European Union (EU) of minimum standards for granting refugee status, the United Nations refugee agency today urged countries to live up to their moral and legal obligations and maintain the highest possible asylum standards.