UN Goodwill Ambassador Jolie launches centre for refugee children in US

Thousands of children fleeing persecution around the world and arriving alone in the United States will now have better access to free legal counsel, thanks to a new national centre launched by United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie.

Over 100 feared drowned in people smuggling off Yemen, UN agency reports

More than 100 people are feared to have drowned in the past week while attempting to reach Yemen aboard smugglers' boats from Somalia, the latest in a series of similar tragedies that have caused an untold number of deaths in the past few years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Asylum seekers in industrialized world reach lowest level in 16 years, UN reports

The number of asylum seekers arriving in industrialized countries fell sharply for the third year in a row in 2004 to its lowest level in 16 years, a development that should undermine public campaigns that seek tighter controls on immigration, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN refugee agency, European Commission sign accords boosting cooperation on asylum laws

The United Nations refugee agency and the European Commission today signed two agreements to bolster their cooperation on the development of European asylum laws, and on policy and assistance for refugees both within the European Union and beyond its borders.

Refugees may be caught up in European crackdown on illegal migrants – UN

Concerned that genuine asylum seekers are mixed in with the flow of illegal migrants that the European Union (EU) is battling, the United Nations refugee agency, in cooperation with the European Commission, is launching a one-year project to gather essential information on migration through North Africa into Europe.

UN refugee chief calls on Europe to develop comprehensive strategy on asylum

European Union (EU) countries can improve the management of refugee problems by focusing on reinforcing protection in the regions of origin, building greater capacity in transit countries and improving the quality of the EU’s own asylum systems, according to the head of the United Nations refugee agency.

UN refugee agency hails Italy’s decision to allow stranded asylum-seekers to land

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the Italian Government’s decision to allow 13 Turkish asylum-seekers – who had been stranded for almost two weeks aboard a commercial freighter in the Mediterranean Sea – to land in Sicily.

UN refugee agency says Turkish asylum-seekers at sea deserve hearings

The United Nations refugee agency today appealed to Malta and Italy to facilitate hearings for 13 Turkish asylum-seekers, who were deported from Italy and are waiting on board a German-owned container ship near Malta as the vessel prepares to return to Turkey.

Number of asylum seekers in industrialized countries plunges to 1987 level

The average number of people seeking asylum each month in over two dozen industrialized countries has plummeted to a low point not seen in 17 years, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Asylum-seeker numbers fall again in first quarter of 2004: UN refugee agency

The number of asylum-seekers reaching the world’s developed countries fell again in the first three months of this year, continuing a downward trend documented over the past few years, according to new figures released today by the United Nations refugee agency.