Spain’s decision to take in stranded boat welcomed by UN Refugee Agency

Spain’s reported announcement that it will allow a boat to dock carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees that was originally turned away from Italy is a “generous display of solidarity”, the UN Refugee Agency said on Monday.   UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley spoke with Daniel Johnson.

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UN Gender Focus Special: Syrian refugee's story of survival

A young Syrian refugee woman’s remarkable story of surviving “one of the worst shipwrecks in the Mediterranean” has been told in a book written by the chief spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

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Doomed sea crossing survivors describe Mediterranean ordeal

Survivors of one of the worst ever tragedies at sea involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean, in which 500 people reportedly drowned, have begun to describe their ordeal.

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Boat victims died one by one, say survivors

Survivors of a boat tragedy that claimed the lives of 49 migrants have given graphic accounts of fellow passengers dying one by one, migration experts said Tuesday.

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At least 62 dead in deadliest boat tragedy in Red Sea this year – UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today that 62 people are confirmed to have died when their boat foundered while trying to cross the Red Sea from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, making it the deadliest sinking this year.

UN deeply concerned at rising deaths from boat accidents in the Mediterranean

The United Nations today voiced deep concern at the rising death toll from boat accidents in the Mediterranean Sea this year as increasing numbers of asylum-seekers and refugees make the journey on unsafe vessels, often at the hands of ruthless smugglers.

UN refugee agency voices concern at deaths at sea following Caribbean boat tragedy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has voiced concern at the recent deaths at sea after a boat capsized earlier this week in the Bahamas, the third such incident in the northern Caribbean since October.

UN agency regrets lack of transparency in Italy's return of boat people to Libya

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern after Italy sent some 230 people it rescued yesterday off the waters of Malta back to Libya before a proper assessment of their possible protection needs were carried out.

UN agency calls for action to save boat people off Malta

The United Nations refugee agency today called attention to the plight of over 50 people – including possibly a number of asylum-seekers – last seen aboard a boat off the south coast of Malta, and urged countries in the region to try to find them.

UNHCR expresses 'shock, sadness' at refugee boat sinking near Indonesia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today said it was "shocked and saddened" by the sinking of a boat carrying hundreds of asylum seekers off the Indonesian coast, saying 360 people died in the accident, the vast majority of them women and children trapped in the vessel.