Syria refugees in Lebanon caught in debt cycle

Nearly 90 per cent of the over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are caught in a vicious debt cycle, according to the UN.

The almost five-year-long civil war in Syria has driven millions of people to find refuge in neighbouring countries like Lebanon.

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UN special envoy Angelina Jolie wraps up visit with displaced Syrians

On the last stop of a tour of countries neighbouring conflict-ridden Syria, United Nations special envoy Angelina Jolie on Sunday hailed the Iraqi Government's willingness to host those who have fled the violence and said she hoped that all Syrians seeking asylum would be welcomed.

Iraqi painters’ work showcased by UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency is giving nearly two dozen Iraqi painters, most of whom are refugees, an opportunity to show their work and tell their stories to a wide audience.

UN rushing relief supplies for Somali refugees in Ethiopia

The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are sending staff and vital relief supplies to assist some 10,000 new asylum-seekers who have arrived in the Somali Region of south-east Ethiopia since the beginning of the year after fleeing insecurity in neighbouring Somalia.

Central African Republic refugees pouring into Chad in dire need of help – UN

Thousands of refugees from the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) have flooded into south-eastern Chad, fleeing renewed violence between the Government and rebel militia, the United Nations refugee agency announced today.

Egyptian actor appeals for funds to help UN feed Iraqi refugees in Syria

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin, an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has appealed for urgent funds for the agency’s operation in Syria which aims to feed some 360,000 Iraqi refugees by the end of this year.

Surge in number of people crossing sea to Italy from Libya, UN reports

There has been a sharp increase in the number of people crossing the sea from Libya to Italy this week, with over 1,000 people arriving after making the hazardous journey across the Strait of Sicily, the United Nations refugee agency announced today.

More than 200 boat people feared dead at sea, says UN agency

Over 200 people attempting a perilous voyage across the seas are feared dead or missing after separate incidents off Turkey, the Canary Islands and Yemen in recent days, the UN refugee agency said today, calling for concerted action to avoid such tragedies.

UN refugee agency launches dialogue on asylum and migration

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today convened an international meeting with the goal of better ensuring the protection of the 10 million refugees around the world.

UN agency seeks over $1 billion to assist millions of refugees worldwide

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – which relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions – today called for nearly $1.1 billion to assist the millions of refugees, as well as displaced and stateless persons, around the world.