UN refugee agency opposes proposed Swiss initiative restricting refugee rights

Describing it as impractical and counterproductive, the United Nations refugee agency today said a new initiative in Switzerland would transform the country’s asylum system into the most restrictive in all of Europe if voted into law later this month.

UN's top refugee official meets Afghan President, tours camps for displaced persons

One day after meeting with the President of Afghanistan, the senior United Nations refugee official today travelled to Kandahar to assess the situation of displaced people in the southern part of the country.

Over 100,000 Afghans have repatriated from Iran, UN refugee agency reports

Just over three months after the start of a United Nations-backed programme to help Afghans return from Iran, the number of those repatriating has topped 100,000, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN agency resumes repatriation by sea of Sierra Leone refugees in Liberia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has resumed the effort to repatriate Sierra Leonean refugees from Liberia by sea, a spokesman for the agency said today in Geneva.

Over 50,000 Eritreans have returned from the Sudan, UN refugee agency reports

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported that the number of Eritreans repatriating from the Sudan has passed the 50,000 mark.

Clashes in Liberia prevent Sierra Leone repatriation: UN refugee agency

The planned return home of some 11,000 Sierra Leonean refugees stranded in Liberia has been put on hold, the United Nations refugee agency announced today.

Lack of funds could force UN refugee agency to cut operations in Afghanistan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that without fresh contributions, the agency will be forced to curtail its efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of Afghans returning to their country.

First group of Afghan refugees in Kyrgyzstan returning home with UN help

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun to transport Afghan asylum seekers in Kyrgyzstan back to their homes, the first of some 2,000 who had fled into Afghanistan's neighbouring country.

Returns of Afghan refugees exceed expectations, UNHCR reports

More than 800,000 people have returned to Afghanistan since 1 March in what has become the largest and fastest refugee return since Kosovo in 1999, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.

UNHCR welcomes Pakistan’s response to reports of abuse of Afghan asylum

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the Pakistani Government's quick response to reports that Afghan asylum seekers in the capital, Islamabad, and neighbouring areas have been suffering police harassment and other forms of discrimination.