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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.