refugee

Student winner of UN journalism prize advocates spotlight on refugees

Returning from a trip to Romania, the winner of a United Nations competition for the best article on asylum-seekers among journalism students in Ireland said it was crucial for journalists to meet refugees and hear their stories.

UN refugee agency troubled by refugee protests in Yemen and Egypt

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over concurrent protests over living conditions, resettlement and other issues by Somali refugees in Yemen that turned violent leaving one person dead, and Sudanese refugees in Egypt where conditions at a sit-in are rapidly deteriorating.

New UN ‘Refugee Encyclopaedia’ launched to boost refugee protection

The United Nations refugee agency today launched the latest edition of its “Refugee Encyclopaedia,” a set of six CD-ROMs – or a single DVD – containing more than 90,000 full-text, searchable documents to help all those involved in refugee protection.

Raising public awareness can end intolerance towards refugees – UN official

The new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called on governments, civil society and the media to step up their efforts to encourage open-mindedness and combat radicalism on all fronts, as it was becoming increasingly difficult to preserve asylum and to protect refugees in an environment of growing intolerance and extremism.

UN agency urges Panama to grant refugee status to long-resident Colombians

The United Nations refugee agency has called on the Panamanian government to grant refugee status to 831 Colombians who have been living in the country under a precarious temporary status for more than six years.

Annan, UN agencies mark World Refugee Day

The United Nations marked World Refugee Day today with a tribute from Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the courage and perseverance of people uprooted from their homes, and with ceremonies at focal points around the globe, from Afghanistan to Uganda.

New refugee High Commissioner begins term

António Guterres started his term today as the head of the United Nations refugee agency by pledging his commitment to the protection of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons (IDPs) around the world.

General Assembly formally elects new refugee High Commissioner

The General Assembly today officially elected former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres as the 10th United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Former Portuguese Prime Minister proposed as next UN High Commissioner for Refugees

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today recommended to the General Assembly that former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres become the next UN High Commissioner for Refugees, with a three-year mandate beginning 15 June.

Eight candidates named to become UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Eight nominees have been short-listed to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), replacing former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers who resigned a month ago as chief of the refugee agency amid a media furore over allegations against him of sexual harassment, which he denied.