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Over 1,400 lost their lives fleeing across Gulf of Aden this year, says UN agency

More than 1,400 people seeking to make better lives for themselves by making the perilous journey from the eastern coast of Africa to Yemen via the Gulf of Aden have died this year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported today.

Maltese lawyer presented with top UN award for aiding Mediterranean boat people

A Maltese lawyer who has fought for the rights of boat people fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea, sometimes at great danger to herself, was presented with the most prestigious United Nations refugee award last night, and immediately pledged to use the money to further her efforts.

Togolese repatriation from Ghana kicks off with help of UN refugee agency

A group of 176 men, women and children are the first Togolese refugees to return home from Ghana by road convoy with the assistance of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Maltese lawyer wins top UN refugee award for aiding Mediterranean boat people

A Maltese lawyer who has fought for the rights of boat people fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea, including victims of trauma or torture and survivors of sexual and gender based violence, sometimes in the face of great danger to herself, today won the most prestigious United Nations refugee award.

Two Swedes motorbike round world to highlight UN work for refugees, children

Two Swedes, one a student and the other a stockbroker, set off from Stockholm this week on a round-the-world motorbike trip during which they plan to raise awareness about United Nations work on behalf of refugees and children.

Top UN official lauds South Africa’s ‘progressive’ refugee policy

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres has commended the South African Government for its progressive policy on refugees and asylum seekers, including a commitment to ensure their access to basic services.

UN agencies seek funds to help hungry refugee children in Kenya

Three United Nations agencies today sought $32 million from donors to help cut malnutrition rates which they warned have reached “crisis levels” among children under five living in refugee camps in Kenya.

Ban Ki-moon calls for international solidarity with world’s refugees

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today marked World Refugee Day by issuing a global reminder to not forget the plight of the nearly 10 million men, women and children who are forced to leave their homes and a call for greater international solidarity to meet their humanitarian needs.

Iraq crisis spurs first rise in global refugee numbers in five years – UN

The number of refugees worldwide has risen for the first time in five years, largely because of the crisis engulfing Iraq, while the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has nearly doubled as well, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

UN agency issues recommendations on integration of refugees in Europe

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has issued a series of recommendations to help integrate refugees in Europe with the aim of enabling them to become productive members of society whether they stay or return home.