UN appeals for halt to Thai plans to deport thousands of Hmong to Laos

The United Nations refugee chief today called on the Thai Government not to deport around 4,000 ethnic Hmong to neighbouring Laos.

UN refugee agency calls for end to three-year detention of Lao Hmong

The United Nations refugee agency today called for an end the detention of 158 Lao Hmong, who have been held ever since they were rounded up in Bangkok for deportation three years ago.

UN launches phone-based food voucher scheme for Iraqi refugees in Syria

Food vouchers can now be sent to Iraqi refugee families living in Syria via text message, thanks to a new pilot project by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Kyrgyzstan takes steps to cut numbers of stateless people – UN refugee agency

Kyrgyzstan has agreed to adopt an action plan to try to reduce the large number of stateless people within its borders, the United Nations refugee agency has reported.

Late US Senator Ted Kennedy wins top UN award for aiding refugees

The late United States Senator Edward Kennedy has been awarded the most prestigious United Nations refugee award for his record of more than 45 years as an unparalleled champion of refugee protection and assistance.

UN officials pay tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations refugee chief today paid tribute to Edward Kennedy, the United States senator who passed away yesterday at the age of 77 after battling brain cancer, lauding his support for the Organization and his efforts to defend the rights of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Clashes in Somalia forcing more refugees across Gulf of Aden – UN agency

Fleeing escalating violence in the capital, Mogadishu, and central Somalia, thousands of Somalis are making the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden to begin new lives in Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Iranian Kurd refugees in Iraq relocated from no-man’s land to camp – UN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has shut down a makeshift camp, home to nearly 200 Iranian Kurds refugees, in the no-man’s land on the Iraqi-Jordanian border, relocating them to another site on Iraq’s border with Syria.

First group of refugees leave Chad for new lives in US – UN

As part of a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) programme, the first group of refugees has left Chad to begin new lives in the United States.

New UN office aims to help hundreds of refugees, asylum-seekers in Calais

The United Nations refugee agency said it plans to establish a full-time presence in the northern French port of Calais beginning in July to assist hundreds of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers who are living in “squalid” settlements hoping to cross to the United Kingdom.