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UN refugee agency calls on Thailand not to forcibly return Myanmar nationals

The United Nations refugee agency today urged Thailand not to forcibly return a group of some 166 Myanmar nationals who fled their country amid renewed fighting and are currently seeking temporary protection from the Royal Government.

UN refugee agency appeals to Egypt to help secure release of abducted Eritreans

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced its concern about a group of some 250 Eritreans who have been held hostage for about a month by traffickers in the Sinai, and called on the Egyptian Government to intervene to help secure their release.

UN lauds Latin America’s declaration on refugee protection

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a landmark declaration by 18 South American countries to protect refugees, the displaced and stateless persons in the region, saying the proclamation was a model for other parts of the world to emulate.

Many refugees reluctant to return to Iraq, UN survey finds

Most Iraqi refugees living in Syria are reluctant to permanently return to their home country, according to a survey carried out by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Hundreds of Burundian refugees return home from DR Congo – UN agency

Hundreds of Burundian refugees crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to return to the country they escaped decades ago, kicking off a new series of voluntary returns, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

UN refugee agency sounds alarm after 16 migrants drown on Turkish-Greek border

The United Nations refugee agency today called on countries worldwide to do more to protect migrants trying to reach their destinations by river or sea after 16 people drowned this week while attempting to cross a river on the Turkish-Greek border.

UN agency announces milestone in resettlement of Iraqi refugees

The United Nations said today that 100,000 Iraqi refugees have been referred for resettlement from the Middle East to third countries since 2007, a major milestone for one of the world’s largest refugee populations.

On World Refugee Day, UN warns that many displaced are unable to return home

The United Nations is marking World Refugee Day by urging governments and individuals not to forget the 15 million men, women and children who have been uprooted by conflict or persecution and are unable to return to their homes.

UN voices concern about possible forced returns of Iraqis from Europe

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced its concern at reports that the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom are arranging deportations of Iraqi citizens back to Baghdad, Kirkuk and other violence-prone areas later this week.

UN agency urges Zambia to halt deportation of refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today urged the Zambian Government to halt the expulsion of refugees and asylum-seekers to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after 36 individuals were recently sent back.