Record number of arrivals from Horn of Africa to Yemen – UN agency

Over 12,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Yemen by boat in October, the highest monthly total since the United Nations refugee agency began tracking the flow of between the Horn of Africa and Yemen nearly six years ago.

UN agency deplores deadly boat sinking off Indonesian coast

The United Nations refugee agency today called on the international community to cooperate more closely to deal with irregular migration after the deaths of at least nine people, apparently asylum-seekers trying to reach Australia, when their boat capsized off the coast of Indonesia.

Ban hails refugee champion Fridtjof Nansen as bearer of world’s conscience

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the renowned Norwegian explorer and refugee champion Fridtjof Nansen, on the 150th anniversary of his birth, as the very embodiment of the world’s collective conscience that brings succour to the downtrodden, the afflicted and the oppressed.

As key global treaty turns 60, UN urges better refugee protection measures

A top United Nations official today called for innovative ways to protect millions of uprooted people amid an environment where forced displacement has become increasingly complex and developing countries are struggling to host the large majority of the world’s refugees.

Protections must be enforced as part of Australia-Malaysia refugee deal – UN

The United Nations today stressed the need to ensure that protection safeguards are enforced as Australia and Malaysia carry out a refugee exchange deal aimed at curbing people smuggling and the dangerous boat journeys that lead to loss of life at sea.

UN refugee agency calls for better rescue measures after boat tragedy off Italy

After the drowning of more than 200 migrants earlier this week in the Mediterranean Sea, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is calling on the European Union to urgently put in place more reliable measures for rescues at sea.

Asylum-seeker numbers fall to almost half levels of a decade earlier, UN reports

The number of asylum-seekers seeking to live in the industrialized world continues to fall and is now almost half the level it was a decade ago, the United Nations refugee agency reported today as it released its annual snapshot of asylum trends.

Moldova: UN refugee agency uses ATM cards to distribute aid to beneficiaries

Asylum-seekers in Moldova can, beginning this week, receive their monthly subsistence allowances from the United Nations refugee agency through a debit card system that the agency has initiated to expedite the distribution of the cash support.

Fighting in north-west Pakistan may displace up to 90,000 people – UN refugee agency

The UN refugee agency today warned that military operations against insurgents in the north-west region of Pakistan known as Mohmand agency could displace up to 90,000 people by the end of February if the fighting intensifies.

UN agency welcomes Mexico’s new refugee law

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the entry into force of a new law in Mexico on the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers that now gives the country a legal framework that complies with international standards in this area.