Lebanon: as winter storm bears down, UN and partners ramp up aid for Syrian refugees

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are ramping up efforts to assist more than 800,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon who are facing the onslaught of cold weather, rains and snowfall as a massive winter storm named “Alexa” moves across the region.

Thousands flee Syria fighting to neighbouring Lebanon, UN agency reports

The United Nations refugee agency and other humanitarian partners have been working with Lebanese authorities to cope with the influx of an estimated 6,000 people who have arrived from Syria in recent days.

UN agency urges countries to ensure safe passage for Syrians fleeing conflict

With the numbers of Syrians seeking safety in Europe on the rise, the United Nations refugee agency said today it is concerned about difficulties displaced people face during their passage and at borders, including the risk of drowning at sea.

Thousands of Syrians stream into northern Iraq via new bridge, reports UN agency

Thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their homeland have streamed into northern Iraq in a sudden movement across a recently constructed bridge, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN agency welcomes Kenyan ruling upholding rights of urban refugees

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the ruling of the High Court of Kenya which upholds the asylum right of refugees living in urban areas, and expressed hope that the Government will implement the decision quickly and resume legal services to this vulnerable group.

UN agency concerned over detention of Syrian refugees in Egypt

The United Nations today voiced concern over the detention of an increasing number of Syrian refugees in Egypt, including several minors, amid growing anti-Syrian sentiment in the country.

As Syrian exodus continues, UN official urges Europe to help shoulder refugee burden

The United Nations refugee chief today voiced concern about serious gaps in the protection of Syrians who are fleeing the conflict in their country and arriving in Europe, and urged a more generous and consistent approach as they seek shelter and asylum.

In Lebanon, UN officials get first-hand look at plight of Palestinian refugees from Syria

Senior United Nations officials learned about the many hardships facing Palestinian refugees from Syria during a recent visit to a camp in southern Lebanon, as well as the difficulties facing the UN agency assisting them owing to lack of funding.

UN agency concerned over new restrictions for Syrian refugees fleeing to Egypt

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is concerned about reports of a number of flights carrying Syrians being turned back from airports in Egypt, and reiterated its call on all Governments to admit and protect Syrians who have fled the conflict in their country.

As end of refugee status approaches, UN working to ensure proper closure for Rwandans

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is working closely with concerned Governments to bring to a proper closure the situation of Rwandans who fled their country before 31 December 1998, as the recommended end date for their refugee status approaches on Sunday.