UN refugee agency helps Korean family seeking asylum in China

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is attempting to help a family from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea that requested asylum this morning at the organization's office in Beijing, China.

First ever World Refugee Day marked as UN urges to back institution of asylum

Observing the first ever World Refugee Day, the United Nations today highlighted the plight of people displaced by conflict and natural disaster and called for respect for the 1951 Geneva Convention, the bedrock of the international system for protecting refugees, which marks its 50th anniversary this year.

Under-funding forces UN refugee agency to cut back, refocus

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) announced today a 14 per cent reduction of its budget for 2002 through a stringent prioritization exercise aimed at refocusing its core activities, bringing down spending and ultimately improving funding.

UN refugee agency identifies new ways to help internally displaced people

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers today identified steps for a more coordinated international effort to help the world's estimated 20-25 million internally displaced persons (IDPs).

21 million people worldwide 'of concern' to UN refugee agency in year 2000

The United Nations refugee agency today released new statistics showing that the number of people of concern to the agency -- including refugees, asylum seekers and others -- stood at a approximately 21.1 million in the year 2000, or one out of every 284 persons worldwide.

If budget shortfall persists, UN refugee agency set to lay off staff, cut programmes

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is expected to slash programmes and staff positions to save money due to a funding shortfall of over $140 million this year, a spokesman for the organization said today in Geneva.

UN refugee chief on a 10-day visit to Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan

The top United Nations refugee official heads this weekend to Afghanistan, a country devastated by an active conflict, massive displacement of population, major human rights abuses, drought, a looming famine and an economy in shambles.