UN refugee agency calls on Kenya to stop forced return of Somali asylum-seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today called on Kenya to stop the forcible return, or refoulement, of Somali asylum-seekers, after three people, who were wounded crossing the border while fleeing violence in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, were sent back.

Second group of stranded Sudanese leave Iraq for Romania, reports UN agency

A second group of Sudanese refugees, most of whom are fleeing strife-torn Darfur, have been evacuated from perilous circumstances in Iraq to a groundbreaking transit centre in Romania, from which they hope to be resettled in the United States, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN agencies team up to provide family planning for refugees in Thailand

Two United Nations agencies are teaming up to provide reproductive health care, including family planning information and services, for refugees living along Thailand’s border with Myanmar.

Refugee exodus across perilous Gulf of Aden soars by 70 per cent, UN reports

Over 50,000 people fleeing war and poverty made the nearly always perilous and sometimes deadly voyage in smugglers’ boats across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia last year, a 70 per cent increase over 2007, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. At least 590 drowned, often at the hands of the smugglers, and nearly 360 others went missing.

More attention must be paid to underreported conflicts, says top UN refugee official

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called for stepped up action to help victims of conflicts, rising in number worldwide, who do not receive international attention because they are not believed to affect global security.

Returning refugees to Afghanistan struggle to earn a living wage, say UN agency

Many Afghan refugees returning to their homeland in recent years, mostly from Pakistan, are struggling to make a living and to cope with their new surroundings, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).