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UN agency and migration organization join forces to return refugees to Timor-Leste

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) today announced the launch of a final push to help refugees return to Timor-Leste by the end of this year.

UN refugee agency says funding crisis may force cuts in operations

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned that a severe funding crisis could force the agency to halt a number of its operations unless donor governments provide immediate funding.

Governments endorse “Agenda for Protection” for Refugees at UN meeting

Delegates from the 61 governments which make up the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Executive Committee today endorsed a strategic framework that deals with many of the most controversial issues in the current global asylum debate.

UN refugee agency concerned over Austria’s new asylum policy

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today voiced concern about a new policy in Austria which bars some asylum-seekers from government-run shelters while their requests for protection are being processed.

Insecurity, approaching winter contribute to slower returns to Afghanistan, UN reports

Unstable security conditions in parts of Afghanistan, coupled with the approaching winter, are contributing to the significant downturn in the numbers of Afghans retuning home, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in Geneva today.

UN's top human rights official to visit China, Cambodia and East Timor

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today announced plans to visit China, Cambodia and East Timor later this month.

Marking World Refugee Day, UN urges focus on women’s needs and contributions

The United Nations today observed World Refugee Day, focusing attention on the contributions and needs of women, who make up the majority of those forced to flee, and urging States to protect them.

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today appointed famed Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani as the agency's newest Goodwill Ambassador.

UNHCR concerned at reports of stowaways being denied hearing in European ports

The United Nations refugee agency today urged European countries to sort out the case of a pair of stowaways who, in an apparent attempt to seek asylum, have been travelling from port to port aboard a cargo ship for more than two weeks.

UN refugee agency welcomes European Union move to standardize asylum policies

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed a new European Union (EU) policy towards asylum seekers as an “important step,” but also noted that the measure might lower some countries’ standards, particularly with regard to refugee employment.