Burundian refugee saga in Tanzania finally nears resolution, UN reports

The long saga of hundreds of thousands of Burundians who fled to Tanzania to escape decades of ethnic conflict in their small homeland is finally approaching its end with the last camps closing down as the refugees return home or integrate into the host country, the United Nations reported today.

Human smuggling across Gulf of Aden and Mediterranean Sea keeps rising – UN

The number of people illegally crossing the Gulf of Aden and the Mediterranean Sea is on the rise, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, as it confirmed that 12 people fleeing Somalia in the past week have been found dead on a beach in Yemen and 28 others remain missing.

UN and development bank partner to assist thousands of European refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) have partnered to find durable housing, education and health solutions for thousands of European refugees, displaced people and returnees.

Iraqis leading the way in growing numbers of asylum-seekers, says UN agency

The number of people seeking asylum around the world is on the rise with Iraqis being by far the top nationality in search of safety, according to a report published by the United Nations refugee agency today.

Too many refugees denied their rights, despite recent gains – UN official

Far too many refugees and asylum-seekers still face intolerance and are denied their rights, even though the past year has witnessed some improvements in their treatment, according to the top protection official serving with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Star-studded line-up to perform at UN-backed Pavarotti memorial concert

The star-studded line-up of artists performing at next month’s United Nations-backed memorial concert and ceremony in Jordan to honour the late Luciano Pavarotti was announced today by the Italian tenor’s widow at a press conference in Milan.

UN refugee agency helps Serbia develop new housing for displaced persons

The United Nations refugee agency is working with Serbian authorities and donors to build new public housing for people displaced by conflict and unrest in Kosovo and other regions and close Serbia’s collective centres for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Spanish TV presenter becomes Goodwill Ambassador for UN refugee agency

The prominent Spanish television presenter Jesús Vázquez has been appointed as the latest Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN agency concerned over refugee return to Laos from Thailand

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has written to the Thai Government expressing concern over the repatriation of 837 Lao Hmong from Thailand last Sunday, saying it has doubts as to the voluntary nature of the return.

Romania: evacuation transit centre to be created – UN refugee agency

An evacuation centre – the first of its kind in Europe – for those urgently needing international protection will be created in Romania, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.