DR Congo: UN-backed health insurance plan provides coverage for refugees

A $6,000-per-month United Nations investment in a pioneering health care scheme is paying significant dividends for nearly 1,500 refugees living in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who fled neighbouring countries.

UN refugee agency deplores forced return of Uighur asylum-seekers from Cambodia

The United Nations refugee agency has voiced deep distress at the forcible return of 20 ethnic Uighurs from China who had filed claims for asylum in Cambodia but whose cases had not yet been heard, saying it was part of a disturbing increase worldwide in such cases.

UN preparing to build 10,000 homes in Afghanistan to house returning refugees

The United Nations refugee agency is slated to build a further 10,000 homes in Afghanistan next year in a bid to ease the return of Afghans who have fled decades of violence in the war-wracked nation and encourage more to come home, a senior official told reporters in Kabul today.

Kenya: UN seeks urgent funds to respond to flooding in refugee camps

The United Nations refugee agency is appealing for $2.8 million to provide essential supplies and respond to possible disease outbreaks among more than 300,000 refugees in two camps in Kenya threatened by flooding.

UN refugee agency urges probe into alleged abuses at Greek detention centre

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed serious concern over recently reported violent incidents at a detention centre in Greece, and called for a thorough investigation into the matter.

Increasingly complex conflicts put aid efforts at risk, warns UN refugee chief

As global conflicts become more complex – involving State armies, militias and insurgents – humanitarian efforts are increasingly put at risk, the United Nations refugee chief warned today.

Kazakhstan: UN voices concerns over allegations of abuse of Uzbek refugees

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its concern over the temporary detention and alleged mistreatment of Uzbek refugees and asylum-seekers that took place last week in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty.

UN agency hails 40th anniversary of landmark African refugee convention

Today marks the 40th anniversary of an African refugee convention, which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) hails as “groundbreaking” for having paved the way for millions on the continent to receive protection and assistance.

At-risk refugees gain temporary sanctuary in the Philippines under agreement with UN

The Philippines has become only the second country in the world to be formally designated as a transit country for at-risk refugees on their way to resettlement elsewhere under an agreement reached by the United Nations and the Asian nation.

UN refugee agency shocked at conditions at Greek detention facility

The United Nations refugee agency said it was shocked by the conditions at a detention facility on the Greek island of Lesvos which was overcrowded and holding 200 unaccompanied children.