UN refugee head travels to Africa to spotlight plight of returnees

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres left today on an eight-day mission to four African nations that will culminate in Liberia next week when he marks World Refugee Day on June 20 with some of the hundreds of thousands of returning refugees and displaced now struggling to rebuild their country.

New corporate investment scheme helps fund UN quake relief efforts in Pakistan

As part of a strategic move to broaden its donor network and engage in innovative fund raising by entering the capital market, the United Nations refugee agency has teamed up with two Swiss with investment companies in a scheme that will benefit its earthquake relief operation in Pakistan.

First Sudanese refugees from Ethiopia arrive home under UN programme

Slaughtering a white bull and holding prayers at the border, some 500 Sudanese refugees arrived home yesterday in the first such repatriation convoy from Ethiopia under United Nations agreements that eventually aim to bring home the vast majority of the nearly 360,000 Sudanese who fled two decades of civil war.

Top UN refugee official to visit Russian Federation

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) leaves tomorrow for the Russian Federation for consultations with Government, civil society and the UN country team on the asylum system, the situation of statelessness and internal displacement.

UN refugee agency launches two new initiatives in West Africa

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) is moving on two fronts in West Africa this week, in one case to regularize the status of newcomers from Togo in Ghana, and in the other to encourage long-term Liberian refugees in Guinea to return to their recently stabilized homeland.

International corporations pledge assistance to UN refugee agency

Following a week-long trip to refugee camps in Africa, top executives of five international companies have pledged to use their business expertise to help the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) in its global mission to help persons who have been forced to flee their homelands.

Slovenia’s new asylum law could jeopardize refugees – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today said new legislation in Slovenia could jeopardize people in need of international protection.

Deaths mount on Gulf of Aden smuggling route to Yemen: UN refugee agency

At least 70 people – mostly Somalis and Ethiopians – have died in the last week alone as a new wave of smugglers’ boats crossed the Gulf of Aden from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN agency renews appeal to stop deadly smuggling of refugees from east Africa

With dozens of boats reaching Yemen this week, some of them bearing corpses and evidence of horrific struggles, the United Nations refugee agency today renewed its appeal for action to stem the flow of people who fall prey to smugglers in their flight from Somalia and Ethiopia.

UN agency concerned about four Uzbek refugees detained in Kyrgyzstan

Officials with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) are calling on the Kyrgyz Government to refrain from any action aimed at forcibly returning four Uzbek refugees now in detention to their home country.