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UN refugee agency criticizes Italy’s expulsion of African asylum seekers

The United Nations refugee agency today wrote to the Italian authorities criticizing the expulsion of a group of African asylum seekers at the centre of an international furore and voicing strong concern over the apparent disregard for accepted international and European standards and for the fundamental elements of due process.

UN refugee agency ‘deeply concerned’ for indigenous community in Colombia

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced “deep concern” for the safety of more than 1,200 indigenous people in northwest Colombia who have returned to the homes they fled in March because of fighting, calling on the government to protect them from irregular armed groups that still remain in the area.

Citing security concerns, UN refugee agency to close 13 Afghan border camps

Citing security concerns in the Afghan-Pakistani border area and improved economic opportunities in Afghanistan, the United Nations refugee agency will close 13 camps by September and encourage their 200,000 Afghan residents to return home.

UN refugee agency plans to launch $14 million appeal for seven African countries

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today introduced plans to launch a $14 million special appeal to assist seven African countries hit by unforeseen developments, ranging from serious floods to life threatening displacement.

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.