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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.

UNHCR welcomes launch of national refugee agency in Israel

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed the inauguration in Israel of a national agency to deal with asylum seekers.

UN internal investigation finds refugee agency staff in Kenya took bribes

A United Nations internal investigation has found evidence that staff members of the UN refugee agency illegally took bribes as part of a criminal conspiracy to bilk asylum-seekers in Kenya, according to a report released today.

More than 70 government ministers expected for upcoming UN forum on refugees

As the debate on migration-related issues is heating up around the world, over 70 government ministers are expected to attend next week's landmark meeting in Geneva on refugee issues, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN agency repatriates last group of Tanzanian refugees from Kenya

The last group of Tanzanian refugees who fled civil disturbances to Kenya earlier this year began repatriating by air this morning, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

UN refugee chief seeks to open new camps in Pakistan for fleeing Afghans

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today held talks in Islamabad on the possibility of opening new camps in Pakistan to accommodate the thousands of Afghans fleeing their country.

Security concerns must be balanced with asylum principles, UN refugee agency says

As new concerns have emerged in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks against the United States, an official from the United Nations refugee agency today urged governments to balance security needs with refugee protection principles.

UN refugee agency pays tribute to slain humanitarian relief workers

Honouring colleagues who have lost their lives while carrying out their work, the staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today called for more international efforts to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and the millions of people they help around the world.