UN voices deep sorrow at deaths of refugees in Indian Ocean boat tragedy

The United Nations refugee agency voiced “deep shock and sorrow” today after a vessel thought to be carrying Iranian and Iraqi asylum-seekers foundered on the coast of Australia’s Christmas Island, with at least 27 people reported dead, including children.

Swiss vote to expel convicted foreigners must not put refugees at risk, says UN

The United Nations refugee agency today called on Switzerland to abide by the policy of no forced returns in order to protect refugees and asylum-seekers amid this week’s vote on expelling foreigners convicted of serious crimes.

UN agency welcomes Serbia-Croatia agreement on refugee, return issues

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed an agreement reached between Croatia and Serbia to resolve their mutual refugee and return issues, and called on the two nations to ensure that it is translated into concrete action.

UN agency appeals for better protection for world’s stateless people

The United Nations refugee agency appealed today for greater efforts to help an estimated 12 million people worldwide who are considered stateless and left in limbo with limited human rights.

Protracted conflicts creating semi-permanent refugees, warns top UN official

Warning that “never-ending” conflicts are creating new semi-permanent refugee populations, a top United Nations official today called on governments to expand their efforts to ensure protection for the world’s 43 million forcibly displaced people.

UN and partners use new mobile phone application to enable refugees to trace families

The United Nations refugee agency is backing a pilot project to use a mobile telephone application to help locate and reconnect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Uganda with their families.

UN agency moves to assist Central Africans uprooted by rebel attacks

The United Nations refugee agency has moved to improve the plight of about 1,500 Central African refugees scattered along the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a spokesperson said today.

Georgia: UN refugee agency concerned over evictions of displaced persons

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed concern about the eviction by police in Georgia, during the months of July and August, of hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from State-owned buildings in the capital, Tbilisi.

British photojournalist wins UN prize for helping refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that it is bestowing its most prestigious award this year to British photojournalist Alixandra Fazzina for her dedication to pointing the lens at the overlooked human consequences of war.

Libya allows UN refugee agency to resume operations

The United Nations refugee agency has been allowed to resume operations in Libya, nearly three weeks after authorities in the North African country ordered the agency to stop work and close its offices.