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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: United Nations agency mandated to protect and support refugees
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a United Nations agency with the mandate to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. UNHCR‘s mandate does not apply to Palestinian refugees, who are assisted by UNWRA.


World needs to prepare for 'millions' of climate displaced: U.N.

The world needs to prepare for millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate change, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday.
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Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

texas governor to reject new refugees, first under trump
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday...
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UN Refugee Agency honoured with Olympic Cup for sporting contribution

un refugee agency honoured with olympic cup for sporting contribution
IOC President Thomas Bach awards UN High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, with the Olympic Cup. © IOC/Christophe Moratal UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, was today awarded the Olympic Cup by the..
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UN refugee agency laments axing of 'life-saving' medevac laws

The UNHCR has urged the Morrison government to make a 'good faith effort' to evacuate refugees and asylum seekers in need of health treatment.
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U.N. refugees chief urges Greece to improve 'miserable' camp conditions

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees urged the Greek government on Wednesday to improve living conditions in migrant camps and said Europe must do more to protect unaccompanied children.
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U.N. Warns Migration Land Route Across Africa Twice as Deadly as Mediterranean

u.n. warns migration land route across africa twice as deadly as mediterranean
The United Nations Refugee Agency is warning that the migration land route across Africa is...
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Sadako Ogata: First female UN refugee chief dies at 92

Sadako Ogata had to deal with "constant humanitarian crises" during her time in charge of UNHCR.
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U.N. refugee agency expresses concern at Greek asylum plans

The United Nations refugees agency UNHCR expressed concern on Thursday about Greek proposals to overhaul laws affecting asylum seekers, saying they could weaken the protection of refugees.
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Desperate African refugees pay to get into Libyan jails: UNHCR

African refugees in Libya are so desperate that some are bribing their way into detention centers in the hope of eventually being resettled out of the war-torn, lawless country, the United Nations said..
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Migrant death toll in Mediterranean tops 1,000 for sixth year: UNHCR

More than 1,000 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year, the sixth year in a row that that "bleak milestone" has been reached, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.
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Lawlessness double displaced from NW Nigeria to 40,000: UNHCR

Worsening violence has doubled the number of people displaced from northwest Nigeria to some 40,000 over the past four months, the United Nations said on Friday.
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UNHCR hails African action for refugee evacuation from Libya

unhcr hails african action for refugee evacuation from libya
GENEVA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Filippo Grandi, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), on Friday welcomed this week's agreement with the African Union (AU) and Rwanda to set up a..
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U.N. refugee agency regrets U.S. ruling on asylum applications

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday that it regretted the impact that a U.S. Supreme Court order to curtail asylum applications at the U.S.-Mexican border will have on asylum seekers..
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African refugees held in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda: U.N.

African refugees being held in squalid conditions in detention in Libya will be evacuated to Rwanda under an agreement reached with Kigali and the African Union, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on..
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UNHCR says at least 40 feared dead or missing in shipwreck off Libya

About 40 people are feared dead or missing after the latest wreck of a boat carrying migrants bound for Europe off the coast of Libya, while about 60 people may have been rescued, U.N. refugee agency..
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Colombia Says International Aid Funding For Venezuelan Migrants Is Too Low

colombia says international aid funding for venezuelan migrants is too low
Colombia's foreign minister said international donations have been insufficient to help support the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans migrants compared to refugee crises around the world on..
WorldNews - Published

Myanmar/Bangladesh: Halt Rohingya Returns

myanmar/bangladesh: halt rohingya returns
The Myanmar and Bangladesh governments should suspend plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees until returns are safe, voluntary, and dignified, Human Rights Watch said today. With new repatriations set..
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Bangladesh, UNHCR to survey Rohingya regarding return to Myanmar

Bangladesh will work with the United Nations refugee agency to determine if more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees will accept Myanmar's offer to return home, an official said on Monday, nearly a year after..
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U.N. pleads for more help to relieve Venezuelan refugee crisis

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi appealed on Sunday for more humanitarian aid for Venezuelan refugees pouring into neighboring countries where they are overwhelming social..
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People rescued from migrant boat kept at Libyan centre hit by airstrike

people rescued from migrant boat kept at libyan centre hit by airstrike
UNHCR says Tajoura detention building is near frontline of fighting between rival factions The survivors of a migrant boat sinking in the Mediterranean in which up to 150 people are feared to have died..
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UNHCR says up to 150 people may have died in shipwreck off Libya

Up to 150 people are feared to have died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya, while another 150 were rescued and are being returned to Libya, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on..
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UNHCR commissioner Filippo Grandi, IMO director Antonio Vitorino demand freedom for migrants, refugees in Libyan centres

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and International Organization for Migration director Antonio Vitorino called for refugees and migrants held in Libyan centres to be freed and for..
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Jakarta Ready to Provide Temporary Shelter for Asylum Seekers

jakarta ready to provide temporary shelter for asylum seekers
Jakarta Government is ready to build synergy with Foreign Affairs Ministry and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide temporary shelter for asylum seekers from Afghanistan,..
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Bombed Tripoli migrant detention center being emptied: U.N.

A migrant detention center in Tripoli, hit by a deadly air strike last week, is being gradually emptied following a decision by Libyan authorities to release its inmates, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR..
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Heavy monsoon rains drench Rohingya sites in Bangladesh

heavy monsoon rains drench rohingya sites in bangladesh
Rohingya refugees rebuild walkways and riverbanks at Chakmarkul settlement in Cox's Bazar, after three days of continuous rain that caused flooding, landslides and damage. © UNHCR/Kamrul Hasan Three..
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40 killed as airstrike hits Libyan migrant detention centre in Tripoli; UNHCR condemns attack

An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants in the Libyan capital, killing at least 40 people, a health official in the country's UN-supported government said.
Firstpost - Published

Drowned migrants photo shows failure to tackle desperation, UNHCR says

A photo of a man and his young daughter who drowned on the U.S.-Mexico border symbolizes the failure to deal with their desperation, the U.N. refugee agency said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Canada Took In Most Refugees Of Any Country In 2018

canada took in most refugees of any country in 2018
Canada took in more refugees than any other country in the world in 2018, according to a United Nations report, knocking the United States from its position as global leader in resettling people..
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Record 71 million people flee homes as "major powers" fail, UN says

Report by UN Refugee Agency paints stark picture of impact as world powers fail to stop global crises "running out of control"
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Record 70.8 million people displaced at end of 2018: UN

record 70.8 million people displaced at end of 2018: un
More than 70 million people were counted last year as displaced from their homes, a record that underestimates the real number of refugees and asylum seekers, the UN said Wednesday. In its annual..
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More than 70 million displaced worldwide, says UNHCR

more than 70 million displaced worldwide, says unhcr
The number is the highest in the UN refugee agency's history.
BBC News - Published

More than 300,000 flee Congo violence in two weeks: UNHCR

More than 300,000 people have fled inter-ethnic violence in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since early June, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday, reporting on people on the..
Reuters - Published

Mediterranean will be 'sea of blood' without rescue boats, UN warns

mediterranean will be 'sea of blood' without rescue boats, un warns
The risk of migrants and refugees becoming shipwrecked in the Mediterranean and dying at sea is the highest it has ever been due to a lack of NGO rescue ships and the conflict in Libya hastening..
WorldNews - Published

UN: Venezuela exodus grows, Angelina Jolie to visit region

un: venezuela exodus grows, angelina jolie to visit region
CARACAS: The number of Venezuelans who have left their country in recent years has surpassed 4 million, the United Nations said Friday ahead of a visit to the region by UNHCR envoy Angelina Jolie. The..
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More Than Four Million Refugees Have Now Fled Venezuela

more than four million refugees have now fled venezuela
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said the number of Venezuelans fleeing their home country remains "staggering" on Friday as there are now more than 4 million Venezuelans living abroad,..
WorldNews - Published

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