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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 UNRWA.

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Refugee scholarship winner calls for more 'stories empowered by women'

21-year-old Syrian refugee, Joelle Sanounou, has received an Australia for UNHCR scholarship to study at the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School. Ms Sanounou said she hopes to see..
SBS - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
SBS - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - 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

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

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