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  • First resettled refugees arrive in Portugal from Turkey

    news Joint UNHCR/IOM Press Release, 04 Apr 2019 (3 years ago )
    Joint UNHCR/IOM Press Release LISBON – Thirteen refugees from Syria and Iraq, including six children, arrived safely in Lisbon on Wednesday (03/04) after leaving Istanbul, Turkey as part of a Portuguese refugee resettlement programme for 2018-2019, supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and IO...
  • GREECE: UNHCR concerned at conditions in new refugee sites and urges that alternatives be found

    news UNHCR, 27 May 2016 (6 years ago )
    UNHCR is seriously concerned about sub-standard conditions at several sites in northern Greece where refugees and migrants were evacuated this week from the makeshift site at Idomeni, and urges the Greek authorities, with the financial support provided by the European Union, to find better alternati...
  • Germany: Confronting challenges at end of the road

    news UNHCR, 20 Oct 2015 (6 years ago )
    BERLIN, Germany (UNHCR) – Selwa sighed heavily sitting on a mattress with Renham, her energetic seven-year old daughter. The farmer abandoned her treasured land, livestock, fruit trees and two elder children, to make the dangerous journey from the Ghouta suburbs outside the Syrian capital Damascus, ...
  • Grandi concerned at reports of Balkan border closures

    news UNHCR, 24 Feb 2016 (6 years ago )
    LESVOS, Greece, Feb 24 – Europe is backing into an even greater refugee crisis by tightening border restrictions on the hundreds of thousands who have fled war and conflict in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. That was the message of UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi o...
  • Grandi warns of critical refugee bottleneck in Greece

    news UNHCR, 25 Feb 2016 (6 years ago )
    ATHENS, Greece, Feb 25, 2016 – Border closures in the Balkans may create an enormous and potentially critical refugee bottleneck in Greece, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has warned. Grandi spent most of Wednesday (February 24) in Athens. meeting the Greek prime minister Alexis ...
  • Greek Volunteers share UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

    news UNHCR, 06 Sep 2016 (6 years ago )
    The Hellenic Rescue Team and Efi Latsoudi of “PIKPA village” on Lesvos joint winners of humanitarian honour A 2,000 strong volunteer sea rescue team, credited with saving thousands of lives during the 2015 refugee crisis, and a passionate human rights activist who provided a safe haven for thousa...
  • High Commissioner Grandi urges more solidarity with Italy

    news UNHCR, 01 Jul 2017 (5 years ago )
    “What is happening in front of our eyes in Italy is an unfolding tragedy. In the course of last weekend, 12,600 migrants and refugees arrived on its shores, and an estimated 2,030 have lost their lives in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. Let me stress that saving lives remains a t...
  • High Commissioner Guterres to visit Greece

    news UNHCR, 09 Oct 2015 (6 years ago )
    This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 9 October 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. High Commissioner António Guterres is scheduled to begin a two and a half-day mission to Greece tomorro...
  • High Commissioner welcomes Turkish work permits for Syrian refugees

    news UNHCR, 18 Jan 2016 (6 years ago )
    ISTANBUL, Jan 17, 2016 – In a major shift of policy, the Turkish Government has published new regulations which will allow many of the 2.5 million Syrian refugees in the country to apply for work permits. Registered Syrian refugees who have been in Turkey for at least six months will be allowed t...
  • Horrified shipwreck survivors watched as hundreds drowned

    news UNHCR, 02 May 2016 (6 years ago )
    ATHENS, Greece, May 2 (UNHCR) – All Yasin Osman Ibrahim and his three-year-old son Abdulrahman could do was watch in horror as more than 500 migrants and refugees drowned two weeks ago, in one of the Mediterranean's worst shipwrecks in modern history. Clutching Abdulrahman to his chest, Yasin sto...