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  • UNHCR welcomes announcement of Independent Paralympic Team comprising two refugees

    news UNHCR, 26 Aug 2016 (6 years ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, warmly welcomes today’s announcement by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) of two refugees who will compete as a team in the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The participation of a first-ever refugee team in the Paralympic Games is an exampl...
  • UNHCR welcomes Libya’s transit facility to expedite third country solutions for vulnerable refugees

    news UNHCR, 29 Nov 2017 (4 years ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the decision by the Libyan authorities to set up a “transit and departure facility” in Tripoli for people in need of international protection. This initiative, which is supported by the Italian government, will facilitate the transfer of thousands of vulnerabl...
  • UNHCR warns over Mediterranean rescue capacity

    news UNHCR, 30 Sep 2018 (4 years ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is grateful to Malta for its decision to allow 58 rescued people from the NGO ship Aquarius to be disembarked, ending their ordeal after days at sea. We are also grateful to France, Germany, Portugal and Spain who have offered to receive these people from Malta. The ...
  • UNHCR warns of new humanitarian problems building at crossings from Greece into the Balkans

    news UNHCR, 24 Nov 2015 (6 years ago )
    This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 24 November 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. On Friday last week, UNHCR, together with our partners IOM and Unicef, expressed our shared concern at...
  • UNHCR warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece amid disarray in Europe over asylum

    news UNHCR, 01 Mar 2016 (6 years ago )
    Briefing Notes, 1 March 2016 This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 1 March 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR is warning today that Europe is on the cusp of a largely self-induce...
  • UNHCR warns of growing asylum crisis in Greece and the Western Balkans amid arrivals of refugees from war

    news UNHCR, 10 Jul 2015 (7 years ago )
    This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 10 July 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The number of refugees arriving in the Greek islands continues to rise, averaging 1,000 people daily. S...
  • UNHCR warns of deepening refugee crisis in Greece and calls for urgent and bold action

    news UNHCR, 07 Aug 2015 (7 years ago )
    Geneva, 7 August 2015 The UNHCR Directors of the Bureau for Europe and of Emergency, Security and Supply, visited Greece last week to assess the refugee crisis in the country, where some 124,000 refugees and migrants have arrived by sea this year – as of 31 July – mainly to the islands of Lesvos...
  • UNHCR voices concern about developments at border of FYR Macedonia and Greece

    news UNHCR, 21 Aug 2015 (7 years ago )
    GENEVA – The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is concerned about the increasingly precarious situation at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia), where force was used earlier today to prevent people from crossing. UNHCR is particularly worried about the ...
  • UNHCR viewpoint: 'Refugee' or 'migrant' - Which is right?

    news UNHCR, 28 Aug 2015 (7 years ago )
    GENEVA, Aug 27 (UNHCR) – With almost 60 million people forcibly displaced globally and boat crossings of the Mediterranean in the headlines almost daily, it is becoming increasingly common to see the terms 'refugee' and 'migrant' being used interchangeably in media and public discourse. But is there...
  • UNHCR urges suspension of transfers of asylum-seekers to Hungary under Dublin

    news UNHCR, 10 Apr 2017 (5 years ago )
    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today called for a temporary suspension of all transfers of asylum-seekers to Hungary from other European States under the Dublin Regulation. The Dublin regulation is an EU instrument that determines which European State is responsible for examining an asylum seeker’s a...