Asylum applications in Europe, 1st half 2000
Briefing Notes, 19 September 2000
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Kris Janowski – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 19 September 2000, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The number of asylum applications submitted in Europe in July 2000 (33,150) increased by 8% compared to June (30,790). The increase in Iraqi (47%) and in particular Iranian (50%) applications in July as compared to June 2000 is noteworthy. The increase in Iranian applications was recorded in a number of countries. The rise in Iranian applications in Slovenia between January and July 2000 is particularly noteworthy.
These yearbooks follow major trends in displacement, protection and solutions.
Standardized data on UNHCR's population of concern at country, regional, and global levels.
Numbers are important in the aid business and UNHCR's statisticians monitor them daily.
Asylum claims in industrialized countries
Afghan Refugees in Iran
At a recent conference in Geneva, the international community endorsed a "solutions strategy" for millions of Afghan refugees and those returning to Afghanistan after years in exile. The plan, drawn up between Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and UNHCR, aims to support repatriation, sustainable reintegration and assistance to host countries.
It will benefit refugee returnees to Afghanistan as well as 3 million Afghan refugees, including 1 million in Iran and 1.7 million in Pakistan.
Many of the refugees in Iran have been living there for more than three decades. This photo set captures the lives of some of these exiles, who wait in hope of a lasting solution to their situation.
Afghan Refugees in Iran
Global Trends 2013: UNHCR Releases Annual Refugee Statistics
The UN refugee agency releases annual statistics showing that more than 51 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2013, the largest number since the end of World War II. Half of the world's refugees in 2013 were children.
Iran: A New Life
Afghan refugees adjust to a new life in western Iran after being moved from their former homes in an area declared off limits.
Iran: Getting Care
Afghan refugee Sakhi needs dialysis treatment three time a week in the Iranian capital, Tehran. UNHCR helps cover his bills, but some people with other ailments are not so lucky.