From the Field
UNHCR has a global network of information officers and others who report daily on the agency's varied activities on behalf of uprooted people around the world. This information is released locally to media and others, or sent to Geneva headquarters for editing before it is released in the form of press releases, web stories or by the UNHCR spokesperson at twice-weekly briefings at the Palais des Nations, the UN's European headquarters. UNHCR's presence in more than 125 countries, including in some of the most remote and difficult places on Earth, gives it access to news and information that are not available from anyone else. Our global communications network strives to provide timely, accurate and newsworthy information on all of the UNHCR's activities to generate awareness of and support for the refugee cause. First-hand reports, feature stories and graphics from distant field operations as well as from Geneva headquarters and world capitals are posted daily on the UNHCR website, making it an authoritative source on some of the biggest news events of the day.
Yusuf and Omar fled war in Iraq – only to find a different conflict engulfing their safe haven in Ukraine. Now they are in Hungary and hope for safety in Western Europe.
Larissa and her daughter lived in Shyrokyno, a small town on the Azov Sea. Once there were 1,000 people there. Now only six are left.
Moussa set off to visit family in the northern Nigerian town of Baga. He ended up fleeing for his life, seeking shelter in neighbouring Chad and finding a young wife.
The displaced come from villages caught in fighting along the border, and more continue to cross into volatile border zones which lie just south of Lake Chad.
More than 54,000 South Sudanese have been registered and some 37,000 identity cards produced since the programme began at the start of February
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Refugee information presented in twice-weekly press briefings in Geneva.
- New influx of Nigeria refugees into Cameroon, relocation operation being launched
- Sudan begins issuing ID cards for South Sudanese
- Côte d'Ivoire to host a decisive conference to end statelessness in West Africa
- New Central African Republic violence triggers new displacement, including into DR Congo
- As violence spills over to countries neighbouring Nigeria, UNHCR calls for urgent humanitarian access to the displaced
Current and archived UNHCR press releases.
- ECOWAS members adopt a Declaration on eradication of Statelessness in West Africa
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres - Written text of speech to the UN Security Council - 26 February 2015
- UNHCR welcomes the envisaged changes in the administrative detention of third country nationals
- UNHCR urges Europe to recreate a robust search and rescue operation on Mediterranean, as Operation Triton lacks resources and mandate needed for saving lives
- Update: Major tragedy in the Mediterranean confirmed, 300 migrants and refugees are missing