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.
Amid worsening violence inside Syria, UNHCR expects the number of refugees to continue climbing and put more pressure on host countries in the region.
Enrolment of Syrian refugees in state schools in Lebanon falls below a government target of 60- per cent, but a school in the north-east provides a model for the rest of the country.
In the first four months of this year, some 7,300 Ivorians returned home with UNHCR's help from Liberia under a voluntary repatriation programme.
The UNHCR Eminent Advocate calls for international support as she meets Syrian refugees in a women's community centre and a school in Lebanon's capital, Beirut.
UNHCR is particularly concerned for the safety of thousands of internally displaced people after shelling hit areas close to Mugunga III camp, causing people to flee.
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Refugee information presented in twice-weekly press briefings in Geneva.
- UNHCR reiterates call for access to international protection for Syrian refugees
- UNHCR working in Niger to contain cholera epidemic in refugee camps
- Syria refugee numbers cross 1.5 million as funding gaps remain
- UNHCR prepositioning aid for Darfur refugees in Tissi ahead of rains in eastern Chad
- UNHCR warns against forcible returns to CAR amid violence, abuses
Current and archived UNHCR press releases.
- Eastern DRC: UNHCR calling for the protection of civilians amid renewed fighting
- New "excision" law does not relieve Australia of its responsibilities towards asylum-seekers - UNHCR
- UNHCR Burundi inaugurates a new camp for Congolese refugees
- UNHCR chief condemns Turkey attacks
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees warns Security Council of "terrifying" humanitarian situation for Syria