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.
Latest tragedy underscores the ruthlessness of people smugglers who have expanded their business from the Mediterranean sea to the highways of Europe
The Mediterranean Sea continues to be the deadliest route for refugees and migrants
A total of 52 people, including Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and Sudanese, died on board the boat
Refugee and IDP numbers surpass 2.6 million mark
Most refugees opting to return are hopeful for the future
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Refugee information presented in twice-weekly press briefings in Geneva.
- Bodies found dead in a truck near border, while asylum seekers flow into Hungary
- Mediterranean Sea crossings exceed 300,000, including 200,000 to Greece.
- UNHCR urges States to help avert Bay of Bengal boat crisis in coming weeks
- UNHCR welcomes signing of South Sudan peace deal as refugee and IDP numbers surpass 2.6 million mark
- Treat refugees humanely, work together, says UNHCR, as thousands continue heading into the Western Balkans from Greece
Current and archived UNHCR press releases.
- 50,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan returned this year under UNHCR voluntary programme
- Clashes in Central African Republic town of Bambari displaces thousands
- UNHCR assists refugees at Greece-FYR Macedonia border, reiterates readiness to help affected governments
- Afghanistan, Pakistan, UNHCR welcome new policies on Afghan refugees in Pakistan and returnees to Afghanistan
- UNHCR Voices Concern about Developments at Border of FYR Macedonia and Greece