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A young man waits for the opportunity to illegally hitch a ride […]
©Mathias Depardon

Beyond the Border

Added: 14 Jan 2011

In 2010, the Turkish border with Greece became the main entry point for people attempting by irregular methods to reach member states of the European Union, with over 132,000 arrivals. While some entered as migrants with the simple wish of finding a better life, a significant number fled violence or […]
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Two young boys at the UNHCR way station in Torit, Eastern Equatoria […]
©UNHCR/A.Coseac

Southerners on the move before Sudanese vote

Added: 06 Jan 2011

Ahead of South Sudan's landmark January 9, 2011 referendum on independence, tens of thousands of southern Sudanese in the North packed their belongings and made the long trek south. UNHCR set up way stations at key points along the route to provide food and shelter to the travellers during their arduous […]
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UNHCR's first task in 1951 was to help an estimated 1 million […]
©UNHCR/133/1953

60 Years in Photos

Added: 13 Dec 2010

For more than six decades UNHCR has been helping the world's uprooted peoples. The agency's first task was to help an estimated 1 million, mainly European civilians, who remained displaced in the aftermath of World War Two. But during the 1950s the refugee crisis spread to Africa, later to Asia and […]
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UNHCR staff set out on the long boat journey to visit the Tule […]
©UNHCR/B.Heger

Struggling with the threat of extinction

Added: 21 Oct 2010

Among Colombia's many indigenous groups threatened with extinction, few are in a riskier situation than the Tule. There are only about 1,200 of them left in three locations in the neighbouring departments of Choco and Antiquoia in north-western Colombia. One group of 500 live in Choco's Unguia municipality, […]
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Area covered by satellite imagery in July 2010 used in the assessment […]
©Digital Global

Afgooye corridor fast becoming the capital of Somalia's displaced

Added: 01 Oct 2010

UNHCR completed in September 2010 the latest assessment of the internally displaced population on the periphery of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and has revised upwards the estimated number of displaced people in the so-called Afgooye corridor to 410,000. Since the escalation of the conflict in Somalia […]
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