Stories

Stand up for the Refugee Convention or millions will pay the price

To mark the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, UNHCR's Grandi calls on states to renew their commitment to its life-saving principles.

29 Jul 2021

Barbara Hendricks reflects on half a lifetime helping refugees

On the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, celebrated performer and Honorary Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador looks back at her 35-year role with the UN Refugee Agency.

28 Jul 2021

UNHCR statement on the return of displaced Syrians

As the dire socio-economic impact of COVID-19 worsens conditions for displaced Syrians, both inside Syria and in hosting countries, UNHCR calls for support for the displaced and their choices.

26 Jul 2021

Three refugee athletes gain sports scholarships to Canada

Kenya-based middle-distance runners from South Sudan currently in Tokyo with the IOC Refugee Olympic Team in first intake of trailblazing athletic scholarship scheme.

24 Jul 2021

Internship a dream come true for refugee at IKEA store in Croatia

Furniture retailer IKEA offers promise of a new start for refugees in Croatia through internship programme under a partnership with UNHCR.

23 Jul 2021

Refugee athletes stride into global spotlight as Tokyo Games begin

Opening ceremony features refugee athletes marching out under the Olympic flag, showcasing the power of sport and sending a message of hope to 82 million displaced people worldwide.

23 Jul 2021

Local groups offer vital assistance to newly displaced in Myanmar

UNHCR is partnering with local communities and faith groups to help an estimated 200,000 people driven from their homes by fresh violence since February's military takeover.

22 Jul 2021

Meet the young champion soaring to the top of the chess world

Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family fled violence in Nigeria and ended up in a homeless shelter in New York, where he learned the game that changed their lives.

20 Jul 2021

Skills training builds futures for refugees and Pakistanis alike

In Quetta, Pakistan, Nida and her fellow trainees are gaining vocational skills, equipping them to take advantage of new livelihoods opportunities.

16 Jul 2021