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The Global Refugee Forum


The Global Refugee Forum

Held every four years, the Global Refugee Forum is the world’s largest international gathering on refugees. Explore the details for 2023, actions for stakeholders, and ways everybody can take action in their daily lives to support refugees.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi meets a group of 70 young refugees attending the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva.

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UNHCR helps to save lives and build better futures for the millions of people forced to flee their homes.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home.

Since 1950, we have faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to.

We help to save lives and build better futures for millions forced from home.

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From Sudan to Vietnam, these refugee stories are vastly different. But they all share one thing in common: being forced to flee. Read about why they fled, the challenges they've faced and be inspired by their resilience.
Meefah Ahsong shares a laugh with a colleague and one of the women she has helped to gain citizenship.
Help protect the right to seek safety. Call on world leaders to protect people seeking asylum and their rights.

Key facts and figures

108.4 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced.
Most refugees – 76 per cent – are hosted by low- and middle-income countries.

Teaching Resources

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Discover a collection of UNHCR teaching materials on refugees, asylum and migration for primary and secondary education, as well as some guidance for teachers working with refugee children in the classroom. 

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Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands affected by earthquakes in Herat province
Families facing their destroyed houses while receiving tents and other emergency support from UNHCR Afghanistan after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit western Herat province, Seya Aaab village, Zinda Jan district.
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UNHCR annual Global Trends report 2022

UNHCR's Global Trends report presents key statistical trends and the latest official statistics on refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless persons. 

Ongoing and new conflicts have driven displacement across the world in 2022, seeing the largest ever increase between years according to UNHCR’s statistics on forced displacement. 

With over 108.4 million people forcibly displaced by the end of 2022, the international community must work together to support and show solidarity with people forced to flee.  

View the Global Trends report


A young Rohingya girl holds her little brother
UNHCR protects people forced to flee conflict and persecution. We are there for refugees, asylum-seekers, people displaced within their own country and stateless persons.
A UNHCR staff member shows a group of Rohingya refugees the direction to a transit centre.
UNHCR delivers life-saving assistance in emergencies, safeguards fundamental human rights, and helps displaced people find a safe place to call home.
A UNHCR staff member helps an elderly Syrian refugee woman to step down from a bus.
UNHCR supports countries to develop national refugee legislation, increase capacity in refugee status determination and introduce protection safeguards in immigration procedures.