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“I am not saying good-bye, it is definitely a see you later!”

UNHCR Representative Jean-Yves Bouchardy has completed his mission in the Republic of Belarus. “In the 8 years I spent in Belarus, it has become more than just another country of assignment. I have grown attached to this place, its people and culture. As I look...

My second home is not a place but people

My second home is not a place but people

Tatiana (also: Tanya) from Ukraine thought that happiness is to have your own house where your children were born, with a large garden planted with your own hands. Her family had just two years to live in this paradise. “As I suddenly found myself in a foreign...

Happy to be together

Happy to be together

Rudi spent two years travelling between Dubai, where he worked, and the Philippines, where his wife Tessie and his little daughter Aishah stayed. All they wanted was to be together. Rudi is a member of the ethnic Kurdish minority. Born in Syria, he lived in the...

My only dream is for children to get education

My only dream is for children to get education

A family from Afghanistan fought for women’s rights and helped orphaned children to get a profession. Because of the constant threats and danger to life, they had to leave their homeland and start from scratch.

World Refugee Day Is Marked in Belarus

World Refugee Day Is Marked in Belarus

In 2020, the UN General Assembly announced 20 June to be marked annually as World Refugee Day. To draw the attention to the refugee problem and statelessness in Belarus, prominent Belarusians recorded a video address calling on all people to support those who were...

World Refugee Day 2020

On June 18, a press conference was held at the National Press Center of the Republic of Belarus with the participation of the Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Belarus, the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the...

International Statelessness Conference in the CIS region

International Statelessness Conference in the CIS region

The Conference is organized in partnership with the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Belarus and Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of the Independent States and to be held in Minsk on December 4-5th, 2018.