As of 31 January 2022, more than 46,000 refugees and asylum-seekers are registered with UNHCR India, mainly from Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Refugees and asylum-seekers in India primarily live in urban settings alongside host communities. 46% of the refugees are women and girls, and 36% are children.

India has been hosting varied refugee groups for decades and has found solutions for many forcibly displaced persons. UNHCR supports the efforts of the Government and its people in assisting refugees across 11 states, working closely with varied stakeholders, including line ministries, community groups, and NGOs.

UNHCR focuses on protection needs and conducts registration and RSD, promoting solutions and self-reliance. As of date, 17,933 Sri Lankan refugees returned voluntarily with UNHCR’s assistance (based on UNHCR records from 2002 to February 2022).

The UNHCR India office covers the Maldives, where it works closely on capacity-building efforts, inclusion, and the international protection needs of those forced to flee.

For information about our work in India:

  • Information for refugees and asylum-seekers in India – help.unhcr.org
  • Visit our country website - India (English)
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

Contact Information

The UNHCR Chief of Mission in India

Street Address:
B-2/16, Vasant Vihar, 110057 New Delhi, India

Mailing Address:
B-2/16, Vasant Vihar, 110057 New Delhi, India

Telephone:
+91 11 43530444

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 5.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 9:00 - 17:30
Tuesday: 9:00 - 17:30
Wednesday: 9:00 - 17:30
Thursday: 9:00 - 17:30
Friday: 9:00 - 17:30
Saturday:
Sunday:

Public Holidays:
26 January 2022, Republic Day
18 March 2022, Holi
15 April 2022, Good Friday
03 May 2022, Id-ul-Fitr
11 July 2022, Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)
15 August 2022, Independence Day
05 October 2022, Dussehra
24 October 2022, Diwali
08 November 2022, Guru Nanak Birthday
26 December 2022, Christmas

Comments:
1800 1035 635 (Toll free)

The UNHCR Field Office in Chennai

Street Address:
No 11, 17th Cross Street,, Besant Nagar, 600090 Chennai, India

Mailing Address:
No. 11, 17th Cross Street,, Besant Nagar, 600090 Chennai, India

Telephone:
91 44 2446 1734

Facsimile:
91 44 2446 1733

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 5.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 9:00 - 17:30
Tuesday: 9:00 - 17:30
Wednesday: 9:00 - 17:30
Thursday: 9:00 - 17:30
Friday: 9:00 - 17:30
Saturday:
Sunday:

Public Holidays:
14 January 2022, Pongal
26 January 2022, Republic Day
15 April 2022, Good Friday
03 May 2022, Id-ul-Fitr
11 July 2022, Id-ul-Zuha
15 August 2022, Independence Day
31 August 2022, Ganesh Chaturthi
05 October 2022, Dussehra
24 October 2022, Diwali