During times of displacement, older people have urgent rights and needs. They can be particularly vulnerable during conflict or natural disasters, when a lack of mobility, weakened vision and chronic illnesses can make access to support difficult. Today, older refugees make up some 8.5 per cent of the overall population of concern to UNHCR, and by 2050 more of the world will be over 60 than under 12.
The elderly are sometimes reluctant to leave their homes and the last to flee from danger. In exile, they can become socially isolated and physically separated from their families, compounding their vulnerability.
At UNHCR, we work hard to support and protect older people on the move, enabling access to basic services as they recover and rebuild after a crisis. Our donors, including you, help to ensure that older refugees live their latter years in dignity and security.
UNHCR and older people
- UNHCR Age, Gender and Diversity Policy Jan 2019
- Policy on Age, Gender and Diversity Accountability 2018 8 Mar 2018
- UNHCR Age, Gender and Diversity Accountability Report 2017 2017