Refugees in Iran

Worldwide displacement hits all-time high as war and persecution increase.

Iran is host to nearly three million people in displacement; affected by a protracted crisis, Iran has been home to them for four decades.


Afghan refugees

1.5-2 million

Undocumented Afghans


Iraqi refugees

Around UNHCR

New school brings Afghan students in from the cold

A UN-funded school building gives 500 children in a village north of Kabul a better chance at finishing their education.

Afghan boy endures hardship en route to a better future

Farouk, 15, fled Afghanistan and endured a difficult journey to be reunited with his siblings in London thanks in part to help from UNHCR.

Lone children face insecurity on Greek island

Unaccompanied children seeking asylum say they face poor conditions and threats of violence at a reception centre on Lesvos.

Actress Mahira Khan named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for Pakistan

Khan urges more support for countries which host large numbers of refugees.

European States urged to do more to protect and support child refugees and migrants

Children continue to face risks and hardship once in Europe, from unsafe accommodation to registration as adults, and lack of appropriate care.

Medic helps Afghans find mobility and new lives after losing limbs

Alberto Cairo, the UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award winner for Asia, provides prosthetic limbs and helps find jobs for injured Afghans.

Afghan Boxing Girl finds new life in Spain

Sadaf began boxing when she was just 11 years old, determined to challenge the conservative traditions of her country Afghanistan.

Afghan women can become agents of change

Rula Ghani, the First Lady of Afghanistan, says Afghan women are resilient and should be in leadership positions in her country.

Sport helps young football fan from Afghanistan settle in Germany

Shoaib, who found safety in Germany, is one of 12 displaced children daring to dream in The Dream Diaries.