UNHCR concerned at reports that asylum seekers, including Syrians, denied entry to some EU countries
The UN refugee agency said Friday it was “greatly concerned” over reports that some European Union (EU) countries were placing barriers to entry or forcibly returning asylum-seekers, including people who have fled Syria.
The UN refugee agency announced on Monday that it is organizing an emergency airlift to the Philippines to help some of the estimated 9.8 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Thursday said he was shocked at the news of a boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is reported to have claimed at least 82 lives.
Since the establishment of the national asylum system in Malta, UNHCR has consistently stated its position against the automatic and mandatory detention of asylum-seekers, regardless of their mode of entry.
The UN refugee agency on Tuesday announced this year’s Nansen Refugee Award is being presented to Sister Angélique Namaika, who works in a remote north-east region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with survivors of displacement and abuse by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is concerned about the impasse that has left 102 people, reportedly many Eritreans, aboard the tanker M/V Salamis in the Mediterranean, after having been rescued from a dinghy that left from Libya.