Stories

UNHCR at 70: proud of our work but in no mood to celebrate

For seven decades, colleagues in the UN Refugee Agency have protected, saved and changed millions of lives. But how much better it would be, says High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, if no one was compelled to flee at all…

14 Dec 2020

UNHCR forum weighs lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

The final session of this year's High Commissioner's Dialogue considered solutions for responding to future global emergencies.

10 Dec 2020

Forced back home by the pandemic, Venezuelan grandmother sees no choice but to flee once again

With lockdown making it all but impossible for many Venezuelan refugees and migrants to meet their basic needs, thousands have headed home – only to have to flee again.

10 Dec 2020

Birth registration gaps leave South Africans in limbo

UNHCR is working with the South African government to help people at risk of statelessness obtain vital identity documents.

10 Dec 2020

8 winning ideas from Model UN students to help refugees

UNHCR challenged students to tackle issues related to forced displacement in their debates. Here's a summary of their winning ideas and the thinking behind them.

9 Dec 2020

Twitter community drew images of what it means to be warm - and we animated it

Writer Neil Gaiman launches animated version of 'What You Need to Be Warm' to raise life-saving funds for Syrian refugees left out in the cold.

8 Dec 2020

'Walking in their shoes has given me the tools I need to serve'

UNHCR has over 17,000 personnel. Meet Elvia Peñaranda, a Venezuelan UN Refugee Volunteer who draws on her own experiences to assist Venezuelans refugees and migrants in Colombia.

4 Dec 2020

Venezuelan jeweller defies disability to start over in exile

Discrimination and hurdles in accessing jobs, schools and health care make it harder for millions of refugees and asylum-seekers with disabilities to restart their lives.

3 Dec 2020

COVID-19 crisis offers lesson on climate response for refugees

Global response to the COVID-19 pandemic offers insights on how to mitigate the impact of climate change on displaced populations, says UNHCR's Gillian Triggs.

2 Dec 2020