Category: Refugees

One-third of Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh vulnerable, UN agency finds

Staff from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees interview Rohingyas at a UNHCR transit center in Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR/Roger Arnold

The innovative data collection technology employed by the United Nations refugee agency for the first stage of Rohingya family counting in Bangladesh has revealed a worrying statistic: one-third of the refugee population is vulnerable. “In an innovative and revealing family counting exercise, UNHCR [the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees] teams found that one-third of […]

UN concerned over ‘unfolding humanitarian emergency’ at Australia’s offshore processing centre

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UN Photo

The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed its concern over “an unfolding humanitarian emergency” at Australia’s offshore detention centre, where refugees and asylum seekers are holding out after the Australian Government’s decision to close the facility and pull out its support staff. “We share the concerns of other UN agencies… about what is an unfolding […]

‘Failure to broker peace’ hinders solutions to displacement, UN refugee chief tells Security Council

Pictured here, Rohingya refugees including women and children cross from Myanmar into Bangladesh at Palong Khali in Cox’s Bazar district. Photo: UNICEF/LeMoyne

The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday urged global leaders to find political solutions to the world’s conflicts, if the swelling numbers of forcibly displaced people are ever to return home. “Securing solutions for the millions of people uprooted around the world, and avoiding a repeat of the massive outflows that have […]

Migrants helped to return from Greece, reintegrate, start businesses back home – UN agency

Hassan Hosseini working in a metal workshop that he partially owns, due to assistance from UN migration agency (IOM) offices in Greece and Afghanistan. Photo: IOM

Over the past 15 months, more than 2,000 migrants who have voluntarily returned home from Greece have successfully reintegrated back into their countries of origin, according to the United Nations migration agency. “Building on the collaboration between Greece and the countries of origin, this reintegration support enhances opportunities for social and economic sustainability, both for returnees and […]

UNICEF and partner agencies in South Sudan help reunite 5,000 children with families

A child attending school holds up a stuffed toy he received during a distribution of early childhood development kits and recreational kits from UNICEF in Yei, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Hatcher-Moore

Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children and other partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families. “Keeping families together is the best way to ensure that children are protected, which is why the family tracing and reunification process for unaccompanied […]