Category: Refugees

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 […]

Asylum and refugee protection represent ‘humanity at its best,’ says senior UN official


Warning of threats to the global asylum environment, the United Nations refugee agency’s protection chief today stressed the importance of sustained engagement by the international community to keep refugees high on the political agenda. “The interest in refugee and displacement-related issues tends to wax and wane. We are already seeing a different dynamic today than in […]

Rohingya refugees living in ‘dire’ conditions, senior UN officials warn, appealing for assistance

Rohingya refugees reaching out for food donations been given by people from Dhaka at the at Kutupalong Makeshift Camp in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/Brown

The human tragedy unfolding in southern Bangladesh is staggering in its scale, warned two senior United Nations officials today as they wrapped up a mission to the Cox’s Bazar with calls for a “significant increase in assistance” for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have settled in the area after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar. […]

Australia’s refugee policy is a failure. This is not the time to shirk responsibility – Thomas Albrecht

‘The consequences of open-ended mandatory detention, inadequate conditions and indefinite limbo, are devastating, yet predictable.’ Photo of detention facilities on Manus, August 2016. Photograph: Matthew Abbott/Get Up

Last week the first refugees from Nauru and Papua New Guinea have departed to start a new life in the United States. After more than four years spent in limbo, in harsh and punitive conditions, those who sought Australia’s protection will finally find the chance to rebuild their lives elsewhere in safety and with dignity. They leave […]

Abuse, exploitation and trafficking ‘stark reality’ for migrant children trying to reach Europe – UN report

Walking along the train tracks connecting Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a woman carries a young boy as a young girl holds on to the back of her jacket. Photo: UNICEF/UN012803/Georgiev

More than 75 per cent of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of abuse, exploitation and trafficking, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, calling on the continent to establish safe and regular pathways for migration. “The stark […]