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30 Mar 2012 description

UNHCR is very grateful for the USD 113.18 million received from the Government of Japan during the first quarter of the 2012. 19 operations worldwide will benefit with some USD 83.18 million allocated to Africa and the Middle East while USD 30 million will help internally displaced persons and returnees inside Afghanistan as well as countries hosting Afghan refugees in the region. The Japanese funding will contribute toward UNHCR’s 2012 global requirement of USD 3.59 billion.

20 Jun 2011 description

World Refugee Day: UNHCR report finds 80 per cent of world's refugees in developing countries

GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR) – A UNHCR report released today reveals deep imbalance in international support for the world's forcibly displaced, with a full four-fifths of the world's refugees being hosted by developing countries – and at a time of rising anti-refugee sentiment in many industrialized ones.

15 Jun 2009 description

GENEVA, June 15 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency and its supporters around the world pay tribute this week to the courage and resilience of millions of people forced to flee their homes by conflict and persecution.

World Refugee Day (WRD), which falls every June 20, is also a big opportunity for the UNHCR to spread awareness about refugees and other displaced people and to raise funds for our major operations and emergencies in places like Afghanistan, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq and neighbouring countries, Pakistan and Sudan.

Headquarters and field staff have …

27 May 2009 description

The number of people who have been displaced within their own countries as a result of armed conflict now stands at approximately 26 million. UNHCR, with its long record of protecting and assisting the displaced, is well positioned to support national and international responses towards internally displaced persons (IDPs). As of 2008, the Office was active in some 28 IDP operations involving approximately 14 million people.

15 Nov 2007 description

OTTAWA, Canada, November 15 (UNHCR) - Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller learned about the challenges of integration in Canada during a meeting in an Ottawa reception centre with resettled refugees from Asia and Africa.

The senior UNHCR official met families originating from countries such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Somalia at a special reception centre on Wednesday hours after starting her first official visit to Canada.

"It is gratifying to see first hand newly arrived refugees about to embark in rebuilding a new and hopeful future in …

21 Feb 2006 description

Brussels, 21 February 2006
Madame la Présidente,
Distingués Membres du Parlement Européen,

10 Dec 2004 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 10 December 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

30 Jun 2004 description


23 Mar 2004 description

GENEVA, March 22 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency is marking World Water Day today by reviewing watershed moments and ongoing challenges in its water-related projects worldwide, from Afghanistan to Chad, Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Providing the minimum amount of water for survival in the often chaotic initial stages of a refugee crisis can be difficult. Multiply this by 110,000 refugees and consider their location on the fringe of the Sahara desert, and things get even more complicated.

24 Oct 2003 description

Briefer: Peter Kessler - Media Relations

16 Sep 2003 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR website, www.unhcr.ch, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

07 Mar 2003 description

GENEVA, March 7 (UNHCR) - As refugees around the world prepare to mark International Women's Day tomorrow, the UN refugee agency has renewed its commitment to increase the number of refugee girls in school - a move aimed at narrowing the disparity in numbers between refugee boys and girls attending school.

03 Dec 2002 description

GENEVA -- Donor governments on Tuesday pledged another $280 million towards UNHCR's worldwide programs for 2003, bringing the total promised contributions to date to a record $317 million. This amounts to nearly one- third of the refugee agency's 2003 total projected needs of more than $1 billion.

05 Nov 2002 description

Rupert Colville - Media Relations

18 Jun 2002 description

GENEVA -- The number of refugees of concern to UNHCR worldwide remained virtually unchanged at 12 million in 2001, with half a million people fleeing their countries during the year and nearly as many going home.

24 May 2002 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today's Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

19 Dec 2001 description

Refugees returning from Kosovo to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia