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05 Dec 2013 description

Updates on refugees and asylum seekers

05 Dec 2013 description

Presence and national legal framework

13 Jul 2013 description

Refugees and asylum seekers

The collaboration with the Libyan government is gradually expanding. Yet, the conditions of refugees and asylum seekers, especially in detention, remain unchanged. Persons UNHCR considers in need of international protection, including those intercepted at sea by Libyan authorities, are often detained and mistreated. UNHCR continues to assist persons in detention as well as targeted vulnerable cases in urban areas. Thanks to the collaboration with the Department for Combating Illegal Migration (DCIM),

05 Jul 2013 description

ROME, Italy, July 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday that an estimated 8,400 migrants and asylum-seekers landed on the coasts of Italy and Malta in the first six months of this year. The majority arrived in Italy (7,800), while Malta received around 600 migrants and asylum-seekers.

"Those making this journey mostly departed from North Africa, principally Libya – around 6,700 people. The remaining 1,700 crossed from Greece and Turkey, landing in southern Italy's Apulia and Calabria regions," a UNHCR spokesman said.

04 Jul 2013 description

CHOUCHA CAMP, Tunisia, July 2 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has completed the transfer of its services and activities for people of concern out of the Choucha transit camp in southern Tunisia to nearby urban areas.

In late June, more than 600 refugees were living in the southern Tunisian towns of Ben Gardane and Medenine. Around 300 refugees have declined assistance in urban areas.

02 Jul 2013 description

A la fin juin, plus de 600 réfugiés vivaient dans les villes de Ben Gardane et Médenine au sud de la Tunisie. Environ 300 réfugiés n'ont pas souhaité bénéficier d'une assistance en milieu urbain.

26 Jun 2013 description

SALLUM, Egypt, June 26 (UNHCR) – Around 9 a.m. Maha* went to the clinic in Sallum refugee camp just inside Egypt's border with Libya and doused herself with gasoline; only quick intervention by clinic volunteers stopped the Sudanese refugee before she could strike a match.

"I have nowhere to go and nothing to do. Life seems to have stopped in this place, we are in an invisible spot in the world and everybody turned their back on us," Maha told UNHCR after her suicide attempt.

06 Jun 2013 description

Refugees and asylum seekers in detention centers

03 May 2013 description

TRIPOLI, Libya, April 3 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency earlier this week donated 350 tents to provide shelter for hundreds of people forced to flee their homes in south-east Libya because of damaging floods.

Heavy rainstorms last week caused flooding, damaged homes and reportedly left at least five people dead and dozens injured in the deep south towns of Immralanib, Majdol, Tarpo, Zaolya and Hemerah.

30 Apr 2013 description

Refugees and asylum seekers in detention centers

09 Apr 2013 description

Executive summary

UNHCR’s 2011 emergency operation in North Africa, which followed the outbreak of civil war in Libya, addressed one of the largest mixed migration crises that the organization has ever encountered. The unanticipated emergency generated a massive influx of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Tunisia and Egypt, two countries which themselves had only recently experienced major political upheavals. As a result of these considerations, little contingency planning had taken place.

28 Mar 2013 description

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 28 (UNHCR) – The one anchor and light in Marian's* hard life was her love for her husband, Hassan. So when the migrant worker went missing in Libya in 2011, she decided to leave her in-laws on the Red Sea coast of Sudan and cross the Sahara with their young son to search for him.

Two years on, Marian stills hopes to find her missing spouse as she struggles to make a go of things in Tripoli. But while she worries about the future, she at least has her beloved young son, Omar – and the 10-year-old also offers them both a chance for a better life.

14 Mar 2013 description


  • 1.1 million Syrian refugees are registered or pending registration as of 13 March, 2013, exceeding the June population planning figure in the Regional Response Plan. Two years on, humanitarian response partners are grappling with limited funding to bring aid to growing numbers of people in need.

  • The regional refugee response is a coordinated effort with host Governments and over 60 national and international implementing and operating partners in five countries.