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Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie's message: When disaster strikes, the UN Refugee Agency is there, on the ground, saving lives within 72 hours.

 

Overview

UNHCR's Emergency Response staff respond quickly and effectively during times of crisis, anywhere in the world. They work in some of the toughest conditions, delivering life-saving essentials like food, water, shelter and healthcare.

When a crisis strikes, UNHCR's emergency teams are on the ground, supporting refugees at every stage of their ordeal - be it an eruption of fighting causing thousands of families to flee their homes, or a massive earthquake displacing hundreds of thousands.

Note: Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australia for UNHCR will direct donations to our Emergency Programs for Refugees to enable us to rapidly address future emergencies as they occur.

How we help

When people have fled their homes, they often do so with very little. The Emergency Response program ensures that UNHCR is on the ground providing assistance to the most vulnerable. Our planes are loaded with vital supplies from one of our many warehouses and staff are flown in with expertise that can save countless refugee lives.

You can donate now to provide emergency support where the need is greatest, or choose below from one of our emergency appeals to help in the following areas:

News

Europe: UNHCR alarmed at the plight of refugees and migrants at Bulgaria borders - 29 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency is extremely alarmed at reports of two dead bodies being found on the Bulgarian border with Serbia, last week. UNHCR is seeking further details after being alerted about the deaths by the Bulgarian Border Police. The two men, apparently, have died of cold while trying to cross into Serbia from Western Bulgaria.

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Europe: UNHCR, IOM seek US$550 million to aid refugees and migrants - 27 January 2016

As continuing conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere drives people to seek refuge in Europe, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, the International Organization for Migration, and some 65 other organizations have appealed to donors for US$550 million to support the ongoing humanitarian response.

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Central Africa: UNHCR seeks US$545 million for Nigeria and CAR crises - 27 January 2016

The UN Refugee Agency and its partners on Monday called on donor nations for more than half-a-billion US dollars this year to help hundreds of thousands of people forced to flee conflicts in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR) and the host communities providing them with shelter and other basic services.

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Geneva: More than 100 organisations join in push to end Syria conflict - 21 January 2016

More than 100 UN and other humanitarian organizations have together issued a powerful joint appeal today, urging people around the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians.

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New York: "End of Syria as we know it" if no peace deal, Guterres says - 4 January 2016

If a swift end to the war in Syria is not found, the country may cease to exist, António Guterres, outgoing head of the UN Refugee Agency has warned.

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UNHCR Report: 2015 likely to break records for forced displacement - 22 December 2015

With almost a million people having crossed the Mediterranean as refugees and migrants so far this year, and conflicts in Syria and elsewhere continuing to generate staggering levels of human suffering, 2015 is likely to exceed all previous records for global forced displacement, the UN Refugee Agency warned in a new report today.

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SE Asia: Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM and SRSG for Migration on the situation in Bay of Bengal - 20 May 2015

Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM and SRSG for Migration and Development: Search and rescue at sea, disembarkation, and protection of the human rights of refugees and migrants now imperative to save lives in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea

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South East Asia: UNHCR says time running out for stranded boat people; urges governments to act - 20 May 2015

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday warned that time was running out for thousands of people in distress at sea and urged governments in the South-east Asia region to urgently rescue and disembark these vulnerable people.

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Afghanistan: UNHCR Chief Guterres "extremely enthusiastic" after meeting with political leaders - 18 May 2015

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres praised the new Afghan government's commitment to solving the problems of internal displacement and re-integrating returning refugees, terming it crucial for the entire region.

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Yemen: UNHCR's aid airlift arrives safely - 18 May 2015

The first of six UNHCR airplanes bringing urgently needed aid supplies landed safely in Yemen today boosting relief stocks in the war-ravaged country, on the third day of the temporary humanitarian pause.

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Burundi: UNHCR says more than 105,000 refugees have fled violence - 18 May 2015

The UN refugee agency said on Friday that more than 105,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries to escape political violence in Burundi, with many now trapped in dire conditions in a border village on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.

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European Union: UNHCR hails EU proposed Agenda on Migration as breakthrough, urges speedy adoption - 15 May 2015

UNHCR applauds the European Commission's proposals, announced earlier today, for dealing with the thousands of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean. The proposals include strengthened measures to save lives at sea, and improved mechanisms for allowing legal entry into the EU for people fleeing war, and providing for a fair redistribution of refugees

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Jordan: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini moved by the tragedy of Syria's youth - 12 May 2015

UN Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini, visiting refugee camps and cities in Jordan, said he felt strongly for the young people whose lives have been affected by war in Syria.

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Boat crossings: Some 25,000 risk crossing Bay of Bengal in 2015 - 11 May 2015

A UNHCR report released on Friday said that despite the risks, an estimated 25,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshis boarded smugglers' boats on the Bay of Bengal between January and March this year – almost double the number over the same period in 2014.

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United Nations Security Council: Open Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria - 27 February 2015

United Nations Security Council. Open Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria. Remarks by António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 26 February 2015.

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Australia: Stepping Out for Refugees - 18 February 2015

Tilly Leunig has tremendous spirit. Last July, she embarked on a journey across Australia, Africa and Europe with her husband Geoff, counting her steps and raising funds for Australia for UNHCR.

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Nigeria: As violence spreads UNHCR calls for urgent access to help the displaced - 16 February 2015

The UN refugee agency, concerned about the spread of violence from north-east Nigeria into neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger, on Friday called for urgent humanitarian access to refugees and internally displaced people in these countries.

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DRC: Australians to Extend Support to the Women of Katanga - 17 February 2015

When Australia for UNHCR’s Deputy Director, Debra O’Neill, visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year, she found a society torn apart by conflict. It is a poor country struggling with massive population displacement and appalling rates of sexual violence.

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Europe: 300 migrants and refugees confirmed missing, feared dead, in the Mediterranean - 12 February 2015

The UN refugee agency on Wednesday said it was "shocked" at evidence that some 300 migrants and refugees may have died after setting off from the coast of Libya in four dinghies at the weekend.

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Ukraine: internal displacement nears 1 million as fighting escalates in Donetsk region - 9 February 2015

The UN refugee agency reported on Friday that fighting in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region is creating new displacement and pushing the number of registered internally displaced people (IDP) close to the 1 million mark.

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UNHCR Legal Position: Despite court ruling on Sri Lankans detained at sea, Australia bound by international obligations - 5 February 2015

UNHCR has followed with deep concern Australia's recent policies and practices of interception at sea, detention and removal of individuals who may be seeking Australia's protection.

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Europe: UNHCR calls for more robust search-and-rescue operation on Mediterranean - 13 February 2015

After 300 people have been confirmed missing in the Mediterranean, the UN refugee agency called on the European Union (EU) to urgently change its approach to dealing with irregular crossings of the Mediterranean Sea and make saving lives the topmost priority.

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UNHCR: IKEA rekindles Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign for second year - 3 February 2015

Following the success of last year's campaign, the IKEA Foundation on Monday launched a two-month fund-raising drive in stores worldwide to provide renewable energy and education projects in Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia, Jordan and Sudan.

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Nigeria: refugee children lose family in the desperate dash for safety - 9 February 2015

Since militants attacked the Nigerian town of Baga a month ago, more than 14,000 people have found safety in Chad, including hundreds of children who are still suffering.

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Winter crisis: Refugees caught in heavy snow as storms lash Lebanon and Jordan - 8 January 2015

Thousands of refugees across Lebanon and Jordan have been struggling to keep warm and protect their shelters this week as severe winter storms bring plummeting temperatures, heavy snow, strong winds and lashing rain to the region.

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Geneva: UNHCR report shows continuing growth in forced displacement in first half 2014 - 7 January 2015

The UN Refugee Agency has reported that with war raging across large swathes of the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere, an estimated 5.5 million people became newly uprooted during the first six months of 2014, signalling a further rise in the total number of people forcibly displaced.

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Syria crisis: UN and partners seek US$8.4 billion for programme in 2015 - 19 December 2014

As Syria's war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting more than US$8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015.

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Ukraine: Déjà vu for grandfather displaced by war - 19 December 2014

As a boy during World War Two, Victor Dmitriyevich Marchenko hid from German soldiers in the cornfields of central Ukraine. He never imagined he'd have to take to the fields again at the age of 77 to save his life as shells rained around him.

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Afghan refugees: Hungarian border last hurdle to safety from war zone - 19 December 2014

Asadullah, a 23-year-old Afghan man, wears a broad smile that belies his circumstances. Shivering in an abandoned brick factory, he waits to be smuggled across the nearby border into Hungary, gateway to his real destination – Austria. "We must be happy," he says. "If I'm sad I can't continue."

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Food Crisis: Comedian and Actor Jane Turner calls for Australians to take action - 9 December 2014

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Deaths at sea: UNHCR urges focus on saving lives as numbers of people seeking asylum by boat near 350,000 - 11 December 2014

The UN refugee agency on Wednesday warned that the international community was losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and regional blocs over how to respond to the growing number of people making risky sea journeys in search of asylum or migration.

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UNHCR: Joint Statement on Protection at Sea in the Twenty-First Century - 11 December 2014

"The time-honored tradition of rescue at sea enshrined in international law is in jeopardy. Important conventions establish the obligation of a ship's captain to render assistance to people in distress at sea and of States to coordinate and cooperate to deliver those rescued at sea to a place of safety within a reasonable time. These obligations apply regardless of the migration status of the persons in distress at sea."

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Geneva: Governments agree to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees - 10 December 2014

Governments meeting in Geneva today pledged to increase the number of Syrian refugees they are accepting through resettlement and other humanitarian mechanisms.

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Geneva: Donors pledge US$500 million for UNHCR operations, down on 2014 - 10 December 2014

Donor nations on Tuesday promised an initial US$500.8 million for the work of the UN refugee agency in 2015, some US$170 million less than the amount granted in 2014. The funds will be used to help almost 43 million forcibly displaced or stateless people worldwide next year, yet more is needed to meet demand.

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16 Days of Activism: Colombia's Butterflies take wing to spread message - 10 December 2014

A network of women's rights group in Colombia, winner of this year's Nansen Refugee Award, has been exchanging views and experiences with similar groups in South America with UNHCR help.

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16 Days of Activism: UNHCR backs Colombian women in response to sexual violence - 11 December 2014

Sixteen-year-old Susana* had a short and unhappy life, beaten to death by a jealous and controlling husband. The man was a bully who used to tell Susana how to do her hair and decided whether or not she could paint her fingernails.

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SYRIAN REFUGEES: WFP food cuts threaten tens of thousands - 2 December 2014

The UN refugee agency today called for urgent international support to the World Food Programme (WFP), which has been forced to suspend food assistance for more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis. "This couldn't come at a worse time," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. I urgently appeal to the international community – support WFP now, don't let refugees go hungry."

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World AIDS Day: We need to close the gap in HIV treatment - 2 December 2014

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Monday marked World AIDS Day by stressing the importance of closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and those who are being left behind.

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16 Days of Activism: UNHCR vows to work for the end of child marriage - 26 November 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Tuesday condemned child marriage and said his organization must do its utmost to help stop the practice, which affects an estimated 15 million girls every year. His remarks came in a short ceremony in Geneva to mark the annual 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, where he said it was UNHCR's duty to counter child marriage.

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"Easy to ignore": people with no nationality slip through the cracks - 28 November 2014

When asked about his past, Ousmane* hesitates, clearly reluctant to talk about it. He has suffered a great deal in his life, and it pains him to recount bad memories.

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ROME: Mediterranean crossings more deadly a year after Lampedusa tragedy - 2 October 2014

The UN refugee agency reported on Thursday that new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of the year show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

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ITALY: Eritrean survivor of Lampedusa tragedy returns to honour the dead, meet Pope Francis - 2 October 2014

A year ago, Letebrhane from Eritrea boarded a boat in Libya to find safety. The boat however sank within sight of Lampedusa Island, Italy, leaving 368 people dead with 155 survivors. Leterbrhane will attend a commemoration in Lampedusa with other survivors. The group had a private audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Wednesday.

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TANZANIA: UNHCR staff reunite long-separated mother and daughters in Tanzania - 2 October 2014

Eleven years ago, newly widowed Congolese refugee Sifa Risasi put her two young daughters in the care of a neighbour and ran away from a camp in Tanzania after hearing that her in-laws wanted to marry her off to her husband's brother. Earlier this year, thanks to UNHCR staff she was finally reunited with her girls, unaware that they had been living in the same camp for five years.

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GENEVA: UN chief urges more action to tackle displacement; recalls youth as a refugee - 1 October 2014

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on countries around the world to do more to prevent forced displacement, address its root causes and support solutions for those affected by it at a time of multiple crises.

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GENEVA: With displacement at a record high, UNHCR urges rethink of global humanitarian financing - 30 September 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned today that the global humanitarian system has become dangerously overstretched by new crises in the Middle East and Africa and continuing unresolved conflicts in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and elsewhere and that growth in global humanitarian funding is not keeping pace with accelerating needs.

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GENEVA: UNHCR's governing ExCom renews commitment to Africa's refugees - 30 September 2014

The UN refugee agency's Executive Committee (ExCom), made a fresh commitment in Geneva on Tuesday, to preventing humanitarian emergencies in Africa and ending protracted displacement situations on the continent.

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GENEVA: UN Refugee Chief warns against overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa - 29 September 2014

The head of the UN refugee agency warned the international community on Monday about the risks of overlooking the humanitarian crises in Africa, calling for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement.

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GENEVA: Asylum claims from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones rise in first half 2014 - 28 September 2014

A UNHCR report released on Friday shows that the number of people seeking refugee status in industrialized countries continued to climb in the first half of 2014, driven by the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as conflict and instability in countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea.

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FRANCE: UNHCR appeals for urgent action to address deteriorating humanitarian situation in Calais - 27 September 2014

The UN refugee agency has expressed serious concern about the worsening humanitarian situation and vulnerability of women and children among the migrants and asylum seekers in the French port city of Calais.

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TURKEY: UNHCR airlifts urgent aid into Turkey to help refugees fleeing ISIS - 26 September 2014

A UNHCR airlift has begun, as part of a huge operation to bring aid for the surge of refugees fleeing from northern Syria into Turkey, with the first plane landing in the southern Turkish city of Adana on Thursday, carrying relief supplies.

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GENEVA: UNHCR reports sharp increase in number of Iraqis fleeing to Jordan and Turkey - 24 September 2014

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that it has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of Iraqis fleeing their country in recent weeks, with 60 per cent of those arriving in Jordan citing fears of ISIS militants as the reason for their flight.

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WASHINGTON: UNHCR calls on the Americas to keep children on the run safe from violence - 13 March 2014

UNHCR's "Children on the Run" report also urges governments to take action to keep children safe from rights abuses, violence and crime, and to ensure their access to asylum.

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RWANDA: New site a pilot for refugee camp planning and design - 10 March 2014

UNHCR is moving 9,000 refugees from a crowded transit centre to the new Mugombwa camp, Rwanda's fifth, built on government-allocated land.

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GENEVA: Continuing conflict in Iraq's province displaces thousands, some for second time - 10 March 2014

During the past week the number of displaced people in the town of Heet and surrounding areas has increased by some 25,000-30,000 people.

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ALGERIA: Restoring self-reliance among Sahrawi refugees - 31 January 2014

UNHCR wants to help the community combat frustration and aid-dependency among young refugees who find few opportunities to use their skills and education.

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GENEVA: UNHCR urges continued international protection for asylum-seekers from Somalia - 29 January 2014

UNHCR stresses the need for governments to assess applications for protection on the basis of reliable, up-to-date information about the situation in Somalia.

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LONDON: LEGO Foundation donates US$3 million to build a future for refugee children - 28 January 2014

The donation will fund UNHCR education programmes in Chad, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda and Yemen.

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NIGER: Diffa district provides shelter for Nigerians fleeing violence - 28 January 2014

As fresh violence in Nigeria forces thousands to flee to Niger and Cameroon, one refugee recounts her own flight to safety nine months ago.

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GENEVA: Continuing fighting in central Iraq leaves 140,000 forcibly displaced - 28 January 2014

The number of internally displaced in Anbar province includes more than 65,000 people who fled the conflict in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi over the last week.

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GEORGIA: UNHCR brings aid and joy to displaced Georgians in highland wilderness - 16 January 2014

Ema's world collapsed in 1992, when she was blinded during the Abkhazia conflict and fled to Georgia's remote Racha region. UNHCR recently brought some light back into her life.

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KENYA: Stitch by stitch, refugee women in Kenya craft new lives for themselves - 27 December 2013

Traumatised teenagers who came to Kenya alone find healing, self-confidence and cash in their own scarf-making business.

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IVORY COAST: From stateless to state official, Ivorian helps others gain nationality - 24 December 2013

How a living ghost became a citizen and elected official in his native Côte d'Ivoire, which recently acceded to the two international conventions on statelessness.

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GENEVA: UNHCR report warns of unusually large numbers of forcibly displaced this year - 23 December 2013

The UN Refugee Agency has warned in a report that 2013 was on track for some of the highest levels of forced displacement ever seen by the agency, due to unusually large numbers of new refugees and internally displaced people.

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KENYA: Love of family, country draw first refugees back to Somalia from Kenya - 10 December 2013

Next January, UNHCR will begin assisting Somali refugees who want to return from Kenya on their own. One young mother tells what's pulling her home.

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LIBERIA: UNHCR exceeds 2013 repatriation target for Ivorian refugees in Liberia - 28 November 2013

UNHCR has exceeded its 2013 target of voluntary repatriations of Ivorian refugees in Liberia, with several more return convoys still planned before the end of the year.

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CROATIA: Housing programme tackles the lingering problem of displacement - 26 November 2013

UNHCR will be working with the governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia in the implementation of the Regional Housing Programme, in order to address lingering displacement in the western Balkans.

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CHINA: Chinese schools offer primary education for urban refugees - 25 November 2013

In an important breakthrough, five provinces in China have offered refugee children the chance to attend primary school.

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BULGARIA: Bulgaria struggles to cope with Syrian influx at dilapidated camp - 22 November 2013

The country on the edge of south-east Europe is ill-prepared or equipped to deal with the growing influx of Syrian refugees and, like other host nations, needs help.

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YEMEN: Yemen meet agrees on regional cooperation to tackle asylum and irregular migration - 14 November 2013

The irregular migration flows across the sea to Yemen, and the maritime disasters that often ensue, drive home the urgent need for increased international action to avert such incidents.

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BOTSWANA: UNHCR wraps up return programme for Angolan refugees in Botswana - 4 November 2013

This week's final convoy of 194 people convoy brings to 461 the number of Angolans repatriated from Botswana since June of last year.

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GENEVA: UNHCR reaches Sudanese refugees in remote region of Central African Republic - 31 May 2013

GENEVA, May 31 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has established contact with some 3,500 Sudanese refugees who made their way to north-east Central African Republic after fleeing inter-tribal conflict in Sudan's Darfur region two months ago.

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MYANMAR: Myanmar relocates thousands of displaced people ahead of Cyclone Mahasen - 16 May 2013

YANGON, Myanmar, May 16 (UNHCR) – As Cyclone Mahasen approaches the coasts of Myanmar and Bangladesh, more than 35,000 internally displaced people in Myanmar's Rakhine state have been moved to safer locations under a government evacuation plan. Many more have moved spontaneously into local communities to avoid the brunt of the storm, which is expected to hit land on Thursday night.

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GENEVA: UNHCR launches updated version of key protection tool, Refworld - 17 April 2013

GENEVA, April 17 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Wednesday launched a new and improved version of Refworld, a widely used online protection and research tool that helps those who have to decide on refugee and statelessness status.

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GENEVA: Network of crisis management organizations step up cooperation with UNHCR - 22 February 2013

GENEVA, February 22 (UNHCR) – Over the past two years, UNHCR has had to respond to emergency after emergency, from Libya to Liberia, South Sudan to Syria. The practical help of an informal group of government partners specializing in emergencies has been vital in ensuring success and a more effective response.

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SOUTH SUDAN: UNHCR relocates 4,000 Sudanese refugees; more convoys planned - 24 July 2012

JUBA, South Sudan, July 24 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has moved some 4,000 Sudanese from the waterlogged and overcrowded Jammam refugee camp in South Sudan's Upper Nile state to a site some 50 kilometres away that is already nearing its maximum capacity.

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KENYA: Number of Somali refugees in Horn of Africa passes 1 million mark - 17 July 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 17 (UNHCR) – UNHCR announced on Tuesday that Somalia's population exodus has crossed a new threshold – more than 1 million people have now fled the country for the surrounding region. The most recent arrivals continue to cite insecurity and dwindling food resources as the main reasons for their flight.

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ETHIOPIA: Somali refugee prepares for the long haul in Ethiopia - 2 July 2012

BUR AMINO CAMP, Ethiopia, July 2 (UNHCR) – When Amina* first saw the tent she and her young family had been allocated in the Bur Amino refugee camp in south-east Ethiopia, she realized that this might be her home for a long time. "I have to adjust to the new environment and accept that this is my new life, the life of a refugee," the 20-year-old Somali mother of two told UNHCR recently.

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SOMALIA: Gulf of Aden drownings raise concerns over smuggling and rescue-at-sea tradition - 15 April 2011

GENEVA, April 15 (UNHCR) –Refugee drownings in the Gulf of Aden this week have raised the UN refugee agency's concerns over the inhumane practices of smugglers and called into question the longstanding tradition of rescue at sea.

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LIBYA: Lack of funds threatening UNHCR's work in Libya, neighbouring countries - 15 April 2011

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 15 April 2011, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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COTE D'IVOIRE: Côte d'Ivoire needs reconciliation for displaced people to return, says UNHCR - 15 April 2011

GENEVA, April 15 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency has expressed alarm at the living conditions of internally displaced people (IDPs) in western Côte d'Ivoire and called for reconciliation to allow them and Ivorian refugees in the region to return home.

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LIBYA: Hundreds of Libyan Berbers flee Western Mountains and head to Tunisia - 12 April 2011

GENEVA, April 12 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency reported Tuesday that more than 500 Libyans, mostly ethnic Berbers, have fled their homes in Libya's Western Mountains and sought shelter in the Dehiba area of south-east Tunisia over the past week.

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SOMALIA: Fighting in Somalia displaces some 33,000 people over past six weeks - 8 April 2011

GENEVA, April 8 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said Friday that fighting in south and central Somalia between government forces and the Al-Shabaab militia has displaced about 33,000 people in the past six weeks.

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GENEVA: Angelina Jolie and UNHCR chief Guterres shocked at Mediterranean high seas tragedy - 6 April 2011

GENEVA, April 6 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie expressed "deep shock" on Wednesday at the reported drownings of 213 people in rough waters some 60 kilometres off the southern coast of Italy.

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COLOMBIA: UNHCR works to find durable solutions for endangered Colombian tribe - 6 April 2011

SAN JOSE DEL GUAVIARE, Colombia, April 6 (UNHCR) – Most people forced to flee their homes believe that one day they will be able to return. But this no longer seems an option for most of Colombia's Jiw people and they have started looking at alternative solutions with the support of UNHCR and others.

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LIBYA: Angelina Jolie visits Tunisia-Libya border, urges support for Libya's displaced - 5 April 2011

RAS ADJIR, Tunisia, April 5 (UNHCR) – UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie on Tuesday travelled to the Tunisian-Libyan border to urge greater international support for people fleeing fighting in Libya.

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KENYA: UNHCR chief joins visit to Dadaab, expresses concern for Somali refugees - 4 April 2011

DADAAB, Kenya, April 4 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency and two sister organizations expressed deep concern at the weekend about the living conditions of more than 314,000 Somalis at a sprawling refugee complex in north-east Kenya.

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JAPAN: UNHCR shines a beacon of hope on a devastated corner of Japan - 1 April 2011

TOKYO, Japan, April 1 (UNHCR) – When Shinji Kubo joined UNHCR 18 years ago, he dreamed of helping refugees around the world. "I never thought I would be back in my hometown, helping my neighbours," said the senior external relations officer for the UN refugee agency's Tokyo office.

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LIBYA: UNHCR chief applauds Egypt, calls for humanitarian access to Libya - 1 April 2011

CAIRO, Egypt, April 1 (UNHCR) ¬- UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has thanked Egypt for helping tens of thousands of people fleeing Libya and called on the international community to recognize the country's generosity with solidarity and support. He also expressed concern about the situation inside Libya and called for humanitarian access to those in need.

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