Woman holds child in the snow. Kateryna fled her hometown of Kryvyi Rih in southern Ukraine on 6 March.
©UNHCR / Anna Liminowicz

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Let refugees know they’re not alone. Join our Emergency Response Team and maximise your impact with a regular donation.

Every year, thousands of people are forced to flee their homes and countries to escape conflict, violence, disaster and persecution. Hungry, thirsty and exhausted, they need help – now.

UNHCR remains even when the emergency is out of the spotlight

Help reach and protect all refugees wherever they may be. No matter how dangerous the situation. No matter how long the emergency lasts.

UNHCR is often first in and last out in a refugee crisis. Thanks to you, our teams can be on the ground within 72 hours, providing vulnerable families with shelter, water, medicine and other life-saving essentials. Our emergency teams include experts in relief coordination, human rights, camp management, negotiation, and water and sanitation.

With more than 120 million people now displaced around the world, there has never been a greater need for your support. Please join our Emergency Response Team today to help people fleeing for their lives.

The numbers behind UNHCR's emergency response

People fleeing Ukraine enter Poland at the Medyka border crossing.
© UNHCR/Chris Melzer
million people are displaced worldwide
Internally displaced Yemeni mother, Lubna, holds her child after fleeing escalating fighting.
© UNHCR/Marie-Joëlle Jean-Charles
% are children
Alexandra Krause, Senior Emergency Coordinator, at work in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Talking with Afghan refugees waiting to enter Vinojug Reception Centre near the border with Greece.
©️ UNHCR / Mark Henley
1 in people are forced to flee at a moment’s notice

UNHCR's Emergency Response

UNHCR works in more than 130 countries around the world and over 90% of our workforce are based in field locations. We are often first in and last out in a refugee crisis, providing vulnerable families with shelter, water and other survival essentials.

UNHCR has been responding to emergencies for over 70 years all over the world and has a worldwide network of over 20,000 staff, including trained experts in emergency response and preparedness ready to drop everything in the event of rapid deployment across the world.

When you join the Emergency Response Team, you are helping UNHCR plan for the future, prepare for the unknown, and mobilise at a moment’s notice, as soon as an emergency strikes.

Our fundraising impact

The majority of funds raised by Australia for UNHCR are directed to UNHCR’s emergency operations, providing the ready funds and resources to respond quickly and effectively in situations of crisis and disaster.

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