UNHCR concerned over refugees' return to violence-hit Nigeria

 The UN today expressed concern over the return of hundreds of refugees to Nigeria from Niger, saying authorities in the two countries should stop the repatriation until there are proper safeguards against the brutal violence by radical group Boko Haram.

Two-thirds of Jordan`s Syria refugees in poverty: UN

 Two-thirds of the hundreds of thousands of Syrian war refugees in Jordan are living in poverty, the head of the UN refugee agency warned Wednesday, calling for "massive" international aid.

India home to 200,000 refugees in first half of 2014: UNHCR

India was home to over 200,000 refugees in the first six months of 2014, a period that saw over 5.5 million people displaced worldwide mainly due to war and violence across large swathes of the Middle East and Africa.

Lebanon imposes visas on Syrians for first time

Lebanon is to impose visa restrictions on Syrians for the first time after being overwhelmed by an influx of more than 1.1 million refugees, according to documents published online.

Refugees drown in attempted Sudanese smuggling

At least eight asylum-seekers have drowned trying to cross a river in Sudan during an attempt to smuggle them out of a refugee camp, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday.

States making big mistake in backing terrorism: Iran

 Countries supporting terrorism in the Middle East have made a "big mistake", says Iran`s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Press TV reported.

UN refugee agency to repatriate 10,000 Somalis from Kenya

The UN refugee agency UNHCR said Tuesday it plans to repatriate 10,000 Somali refugees in Kenya who wish to return to Somalia in a pilot project, starting with the immediate support to around 400 people in December.

UN wants countries to take in 180,000 Syrian refugees

More than 30 humanitarian organisations on Monday launched an appeal for countries to take in around 180,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict.

UNHCR set to repatriate 100 Somali refugees from Kenya

 The UN refugee agency said it will voluntarily repatriate 100 Somali refugees living in Dadaab camp in northern Kenya Monday.

WFP suspends food aid for 1.7 mn Syrian refugees

A lack of funds has forced the UN World Food Programme to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the agency said on Monday.

UN warns Australia over detaining underage asylum seekers

 Australia has been warned by the UN that it may be breaching international law by detaining children as part of its asylum seeker policy.

UN agency starts relocation of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia

 The UN refugee agency UNHCR has begun relocating nearly 15,000 South Sudanese refugees who had been stranded for months at a station in western Ethiopia after the refugee camp where they were due to live was flooded, a press release said Tuesday.

Over 100,000 people displaced by violence in Libya: UN

The United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) has reported that violence in parts of Libya has led to a deteriorating displacement crisis, prompting more than 100,000 people to flee their homes, a UN spokesperson said Tuesday.

UNHCR launches global drive to end statelessness

Geneva:  The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched a 10-year global campaign aimed at ending the statelessness which affects millions of people around the world.

UN aims to eliminate statelessness within 10 years

 Ten million people worldwide have no nationality, leaving them in a devastating legal limbo, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday, launching a campaign to eradicate statelessness within a decade.

180,000 people flee Iraq's Hit city

At least 180,000 people have fled the central Iraqi town of Hit over the weekend after the Islamic State (IS) militants captured it, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday.

Asylum-seeker numbers rise by a quarter: UNHCR

The number of asylum-seekers in industrialised countries has risen by nearly a quarter, driven by the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as instability in Afghanistan, Eritrea and elsewhere, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

UNHCR preparing for 400,000 exodus from Syrian town into Turkey

The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans in case all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fled into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.

Number of displaced civilians inside Ukraine doubles: UNHCR

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday said the number of people displaced inside Ukraine has doubled in the past three weeks since the ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine is driving more people from their homes.

Lanka opens two new detention centres for foreigners

Facing international flak for forcibly deporting Pakistani and Afghan nationals seeking refugee status in Sri Lanka, the government has established two more centres to detain foreigners who are overstaying.