UN welcomes Malaysia, Indonesia pledge on migrants

The United Nations refugee agency on Wednesday welcomed a promise by Malaysia and Indonesia to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 migrants adrift at sea and called for them to be brought to shore immediately.

UN refugee agency wants resumption of Indo-Lanka ferry service

The UN refugee agency on Thursday appealed for the resumption of ferry services between India and Sri Lanka saying it would help in the return of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from India.

Bangladesh police arrest people smugglers, shoot four, amid crisis

Bangladeshi police arrested three human traffickers on Monday after killing four in recent days and arresting more than 100 in recent months as the poverty-stricken country cracks down on people smuggling amid an Asia-wide crisis, an officer said.

World neglects displaced as 30,000 a day forced to flee: Report

 The number of people displaced within their own countries was the worst in a generation last year, but there is little sign of governments taking action to deal with the problem, the Norwegian Refugee Council said on Wednesday. 

Hundreds missing as boat with 700 migrants sinks in Mediterranean
Hundreds missing as boat with 700 migrants sinks in Mediterranean

Up to 700 people were feared drowned Sunday after an overcrowded boat smuggling them to Europe capsized off Libya in the latest and deadliest in a long list of migrant disasters in the Mediterranean.

Kenya asks UN to shut down refugees camps for Somalia

Kenya said it has asked the UN refugee agency to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees by July in the wake of the Garissa University massacre.

Syria, Iraq conflicts send asylum-seeker numbers up 45%: UN

The number of asylum-seekers in industrialised countries rose by nearly half last year, driven by the devastating conflicts in Syria and Iraq, with Germany the top destination, the UN refugee agency said Thursday.

Fighting uproots 120,000 people in Filipino island

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has warned that more than 120,000 people have been displaced in Mindanao island in southern Philippines since fighting broke out between government troops and armed groups in late January, a UN spokesperson said here Friday.

Dreams and despair in Turkey`s `little Syria`

Since the Syrian civil war erupted four years ago, tens of thousands of refugees have poured into the southern Turkish port town of Mersin, fearing they may never return home and yearning for a better life.

Tens of thousands flee upsurge in Central Africa violence: UN

Surging violence in the Central African Republic has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes in recent weeks to escape killings, rape and pillaging by militias, the United Nations said Tuesday.

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean boat tragedy

More than 300 migrants are feared drowned after their overcrowded dinghies sank in the Mediterranean, triggering calls for the world to act after the latest boat disaster on the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe.

Refugees from Boko Haram pose headache for authorities on Lake Chad

Thousands of Nigerian civilians who fled the armed Islamists of Boko Haram have become a headache for Chadian authorities after seeking safety on a multitude of scattered islands in Lake Chad.

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.