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.

Over three million people have fled Syria: United Nations
Over three million people have fled Syria: United Nations

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Friday announced that over three million Syrians have been registered as refugees and the crisis is only getting worse, BBC reported.

UNHCR launches humanitarian aid programme in Iraq

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday launched a major humanitarian aid scheme for Iraq`s nearly half a million internally displaced people.

Thousands besieged by militants escape from Sinjar mountain in Iraq

Around 35,000 people have escaped from the Sinjar mountains in northwest Iraq where they were besieged by fighters from the Islamic State (IS), UNHCR said Tuesday.

United Nations says Sri Lanka violates international refugee law

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday accused Sri Lanka of breaking international law in its growing campaign to kick out Pakistani asylum seekers without a fair hearing.

Japan comfort women issue still causing violations: UNHCR

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) Navi Pillay Wednesday expressed regret that Japan has failed to pursue a comprehensive, impartial, and lasting resolution of the wartime sexual slavery issue.

About 730,000 have left Ukraine for Russia due to conflict: UNHCR

About 730,000 people have left Ukraine for Russia this year due to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, UNHCR`s European director Vincent Cochetel said on Tuesday.

UN highlights hardships for lone female Syrian refugees

Thousands of Syrian refugee women are caught in a "spiral of hardship, isolation and anxiety," widowed or separated from their husbands and struggling to survive, the UN warned on Tuesday.

UN expands camp for displaced in Iraq

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expanded a displacement camp as well as humanitarian aid in northern Iraq, media reported Saturday.

Sharp rise in people fleeing eastern Ukraine: UNHCR

Some 16,400 people fled their homes in eastern Ukraine in the past week, many citing deteriorating security and fears of abduction, and the number of displaced within the country has risen to 54,000, the United Nations said on Friday.

Two aid workers killed in Mali landmine blast: Officials

Two Malian aid workers were killed when their vehicle drove over a landmine in restive north-west Mali, officials told AFP Friday.

South Sudan fighting uproots 70,000 in three weeks

The UN refugee agency said Tuesday that more than 70,000 South Sudanese have fled to safety in three weeks after a truce was signed in Addis Ababa May 9.

10,000 people displaced in Ukraine since start of crisis: UN

At least 10,000 people have been driven from their homes since the start of the Ukraine crisis, with Crimean Tatars the hardest-hit community, the UN refugee agency said Tuesday.

Homs Governor says detained evacuees to be freed

Men arrested by the Syrian authorities after being evacuated from besieged districts of Homs under a UN-brokered ceasefire will be released on Thursday, the provincial governor said.

African asylum seekers in Israel seek world help

Thousands of African asylum seekers demonstrated outside Western embassies in Tel Aviv on Monday in a second day of mass protests against Israel`s immigration policies.

842,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon: UN

The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reached 842,000, a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Monday.