From the Field
UNHCR has a global network of information officers and others who report daily on the agency's varied activities on behalf of uprooted people around the world. This information is released locally to media and others, or sent to Geneva headquarters for editing before it is released in the form of press releases, web stories or by the UNHCR spokesperson at twice-weekly briefings at the Palais des Nations, the UN's European headquarters. UNHCR's presence in more than 125 countries, including in some of the most remote and difficult places on Earth, gives it access to news and information that are not available from anyone else. Our global communications network strives to provide timely, accurate and newsworthy information on all of the UNHCR's activities to generate awareness of and support for the refugee cause. First-hand reports, feature stories and graphics from distant field operations as well as from Geneva headquarters and world capitals are posted daily on the UNHCR website, making it an authoritative source on some of the biggest news events of the day.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees says current humanitarian system is "broke but not broken."
To ensure the voices of internally displaced people on voluntary return and other long-term solutions be heard, UNHCR commissioned an Intentions Survey among IDPs in Georgia.
Increased fighting in Libya since the start of the year has led to a doubling in the number of displaced people in the country to more than 434,000.
Nearly 10,000 Burundian refugees fled the country over the weekend before borders were closed.
The refugees now have a smart card with encrypted personal information that will prove useful as they plan for their future beyond the camps.
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Refugee information presented in twice-weekly press briefings in Geneva.
- Numbers of internally displaced in Libya double since September
- Thousands of refugees continue to flee Burundi
- As Burundi gears up for elections, more people are fleeing
- UNHCR urges further EU action on refugees
- UNHCR urges Dominican Republic to refrain from deportations of stateless individuals
Current and archived UNHCR press releases.
- Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM, the SRSG for Migration and Development, and UNODC
- Mediterranean Crisis 2015 at six months: refugee and migrant numbers highest on record
- UN agencies and partners say funding shortage leaves Syrian refugees and host nations without vital support
- UNHCR Chief arrives in Islamabad on a three-day visit
- Statement by António Guterres on World Refugee Day 2015