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UNHCR welcomes change in Nauru’s detention policy

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes Nauru’s decision to end the detention of asylum-seekers and to clear pending asylum claims promptly.

On Monday, the Government of Nauru announced that, effective immediately, its Regional Processing Centre hosting asylum-seekers would become an “open centre” 24 hours a day and that all asylum-seekers would be free to move around the island. The Government also committed to processing some 600 pending asylum applications in the next week, and to enhancing support for the local integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country Continue reading

In phone calls on migration crisis, Ban urges European leaders to ‘be voice of those in need of protection’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to European leaders “to be the voice of those in need of protection” and to quickly find a joint approach to the refugee and migration crisis that shares responsibilities equitably, as Germany and Austria continue to welcome thousands of people fleeing their war-torn homelands. According to a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, the Secretary-General spoke by telephone with several European leaders today to discuss the migration crisis. Continue reading

UN refugee agency chief urges Europe to formulate collective response to migrant crisis

High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréWith the number of migrants fleeing to Europe the violence in their countries of origin continuing to increase, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today urged the European Union to speed up the formulation of an adequate collective response to this unprecedented crisis. “Since the beginning of the year, 293,000 migrants and refugees tried Continue reading

Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp turns three, challenges for the future of thousands living there

As Jordan’s Za’atari camp the largest refugee camp in the Middle East prepared to mark its third anniversary, the UN refugee agency revealed on Tuesday (July 28) an increase in the number of refugees seeking shelter in camps across the rest of the country. UNHCR said that living conditions for more than half a million refugees living outside of camps in the country had become increasingly tough, swelling the population of other camps. The latest survey showed 86 per cent of urban refugees live below the Jordanian poverty line of 68 JOD (approx. US$95) per capita per month. Continue reading

The 1951 Refugee Convention

Twelve Nations Sign Refugee ConventionThe 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees was officially signed 64 years ago today at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, by Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, United Kingdom and Yugoslavia. Since its signing the Geneva Refugee Convention has been instrumental in helping an estimated 50 million people Continue reading

UNHCR’s protection chief completes visit to Myanmar with call for more support to Rakhine state

A top official of the UN refugee agency responsible for protection has called for more concerted support to resolve the plight of displaced people in Myanmar and those with undetermined citizenship. UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, made his remarks at the end of a five-day mission to Myanmar on Monday during which he visited Yangon and the capital Nay Pyi Taw, as well as Sittwe and Maungdaw in Rakhine state. Continue reading

CLOSED: Vacancy announcements with the UNHCR Canberra office

Please note the application period for this vacancy has closed

UNHCR’s Regional Representation in Canberra is seeking qualified applicants for the positions of a Senior Protection Officer, and an External Relations Officer. The office is responsible for the promotion and protection of refugee rights in the region which includes Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Continue reading

UNHCR alarmed at reports of boat pushbacks in South-east Asia

The UN refugee agency is extremely alarmed at reports suggesting that Indonesia and Malaysia may have pushed back boats carrying vulnerable people from Myanmar and Bangladesh. On Monday the Indonesian navy stated that it had escorted a boat out to sea, although it is not clear if this represents a change in the government’s policy. Yesterday Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency announced that it would not let foreign ships dock unless they are unseaworthy and sinking. Continue reading

New guide on mental health in humanitarian emergencies

mhgap report cover pageWorldwide close to 80 million people are currently impacted by humanitarian emergencies arising from natural disasters and armed conflicts, such as those in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, and more recently, Nepal. WHO estimates 5% to 10% of these people suffer from a mental health condition such as depression as a result of the emergency. Continue reading