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The Sea Route to Europe

The Sea Route to Europe

A large majority of the thousands of people who made dangerous sea journeys across the Mediterranean into Europe in the first six months of 2015 were fleeing war, conflict or persecution. This makes the current Mediterranean crisis primarily a refugee crisis,...

2014 becomes the deadliest year at sea off Yemen

2014 becomes the deadliest year at sea off Yemen

There's been a sharp increase this year in the number of migrants and asylum seekers losing their lives in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, with more deaths in 2014 than in the last three years combined. In the latest tragic incident on Oct 2,...

Millions mark World Refugee Day at events across the globe

Millions mark World Refugee Day at events across the globe

GENEVA, June 20 (UNHCR)—Across the world millions marked World Refugee Day on Saturday with joyful and celebratory events in sharp contrast to gloomy statistics showing spiraling global conflict and persecution have led to record numbers of people fleeing their homes....

Yazidi Women Welcomed Back to the Faith

Yazidi Women Welcomed Back to the Faith

DOHUK, Iraq—Leila, a 20-year-old Yazidi woman who was taken captive by militants and forced to convert to Islam, escaped in March and has since been reunited with her family. Her story would have been impossible just a few months ago, but she is now one of hundreds of...

Refugees and Human Rights Student Poetry Contest, 2015

Refugees and Human Rights Student Poetry Contest, 2015

UNHCR and the CCUNESCO are happy to announce the winners of the “Refugees and Human Rights Poetry Contest, 2015 edition".  Canadian students from grades 4 to 12 from schools across the country submitted high quality poems as part of this contest.   There were...

Mediterranean crossings in 2015 already top 100,000

Mediterranean crossings in 2015 already top 100,000

Donate Now GENEVA, June 9 (UNHCR) –Refugee and migrant arrivals to Europe across the Mediterranean so far in 2015 have moved above 100,000, with record numbers now arriving every day in the Greek islands. Official figures show that as of 8 June a total of 103,000...

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