U.N. refugee agency UNHCR expects 1.4 million refugees to flee to Europe via the Mediterranean this year and next, it said in a revised appeal seen by Reuters on Thursday, a sharp rise from initial estimates of 850,000.
More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday.
The number of people forced to flee their homes to escape war or abuse has risen to its highest for 15 years, with four out of five refugees in developing countries, the United Nations said on Monday.
In all, there were 43.7 million displa
The UN refugee agency has called on Saudi Arabia to halt expulsions of Somalis to Mogadishu, rebuking the oil-rich kingdom for deporting 2,000 in the past two months to the war-torn capital.
"Given the deadly violence in Mogadishu, UNHCR i
Half of the world's 10.5 million refugees are living in urban centres, driving up living costs and increasing the risk of tension with local populations, the UN refugee agency said on Monday.
Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner
Iraq has barred entry to a group of Iraqi asylum seekers sent back to Baghdad by the British government, and Britain is now holding the refugees in an immigration detention centre, Iraqi and British officials said on Saturday.
UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, has donated $10 million to the UN to help Iraqi refugees in Syria, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said.
UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis said 60,000 Iraqis continue to flee their ho
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie arrived in Iraq and appealed for more international support for millions of people uprooted by war and violence, the UN refugee agency said.
Jolie, who has been to more than 20 countries since becoming a goodw