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With displacement at a record high, UNHCR urges rethink of global humanitarian financing

01 October 2014

GENEVA, September 30 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned today that the global humanitarian system has become dangerously overstretched by new crises in the Middle East and Africa and continuing unresolved conflicts in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and elsewhere.

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2014 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

30 September 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres presented the Colombian women’s rights group, Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future, with the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday night.

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Asylum claims from Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones rise in first half 2014

26 September 2014

GENEVA, September 26 (UNHCR) – A UNHCR report released on Friday shows that the number of people seeking refugee status in industrialized countries continued to climb in the first half of 2014, driven by the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as conflict and instability in countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea. 

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Creating a home from home, far from home in Erbil

25 September 2014

ERBIL, Iraq, September 24 (UNHCR) – What had been an empty lot in Erbil's Ainkawa district in early August is now a sea of white. Close to 300 UNHCR tents are laid out geometrically in an area the size of a city block in the capital of northern Iraq's Kurdistan region.

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UNHCR reports sharp increase in number of Iraqis fleeing to Jordan and Turkey

23 September 2014

GENEVA, September 23 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that it has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of Iraqis fleeing their country in recent weeks, with 60 per cent of those arriving in Jordan citing fears of ISIS militants as the reason for their flight. 

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Number of Syrian Kurds fleeing to Turkey nears 140,000; humanitarian needs mount

23 September 2014

GENEVA. September 23 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said more than 138,000 refugees, mainly ethnic Kurds fleeing militant threats to towns and villages in northern Syria, have crossed into southern Turkey since Friday.

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UNHCR steps up response as 130,000 Syrian refugees cross into Turkey

22 September 2014

GENEVA, September 22 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is stepping up its response to help the Turkish government provide assistance to an estimated 130,000 Syrians who have crossed into Turkey since Friday.

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Top UN humanitarian officials visit Syrian refugees, call for support for Lebanon

18 September 2014

DEIR EL AHMAR, Lebanon, September 16 (UNHCR) – Before the Syrian civil war, the picturesque Lebanese hill town of Deir El Ahmar saw occasional seasonal field workers arriving from Syria to pick tobacco, onions and other crops and then return home after the harvest.

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UNHCR alarmed at death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean

16 September 2014

GENEVA, September 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is alarmed at the death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean in recent days, which underlines the need for collective European action to avoid further loss of lives at sea.

 

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Insecurity, drought and lack of livelihoods force 130,000 to flee homes in Somalia

16 September 2014

Baloch said the forced evictions of internally displaced people (IDP) from both private and government-owned land and buildings had uprooted almost 33,000 people. Some 15,600 were affected in the port city of Kismayo earlier this year and 18,300 people were evicted in the capital Mogadishu in recent weeks.

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