10 December 2013
After studying refugee law at university, Lisa McMunn was academically familiar with the international protection framework. But deployed as a Field Officer with UNHCR in Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan, she is now responsible for its effective implementation.With a population of 116,000 people, Zaatari is the fourth largest city in Jordan and as the winter sets in the immediate concern is ensuring Syrian refugees have access to prefabricated containers rather than just tents. In this interview, Lisa explains how UNHCR coordinates one of the largest refugee camps in the world and why Irish Aid support is vital in humanitarian crises.
10 December 2013
The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme will start airlifting aid from Iraq to north-eastern Syria this week, a timely move that will bring much-needed relief supplies for vulnerable people in an inaccessible area as the harsh winter sets in.
06 December 2013
The UN refugee agency on Friday issued a statement mourning the death of South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela, who worked with UNHCR in helping refugees. The globally revered Mandela died on Thursday in his Johannesburg home at the age of 95.
03 December 2013
Earlier this year, UNHCR published an extensive report on credibility assessment in EU asylum systems. Fadela Novak-Irons, UNHCR Policy Officer for Europe and one of the report's authors will present its findings at a seminar at the EU Parliament Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. The conference is expected to be an important source ofinformation and forum for dialogue for all first instance decision-makers, judges and other legal practitioners working with asylum-seekers and refugees.
03 December 2013
The momentum behind the equal rights movement in Ireland has gained traction in recent years, yet more needs to be done to meet the particular needs of LGBTI asylum-seekers and refugees. Drawing on the Yogyakarta Principles, this piece examines the international protection framework for protecting these vulnerable individuals.
02 December 2013
The UN refugee agency, in a report released on Friday, says staggering numbers of Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon are growing up in fractured families, missing out on education and serving as their household's primary breadwinner.
"If we do not act quickly, a generation of innocents will become lasting casualties of an appalling war," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on the release of the report, which covers refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.
UNHCR Ireland invites applications for full-time internship positions with the External Relations Unit and the Protection Unit.
29 November 2013
UNHCR’s National Office in Ireland invites applications for two full-time internships.
The successful candidates will have the opportunity to learn about UNHCR’s work and mandate at the international level, in the EU and in Ireland. The successful candidates will also receive on-the-job training and complete self-study modules.
For more information see our Internships page
25 November 2013
In 2008, Dublin native, Andy Needham, left a successful career in corporate PR to work as a UNHCR External Relations Officer at the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab in Kenya. It was a considerable change but one which he has no regrets about making. Since then he hasn’t looked back and is now the Associate Public Information and Communications Officer for UNHCR Somalia. With 1.4 million internally displaced people (IDPs) and 10,600 asylum-seekers and refugees in Somalia who require assistance, the responsibilities of Andy’s current job are immense.
21 November 2013
18 November 2013
UNHCR has geared up its aid efforts for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, delivering two airlifts into the worst affected areas with plans to deliver more.The first Boeing 747 arrived on Thursday, with six more flights scheduled in the coming days. They will contain 66,000 blankets, 7,053 tents, 50,000 plastic sheets and 16,274 jerrycans to carry water.