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  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is relieved that the remaining rescued persons on board the Italian coast guard vessel ‘Diciotti’ have now disembarked. UNHCR commends those countries and organisations that have shown solidarity and given tangible assistance. Established and predictable arrangements in the Mediterranean region for the disembarkation of people rescued at sea is strongly encouraged.
    highlight 26 Aug 2018 (25 days ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is appealing to European Union member States urgently to offer relocation places to some 150 rescued persons who remain on board the Italian coast guard vessel ‘Diciotti’. The boat has been docked in Italy in the Sicilian port of Catania since 20th August – the majority of those on board are reportedly from refugee producing countries.
    highlight 25 Aug 2018 (26 days ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants
  • On 15 August, UNHCR applauded the decision by the Government of Malta to permit the disembarkation of 141 asylum-seekers and migrants rescued on the Central Mediterranean by an NGO boat, the Aquarius. We also commend those European countries who have come forward to offer relocation places for rescued passengers post-disembarkation. The situation of the Aquarius and in particular this standoff has again highlighted the need for a Mediterranean regional arrangement that provides clarity and predictability on where boats carrying rescued passengers can dock.
    highlight 15 Aug 2018 (1 month ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants
  • More than 1,500 refugees and migrants have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean in the first seven months of this year. The bleak milestone was confirmed after more than 850 lives were lost in June and July alone, marking the Mediterranean crossing as the deadliest sea route in the world.
    highlight 03 Aug 2018 (1 month ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants
  • UNHCR calls on Austria EU Presidency to lead and unite EU countries towards a fair and functioning asylum system.
    highlight 02 Jul 2018 (2 months ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants
  • Grandi calls for greater efforts to debunk myths around refugee crises UNHCR chief reiterates that vast majority of refugees are in neighboring countries, not Europe or US.
    highlight 27 Jun 2018 (2 months ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, applauds Spain for its actions today in bringing to an end a sea-rescue crisis on the Mediterranean after a ship, the Aquarius, was refused permission to land and disembark elsewhere more than 600 rescued people. After spending over a week at sea, and with some having been transferred from the Aquarius to two Italian ships, the over 600 people were finally disembarked today in the port of Valencia, where their needs will be assessed, including identifying any who might be at risk and in need of international protection. UNHCR has offered support to the Spanish authorities. “We’re grateful this ordeal is over for all involved, but this incident is something that should never have happened in the first place,” said Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. “Rescue at sea is too important a principle to jeopardize, and any wavering about disembarkation presents grave peril not just to refugees and migrants but to anyone in difficulty at sea.” UNHCR advocates for assured and predictable regional disembarkation in situations of rescue at sea - and following disembarkation, for proper responsibility sharing arrangements, to avoid situations in which countries are penalized by being left to manage processing and follow up alone. UNHCR is ready to work with States of the Mediterranean to achieve this.
    highlight 17 Jun 2018 (3 months ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants
  • UNHCR calls on Austrian Government to keep refugee protection at centre of asylum law amendments. On 09 May 2018 UNHCR published its legal analysis on the draft amendments to the asylum law, calling on the Austrian Government to uphold its commitment to protection sensitive asylum policies.
    highlight 09 May 2018 (4 months ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling on the Greek Government to urgently improve conditions and expand reception capacity, following a recent rise in arrivals at Evros via the land border with Turkey. Hundreds of people are at present being held in police detention facilities.
    highlight 27 Apr 2018 (4 months ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants
  • Despite a drop in the number of refugees and migrants reaching Europe last year, the dangers many face along the way have in some cases increased, according to Desperate Journeys report by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, setting out changing patterns of movement.
    highlight 11 Apr 2018 (5 months ago)
    / Various - Refugees/Migrants