Nigeria Situation Revised Supplementary Appeal

(26/07/2017). This revised supplementary appeal outlines UNHCR’s plan in the remaining months of 2017 to scale-up its response inside Nigeria to meet the needs of returnees, as a result of an unexpected surge in the self-organized return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon. Nigerian refugees are mainly returning to IDP settlements in north-east Nigeria. UNHCR is also intensifying mass information campaigns in the camps in northern Cameroon to ensure that refugees have accurate and updated information on the prevailing situation in areas of return in Nigeria.

Europe: new Roadmap to improve the situation of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children

The Roadmap highlights the need to identify children, register them through child-friendly procedures, and build a relationship of trust with them as early as possible.  Ensuring that a well-trained guardian takes immediate responsibility for the child, engaging cultural mediators, and mobilizing members of host communities are critical measures that can help build a trusting relationship and protect children from smugglers, traffickers or family pressure. The document provides recommendations developed in a broad consultative process led by the three organizations, with input from 100 practitioners, including guardians, psychologists, social workers and lawyers, as well as relevant authorities from several European states and the European Union, and refugee and migrant children across the continent. The situation for unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children has worsened since the increase of arrivals to Europe back in 2015, with a broadened use of detention and large scale institutional care, limited family reunification opportunities, and rising concerns over deportations. The Roadmap also recommends stronger emphasis on providing safety, proper care arrangements and services, and long-term solutions to these children based on their specific needs.

Insecurity, economic crisis, abuse and exploitation in Libya push refugees and migrants to Europe, new study reveals

The welfare of syrian refugees. Evidence from Jordan and Lebanon

The book focuses on the largest refugee crisis of our time: the Syrian refugee crisis. It exploits a wealth of survey and registry data on Syrian refugees living in Jordan and Lebanon to assess their poverty and vulnerability status, understand the predictors of these statuses, evaluate the performance of existing policies toward refugees, and determine the potential for alternative policies. Findings point to a complex situation. In the absence of humanitarian assistance, poverty is extremely high among refugees. Current policies including cash transfers and food vouchers are effective in reducing poverty but they remain short of providing economic inclusion and self-reliance of refugees. A shift toward economic inclusion and self-reliance would require a different humanitarian and development paradigm, one that focuses on growth policies for areas affected by refugees where the target population is constituted by refugees and hosting populations alike. This joint study by the World Bank Group and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees helps bridge the
historical divide between humanitarian and development work by providing practical solutions for assisting refugees in the short, medium and long-term and to prevent the irreversible loss of social and human capital typically associated with prolonged refugee crises.
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Mundo en Guerra. ACNUR Tendencias Globales. Desplazamiento Forzado en 2014

El desplazamiento forzado global ha experimentado un crecimiento acelerado en 2014, alcanzando una vez más niveles sin precedentes. Durante el año se produjo el nivel de desplazamiento más elevado del que se tiene registro. Al término de 2014, había 59,5 millones de personas desplazadas forzosamente en todo el mundo a consecuencia de la persecución, los conflictos, la violencia generalizada o las violaciones de derechos humanos. Esto son 8,3 millones de personas más que el año anterior 51,2 millones) y el incremento anual más elevado en un solo año.

Asylum Trends 2014. Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries.

This report summarizes patterns and trends in the number of individual asylum claims submitted in Europe and selected non-European countries during 2014. The data presented are based on information available as of 14 March 2015, unless otherwise indicated. The report covers the 38 European and six non-European States that currently provide monthly asylum statistics to UNHCR. Figures are mostly based on official asylum statistics, reflecting national laws and procedures. In addition, UNHCR conducted refugee status determination under its mandate in a number of countries included in this report. Annex Table 2 provides trends in selected Eastern European countries, based on annual data.

ACNUR da a conocer ambiciosas propuestas para una acción europea en el mar Mediterráneo

El Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados (ACNUR) ha enviado una serie de propuestas concretas a la Unión Europea para abordar los retos planteados por los miles de refugiados e inmigrantes arriesgan sus vidas tratando de llegar a Europa cada año. Estas propuestas, formuladas por António Guterres -Alto Comisionado de ACNUR-, en una carta a la Unión Europea, forman parte de la Iniciativa de ACNUR para el mar Mediterráneo Central (CMSI por sus siglas en inglés), que tiene como objetivo fomentar un amplio debate entre la Comisión Europea, los Estados europeos y otros socios interesados, con el fin de abordar los retos de los flujos migratorios mixtos en el Mar Mediterráneo y para salvar vidas.