UNHCR, or United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, is a United Nations program that protects and supports refugees. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is also known as the UN Refugee Agency. It is tasked with helping refugees, either at the request of a national government or of the UN itself. It has twice received the Nobel Peace Prize. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on UNHCR.
The sinking of an inflatable boat has claimed at least 15 lives off Lesbos, the Greek island whose refugee camps have been slammed by Pope Francis. At one camp on the island, Syrian refugees have gone on hunger strike.
The Greek government has been trying to close refugee camps and rehouse about 10,000 migrants and refugees in the coutnry. Some have already been moved to apartments or hotel rooms in cities and are waiting for their asylum and relocation requests to be approved. In Thessaloniki Greece's second largest city the majority of local people have welcomed their new neighbours. Alexia Kalaitzi reports.
Hungary has approved plans to move asylum-seekers to camps along the southern border until their claims have been processed. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the country had to act to defend itself and described the influx of migrants as a "Trojan horse for terrorism." Human rights groups have condemned the legislation. DW correspondent Stefan Bos explains what the new measures entail.
Though fewer Syrian refugees are coming to Europe, Filippo Grandi urged the world not to forget their plight. At the Munich Security Conference, he also told DW he hopes the new US administration will continue to provide humaitarian aid.