Category Archives: Refugees

Statement by the UN Secretary-General on Refugees, New York, 31 January 2017

Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are entitled to protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today, expressing concern at decisions around the world that have undermined the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.

On my way back from Ethiopia, the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa that for decades has been keeping its borders open to hundreds of thousands of refugees from its neighbors, many times in dramatic security situations, I want to state the following:

     – Countries have the right, even the obligation, to responsibly manage their borders to avoid infiltration by members of terrorist organizations.· This cannot be based on any form of discrimination related to religion, ethnicity or nationality because:

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UN Secretary-General Message at the High-Level Civil Society Event of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants, New York, 19 September 2016

Thank you very much, Ms. Susan Alzner, Head of the U N Non-Governmental Liaison Service, for organizing this dynamic event.

Distinguished heads of State and government, Excellencies, I would like to particularly recognise the participation and presence of Dr. Thomas Bach, IOC President. Thank you for your strong commitment, and also the successful completion of the Rio Olympics as well as Paralympics.

I would like to also thank Ms. Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer, and also Olympic athlete Ms. Yusra Mardini and her sister Sarah, and Muzoon Almellehan with the Malala Fund, and Esteemed representatives of civil society, philanthropists and non-governmental organizations.

And I also recognise the presence of the former Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. [Helle] Thorning-Schmidt. She is now Save the Children’s head.

And above all, my warmest greetings to all the migrants and refugees here with us; Today’s summit meeting which we just concluded the opening ceremony – which will continue all day long today – is a great message and giving a sense of hope and encouragement and strong commitment by the world’s leaders and by the international community.

Today’s summit should make a real difference in the lives of refugees and migrants.

The New York Declaration which governments adopted today, this morning, just now, can be a turning point if leaders fulfil their commitments.

I urge you to raise your voices and push for results.

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رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي للاجئين، 20 حزيران/يونيه 2016

لقد بلغت حدة التشريد القسري مستويات غير مسبوقة، حيث أن عدد المشردين من ديارهم يصل إلى أكثر من 65 مليون شخص في العالم كله. ذلك أن النزاعات الجديدة والمتكررة وأشكال العنف والاضطهاد التي تبعث أكثر من أي وقت مضى على القلق تضطر الناس إلى الفرار بحثا عن الأمان داخل بلدانهم، أو إلى عبور الحدود الدولية بصفتهم ملتمسين للجوء أو لاجئين. بينما يعيش آخرون في منفى طويل الأجل، حيث تظل تسوية النزاعات التي طال أمدها بعيدة المنال. وفي نهاية عام 2015، كان هناك 21.3 مليون لاجئ، و 3.2 ملايين شخص هم في صدد التماس اللجوء، و 40.8 مليون شخص من المشردين داخل بلدانهم. Continue reading


Refugee children at a reception centre in Rome, Italy. UN Photo.

Forced displacement has reached unprecedented levels, with more than 65 million people uprooted from their homes globally. New and recurring conflicts, and ever-more disturbing forms of violence and persecution, are driving people to flee in search of safety within their own countries, or to cross international borders as asylum seekers or refugees. Others are living in long-term exile, as solutions to protracted conflicts remain elusive. At the end of 2015, there were 21.3 million refugees, 3.2 million people in the process of seeking asylum, and 40.8 million people internally displaced within their own countries. Continue reading

مقال رأي بقلم الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة عن اللاجئين والمهاجرين


في أيلول/سبتمبر من هذا العام، سيجتمع قادة العالم في الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة من أجل معالجة أحد التحديات البارزة في عصرنا، وهو: الاستجابة للتحركات الكبيرة للاجئين والمهاجرين

فالحرب وانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان وتخلف النمو وتغير المناخ والكوارث الطبيعية، كلها أمور تدفع الناس إلى مغادرة ديارهم بأعداد أكبر من أي وقت مضى منذ أن توافرت لنا بيانات موثوقة. وهناك ما يزيد على 60 مليون شخص – نصفهم من الأطفال – قد فروا من العنف أو الاضطهاد وأصبحوا الآن من اللاجئين والمشردين داخليا. وينضاف إليهم عدد آخر من المهاجرين بلغ 225 مليونا غادروا بلدانهم بحثا عن فرص أفضل أو لمجرد البقاء على قيد الحياة

ولكن هذه ليست أزمة أرقام؛ بل هي أزمة تضامن. فما يقارب 90 في المائة من اللاجئين في العالم تستضيفهم بلدان نامية. وتستضيف ثمانية بلدان أكثر من نصف اللاجئين في العالم. وهناك عشرة بلدان فقط تقدم نسبة 75 في المائة من ميزانية الأمم المتحدة لتخفيف محنة هؤلاء وإنهائها

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presents his annual report on the work of the Organization at the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

Thank you.  I am extremely pleased to be among such a distinguished group and to be focussing on a topic that is tied to so many challenges in our world today.

We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Above all, this is not just a crisis of numbers – it is also a crisis of solidarity.

Last month, President Kim and I visited the Middle East region, including Jordan and Lebanon.  We saw thousands of refugees.  We heard their stories.  I was deeply moved especially by the dreams and resolve of the young people. Half the world’s refugees are children. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s Remarks to the General Assembly Meeting on Global Awareness of the Tragedies of Irregular Migrants in the Mediterranean Basin with Specific Emphasis on Syrian Asylum Seekers

New York, 20 November 2015

I thank the General Assembly President for convening this important meeting.

A record 60 million people have been forced from their homes. Tragedies are multiplying – especially for the Syrian people.

Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and all first asylum countries have generously supported millions of desperate people. I applaud them – but having such few countries bear the global responsibility is simply not a sustainable solution.

We need a new approach to manage the challenges of global mobility, built on equitable responsibility sharing. Continue reading

UNHCR and partners alarmed at the upsurge in the number of South Sudanese fleeing into Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan, 23 June 2015 (UNHCR): The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), its sister UN agencies and humanitarian partners, including the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, are concerned at the dire situation of South Sudanese refugees having recently fled into Sudan.

Since 20 May, nearly 30,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in Sudan, mainly in White Nile State. The most recent surge, however, occurred in mid-June, when some 9,200 South Sudanese refugees were registered in Kharasana, West Kordofan State. The influx in the State has continued since then, at a rate of 100-150 per day.

“We are extremely preoccupied at the reports received about these people’s condition. Of these 9,200 new arrivals, some 7,000 are children, including 3,500 under five. We have also identified some 150 unaccompanied and separated children. They are in dire need of immediate life-saving assistance”, UNHCR Representative, Mohammed Adar, says. Continue reading