Category Archives: Refugees

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