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20 June 2019 - UN Chief praises humanity of countries that host refugees

TEHRAN, 20 June 2019 (UNIC) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on World Refugee Day, 20 June 2019, recognized the humanity of countries that host refugees even as they struggle with their own economic challenges and security concerns.

The full text his message reads:

On World Refugee Day, my thoughts are with the more than 70 million women, children and men – refugees and internally displaced persons -- who have been forced to flee war, conflict and persecution.

This is an astonishing number – twice what it was 20 years ago.

Most of the forcibly displaced came from just a handful of countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia. In the past 18 months, millions more have fled Venezuela. 

I want to recognize the humanity of countries that host refugees even as they struggle with their own economic challenges and security concerns.

We must match their hospitality with development and investment.

It is regrettable that their example is not followed by all.  We must re-establish the integrity of the international protection regime.

The Global Compact on Refugees, adopted last December, offers a blueprint for modern refugee response.

What refugees need most urgently is peace. 

Millions of people around the world have joined UNHCR’s World Refugee Day campaign and are taking steps, big and small, in solidarity with refugees. Will you take a step with refugees too?


Thank you.


18 June 2019 - The Government of Japan Continues to Support Humanitarian Assistance to Afghan refugees in the Islamic Republic of Iran

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UNHCR Iran, Tehran, 18 June 2019: The Government of Japan has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Afghan refugees in the Islamic Republic of Iran through a recent contribution of USD 973,214 to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iran.

The Government of Japan’s contribution will be used to fund UNHCR-supported activities targeting vulnerable Afghan refugee families implemented from April to December 2019, in coordination with UNHCR’s main government counterpart, the Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA).

 The contribution supports the implementation of the multi-partner Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees as part of national efforts to enhance access to inclusive refugee-related policies in the areas of health, education and livelihoods. Specifically, these funds will be directed towards supporting the Universal Public Health Insurance (UPHI), Persons with Specific Needs, school construction, Technical and Vocational Training for refugees, and basic infrastructure projects in settlements and remote urban areas.

This year marks the 40th commemoration of the Afghan refugee displacement situation. Appreciating Japan’s ongoing support to Afghan refugees in Iran, UNHCR Representative, Mr. Ivo Freijsen, highlights the need for the international community to step up and support countries which are shouldering large numbers of refugees, like Iran. “Japan’s contribution is in line with the spirit of the recently affirmed Global Compact on Refugees, which seeks to better support host countries in managing large refugee movements, including the protracted Afghan situation”.

Japanese Ambassador to Iran, H.E. Mitsugu Saito, reaffirmed the close partnership between Japan and UNHCR, “Japan stands as one of UNHCR’s largest and most prominent donors and contributes globally as well as in Iran, where UNHCR plays a vital role in coordination with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the sake of supporting the refugees”.

Mr. Freijsen adds, “Through Japan’s committed contributions over the years, UNHCR, in coordination with BAFIA, has been able to enhance refugees’ access to education, livelihoods opportunities and healthcare - particularly through Iran’s flagship health insurance scheme for refugees, UPHI”.

Providing for close to 1 million registered Afghan refugees and almost 30,000 Iraqi refugees, the Islamic Republic of Iran is currently one of the largest refugee hosting countries in the world. Of these refugees, 97 per cent reside in urban areas, side-by-side with Iranian host communities. The remaining three per cent live in 20 government-run refugee settlements. In addition to registered Afghan refugees, government estimates indicate that there are 1.5 to 2 million undocumented Afghans in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

UNHCR has maintained an uninterrupted presence in the country for 35 years, and works in close coordination with its main government counterpart, BAFIA, to provide protection and assistance to Afghan and Iraqi refugees throughout the Islamic Republic of Iran.


خرداد 98 - دولت ژاپن همواره به پشتیبانی از کمک های انسان دوستانه به پناهندگان افغانستانی در جمهوری اسلامی ایران ادامه می دهد

کمیساریای عالی پناهندگان سازمان ملل متحد (UNHCR) ایران، تهران، 28 خرداد ماه 1398 :دولت ژاپن با اهدا کمک 973,214  دالری به آژانس پناهندگان سازمان ملل در ایران، ادامه تعهد خود برای حمایت از پناهندگان افغانستانی در جمهوری اسالمی ایران را به قوت تائیید کرد.

حمایت مالی دولت ژاپن در راستای پشتیبانی از اجرای پروژه ها و فعالیت های آژانس پناهندگان که هدف آنها خدمت رسانی به خانواده های آسیب پذیر پناهنده افغانستانی است، در بازه زمانی فروردین تا آذر ماه 1398 و با هماهنگی همتای اصلی آژانس پناهندگان سازمان ملل در جمهوری اسالمی ایران، اداره کل امور اتباع و مهاجرین خارجی وزارت کشور  (BAFIA)  مورد استفاده قرار می گیرند .

این کمک از اجرای راه حل های راهبردی برای پناهندگان افغانستانی که توسط شرکای متعددی در حال اجرا می باشند، حمایت خواهد کرد. این راه حل ها بعنوان بخشی از تالش های ملی برای افزایش دستیابی به سیاست های فراگیر در خصوص بهداشت، آموزش و معیشت پناهندگان می کوشند. این حمایت مالی به طور خاص، در راستای پوشش و حمایت از "طرح بیمه سالمت" برای پناهندگان، افراد با نیازهای خاص، ساخت مدرسه، آموزش فنی و حرفه ای برای پناهندگان و پروژه های زیرساختی اولیه و پایه در مهمانشهرها و مناطق دورافتاده شهری هزینه خواهد شد. سال جاری چهلمین سال از زمان ورود پناهندگان افغانستانی به ایران است. نماینده کمیساریای عالی پناهندگان سازمان ملل متحد، آقای ایوو فریسن با قدردانی از حمایت های مالی ژاپن از پناهندگان در ایران، اذعان داشت: "جامعه بین المللی باید حمایت های خود از کشورهایی چون ایران که میزبان چنین جمعیت پناهنده بزرگی هستند را افزایش دهند.

حمایت مالی ژاپن همراستای پیمان جهانی برای پناهندگان که اخیرا مورد تایید قرار گرفته است بوده و به حمایت از کشورهای میزبان در مدیریت جابجایی های بزرگ پناهندگان، از جمله وضعیت طوالنی مدت افغانستان می پردازد"

. سفیر ژاپن در ایران، آقای میتسوگو سایتو، ادامه همکاری نزدیک ژاپن و آژانس پناهندگان را تائید کرد: "ژاپن یکی از بزرگترین و برجسته ترین حامیان مالی آژانس پناهندگان سازمان ملل خواهد ماند که در سطح جهانی و در ایران از این سازمان حمایت می کند، و این در حالیست که آژانس پناهندگان با هماهنگی دولت جمهوری اسالمی ایران نقشی حیاتی در راستای پشتیبانی از پناهندگان دارد".

آقای ایوو فریسن می افزاید: "به لطف حمایت های مالی متعهدانه ژاپن در سال های گذشته، آژانس پناهندگان با هماهنگی اداره کل امور اتباع و مهاجرین خارجی توانسته است دسترسی پناهندگان به آموزش، فرصت های معیشتی و مراقبت های بهداشتی را به ویژه از طریق طرح بیمه سالمت افزایش دهد که دستاورد مهم ایران برای پناهندگان است".

جمهوری اسالمی ایران با خدمت رسانی به حدود یک میلیون پناهنده افغانستانی و حدود  30,000 پناهنده عراقی، میزبان یکی از بزرگترین جمعیت های پناهنده در جهان است. 97 درصد از این جمعیت در مناطق شهری و در کنار ایرانیان زندگی می کنند. سه درصد باقی مانده این جمعیت در 20 مهمانشهر دولتی برای پناهندگان ساکن هستند. بر اساس تخمین های دولت، عالوه بر پناهندگان افغانستانی دارای مدرک، 1.5 تا 2 میلیون افغانستانی بدون مدرک نیز در جمهوری اسالمی ایران زندگی می کنند.

آژانس پناهندگان سازمان ملل در ایران، 35 سال است که در ایران حضوری بی وقفه داشته و با همکاری نزدیک با همتای اصلی دولتی خود، اداره کل امور اتباع و مهاجرین خارجی وزارت کشور، از پناهندگان افغانستانی و عراقی ساکن ایران حمایت کرده و به آنها خدمت رسانی می کند.


مرداد 97 - اطلاعیه مهم از آژانس پناهندگان سازمان ملل در ایران

بدینوسیله کمیساریا نگرانی عمیق خود مبنی بر انتشار اخباری نادرست در میان پناهندگان در خصوص ثبت‌نام برای اسکان مجدد یا مساعدت برای اعزام به کشوری دیگر را اعلام می‌دارد.

لذا کمیساریا به تمامی پناهندگان هشدار می‌دهد تا به چنین شایعاتی که از طریق منابع غیرموثق پخش شده‌اند اعتماد نکنند.

اطلاعات بیشتر در خصوص برنامه‌های مساعدت کمیساریا را می‌توانید از طریق وب‌سایت ما به نشانی:  www.unhcr.org.ir کسب نمایید.



20 June 2017 - War, violence, persecution push displacement to new unprecedented high

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War, violence and persecution worldwide are causing more people than ever to be forcibly displaced, according to a report published today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

UNHCR’s new Global Trends report, the organization’s major annual survey of the state of displacement, says that at the end of 2016 there were 65.6 million people forcibly displaced worldwide – some 300,000 more than a year earlier. This total represents an enormous number of people needing protection worldwide.

The figure of 65.6 million comprises three important components. First is refugee numbers, which at 22.5 million are the highest ever seen. Of these, 17.2 million come under the responsibility of UNHCR, and the remainder are Palestinian refugees registered with our sister-organization UNRWA. Syria’s conflict remains the world’s biggest producer of refugees (5.5 million), however in 2016 the biggest new factor was South Sudan where the disastrous breakdown of peace efforts in July of that year contributed to the outflow of 739,900 people by year’s end (1.87 million today).

Second is displacement of people inside their own countries, whose numbers were 40.3 million at the end of 2016 compared to 40.8 million a year earlier. Syria, Iraq, and the still very significant displacement inside Colombia were the biggest internal displacement situations, nonetheless the problem of internal displacement is a worldwide one and accounts for almost two thirds of the global forced displacement total.

Third is asylum seekers, people who have fled their country and are seeking international protection as refugees. As of the end of 2016 the number of people seeking asylum globally was 2.8 million.

This adds up to an immense human cost of war and persecution globally: 65.6 million means that on average one in every 113 people worldwide is today someone who is displaced – a population bigger than that of the world’s 21st most populous country, the United Kingdom.

“By any measure this is an unacceptable number, and it speaks louder than ever to the need for solidarity and common purpose in preventing and resolving crises, and ensuring together that the world’s refugees, internally displaced and asylum seekers are properly protected and cared for while solutions are pursued,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “We have to do better for these people. For a world in conflict, what is needed is determination and courage, not fear.”

Among the report’s key findings, is that new displacement in particular remains very high. Of the 65.6 million people forcibly displaced globally, 10.3 million became displaced in 2016, about two-thirds of them (6.9 million) fleeing within their own countries. This equates to one person becoming displaced every 3 seconds – less than the time it takes to read this sentence.

At the same time, returns of refugees and internally displaced people to their homes, combined with other solutions such as resettlement in third countries meant that for some, 2016 brought the prospect of improvement. Some 37 countries together accepted 189,300 refugees for resettlement. Around half a million other refugees were able to return to their home countries, and about 6.5 million internally displaced people to their areas of origin - although many did so in less than ideal circumstances and facing uncertain prospects.

Worldwide, most refugees – 84 per cent – were in low- or middle-income countries as of end 2016, with one in every three (4.9 million people) being hosted by the least developed countries. This huge imbalance reflects several things including the continuing lack of consensus internationally when it comes to refugee hosting and the proximity of many poor countries to regions of conflict. It also illustrates the need for countries and communities supporting refugees and other displaced people to be robustly resourced and supported – the absence of which can create instability, have consequences for life-saving humanitarian work, or lead to secondary displacement.

By population, Syria still accounts for the biggest numbers of displaced people overall, with 12 million people (almost two thirds of the population) either displaced internally or having fled abroad as refugees or asylum seekers. Leaving aside the long-standing Palestinian refugee situation, Colombians (7.7 million) and Afghans (4.7 million) remained the second and third largest populations, followed by Iraqis (4.2 million) and South Sudanese (the world’s fastest growing displaced population with 3.3 million having fled their homes by the end of the year).

Children, who make up half the world’s refugees, continue to bear a disproportionate burden of the suffering, mainly because of their greater vulnerability. Tragically, 75,000 asylum claims were received from children travelling alone or separated from their parents. The report says even this number is likely to underestimate the true figure.

UNHCR estimates that at least 10 million people were without a nationality or at risk of statelessness at the end of 2016. However, data recorded by governments and communicated to UNHCR were limited to 3.2 million stateless people in 75 countries.

Global Trends is a statistical assessment of forced displacement, and as such a number of key developments in the refugee world in 2016 are not captured. These include increased politicization of asylum issues in many countries, and growing restrictions on access to protection measures in some regions, but also positive developments such as the historic summits on Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, the landmark New York Declaration that followed, the new all-of-society approach to managing displacement being pioneered under the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, and the enormous generosity of host countries and donor governments alike towards refugees and other displaced populations.

UNHCR produces its Global Trends report annually based on its own data, the data it receives from its partner the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, and data it receives from governments.


Additional Information

Global Trends is being released on the eve of World Refugee Day 20th June.

For broadcasters, news organizations and other media professionals: A full multimedia content package, the full Global Trends report, and contact details for UNHCR’s country and global spokespersons can be found on the Global Trends media page.


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