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Global Highlights

2023: A Moment of Truth for Global Displacement

In the first months of 2022, the number of people forced to flee war, violence and persecution worldwide surpassed 100 million for the first time.

Dear Refugee

Young people write letters to refugees who have shaped their lives.

Argentina. Decades after they were resettled to Argentina, a group of Laotian refugees meet up to recreate a photo taken shortly after their arrival in Buenos Aires.

Meet Kykeo

The 'Karate Kid' who is 'more Argentine than dulce de leche'.

Malaysia. Vietnamese Boat People

The Colour of Flight

Brazilian artist Marina Amaral breathes life into images of the displaced.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency - South Sudanese refugee, Rose Nathike Lokonyen, runs the 800-metres for the Refugee Olympic Team in the Maracanã stadium in Rio, Brazil (2016).

Tokyo 2020: The Refugee Olympic and Paralympic Teams

The Refugee Olympic and Paralympic Teams travelling to Tokyo will bring hope and inspiration to millions worldwide and will shine a light on the power of sport to help displaced people rebuild their lives.

With Love From Central America

A series of letters written by eight refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people who are rebuilding their lives in the region.

A New Deal for Refugees

Known as the global compact on refugees, it aims to improve the international response to new and existing refugee situations.

Canada. Then and Now

Then and Now

These eight stories profile refugees who have made a fresh start in Canada over the years, finding safety and giving back.

Bangladesh. Rebuilding girls' lives through education

Her Turn: It's time to make refugee girls' education a priority

A new report from UNHCR reveals that refugee girls at secondary level are only half as likely to enrol in school as their male peers.

Christophe and Armand host Louis, a refugee from Mali, in their one bedroom apartment in Paris.

No Stranger Place

This series, developed with photographer Aubrey Wade, showcases Europeans who have welcomed refugees into their homes.

Canada. From far and wide.

From Far and Wide

Across Canada, longtime residents are creating powerful friendships with Syrian refugees, transcending language and culture.

Austria. St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

Cities of Light

A growing number of cities around the world are embracing refugees. This series looks at how they are helping the displaced to help themselves.

Germany. The Making of the Dream Diaries

Dream Diaries

New UNHCR project visualizes the dreams of children who have fled their homes and found a new life in Europe.​


 Spotlight - Photo essays

No escape

For civilians trapped in eastern DR Congo's cycle of violence.

Republic of Congo. CAR refugee sapeur in Brazzaville

Exile with style

A refugee finds safety in Brazzaville, and joy among its colourful 'sapeurs'.

Uganda. South Sudanese women express themselves with style

The Friendship Salon

These eight women opened a salon that is spreading hope in one of the world's largest refugee settlements.

USA. Nga Vương-Sandoval, a Vietnamese refugee, held a sign that reads "Proud Refugee" during the 2019 Women's March in Denver, Colorado

Badge of Honor

This Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Nga Vương-Sandoval celebrates her name, and her journey.

A family rests in the Mexican city of Rio Frio de Juarezas as they journey towards Mexico City, on 11 December

On the frontlines of the global displacement crisis

2021: forced displacement in pictures.

Black-and-white portrait of a Congolese refugee woman facing the camera.

Portraits of Congolese Refugee Women

Photographer Giles Duley went to Angola to meet with Congolese women who had survived unspeakable violence, bear witness to their suffering and pay tribute to their strength.

The Most Important Thing

Over the past seven years, photographer Brian Sokol has asked refugees in half a dozen countries to pose for portraits with a cherished item they brought from home.

 StoryMaps - Visualising data on displacement

Out of the Spotlight

Away from the headlines, millions of forcibly displaced people are being pushed to the brink.

Kenya. UNHCR distributes hygiene kits and firewood during COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 and refugees

The maps, stats and facts on how the pandemic has impeded efforts to protect the displaced and affected their access to basic rights

Bangladesh. Kutupalong extension site nears completion

Rohingya Refugee Emergency at a Glance

The influx to Bangladesh is one of the largest and fastest-growing refugee crises in decades

Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fleeing inter-ethnic violence in Ituri province

Uprooted in their own land

Forced to flee their homes but remaining in their countries, the internally displaced are among the world's most vulnerable people.

Mozambique. Aerial view of Beira

Displaced on the frontlines of the climate emergency

From the Sahel to Central America, climate change is driving displacement and increasing the vulnerability of those already forced to flee.

Displaced people in Yemen receive assistance during COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 deepens threats for displaced women and children

The pandemic has aggravated many of the factors that put forcibly displaced women and children at greater risk of violence and abuse