Winter Emergency

This Winter, harsh temperatures affect millions of vulnerable people across the Middle East, Afghanistan and Ukraine. It is often the most dreaded season for displaced families facing the cold.

Seuls en exil

"Seuls en exil" highlights the story of three unaccompanied refugee minors. We have met JP Kalonji, one of the three authors to ask him a few questions.

Underfunded crises

Throughout a series of three articles, we will have a closer look at the countries UNHCR is most concerned about, given their severe underfunding, starting with the situations in Bangladesh, Chad, Colombia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

More than 100 million displaced people in the world.

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, the list of people who have gone into exile has grown even longer, reaching the sad milestone of 100 million.

Aiming Higher

"Aiming Higher" is the name of the UN Refugee Agency's program to give refugees a chance to continue their education after high school. The ambitious program plans to increase refugees’ access to higher education from 3 to 15% by 2030.  

What we do

UNHCR is present in 137 countries to support people forced to flee conflicts and persecution. 

91% of all 18,879 employees of UNHCR are fieldworkers on the frontline to help those forced to flee conflicts and persecution. Beyond emergency relief, UNHCR makes sure to find sustainable solutions for refugees for a better future. 

million people uprooted worlwide in 2022
of uprooted people in the world are children
million people are stateless
refugees have been resettled in 2021
Switzerland for UNHCR

Switzerland for UNHCR, a foundation under Swiss law, is UNHCR's national partner in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It was established in 2020 to promote closer ties with the Swiss population, and to mobilize critical funds essential to fulfill UNHCR’s mission. 

Earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria
On 6 February, two powerful earthquakes struck southeast Türkiye and northern Syria. To date, more than 21,000 people have lost their lives in this disaster.
Switzerland and UNCHR – a shared history
The Swiss Federal Council announced its decision to support UNHCR for the years 2023-2024 with a contribution of 68 million CHF. The intention of providing aid is driven by the ongoing conflicts around the world.
2022 : What impact ?
The past year has been marked by many events. Here is an overview of some of the situations to which your contributions were allocated in 2022.
Refugee Portraits: Lida Naeim-Jäggi
For the 7th article in our series, we met Lida, who fled Afghanistan with her family at the age of seven.For the past 10 years, Lida has lived in Ireland, where she is finalising her PhD at Trinity College Dublin on the topic of the refugees.
Refugee Portraits