Help with a movie ticket

Go to the movies and support refugees at the same time: that's possible at the Zurich Film Festival ZFF, the second-largest film festival in the German-speaking world. Until 2026, Switzerland for UNHCR is a charity partner of ZFF.

Humanitarian crisis in Sudan

The conflict that broke out in Sudan in April 2023 has already forced over 4 million people to flee their homes to seek safety. Every day, needs on the ground increase and UNHCR works around the clock to meet them.

World Refugee Day 2023

To celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20, Switzerland for UNHCR, UNHCR’s national partner in Switzerland, invited members of the refugee and host community to participate in an Inside Out activity, in collaboration with the Hospice général, the main public welfare office of the canton of Geneva.

108.5 million people displaced in 2022

On June 14th, UNHCR released the 2022 Global Trends Report, a landmark publication summarizing the situation of forced displacement throughout the world. As the numbers of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict, violence and persecution continues to rise, we propose a brief overview of the key figures on displacement in 2022. 

Staff testimony
"The common ground of all crises is human suffering.”

Hussien Ahmad has been working for 7 years with UNHCR, after joining in his home country Syria. In this interview, he reflects on his work as a humanitarian.

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 over 130 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 2022
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. 

Armenia Emergency: Rising numbers of refugees require urgent action
After the decades-old situation in Karabakh flared up again last week, the number of people fleeing to Armenia is on the rise. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, expresses deep concern about this development and classifies the situation as an emergency.
Catastrophic floods in Libya
North-East Libya was hit by Storm Daniel, resulting in the collapse of two dams in the coastal city of Derna.