News
New tragedy in Afghanistan

A powerful earthquake struck the south-east of the country on 22 June 2022. Initial reports indicate that more than 1,000 people have lost their lives and even more have been injured.

News
Whoever, wherever, whenever

Every year, 20 June is World Refugee Day. This year, the theme of World Refugee Day is the right of every person to find refuge.

News
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.

Campaign
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 135 countries to support people forced to flee conflicts and persecution. 

91% of all 18,881 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. 

100
million people uprooted worlwide by mid-2022
40%
of uprooted people in the world are children
4.3
million people are stateless
39,300
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. 

The Swiss refugee parliament
On 8 May 2022, the second edition of the Swiss Refugee Parliament took place in Bern. The aim of this event? To give a platform to refugees to debate and draw attention to some of the issues they are closely dealing with.
In Switzerland
New tragedy in Afghanistan
A powerful earthquake has hit southeastern Afghanistan, with early reports of over 1000 deaths and many more injured.
Emergency
Everyone has the right to seek safety
Every year, 20 June is World Refugee Day. This year, the theme of World Refugee Day is the right of every person to find refuge.
UNHCR
Cameroon: Displacement caused by resource scarcity
Since the end of 2021, the Far North of Cameroon has been the scene of violent clashes. Inter-community violence in this region has forced more than 100,000 people to flee, a figure that is probably even higher.
Echos from the field