Protocols & Policies

United Nations Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees covers:

  • The 1951 Convention 
  • The 1967 Protocol 
  • Resolution 2198 (XXI) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly
  • Introduction by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

United States Immigration Policy on Asylum Seekers

Proposed Refugee Admission for FIscal Year 2008 Report to Congress

Washington, DC Refugee Resettlement Program



  Media Room


Video Forced to Flee:  IRIN films on displacement in DRC and the Philippines October 23, 2008

In the first film, IRIN visits a small lakeside town in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, crowded by the arrival of thousands of displaced people seeking safety from fighting in the surrounding hills. The second film shows the crushing human consequences for a relatively well-off family in the Philippines, after a typhoon and landslides wiped out their home and livelihood in the shadow of a volcano in Legaspi, Albay Province. 

Video Journey of No Return - African Refugee Experience in Australia June 29, 2008          

Part One: African Refugee experience in Hobart, Tasmania.

Part 1 Looks at where African Refugees came from.                    

Part Two: African Refugee experience in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia                                                                             Part Three: Difficulties refugees face in Australia


Video WORLD REFUGEE DAY - June 20, 2008
World Refugee Day is recognized by the United Nations General Assembly and highlighted each year by the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR). In a series of videos, the UNHCR has added its visual presentation of the needs for protection, promotion of rights, and efforts towards repatriati
on and resettlement of today's 30 million refugees. 
Iraqi Refugees Facing Desperate Situation

Amnesty International, June 15, 2008

Iraq remains one of the most dangerous places in the world. Its refugee crisis is worsening. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, an estimated 4.7 million have been displaced both within and outside Iraq and for many the situation is desperate.

A new report by Amnesty International,
Rhetoric and reality: the Iraqi refugee crisis, says that the international community continues to fail to respond to the crisis in a meaningful way. Countries like Jordan and Syria host most of the refugees but are simply not equipped to meet the needs of all those arriving. 

Video The Refugee Trail

The Guardian

Winner of a European Online Journalism award for the best investigative reporting using video and audio in 2001. Guardian journalist Maggie O'Kane and film maker Fiona Lloyd-Davis followed the refugee trail from Afghanistan to Dover. This is what they saw.


The Road to Refuge


Fifty years after the adoption of the UN Convention on Refugees, the decade we live in has seen more of the world's people than ever before seeking refuge from war, persecution or disaster. This special report tells the stories behind the statistics, using first-person testimonies and in-depth interviews to trace the journey from home into exile. It asks why refugees are still fleeing, where they go, and examines how we treat them.




Against All Odds 

Designed by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), this game allows players to simulate and experience the life of refugees. Its various challenges include escaping from a hostile town, guiding your character across a dangerous border and staying alive in foreign lands with unfamiliar languages. 



UNHCR and Google Earth
Google, U.N. team up to help pinpoint refugee movement. Maps will aid humanitarian operations and help viewers see a close-up look at refugee situations in Iraq, Chad, Colombia and Darfur. Users can see what UNHCR is doing to help refugees in camps by clicking on exact locations to see photos of facilities such as clinics, schools, water and sanitation. Special maps help track, give information about crises in each area.