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New UN refugee chief takes over at time of record numbers and unprecedented challenges

04 January 2016 – Filippo Grandi of Italy, a veteran of United Nations efforts to help refugees, took up his post today as head of the UN refugee agency at a time of unprecedented challenges, with record numbers of people worldwide forced to flee war and persecution.


Refugees and migrants braving seas to flee to Europe in 2015 top one million – UN

30 December 2015 – Refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe by sea this year have passed one million, according to figures just released by the UN refugee agency, many on perilous trips aboard inadequate vessels run by people smugglers, with at least 3,735 more believed drowned.