Our photo library in Geneva is the world's largest collection of refugee-related photos covering nearly all of the major displacements of the last 60 years. These images provide a comprehensive portrait of the lives of refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced people and the stateless in all corners of the globe, as well as the work of thousands of UN staff who have helped them. Most photos are showcased here and on Flickr. We offer the use of our photos free to the media - please just remember to credit us!
Exodus from the Bay of Bengal
Added 12 May 2015
Their stories are harrowing, detailing abuse on overcrowded smugglers’ boats from Bangladesh and Myanmar. Those who survive suffer further violence – sometimes fatal – in jungle camps, until their relatives can pay for their release. Yet Rohingya and Bangladeshis continue to sail from the Bay of Bengal in large numbers, including some 25,000 who boarded smugglers' boats between January and March 2015 – almost double the number over the same period in 2014. Two photographers in Bangladesh travelled to the south-east last year to document the already substantial outflow among unregistered Rohingya.
Number of Internally Displaced Soars to Record 38 Million in 2014
Added 07 May 2015
Last year, 30,000 people were internally displaced across the globe every day, bringing the total to a record 38 million, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council. This is the equivalent of the total populations of London, New York and Beijing combined. Most of these 38 million men, women and children have no hope or future, and often live in horrendous conditions. The Global Overview 2015 report says 11 million of them were newly displaced by violent events in 2014 alone, with 60 per cent of this number forced to flee in just five countries: Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria. For these people, the now is all they have. Tomorrow barely even exists. In this photo set, meet some of the internally displaced, trapped in conflict zones around the world.
Mediterranean Tragedies Put Focus on Those in Peril on the Sea
Added 21 Apr 2015
April has proved to be the cruellest month this year for refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean on smuggler’s boats, many setting out from lawless Libya for southern Europe and others trying to reach Greece. The number of crossings has multiplied this month, but at least two boats have sunk off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, leaving hundreds feared dead. Distress calls have been received from boats off Greece and Italy. In one case last week, the Italian Coastguard rescued a crowded and sinking dinghy carrying severely burned refugees, which were caused by an exploding gas canister at the shelter where they had been held by smugglers in Libya. The UN refugee agency has called on the European Union to restore a robust search-and-rescue operation for refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean and for a comprehensive approach to address the root causes. To date this year, about 36,000 people have crossed Mediterranean waters to Italy and Greece, as war and violence intensify in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.