United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR Uses Iris Biometrics to Register Displaced Syrian Refugees

UNHCR Uses Iris Biometrics to Register Displaced Syrian Refugees

Biometrics News – Iris Recognition The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that more than 1,600 Syrian refugees have been transported to the Bardarash Refugee Camp in Iraq after fleeing violence in northern Syria. Hundreds more are arriving on a daily basis, though they represent only a small fraction of the 166,000…

Internal Document Reveals Scope of UNHCR’s Ambitions for Biometric ID

Internal Document Reveals Scope of UNHCR’s Ambitions for Biometric ID

Biometrics News “…the assessment puts some hard numbers behind biometric ID programs that the UNHCR has championed through specific examples like Bangladesh’s settlements for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.” The United Nations’ refugee agency has ambitious goals with respect to its use of biometrics for refugee identification, and is solidly on track to meeting them, reveals…

UNHCR Deputy Highlights Digital Identity, Biometrics in Roosevelt Speech

UNHCR Deputy Highlights Digital Identity, Biometrics in Roosevelt Speech

A senior executive with the United Nations’ refugee agency has taken another high-profile opportunity to highlight the benefits of the biometric identification of displaced persons. The executive in this case was Kelly T. Clements, the UNHCR’s Deputy High Commissioner. She was speaking at Roosevelt University’s Center for New Deal Studies for the prestigious annual Franklin…

Biometric IDs Issued to Half a Million Rohingya Refugees: UNHCR

Biometric IDs Issued to Half a Million Rohingya Refugees: UNHCR

Over half a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have now received biometric identity documents, the United Nations’ refugee agency has announced. Speaking at a press conference at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic called the biometric identity cards “fraud-proof”, and explained that they have been jointly issued by UNHCR and Bangladeshi…

UNHCR Says Biometric Registration is Integral to Refugee Relief Plans

UNHCR Says Biometric Registration is Integral to Refugee Relief Plans

“The organization specifically highlighted the expansion of its Population Registration and Identity Management EcoSystem (PRIMES), an identity management tool that has now been deployed in 58 countries to register 10.5 million individuals.” The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has released a progress report on its Global Strategic Priorities (GSP) for 2018 and 2019, offering an…

UNHCR Highlights Benefits of Biometric ID in Latest Rohingya Update

UNHCR Highlights Benefits of Biometric ID in Latest Rohingya Update

Officials with the United Nations refugee agency continue to promote the benefits of biometric registration as they call for continuing attention to Bangladesh’s Rohingya muslim refugees. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since genocidal attacks against their people began in 2017, making them one of the world’s biggest refugee populations.…

UNHCR Official Calls Biometric IDs ‘a Big Milestone’ in Refugee Aid

UNHCR Official Calls Biometric IDs ‘a Big Milestone’ in Refugee Aid

After a high-level tour of refugee centers in Bangladesh, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is more convinced than ever of the importance of biometric IDs for helping displaced people. The visit was conducted by Volker Türk, the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at the United Nations’ refugee agency, who visited Bangladesh to assess…

Distilled Identity and Emerge Unveil New Refugee Identity Technology

Distilled Identity and Emerge Unveil New Refugee Identity Technology

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has repeatedly called for the adoption of biometric platforms that make it easier to manage refugee populations. Now, Distilled Identity and Emerge have forged a partnership to fulfill that request. The two companies have announced Homeward, a new platform that uses biometric data to create a self-sovereign…