The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees leads and coordinates humanitarian action to protect refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless people in Kyrgyzstan.


UNHCR supports the Government in establishing fair and efficient asylum systems, preventing and reducing statelessness, and actively engages in peacebuilding process in the Ferghana Valley by helping to build trust between communities and the local authorities.


Agency News

  • Best short film of 2018 on the refugee stories in Kyrgyz Republic

    As part of the upcoming World Refugee Day (20 June 2018) events and its global #WithRefugees campaign, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR), together with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, announces contest among journalists, producers, students, directors and creative individuals for the best short films on the refugee stories in Kyrgyz Republic.

  • Refugees deserve praise for resilience and courage

    On June 20, World Refugee Day, we honour the resilience and courage of more than 65 million people who have been forced to flee war, persecution and violence. But it’s also a moment to recognise those communities and people around the world who receive refugees and the internally displaced in their midst, offering them a safe place, and welcoming them in their schools, their workplaces and their societies.

  • UNHCR partners with TIKA to continue peacebuilding projects for local citizens, assists refugees become self-reliant

    Turkish International Cooperation and Development Administration (TIKA) has agreed with UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to build a canal basin worth $62,000, which will supply water to two villages of Mirmakhmudov and Kara-Tash in Nookat district in the Osh province. For several years, there has been tension between the two communities over access to irrigation water. This initiative by TIKA is a continuation of UNHCR’s Peacebuilding project, which will not only bring water to the villages but will help their residents live in peace and harmony.

  • UNHCR and Partners Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Kyrgyz Republic’s Accession to the Refugee Convention

    UNHCR organized a round table and reception to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Many speakers recognized the progressive achievements made by the Kyrgyz Republic in protecting refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Kyrgyzstan Updates Annual Contingency Plan in case of Refugee Influx

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Ministry of Emergency Situations jointly convened the 5th annual High level Working Group meeting to update the Contingency Plan for refugees. Representatives of Defense Council, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Committee for National Security, State Migration Service, State Border Service, State Agency for Local Self-Government and Interethnic Relations and other government agencies, as well as UN agencies participated in the annual review of the level of preparedness and established a working agenda for the next year.

  • Kyrgyzstan restores documentation for 9,000 citizens

    United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the State Registration Service of the Kyrgyz Republic held today the Seventh High-Level Steering Meeting on Reduction and Prevention of Statelessness in the Kyrgyz Republic. Government officials, representatives of civil society and experts reviewed progress in the implementation of the National Action Plan on Reduction and Prevention of Statelessness and agreed on the next steps to end statelessness.

  • António Guterres appointed next UN Secretary-General by acclamation

    The General Assembly today appointed by acclamation the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as the next United Nations Secretary-General, to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on 31 December.

  • Kyrgyz Permanent Representative to the United Nations and UN High Commissioner for Refugees discuss cooperation

    Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva Daniyar Mukhashev met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

  • Kyrgyzstan celebrates World Refugee Day

    Refugees, representatives of the Government, civil society, the media, and diplomatic corps gathered to commemorate the strength and resilience of more than 60 million people around the world forced to flee their homes due to war or human rights abuses.

  • World Refugee Day Remarks by Mr. Jenish Razakov, Governor of Batken Province of the Kyrgyz Republic

    Dear ladies and gentlemen, Today the world is observing the World Refugee Day. I am proud to say that the Kyrgyz Republic is fulfilling its commitments in addressing refugee issues. Following the accession in 1996 to the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees, the Kyrgyz Republic was the first country in Central Asia to adopt a national law on refugees in 2002.

  • We are the descendants of migrating peoples...

    I am often mistaken as a Kyrgyz on the streets of Bishkek and people casually talk to me in languages I unfortunately cannot understand. But now I am convinced that the Japanese and Kyrgyz are related! We are the decedents of migrating peoples, spreading ancient music and rich culture across the vast land...