Caring for vulnerable groups
Attending special needs
Refugees and asylum-seekers as well as stateless people belong to one of the most vulnerable groups of people in the world. Among them, there are special groups that are even more vulnerable with particular problems, risks and needs.
Children are at particular risk and require special attention due to their dependence upon adults to survive, their vulnerability to physical and psychological trauma, and the developmental needs that must be met to ensure normal growth and development.
Stripped of the protection of their homes, facing the rigours of long journeys and a potential official harassment and sexual abuse, refugee women are also a particularly vulnerable group. They are often excluded from the decision-making relating to their own life, family and home therefore cannot ensure their rights are respected.
Special protection needs have the older, the disabled and those infected by HIV/AIDS as well. Often they are persecuted, discriminated and they cannot live in dignity because their human rights are not fully respected.
UNHCR pays particular attention to the needs of vulnerable groups in all of its programmes and protection activities and during its annual planning. Learn how below.
Improving the system of identifying vulnerable asylum-seekers in Central Europe.
A basic right and an indispensable tool for integration and building up a new life.
A violation of human rights, affecting first of all women and children. UNHCR’s response and guidelines.
How UNHCR helps through information and sensitizing.
Separated from their family, orphaned or sent alone with smugglers. A group needing special care.