In a statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said it is “alarmed and concerned” by Tuesday’s incident and urged the “public and all those concerned with refugees to continue extending protection and to show empathy for civilians fleeing persecution and violence.”
Global refugee figures are at a record high, resulting from conflicts still to be resolved.
Around 95 per cent of the displaced people are from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.
On August 20, UNHCR put the number of people displaced inside Ukraine at 190,000.
Almost half of all Syrians have been forced to abandon their homes since the conflict began in March 2011.
At least 157 asylum seekers, including 84 Pakistanis, 71 Afghans and 2 Iranians remained under Sri Lankan detention, according to UNHCR.
UN refugee agency says 2,200 Syrian families have fled from the latest clashes in their country.
Most refugees lost their homes and livelihoods when they fled Syria.
The ‘sudden,massive movement’ has baffled the international watchdog.
Un Panel Report: 17,000 refugees in Turkey,16,000 in Lebanon,about 8,000 in Jordan
Witnesses who departed on another boat reported seeing the ship broken apart and bodies floating.
The UN refugee agency expressed concern that Australia is using holding newly arrived asylum-seekers in detention centers.