UNHCR introduces new biometric ID card for refugees

In an effort to combat identity fraud and counterfeiting, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) rolled out its new ID card for refugees, along with a new card verification mobile application.

The new card includes a number of enhanced security features including 3D holograms, bar codes and a large SQR code. The card is supported by enhanced biometric data collection at the UNHCR office, including retina, 10 fingers and face scan.

“To enable the law enforcement authorities or others engaged in UNHCR’s protection and assistance work to scan the SQR and verify a card’s authenticity, UNHCR Malaysia has launched the UNHCR VERIFY-MY application,” said UNHCR representative to Malaysia Richard Towle.

The card verification application is available both on Apple and Android mobile application stores and is easy to use and can be used offline.

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