Ethiopia to enroll all refugees in new biometric system by end of 2018

Ethiopia is carrying out a large-scale biometric enrollment project for refugees to deliver better protection and assistance to them in accord with the country’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which addresses the pledges of the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. More than 100,000 refugees arrived in the country in 2017, and along with other refugees in the country, all are expected to be registered in the Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS) by the end of 2018, according

Biometric ID program for displaced Rohingya completes first phase

A UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) program to count families among displaced Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and identify individuals with biometric registration has completed its first phase, counting over half a million people, a UNHCR spokesperson says. The program is overseen by Bangladesh’s Minister of Home Affairs and conducted jointly by the UNHCR and Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC). The first phase was carried out in the Kutupalong camp, makeshift areas around it, and the makeshift area of Balukhali,

Malaysia asks UNHCR for refugee biometric data

The Malaysian government has called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to share its database of approximately 150,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered in the country, which includes their biometric information, according to a report by Channel News Asia. Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan said that the authorities are worried that some Islamic State (IS) militants may have entered Malaysia and obtained a refugee card issued by UNHCR in an effort to move freely within the country.

UN using IrisGuard ethereum blockchain payment platform for refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) is using IrisGuard’s private Ethereum blockchain technology to enable streamlined payment services for thousands of Syrian refugees seeking humanitarian aid, according to a report by ETH News. After refugees are registered through UNHCR, other humanitarian organizations including the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) can further assist them through resettlement programs, international remittance, healthcare services and microfinance to promote a better

UNHCR, EU working with Chad on biometrics registration program for refugees

UNHCR and the European Union is working in Chad to help children of refugees fleeing war to receive ID cards. The UN agency, in conjunction with the EU, is helping Chad implement a biometric registration and nationality verification program to support returnees and prevent statelessness. Implemented by local Chadian authorities in collaboration with UNHCR and its partners, the program is slated to expand throughout southern Chad, where 11,000 people need official documentation. So far, more than 6,000 returnees have been

WFP, UNHCR using iris recognition for Syrian refugee food program in Zaatari

The World Food Programme (WFP) has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide an iris scan payment system in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp. The technology will allow 76,000 Syrian refugees to purchase food from camp supermarkets by scanning their eye instead of using cash, vouchers or e-cards. Launched in February at Jordan’s King Abdullah Park refugee camp, the iris recognition system was later expanded to Azraq refugee camp in eastern Jordan in April. “The iris

Biometrics and border security, law enforcement and facial recognition trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Industry insight In a guest post, the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association discusses the rise of biometrics and identity management in the homeland security enterprise and its Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum in Washington, D.C. later this month. In a guest post, David Gerulski, VP at Integrated Biometrics, discusses how the use of biometrics as an identifier is having a positive effect

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

UN WFP trials iris-based biometrics payment system for food assistance program

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has introduced an iris-based biometric payment system allowing Syrian refugees in Jordan to redeem their monthly food assistance from local shops using just a scan of their eye instead of a prepaid electronic card at checkout. “This is a milestone in the evolution of our food assistance programme,” said WFP’s Jordan Country Director Mageed Yahia. Initially, the biometric payment system will allow a select group of Syrians living in refugee camps in Jordan to

Biometrics and healthcare, cybersecurity, voter registration and law enforcement trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Healthcare The National Patient ID Challenge encourages innovators to participate in the creation and adoption of a private, secure and safe solution to ensure 100% accuracy in identifying patients in the U.S. In the first round entrants design a concept to solve the patient ID challenge and the final round will entail building prototypes to demonstrate the functionality and performance of the