Few humanitarian honors possess the rich legacy of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award. Since establishment in 1954, more than 60 individuals, groups and organizations have been acknowledged for outstanding and dedicated work on behalf of displaced people. The award is named after Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian polar explorer and humanitarian who served as the first High Commissioner for Refugees for the League of Nations.
Through its recipients, the Nansen Refugee Award aims to showcase Nansen’s values of perseverance and conviction in the face of adversity. The 2016 joint winners, Ms. Efi Latsoudi of PIKPA village on Lesvos, and Konstantinos Mitrigas on behalf of The Hellenic Rescue Team, worked tirelessly to aid refugees arriving in Greece and reflects the spirit of volunteerism that characterized the response to the refugee and migrant emergency in Europe in 2015.
Candidates may be individuals, groups or organizations. Every Nansen Refugee Award winner spends an extraordinary amount of time and effort to help the forcibly displaced:
· The winner's work goes beyond the call of duty and outside of normal activities;
· The winner's work demonstrates courage - the winner might at times face personal risk for his/her/their work;
· The winner's work should have a direct positive impact on the lives of forcibly displaced or stateless people;
· Is connected to a major displacement issue or situation.
Anyone may submit a candidate for the Nansen Refugee Award. We welcome the nomination of any deserving individual, group or organization. Please note self-nominations are strongly discouraged.
Click here to nominate and read more about the nomination process.
A film capturing the spirit of potential Nansen winners can be watched here.
Read more about the 2016 winners here.