The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), along the collaboration of private companies, is working to deliver a biometric technology system for registering and verifying the identities of displaced persons around the world.
The adoption of new technologies will enable UNHCR to provide refugees with the assistance they require where and when needed.
The system captures and stores fingerprints, iris data and facial images of individuals, providing undocumented people with their only personal identity record.
UNHCR’s deployment of this new identity system has already started with refugee camp locations in Thailand and Chad. The expansion of the system into Chad will enable the enrollment and formal identification of 450,000 people resident in more than 19 refugee camps.
The application of emerging technologies in biometrics capture and large-scale identity matching for refugee identification shows how digital innovation can be used to improve peoples’ lives and make a real difference in the world.