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  • Rwanda: 300,000 Burundian refugees in neighbouring countries - UNHCR
    23 september 2016 19:38:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The number of people fleeing violence, threats, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and persecution in Burundi has passed the 300,000 mark some 18 months after the political crisis in the Central African nation erupted in April last year, the UN refugee agency said in a statement made available on Friday to PANA in Kigali.Full text...

  • UN: UN unveils set of principles to protect refugees, migrants' rights
    21 september 2016 05:40:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Kate Gilmore, on Tuesday in New York, unveiled a draft set of principles that urges the international community to build on the momentum created by the UN Declaration adopted on Monday by UN member states, on protecting the rights of refugees and migrants. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges better nutrition for refugees
    20 september 2016 06:25:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that millions of refugees around the world face food insecurity and the risk of malnutrition, stressing the need for stronger response to ensure that refugees are able to meet their food and nutrition needs.Full text...

  • UN: World leaders adopt declaration to protect rights of refugees, migrants
    19 september 2016 14:51:27
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders on Monday at the UN headquarters adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which expressed their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief receives #WithRefugees petition, urges global solidarity
    17 september 2016 15:08:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 19 September UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted a 1.3 million signature-strong petition that expressed solidarity with millions of refugees.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says South Sudan refugees hit one million
    16 september 2016 17:48:36
    New York, US (PANA) - As instability and violence persist in South Sudan, the number of South Sudanese seeking safety and shelter in neighbouring countries has crossed the one million mark, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: One million South Sudanese refugees flood East African states
    16 september 2016 17:02:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries have hit one million, including 185,000 people who fled fresh violence in Juba on 8 July, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Friday. Full text...

  • US: US donates US$11 million to support refugee resettlement programmes
    16 september 2016 16:35:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday announced a contribution of US$11 million to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support the Emerging Resettlement Countries Joint Support Mechanism (ERCM), a platform established to help countries create robust and sustainable refugee resettlement programmes.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR report says mobile connectivity critical lifeline for refugees
    14 september 2016 18:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Many refugees view access to a mobile phone and the Internet as being as critical to their safety and security as food, water and shelter, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the UN refugee agency and a global professional and technology consulting company, Accenture.Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty International blames UN, world leaders on refugee crisis
    13 september 2016 16:32:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday the abject failure of a UN summit to tackle the deepening global refugee crisis is a missed opportunity that will affect millions of the world’s most vulnerable people unless leaders find alternative solutions to help them reach safety. Full text...

  • US: US gives nearly US$37 million additional education funding to UNHCR
    10 september 2016 04:43:48
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Friday announced a contribution of nearly US$37 million of humanitarian assistance toward the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical education gaps for refugees in 16 countries. Full text...

  • Uganda: UNHCR boss calls attention to plight of South Sudanese refugees
    31 august 2016 11:00:14
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has called for greater international attention to the plight of South Sudanese refugees as well as donor support for Uganda’s exceptional open-door approach towards people fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Sudan: NGO appeals for urgent assistance for thousands of South Sudanese refugees
    23 august 2016 11:48:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An International humanitarian organization has appealed for urgent assistance for thousands of South Sudanese currently fleeing to neighbouring Uganda.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundians in Rwanda refugee camp hit 50,000
    23 august 2016 09:59:19
    Rwanda (PANA) - The number of refugees who fled Burundi and took shelter in Mahama, one of the largest refugee camps in southeastern Rwanda, has reached 50,712, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges compassion for refugees, migrants
    19 august 2016 15:32:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday stressed the need for compassion for the 130 million people worldwide now dependent on humanitarian assistance following conflicts and crises.Full text...

  • UN: WFP, Uganda govt cut food rations for South Sudan refugees
    17 august 2016 22:37:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Appealing to donors to urgently help bolster the humanitarian response in Uganda following an influx of thousands of people fleeing violence in neighbouring South Sudan, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ugandan government on Wednesday said they will be forced to halve food rations or cash assistance in Uganda and put priority focus on those refugees most in need. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says South Sudanese exodus affecting neighbouring countries
    12 august 2016 17:29:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Neighbouring countries hosting refugees from South Sudan are straining under the sheer weight of the ongoing exodus, as desperate people continue to arrive at their borders daily, joining hundreds of thousands of others who fled for safety before them, the UN has warned.Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudanese refugees influx into Uganda rising
    10 august 2016 11:43:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Agency (NRA) has warned that the number of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Uganda has been rising daily with the figure in the past 20 days topping the total for last year.Full text...

  • Rwanda: South Sudan women, children flee conflict, hunger
    03 august 2016 11:14:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - About 8,000 South Sudanese refugees, mainly women and children, have been travelling to the border with Kenya, before moving on to the sprawling Kakuma refugee camps, with hunger being one of their reasons for fleeing since January this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a statement on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Switzerland: About 60,000 flee South Sudan’s latest violence
    02 august 2016 10:02:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Refugee flows from South Sudan into Uganda have doubled in the past 10 days, bringing the total to more than 52,000 who have entered the country since violence escalated in the country three weeks ago, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rio 2016: Team Refugee to compete in athletics, judo, swimming events
    31 july 2016 17:53:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Ten refugee athletes under the name: "Team Refugee" will compete in athletics, judo and swimming events at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August. Full text...

  • UN: 10 refugee athletes depart for Rio Olympic Games
    29 july 2016 22:30:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Five middle-distance runners from South Sudan, until recently living in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, have flown out of the capital city of Nairobi to take part in the first-ever Olympic refugee team for the Summer Games holding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR appeals for US$115.4 million to support returning Somali refugees
    26 july 2016 18:39:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday appealed to donors for an additional US$115.4 million to fund the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says 4,000 South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda daily
    26 july 2016 17:35:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Recent fighting in South Sudan has forced 37,491 people to flee to Uganda in the past three weeks, averaging more than 4,000 a day in the past week, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR reports over 26,500 South Sudanese fleeing to Uganda
    22 july 2016 17:02:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 26,500 South Sudanese, mostly women and children, have crossed into Uganda since fighting between rival forces erupted in and around the capital city, Juba, on 7 July, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says thousands flee to Uganda from South Sudan
    20 july 2016 05:45:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says more than 5,000 people, primarily women and children under the age of 18 years, have fled from South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda since the latest violence in the country erupted on 7 July. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam appeals for world attention to refugee influx in developing countries
    18 july 2016 13:25:31
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Six wealthiest countries - which make up more than half the global economy - host less than 9 percent of the world’s refugees while poorer countries and territories are shouldering most of the responsibility, Oxfam said Monday. Full text...

  • US: US diplomat visits Cameroon, Chad to strengthen cooperation on refugees
    09 july 2016 16:23:52
    New York, US (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Ms. Anne Richard, will travel to Cameroon on 11-14 July and Chad 14-17 July, to strengthen international cooperation between US and the two African nations. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Thousands flee to Chad, Cameroon to escape CAR violence - UNHCR
    08 july 2016 12:02:42
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Thousands of people from Central African Republic (CAR) have crossed the border into Chad and Cameroon to escape renewed tension and fighting since mid-June in their fragile country, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said on Friday. It says it is feared that more will come.Full text...

  • Kenya: Refugee camp shutdown to drag beyond Kenya imposed deadline
    26 june 2016 12:15:32
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The closure of a refugee camp housing more than 300,000 Somali refugees will drag beyond the November deadline imposed by the Kenya government. Full text...

  • Rwanda: New report highlights economic impacts of refugees in Rwanda
    24 june 2016 09:14:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - While, there is a sense, particularly in the United States and Europe, that refugees are a burden on local populations, the new approach of receiving cash aid that was applied in Rwanda reflects the fact that refugees interact with their local economy, says a new report released on Friday by the US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).Full text...

  • Switzerland: Divisive political rhetoric, xenophobia threaten refugees - UNHCR
    20 june 2016 10:10:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, against the tragic backdrop of forced displacement reaching unprecedented levels, divisive political rhetoric on asylum and migration issues, and disturbing levels of xenophobia, are together threatening the international agreements which protect those forced to flee war or persecution. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Syria's war the world's leading cause of displacement - UNHCR
    20 june 2016 07:02:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Syria’s war remained the world’s leading cause of displacement and associated suffering in 2015, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR says forced displacement hits record high
    20 june 2016 07:01:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says conflict and persecution caused global forced displacement to escalate sharply in 2015, reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks international community on refugees' wellbeing
    19 june 2016 04:20:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged the international community to address the root causes of displacement and more evenly share the responsibility for the welfare of migrants and refugees. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Celebrities join campaign calling on gov'ts to take action for refugees
    16 june 2016 10:25:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday launched a major campaign that asks the world to stand together #WithRefugees. Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency projects resettlement needs for 1.19 million in 2017
    13 june 2016 15:54:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, more than 1.19 million people are projected to be in need of resettlement in 2017, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR boss discusses Somali refugees in Kenya
    13 june 2016 08:00:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has discussed solutions for Somali refugees in Kenya and received assurances that their return to back home in Somalia would not contravene international obligations, the UN refugee agency has announced. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria, Cameroon, UN sign pact on voluntary return of Nigerian refugees
    12 june 2016 18:02:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian government has signed a tripartite agreement with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Cameroon for the return of Nigerian refugees who had fled Boko Haram attacks and are currently taking refuge in the Cameroon.Full text...

  • Sudan: Five years on, refugees still fleeing conflict in South Kordofan - UN reports
    05 june 2016 06:27:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency on Saturday warned that tragically, people are still fleeing violence in Sudan’s South Kordofan State, most crossing into neighbouring South Sudan, as the conflict marks its fifth year this weekend. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR welcomes announcement of refugees' team for Rio Olympics
    03 june 2016 22:16:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has welcomed Friday's Full text...

  • Kenya: Closure of Dadaab refugees' camp final, Kenyan DP says
    23 may 2016 21:13:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto said the Full text...

  • UN: UN report says refugee children suffer lack of adequate education
    20 may 2016 18:08:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Just 50 percent of refugee children are in primary school Full text...

  • Germany: Majority of people will welcome refugees 'with open arms' - Rights group
    19 may 2016 09:33:53
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, says a global survey it commissioned shows that the vast majority of people (80%) would welcome refugees with open arms, with many even prepared to take them into their own homes. Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for greater integration efforts for refugees in urban areas
    19 may 2016 06:45:52
    New York, US (PANA) - More than half of the world’s refugees live in urban areas, and often in fragile cities with high levels of inequality, UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, has said stressing the importance of integration efforts that enable refugees to benefit from the opportunities cities offer so that they can ultimately have a dignified life.Full text...

  • UN: Ban, Kenyatta discuss govt's decision to close refugee camps
    18 may 2016 18:27:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday spoke Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR solicits funds to accommodate 2 million refugees globally
    18 may 2016 17:17:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday launched Full text...

  • Rwanda: 262,027 Burundians flood neighbouring countries to escape electoral violence
    16 may 2016 13:09:52
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A total of 262,027 Burundian refugees fleeing electoral violence in their country have arrived in neighbouring countries, including Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), since last year's electoral violence in the Central African nation, according to the latest report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), received Monday by PANA in Kigali.Full text...

  • Cameroon: Most Nigerian refugees in northern Cameroon want to return home - UNHCR
    15 may 2016 06:19:18
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of the tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees in northern Cameroon want to return home amid an improving security situation in areas of north-east Nigeria, according to a survey by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Coastguard rescues some 1,000 refugees, migrants off Italy
    13 may 2016 14:18:19
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - About 1,000 people of various nationalities, including refugee families and unaccompanied children, have been rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in operations coordinated by Frontex, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Friday. Full text...

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