Refugees -
  • Funding for world's forcibly displaced, stateless under strain - UNHCR
    09 october 2018 09:50:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Funding for the world’s forcibly displaced and stateless people is becoming increasingly squeezed, with barely more than half of needs being met, and worsening hardship and risks for many refugees, other displaced people and the communities they live among. Full text...

  • Top UNHCR official calls for end to assaults aimed at refugees
    05 october 2018 05:50:21
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - “Noise, chatter, shrillness, lack of civility, and harsh language,” surround the public debate over refugees, who face a “seemingly endless volley of assaults,” said the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) Assistant High Commissioner for Protection on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNHCR warns over Mediterranean rescue capacity
    01 october 2018 10:06:20
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has expressed gratitude to Malta for its decision to allow 58 rescued people from the NGO ship Aquarius to be disembarked on Sunday, ending their ordeal after days at sea. Full text...

  • South Sudan signs Refugee Convention
    01 october 2018 09:47:08
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Monday welcomed South Sudan’s accession to the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. Full text...

  • Refugee and migrant children arriving on Greek Islands up by one-third in 2018 - UNICEF
    24 september 2018 06:43:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The number of refugee and migrant children who arrived on the Greek Islands between January and August has risen by 32 percent compared to the same time-period last year, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) has said. Full text...

  • Humanitarian charity slams US govt's decision to lower target for 2019 refugee admissions
    18 september 2018 11:47:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), has slammed the US government's decision to further reduce the target for refugee admissions in 2019 from 45,000 to 30,000. Full text...

  • Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania shut refugee programmes as Europe, US reject migrants - NRC
    10 september 2018 11:35:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - As western governments reduce funding for refugees in East Africa, aid programmes are being forced to shut down, leaving refugees in crisis. Full text...

  • Some 56,000 Nigerian refugees to be repatriated from Niger
    07 september 2018 09:14:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday announced that it is to repatriate about 56,000 Nigerian Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Difa, Niger Republic. Full text...

  • Mediterranean crossings deadlier than ever, new UNHCR report shows
    03 september 2018 06:43:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Three years on from the shocking images of lifeless Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi on a Turkish beach, a new report by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, shows that crossing the Mediterranean Sea has become even more deadly. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'relieved' at disembarkation of rescued persons from Italian coast guard ship
    27 august 2018 06:47:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has expressed relief that the remaining rescued persons on board the Italian coast guard vessel ‘Diciotti’ have now disembarked. Full text...

  • Italy allows ship with refugees to dock
    26 august 2018 07:01:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Italy has finally allowed a its coastguard vessel with refugees on board to dock. This ends a six-day uncertainty during which no European country was prepared to take them in. Full text...

  • Tanzania censures rumours on forceful repatriation of Burundians
    17 august 2018 10:56:07
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania has called on the international community to ignore rumours on forceful repatriation of Burundian refugees, and instead support the ongoing voluntary repatriation exercise. Full text...

  • UNHCR official stresses freedom of choice for refugee returns
    17 august 2018 06:46:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Refugees should never be pressured to decide if they should return to their home countries, a senior UN official has said. Full text...

  • British actress Mbatha-Raw meets refugees in Rwanda
    14 august 2018 10:23:37
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - British Hollywood actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has met with refugees in Rwanda’s Mahama and Gihembe refugee camps, on her first trip with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Full text...

  • Refugee youth seldom consulted - Report
    10 august 2018 10:26:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Refugee youth are seldom consulted, frequently overlooked, and often unable to fully participate in decision making and their talents, energy, and potential remain largely untapped, according to a report from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC). Full text...

  • UNHCR sounds alarm as Mediterranean Sea deaths pass 1,500 mark
    04 august 2018 09:52:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said more than 1,500 refugees and migrants lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean in the first seven months of this year. Full text...

  • Generator fumes kill 8 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria
    02 august 2018 18:01:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Fumes from a power generator are blamed for deaths of eight Cameroonian refugees in Ikom, Cross River State bordering Bakassi Peninsula, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nigeria said on Thursday Full text...

  • MSF calls for end to arbitrary detention of refugees, migrants disembarked in Libya
    25 july 2018 10:38:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls for an end to the arbitrary detention of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya after a dramatic increase in the number of people intercepted by the EU-supported Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean and disembarked in Libya. Full text...

  • Refugee health services on track despite record level of displacement - UNHCR
    20 july 2018 19:45:53
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Despite record numbers of people fleeing conflict and natural disasters globally, vital health services have been largely able to cope, the United Nations refugee agency has said, although communicable diseases, anaemia and stunting remain areas of concern. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes end to latest Mediterranean standoff
    19 july 2018 11:44:28
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Thursday that it welcomes the actions of the past days by several European countries to collectively end a standoff on the Mediterranean involving some 450 refugees and migrants who had been stranded at sea amid a battle over disembarkation. Full text...

  • UNHCR Special Envoy calls for more support for refugees in Eritrea
    09 july 2018 07:23:42
    Asmara, Eritrea (PANA) – The Special Envoy for the Somali refugee situation, Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, at the weekend led a high-level delegation to Eritrea. Full text...

  • UNHCR calls for strengthening of search and rescue in Mediterranean
    08 july 2018 06:53:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says 45,700 asylum-seekers and migrants have reached European shores after crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the first six months of 2018, a sharp decline compared to previous years. Full text...

  • WFP welcomes USAID contribution to restore full rations to refugees in Rwanda
    06 july 2018 12:27:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$6.5 million contribution from the US as a move to restore full food rations to DR Congo and Burundian refugees in Rwanda.Full text...

  • UNHCR urges Austria EU Presidency to work for fair, functioning asylum system
    02 july 2018 18:21:54
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Monday urged the Austrian Presidency to lead and unite EU Member States to deliver coherent and common European asylum policies that ensure access to territory and uphold the right to asylum.Full text...

  • IOM, UNHCR appeal for region-wide action by EU over Mediterranean tragedies
    28 june 2018 06:37:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Concerned with the ongoing human tragedy in which almost 1,000 refugees and migrants have perished while being smuggled across the Mediterranean this year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, on Wednesday appealed to European Union countries for concerted, region-wide action to greatly reduce needless loss of life at sea. Full text...

  • Rich and mid-income countries urged to welcome more refugees for resettlement
    27 june 2018 05:42:24
    London, UK (PANA) - The lack of resettlement places globally feeds the smuggling industry and pushes desperate people to embark on dangerous journeys, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland. Full text...

  • Gap between refugee resettlement needs and opportunities widens - UNHCR
    25 june 2018 12:38:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Monday warned of a widening gap between the number of refugees in need of resettlement and the places made available by governments around the world. Full text...

  • Botswana NGO calls for refugees’ protection
    20 june 2018 19:28:25
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Human rights activist group, Ditshwanelo, has challenged the nation to promote and protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers who are Botswana’s borders. Full text...

  • UN refugee chief calls for solidarity with refugees and communities that welcome them
    20 june 2018 07:38:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN refugee chief has stressed that it is a time for solidarity with refugees – and with the communities that welcome them as the world celebrates World Refugee Day on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for ‘solidarity, compassion and action’ on World Refugee Day
    20 june 2018 06:58:34
    New York, US (PANA) - With more than 68 million people worldwide displaced due to conflict or persecution — roughly equivalent to the population of Thailand— the head of the United Nations has called for unity and solidarity as a first step to support them. Full text...

  • Uganda, Turkey bear greatest burden in new refugee crisis
    19 june 2018 13:21:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year, as never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nearly three million more displaced year-on-year, warns refugee agency chief
    19 june 2018 07:01:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of people forced to flee their homes last year rose by nearly three million to 68.5 million, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday, warning that the world’s displacement hotspots “are becoming hotter”. Full text...

  • SA Opposition addresses chaos in refugee office
    11 june 2018 14:33:33
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) conducted an oversight inspection at the Durban Refugee Reception Office which has an enormous backlog and is unable to schedule appointments for new applications until August. Full text...

  • UNHCR says at least 52 drown in Mediterranean boat disaster
    06 june 2018 05:31:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - At least 52 people died after a boat carrying around 180 refugees and migrants sank off the coast of Tunisia on Saturday, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Full text...

  • Violence drives thousands of CAR refugees into neighbouring DR Congo
    19 may 2018 04:05:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency is calling for urgent support for thousands of people arriving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after fleeing conflict in south-eastern Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • UNHCR resumes life-saving refugee evacuations from Libya
    11 may 2018 09:03:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it evacuated 132 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers out of Tripoli and flew them to Niamey, the capital city of Niger, on Thursday. Full text...

  • Hunger looms for thousands of refugees in South Sudan - WFP
    10 may 2018 11:53:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - As South Sudan enters its fifth year of conflict, up to 7.1 million people in the country —  the highest number ever — will be severely food insecure at the height of the lean season from mid-May to July, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) warned Thursday in a statement made available to PANA in Kigali.Full text...

  • Clashes in Rwanda camp lead to tragic refugee death - UNHCR
    04 may 2018 11:49:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Friday reiterated its call on the Rwandan authorities and DR Congolese refugees in Rwanda for restraint and calm, after recent clashes left one refugee dead and others injured at the Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda. Full text...

  • UNHCR, OECD launch action plan to boost refugee employment
    24 april 2018 11:17:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Tuesday launched an innovative action plan to expand employment opportunities for refugees. Full text...

  • UN envoy tells Somali refugees in Kenya ‘things are gradually getting better’ back home
    14 april 2018 06:18:15
    Dadaab, Kenya (PANA) - Meeting residents of the world’s largest camp for Somali refugees ­– sprawling Dadaab, located in north-eastern Kenya ­­– the top United Nations official for Somalia has expressed his solidarity with their situation and highlighted the gradual progress made in their home country. Full text...

  • Despite drop in numbers, desperate migrants to Europe face greater perils - UNHCR
    12 april 2018 06:49:47
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - While the number of migrants and refugees reaching Europe declined last year, the dangers they faced along the journey in many cases increased, according to a new report from the United Nations refugee agency. Full text...

  • Chadian refugee camp in Sudan closed down
    09 april 2018 20:20:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Monday said a major refugee camp on the border between the Sudan and Central African Republic (CAR), has been close down, after all refugees voluntarily returned to their home areas in neighbouring Chad. Full text...

  • Israel 'suspends' deal with UNHCR for Eritrean, Sudanese refugees
    03 april 2018 06:50:47
    Jerusalem, Israel (PANA) - Israel says it has suspended an agreement signed on Monday with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to promote solutions for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel. Full text...

  • UNHCR, Israel sign agreement to find solutions for Eritrean, Sudanese refugees
    02 april 2018 20:48:04
    Jerusalem, Israel (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the State of Israel on Monday signed a Framework of Common Understanding to promote solutions for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese living in Israel. Full text...

  • Cameroonians pour into Nigeria, stretching scant resources – UNHCR
    20 march 2018 21:18:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As more and more Anglophone Cameroonians flee a violent crackdown in the region and seek asylum in Nigeria, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday that without more funding and assistance, their situation and that of the Nigerian communities hosting them, will become even more desperate. Full text...

  • Congolese flee horrific violence for Uganda - UNHCR
    16 march 2018 11:04:33
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working with partner organizations in western Uganda to support a growing number of people, most of them women and children, fleeing horrific inter-ethnic violence and sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 'Funding shortfall threatens CAR refugees'
    16 march 2018 10:52:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly alarmed at the plight of thousands of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees who have fled to southern Chad since late last year, many of whom lack food, shelter and access to medical care. Full text...

  • UN seeks $80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia
    08 march 2018 18:01:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of those in Africa. Full text...

  • Rekindled tension in DRC’s Kasai region poses new threat to civilians, displaced - UNHCR
    06 march 2018 11:28:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is deeply concerned at the situation in the Kasai region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where continuing instability poses a grave risk to civilian safety, including for several hundred refugees recently returned there from Angola. Full text...

  • Uganda launches biometric refugee verification exercise
    02 march 2018 06:48:16
    Mbarara, Uganda (PANA) - The Government of Uganda has launched the biometric refugee verification exercise in Oruchinga Refugee Settlement located in Mbarara District in the South-West of Uganda. Full text...

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