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  • Switzerland: Asylum, refugee protection represent ‘humanity at its best’ - senior UN official
    05 october 2017 22:36:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Warning of threats to the global asylum environment, the United Nations refugee agency’s protection chief on Thursday stressed the importance of sustained engagement by the international community to keep refugees high on the political agenda. Full text...

  • Switzerland: DRC violence drives more than 3,300 refugees into Zambia in a month
    03 october 2017 10:11:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is concerned about growing violence in parts of south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has driven more than 3,360 refugees into northern Zambia since 30 August. Full text...

  • Burundi: Rights group says thousands of Burundian refugees under pressure to return
    29 september 2017 06:43:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Thousands of Burundian refugees are under mounting pressure to return to their country where they would be at risk of death, rape and torture, said Amnesty International in a report out on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN commends Sudan for hosting South Sudanese refugees
    28 september 2017 09:30:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has commended Sudan for opening up its borders to receive South Sudanese refugees fleeing the conflict in their country.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundian refugees mourn compatriots killed in eastern DR Congo
    22 september 2017 17:47:19
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The association of Burundian refugees in Rwanda on Friday said it was grieved by the death of 34 of their compatriots who were killed early this week in Kamanyola, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Full text...

  • US: One year on, UN officials take stock of efforts to address large movements of refugees, migrants
    20 september 2017 22:39:37
    New York, US (PANA) – United Nations officials on Wednesday highlighted the need to continue working together towards more equitable ways to share the responsibility for refugees, as well as achieve safe and orderly migration, at an event to take stock one year after the international community agreed to find solutions to better manage human mobility. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam says no real progress one year after landmark UN pledge for refugees
    18 september 2017 17:58:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - One year on since the historic United Nations summit for refugees and migrants, the international community has failed to make meaningful progress towards meeting the goals of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, Oxfam said Monday.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN Declaration spurs reforms to help refugees and their hosts - UNHCR
    16 september 2017 11:03:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A year on from the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, in which all 193 Member States of the United Nations made a historic commitment to more equitably share responsibility for the world’s refugees, significant changes in refugee law, policies and responses are taking hold in several countries, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said. Full text...

  • Libya: UNHCR steps up efforts towards alternatives to detention in Libya
    13 september 2017 09:12:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, says it is stepping up efforts towards alternatives to detention in Libya and solutions for vulnerable refugees in the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR calls for extra 40,000 resettlements on Central Mediterranean route
    12 september 2017 07:39:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has called for an additional 40,000 resettlement places to be made available for refugees located in 15 priority countries along the Central Mediterranean route. Full text...

  • Switzerland: ‘Refugees' education must be fundamental element in humanitarian response’
    12 september 2017 07:27:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – More than 3.5 million refugee children did not have the chance to attend school in the last academic year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says in a report published on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Over 1,800 Congolese flee to Zambia within a week
    08 september 2017 14:38:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The number of Congolese asylum-seekers that have fled to Zambia from neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past one week has now gone over 1,800. Full text...

  • Zambia: Over 500 Congolese flee to Zambia in one day
    31 august 2017 15:20:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Over 500 Congolese asylum-seekers have fled into Zambia within a day, the biggest single entry of new arrivals in three years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Djibouti: UNHCR, Djibouti Education Ministry sign MOU on refugees' education
    30 august 2017 09:15:07
    Djibouti City, Djibouti (PANA) - After months of dedication and hard work, UNHCR and Djibouti’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et de la Formation Professionnelle—MENFOP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which opens the doors for refugee children in the country to receive the same quality education as Djiboutian children. Full text...

  • Tanzania: WFP says urgent funds needed for full food rations for refugees in Tanzania
    30 august 2017 07:01:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Amid a funding shortage that has forced the reduction of rations for some 320,000 refugees in north-west Tanzania, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said that it urgently requires US$23.6 million to guarantee the food and nutritional needs through December. Full text...

  • UK: Gov'ts 'completely out of touch' with citizens on refugee issues - Survey
    29 august 2017 06:18:03
    London, UK (PANA) - A new survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on young peoples’ attitudes towards refugees exposes just how out of touch governments are with their citizens, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Flow of refugees to Europe slows but sea journey remains deadly – UN
    25 august 2017 07:27:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Fewer refugees and migrants arrived in Europe in the first half of this year, but the likelihood of dying among people seeking to reach Europe is still “alarmingly high,” the United Nations refugee agency on Thursday reported, calling for renewed commitments to protect people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 138 Nigerians deported by Libya arrive back home
    18 august 2017 06:25:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian authorities say 138 citizens on Thursday arrived back home from Libya after being deported by the North African country, bringing the total this month to 318.Full text...

  • Kenya: Amnesty urges international community to help Uganda support refugees
    17 august 2017 16:10:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International on Thursday appealed to the international community to deliver and improve on existing financial commitments to help Uganda support the refugees it is hosting. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR, Tanzania outline next steps to address refugee situation
    17 august 2017 10:00:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is working with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania to support the country in pursuing its tradition of granting asylum and hosting refugees while respecting the wish of those who would like to return home. Full text...

  • Uganda: UNHCR renews calls to help South Sudan refugees in Uganda
    17 august 2017 09:53:58
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is on Thursday reiterating its call to the international community for urgent additional support for the South Sudan refugee situation and Uganda in particular, where the number of refugees from South Sudan has now reached 1 million. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN Refugee Agency chief commends Sudan's cooperation
    16 august 2017 18:06:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has expressed gratitude to Sudan for cooperation with the UN and its refugee agency in assisting refugees. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Congolese refugees relocated to new settlement in Angola
    15 august 2017 17:17:05
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - More than 1,500 Congolese refugees who have fled violence and ethnic tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been relocated from reception centres in northern Angola to a newly established settlement, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Congolese refugees relocated to new settlement in Angola – UN agency
    15 august 2017 16:00:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – More than 1,500 Congolese refugees who have fled violence and ethnic tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been relocated from reception centres in northern Angola to a newly-established settlement, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana ordered to free detained refugees
    07 august 2017 07:31:39
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana Court of Appeal President, Justice Ian Kirby, has lashed out at the Government for detaining hundreds of asylum seekers at Francistown Centre for Illegal Immigrants. Full text...

  • Italy: Amnesty slams Italian vote to deploy warships in Libyan waters to intercept refugees
    03 august 2017 06:59:37
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Human Rights group Amnesty International has slammed the Italian Parliament for voting in favour of deploying warships in Libyan waters to support the Libyan coastguard in the interception and return of refugees and migrants to Libya. Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Nkurunziza urges Barundi refugees in Tanzania to return home
    20 july 2017 14:11:23
    Ngara, Tanzania (PANA) – Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, on a day’s working visit to Tanzania, on Thursday urged all Barundi refugees to repatriate, assuring them that peace reigns throughout their home country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: CAR violence driving more refugees into northern DRC - UNHCR
    18 july 2017 11:09:50
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Recent violence in southern border areas of Central African Republic is driving more people to flee, including into remote areas of northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, putting immense pressure on difficult-to-reach local communities close to the border, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR seeks support for alternatives to dangerous refugee journeys
    18 july 2017 08:01:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for US$421.2 million to help provide meaningful alternatives to refugees and others undertaking dangerous journeys to Europe. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Three bodies issue roadmap to improve situation of refugees in Europe
    10 july 2017 10:39:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund and IRC, the International Rescue Committee, on Monday issued a Roadmap for action to improve the situation of refugee and migrant children arriving and staying in Europe without their parents or care givers. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR to host meeting on large movements of refugees
    07 july 2017 11:23:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) leads a process to develop a Global Compact on Refugees, an international meeting in Geneva on Monday, 10 July, will explore what can be learnt from past and current examples of sharing responsibility for large movements of refugees. Full text...

  • UK: Rights group slams EU as death toll soars in Central Mediterranean
    06 july 2017 06:45:47
    London, UK (PANA) - The soaring death toll in the central Mediterranean and the horrific abuses faced by thousands of refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centres are clearly linked to failing EU policies, said Amnesty International in a report published today. Full text...

  • Tunisia: UNHCR resettles group of vulnerable women refugees from Libya
    04 july 2017 12:06:08
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday evacuated six vulnerable refugee women from Libya to a country that has accepted to resettle them. A second group of seven refugees is expected to follow shortly. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Insecurity, exploitation in Libya push refugees to Europe, new study reveals
    03 july 2017 10:33:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) A study of mixed refugee and migrant flows by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has found that around half of those travelling to Libya do so believing they can find jobs there, but end up fleeing onwards to Europe to escape life-threatening insecurity, instability, difficult economic conditions plus widespread exploitation and abuse. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN refugees chief urges more solidarity with Italy
    02 july 2017 07:06:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is urging solidarity with Italy and international reaction as thousands of refugees continue to cross from the Mediterranean in efforts to reach Europe.Full text...

  • Uganda: Germany donates 16 million euros to UNHCR for S. Sudanese refugees in Uganda
    30 june 2017 07:00:32
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has announced a grant of Euro 16 million to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR warns against involuntary refugee returns to Nigeria
    29 june 2017 10:50:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has expressed alarm over a fresh incident of forced returns of refugees from Cameroon into northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Uganda: UN chief urges world to show solidarity to South Sudanese refugees
    23 june 2017 05:42:09
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - With Uganda hosting almost one million South Sudanese refugees “as sisters and brothers and sharing with them their land and everything they have,” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the international community to show solidarity with those that had fled their homes, as well as with the Ugandan Government and people. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR welcomes admission of Syrian refugees by Morocco
    22 june 2017 09:39:59
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Thursday welcomes the decision by Morocco to admit a group of Syrian refugees stranded in difficult circumstances at the country’s border with Algeria since 17 April. Full text...

  • Uganda: Uganda, UN convene 'solidarity summit' amid fast-growing refugee emergency
    22 june 2017 05:41:26
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Facing a fast-growing refugee crisis, Uganda is set to host in its capital, Kampala, a 'Solidarity Summit' with the support of the United Nations, to rally international support for refugees and host communities in the form of donations, investments and innovative programmes. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marks World Refugee Day with refugee girls
    21 june 2017 10:52:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day 2017 on Tuesday visiting adolescent refugee girls in Nairobi, the UN refugee agency has reported. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN refugee chief warns against return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon
    21 june 2017 08:25:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Wednesday said he is "extremely worried" that large numbers of Nigerian refugees hosted in Cameroon are again returning to northeast Nigeria, into a situation "dangerously unprepared" to receive them. Full text...

  • US: UN chief marks World Refugee Day with calls for action; heads to Uganda
    20 june 2017 20:56:07
    New York, US (PANA) – Refugee protection is not a matter of solidarity or generosity, but an obligation under international law, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, detailing five strong appeals to the international community for respecting refugees' rights. Full text...

  • US: UN urges support, solidarity for record number of displaced people
    20 june 2017 15:50:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With a record 65.6 million people last year forcibly uprooted from their homes by violence and persecution, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called on the international community to provide support and solidarity. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC Chair worried over the rising number of African refugees
    20 june 2017 14:52:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Painting a gloomy picture of the refugee problems confronting Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat, on Tuesday warned that the total number of displaced and stateless persons in Africa has drastically increased from 10.2 million to approximately 18 million between 2011 and 2016. Full text...

  • Kenya: Mediterranean Sea migrant arrivals hit 81,000
    20 june 2017 13:57:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 81,292 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 18 June, with 85 per cent arriving in Italy.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR reports three new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea
    20 june 2017 12:00:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday that it has received information on Monday night of three new shipwrecks in the Mediterranean with at least 130 people feared to be dead or missing. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR chief urges communities to welcome refugees
    20 june 2017 11:45:37
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the world celebrates World Refugee Day on Tuesday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has urged communities and countries to welcome refugees and counter narratives that would seek to exclude and marginalise them and other uprooted people. Full text...

  • Switzerland: World Refugee Day gets under way amid record displacement - UNHCR
    20 june 2017 07:08:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Chefs, muralists, cyclists and even a pop-up orchestra led millions of people around the world in celebratory events to mark World Refugee Day, at a time when the number of men, women and children uprooted by wars and persecution has broken records, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UK: Rights group to organise global musical concerts in solidarity with refugees
    20 june 2017 06:34:04
    London, UK (PANA) - Gregory Porter, Hot Chip, Jessie Ware, Kate Tempest, The Naked and Famous, The National, Oh Wonder, POLIÇA and Zero 7 will be among a thousand musicians performing in people’s homes in more than 200 cities globally for a first-of-its-kind day of concerts to unite people in welcoming refugees, Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds announced Tuesday, marking World Refugee Day. Full text...

Special File - Refugees

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