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  • 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...

  • Kenya: Rights group says donors failing almost a million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda
    19 june 2017 19:34:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Rich countries are failing in their obligation to help Uganda support thousands of refugees fleeing death, rape and other human rights violations in South Sudan, said Amnesty International in a damning report launched ahead of a high-level donor summit in the Ugandan capital Kampala on 22-23 June. Full text...

  • Kenya: Uganda receives most new refugees worldwide
    19 june 2017 14:03:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Uganda received the largest number of new refugees last year, more than half a million, according to new displacement figures launched by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: War, violence, persecution push displacement to unprecedented high
    19 june 2017 10:18:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - War, violence and persecution worldwide are causing more people than ever to be forcibly displaced, according to a report published on Monday by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Full text...

  • Sudan: US congratulates Sudan, Chad, UNHCR over signed repatriation deal
    18 june 2017 14:58:03
    Khartoum, \Sudan (PANA) - The US embassies in Khartoum, Sudan, and Ndjamena, Chad, have congratulated the Sudan, Chad and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) following the tripartite deal they signed to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of Sudanese refugees in Chad and Chadian refugees in Sudan. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR, NGOs end annual talks
    17 june 2017 09:16:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - This year's annual talks between UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and representatives of 313 NGOs concluded on Friday in Geneva with call to allow refugees to become self-reliant. Full text...

  • Kenya: IOM decries mistreatment of Ethiopian, Somalia migrants in Libya
    15 june 2017 15:49:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is deeply worried over the plight of approximately 260 Somali and Ethiopian migrants and refugees, including many children, held captive by smugglers and/or criminal gangs in Libya. Full text...

  • Spain: Football stars kick off campaign to help refugees
    14 june 2017 06:17:23
    Barcelona, Spain (PANA) – Football stars Lionel Messi and Neymar Junior on Tuesday kicked off a global campaign that seeks to ensure that millions of refugees have a safe place to live, receive an education and are able to provide for their families, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR urges governments to take in refugees
    13 june 2017 05:49:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Against the backdrop of increasing refugee numbers around the globe, fuelled by crisis and insecurity, and an ever widening gap in places to resettle them, the top United Nations official dealing with refugee issues has called on governments to “step up” and deliver places for refugees in line with the commitments they have made. Full text...

  • Angola: UNHCR renews appeals for more resources for DRC refugees in Angola
    13 june 2017 05:31:22
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – As refugees fleeing violence and communal tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continue to arrive in neighbouring Angola, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for more resources to cope with the influx and to provide those coming with the support they urgently need. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Nigeria's returning refugees need humanitarian assistance – UNHCR
    03 june 2017 04:22:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As thousands of Nigerian refugees return from Cameroon to north-eastern Nigeria, straining the few existing services and creating a new emergency, the United Nations refugee agency is stepping up its response to improve conditions. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Chad and UNCHR sign tripartite agreement to repatriate refugees
    02 june 2017 19:33:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Over half a million Sudanese nationals, currently staying as refugees in refugees camps in Chad and along the border areas in eastern Chad, will go home soon, according to a tripartite agreement signed in Khartoum by officials from Sudan, Chad and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Kenya: IOM supports Nigerian returnees after fleeing Boko Haram
    02 june 2017 14:23:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) says it registered more than 3,600 Nigerian refugees in the small Nigerian border town of Pulka after they returned from Cameroon between 24 and 31May, 2017. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Japan provides 236 tonnes of food to Burundian refugees in Rwanda
    25 may 2017 18:05:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Japan on Thursday donated 236 tonnes of food worth US$1.4 million to help ease food shortages among Burundian refugees in Rwanda, according to an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR renews warning over challenging Burundi refugee situation
    23 may 2017 10:39:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday renewed its concern over the unstable situation in Burundi, which continues to drive people to seek safety in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR appeals for support as more refugees from DR Congo arrive in Angola
    12 may 2017 17:04:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With violence and insecurity continuing to force people to flee Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region and seek refuge in neighbouring Angola, the United Nations refugee agency has called for a suitable place to shelter them as well as additional resources to support those in urgent need. Full text...

  • Sudan: New influx of refugees need assistance in Sudan's South Kordufan state
    03 may 2017 17:41:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian assistance is urgently needed for thousands of refugees from South Sudan who this week fled to Abu Jibahia, a border locality in South Kordufan state of Sudan, according to Gadim Babikir Adam, commissioner of the area.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR sending urgent relief items for Congolese civilians fleeing to Angola
    21 april 2017 18:01:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency is shipping tents, mosquito nets and other essential relief items to Angola, where some 9,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have fled this month alone. Full text...

Special File - Refugees

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