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  • 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...

  • Top UN aid official calls for urgent support for Chad
    28 february 2018 22:30:40
    N'Djamena, Chad (PANA) - A senior United Nations aid official has called for urgent funding to support 4.4 million people in Chad, including refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons, as well as the communities hosting them. Full text...

  • UNHCR 'shocked' over reports of refugee deaths in Rwanda
    23 february 2018 12:28:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is urging authorities in Rwanda to ensure safety and protection for refugees after protests led to the tragic deaths of at least five refugees and the injury of many others – including the members of the police force – on Thursday. Full text...

  • Bilateral donors, World Bank visit Uganda refugee settlement
    22 february 2018 10:54:17
    Kyaka, Uganda (PANA) – UNHCR Representative in Uganda, Bornwell Kantande, officials from Uganda’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) Secretariat, and the WFP Country Director in Uganda, Elkhidir Daloum, on Thursday concluded a two-day visit to Kyaka II Refugee Settlement, some 200 km from the capital Kampala, accompanying a delegation of development actors. Full text...

  • UNHCR calls for calm, restraint after Rwanda refugee camp protests
    22 february 2018 10:41:20
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for calm and restraint after worrying reports of a refugee protest turning violent in Rwanda’s Kiziba refugee camp. Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up support for Uganda’s refugee programme
    21 february 2018 05:56:05
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced new measures to support the government of Uganda’s refugee programme, including through a major biometric data verification exercise. Full text...

  • About 28 million children were living in forced displacement in 2016, but figure could be higher
    15 february 2018 16:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) – Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, warned five UN and partner agencies on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNHCR says evacuated over 1,000 refugees from Libya
    15 february 2018 10:25:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Since November last year, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. Full text...

  • Sudan warns of new influx of refugees from South Sudan
    15 february 2018 10:12:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese refugees in Sudan's White Nile State have reached 150,000, with thousands more expected to arrive, UN and government sources said on Thursday.Full text...

  • DRC refugees perish as growing numbers seek safety in Uganda - UNHCR
    13 february 2018 11:32:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday expressed sadness about reports of four DR Congo refugees who drowned as they were seeking safety in Uganda, after their boat capsized on Lake Albert. Full text...

  • UNHCR welcomes Uganda’s commitment to fight corruption in refugee programmes
    10 february 2018 10:18:16
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the steps taken by the Ugandan government to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in government refugee programmes. Full text...

  • UNHCR sounds alert as fresh violence in DR Congo’s Ituri province displaces thousands
    07 february 2018 05:52:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is gravely concerned about escalating violence in Ituri province of north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), creating new displacement over the last four days. Full text...

  • Burundi risks becoming 'forgotten refugee crisis' without support - UNHCR
    06 february 2018 10:08:27
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with its 26 other humanitarian partners, is on Tuesday launching a funding appeal for US$391 million to support some 430,000 Burundian refugees during 2018. Full text...

  • UNHCR chief praises Uganda's 'model' treatment of refugees
    31 january 2018 15:39:02
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Renewing a strong appeal to regional leaders to make peace, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has praised the “open border” policy of Uganda which is currently receiving up to 500 refugees a day. Full text...

  • Thousands flee violence in eastern DR Congo
    30 january 2018 19:07:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Surging violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is driving thousands of people into neighbouring Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Amnesty International urges Italy, Libya to release refugees trapped in misery
    30 january 2018 17:53:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ahead of the first anniversary of Italy signing a deal with Libya to put in place measures to stop refugees and migrants from travelling to Europe, thousands of people remain trapped in abusive Libyan detention camps where torture is rife, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • CAR displacement reaches unprecedented levels in 2017 - UNHCR
    23 january 2018 11:34:25
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ongoing violence in Central African Republic (CAR), particularly in the country’s north-west, has pushed forced displacement to the highest levels that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen since the start of the crisis in 2013. Data as of the end of December shows that 688,700 people were displaced internally – 60 percent more than just a year ago. Full text...

  • DRC refugees in Zambia relocate to permanent site
    22 january 2018 09:39:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian Government, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and partners, has started the relocation of Democratic Republic of Congo refugees to a permanent site. Full text...

  • Concern grows for women, children fleeing Cameroon - UNHCR
    19 january 2018 11:52:11
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With the number of people fleeing English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria growing, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly concerned at the plight of women and children among them. Full text...

  • UNHCR appeals for more resettlement after 160 reported Mediterranean deaths
    12 january 2018 11:08:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is renewing its appeal to countries for help in saving human lives by offering more resettlement places and other safe alternatives to protection for refugees, including through family reunification. Full text...

  • UN agencies call for funds to reverse food ration cuts for refugees in Rwanda
    11 january 2018 19:52:49
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – United Nations humanitarian agencies on Thursday called for more donor funding to reverse a 25 per cent reduction in food or cash assistance for more than 100,000 refugees in Rwanda. Full text...

  • Universities spotlight hands-on approach to integrating refugees
    10 january 2018 22:44:06
    New York, US (PANA) – At a special summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York, universities, led by De Montfort University (DMU), have spotlighted ideas for practical ways they can use the skills, experience and voluntary power on their campuses to support those in need in their local areas. Full text...

  • UNHCR appeals to Israel over forced relocation policy
    09 january 2018 17:31:22
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday again appealed to Israel to halt its policy of relocating Eritreans and Sudanese to sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • UNHCR announces first evacuation of 162 vulnerable refugees from Libya to Italy
    22 december 2017 18:07:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced on Friday the evacuation of 162 highly vulnerable refugees from Libya to Italy, including unaccompanied children and women who had been held captive for extended periods of time. Full text...

  • Over 4,000 Chadian refugees set to return home from Darfur
    22 december 2017 07:47:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - More than 4,000 Chadian refugees are ready to return to their home country after seeking refuge in Darfur for more than a decade, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has said. Full text...

  • 'Refugees pressured to leave Kenya's Dadaab return to insecurity, drought, hunger'
    21 december 2017 06:38:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Thousands of Somali refugees who were pressured into leaving the Dadaab camp in Kenya are now facing drought, starvation and renewed displacement in Somalia, human rights organisation, Amnesty International, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR steps up support to Cameroonians fleeing to Nigeria
    20 december 2017 06:49:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refuge Agency, is stepping up its presence in south-eastern Nigeria, to provide life-saving support to thousands of people fleeing unrest in English-speaking areas of Cameroon. Full text...

Special File - Refugees

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