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  • Rwanda: Burundians flee to Rwanda ahead of election campaign
    01 april 2015 21:40:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 381 Burundian refugees fleeing insecurity in their home country have arrived in several parts of southern Rwanda, a senior government official said on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency says 66,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon
    01 april 2015 16:59:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday said the latest movements of refugees across Nigeria’s borders following Boko Haram's attacks are expected to bring the total of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon to nearly 66,000. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: IMO launches second phase of MIDA-Women Programme in Somalia
    31 march 2015 21:42:29
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), with funding from the Italian Development Cooperation has launched the “MIDA Women Somalia II” project.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR chief meets with Nigerian refugees in northern Cameroon
    24 march 2015 18:59:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres Full text...

  • Zambia: Japan offers US$1.5 million for refugee, local integration programmes in Zambia
    24 march 2015 17:14:21
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Japan has announced a contribution of US$1.5 million to support the Zambian government and the UN Refugee Agency’s 2015 refugee and local integration programmes in Zambia. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency says Nigerian refugee crisis continues
    03 march 2015 21:19:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday reported that the exodus of Nigerians fleeing violence in the country’s north-eastern region continues, with an influx of 16,000 refugees into neighbouring Cameroon.Full text...

  • Sudan: Denmark continues provision of humanitarian aid to refugees
    02 march 2015 17:58:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Government of Denmark has contributed DKK15 million (US$2.3 million) to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for 2015. Full text...

  • Congo: Japan donates US$1.7m for DRC, CAR refugees
    25 february 2015 12:06:41
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Japan has donated US$1.7 million to the Congolese authorities and the officials of the World Food Programme (WFP) for the 33,500 refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) residing in the country (Congo), a government statement said here Wednesday.Full text...

  • UN: 'Violence in northern Nigeria sparks major new exodus into Niger border region'
    11 february 2015 07:39:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The spread of violent attacks across the border from northern Nigeria into Niger is causing widespread displacement and hampering efforts to provide humanitarian assistance in the area, a spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said.Full text...

  • UN: WFP appeals for funds to support Nigerian refugees fleeing to Cameroon
    31 january 2015 09:18:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for more funds to help address the recent exodus of refugees into Cameroon from Nigeria, saying that a risk in attacks on both sides of that border has made it increasingly risky for humanitarian agencies to operate there. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR says more Sudanese refugees arriving in South Sudan
    30 january 2015 13:21:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Fighting in the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan has led to an increase in the number of Sudanese refugees fleeing to South Sudan in the last month, a UN refugees agency spokesperson said Friday during a press briefing at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, quoting a report from the agency's teams on the ground.Full text...

  • UN: 150,000 refugees in Uganda face 50 per cent food ration cut
    27 january 2015 21:59:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says around 150,000 refugees in Uganda will receive reduced food rations starting on Tuesday because of insufficient funding. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR seeks US331m to assist more CAR refugees (Correcting headline)
    25 january 2015 10:49:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have launched a regional refugee response plan to assist more than 460,000 fleeing Central Africans. Full text...

  • UN: WFP delivers food to thousands of refugees on Nigeria-Chad border
    24 january 2015 06:04:58
    New York, US PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR, partners renew appeal for support as more flee violence in CAR
    23 january 2015 13:07:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency and 18 partners are presenting the Regional Refugee Response Plan to assist more than 460,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) who have fled to neighbouring countries, a spokesperson for the agency said Friday as a press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR raises concern over refugees returning to Nigeria from Niger
    16 january 2015 15:09:50
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN refugee agency Friday said it was very concerned about the fate of hundreds of refugees who returned to Nigeria from Niger on 14 January during a joint operation organized by the Government of the north eastern Borno State in Nigeria and the authorities in Niger. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Chad seeks assistance for thousands of Nigerian refugees
    09 january 2015 13:51:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Some 7,300 Nigerian refugees have arrived in western Chad in the past 10 days, fleeing attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on Baga town and surrounding villages in northeast Nigeria, according to the UN refugee agency. Full text...

  • UN: WFP appeal raises US$45 million to meet refugee food needs in Kenya
    30 december 2014 19:21:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Tuesday said that a strong Full text...

  • Niger: Niamey works out emergency relief plan for Nigerian refugees
    23 december 2014 17:02:39
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Prime Minister Brigi Rafini of Niger Tuesday presented the Council of Ministers here an emergency plan for relief assistance to thousands of Nigerian refugees and other displaced people, currently facing a severe food shortage, in the eastern region of Diffa. Full text...

  • Tunisia: African refugees face difficult situation in Tunisia
    17 december 2014 18:43:06
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Refugees from different parts of Africa face a very difficult situation in Tunisia, an official of the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights, Masoud Ramadani, said at news conference here Wednesday.Full text...

  • Niger: Niger appeals for international support to Nigerian refugees on its territory
    12 december 2014 17:12:22
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien government has launched an urgent appeal to the international community for support to thousands of Nigerian refugees fleeing the violence of Islamic sect Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency appeals for US$6.23 billion for 2015
    10 december 2014 05:49:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Faced with multiple large-scale emergencies in Africa and the Middle East, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has warned donors at the agency’s annual pledging conference that the world’s humanitarian financing system was "close to bankruptcy". Full text...

  • Tunisia: Niger refugees in Algeria to be repatriated in several phases - Minister
    27 november 2014 21:37:40
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Niger refugees in Algeria will be repatriated from next week to their country in several phases, the Algerian Senior minister, minister of Interior and Local authorities, Tayeb Belaïz, said on Thursday.Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official urges support for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
    26 november 2014 08:24:56
    New York, US (PANA) - After a four-day mission to Ethiopia, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang has called for continued international attention to the plight of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Sudan: More Eritreans arrive Europe seeking asylum
    20 november 2014 15:14:11
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said that 37,000 Eritreans asylum seekers arrived in Europe, via Sudan and Ethiopia, this year, indicating that the figure is three times more than the number of arrivals the same time last year. Full text...

  • Tanzania:UNHCR relocating 15,000 stranded South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
    18 november 2014 16:46:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - UNHCR has started relocating by boat some 15,000 South Sudanese refugees from the Matar way station in western Ethiopia with the movement of the first group of 125 refugees on Monday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UNHCR evacuates stranded South Sudanese refugees to Ethiopia
    18 november 2014 15:37:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said it was relocating 15,000 stranded South Sudanese refugees to Eastern Ethiopia following the flooding of their camps. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR raises red flag on escalating Eritrean asylum seekers in Europe
    17 november 2014 11:58:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency has said the number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea over the first 10 months of this year has risen three-fold, compared to the same period in 2013. Full text...

  • Kenya: WFP cuts food rations to refugees in Kenya
    14 november 2014 12:32:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Around half a million refugees, mainly from Somalia and South Sudan, living in northern Kenya, will receive reduced rations from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a result of insufficient funding.Full text...

  • UN: 'Over 51m people displaced by conflict, persecution in 2013'
    06 november 2014 08:05:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN refugee agency UNHCR said the number of people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution rose to more than 51 million at the end of 2013.Full text...

  • UN: UN agency expresses concern over refugee camp safety in Kenya
    05 november 2014 05:17:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a spate of deadly violence at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has voiced concern about the security situation in the camp, urging a return to calm for all the communities sheltered there.Full text...

  • UN: UN agency accelerates efforts on Nigerian refugee transfer
    31 october 2014 21:44:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite mounting insecurity in border areas between Cameroon and Nigeria, where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought refuge in the past weeks after fleeing from insurgent attacks, the UN refugee agency on Friday said it was stepping up efforts to continue to expedite their transfer. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN hails Sudan for welcoming South Sudanese refugees
    24 october 2014 10:21:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Humanitarian Envoy, Abdullah al Matouq, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, have hailed Sudan for warmly welcoming South Sudanese refugees, the UNHCR said in a press statement Friday.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopia receives EU funding to tackle South Sudanese refugee influx
    23 october 2014 13:51:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has increased funding to Ethiopia to enable it effectively deal with the influx of refugees from war-scarred South Sudan, a top-ranking official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNHCR appeals for assistance to South Sudanese refugees in Sudan
    22 october 2014 17:40:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday appealed for financial support to assist thousands of South Sudanese who have fled insecurity in their country and found safety in Sudan.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR agency reports on growing number of Nigerian refugees
    17 october 2014 21:46:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid an intensifying campaign of violence committed by insurgent groups in north-eastern Nigeria, the number of refugees fleeing the conflict into the West African country’s neighbouring states has steadily increased significantly, the UN refugee agency warned on Friday.Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt. hails naturalization of Burundian refugees in Tanzania
    15 october 2014 12:53:33
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Burundian government has said it is satisfied with the issuance of Tanzanian citizenship to some 162,000 Burundians who had taken refuge in Tanzania since the 1970s. Full text...

  • Niger: Thousands of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram war find refuge in eastern Niger
    03 october 2014 16:33:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Thousands of people fleeing from clashes between the Nigerian Army and insurgents of the Islamic sect Boko Haram have in recent weeks flocked to Niger's easternmost region of Diffa, the International Red Cross Society (IRCS) said in Niamey Friday.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR raises alarm on high casualties among migrants to Europe
    03 october 2014 09:14:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has said new data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean in the third quarter of 2013 show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR renews commitment to Africa's refugees
    01 october 2014 13:34:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency's Executive Committee (ExCom) made a fresh commitment in Geneva on Tuesday to preventing humanitarian emergencies in Africa and ending protracted displacement situations on the continent. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR warns on humanitarian crises in Africa
    29 september 2014 17:58:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres has called for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement especially on the African continent. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR relocates 5,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon
    23 september 2014 20:01:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesay announced that it is stepping up efforts to relocate some 5,000 Nigerian refugees in Cameroon away from a border town amid ongoing cross-border attacks by insurgents.Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency, partners appeal for US$34 million for Nigerian refugees
    16 september 2014 20:07:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners on Tuesday issued an urgent joint call for US$34 million to aid the more than 75,000 people who have since last year fled the violence in northeast Nigeria by crossing into Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Full text...

  • Zambia: FODEP expresses concern over issuance of national IDs to Angolan refugees
    09 september 2014 14:49:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has denounced the issuance of National Registration Cards (NRC) by the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs to former Angolan refugees in Zambezi, western Zambia, warning that this is a recipe for electoral confrontations ahead of the parliamentary by-elections in Zambezi West constituency.Full text...

  • Cameroon: 'Large influx of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram into Cameroon'
    01 september 2014 22:26:48
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The Cameroonian authorities are worried about the arrival of about 40,000 Nigerians who have fled their country because of the activities of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, between July and August, PANA learned on Monday from humanitarian sources.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: East Africa ministers agree open-border policy for Somali refugees
    21 august 2014 08:41:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ministers in charge of refugee affairs in the Horn of Africa region have agreed to maintain a policy of open borders to Somali refugees until the conditions are ripe for their return to their country.Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopia becomes Africa’s largest refugee host
    19 august 2014 21:14:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya in hosting the most refugees in Africa, sheltering 629,000 refugees as of the end of July.Full text...

  • Sudan: UNHCR, partners appeal for US$113m for fleeing South Sudanese
    19 august 2014 07:39:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Refugee agency, UNHCR, has appealed for US$113 million to enable it respond to need of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who escaped the conflict in their country and took refuge in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR repatriates 120,000 DRC refugees
    05 august 2014 14:12:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has successfully completed the voluntary repatriation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of almost 120,000 refugees from neighbouring Congo.Full text...

  • UN: Official says Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan
    23 july 2014 22:18:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. John Ging, Operations Director for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, and appealed for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 South Sudanese refugees, mostly women and children. Full text...

Special File - Refugees

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