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  • Switzerland: UNHCR says drought displacement growing in Somalia
    21 february 2017 11:02:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Drought has displaced more than 135,000 people inside Somalia since November, according to data compiled by UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the Norwegian Refugee Council and community-based organizations. Full text...

  • US: Critical food aid shortages hit Africa's refugees hard, UN warns
    21 february 2017 07:50:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has warned that across Africa, some two million refugees are facing critical shortages in food assistance. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says South Sudan refugee crisis needs urgent response
    10 february 2017 21:27:40
    New York, US (PANA) - With already more than 3.5 million displaced within and outside the borders of South Sudan and thousands more driven to neighbouring countries every day, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has appealed for an urgent peaceful resolution to what has now become Africa's worst refugee crisis. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group hails 'historic ruling' blocking the closure of Dadaab refugee camp
    09 february 2017 12:11:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has hailed a Nairobi High Court's ruling on Thursday that, it says, blocks the Kenyan government’s unilateral decision to shut the Dadaab refugee camp. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Land urgently needed for Burundian refugee camps in neighbouring countries
    07 february 2017 17:55:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Stalled peace talks in Burundi are forcing hundreds to flee every day seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday, appealing for more support, particularly land to shelter for new arrivals and to ensure protection of children and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. Full text...

  • Malta: Rights experts urge Europe to avoid pushing back refugees to harms way
    04 february 2017 09:39:06
    Valleta, Malta (PANA) - The UNICEF and UN rights experts have underlined the need to ensure that children are protected and that migrants should not be pushed back to places where their safety is at risk, just as Europe Union leaders gathered in Malta to discuss new measures on migration, including increased cooperation with Libya. Full text...

  • UN: UN agencies task EU on saving migrants, refugees' lives
    02 february 2017 19:46:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of a meeting of the European Council, the UN refugee and migration agencies have called on European leaders to take "decisive action" to save lives of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea along its central route in hopes of a better future. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges US to lift immigration, refugee ban
    01 february 2017 20:33:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Reacting to the recent suspension by the US of its longstanding refugee programme, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Wednesday said resettlement was "the only possible solution" for people fleeing conflict and persecution, and that the US policy, which bars entry of Syrians into the country, "should be removed sooner rather than later." Full text...

  • UN: UN chief says refugees needs protection
    31 january 2017 19:14:32
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are entitled to protection and care, and expressed concern at some decisions that have undermined the integrity of the international refugee protection regime. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agency ‘alarmed’ by uncertainty facing refugees after Trump executive order
    30 january 2017 21:10:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The head of the United Nations refugee agency on Monday said he is “deeply worried” by the uncertainty facing thousands of refugees around the world who are in the process of being resettled to the United States after the country suspended its refugee programme last week. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan plans new camps for South Sudanese refugees outside Khartoum
    30 january 2017 18:02:09
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Authorities in Sudan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have agreed to set up camps outside Khartoum for accommodation of refugees from South Sudan in order to provide them the required humanitarian aid, the Police Information Office here said in a press statement on Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN agencies urge US to protect those fleeing conflict, persecution
    29 january 2017 04:55:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations agencies dealing with global refugee and migration issues have expressed the hope that the United States will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana Government dismisses reports of refugee camp closure
    26 january 2017 14:21:17
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has dismissed claims that government intends to close the Dukwi Refugee Camp with the ministry of Defence, Justice and Security on Thursday describing the reports as "unfounded".Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR revises funding requirements to tackle Africa's refugee crisis
    20 january 2017 16:12:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to address new needs of those who have been displaced in Africa due to conflicts, renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNHCR says some 45,000 people have fled Gambia to Senegal
    20 january 2017 11:46:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Some 45,000 people are now reported to have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia – according to the Senegalese Government, amid the ongoing political uncertainty as Senegalese and West African troops entered the country on Thursday to force out former president Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says 1 million displaced Somali refugees stranded
    10 january 2017 18:40:38
    New York, US (PANA) - More than one million Somali refugees who have been displaced from their homes for decades are becoming despondent as they continue to be unable to return home and donor support is growing fatigued, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Full text...

  • UN: UN allocates US$3 million to Somali refugees for pilot project
    22 december 2016 20:57:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Peacebuilding Fund on Thursday allocated US$3 million on a pilot project that will provide peacebuilding and professional skills to Somali refugees volunteering to return from Kenya to Somalia. Full text...

  • Zambia: Advisory group of local integration of former refugees in Zambia changes hands
    13 december 2016 17:28:19
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Office of the Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Zambia, together with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday officially handed over the Chair and Co-chair of the National Advisory Group (NAG) on the Local Integration of former refugees in Zambia.Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN refugee agency reshapes protection ‘toolkit’ for a world on the move
    09 december 2016 06:07:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency has updated its ‘toolkit’ for protecting vulnerable people on the move, in response to a sharp increase in global flows of both refugees and migrants in the decade since it was published. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Millions of ‘children on the move’ without protection is unacceptable – UN
    09 december 2016 06:01:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Highlighting the challenges confronting the protection of millions of children, many of whom are separated from their families as they flee wars and persecution, the top United Nations refugee official has called for prompt action to stave off the risk of losing an entire generation. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Dangerous funding gap' may lead to more cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya – UN
    08 december 2016 05:42:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Forced to make a new round of cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya, the World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed urgently for nearly US$14 million to feed the 434,000 refugees living in Kenya's Dadaab and Kakuma camps and in the new Kalobeyei settlement. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR urges EU to adopt stronger, more pro-active approach on refugees
    05 december 2016 18:36:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Monday proposed far-reaching reforms of Europe’s management of refugees, including the asylum system, recalling that scenes of chaos at borders last year led to a breakdown in the public’s trust in the capacity of governments to manage the refugee challenge and played into the hands of those wishing to turn those fleeing for their lives into scapegoats. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria sends food to its nationals living as refugees in Cameroon
    05 december 2016 07:48:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the weekend delivered food items to about 80,700 Nigerian refugees, mostly from Borno State, living in the Republic of Cameroon. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR urges govts to recognize people fleeing war-plagued countries
    02 december 2016 19:47:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Faced with record displacement due to conflict, the UN has moved to reinforce the global refugee protection regime by issuing new guidelines on dealing with people fleeing their country because of war, who are not recognized as refugees by some governments. Full text...

  • UN: Refugees in Chad face food insecurity
    28 november 2016 17:31:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A joint assessment by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) has revealed that 43 per cent of refugees who have lived in Chad for more than 10 years continue to face a precarious food security situation and require assistance.Full text...

  • US: UN Welcomes Kenya’s decision on Dadaab camp
    17 november 2016 05:51:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed Wednesday's statement from the Government of Kenya in which it reiterated its continued search for solutions for refugees at the Dadaab camp, where it has been hosting and protecting refugees from Somalia for many years. Full text...

  • CAR: Nearly one in five children in CAR is a refugee or internally displaced - UNICEF
    16 november 2016 05:54:23
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – As aid officials prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday to seek funding to continue their programmes in Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported that more than 850,000 people there – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says government officials coercing refugees back to Somalia
    15 november 2016 06:02:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International says just two weeks before the deadline given to close the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenyan government officials are deliberately coercing refugees to return to Somalia, where they risk being injured or killed in the ongoing armed conflict. Full text...

  • UN: 3,500 South Sudanese flee violence daily- UNHCR
    04 november 2016 22:05:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has led to immense suffering and displacement, with an average of 3,500 people fleeing the country each day to neighbouring countries, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN says more South Sudanese leave their homes, requiring more assistance
    02 november 2016 13:59:45
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) – The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said the number of people running away from South Sudan is increasing, requiring further assistance to refugees entering neighbouring Sudan, Congo, the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.Full text...

  • US: Ban names Japanese Nakamitsu special adviser for refugee summit follow-up
    02 november 2016 06:48:43
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as Special Adviser on Follow-up to the UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, which was held on 19 September 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR to double funds for cash-based assistance to refugees in 2020
    31 october 2016 15:34:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday announced its intention to double funds for cash-based assistance to refugees across the world by 2020 as a way to better assist and protect themFull text...

  • Sudan: IOM Sudan resettles 1,750 refugees in Canada
    26 october 2016 09:42:18
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Some 1,750 refugees living in Sudan have been resettled in Canada with the support of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Sudan so far this year. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns attack on refugee hosting area in western Niger
    07 october 2016 19:44:40
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the attack against a security post at a refugee hosting area of Tazalit, in the Tahoua region of Niger, bordering Mali, on 6 October, in which at least 22 members of Niger’s security forces were killed and several others injured.Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency assists traumatized population in northern Nigeria
    07 october 2016 18:48:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Most civilians living in areas of northern Nigeria recaptured by the armed forces from Boko Haram since the start of the year face serious protection problems and lack the most basic assistance, with women particularly at risk, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR, AU, African host countries agree on final steps on Rwandan refugees
    30 september 2016 21:49:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union (AU) agreed on Friday on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 300,000 Burundian refugees in neighbouring countries - UNHCR
    23 september 2016 19:38:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The number of people fleeing violence, threats, extrajudicial killings, abduction, torture and persecution in Burundi has passed the 300,000 mark some 18 months after the political crisis in the Central African nation erupted in April last year, the UN refugee agency said in a statement made available on Friday to PANA in Kigali.Full text...

  • UN: UN unveils set of principles to protect refugees, migrants' rights
    21 september 2016 05:40:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Kate Gilmore, on Tuesday in New York, unveiled a draft set of principles that urges the international community to build on the momentum created by the UN Declaration adopted on Monday by UN member states, on protecting the rights of refugees and migrants. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief urges better nutrition for refugees
    20 september 2016 06:25:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that millions of refugees around the world face food insecurity and the risk of malnutrition, stressing the need for stronger response to ensure that refugees are able to meet their food and nutrition needs.Full text...

  • UN: World leaders adopt declaration to protect rights of refugees, migrants
    19 september 2016 14:51:27
    New York, US (PANA) - World leaders on Monday at the UN headquarters adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which expressed their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives and share responsibility for large movements on a global scale. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief receives #WithRefugees petition, urges global solidarity
    17 september 2016 15:08:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the 19 September UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted a 1.3 million signature-strong petition that expressed solidarity with millions of refugees.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says South Sudan refugees hit one million
    16 september 2016 17:48:36
    New York, US (PANA) - As instability and violence persist in South Sudan, the number of South Sudanese seeking safety and shelter in neighbouring countries has crossed the one million mark, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: One million South Sudanese refugees flood East African states
    16 september 2016 17:02:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries have hit one million, including 185,000 people who fled fresh violence in Juba on 8 July, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Friday. Full text...

  • US: US donates US$11 million to support refugee resettlement programmes
    16 september 2016 16:35:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday announced a contribution of US$11 million to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support the Emerging Resettlement Countries Joint Support Mechanism (ERCM), a platform established to help countries create robust and sustainable refugee resettlement programmes.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR report says mobile connectivity critical lifeline for refugees
    14 september 2016 18:38:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Many refugees view access to a mobile phone and the Internet as being as critical to their safety and security as food, water and shelter, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the UN refugee agency and a global professional and technology consulting company, Accenture.Full text...

  • UN: Amnesty International blames UN, world leaders on refugee crisis
    13 september 2016 16:32:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday the abject failure of a UN summit to tackle the deepening global refugee crisis is a missed opportunity that will affect millions of the world’s most vulnerable people unless leaders find alternative solutions to help them reach safety. Full text...

  • US: US gives nearly US$37 million additional education funding to UNHCR
    10 september 2016 04:43:48
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Friday announced a contribution of nearly US$37 million of humanitarian assistance toward the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical education gaps for refugees in 16 countries. Full text...

  • Uganda: UNHCR boss calls attention to plight of South Sudanese refugees
    31 august 2016 11:00:14
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has called for greater international attention to the plight of South Sudanese refugees as well as donor support for Uganda’s exceptional open-door approach towards people fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Sudan: NGO appeals for urgent assistance for thousands of South Sudanese refugees
    23 august 2016 11:48:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An International humanitarian organization has appealed for urgent assistance for thousands of South Sudanese currently fleeing to neighbouring Uganda.Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundians in Rwanda refugee camp hit 50,000
    23 august 2016 09:59:19
    Rwanda (PANA) - The number of refugees who fled Burundi and took shelter in Mahama, one of the largest refugee camps in southeastern Rwanda, has reached 50,712, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

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