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  • 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...

  • US: UNICEF calls for action to prevent more deaths in Central Mediterranean
    21 april 2017 16:35:49
    New York, US (PANA) – Noting increases in number of migrants, including children, attempting to reach European shores using the Central Mediterranean route, from North Africa to Italy, and consequent rise in number of deaths, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for safe and legal pathways for those who are fleeing conflict, poverty and depravation. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Kasai violence drives over 11,000 Congolese to seek refuge in Angola'
    21 april 2017 14:13:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - A spike of violence in the Kasai Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now forced over 11,000 refugees to seek safety in Angola, the UN refugee agency said in Friday. Full text...

  • South Sudan: IOM says thousands of people displaced by recent violence in Wau
    14 april 2017 14:22:36
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - A recent upsurge in violence beginning 10 April has displaced an estimated 8,000 people in South Sudan’s Wau town, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Horrible attack in South Sudan town sends thousands fleeing across border'
    08 april 2017 06:47:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Host communities and aid agencies in Uganda are struggling to feed and shelter new refugees who have been displaced following a spike in violence in parts of neighbouring South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria province, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. Full text...

  • US: Protecting refugees, ensuring security of countries 'complimentary goals', UN forum told
    06 april 2017 05:49:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Protecting refugees and assuring the safety of countries that receive them are complementary goals, a senior United Nations official on Wednesday said in a special security forum that discussed denying safe havens to people who finance or commit terrorist acts, or to terrorists who try to abuse the asylum system. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR stresses importance of search missions on the Mediterranean
    30 march 2017 15:57:04
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly 150 people dead or missing in another shipwreck off the Mediterranean coast, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Thursday stressed the importance of saving lives at sea. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency, Ugandan govt urge urgent support for South Sudanese refugees
    23 march 2017 20:56:02
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Thursday said UN refugee assistance efforts in Uganda are seriously overstretched as thousands of refugees from South Sudan, desperate for safety and assistance, pour into the country that is already hosting more than 800,000 people. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana to facilitate repatriation of refugees
    23 march 2017 09:55:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Shaw Kgathi, Botswana's Defence, Justice and Security minister, on Thursday said Botswana would continue to facilitate the return of refugees to their respective countries as he applauded the voluntary decision by some refugee in the country to apply for repatriation.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR concerned about forced return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon
    21 march 2017 19:45:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday expressed concern that forced returns of refugees from Cameroon’s Far North region to crisis-gripped northeastern Nigeria are continuing despite the recent signing of a tripartite agreement aimed at ensuring the voluntary nature of returns.Full text...

  • Kenya: Nairobi to host Special IGAD Summit for Somali refugees
    20 march 2017 14:46:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A special summit of Heads of State and Government will be convened on Saturday, 25 March, 2017, in Nairobi, bringing together member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other stakeholders, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Monday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: South Sudan’s refugee crisis now world’s fastest growing - UNHCR
    17 march 2017 13:50:02
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Eight months after fresh violence erupted in South Sudan, a famine produced by the vicious combination of fighting and drought is now driving the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR, UK back South Sudanese response in Sudan
    09 march 2017 13:02:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UNHCR has welcomed a recent contribution of US$2.5 million to its programme from the Government of the United Kingdom to respond to the needs of South Sudanese refugees in Sudan, the UN agency said in a news dispatch from Khartoum. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN agency concerned about new US refugee plan
    07 march 2017 06:14:08
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Refugees are ordinary people forced to flee war, violence and persecution in their home countries and who remain in urgent need of life-saving assistance and protection, the United Nations refugee agency underscored on Monday in the wake of the latest Executive Order signed by the President of the United States on refugee resettlement. Full text...

  • UN: 3.2 million refugees found 'home' in poor countries -UN study
    28 february 2017 20:04:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Most of the 3.2 million people driven forcibly from their homes in early 2016 found shelter in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Sudan: More South Sudanese refugees arrive in Sudan
    27 february 2017 15:47:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN refugees agency on Monday said an increased number of South Sudanese are pouring into Sudan, shortly after their nation was declared a famine-hit area. Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Refugees

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