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  • UN: UNHCR says hunger, insecurity force South Sudanese to flee
    29 march 2016 17:32:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday said growing food Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNHCR welcomes Malawi’s decision to reopen former camp for Mozambique refugees
    16 march 2016 06:36:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday welcomed a decision by the Malawian Government to reopen a former refugee camp to help cope with the rising numbers of people fleeing internal fighting in Mozambique. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency laments Europe's restrictive measures on refugees, asylum-seekers
    23 february 2016 15:53:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said it is concerned by recent restrictive practices adopted in a number of European countries that are placing additional undue hardships on refugees and asylum-seekers across Europe.Full text...

  • Sudan: Number of people fleeing fresh conflict in Darfur hits 73,000
    18 february 2016 08:04:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The number of civilians fleeing the recent conflict in the Jebel Marra area in Sudan’s Darfur region has jumped to 73,000 from 38,000, according to United Nations estimates. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda plans relocation of Burundian refugees to third countries
    12 february 2016 15:43:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Amid rising risks related to the presence of refugees so close to their country of origin, the Government of Rwanda has started working with partners in the international community for the orderly and safe relocation of Burundian refugees to third countries, according to an official statement issued Friday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Kigali.Full text...

  • Mauritania: UN calls vital support for Malian refugees in Mauritania
    12 february 2016 05:39:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Three United Nations humanitarian agencies on Thursday urged donors to mobilize the necessary resources to maintain the vital assistance to 50,000 Malian refugees in Mberra camp in south-eastern Mauritania. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN calls for enhanced protection for child refugees, migrants into Europe
    03 february 2016 05:54:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Child protection systems across Europe are completely overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania opens refugee camp for ex-Burundian fighters
    02 february 2016 06:33:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania has set up a special refugee camp to accommodate Burundian army deserters and asylum seekers who have been members of either regular or irregular armed groups in the crisis-torn East African country, according to Home Affairs Minister Charles Kitwanga. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners seek US$550 million to support refugees, migrants
    26 january 2016 16:56:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR, partners seek half-a-billion dollars for Nigeria, CAR refugee crises
    25 january 2016 15:28:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners on Monday called on donor nations for more than half-a-billion dollars this year to help hundreds of thousands of people forced to flee conflicts in Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR), and for the host communities providing them with shelter and other basic services.Full text...

  • US: US to strengthen international response to global refugee crisis
    22 january 2016 15:37:16
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, on Friday announced in Davos, Switzerland, that the US is seeking new international commitments to strengthen the international response to the global refugee crisis. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Modern health clinic, schools for Burundian refugees inaugurated in Rwanda
    21 january 2016 17:21:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan officials have inaugurated a 112-classroom school, financed by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, in one of the fastest growing refugee camps for Burundian refugees in Mahama, South Eastern Rwanda, according to a statement Thursday from the Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN refugee agency warns of perilous Horn of Africa sea crossings
    20 january 2016 05:48:16
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Despite the ongoing conflict in Yemen, thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis are continuing to make a perilous sea crossing, which has already claimed at least three dozen lives this year, the UN refugee agency warned on Monday. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama defends presence of 2 former Guantanamo detainees
    12 january 2016 14:34:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's president John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday defended his government's decision to receive two detainees from Guantanamo Bay, saying they are not at risk to the population as many religious organisations, opposition political parties and civil society groups fear. Full text...

  • UN: UN provides emergency funds for tens of thousands displaced by Boko Haram violence
    09 january 2016 05:48:50
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly 200,000 people in Chad in need of urgent aid – 50,000 of them uprooted by Boko Haram terrorists from Nigeria – the United Nations emergency fund today announced a US$7 million grant, the second in five months, and called on international donors to provide much more. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR chief says solutions needed to stem global refugee crisis
    07 january 2016 20:50:28
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi on Thursday urged greater diplomatic efforts to find solutions to the conflicts and abuses driving people from their homes. Full text...

  • Politics: 'Ghana provides assistance to Rwandan, Yemeni, Syrian refugees'
    07 january 2016 05:42:57
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana has announced that it has provided assistance for the resettlement of a number of persons from Rwanda and Yemen on the request of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the US government respectively. Full text...

  • UN: Ban names Special Adviser on 2016 refugee and migrant summit
    06 january 2016 09:26:22
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of Karen AbuZayd of the United States as Special Adviser for an upcoming UN summit on managing large-scale movements of migrants and refugees, according to a UN statement obtained by PANA. Full text...

  • Botswana: High court halts deportation of Namibian refugees
    05 january 2016 10:32:47
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s High Court has temporarily stopped the repatriation of Namibian refugees, local media reported on Tuesday.Full text...

  • UN: New UN refugee chief takes up post
    05 january 2016 07:37:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Filippo Grandi of Italy, a veteran of United Nations efforts to help refugees, took up his post on Monday as head of the UN refugee agency at a time of unprecedented challenges, with record numbers of people worldwide forced to flee war and persecution. Full text...

  • UN: Refugees, migrants braving seas to flee to Europe in 2015 top one million – UN
    31 december 2015 07:36:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe by sea this year have passed one million, according to figures just released by the UN refugee agency, many on perilous trips aboard inadequate vessels run by people smugglers, with at least 3,735 more believed drowned. Full text...

  • UN: UN says refugees, migrants fleeing to Europe in 2015 reach 1 million
    22 december 2015 17:25:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said theFull text...

  • Sudan: UK assists unaccompanied refugee children in Sudan
    05 december 2015 16:28:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN refugee agency has welcomed a contribution of over 21 million Sudanese pounds (about 238,000 pounds sterling) by the British government to help separated refugee children in Sudan.Full text...

  • Egypt: Germany offers protection to refugees stranded in Egypt
    27 november 2015 11:55:43
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Nearly 600 refugees, half of them Syrians, were moved this week by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from Egypt to Germany as part of the country’s Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP), IOM said on Friday, noting this was the last group of refugees who were stranded in Egypt. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR partners with IKEA Foundation to raise funds for refugees
    23 november 2015 22:09:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid the deepening global refugee crisis, the IKEA Foundation will restart its "Brighter Lives for Refugees" campaign between 29 Nov. and 19 Dec. 19 in 40 Full text...

  • Botswana: 600 DRC refugees sent packing from Botswana
    23 november 2015 15:51:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has sent 600 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals home, after denying them refugee status, local media reported here on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Overstretched camps in Tanzania put 110,000 Burundian refugees at risk
    23 november 2015 07:43:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Health and shelter for Burundian refugees in Tanzania are poised to get worse in already overstretched camps, if there is an increased influx of refugees across the border, international aid agencies warned on Monday.Full text...

  • UN: UN refugee agency condemns attack IDP camp in CAR
    12 november 2015 01:24:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the killing and revenge attack on a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Batangafo, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed concern about the spreading insecurity in the country and condemned the violent attack on the camp. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR delivers aid to flood-hit refugees in Algeria's Tindouf region
    30 october 2015 18:46:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Following heavy which resulted in devastating floods rains in southwestern Algeria last week, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has airlifted emergency aid to 11,000 families living in five camps in the region. Full text...

  • Botswana: Zimbabwean refugees repatriate voluntarily from Botswana
    28 october 2015 14:44:27
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Zimbabwean refugees living in Botswana have started to apply for voluntary repatriation, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said here Wednesday.Full text...

  • UN: UN agency, EU to support return of Somali refugees
    21 october 2015 21:11:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres WednesdayFull text...

  • Sudan: Darfur conflict victims receive badly-needed financial assistance from emergency fund
    13 october 2015 13:41:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The central emergency response fund (CERF) has allocated US$ 15.1 million to Sudan to fill critical funding gaps in the country’s humanitarian response and provide urgent life-saving assistance to internally-displaced people and vulnerable host communities in north Darfur, the UN said in Khartoum on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges global compact on refugee, asylum matters
    09 october 2015 13:37:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Volker Turk, Assistant UN High Commissioner for Protection at the Full text...

  • UN: UN, humanitarian community struggling to meet unprecedented needs of refugees
    06 october 2015 13:53:57
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres says the global Full text...

  • Cameroon: EU, Germany release 7.5 million euros for CAR refugees in Cameroon
    29 september 2015 21:10:00
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The the European Union delegation and the German embassy in Cameroon on Tuesday in Bertoua, in the Eastern region, launched a 7.5 million-euro support programme to host populations and the refugees from Central African Republic.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR warns European leaders on response to refugee crisis
    22 september 2015 18:34:04
    New York, US (PANA) - European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the ongoing refugee and migration crisis, in what the UN cautioned may be the last chance to create a coherent response to end the suffering and exploitation of refugees and migrants. Full text...

  • Sudan: Germany contributes EUR 1.4 million to UNHCR in Sudan
    15 september 2015 20:24:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The German government has donated EUR 1.4 million to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Sudan for its 2015 programme, a press release by the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency urges Europe to develop coherent response to refugee crisis
    15 september 2015 17:48:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday welcomed the steps Full text...

  • UN: Deadly epidemics, lack of food threaten Nigerian refugees in Cameroon
    14 september 2015 19:34:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Families on the run often surviving brutal attacks in Nigeria are Full text...

  • UN: FAO, MasterCard join forces to support refugees, small-scale farmers
    03 september 2015 13:42:07
    New York US (PANA) - Residents at the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya will soon be able to buy charcoal produced in an environmentally-friendly way by local farmers as part of an innovative new alliance between the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and a leader in global payments and a technology company, MasterCard, to support small farmers and poor families.Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tension in Burundi drives more refugees to Tanzania
    02 september 2015 09:13:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Despite the inauguration of Pierre Nkurunziza for his third term as President of Burundi last month, tension still grips the country's political landscape as more of its citizens flee to Tanzania, official sources here confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: US provides additional US$6.1m for humanitarian assistance
    02 september 2015 08:52:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States has given US$6 million additional life-saving humanitarian assistance for those fleeing the conflict in Yemen and seeking refuge in Djibouti and Somalia. Full text...

  • Sudan: Japan makes huge financial contribution for refugees' projects in Sudan
    27 august 2015 15:01:40
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Japan has contributed US$ 7.5 million towards UNHCR’s programme in Sudan in 2015, of which over US$ 1.4 million will be earmarked for interventions in refugee camps in eastern Sudan, the UN body revealed in a press release here Thursday, following a field visit by the Japanese ambassador in Sudan, Mr. Hideki Ito, to a refugee camp in eastern Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency commends Cameroon, Chad, Niger for harbouring Nigerian refugees
    15 august 2015 15:12:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed concern about the escalating violence in and around Nigeria and its impact on the situation of Nigerian refugees in surrounding host countries, including a shrinking humanitarian space in which they can seek asylum. Full text...

  • Mauritania: EU gives US$ 438,000 to Malian refugees in Mauritania
    11 august 2015 14:59:00
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has given the World Food Programme (WFP) 400,000 euros (about US$ 438,800) with which the European Commission on Civil Protection (ECHO) will provide humanitarian aid, including food assistance, to 50,000 Malian refugees accommodated in the Mbera camp in eastern Mauritania, the EU delegation in Nouakchott said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • UN: Somali refugees helped to return home from Kenya
    05 august 2015 17:37:01
    New York, US (PANA) - One hundred Somali refugees living in Kenya have been voluntarily Full text...

  • DR Congo: UNHCR airlifts Congolese refugees in CAR back home
    05 august 2015 14:55:24
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Refugee Agency on Wednesday launched an airlift operation to repatriate more than 600 refugees back home to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) six years after they fled to Central African Republic (CAR) to escape attacks by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).Full text...

  • UN: 'Violence in Nigeria drives refugees deeper into neighbouring Cameroon'
    21 july 2015 22:19:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Weeks after elections in Nigeria, violence and attacks continue to drive population movements within and outside the country, the UN High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday, reporting a "steady flow" of Nigerian refugees now seeking safety some 100 km inside the Cameroon border. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UNHCR explains growing number of refugees, migrants from Africa
    01 july 2015 14:54:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The large majority of the 137,000 people who crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe during the first six months of 2015 were fleeing from war, conflict or persecution, making the Mediterranean crisis primarily a refugee crisis, a UNHCR report, released Wednesday has said. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says thousands more flee Burundi to neighbouring countries
    30 june 2015 18:51:16
    New York US (PANA) - Some 10,000 refugees fled Burundi over the weekend before Full text...

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