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UNHCR Special Envoy for the Somali refugee situation calls for more support for refugees in Eritrea

UNHCR Special Envoy for the Somali refugee situation calls for more support for refugees in Eritrea

The Special Envoy for the Somali refugee situation, Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, led a high-level delegation in Eritrea accompanied by the Deputy Director of Division of International Protection, Ms. Shahrzad Tadjbakhsh and the Head of the Legal and Policy Unit of the Regional Bureau of Africa (RBA), Mr. Leonard Zulu. Ambassador Affey led a successful […]

With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by $36 million to support Burundians fleeing their homes in what could become the third-largest refugee crisis in Africa. “Arriving refugees continue to cite hunman rights abuses, fear of persecution and sexual and gender-based violence as reasons for fleeing,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office […]

Refugees Free UN Staff Held Hostage in DR Congo Camp

Refugees Free UN Staff Held Hostage in DR Congo Camp

The United Nations says 16 staff members held hostage at a UN camp in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been released unharmed. The UN peacekeeping department said in a statement late on Tuesday that “the camp is quiet and under full control” of its peacekeepers. Unarmed South Sudanese refugees took the […]

Office of the Prime Minister to Relocate 3,000 South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

Office of the Prime Minister to Relocate 3,000 South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

A total of 3,500 South Sudan refugees have pitched camp at the Uganda-South Sudan border post of Ngomoromo in Lamwo District as the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) finalises plans to relocate them in the three different settlement centres. Last month, the district local government offered land for the establishment of refugee settlement camps […]

Stop Forced Return of Nigerian Refugees, UN Tells Cameroon

Stop Forced Return of Nigerian Refugees, UN Tells Cameroon

The Cameroon authorities are said to be forcing thousands of Nigerian refugees out of their homes, against their will, to return to the country. The action came, despite a recent an agreement between Nigeria and Cameroon to prevent forced return. According to a report issued by United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR yesterday, Cameroonian soldiers have […]

Refugees Contributing Positively to Zambia’s Economy

Refugees Contributing Positively to Zambia’s Economy

Refugees and former refugees are contributing positively to Zambia’s economy, and have the potential to contribute further to the country’s development if legal and other obstacles are removed, findings of a new study seen on Tuesday have shown. The study, conducted by researchers from the Institute of Economic and Social Research of the University of […]

Lack of Access to Work for Refugees Undermining Efforts to Prevent Secondary Migration – New Report

Lack of Access to Work for Refugees Undermining Efforts to Prevent Secondary Migration – New Report

Efforts to reduce irregular and dangerous secondary migration among Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia are being undermined by the fact they are not allowed to work legally, a new report by the Overseas Development Institute has found. Researchers at the UK’s leading think-tank on international development have found that while donor-funded policy measures such as livelihood […]

UNHCR – Refugees From South Sudan Cross 1.5m Mark

UNHCR – Refugees From South Sudan Cross 1.5m Mark

The number of refugees who have fled South Sudan has crossed the 1.5 million mark, putting the country third after Syria and Afghanistan in terms of producing refugees, according to the UNHCR. The UN refugee agency said on Friday that unless rival government and rebel forces agreed to talk, the ongoing flow of refugees within […]

US President Barack Obama Speaks With President Kenyatta On Support On Refugees

US President Barack Obama Speaks With President Kenyatta On Support On Refugees

US President Barack Obama spoke by phone with President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday and pledged his government’s support in ensuring that the needs of refugees and host communities are met. Mr Obama reiterated his appreciation for the strong partnership between Kenya and the United States on a host of issues, including combatting global terrorism and hailed […]

Mozambican Refugees Face Uncertain Future in Malawi

Mozambican Refugees Face Uncertain Future in Malawi

The losers in a power struggle between the Mozambican government and opposition RENAMO party are the refugees that have streamed across the border into Malawi, fleeing insecurity and allegations of human rights violations by the army. More than 11,500 civilians have left Mozambique since military operations began in October 2015 to disarm RENAMO militants, predominantly […]

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