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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees steps up support for Uganda’s refugee programme

The data verification exercise is scheduled to be completed by September 2018 – including introduction of biometric checks at food distribution sites

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today new measures to support the government of Uganda’s refugee programme, including through a major biometric data verification exercise.   “We are taking extremely seriously recent developments in Uganda. The refugee programme in this country is of critical importance, given the scale of the…

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Over 1,000 refugees evacuated out of Libya by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The 150 highly vulnerable refugees who were evacuated from Tripoli to Rome on Wednesday included children and women who had been held captive for long periods of time

Since November, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated over 1,000 highly vulnerable refugees out of Libya and is looking for durable solutions for them in third countries. On Tuesday, a flight departed from Tripoli bound for, Niamey, Niger, carrying 128 refugees and on Wednesday, a second plane took 150…

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Media briefing by UNHCR's Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation in Pretoria on 8 February (8h30 - 9h30)

Special Envoy would assist UNHCR to maximize efforts in the search for solutions for Somali refugees and asylum-seekers at national and regional levels

In 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, appointed Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey as his Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation. The High Commissioner noted that the path towards stability and prosperity in Somalia must include solutions for Somalis in exile through the region, and that Special Envoy…

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UNHCR Briefing Notes - UNHCR sounds alert as fresh violence in DR Congo’s Ituri province displaces thousands

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is gravely concerned about escalating violence in Ituri province of north-eastern Democratic…

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UNHCR Briefing Notes - Burundi risks to become a forgotten refugee crisis without support

Tanzania is hosting the largest number of Burundians with 254,000 refugees, while 89,000 are in Rwanda with another 44,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and some 40,000 in Uganda

Text presented by Catherine Wiesner, UNHCR’s Regional Coordinator for the Burundi situation – to whom quoted text may be attributed – to the Palais press this morning, before the regular press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, with its 26 other humanitarian partners,…

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UNHCR condemns forced returns of Cameroon asylum-seekers from Nigeria

Their forcible return is in violation of the principle of non-refoulement, which constitutes the cornerstone of international refugee law

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has learned with great concern of the forced return by Nigeria of 47 Cameroonians, who were handed over to the Cameroonian authorities on 26 January 2018.   Most of the individuals in question had submitted asylum claims. Their forcible return is in violation of the…

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Aid appeals seek over $3 billion as South Sudan set to become Africa’s largest refugee and humanitarian crisis

With the conflict now in its fifth year, nearly 2.5 million South Sudanese have fled to six neighbouring countries

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today launched a funding appeal for US$1.5 billion to support refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan and for US$1.7 billion for people in need inside the country during 2018.   With…

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UNHCR and partners seeks US$157 million to aid Boko Haram displaced

47 UN agencies and humanitarian organizations, who joined the 2018 Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP), will cater to the needs of some 208,000 Nigerian refugees and 75,000 of their hosts in Niger, Cameroon and Chad

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with humanitarian partners, today, launched an inter-agency funding appeal for US$157 million to help over a quarter of a million people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin region. The 47 UN agencies and humanitarian organizations, who joined the 2018…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo violence sees surge in refugees fleeing eastwards

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed by a recent surge in violence in the eastern Democratic…

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South Sudan: UNHCR is back in Lasu Refugee Settlement first time since 2016

While meeting with UNHCR, refugees informed that given the volatile situation in the area the majority of them continue to remain in hide-outs

UNHCR resumed its assistance to refugees in Lasu settlement located 32 km from Yei town on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, after it became accessible last week. “UNHCR team undertook a mission to Lasu last week and we were able to assess the situation around Lasu refugee…