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Second life-saving evacuation of vulnerable refugees from Libya lands in Rwanda

UNHCR has assisted 1,663 vulnerable refugees out of Libya in 2019

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. At around 11:20pm last night, a group of some 123 vulnerable refugees arrived at Kigali International Airport,…

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UNHCR aids thousands of Congolese refugees returning home from Angola

UNHCR is providing returnees with transport, as well as cash assistance to help them reintegrate

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Thousands of Congolese refugees are returning from Angola to the Kasai region in the Democratic Republic of…

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UNHCR urges more support to boost refugee access to tertiary education

Top five refugee host countries of study for Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) students were Turkey, Ethiopia, Jordan, Uganda and Kenya

Only three per cent of refugees have access to higher education, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. In its “Refugee Student Voices: Refugee Students In Higher Education” report released this week, UNHCR is calling for critical support to scale up existing programs and to help secure futures.  “In recent…

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News comment by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on anniversary of Lampedusa shipwreck

More than 1,000 people dying at sea in 2019, the majority of those on the route between Libya and Europe

By UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi Today in Lampedusa, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is joining with civil society, local and national authorities, survivors of the shipwreck, and well-wishers from Italy to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Reception, established by law in 2016 to honour the…

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As drought compounds security woes, Somalis flee to Ethiopia (By Katie Nguyen)

Crop failures, livestock die-offs, and Al-Shabab extortion demands are driving thousands of farmers and pastoralists to abandon their lands and seek refuge

When drought killed most of Barwako Noor Abdi’s cows and goats eight years ago, she had no choice but to abandon her home in Somalia’s parched Gedo region and seek help elsewhere in a country suffering from decades of insecurity. When the next major drought hit in 2016/17, she found…

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UN Refugee Chief welcomes African leadership and solidarity in action for refugees evacuated from Libya

UNHCR reiterates its view that refugees and migrants in detention in Libya should be freed in an orderly manner and their protection guaranteed

Welcoming this week’s agreement with the African Union and Rwanda to set up a refugee transit mechanism for evacuation of vulnerable refugees out of Libya, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today urged other countries to follow this example with further actions to save lives. “At this critical time…

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New UNHCR evacuation of refugees from Libya to Italy, as Tripoli fighting continues

The evacuees are from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan and include 52 unaccompanied children

A group of 98 vulnerable refugees have been today evacuated out of Libya to Italy, the third direct humanitarian evacuation to the country this year. With Libya continuing to suffer the consequences of ongoing conflict, such evacuations are a lifeline for the most vulnerable refugees living in detention centres and…

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Joint Statement: Government of Rwanda, UNHCR and African Union agree to evacuate refugees out of Libya

Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will receive and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers who are currently being held in detention centres in Libya

The Government of Rwanda, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the African Union have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a transit mechanism for evacuating refugees out of Libya.  Under the agreement, the Government of Rwanda will receive and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers who are…

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Newly Appointed UNHCR Somalia Representative Meets Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Siffointe served as UNHCR Representative in South Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Kyrgystan

UNHCR new Representative to Somalia, Mr. Johann Siffointe, has today met the Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mahdi Mohamed Gulaid, in the capital Mogadishu. Welcoming Mr. Siffointe to Somalia, the Deputy Prime Minister reaffirmed the government’s commitment to continue working with UNHCR in improving the lives of displaced families. Meanwhile, the…

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Generous Africa needs new partners and innovation to help forcibly displaced – UN refugee chief

His comments came during a debate on the importance of enhanced partnerships and solidarity to support refugees and displaced people in Africa

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, at a high-level meeting in Yokohama, Japan on helping the forcibly displaced in Africa, noted the range and diversity of challenges facing the continent while flagging new approaches to resolving the problem. His comments came during a debate on the importance of enhanced…