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CAR violence driving more refugees into northern DRC, local communities stretched to cope

Local authorities estimate that over 60,000 people have fled from these areas and into Democratic Republic of the Congo since May

Recent violence in southern border areas of Central African Republic is driving more people to flee, including into remote areas of northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, putting immense pressure on difficult-to-reach local communities close to the border. In Zemio, around 1,000 kilometres east of the capital Bangui, our partner…

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UNHCR welcomes the support of the European Union for South Sudanese new arrivals in Sudan

UNHCR’s Representative in Sudan, Noriko Yoshida, welcomed the contribution of EUR 3.1 million in humanitarian funds from the European Union (EU) for South Sudanese new arrivals in Sudan. “We are seeing a great increase in the number of refugees coming across the border into Sudan, indicating that things are not…

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UNHCR resettles group of vulnerable women refugees from Libya

In the last 18 months, UNHCR has successfully advocated with the Libyan authorities for the release of over 900 refugees and asylum seekers from detention centres in various parts of the country

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, evacuated today six vulnerable refugee women from Libya to a country that has accepted to resettle them. A second group of seven refugees is expected to follow shortly. The women being resettled today suffered horrific abuse and were kept in servitude by an armed group…

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UNHCR condemns attack on its staff in Central African Republic

Since the attack, UNHCR has temporarily relocated staff to the MINUSCA Base in Kaga Bandoro, and we will be moving some to Bangui

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: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, strongly condemns an attack against its staff and premises that took place…

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Insecurity, economic crisis, abuse and exploitation in Libya push refugees and migrants to Europe, new study reveals

The study examined the changing dynamics and protection challenges affecting mixed migration flows to and within Libya and the evolution of migration trends, smuggling networks and routes

A study of mixed refugee and migrant flows by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has found that around half of those travelling to Libya do so believing they can find jobs there, but end up fleeing onwards to Europe to escape life-threatening insecurity, instability, difficult economic conditions plus widespread exploitation…

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Involuntary refugee returns to Nigeria must be avoided - UNHCR

In the latest incident, on Tuesday (June 27), some 887 Nigerian refugees, most of them children, were repatriated in six trucks provided by the Nigerian military and Cameroonian police from the Kolofata border site

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed over a fresh incident of forced returns of refugees from Cameroon into northeast Nigeria. This follows similar incidents earlier in the year, and more recently, repeated warnings that refugees are returning to a dangerous situation in which conditions do not yet exist to…

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UNHCR welcomes admission of Syrians by Morocco

The remaining 28 refugees from an original group of 41, including women and children, were collected on 20 June by the Moroccan police from the border and transported by bus to Bouarfa, from where they were transferred to the capital Rabat

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the decision by the Kingdom of Morocco to admit a group of Syrian refugees stranded in difficult circumstances at the country’s border with Algeria since 17 April. The remaining 28 refugees from an original group of 41, including women and children, were collected on…

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Statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on returns to northeast Nigeria

Three weeks ago UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency warned about the situation in the Nigerian border town of Banki where thousands were returning

I am 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. Three weeks ago UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency warned about the situation in the Nigerian border town of Banki where thousands were…

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UNHCR Representative’s message to South Sudanese refugees in Sudan on World Refugee Day

Over 400,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Sudan since December 2013

Marking World Refugee Day with South Sudanese refugees in Al Nimir camp in East Darfur State, UNHCR’s Representative, Noriko Yoshida, called on the South Sudanese who fled to Sudan not to lose hope for the future. Over 400,000 South Sudanese refugees have fled to Sudan since December 2013. Many have…

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in Nairobi, appeals for child refugees

It was Angelina Jolie's third visit to Kenya, home to nearly 491,000 refugees from neighbouring Somalia, South Sudan, DRC, Burundi and other countries in the region

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie marked World Refugee Day 2017 visiting adolescent refugee girls in Nairobi.  Ms. Jolie met around 20 refugee girls, who are unaccompanied or separated from their parents and are now living in the Heshima Kenya Safe House and participating in a Girls’ Empowerment Programme.  The girls…