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UNHCR to launch first Global Refugee Forum

The event, which is being held at Ministerial level, will be co-hosted with Switzerland and co-convened by Turkey, Germany, Ethiopia and Costa Rica

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is pleased to announce the first ever Global Refugee Forum, which will take place on 17 and 18 December 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The event, which is being held at Ministerial level, will be co-hosted with Switzerland and co-convened by Turkey, Germany, Ethiopia and Costa…

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UNHCR calls on Europe to allow SeaWatch passengers ashore

UNHCR reiterates that no port in Libya can be considered safe at this time, and that no one rescued on the Mediterranean should be returned there

Eight days since they were rescued by the NGO vessel, Sea Watch 3, a group of some 43 people, including three children with no accompanying family, remain stranded at sea and in urgent need of a safe port. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency is today, on World Refugee Day, urging…

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131 refugees evacuated out of Libya to Niger, amidst ongoing conflict in Tripoli

With this evacuation, UNHCR has assisted 1,297 vulnerable refugees out of Libya in 2019, including 711 to Niger, 295 to Italy, and 291 who have been resettled to Europe and Canada

A group of 131 refugees were evacuated last night out of Libya to the Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) in Niger, run by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The evacuees were from Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, and included 65 children under the age of eighteen. Some of the group were previously…

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UNHCR Somalia stands in solidarity with millions forced to flee

The campaign invites people to step in solidarity with refugees by either walking, running, dancing, swimming or cycling

On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Somalia pays tribute to the millions of people forcibly displaced all over the world. World Refugee Day is marked on 20 June each year to highlight the courage and resilience of…

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Top Italian football coaches train refugee and local youth in Uganda (by Linda Muriuki)

Players from refugee and host communities take part in three-day training programme with coaches from Italian football club Sampdoria in peace initiative

Patrick Amba tries on a pair of new soccer boots, a deep blue t-shirt with a red stripe, and white shorts – the colors of Sampdoria, one of Italy’s top league football clubs. The 14-year-old refugee from South Sudan was among 64 players from refugee settlements and hosting communities in…

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Living in the open: a shelter crisis - Urgent call to provide shelters to the displaced

The number of people forced from their homes has tripled now reaching 170,000

PRESSING NEEDS OF UNPARALLELED SCALE AND SCOPE Armed violence and insecurity have sharply risen in many areas of Burkina Faso, propelling humanitarian needs to unprecedented levels. Around 1.2 million people now require relief assistance to survive. But insecurity and attacks persist, increasing population displacement and needs. Since the start of…

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Massive displacement reported in north-eastern DRC amid new violence

People are fleeing attacks and counter attacks in Djugu Territory with reports of both communities forming self-defense groups and being involved in revenge killings

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. Violence in north-eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is reported to have displaced more…

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Malawi: Banking services in Dzaleka Refugee Camp

For UNHCR this heralds a new approach for the financial inclusion of refugees

Background New Finance Bank, the first bank to open inside a camp in Southern Africa, takes an innovative approach to serving the underserved in Malawi. Here, refugees have limited opportunities to be productive, facing legal restrictions to their movement, and lacking access to land to cultivate and education to expand…

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UNHCR applauds South Sudan’s accession to the International Convention to protect Internally Displaced

The Kampala Convention is the first and only regional legally binding instrument for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency welcomes South Sudan’s ground-breaking accession to the 2009 African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, also known as the Kampala Convention. The Kampala Convention is the first and only regional legally binding instrument for the protection and assistance…

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UNHCR warns of growing climate-related displacement in Somalia

An estimated 5.4 million people are likely to be food insecure by September

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. Ahead of World Environment Day tomorrow, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for urgent additional support…