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Four Opportunities that Facilitate Refugees’ Access to Education

To support the enrolment of refugee children in schools, UNHCR provides students with education grants to contribute to the school fees and their supplements

By the end of 2020, more than 30.5 million refugees and asylum seekers had been forced to flee because of war, conflict and persecution. Leaving their past behind and seeking safety was not a choice but a mere necessity for their survival. Nearly half of these are children of school…

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UNHCR’s Protection Chief concludes three-day visit to Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is home to more than 22,000 refugees and asylum-seekers

Supporting the Government's efforts to protect and assist refugees and learn about the situation of refugees in the country dominated the visit of UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, to Zimbabwe from 19 to 21 January. Triggs met with partners, donors, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International…

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UNHCR seeks US$59.6 million for 100,000 displaced by violence in Cameroon’s Far North region

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

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today released a supplementary appeal seeking US$59.6 million to provide emergency support to 100,000 refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs), and host communities in Chad and Cameroon following intercommunal violence in Cameroon’s Far North Region. The appeal will help UNHCR and its humanitarian and government partners…

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Deteriorating conditions putting Eritrean refugees at grave risk in Tigray

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov – 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 deeply alarmed at the deteriorating conditions faced by Eritrean refugees in the camps in Tigray. After three weeks with no access due to the security situation, UNHCR staff managed to reach Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia…

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Decade of Sahel conflict leaves 2.5 million people displaced

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov – 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 calling for concerted international action to end armed conflict in Africa’s Central Sahel region, which has forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes in the last decade. Internal displacement has increased tenfold since 2013, from 217,000 to a staggering 2.1 million…

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News Comment by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on attack on Mai Aini refugee camp in Tigray

Refugee settlements must always be protected, in line with their international legal obligations

I am deeply saddened to learn that three Eritrean refugees, two of them children, were killed yesterday, in an airstrike that hit the Mai Aini refugee camp in northern Ethiopia. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of those lost in this attack. According to the information…

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Libya: Last evacuation flight of the year brings 177 vulnerable asylumseekers to safety in Niger

It is the second evacuation flight to Niger this year, since the Libyan authorities lifted a blanket ban on humanitarian flights in October

In the last evacuation flight of the year out of Libya, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has brought 177 vulnerable asylum seekers to safety in Niger. It is the second evacuation flight to Niger this year, since the Libyan authorities lifted a blanket ban on humanitarian flights in October. It…

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Coronavirus – Angola: Hope for refugees in Angola as they receive COVID-19 vaccines

UNHCR’s advocacy efforts pay off as Angola includes refugees and asylum seekers in national COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Alphonsine Mayamba describes the overwhelming sense of hope she felt when she first heard that refugees and asylum seekers would be included in Angola’s national vaccination plan. “I saw light at the end of the tunnel,” she says as she welcomes another group of recently vaccinated refugees for an awareness…

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Thousands of DR Congo refugees in Zambia opt to head home

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

Nearly 5,000 refugees who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) four years ago are opting to head home voluntarily from Zambia in coming months, with the first 100 people setting out today (21 December). UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and Zambia’s authorities began the voluntary repatriation…

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Uganda joins High-Level Officials Meeting amid record number of refugees in the country

The meeting will feature discussions on ways of expanding support for refugees and the countries that receive and host them

Uganda will virtually participate today and tomorrow in the High-Level Officials Meeting(HLOM), a forum organized by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and held every four years to take stock of progress in achieving the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees.  The meeting will feature discussions on ways of expanding support for…