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Environmental disaster and climate change refugees should be recognised as such

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As our planet warms, we’re experiencing more frequent and severe weather events, rising sea levels, prolonged droughts and altered ecosystems. These environmental shifts directly...

Chad on the brink: how the war in Sudan hurts its...

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Since the 15 April outbreak of hostilities in Sudan, the civilian population has been bearing the brunt. The Rapid Support Forces, led by General Mohamed...

Millions at risk in East Africa – UN agencies

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Millions of displaced families across East Africa will suffer hunger as food rations dwindle due to stretched humanitarian resources as the world grapples with...

Eritrean and Tigrayan forces killed and raped refugees – Human Rights...

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Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Human...

Amnesty International says Syrian refugees tortured on return

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Amnesty International said on Tuesday Syrian refugees who returned home were subjected to torture, detention and disappearance by security forces, urging governments to protect...

Uganda to take 2 000 Afghan refugees at US request

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Uganda said on Tuesday it had agreed to a request from the United States to take in temporarily 2 000 refugees from Afghanistan fleeing...

Calls to stop attacks on refugees in Tigray

The US is concerned about reported attacks against Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a State Department spokeswoman said calling for intimidation and attacks...

LGBT+ refugees call on UN for safe space after Kenya camp...

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LGBT+ people living in a refugee camp in northwestern Kenya urged UN officials on Friday to move them to a safer area following a...

Number of refugees fleeing Ethiopia to Sudan surpasses 20 000, UN...

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The number of people who have fled into Sudan from the conflict in northern Ethiopia has risen to at least 20 000, the UN...

Syria’s Assad says US pressure, sanctions obstructing return of refugees

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Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Wednesday blamed US sanctions and pressure on the United Nations and Syria’s neighbours for the reticence of more...

Thousands flee violence in Nigeria

Violence in north-west Nigeria forced 23 000 refugees to flee to Niger since April and raised concerns about deteriorating security, the UN refugee agency...

ISS: How Africa can reduce COVID-19’s impact on displaced persons

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Africa’s 25.2 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons are some of the most vulnerable groups to COVID-19. They are hosted in areas...

Another migrant crisis could be brewing in Libya

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Following the migrant crisis which engulfed Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region in 2014-15, tensions between states affected and migrants have remained high. In...

Go home, Tanzanian president tells refugees

Refugees in Tanzania must go home President John Magufuli said a week after officials began mass repatriations of Burundians despite concerns they may face...

Turkish refugee resettlement plan worries allies

As Turkish troops finalise plans to attack north-east Syria, Ankara’s scheme to move millions of refugees into conquered territory is alarming Western allies as...

Turkey to resettle refugees in Syria

Turkey plans to resettle a million refugees in northern Syria and may reopen the route for migrants into Europe if it does not receive...

ISS: Humanitarian aid in Nigeria’s north-east – helping or hurting?

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Ten years of Boko Haram’s violence has turned Nigeria’s north-east into a conflict hotspot for aid organisations. These groups help alleviate the symptoms of...

Violence forces thousands to flee Nigeria

Violence in north-west Nigeria has forced around 20,000 refugees to seek safety in neighbouring Niger since April, the United Nations refugee agency said. Military, police...

Eritrean refugees flown to Niger from Libya

A group of 159 Eritrean refugees were flow from Libyan capital Tripoli to Niger for resettlement, the United Nations said. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR)...

UN boss on Africa’s treatment of refugees

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African nations are setting an example for richer countries when it comes to the treatment of refugees, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a press...

ISS: How Uganda and UNHCR failed refugees

Uganda hosts Africa's largest refugee population and is heralded as a model of progressive refugee policies. But damning 2018 reports have revealed fraud and...

UNHCR facility in Tripoli ready to help refugees

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) wants thousands of refugees who escaped from detention centres during clashes between militia in Tripoli to be...

Refugee numbers down, fatalities up – UNHCR

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The number of refugees and migrants reaching Europe is diminishing, but the fatality rate has risen dramatically, a new report from the...

As Nigeria elections loom, refugees ordered back to unsafe region

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Nigerian government officials have ordered thousands of displaced people to return to an unsafe area as pressure mounts to show progress in...

ISS: Role of refugees in South Sudan’s peace process

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Today, 9 July, marks the seventh anniversary of South Sudan's independence, more than four years of which have been marred by conflict....

ISS: Still no end in sight for Africa’s refugee crisis

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By the end of May 2018, close to 2.6 million South Sudanese had fled the country. The total number of refugees is...

Evacuation of refugees from Libya to Niger underway again

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The UN refugee agency has resumed evacuation of migrants from Libya with a flight of 132 mostly Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers...

ISS: Cameroon’s forced returns put Nigerian refugees at risk

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Cameroon has forcibly returned 385 refugees to Nigeria this year, most of them in the past month, a United Nations Refugee Agency...

Congolese refuges arrested

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Rwandan police arrested 23 Congolese refugees after officials were pelted with stones, authorities said after two days of clashes in which a...

At least 47 drown fleeing clashes in northwestern Congo

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At least 47 people drowned when their boat capsized as they fled clashes between soldiers in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo and...

ISS: Refugees are Boko Haram’s latest soft target

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Boko Haram has since 2009 proven a highly adaptable foe, routinely changing tactics to suit shifting circumstances. The terror group increasingly focuses...

Algeria repatriates 27 000 migrants

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Algeria repatriated 27,000 sub-Saharan African migrants since 2015 and will continue to send them back to their home countries despite criticism from...

ISS: Mutual benefits of Ethiopia’s refugee policy

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Ethiopia is the second largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. It is also fast becoming the most progressive on the continent in responding...

UN criticises Angola for refugees returning to DR Congo violence

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The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is concerned about rekindled tension in the violent Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo and...

Congolese refugees claim Rwandan soldiers shot at them

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Congolese refugees in Rwanda said soldiers shot at them and wounded at least two people as refugees tried leave their camp in...

DR Congo violence sees escalation in refugees to Uganda

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Over 22,000 people fled DR Congo to Uganda last week following a surge of ethnic violence in the north-east, raising the total...

EU leaders disagree over refugees

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Two years after the Mediterranean migrant crisis split the European Union, a tentative effort to patch up differences over refugees underlines continuing...

South Sudan refugees risk death for food

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Oliver Wani found sanctuary from South Sudan's civil war in a Ugandan refugee camp. But when food ran out, he returned home...

DRC troops accused of killing civilians – UN

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces have been killing civilians in an insurgency-hit region, prompting another influx of refugees to northern...

Burundi refugees die in clashes With DRC security forces

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At least 30 Burundian refugees were killed in clashes with Congolese security forces over plans to send some home, a Reuters witness...

South Sudanese refugees to Uganda top the million mark

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The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda hit a million on Thursday, the United Nations said, as hundreds of desperate families...

South Sudanese refugees in Uganda near the million mark

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, prayed with South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda, home to a...

Cameroon forcing refugees back to Nigeria – UN

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Cameroon authorities forced nearly 900 refugees back to northern Nigeria against their will this week, violating an agreement to shield thousands from...

Algeria, Morocco urged to release Syrian refugees

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Algeria and Morocco should to take action to assure safe passage to 41 Syrian refugees stranded along the border between both countries...

Rise in South Sudan child refugees

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More than 100 lone children cross into Uganda each day fleeing conflict in South Sudan, walking for days with no food or...

More than a million children flee escalating violence in South Sudan

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The escalating conflict in South Sudan had driven more than a million children out of the country, the United Nations said warning...

Aid airlifted to Luanda for newly arrived DRC refugees

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An aircraft carrying relief items landed in Luanda, Angola, at the weekend to assist over 11,000 people who fled recent violence in...

South Sudan refugees release UN hostages

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A hundred unarmed South Sudanese refugees in east DR Congo took 13 United Nations mission staff hostage demanding to be moved to...

South Sudan war stretches Uganda’s refugee tolerance

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A year ago the view from Ugandan teacher Richard Inyani's mud hut was wilderness, land untouched since the 1990s and the murderous...

South Sudanese troops butchered civilians, shot children: refugees

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Hundreds of South Sudanese refugees fled into Uganda for a second day on Wednesday, bearing further grim testimony of an attack by...