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UNHCR seeks $18 mn to help C.American kids trying for US

Guatemala City - The UN refugee agency has launched a campaign to raise $18 million for thousands of unaccompanied Central American children trying to get to the United States.

Balkan countries illegally push back migrants: UNHCR

Belgrade - Illegal deportations of migrants seeking to reach western Europe along the so-called Balkans route have been on the rise, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned Monday.

Afghan refugees return to uncertain future in alien homeland

Nowshera - Mohammad Anwar arrived in Pakistan as a child more than 35 years ago but is leaving as a father, his family among the thousands of uprooted Afghan refugees "returning" to a war-torn homeland many of them have never seen.

100,000 Afghan refugees return from Pakistan: UNHCR

Peshawar - More than 100,000 Afghan refugees have been repatriated from Pakistan since July, UNHCR officials said Thursday, the highest number since the fall of the Taliban saw a flood of people cross the border in 2002.

Donors slow to honor Syria refugee pledge: UNHCR official

Washington - In February, the richest world powers pledged more than $11 billion to help frontline states in the Middle East cope with the Syrian refugee crisis.

UN ceases migrant transfers to sealed Lesbos camp

Mytilene - The UN refugee agency said Monday it will no longer transfer newly-arrived migrants on Lesbos to a camp on the island, after Greece began to confine them to the facility as part of the EU-Turkey deal.

UNHCR to ask world to take in 400,000 Syrians

Washington - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Tuesday he will ask countries to step forward and agree to take in another 400,000 Syrian refugees.

European border closures could cause chaos, confusion: UNHCR chief

Kallon - Border closures by European states alarmed by the migration crisis will cause "further chaos and confusion", the new head of the UN refugee agency warned on Tuesday.

Thailand has given legal status to over 18,000 stateless people

Bangkok - Thailand reported on Tuesday it has granted nationality status to 18, 770 stateless people over the past three years, UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency welcomed the announcement, saying this was an important step in reducing global statelessness.

Greek island struggling to be ready as EU 'hotspot' centre

M - Inside the barbed-wire enclosure of Moria, Greece's main migrant camp on Lesbos island, a visiting EU leader learns for the first time how far exhausted Syrian refugees have to walk to begin their long journey to Europe."Sixty kilometres?

Hungary taking migrants straight to Austrian border: UN

Budapest - Hungary has effectively stopped registering thousands of migrants crossing the border from Serbia and is transporting them straight to the Austrian frontier, the UN refugee agency said Monday.

Traffickers grossed over $1.0 mn on single 'ghost ship': IOM

Geneva - People smugglers likely raked in more than $1.0 million from the hundreds of desperate migrants crammed into just one of the "ghost ships" abandoned off the coast of Italy this week, the International Organization for Migration said Friday.

Russia’s ‘Virtual reality’ stance on Ukraine slammed at UN

New York - On the eve of Thursday’s four-way talks which took place in Geneva, today, Russia again came in for flak at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council held yesterday, both from UN officials and a number of Western Ambassadors.

Ikea developing new refugee housing

Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea announced this week it is developing housing designed for refugee camps modeled after its economical flat-packed products such as bookcases.

Syrian conflict: 38% of Syrians needing humanitarian aid

That’s according to a new report from the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which has called the situation in Syria a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

UN humanitarian chief urges donors to give aid to Syrians

Valerie Amos the UN's under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator said that donors who have promised aid to Syrians should give now as aid agencies resources are being depleted.

Greece to establish police dept to deal with racist violence

Athens - Greece's Minister of Public Order has announced a special police department is to be established to deal with racist violence. Its creation is in response to complaints by human rights organizations that racist attacks in Greece are on the rise.

UNHCR announces opening of Tripoli refugee registration center

Geneva - UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, announced today that it has opened a registration center in Tripoli, Lebanon in order to register the nearly 700 Syrians that flee into Lebanon each day, trying to escape the growing violence in Syria.

UNHCR: Thousands trapped in Aleppo fighting

The refugee agency of the United Nations has stated today that thousands of people are trapped in the middle of fighting between entrenched rebel forces and attacking military forces.

Record number of 1500 migrant deaths in Mediterranean 2011

The Mediterranean attracts millions of holidaymakers each summer, but for migrants attempting illegal crossings into Europe it can prove deadly.

Al-Shabab deny responsibility for kidnap of aid workers in Kenya

Al-Shabab, the Somali militant Islamic group with links to al-Qaeda, had denied responsibility for the kidnap of two female aid workers from Kenya on Thursday. However local police believe that the women have been taken across the border into Somalia.

Bosnian rape victims complain to UNHCR over Angelina Jolie film

Sarajevo - Academy-Award winning actor and world-renown philanthropist, Angelina Jolie, is set to make her directorial debut but her film has already caused controversy since production began. Bosnian rape victims are the latest to be upset over the film.
 

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Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen s Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership ...
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen's Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
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Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen s Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership ...
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen's Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen s Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership ...
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen's Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen s Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership ...
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen's Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen s Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership ...
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen's Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen s Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership ...
Luminato celebrated its final day at Queen's Park and commemorated World Refugee Day in partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

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