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UN: One-Quarter of Somali Population Now Displaced

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency says drought and violence have now driven one-quarter of Somalia’s 7.5 million people from their homes, either to internal camps or to refugee camps abroad. The agency’s estimate Tuesday comes as aid groups seek urgent help for Somalia, where the lack of rain has compounded chaos caused by years of […]

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Overcrowding Sparks Violence at Kenyan Refugee Camp

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Clashes between police and refugees in one of the world’s largest refugee camps turned deadly, leaving two dead and dozens injured. A spokesman for the United Nations’ refugee agency spoke to reporters Friday in Geneva. He said rioting broke out Thursday at the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya. Spokesman Adrian Edwards said the fighting began […]

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Report: 250,000 Afghan Refugees Flee Conflict

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Refugees International says more Afghans are becoming caught in the middle of an intensifying military campaign in Afghanistan, with some 250,000 citizens fleeing their homes in the past two years. In a report released Tuesday, the Washington-based group urges the Obama administration to reduce further displacement and ensure that the Afghan government takes greater responsibility […]

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UNHCR: Number of World Refugees at a 15-Year High

Posted June 19th, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says the number of refugees worldwide is at a 15-year high and that poor nations are bearing the brunt of the problem. In a new report being released Monday for World Refugee Day, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says 43.7 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict last year. Millions of […]

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UN: 300,000 Still Displaced in Ivory Coast

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations refugee agency has said there are still at least 320,000 displaced persons in Ivory Coast, two months after the end of a violent political crisis. The agency said Tuesday an assessment team has been traveling the country to register refugees and get a clearer picture of the current situation. It said most […]

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UN to Repatriate 43,000 Angolan Refugees

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency says more than 43,000 Angolan refugees living in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be voluntarily repatriated starting next month. The plan, announced Wednesday, says the repatriation is scheduled to begin July 4 and conclude early next year. Many Angolans fled their country after the outbreak of civil war in 1975. […]

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Thai Groups Secure Release of Ahmadiyah Refugees

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Thailand have freed 96 members of a Muslim minority sect after almost six months in detention. The Ahmadiyah practitioners had fled from Pakistan, where the sect is persecuted, and all but two have been recognized as refugees by the United Nations. The group, which includes 34 children below the age of 12, were […]

Thai Groups Secure Release of 94 Ahmadiyah Refugees

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Thailand have freed 96 members of a Muslim minority sect after almost six months in detention. The Ahmadiyah practitioners had fled from Pakistan, where the sect is persecuted, and all but two have been recognized as refugees by the United Nations. The group, which includes 34 children below the age of 12, were […]

Australia Eases Policy on Children in Refugee Swap Plan

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Australia is backing away from a plan to send unaccompanied children to Malaysia as part of a refugee swap arrangement with Malaysia. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said in a radio interview Monday the government will now assess children on an individual basis under the plan, which had drawn harsh criticism. The United Nations refugee agency […]

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