The UN today expressed concern over the return of hundreds of refugees to Nigeria from Niger, saying authorities in the two countries should stop the repatriation until there are proper safeguards against the brutal violence by radical group Boko Haram.
India was home to over 200,000 refugees in the first six months of 2014, a period that saw over 5.5 million people displaced worldwide mainly due to war and violence across large swathes of the Middle East and Africa.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR said Tuesday it plans to repatriate 10,000 Somali refugees in Kenya who wish to return to Somalia in a pilot project, starting with the immediate support to around 400 people in December.
The UN refugee agency UNHCR has begun relocating nearly 15,000 South Sudanese refugees who had been stranded for months at a station in western Ethiopia after the refugee camp where they were due to live was flooded, a press release said Tuesday.
The United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) has reported that violence in parts of Libya has led to a deteriorating displacement crisis, prompting more than 100,000 people to flee their homes, a UN spokesperson said Tuesday.
At least 180,000 people have fled the central Iraqi town of Hit over the weekend after the Islamic State (IS) militants captured it, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Tuesday.
The number of asylum-seekers in industrialised countries has risen by nearly a quarter, driven by the wars in Syria and Iraq as well as instability in Afghanistan, Eritrea and elsewhere, the UN refugee agency said Friday.
The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans in case all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fled into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday said the number of people displaced inside Ukraine has doubled in the past three weeks since the ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine is driving more people from their homes.
Facing international flak for forcibly deporting Pakistani and Afghan nationals seeking refugee status in Sri Lanka, the government has established two more centres to detain foreigners who are overstaying.