Thursday 31 July 2014

700,000 Syrians could flee country: UN

  The number of refugees fleeing Syria could reach 700,000 by the end of the year, the UN refugee agency said on Thursday, far surpassing its previous forecast of 185,000 reached in August.   About


Refugee numbers ‘highest in 15 years’

The number of people forced to flee their homes to escape war or abuse has risen to its highest for 15 years, with four out of five refugees in developing countries, the United Nations said on Monday. In all, there were 43.7 million displa


Saudi urged to stop deporting Somalis

The UN refugee agency has called on Saudi Arabia to halt expulsions of Somalis to Mogadishu, rebuking the oil-rich kingdom for deporting 2,000 in the past two months to the war-torn capital. "Given the deadly violence in Mogadishu, UNHCR i


Refugees in cities ‘raising risk of tensions’

Half of the world's 10.5 million refugees are living in urban centres, driving up living costs and increasing the risk of tension with local populations, the UN refugee agency said on Monday. Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner


Iraq sends asylum seekers back to Britain

Iraq has barred entry to a group of Iraqi asylum seekers sent back to Baghdad by the British government, and Britain is now holding the refugees in an immigration detention centre, Iraqi and British officials said on Saturday. Sectarian ca


UAE president gives $10m for Iraqi refugeesSummit

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, has donated $10 million to the UN to help Iraqi refugees in Syria, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said. UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis said 60,000 Iraqis  continue to flee their ho


Jolie calls for more aid to refugees on Iraq visit

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie arrived in Iraq and appealed for more international support for millions of people uprooted by war and violence, the UN refugee agency said. Jolie, who has been to more than 20 countries since becoming a goodw

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