UN aid programmes suspended in east Sudan

2014-03-26 17:49

Sudan has suspended a United Nations programme which gives job training and other assistance to thousands of refugees and local residents in poverty-stricken east Sudan, the UN said on Wednesday.


Sudan unrest

2014-02-11 10:49

The latest top photographs of the Sudan unrest.

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Civilians flee threatened South Sudan town

2014-01-18 16:02

Civilians have again fled the flashpoint South Sudan town of Bor ahead of a looming new assault by government forces.

1 500 South Sudanese going home

2013-12-13 22:14

In the first such transfer in about a year, 1 500 ethnic South Sudanese are to return to their ancestral homeland from Khartoum area squatter camps.

Egypt detains Syria refugees, forces them to leave

2013-11-11 10:58

Egypt has detained more than 1 500 refugees from Syria, including Palestinians and 250 children, before forcing most to leave the country, HRW says.

1 000s flee into Uganda as DRC fighting spreads

2013-10-29 08:57

At least 10 000 Congolese refugees have fled into Uganda to escape fighting between a new rebel faction identified as M18 and militia in DRC’s lawless northeast, military officials say.

Somalis in Kenya fearful after attack on mall

2013-09-25 15:29

Somali refugee camps in northern Kenya could not be more different from upmarket malls in the capital Nairobi, but attacks by Somalia’s al-Shabaab insurgents have affected them both.


Syrian conflict development

2013-09-03 10:06

See the latest pictures of the Syrian conflict as more and more refugees flee the country.

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6 migrants drown, 100 rescued off Sicily

2013-08-10 13:17

The Italian coastguard has found the bodies of six migrants dead on a tourist beach in Sicily while more than 100 others, thought to be Syrians, have been rescued, officials say.

UNHCR Darfur permits cut

2013-08-06 22:13

The UN refugee agency will cut its workload in Sudan's Darfur region after permits for more than half its international staff there were not renewed.

More dead in Indonesia boat sinking

2013-07-26 09:12

The death toll from an overcrowded asylum seeker boat carrying more than 200 people that sank off Indonesia's coast has climbed to 15 after four more bodies were recovered, says a rescuer.

Rape claims at Australian asylum camp

2013-07-24 09:55

Australian Immigration Minister Tony Burke has described as "horrific" explosive claims that asylum-seekers at one of its processing camps in Papua New Guinea are being raped and tortured.

Nauru refugee riots follow crackdown

2013-07-20 14:08

Eyewitnesses say buildings have been razed as hundreds of asylum-seekers escaped detention during riots at an Australian refugee facility.

5 000 a month dying in Syria war

2013-07-16 20:21

Five thousand people a month are dying in the Syria war which has now thrown up the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Malta asks Libya to help stem migrants

2013-07-11 19:05

Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat has invited a senior Libyan official to talks with EU President Herman Van Rompuy in a bid to get the North African nation's help in stemming the flow of migrant arrivals.

Pope slams global indifference to refugees

2013-07-08 15:00

Pope Francis has called for an end to worldwide indifference to the plight of refugees on a visit to an Italian island where tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East reach Europe.

Syria neighbours block thousands: Group

2013-07-01 14:08

Syria's neighbours have closed or tightened restrictions at several border crossings, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded within Syria's dangerous frontier regions, says Human Rights Watch.

UN: Ikea makes shelters for refugees

2013-06-30 21:56

The UN's refugee agency says it has turned to Swedish furniture giant Ikea to make more durable and functional shelters for refugees world-wide.

Africans should stand together - Pandor

2013-06-20 14:31

The inhumane and degrading treatment of African foreign nationals is a threat to democracy and freedom in South Africa, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says.

45 million refugees displaced globally: UN

2013-06-19 12:00

The Syrian civil war has contributed to increased refugees and those displaced by conflict to an 18-year high of 45.2 million worldwide by the end of 2012, the UN refugee agency says.

Home affairs official fired over bribe

2013-06-07 12:18

A security chief at the refugee centre in Cape Town has been removed from his post for alleged corruption after being spotted taking a bribe, according to a report.

Israel to repatriate 1000s of migrants

2013-06-03 22:21

Israel has reached an agreement to send thousands of African migrants to an unidentified country, according to court document obtained.

Media heads to ConCourt over Refugee Act

2013-05-13 20:26

Argument on sections of the law on the confidentiality of asylum applications, will be heard in the Constitutional Court.

SAHRC welcomes refugee ruling

2013-03-20 07:19

The SA Human Rights Commission has welcomed a court ruling that the department of home affairs must re-open a refugee reception office in central Cape Town by July.

UN says 400 000 refugees may flee Mali

2013-01-18 14:56

Up to 700 000 people are expected to be uprooted by the violence in Mali, including 400 000 who could flee to neighbouring countries in the coming months, the UN refugee agency says.


Pandor: Asylum system needs changing

2014-02-25 16:23

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor says the system allowing thousands of illegal migrants to work in South Africa needs changing.

Hopes dashed, S Sudanese return to refugee life

2014-01-27 09:14

Citizens of the world’s youngest nation South Sudan are leaving their now war-torn homeland for neighbouring Uganda, with many saying they will not return.

Long wait to escape South Sudan war

2014-01-17 14:00

Hundreds of crying children and exhausted adults have converged on the border post of Joda, where Sudan’s White Nile state meets the South’s Upper Nile, which saw heavy fighting this week.

Kenya to repatriate Somali refugees

2013-11-11 12:26

Somali refugees in Kenya must only return home voluntarily, the UN says, after signing a deal easing fears of possible forced returns of over half a million refugees.

Foreign shopkeepers head to appeal court

2013-11-01 11:05

Foreign shopkeepers are taking their battle to run businesses freely in townships to the Supreme Court of Appeal, according to a report.

Kenya piles pressure on Somali refugees

2013-10-25 13:09

Kenya says Somalia refugee camps are being used as a safe haven for Islamist militants and said the time has come for hundreds of thousands of refugees to go home.

Tanzania expels over 25 000 Burundians

2013-09-12 10:49

At least 25 000 Burundian refugees living in Tanzania have been forcibly repatriated over the past month, a UN official says, describing a "dramatic" humanitarian situation.

Spain intercepts boats carrying immigrants

2013-08-12 16:20

A Spanish maritime safety agency has intercepted nine inflatable toy boats carrying 59 African migrants, officials say.

Fingerprinting illegal immigrants 'best'

2013-08-08 14:03

Britain should consider fingerprinting the thousands of immigrants caught trying to enter the country illegally every year via France, says an independent report on Britain's borders.

Turkey fires tear gas at Syria 'smugglers'

2013-07-30 15:06

Turkish soldiers have shot into the air and fired tear gas to prevent hundreds of people, many of them believed to be smugglers, from trying to cross into Turkey from Syria, says the Turkish military.

Assange launches party in Australia

2013-07-25 10:01

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has officially launched his political party to contest Australian elections this year.

Migrants rescued at sea off Sicily

2013-07-23 15:03

A total of 199 migrants, including 19 women and 17 children, have been rescued at sea off Sicily's south-eastern tip, say Italian authorities.

New Australia refugee plan condemned

2013-07-19 18:19

Amnesty International has condemned Australia's new measures to stem an increase in refugee boats from Indonesia which includes a deal to send all boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea.

Syria refugee crisis worst since Rwanda

2013-07-16 17:28

The Syrian refugee crisis is now the worst since the Rwandan genocide with nearly 1.8 million people registered in countries around Syria.

Italy failing teen refugees: Charities

2013-07-09 16:01

Teenage migrants stranded in poor conditions on an Italian island are the true victims of an immigration system that can fail the most vulnerable, charity operators say.

Pope visits island to mourn dead refugees

2013-07-08 11:03

Pope Francis is set to fly to the Italian island of Lampedusa to honour the hundreds of migrants and refugees who have drowned trying to reach its shores in perilous crossings of the Mediterranean.


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To stay or go: African refugees' dilemma

2013-06-20 17:23

Thousands of migrants living in Morocco, including hundreds of refugees who fled wars in Africa, face a bleak dilemma - whether to settle in this transit country or brave the perilous journey to Europe.


There are more refugees around the world than at any other time in the past 18 years and South Africa continues to receive the highest amount of asylum seekers. Watch.

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Somali refugees plea for protection

2013-06-07 22:37

Government has slammed a wave of "heinous" anti-foreigner attacks, as Somali immigrants took to the streets in Cape Town to demand greater protection.

NGO: Integrate immigrant communities

2013-06-05 14:44

Government should take measures to assimilate foreigners into the diversified South African community, an asylum-seeker rights group says.

Guard punches Cape Town photographer

2013-05-28 13:11

A Cape Town newspaper photographer has allegedly been punched by a home affairs security guard, after taking pictures of refugees being sprayed with water.

Australia urges Malaysia boatpeople swap

2013-03-26 12:00

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has renewed calls for a refugee swap with Malaysia to deter boatpeople after two asylum-seekers drowned in the latest tragedy at sea.

Syrians fight in refugee camp

2013-02-03 22:43

Officials say clashes have erupted over tent distribution in a Jordanian camp for Syrian refugees, highlighting the difficult living conditions there.

France gives $1.3 for Somalia displaced

2013-01-10 10:26

France has pledged to give $1.3m to help the poorest of the hundreds of thousands of people in southern Somalia forced from their homes by war and famine.

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