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More than 20,000 Syrians flee to Turkey this year, biggest influx in months
UNHCR, 11/02/2014
The UN refugee agency reported on Tuesday that more than 20,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Turkey since the start of the year in the biggest influx since early 2013. Over recent days more than 500 people have been arriving daily across official crossing points, sometimes as many as 1,000-2,000 daily. "This new influx appears to be spurred in part by the upsurge in fighting reported across the border in northern Syria, particularly in and around Aleppo, and the conflict among opposition groups, as well," UNHCR's chief spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told journalists in Geneva. About one-third of the recent influx, some 7,000 people, is accommodated in camps. Turkey opened its 22nd camp in early January and the authorities are considering opening further new camps to help cope with the new influx. The influx of more than 20,000 since the beginning of the year adds to the existing pr...
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Refugees should not participate in domestic politics: UNHCR Official
Daily News Egypt, 02/12/2013
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) held a press conference on the current status of Syrian refugees in Egypt at its Cairo headquarters. Director of International Protection Volker Türk addressed the situation of Syrian refugees in Egypt, noting that Egypt itself is going through “critical times”. He added that he met with Egyptian officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior along with Minister of Social Solidarity Ahmed Boraie, who assured him that Syrian refugees are welcome in Egypt. Türk stated that the level of hospitality shown to Syrian refugees from neighbouring countries, including Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, is remarkable. He stressed that part of UNHCR’s role is to secure financial aid from the international community in order for Egypt to sustain its role in helping the refugees. When asked about the reports claiming...
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Syrian school children allowed same access to education as Egypt
Daily News Egypt, 17/09/2013
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) welcomed the Egyptian Ministry of Education’s announcement on Tuesday, which granted Syrian children continued access to education in the country. With the 2013/2014 school year set to begin on 21 September, the Minister of Education highlighted the historic ties between the Egyptian and Syrian people and “the government’s commitment to assisting Syrian refugee students.” UNHCR posted on its website that there is a deficit of $52m in the funding requirements for Syrian refugees in Egypt. According to government estimates provided in June, 250,000 to 300,000 Syrians currently reside in Egypt, of which over 104,000 are currently registered with UNHCR. “Around 30,000 of registered Syrian refugees in Egypt are of school age, of which half have enrolled in school,” read the UNHCR statement. “To help boost school enro...
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Most Syrian and Palestinian refugees held in Egypt released
Reuters, 11/12/2013
More than 170 Syrian and Palestinian refugees held since October in Egyptian police stations were released on Tuesday and granted temporary permits to stay in Egypt, a government spokesman said. Egypt tightened its open-door visa policy for Syrians fleeing civil war soon after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July. Arrests and deportations of refugees, some of whom had not formalized their stays, followed. The refugees released on Tuesday had been trying to leave Egypt illegally by boat when authorities detained them. Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said 171 of 206 Syrian and Palestinian "illegal immigrants" had been granted three-month visas, while the cases of the remaining 35 still in detention were under review. Authorities have apprehended about 1,500 Syrian refugees in the last few months and about 1,200 of them have been "coerced to leave"...
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UNHCR praises Kuwait's role in supporting Syrian refugees
KUNA, 26/12/2013
CAIRO, Dec 24 (KUNA) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Arab League lauded the efforts made by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in supporting the Syrian refugees. After his meeting with Arab League Chief Dr. Nabil Elaraby, the Regional representative of UNHCR Mohamed Al-Dairy told the press on Tuesday that Kuwait's role in supporting the Syrian refugees is highly appreciated especially since Kuwait has taken on its shoulders hosting the donor conferences for the Syrians. He also expressed appreciation of Kuwait for honoring its pledge of giving USD 300 million in the 2013's donor conference; other countries only paid 68 percent of a total pledges of USD 1.6 billion. In addition, he lauded Saudi Arabia and UAE for their efforts in helping the displaced Syrians. Kuwait will continue its endeavors in helping the Syrians by ...
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Help! An Urgent Plea For Syrian Refugee Children In Lebanon
Huffington Post , 06/02/2014
Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s blog on the huff post entitled “An Urgent Plea for Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon”. Read more on the below link....
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UNHCR joins call in Turkey for solidarity with countries hosting Syrian refugees
UNHCR, 17/01/2014
News Stories, 17 January 2014 HARRAN-KÖKENLI REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey, January 17 (UNHCR) –UNHCR on Friday joined top officials from Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt in calling on the international community to boost solidarity with countries hosting the bulk of the refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. The appeal came in a joint statement released during a tour of the Harran-Kökenli refugee camp in south-eastern Turkey, which currently provides shelter to 14,000 Syrian refugees. Those taking part included UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Jordan's Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ibrahim Saif, Egyptian Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Randa Labib and Lebanon's refugee coordinator, Makram Malaeb. In their statement, they also deplored the exten...
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Turkey hosts Ministerial Coordination Meeting of Major Host Countries for Syrian Refugees
UNHCR, 17/01/2014
Press Releases, 17 January 2014 17 January 2014, Harran-Kökenli camp, Turkey – Government ministers and senior representatives from Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt together with UNHCR today appealed to the international community to boost solidarity with countries in the region that are hosting the majority of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. In a joint statement delivered to journalists in the Harran-Kökenli refugee camp near Sanliurfa in south-eastern Turkey, participants deplored the extent of human suffering caused by the Syria crisis, its destabilizing impact on the entire region, and the threat it poses to global peace and security. Participants reiterated that the refugee influx is a result of the ongoing humanitarian tragedy in Syria, and underlined that unless stability and security are reestablished in Syria, a solution would remain elusive. "It is clear...
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UNICEF/ UNHCR birth registration campaign
UNICEF / UNHCR, 30/12/2013
Please see the new animated film on birth registration launched by UNHCR and Unicef. ...
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76% of Syrian refugees women, children: UNHCR
Anadolu Agency, 23/12/2013
Almost 2.3 million Syrian refugees have fled horrific and tragic situaton in war-torn country. 76 percent of the current 2.3 million Syrian refugees fleeing "a horrific and tragic situation" in the country are women and children, United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency Turkey Representative Carol Batchelor told an AA correspondent. More than 100,000 people have been killed in a civil war that has uprooted millions of people and devastated many cities since the uprising began in March 2011 in Syria. Reiterating her call for all states to ease their visa regimes for displaced Syrian people seeking shelter, Batchelor said over 50 percent of refugees are children, "the future of Syria and the future of the region." "We are asking states to facilitate family reunification whether or not the person happens to come with a visa, a passport," she said. Faced with the prospect of a wor...
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