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“Don’t send Nigerian refugees back to violence”, UN urges Cameroon


The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the Cameroonian authority not to send Nigerian refugees back to the Boko Haram violence they fled from. Despite warnings, Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers who fled Boko Haram violence continue to be returned from Cameroon, underscoring the need to accord international protection to those in need. “We appeal once again to the authorities in Cameroon to refrain from further forced returns and to ensure protection to those fleeing insecurity and persecution in Nigeria […] This is in accordance with Cameroon’s national and international obligations,” UNHCR said.

Since the beginning of 2018, 385 Nigerians refugees and asylum-seekers had been forcibly returned from Cameroon, the majority of them in March. In total, the UN agency has registered some 87,600 Nigerian refugees in the country. UNHCR said: “The forced returns are in violation of the principle of no forced returns or non-refoulement.


Opposition grows to Israel’s plan to deport refugees


Psychologists have joined the growing ranks of professionals, academics and religious figures who invite the Israeli government to revise the plan to expel tens of thousands of asylum seekers, announcing that they would actively work to thwart forced deportations. During the last week, demonstrations and protests were organized after reports that the government was planning to start deporting refugees in the coming weeks, having signed agreements with Rwanda and Uganda to welcome the approximately 35,000 refugees some years have reached Israel, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan. 530 psychologists have written that the plan would result in further harm to refugees; a separate group of 350 doctors, including managers from hospitals and other medical professionals, including nurses and social workers, signed letters asking the government to stop deportations.

BiH’s fight against human right’s violations


Peter Van der Auweraert, head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in BiH and the Minister for Human Rights and Refugees, Semih Borovac, met to discuss an adequate response to the migrant crisis and the increasing influx of migrants. A special emphasis was placed on the growing issue of Roma children smuggled to Europe, an issue that, according to Minister Borovac, will be faced in cooperation with Roma organizations in order to prevent it. Van der Auweraert has also praised the attitude of members of the Border Police of BiH towards migrants who have stated the respectful treatment they receive from border guards.

Germany: from March, refugees with limited protection status can again apply for family reunification


Union urges SPD to further suspend family reunification for refugees. From March, refugees with limited protection status can again apply for family reunification. The Union wants to prevent this and is now putting pressure on the SPD. It is a central issue in the probe of a possible new grand coalition: but the Union wants to persuade the SPD. The family reunification for refugees is suspended until mid-March and while CDU/CSU want to extend it further, the SPD refuses it. Meanwhile, on the third day of explorations between the Union and the SPD for a new Grand Coalition government, further agreements are emerging. The negotiating partners agreed, on a law for the management of skilled labor immigration to Germany.

Pakistan sets the repatriation of 1.4 million Afghan refugees in the next one month


Pakistan announced  that  1.4 million Afghan refugees  who lost their legal residency status at the end of 2017 have to leave the country in one month.
According to the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, Pakistan had signed a trilateral agreement with Afghanistan and UNHCR: Pakistan had to extend the validity of the Proof of Registration for the refugees for one year.
The move came after tensions between US and Pakistan about terror groups in Afghanistan. Hafiz Ahmad Miakhail, a spokesman for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, said that Afghanistan and UNHCR will rise the issue with Pakistan to extend the of refugees for another year, because the repatriation isn’t possible. Meanwhile, Kabul is urging Islamabad not to use refugees as a political tool.

China’s biggest North Korea taboo: discussing life after Kim


The authorities in both China and the South Korea would also be worried about large flows of refugees who might flee, particularly if war leads to shortages of food and other essential goods. Jia Qingguo, dean of the School of International Studies of Peking University, wrote in an article for the East Asia Forum, that China’s military should consider creating a safety zone with in North Korea to prevent a large flow of people into its northeastern provinces. Another question would be whether to let the international community oversee the formation of a new government in North Korea. Jia said: “Beijing doesn’t have a good plan, the US doesn’t have a good plan, and the entire world doesn’t have a good plan. Su Hao, an international relations professor at China Foreign Affairs University, said, China certainly has planned for worst-case scenarios including refugees and potential nuclear proliferation. The US, China and Russia have also said they back the so-called Four Nos: No regime change, regime collapse, accelerated reunification and military deployment north of the 38th parallel.

Harrowing Journeys – Children and youth on the move across the Mediterranean Sea, at risk of trafficking and exploitation


Young migrants and refugees set out to escape harm or secure better futures – and face staggering risks in the process.For children and youth on the move via the Mediterranean Sea routes to Europe, the journey is marked by high levels of abuse, trafficking and exploitation.Some are more vulnerable than others: those travelling alone, those with low levels of education and those undertaking longer journeys. Most vulnerable of all are those who, like Mohammad, come from sub-Saharan Africa.These findings come from a new UNICEF and International Organization for Migration (IOM) analysis of the journeys of some 11,000 migrant and refugee children (adolescents aged 14–17) and youth (18–24), as recorded in their responses to the Displacement Tracking Matrix Flow Monitoring Surveys conducted by IOM along the Central and Eastern Mediterranean routes to Europe in 2016 and 2017.

Afghans protest ongoing violence in Myanmar


On Thursday, thousands of Afghans took to the streets in different cities of Afghanistan to denounce ongoing violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state. Fresh violence erupted in Rakhine nearly two weeks ago when security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya community. It triggered a fresh influx of refugees to neighboring Bangladesh, which already hosted around 400,000 Rohingya. According to the UN refugee agency, 164,000 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh by Thursday. In the capital Kabul, the demonstrators gathered outside the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan office. They chanted slogans against the Myanmar authorities, urging the human rights organizations and the UN to play their due role in stopping the “genocide”. Attaullah Faizani, an organizer of the demonstration, told Anadolu Agency on the occasion that the purpose of protest is to express solidarity with the Muslims in need.

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