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24 May 2015 description

In April 2015, a total of 9,287 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. 9,087 came from Pakistan 199 from Iran and 1 from India. This figure is nearly 5 times higher compared to April 2014, and is also 80% higher compared to 5,173 returnees in March 2015.

In the first four months of 2015, a total of 21,505 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan under UNHCR’s assisted return program.

21 May 2015 description

Phnom Penh, Cambodia | AFP | Thursday 5/21/2015 - 14:00 GMT

Cambodia said Thursday it has agreed to take its first batch of asylum seekers from Australian custody as part of a controversial deal between the countries that triggered widespread international criticism.

Four refugees held by Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru will soon be transferred to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation, Cambodia's interior ministry said.

20 May 2015 description

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Wednesday 5/20/2015 - 16:47 GMT

by Jamal al-Jabiri

The United Nations announced Wednesday a date for its conference on Yemen, where Saudi-led warplanes have intensified raids against rebels in a conflict that has displaced half a million people.

But Yemen's government-in-exile swiftly demanded a pullback of the Iran-backed Shiite rebels from seized territory as a precondition to joining the talks set for May 28 in Geneva.

17 May 2015 description

5/17/2015 - 08:17 GMT

An Iranian aid ship bound for Yemen in defiance of US warnings has entered the Gulf of Aden and is expected to reach port on Thursday, media reported.

The vessel, the Iran Shahed, is carrying 2,500 tonnes of aid including flour, rice, canned food, medical supplies and bottled water, all urgently needed in the conflict-wracked and impoverished state. 

But the ship's mission has been overshadowed by US calls for it to head to a UN emergency relief hub in Djibouti instead of docking in the Yemeni port of Hodeida.

15 May 2015 description

KABUL, Afghanistan, 15 May (UNHCR) – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres praised the new Afghan government's commitment to solving the problems of internal displacement and re-integrating returning refugees, terming it crucial for the entire region.

13 May 2015 description

Tehran, May 12, IRNA - The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin said the UN agency is ready to forward the food and medical relief consignments of Iran for the war-hit people of Yemen.

In a telephone talk with Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday, she said WFP is continuing its humanitarian operation in Yemen despite all problems and is ready to increae its work by setting up a joint team with Iran.

12 May 2015 description

Bandar Abbas, May 11, IRNA – 2,500 tons of Iranian contributions to the oppressed Yemeni nation loaded on Iran Shahed Khorramshahr Ship began sailing towards Yemeni coasts early Monday night.

Originally scheduled to sail for Yemen's Al Hadida Port, the ship left the Iranian port seen off by Hormuzgan provincial officials.

According to the IRNA correspondent the Iranian contributions to their Yemeni brethren in need include rice, flour, tuna fish, tents, blankets and medical supplies.

05 May 2015 description

4 May 2015, Tehran – Over 100 disaster management and risk reduction experts from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world, as well as partners such as the United Nations, government agencies and research centres are gathered at the International Seminar on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Tehran.

04 May 2015 description
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General Situation during April 2015
Forecast until mid-June 2015

03 May 2015 description

VOLUNTARY RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN

In February 2015, a total of 3,728 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. 3,608 came from Pakistan and 120 from Iran. This figure is nearly six times higher compared to the same period in February 2014, and is also 12% higher compared to 3,317 returnees in January 2015.

In the first two months of 2015, a total of 7,045 Afghan refugees (1,259 families) returned to Afghanistan under UNHCR’s assisted return program.

30 Apr 2015 description

An agreement on the framework for a Joint Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program in early April marked a major step forward. However, mid-month, Colombia’s peace process suffered a serious blow when Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) fighters killed government soldiers in an ambush; and fighting resumed in Ukraine between the military and separatist forces. The announced end of Saudi Arabia’s five-week airstrike campaign in Yemen on 21 April brought few tangible results: missile strikes continued as the humanitarian situation became increasingly dire.

30 Apr 2015 description
report Geneva Call

Geneva, 30 April 2015

After four years of dialogue with Geneva Call, the East Kurdistan Defence Forces (YRK) and the Women’s Defence Forces (HPJ)—also known as the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK)—have signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict. On 25 April 2015, in the Kurdish region of Iraq, a delegation from Geneva Call met with the highest representatives of the YRK–HPJ to formalize this commitment.

29 Apr 2015 description
report Sphere Project

The representative of the International Consortium for Refugees in Iran, Nazanin Kazemi has worked with refugees for nearly 16 years. In the following interview, she discusses the impact of Sphere principles and standards on the country's humanitarian community.

"The international aid community in Iran is very small," says Kazemi, "even though we have the most protracted refugee crisis in the world. It's now over three decades. At its peak, we had three million registered refugees. Now, we have one million registered and many more unregistered."

26 Apr 2015 description

According to census exist in ministry for refugees and repatriation, about 6 million Afghan refuge from Afghanistan after 7th sawr coup d’état 1357(solar year) in various places of the world and after come dawn of Taliban regime, about 8.5 million afghan refugee returned in the country and still remained thousands of Afghans outside.

23 Apr 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Regional Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Kong Sothanarith

PHNOM PENH— Two officials from Cambodia’s Interior Ministry departed Monday for Australia and the Pacific Island of Nauru, to ensure that an initial group of asylum seekers there will move to Cambodia, part of a controversial deal with Australia.

Five asylum seekers have reportedly agreed to take the deal and move to Cambodia, a country critics say is ill equipped to absorb refugees. Both Cambodia and Australia have been heavily criticized for the deal.

21 Apr 2015 description

1. Introduction and background

This report presents the results of a post-distribution monitoring survey that was conducted between 2 and 9 March 2015 to assess the effectiveness of winter assistance provided by six organisations (ADRA, DRC, Islamic Relief, VUSAF, Welthungerhilfe, WFP) to 51 Kabul Informal Settlements (KIS) during the winter 2014/2015. The survey was conducted under the auspices of the Kabul Informal Settlements Task Force.

1.1. Kabul Informal Settlements

08 Apr 2015 description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) praises the diplomatic efforts which led to a historical agreement between Iran, the European Union and the six world powers in Switzerland last week. “NRC is providing, together with the Government, vital humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable households with refugee status. We have been witnessing first-hand the negative, and sometimes counterproductive, impact which sanctions have on humanitarian operations in the country,” NRC Iran Country Director, Olivier Vandecasteele says.