|Albanian refugees: work permits from Greece, deportations from Italy|
|Angola: 30,000 new displaced|
|Kenya: President wants refugees removed|
|Palestinian refugees: cuts cancelled|
|Saudi Arabia: Iraqi refugees re-settled|
|Sierra Leone: Refugees Flood Liberian Border Towns|
|Ukraine: UNHCR concerned about Tatars|
|U.S.A.: Less refugees entering|
refugees: work permits from Greece, deportations from Italy
The Greek government has
promised to legalize the status of hundreds of thousands of illegal Albanian
immigrants and let them work in the country. They will be issued with
four-month temporary work permits, which can later be extended up
to five years.
The Italian government, under pressure from the centre-right opposition alliance, part of the local press, and the Northern League is to begin deporting the close to 17,000 Albanian refugees who reached the country earlier this year.
According to the Council of Ministers' resolution, the deportation will be carried out in stages, and is to be concluded by the end of November.
The Albanian premier, Fatos Nano, asked Italy to postpone the repatriation but Prime Minister Prodi denied the request, saying the measure had already been delayed.
Refugees who have obtained a temporary residency permit, and family members, will be the last to leave, and will be able to return legally when Albania and Italy reach an immigration accord.
But those 2000 or so who escaped from the centres set up on purpose
and have been living in Italy without documents will be repatriated as
soon as they are found.
30,000 new displaced
Heavy fighting between Angolan government forces and the 'former' rebels of UNITA in northeastern Angola have greatly increased tensions throughout the country, with an increased military presence in rural areas.
Because of this, the number of internally displaced people, mainly women and children, fleeing the conflict zones has increased dramatically. At least 30,000 have been displaced.
In the mean time some 700 Angolan refugees have been expelled from Namibia.
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President wants refugees removed
Kenya's President Daniel Arap Moi has directed the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to relocate all refugees in various camps in northern Kenya be in Somalia and Sudan if they refused to surrender fire arms in their possession.
He said his government had accommodated the refugees but his security personnel were not allowed to inspect the camps.
Orders Removal Of Refugees
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refugees: cuts cancelled
The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) said on Wednesday it had cancelled the cuts planned in services to millions of Palestinian refugees after donor countries made new pledges worth $19 million of funding.
Palestinian refugees had taken to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and launched a boycott of UNRWA schools to protest the planned cuts. There were also protests in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan.
UNRWA said it would cancel the introduction of a $14 school fee and will also lift a freeze on hospital reimbursements.
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Arabia: Iraqi refugees re-settled
Over 20,000 Iraqi Gulf War refugees from the camp at Rafha, on Saudi Arabia's northeastern border with Iraq have been resettled in host countries including the United States, Australia and Scandinavian states.
In an effort to bring to an end a large six-year resettlement program,
these countries have doubled their quotas for this year taking as many
refugees as they can. They plan to close the program at the end of the
year, leaving some 6,800 at the Rafha camp.
Saudi's Iraq refugees to end this year
Leone: Refugees Flood Liberian Border Towns
Liberian President Charles Taylor is claiming that some 200,000 refugees fleeing violence in Sierra Leone have flooded towns on the Liberian border and that this is threatening a fragile peace process that ended a seven year civil war in Liberia.
Sierra Leone has been in a state of increasing violence and uncertainty after army officers staged a coup on May 25 toppling elected president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.
A Nigerian-led West African force whose main base is in Liberia is trying to enforce a regional embargo on Sierra Leone in a bid to topple the coup leaders.
The multinational force has been involved in fighting with forces supporting the new military government and ordinary cictezens caught in the violence and the embargo have been escaping in their thousands.
The border between the two countries is an unstable region, controlled during the last few years by rebel forces from both countries.
Flood Liberian Border Towns
UNHCR concerned about Tatars
The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, has decided to allocate
The High Commissioner, Sadako Ogata, has recently visited the former Soviet republic and obtained a promise from top officials that they will make thing easier for Crimean Tatars who have returned Crimea to obtain Ukrainian citizenship.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, some 250,000 Crimean Tatars have returned from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to where they had been deported by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who accused them of collaborating with the Nazis.
Crimean Tatar leaders have said that 70,000 of these returnees still have not obtained Ukrainian citizenship, which can be granted only after the individual has resided in the country for five years.
Ukraine insists they renounce the citizenship of their country of origin before being considered for Ukrainian citizenship. But there are no guarantees this will be granted! Dual citizenship is not allowed.
This problem is resulting in a lot of suffering for these people. Some
40 per cent of them are unemployed.
COMMISSIONER TO VISIT UKRAINE
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Less refugees entering
Certain advocacy groups have recently expressed alarm at statistics that show the number of refugees admitted to the United States has declined by 40 percent in the last five years. In 1992, more than 132,000 refugees were admitted while the number for 1996 was about 78,000. This was the lowest in the last ten years and the government does not intend to decrease the quota for next year.
According to administration spokespersons most people seeking asylum
nowadays are escaping civil strife and unstable situations more than oppression
by their government. Very often they can soon be safely sent back home.
in refugees to U.S. causes alarm
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