UN: Guterres warns that sealing off refugees may backfire, fuel terrorism

UN: Guterres warns that sealing off refugees may backfire, fuel terrorism

New United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has reiterated the U.N. position on protecting refugees, joining the chorus of international voices concerned over President Donald Trump’s stance on those seeking help from the United States, and other countries with similar closed-border policies. “Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more…

Kenya to postpone Dadaab closure at UNHCR request

Kenya will postpone the controversial closure of its Dadaab refugee camp for at least six months, citing the difficult security situation in Somalia and a United Nations appeal as factors in the decision. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said Wednesday that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had…

Niger’s Issoufou calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ for African nation

President Mahamadou Issoufou, meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Niamey, said Monday that Niger needs a “Marshall Plan” to promote development. Issoufou said he believed Niger needed a sum of €1 billion just to fight illegal migration alone, reports Deutsche Welle. He added the €1.88 billion euros in the European…

Tunisia, the EU-Turkey migrant deal and Merkel’s Africa travels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins a trip to Africa Sunday, visiting the nations of Mali and Niger to discuss their security and counterterrorism strategies before heading to Ethiopia. She’ll arrive in Addis Ababa amid the nation’s escalating unrest and the international attention to its alleged human rights violations, issues that…

Ethiopia co-hosts at Obama Leader’s Summit on Refugees

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted his Leaders’ Summit on Refugees Tuesday, following a U.N. General Assembly on Monday that resulted in adoption of the New York Declaration on refugees and migrants. Obama’s proposal to increase to 110,000 the number of refugees welcomed to the U.S. next year, from countries across…