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UNRWA Denies Being Mandated to Resettle Palestine Refugees

Published : 28-09-2019

UNRWA Denies Being Mandated to Resettle Palestine Refugees

UNRWA said on Thursday that migration and resettlement of Palestine refugees do not make part of its official mandate.

UNRWA’s statement was issued in a response to a Wednesday vigil held by the Youth Commission of Palestinians of Syria outside of the UNRWA office in Beirut after the agency’s director refused to meet with refugee families wishing to gain humanitarian asylum in other destinations pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

UNRWA said migration and resettlement issues fall outside of the Agency’s mission, saying an official response in this regard will be sent early next week to the commission.

UNRWA stressed its commitment to tackle all files having to do with its allotted services for Palestine refugees as mandated by the UN. 

Earlier this month, Palestinian refugees from Syria joined a rally held outside of the Australian embassy to demand humanitarian asylum and safe access to European countries pending their return to their homeland. Hundreds of Palestinian refugees, waving Palestinian and Canadian flags, also gathered outside of the Canadian Embassy in Beirut, requesting asylum in the North American country.

There are tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Lebanon. Most of them live in squalid camps with no access to public services, limited employment opportunities and no rights to ownership.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9153

UNRWA said on Thursday that migration and resettlement of Palestine refugees do not make part of its official mandate.

UNRWA’s statement was issued in a response to a Wednesday vigil held by the Youth Commission of Palestinians of Syria outside of the UNRWA office in Beirut after the agency’s director refused to meet with refugee families wishing to gain humanitarian asylum in other destinations pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

UNRWA said migration and resettlement issues fall outside of the Agency’s mission, saying an official response in this regard will be sent early next week to the commission.

UNRWA stressed its commitment to tackle all files having to do with its allotted services for Palestine refugees as mandated by the UN. 

Earlier this month, Palestinian refugees from Syria joined a rally held outside of the Australian embassy to demand humanitarian asylum and safe access to European countries pending their return to their homeland. Hundreds of Palestinian refugees, waving Palestinian and Canadian flags, also gathered outside of the Canadian Embassy in Beirut, requesting asylum in the North American country.

There are tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Lebanon. Most of them live in squalid camps with no access to public services, limited employment opportunities and no rights to ownership.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9153