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Poverty Alleviation Package for Refugees:
Poverty Alleviation Package for Refugees (PAPR) is another approach whereby attempt has been made to develop a habit of integrated farming inclusive of horticulture, fisheries, dairy, vegetables growing, fodder cultivation, dry land agriculture and subsistence crops, etc. Here emphasis has been given on judicious utilization of the water. Thus, basically this intervention is trying to address the twin problems of livelihood of these refugees i.e. optimizing profit in agriculture (soil fertility, salinity / alkalinity, pest immunization, chemical heavy cultivation practices, etc.) and providing adequate irrigation.


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The Human Rights Law Network - HRLN

Refugee Rights
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Despite the fact that India is a host to diverse groups of refugees, the country has no specific laws or cohesive policy for refugees. India is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention nor to its 1967 Protocol on the Status of Refugees. Therefore, the protection of refugees is confined to ad-hoc measures taken by the Government of India, leaving refugees with little protection for their civil and political rights and virtually no legal provisions for their safety and welfare. Against this backdrop, the Refugee Rights Initiative at HRLN works for the protection of the rights of refugees and to improve their situation in India with a mission to assist asylum seekers, refugees and other displaced populations in realizing their basic human rights and accessing the justice system.

What We Do?

The Refugee Rights Initiative assists refugees in securing their civil and political rights by helping them acquire Indian citizenship, from which further economic and other rights follow. Our team has worked with people from multiple nationalities, including but not limited to refugees from Tibet, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Palastine, Iran, Iraq, Burma, Laos, Liberia, Kazakhstan, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, China, and Afghanistan. We have distinguished ourselves as being one of the very few groups to assist refugees and asylum seekers by way of counseling, legal aid, training and a sensitisation programme As an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, we provide assistance on a range of services for refugees. For example, registration of the new arrival and giving orientation to the asylum seekers, refugee certificate issued by UNHCR has to be renewed every 2 years. At this time, the entire refugee family meets with our social workers for a current refugee reassessment status, which includes legal/ protection, socio-economic, medical/psychological, educational/ vocational components, as well as ample time to air grievances. These activities are combined with efforts to identify durable solutions for the mandate refugees, which include voluntary repatriation, naturalization, and third-country resettlement. HRLN also facilitates applications for Indian citizenship on behalf of mandate refugees eligible and also interested in applying for naturalization in India. We litigate for safe asylum and the protection of human rights of refugees in the country by providing free legal aid to refugees and asylum seekers, including support in cases to secure residence permits, to stop refoulment, for refugees arrested or facing deportation, for the registration of complaints by the refugees at police stations, and for refugees in crisis situations. Along with the Women's Justice Initiative at HRLN, we represent women refugees in matrimonial cases, including for the custody of children. In cases where refugees face problems within the community or with the police, our team provides assistance through protective interventions with the local and refugee community and the local police. We also make interventions on behalf of refugees before various administrative bodies.

The Initiative undertakes crisis-response missions, investigation, monitoring, and fact-finding visits, such as a mission undertaken in Mizoram to uncover the mass-migration of Chin refugees from Myanmar. Through its interventions and consultations we work to bridge the gap between displaced communities and policy makers. We conduct training programmes for the general public, legal practitioners, law students, activists, social workers, and the police to sensitize them on how to use the existing laws for refugee protection.

Issues Of Concern

Renewal of refugee certificates
Registration of new-arrival refugees
Residence permits
Asylum applications
Mass migrations
Ethnic/ racial discrimination against refugees
Major Impacts


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World Refugee Day
First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on June 20. Tens of thousands of people around the world take time to recognize and applaud the contribution of forcibly displaced people throughout the world. The annual commemoration is marked by a variety of events in more than 100 countries, involving government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced themselves.

UNHCR India is pleased to mark World Refugee Day 2014 with an exhibition of refugee photos by world-renowned photographer Raghu Rai and a cultural event with the refugees. The exhibition will be on from June 21-29, 2014 at IIC, New Delhi. The seven largest refugee groups, portrayed in this photo exhibition, wonderfully reflect the diversity of the refugee communities.

The Nansen Refugee Award
This annual award is named after the late great Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who was appointed in 1921 by the UN's predecessor, the League of Nations, to be the very first High Commissioner for Refugees. The Nansen Award, consisting of a medal and a US$100,000 monetary prize, is given out every year in October to a person or group for outstanding services in supporting refugee causes.

In India, UNHCR conducts registration and RSD in a timely and efficient manner and protect the growing number of people of concern in Delhi through outreach services, including legal, social and educational support, in areas where they reside. UNHCR focuses on responding to people with specific needs through collaboration with community- based and local NGO networks. Community development initiatives are designed to help refugees become more self-reliant.

While a large majority of those registered by UNHCR in India live in Delhi, an increasing number are settling outside the capital. The Government of India allows UNHCR mandate refugees to apply for long- term visas and work permits. Refugees and asylum-seekers have access to basic government services such as health care and education. In addition, they have access to the law-enforcement and justice systems. UNHCR and its partners work to facilitate this by providing information and interpretation services.

India grants asylum and provides direct assistance to some 200,000 refugees from neighbouring countries. As the country lacks a national legal framework for asylum, UNHCR conducts registration and refugee status determination (RSD), mostly for arrivals from Afghanistan and Myanmar but people from countries as diverse as Somalia and Iraq have also sought help from the Office. More than 27,000 refugees and asylum-seekers of diverse origins are protected and assisted by the Office in India.

While UNHCR does its best to help refugees in exile, it also tries to find durable solutions for them. Facilitating long term solutions for refugees is part of UNHCR's global mandate. Solutions include the voluntary repatriation of refugees who wish to return to their country in safety and dignity, or where possible, the local integration of refugees who wish to remain in India and qualify for Indian citizenship under national laws. In addition, UNHCR submits cases of a few refugees with particularly compelling protection needs for resettlement to a third country.

UNHCR is currently facilitating the voluntary return of Sri Lankan and Afghan refugees. Between 2002 and 2013, 12,056 refugees repatriated voluntarily to Sri Lanka, including 718 between January and December 2013, with UNHCR assistance. Around 70 persons were voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan in 2013, with UNHCR assistance.

At the same time, UNHCR is also facilitating the naturalisation of Hindu and Sikh Afghan refugees who want to become Indian citizens. Till today around 690 Afghan refugees of Hindu and Sikh faiths, have acquired Indian citizenship. In addition, and with the support of a number of countries, UNHCR assists in the resettlement to third countries for those refugees


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Educate refugee children or lose them forever
Children forced to flee their homes also end up missing out on schooling.

What’s the Difference Between a Migrant and a Refugee?
By Alison Eldridge
Migrant and refugee are just two of the many terms we use to describe people who are seeking new homes in other countries. These two terms in particular have become hot topics in the media and political discourse owing to large numbers of people fleeing countries in Africa and the Middle East for better and safer prospects in Europe. But is there a difference between migrants and refugees? And does it matter?

The main difference is choice. Simply speaking, a migrant is someone who chooses to move, and a refugee is someone who has been forced from their home. Refugees, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are people who are “fleeing armed conflict or persecution” and “for whom denial of asylum has potentially deadly consequences.” Refugees leave their home countries because it is dangerous for them to stay. Turning refugees away could mean sentencing them to death. They often arrive without their personal belongings, sometimes without preplanning.

Migrants, on the other hand, may move for any number of reasons. Some of them move to be with family or for economic reasons. Others move for education. Many of them return to their home countries after a few years. They are often able to plan their own travel and bring or sell their belongings. Does this mean that all migrants are moving from good situations to better ones? Unfortunately, no. Many people migrate because their homes have become dangerous or difficult to live in. They might be fleeing from unrest, famine, drought, or economic collapse. But unless they are in danger of conflict or persecution, they are not considered refugees.

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