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The Ghana Refugee Board (GRB) was established under the Ghana Refugee Law 1992 (PNDC Law 305D) and tasked with coordinating all activities relating to the management and care of refugees in accordance with the relevant United Nations and the African Union Conventions on protections of refugees from violence, conflict and political persecutions. GRB operates under the Ministry of Interior as the sole agency mandated to grant refugee status to persons seeking asylum in the country. The Board advises Government on refugee management policy and ensures that Government policy and directives are adhered to in the management of the refugee programs.

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Jinijini (B/A), June 22, GNA – Mr. Sika Agbesi, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinator of the Ghana Refugee Board (GRB) has commended institutions and organisations who have ensured the socio-economic survival of the Fetentaa Refugees since their arrival in the country. He appreciated especially the immense humanitarian assistance and relief services by the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS) and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) to the Persons of Concern (PoC) at the Camp.

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Today, World Refugee Day, is a time for solidarity with refugees – and with the communities that welcome them. As conflicts emerge, recur, persist and deepen, 68.5 million people are uprooted around the world. Nine out of 10 are in their own countries or countries next door, and the impact is massive – on refugees themselves, and on the communities that open their doors to them. Now, more than ever, taking care of refugees must be a global – and shared – responsibility. It’s time to do things differently. A new model is now being tested, with positive results - based on equity, on justice and on humanitarian values and standards. Countries and communities need more systematic, long-term support as they take on the job of helping uprooted families. Refugees themselves need to be included in new communities, and given the chance to realise their potential. And solutions are needed - to help refugees return home when the time is right, or build new lives elsewhere. The Global Compact on Refugees – to be adopted this year - aims to make these happen.

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On Sunday 21th January 2018, the Egyeikrom Refugee camp was thrown into celebration. An African Union Commissioner on International Law, Mrs. Kathleen Quartey Ayensu, hosted a party for the four hundred children residing at the camp. The Commissioner had paid a familiarization visit to the camp in September 2017, with officials of the Ghana Refugee Board (GRB). When departing, Camp Manager, Mr. Edward Henry Thompson of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), had asked whether the Commissioner could arrange a first-ever Christmas Party for the children. The Commissioner returned at the beginning of this year bringing food packs, drinks and frozen dessert that she had organized with support of a few friends and celebrity caterer, JMarie Ltd.

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The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has handed over a four – unit residential police quarters to the police administration at Egyeikrom Refugee Camp in the Central Region. The construction of the facility is in line with moves to enhance security for the refugees at the camp and the entire community. The UNHCR representative, Ms. Loli Kimyaci, handed over the keys to the building to the Programs Coordinator of the Ghana Refugee Board (GRB), Mr. Tetteh Padi who in turn presented it to the Central Regional Police Commander, Commissioner of Police (COP) Rev. David Ampah Bennin.

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The Ghana Refugee Board (GRB) was established with the promulgation of the Ghana Refugee Law, 1992 (PNDCL 305 D) and consists of the Board with stakeholder institutional representation. The GRB works with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to coordinate international protection and the delivery of humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers and refugees in the country.

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It was a bright May afternoon in Fetentaa Refugee Camp, as hundreds of women, men, girls, and boys trooped to the camp community center; the unmistakable rhythm of Ivorian music blared over the loudspeakers of the camp public address system. Amidst excitement and dancing, the master of ceremony announced the reason for the gathering; “Today is a joyous day,” he said.

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AMPAIN CAMP, Western Region – UNHCR Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Refugee Board and other partners commemorated this year’s World Refugee Day with a colorful durbar at Ampain Camp. Invited guests who graced the occasion included the Namibian Ambassador, H.E. Charles Bernadt Josob, the Netherlands Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Ron Strikker, the Deputy Ambassador of the Apostolic Nunciature.

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Ghana is shifting focus from the purely humanitarian approach to refugee management to a development approach due to dwindling international humanitarian resources, the Ghana Refugee Board has said. The board attributed the dwindling humanitarian resources from the international community to the rising numbers of refugee worldwide.

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