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UNHCR to reduce monthly aid to Nepal refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency has announced it would reduce the monthly financial assistance being provided to urban refugees.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 16:00 IST

The United Nations Refugee Agency has announced that it would reduce the monthly financial assistance being provided to urban refugees in Nepal.

"The monthly financial assistance for urban refugees is reviewed on a regular basis by UNHCR, and this new level of assistance has been initially established pending a detailed cost of living survey in 2007 to assess and determine actual needs," said Abraham Abraham, UNHCR Representative in Nepal.

There are currently 220 refugees of various nationalities recognised under the Urban Refugees category, UNHCR said in a statement.

The decision to reduce the assistance is based on the parameters of the minimum wage level stipulated in the guidelines established by the Government of Nepal, it added.

"This revision will also help UNHCR to continue support to the urban refugees beyond its normal six months limit."

Apart from the monthly assistance the spouse of the refugee will also get 50 per cent dependency allowance and 25 per cent household allowance.

They will also get free medical assistance, and discretional assistance for vulnerable individuals with specific needs, as well as assistance for child education and language training.