Mozambique to close refugee camps

Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican authorities plan to close two refugee camps in Boane district, about 30 km west of Maputo, in what officials explained was a bid to ensure tighter check on people seeking asylum.
Refugee Support Unit (NAR) director Fernando Fazenda was quoted by the Mozambican News Agency as insisting that the country's refugees could be catered for in a single centre in the northern province of Nampula.
Most refugees entering Mozambique come from the Great Lakes region, crossing into the country from its northern borders with Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Fazenda said the new measure would enable government provide better humanitarian assistance to refugees, while at the same time ensuring more effective control over foreigners in the country.
He noted that some refugees have been involved in car theft, drug trafficking, counterfeiting and other crimes.
Two months police arrested a gang including Mozambican and foreigners with machines for producing fake US dollar and South African rand banknote.
A spokesman for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) puts the number of refugees currently in Mozambique at about 150.

15 may 2001 20:02:00

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