Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antأ³nio Guterres, will Sunday start a five-day mission in Tanzania to assess the process of natur a lization of several Burundian refugees in the country, official sources told PAN A here on Saturday.
Approximately 162,000 Burundians have found protection since the early 1970s in Tanzania, authorities of which began a naturalization process which is welcome b y UNHCR as an unprecedented gesture.
Tanzania had also hosted over 500,000 Burundian refugees in the 1990s.
While the overwhelming majority have returned to Burundi between 2002 and 2009, some 36,000 of them still live in Mtabila, in the Kigoma region.
Over 97,000 refugees live in Tanzania in refugee camps and are mainly from Burun di and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).