Zambia: Zambia relocates Burundi refugees to Meheba Refugee Settlement

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Office of the Commissioner for Refugees in the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs, working with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), on Tuesday relocated 150 newly arrived Burundi Refugees from the capital, Lusaka, to the Meheba Refugee Settlement in Solwezi, north-western Zambia.

Some 400 asylum-seekers from Burundi have arrived in Zambia in the last one month, according to UNHRC in Zambia.

The Office of the Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs, working with UNHCR, is currently doing the registration in Lusaka and those granted refugee status are being relocated to the refugee settlement.

The asylum-seekers are mainly from the Burundi capital, Bujumbura, and they are coming straight to Lusaka after travelling from Burundi by boat on Lake Tanganyika up to the port town of Mpulungu, northern Zambia.

According to UNHCR, the asylum-seekers are citing generalized and escalating political violence as the reason for fleeing their country.
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30 june 2015 12:55:08




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