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Burundi to bring back refugees from Tunisia

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees along with Tanzania, Burundi have consented to start voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees from Tanzania.


Burundi to bring back refugees from Tunisia
Tanzania presently is host to more than three million refugees, of which 274,455 are Burundians.(Image Credit: Twitter)

According to UNHCR, Burundi has registered more than 20,000 refugees who wish to return back to their native place. UNHCR's target is to bring a minimum of 72,000 Burundians back to home.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees along with Tanzania, Burundi have consented to start voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees from Tanzania.

According to Burundi's Home Affairs Assistant Minister Therence Ntahiraja, the government has agreed to provide accommodation to those who are returning back. In his words,"The country is ready to welcome all the refugees who wish to return. We have already expressed our position on this. The doors are open to all Burundians who wish to return."

A plan of action has been developed after the 20th meeting of the Tripartite Commission for the Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania. The target of the action plan is to move two batches of 1,000 refugees per week between April 5 and December 31.

UNHCR's report claimed repatriation of at least 20,739 Burundian refugees from Tanzania by March 22. According to the statement," While some refugees may opt to return now, others may still have well-founded reasons for not seeking to return at the present time and will continue to be in need of international protection."

Tanzania presently is host to more than three million refugees, of which 274,455 are Burundians.


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