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Angolan refugees become permanent residents

Angolan refugees become permanent residents

Marthina Mutanga

REFUGEES from Angola, who chose to be integrated in Namibia are being provided with permanent resident permits.

 

Home Affairs Commissioner for Refugees, Likius Valombola said the process started in Otjiwarongo this week.

 

He said that officials from the ministry will travel to Okakarara, Outjo, Otavi, and Windhoek to issue the permits to the people who applied for residency.

 

Valombola noted that there are currently 500 Angolan pupils at the Osire refugee camp and other refugees from countries such as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

According to Valomola, the issuing of residence permits is a continuing process.

 

Many of the refugees have been living in Namibia for about 20 years. Some of their children were born in Namibia and have never been to Angola.

 

More than 3 000 Angolan refugees that were accommodated in Namibia have been repatriated to their country of origin after the conflicts that they fled from has ended.

 

The repatriation of refugees is a result of the invocation of cessation clauses that entered into force on June 30, 2012, on the basis that Angola has enjoyed many years of peace and stability after bitter civil wars.

 

More than 23 000 refugees mainly Angolans arrived shortly after Namibia’s independence in 1990 and were housed at the Osire refugee camp near Otjiwarongo.

 

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