Namibia has so far resettled 101 recognized refugees in a third country

OSIRE: Namibia has so far resettled 101 recognized refugees in a third country through the government resettlement program.

Namibia’s commissioner for refugees, Nkrumah Mushelenga announced this yesterday during the celebration of World Refugee Day that took place at the Osire Refugee Camp.

Mushelenga said about 2 000 recognised refugees were expected to be resettled to third countries such as the United States of America, Canada and Australia between 2013 and 2014.

Less than 4 000 refugees reside at Osire, most of them from countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Ruanda, amongst others.

Mushelenga explained that some refugees cannot go home or are unwilling to do so because they will face continued persecution and many have specific needs that cannot be addressed in the country where they have sought protection.

In such circumstances, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) helps resettle refugees in a third country as the only safe and viable durable solution, he said.

Thousands of refugees at Osire observed World Refugee Day and celebrated the 40th anniversary of the coming into force of the African Union Convention governing specific aspects of refugee problems in Africa of 1969.

SOURCE: NAMPA