OTJIWARONGO (NAMIBIA), Feb 15–More than 2,000 Angolans residing in Namibia are expected to be issued with permanent residence permits this month.

The Namibian Commissioner for Refugees, Nkrumah Mushelenga told Nampa in an interview yesterday the registration of Angolans residing in Namibia who do not want to be repatriated commenced in Otjiwarongo on Wednesday.

The registration is taking place at the Teachers’ Resource Centre and will end on Feb 28, 2014.

Mushelenga said the refugee status of all Angolans in Namibia lapsed on June 30, 2013, and the local integration process is the next stage for those who do not want return to Angola.

According to Mushelenga, a total of 1,742 refugees were interviewed and their details were profiled in 2013. He said all of them indicated that they wish to stay in Namibia.

He said many more Angolans however reside in the different regions, and the Namibian Government is prepared to integrate them.

The registration exercise is being conducted by officials from the Angolan Government led by Feliciano Manuel Bernardo from that country’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

Officials from the Namibian Government are overseeing the process.

Source: NAMPA