Home Affairs commits N.dollars 11.5 million to refugee efforts

26 Apr 2019 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 26 APR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has committed N.dollars 11.5 million to provide international protection and support to asylum seekers and refugees in Namibia for the period 2019/20.
This was announced by Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Frans Kapofi during his budget motivation deliberation in the National Assembly on Thursday.
Kapofi said N.dollars 11 487 000 has been allocated to the ministry’s Refugees Administration Programme which coordinates, facilitates and promotes three durable solutions; the local integration, voluntary repatriation and resettlement of refugees in Namibia.
“The programme this financial year will embark upon various activities such as re-registration of asylum seekers and refugees who could not register during the last financial year, delivery of travel documents and purchasing of virgin ID cards with enhanced security features,” he said.
Kapofi said the ministry would also promote the voluntary repatriation of former Namibian refugees in the Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana and other former Namibian refugees in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
Speaking about the relocation of refugees in Namibia, Kapofi said the programme would realise the integration of 538 former Angolan refugees who are currently settled at the Osire Refugee Camp in central Namibia, situated 200 kilometres north of Windhoek, to their chosen areas in Namibia.
He revealed that during the previous financial year, 5 335 asylum seekers and refugees were re-registered in Namibia, 172 refugees were resettled to the United States of America and Canada, 104 former Namibian refugees were voluntarily repatriated from Dukwi and 371 former Angolan refugees were integrated into communities of their choice in Namibia.