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42,283 people have returned voluntarily from January 1 to June 21, 2021


Jun 25, 2021

BUJUMBURA June 24 (ABP) – Around 42,283 Burundian refugees, made up of 13,221 households, returned to their native land from January 1 to June 21, 2021, this was revealed on Thursday June 24 by the director general in charge of Repatriation, Mr. Nestor Bimenyimana.

Those Burundians returned from refugee camps in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon, DR Congo and Zambia in 90 convoys.

The general directorate in charge of repatriation also notes the facilitated voluntary return of 162,492 Burundians made up of 54,309 households, who returned in 379 convoys from August 1, 2017 to June 21, 2021.

In this facilitated voluntary repatriation movement, refugees living in Tanzania are the first with 128,010 returnees, followed by Rwanda with 27,846, the DRC with 5,359, Kenya with 1,025 returnees, and Uganda with a 233 voluntary returnees. Malawi, Senegal, Zambia, Burkina-Faso, Gabon and Cameroon recorded respectively 1; 1; 11; 3; 1; and 2 voluntary returnees.

As a reminder, last May, Bujumbura (economic capital) hosted the 25th Meeting of the technical working group on the voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees living in the United Republic of Tanzania.