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The facilitated voluntary repatriation movement goes on

ByWebmaster

Sep 18, 2022

BUJUMBURA September 16th (ABP) – Some 16,533 returnees made up of 5,413 households returned to their native land from January 1, 2022 to August 29, 2022 in 96 convoys. That massive return movement of Burundians to their native land is part of the voluntary repatriation movement facilitated by the government of Burundi and the UNHCR, this was revealed on Wednesday from the director general in charge of repatriation, Mr. Nestor Bimenyimana.

Returnees returned from refugee camps in Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Uganda, DRC, Mozambique, Kenya, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Conakry and Guinea Bissau.

In this voluntary return movement, refugees living on Ugandan soil come first with a number of 4,922 returnees.

Rwanda comes in 2nd position with a workforce of 4283.

The directorate general in charge of repatriation also notes 3,589 returnees who returned from Tanzania, 2,726 who returned from the DRC, 903 who returned from Kenya and 95 who returned from Mozambique. The directorate general in charge of repatriation nevertheless records very few returnees from Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Conakry and Guinea Bissau, which respectively record a return of returnees of 01.01; 01; and 02.

The directorate general in charge of voluntary repatriation also notes a voluntary return of 201,610 returnees made up of 66,884 households during the period from August 1, 2017 to August 29, 2022. The latter returned from Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia, North Sudan and Benin.

Other returnees returned from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Senegal and Malawi, Congo Brazzaville, Guinea Conakry and Guinea Bissau. All those returnees returned in 581 convoys.

The tripartite agreement, which was signed at the end of the 2019 financial year, provides for the repatriation of at least 2,000 returnees per week at the rate of 1,000 returnees per convoy and twice a week.