US gives $650,000 for Angola refugees repatriation

US government will give Angola $650,000 to support the voluntary repatriation of refugees living in neighbouring countries.

According to a press release from the US Embassy in Angola, Washington has contributed $1,000,000 between 2010 and 2012 to facilitate safe and orderly return and reintegration of Angolan returnees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other neighbouring countries.

“Between 2002 and 2007 US Government has provided over $35 million to support the efforts of UNHCR, IOM, and other organizations helping to return and reintegrate over 400,000 Angolan former refugees,” the statement reads in part.

Most Angolans who fled the country because of the armed conflicts between 1961 and 2002 will no longer be eligible for refugee status since peace has been restored into the country.

The civil war left an estimated 500,000 refugees in countries including Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This additional funding is intended to ensure that as many Angolans as possible who want to return will be able to do so.

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