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Over four thousand Angolans return from DRC

Luanda - The minister of Social Welfare, João Baptista Kussumua, Tuesday in Luanda said that from nearly 29,000 Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with intention to return to Angola, 4,222 are already in the country.

The Cabinet minister made this statement to the press at the end of the 7th Ordinary Session of the Commission on Social Policy of the Council of Ministers, which presented the report-opinion on the latest developments of the operation of voluntary repatriation of former Angolan refugees who are still in DRC.

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Moxico ready to accommodate over 8,000 returnees

Luau - Technical, logistical, accommodation and human conditions have been put in place in eastern Moxico province to receive more than eight thousand ex-refugees returning from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The information was released by a source from the Ministry of Social Welfare in Moxico, stating that the operation is part of the organised and volunteer repatriation of Angolan refugees going until December this year.

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Over 170 ex-refugee families resettled

Lubango - At least 177 former refugee families from neighbouring Namibia, Zambia and DRC have been resettled over the last 16 months in their areas of origin, announced the provincial Department of Social Welfare (Minars) in southern Huila province.

The process is part of the ongoing reintegration programme of the former refugees.

Of the above number, 94 families were resettled in Lubango, Matala (21), Chipindo (15), Jamba (11), Caconda (10), Caluquembe (10), Kuvango (8), Quipungo (3), Chicomba (2),

and one in Humpata.

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400,000 fomer Angolan refugees back home

The data were released Friday by the representative of the UN body in the country, Hans Lunshop, while speaking to Angop in Luanda on "Social reintegration of the former refugees returned to the country."

Hans Lunshop mentioned Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Namibia and South Africa as the main host and from where the repatriation operations took place after the achievement of peace in 2002.

He said that most of former refugees came from DRC, approximately 70,000 people, followed by Zambia with 20, 000.

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UNHCR allocates USD 1.7 million for transportation of refugees

Luanda - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will make available this year 1.7 million US dollars to support the transportation of Angolan refugees in D.R Congo and Zambia to their areas of origin.

A press note from the mentioned institution, which reached ANGOP on Tuesday, states that the resources are part of the initiative of the UNHCR dubbed “Seeds for Solutions”.

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Over 26,000 Angolans to return home until end of 2014

Luena - More than 26,000 Angolan refugees living in neighbouring countries for the last 30 years have expressed the wish to return home until the end of this year, under the process of voluntary repatriation jointly organised by the Government and its international partners.

The information was confirmed by the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Hans Lunshof, during the arrival of the first group of Angolan refugees from Zambia.

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Refugees, borders under analysis

Kinshasa – An Angolan multi-sector delegation comprising experts from the ministries of Social Welfare, Foreign Affairs and Territory Administration, is visiting the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

For two days, both countries and UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ experts analysed the return to Angola or reintegration in the DRC society of Angolan refugees, under a process that is being discussed during a ministerial meeting taking place Thursday in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa.

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Over 6,000 refugees return from DR Congo

Uige - At least 6,137 Angolan refugees in DR Congo returned home until June 22, through the border post of Quimbata, municipality of Maquela do Zombo, Uige, as part of the voluntary repatriation process carried out since 1 May, by the government and its partners UNHCR and IOM.

Speaking to ANGOP, the supervisor of the IOM in Maquela do Zombo, Fernando Pacavira, said that from this number of returnees, include 1,750 families, in which 3,068 are women.

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Over 5,000 Angolan citizens return from DRC

Mbanza Kongo - At least 5,923 Angolan citizens that lived as refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) returned to the country since April this year, ANGOP has learnt.

The head of the Provincial Department of Social Reintegration in Mbanza Kongo City, northern Zaire Province, Victor Kusonga, said the citizens came from Luvo border post.

During the repatriation process, he said, the social reintegration department in partnership with the Migration International Organisation held 30 trips in car convoys through Kinshasa and Bas Kongo region.

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Over 500 Angolans return from DR Congo

Uige – At least 544 Angolan refugees returned on Friday from DR Congo (DRC) through the border checkpoint of Quimbata in the northern Uige province, under the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees based in the neighbouring country.

This was said Saturday to ANGOP by the supervisor of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Maquela do Zombo, Fernando Pacavira.

The official said that 450 Angolan refugees arrived on 22 May integrated in 105 families.

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Over 200 citizens from DRC repatriated

Mbanza Congo - At least 246 citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were repatriated over the last seven days by the Migration and Foreigners Services (SME), in the northern Zaire Province, ANGOP has learnt.

A press note from SME says that 137 of those citizens left the country from Luvo border, in Mbanza Congo and the others by the fluvial post of Kimbumba.

SME also refused the entry of six citizens from the DRC due to lack of documents.

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Angola + 1 other
Over 100 Angolan refugees return from DRC

Luena – At least 184 Angolans living in DR Congo as refugees returned Thursday, to the country under the official repatriation programme.

Angop learned that some from of the localities of Catoca, Camassenda and Cahundo, where they lived for over 20 years, have as areas of final destination the municipalities of Cameia (Moxico), Muconda and Saurimo (Lunda Sul), to where they will be transported in the coming days.

In the sheltering centres, the returnees underwent migration procedures, medical examinations and received birth certificates as well as kitchen sets.

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Over 200 Angolan refugees arrive from DRC

Luau – At least 213 Angolans who had taken refuge in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) returned Wednesday in the country after over 30 years in the neighbouring country.

After a three-day stay in the reception camp, in Luau district, eastern Moxico province, the returnees will be resettled to their areas of origin.

According to a source from the local department of Social Welfare, 140 people will stay in Luau, 67 chose the north-eastern Lunda Sul province, while another five will go to Luena city (Moxico) and one will be flown to Luanda.

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Returnees from DRC get registered

Caxito – The Angolans repatriated from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who arrived Sunday in Bengo province, had already done their civil registration at the Lifune Gathering Centre, Dande district.

At whole they are 179 citizens, among them 86 children (61 in school age) who obtained birth certificate and personal identification, documents that enable them to obtain identity card.

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Government available to repatriate Angolan refugees

Luena - The minister of Social Welfare, João Baptista Kussumua, reiterated the Angolan government's availability to repatriate the 60,000 Angolan refugees based in neighbouring countries, whose process is set to resume next February.

The minister expressed the government's desire Friday in eastern Moxico province during a 24-hour visit to the region.

According to him, the first phase that started in the second half of 2011 benefited 4,000 Angolan citizens from DR Congo, 1, 500; Zambia, 2, 400; Botswana 29 and Namibia six..

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Angolan returnees from DRC get identity cards

M'banza Kongo - At least 603 Angolan citizens that returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have already benefited from identity cards, ANGOP has learnt.

The former refugees are in Angola under the operation of voluntary and organised repatriation from that neighbouring country, which started in November 2011, a source with the sector has announced.

The free issuing of documents to former Angolan refugees is an accomplishment of a joint despatch of the Ministries of Justice and Finance.

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Repatriation process of Angolan refugees in Congo resumes

Mbanza-Kongo - The voluntary and organised repatriation process of Angolan refugees in DR Congo, which was suspended last 22 November, was resumed Friday, with the arrival of 223 refugees in Mbanza-Kongo, northern Zaire Province.

The information was released Saturday by the provincial director of Welfare and Social Reintegration, Madalena das Dores.

The official mentioned 67 families as having been transported in a convoy from the border commune of Luvo, 60km north of the province's capital city, Mbanza-Kongo.

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Angola + 1 other
Over 1000 Angolan refugees return from DR Congo

Mbanza Kongo – At least 1.040 Angolan refugees returned to the country from DR Congo, in the ambit of the voluntary and organised repatriation process of Angolan citizens living the neighbouring countries.

This was said to Angop on Wednesday by the director of welfare and social reintegration department of the northern Zaire province Madalena das Dores.

She explained that these nationals returned through bordering locality of Luvo.

It is estimated that until June 2012, about 43.000 Angolan refugees in DRC will return to the country.

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Angolan returnees get ID card

Mbanza Congo – At least 252 Angolan citizens, who returned from DR Congo, in the framework of organised and volunatary repatriation process, received birth registration paper and ID card.

The initiative happened in the ambit of the free registration campaign of the Angolan refugees in the neighbouring countries.

This was said to Angop on Thursday in Mbanza Congo city by the director of the justice department of the northern Zaire province, Felismina Gando Manuel.

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First group of Angolan returnees from DRC arrive in Mbanza Kongo

Mbanza Kongo – The first group of Angolan citizens living as refugees in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) arrived last Friday in the Angolan city of Mbanza Kongo, Zaire Province, in the ambit of a recent voluntary repatriation process.

The group, made up of 86 families and totalling 252 citizens, came in a caravan made up of ten buses, through the Luvo border checkpoint, about 60 kilometres to the north of Mbanza Kongo City.