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18 Apr 2017 description

Speaking to the press at the end of the visit to Mussungue shelter centre, the commander of the Angolan ground forces, general Sá Miranda, reiterated the country’s responsibility under the United Nations 435 resolution, which defends the protection of refugees that come from countries wrapped in conflicts.

However, the military high-ranking officer stressed both countries’ joint efforts also based on friendship ties, so as to ease the conditions in the shelter centres, which are continuously receiving Congolese citizens.

12 Apr 2016 description

Mbanza Congo - Migration and Foreigners Department (SME) in northern Zaire province has recorded 800 movements in the last seven days in different border check points with the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The SME spokesman, Domingos Sebastião, said this, adding that there was a decrease of 40 cases in relation to the previous week.

He mentioned 280 national and foreign citizens as having entered legally the national territory through the border check points of Luvo, in the municipality of Mbanza Congo.

04 Apr 2016 description

Saurimo - Angolan Families, returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, received on Sunday, miscellaneous goods from the National Diamond Company (Endiama), as part of celebrations of the 14th anniversary of peace and national reconciliation.

Among the delivered goods, it includes rice, cooking oil, salt, beans, soft drinks, dried fish, maize flour, soap, juice and materials for the practice of agriculture, among others.

06 Oct 2015 description

Geneva - The Angolan Social Welfare minister, João Baptista Kussumua, said Monday in Geneva (Switzerland) that 523.318 Angolan citizens have voluntarily returned home, as part of the refugee repatriation process.

The minister was addressing the 66th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner of Refugees (HCR) that opened Monday in Geneva.

João Kussumua stressed that the figure is the result of an assessment for the period from July 2003 to September 2015.

09 Jun 2015 description

Mbanza Congo - The voluntary and organized repatriation process of former Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at the level of Zaire province, recorded since last Saturday an interruption, reported, Monday, in Mbanza Congo, a source of the Provincial Directorate of Social Welfare.

According to the provincial director of assistance and social reintegration, Manuel José António, the halt of the repatriation process is due to organizational issues by the government of the DRC authorities.

01 May 2015 description

Luanda - At least 15,524 Angolan refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have returned between last 20 June and 23 April this year, said Thursday the Minister of Social Welfare.

João Baptista Kussumua was speaking at the end of the 4th session of the Commission for Social Policy of Cabinet Council.

The meeting addressed, among others, the partial report on the ongoing Voluntary Repatriation Operation Process and Organisation of Former Angolan Refugees in the DRC.

24 Feb 2015 description

Mbanza Congo - The second phase of the voluntary and organized repatriation of the Angolan former refugees in DR Congo was resumed on Thursday in the northern Zaire province, with arrival of the ninth train with 185 people, whose process started on 10 November 2014 at the region.

This was said to Angop on Saturday by the Provincial Director for Assistance and Social Reinsertion in Zaire, Manuel José António.

12 Feb 2015 description

Mbanza Congo - The second phase of voluntary and organised repatriation process of the Angolan refugees from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) started Wednesday.

The fact was revealed by the provincial director of Social Welfare in northern Zaire province, Manuel José António.

Speaking to Angop, Manuel António said that about 300 people would return home Wednesday, from the border commune of Luvo, 60 km north of Mbanza Congo, the capital of Zaire province.

08 Dec 2014 description

Luanda - A tripartite accord involving Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia was signed recently to enable the return or legalisation of Angolan refugees resident in the above mentioned neighbouring countries.

The information was released on Thursday in Luanda by the Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti.

The minister was speaking to MPs during a session of the National Assembly (Parliament) on the State Budget for 2015, stressing the existence of three classes of citizens in those countries. They are refugee, resident and illegal.

19 Nov 2014 description

Mbanza Congo - At least 220 Angolan former refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) returned Monday to the country under the voluntary organized repatriation process underway in the country.

A group of 54 families, Angolan citizens from the Lower Congo Democratic region returned to Angola through the land border of Luvo and are camped in the shelter in Kinzau, 15 kilometers north off city of Mbanza Congo.

06 Nov 2014 description

Uige - At least 505 former Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) returned home on Tuesday through the Kimbata border post in Maquela do Zombo municipality, some 310 kilometres north of Uige city.

This is part of the programme of repatriation going on since August this year.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) official, Bernardo Pacavira, told Angop that of the 526 who were expected to return to Angola on the 11th convoy of DRC returnees, 17 were denied due to questionable documentation, while four just missed.

14 Oct 2014 description

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.

21 Sep 2014 description

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.

14 Jul 2014 description

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.

14 Jul 2014 description

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.

18 Apr 2014 description

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”.

23 Jan 2014 description

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.

26 Jul 2013 description

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.

25 Jun 2012 description

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.

14 Jun 2012 description

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.