Over 137,000 Angolan refugees live in neighbouring countries

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Luanda - The Angolan minister of Social Welfare, João Baptista Kussumua said on Tuesday in Luanda that Angola has 137,918 refugees living in the neighbouring countries in which 50,000 have shown interest in returning to the country.

Speaking to the press after a working meeting about the organization level of repatriation process of the remaining Angolan refugees in neighbouring countries, João Baptista Kussumua said that from the 137,918 the Democratic Republic of Congo is home to most Angolans, a total of 111,000 citizens.

According to the minister, the Republic of Zambia has 17,267, Namibia a total of 5,904, Congo Brazzaville with 2,652 and Botswana with 506.

The official said that 50,000 refugees are interest to return home and the Ministry of Welfare and its partners are creating conditions to start the repatriation in the first half of this year.

Present in the meeting were representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Territory Administration, Finance, Health, Education and Justice.