Mass repatriation gains momentum as 812 arrives from Tanzania

Burundian refugees being received at Gisuru border located in Ruyigi province ealier in October 2019. PHOTO|FILE

The mass repatriation of Burundian refugees from Tanzania has gained momentum as 812 Burundian refugees were repatriated from Tanzania on 15th October.

According to the Burundian authorities the 812 Burundians were received at Gisuru border located in Ruyigi province, “354 families arrived yesterday from the refugee camps in Tanzania and well received by the authority,” said Burundi police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye.

Early this month at least 590 Burundians were repatriated from the Nduta camp located in the neighboring Tanzania, according to the Burundian government all those who arrived in the country left Tanzania voluntarily.

The repatriation comes after Tanzania’s home affairs minister Kangi Lugola last month announced that all Burundians will be repatriated and that “no Burundian will be received as an asylum seeker in Tanzania since their country is peaceful now”.

In August 2017 representatives of Burundi and Tanzanian government alongside the UN refugee agency held a tripartite meeting to facilitate voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees from Tanzania.

Tanzania as of last year hosted more than 3 million refugees and asylum seekers, of which more than two hundred thousand were Burundian refugees with majority of whom have arrived from Burundi since April 2015.


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