Saturday, 25 February 2012

Liberian refugees reject repatriation, want stay in Ghana

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says majority of Liberian Refugees in Ghana are turning down the offer to be airlifted back to their homeland.

“A vast majority of the Refugees wish to remain in Ghana so we are also hoping that the Ghana government will come out with a local integration policy or step towards local integration or regularizing their stay in Ghana” Ewurabena Hutchful, the UNHCR PRO disclosed.

She added that “before the June 30th deadline where Liberian Refugees status end, the remaining population will have some legal status to remain in Ghana”.

She however confirmed that the first batch of 45 Liberian Refugees were airlifted to Liberia later Friday afternoon.

“I can confirm that 45 Liberian refugees will be travelling to Liberia [Friday] by air as part of our voluntary repatriation exercise and the second batch totalling 90 will be travelling by Sunday to Liberia".

She emphasized that by June 30 this year, all Liberian Refugees including those in Ghana will have their Refugees status revoked.

Madam Hutchful pleaded with the Government to institute early measures towards reintegrating those who are willing to be naturalized.


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