Lusaka, August 25th, ZANIS—The United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees is expected to arrive in the country on Wednesday this week for an official visit.
Mr. Alexander Aleinikoff visit to Zambia is to follow-up on the implementation of the Strategic Framework for the Local Integration of Former Refugees in the country.
He will hold consultative meetings with senior Government officials, Diplomatic Corps, UN agencies and later visit the Meheba Refugee Settlement camp in Solwezi district.
The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees’ visit to Zambia comes at a crucial time when the Government of Zambia and UNHCR are pursuing the program of local integration for some refugees.
ZANIS reports that this is according to a statement by the UNHCR country office , today.
And UNHCR Representative in Zambia, Ms Laura Lo Castro, has described the visit of Mr. Aleinikof as UNHCR’s clear sign of appreciation for Zambia’s long standing and exemplary record in hosting refugees.
Ms Lo Castro said the visit is also a sign of the importance the Office attaches to the search for durable solutions, especially in light of the invocation of the cessation clause for Angolan and Rwandan refugee.
Zambia currently hosts 54,046 refugees and others of concern, in two refugee settlements, urban areas and self-settled.