4000 Angolan refugees apply for Zambian resident permits

DR Congo refugees

Over Four thousand former Angola refugees have applied for resident permits in Zambia.


Formal  applications have been lodged in for various permits by the former Angolan refugees since last year.


Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu has disclosed this when he officially opened the 7th  Zambia, Angola and UNHCR Tripatite meeting in Lusaka.


Mr. Lungu however says some applicants have not met the requirements for integration.


He says government  embarked on the process of local integration of former Angolan refugees in November 2012.


Mr.  Lungu says the government of Angola and Zambia requested for the meeting in light of the developments that have taken place since 31st December  2011 when a general cessation of refugees status became effective for Angolan refugees.


And Angolan Minister of Assistance and Social Re-integration Dr Joao Batista Kussumu says the Angolan government is finalizing the dossier concerning the plight of the refugees.


Meanwhile, UNHCR Country Representative Laura lo Castrol says  the Zambia government and the UN agency will assist refugees who do not qualify for resident permits, to return to Angola.