Source: Centre for African Journalists (CAJ) News Africa (South Africa)
LUSAKA, (CAJ News) – ZAMBIAN authorities have been urged to consider all legal options possible to regularise the status of refugees, including children born there.
Gillian Triggs, United Nations Refugee Agency’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, recommended that the government to conclude the legal integration of Angolans and Rwandans, whose refugee status had ceased.
She underscored the importance of advancing the socio-economic aspects of their integration within the host communities.
“Children born in Zambia, who have lived here all their lives, have gone to schools in Zambia, speak Zambian languages, sing the national anthem and embrace the traditions of Zambian cultures as Zambians,” Triggs observed.
The envoy has concluded a five-day visit to Zambia.
She appealed for renewed efforts in finding sustainable solutions for refugees who have been living in Zambia, some for as long as 30 years and are now at risk of statelessness.