9. Documentation for Liberian Refugees in the Countries of Asylum
As to fairly implement the project related to passport issuance to refugees who opted for local integration in their countries of asylum, after the invocation of Cessation Clause, it is good to mention that UNHCR efficiently supported the Government of Liberia. Mobile teams were formed to undertake passport vetting missions in nine (9) of the ECOWAS countries in the region.
Three main government agencies were involved in this activity: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the Liberian Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC).
A total of 11 passport vetting missions were undertaken and completed or Liberian refugees in the Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau,Nigeria, Ghana, Côte-d’Ivoire,Guinea-Conakry, Mali and Sierra Leone), during which a total of 7,696 applicants (89%) were approved while 910 applicants (11%) were denied Liberian nationality.
As of 30 April 2014, 4,700 passports were issued to UNHCR Liberia, out of which 4,643 passports have been delivered to the countries of asylum. 2,865 passports were pending for issuance by the passport department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.
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