Resisting Repatriation: Burundian Refugees Struggling to Stay in Tanzania

Published: 1/Sep/2011
Source: International Refugee Rights Initiative

On 25 May 2011, a Tripartite Commission comprised of the governments of Tanzania and Burundi and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) met in Dar es Salaam to discuss the future of repatriation efforts for Burundian refugees. The situation of approximately 38,000 refugees in Mtabila camp in the country’s Kigoma region was a particular focus of the talks, which ended with a decision to close the camp on 31 December 2011. The government of Tanzania has announced that they expect a renewed repatriation drive to start this month (September 2011) and that they are prepared to revoke the refugee status of the group “if need be.”

Download report: IRRI Resisting Repatriation

Themes: Deportation and Mass Expulsions, Mass Expulsions, Nationality and Refugees
Regions: Tanzania
Year: 2011