WINDHOEK: Namibia is still home to over 2 000 Angolan refugees who are reluctant to return to their country, despite a voluntary repatriation process organised by the United Nations (UN) last year.
A total of 2 700 Angolan refugees still live at the sprawling Osire refugee camp near Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region, some 270 kilometres north of the capital.
The Commissioner of Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Nkrumah Mushelenga told Nampa yesterday that Angolan refugees who have not indicated their willingness to return to their country by the end of next month, when the voluntary repatriation process ends, could lose their refugee status.
The United Nations’ High Commission for Refugees’ (UNHCR)-supervised repatriation process which began on 30 June 2012 for Angolan refugees, remains open until 31 March 2013.
Last year, a total of 3 200 Angolan refugees were registered to be repatriated to their country of origin in a tripartite agreement that involved the UNHCR and the governments of Namibia and Angola.