U.S. Government Commends Zambia on Angolan Former Refugee Local Integration

Lusaka. February 24, 2015.

LUSAKA — A U.S. delegation visited Mayukwayukwa refugee camp in Kaoma District February 16-18 and commended the Mongu provincial government on its role in the Angolan former refugee Local Integration program. The United States government has donated $1 million to the program.

The Ministry of Home Affair’s Commissioner for Refugees leads the Local Integration program of former Angolan refugees in Mayukwayukwa and Meheba refugee camps in collaboration with UNHCR. The program seeks to provide legal resident status to 10,000 former refugees, a durable solution that allows former refugees to remain in Zambia by integrating among Zambians on allocated farm plots. The international community provides resources to UNHCR for development in these zones and in the surrounding chiefdoms.

“The Zambian government’s readiness to play a leadership role on refugee issues in Southern Africa is commendable,” said U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz. “The United States government supports Local Integration as a durable solution that can bring infrastructure development to the surrounding communities and foster economic development among Zambian and former refugee populations.”

The infrastructure projects are meant to provide basic services such as schools, clinics, bore-holes, and access roads, as well as create crucial links to the surrounding chiefdoms.

The Local Integration program is a three year initiative expected to run until 2016.