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LRRRC repatriates 10,748 Ivorian Refugees

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The Liberia Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission or LRRRC in collaboration with the Bureau of Immigration and Nationalization, and the United Nations High Commissionerfor Refugees or UNHCR has repatriated some 10,740 Ivorian Refugees back home.

The LRRRC says the exercise provided the Ivorian Refugees an opportunity to return to country after the civil crisis there.

Briefing reporters Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill, the Deputy Executive Director for the Liberia Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission,Kojoe N. Ross, said the LRRRC is the sole refuge agency of the Government of Liberia, established by an Act of the Liberian Legislature on November 10, 1993.

He the Commission is responsible for the safety and international protection of refugees that are residing in Liberia, internally displaced persons and other persons of concern.

Mr. Ross noted that the LRRRC also provides overall policy regulation for the effective implementation and operations of voluntary repatriation of refugees, and returnees, relocation of every Ivorian refugee to camps, resettlement of internally displaced persons to their places of origin or choice, and reintegration of Liberian returnees from asylum countries.

The Deputy Executive Director further explained that the LRRRC has been conducting camp administration since it was established, adding in the 90’s and early 2000,the commission performed camp administration in refugee camps and IDP centers in the country.

“Currently”, he added, “The commission is administering in three active camp administration in (Bahn, PTP,&Wlebo) and host of other communities”.

He said while LRRRC is involved with camp administration, CARE, an international organization does camp management, and the Commission basically coordinates and monitors all activities of partners operating in the camps that provide protection, livelihood activities, and shelters, distribute food and non-food items, including education and health care.

Director Ross added that the LRRRC ensures that partners meet international standards in providing assistance to refugees and other persons of concern with the Commission’s well trained staff conducting camp administration.

“We are working along with the International Organization on Migration or IOM in preparing a comprehensive training package on camp management for further capacity development of various returnees”, he concluded. By Lewis S. Teh

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