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The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Joint Press Release
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JOINT PRESS RELEASE


 

The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are aware of the two articles of the same content published in the Standard Times and the Independent Observer newspapers on the 14th and 16th of October respectively. The articles purport that Mr. Alhaji Amara M’bonda- a refugee in Gondama settlement, is being deprived of his right to be resettled in a third country, in this case the United States of America (USA).


The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) would like to inform the particular refugee, the refugees in general and the entire public that:

·The story was not cross-checked with any of the three offices;

·That after further investigation, the story proved to be unfounded and the sources mentioned could not corroborate its content;

·That, while Resettlement is not a right, but a privilege, and the applicant has to fulfil the eligibility criteria set by the Resettlement Countries Repatriation to the country of origin is a right;

·That UNHCR, NaCSA and IOM do not conduct resettlement interviews. They only facilitate them. The interviews are conducted solely by the officials of the Resettlement Countries.

·That there are structures in place for addressing refugee problems and grievances.


Finally, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) would want to inform the general public including the refugees that our doors are open and we are readily available for addressing matters relating to our mandates.

We thank you for your usual cooperation and understanding


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