UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection has urged Zambia to issue documentation to refugees recognizing their legal identity and enabling them to be self-sufficient.
Wrapping up a five day visit to Zambia, UN Refugee Agency’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, applauded Zambia’s hospitality towards refugees.
The Assistant High Commissioner for Protection visited Meheba refugee settlement with senior government officials, Chief Mumena, Zambia’s Representative to the UN Permanent Mission in Geneva, dignitaries and ambassadors supporting refugees globally.
Following the visit, Triggs called on the authorities to consider all legal options possible to normalize the status of refugee children born in Zambia.
She urged the government to conclude the legal integration of Angolans and Rwandans whose refugee status has ceased, while underscoring the importance of advancing the socio-economic aspects of their integration within the host communities.
Triggs has urged the country to meet its Global impact on Refugees pledges to advance inclusion of immigrants ahead of the next Global Refugee Forum in December 2023.