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MORE REFUGEES RETURN FROM INDIA

Written By Freedam to the nation resettlement of IDPs on Sunday, June 30, 2013 | 11:14 PM

[News from ,MINISTER OF RESETTLEMENT in Sri lanka ]
During the two months period ending June 17, 2013, 124 families consisting 338 members who had been in Refugee Camps in Southern India returned to their motherland.

On their arrival they were welcomed by the officials of the Ministry of Resettlement (MOR) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) at the Bandaranaike International Air Port. After necessary administrative preliminaries, returnees left for their places of origin in Mannar, Jaffna, Trincomalee and Vavuniya Districts.

There are about 68,000 refugees of Sri Lankan origin in 110 refugee camps in Southern India. Additionally, there are 34,470 such persons living outside camps in Southern India. The Government adopts a policy of voluntary repatriation in facilitating the return of these refugees of Sri Lankan origin who had been compelled to leave during long years of conflict. The refugee return to Sri Lanka is being facilitated by the UNHCR and a reintegration grant and a host of other benefits are being made available to them on their return.

With a view to initiate action to expedite the voluntary repatriation process, the MOR has requested Ministry of External Affairs to identify the process involved in issuing ‘Exit’ permit by the Indian Governmental Authorities to these refugees. MOR will take further steps to expedite process upon receipt of such information.

18.06.2013


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