UN to close long-standing refugee situations in Africa

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UNHCR's voluntary repatriation programme for Angolans at Divuma camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The UN's refugee agency says it's working to close three long-standing refugee situations in Africa involving Angolan, Liberian and Rwandan refugees.

The refugees are spread across a number of countries in the region.

UNHCR is looking to help repatriate the refugees or find a way for them to stay in the countries of asylum.

Adrian Edwards is UNHCR's spokesman.

"After decades in exile, many Angolan, Liberian and Rwandan refugees have established strong ties with their host communities, including through marriage. UNHCR hopes that countries of asylum will convert refugee status into residency permits for such persons, including ultimately citizenship when domestic legislation allows.”

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