4 December 2012

Liberia: 790 Liberians Return Home

As the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, continued to reiterate expiration of refugee status for Liberians and Angolans since 30 June this year, about 790 Liberians returned home at the weekend from three countries in the Ecowas sub region.

According to Edward Kemokai, communications director at the Liberia refugee repatriation and resettlement commission (LRRRC), the Liberians returned from Guinea, Mali and Sierra Leone.

He said returnees from Mali came by air while their counterparts from Guinea and Sierra Leone came via land transport.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kemokai said about 250 Liberian refugees are expected to arrive later this month following which LRRRC will close the program to receive new arrivals.

Most of the hundreds of thousands of Liberians the 17-year civil war scattered throughout the sub region and the Diaspora as refugees have already returned home, but a significant number who got rooted in their host nations have opted to integrate or naturalize in those countries.

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