UN Applauds Somalia's Open-Door Refugee Policy

Three decades of violence have left 2.9 million Somali citizens internally displaced, but the country is also home to 25,000 refugees, including 6,800 Yemenis and over 700 Syrians. Faith Kasina, a representative   from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, has praised Somalia's open-door policy, allowing refugees to move freely and work, without permits. Saed Abdullahi Alasow, director-general at the Ministry of Interior and Federal Affairs said: "the Somali government has pledged to improve the lives of refugees in the country as per UN conventions. The ministry established a national refugee department and put in place an asylum-seekers bill, aimed at safeguarding the rights of refugees." Analysts have said that as other nations close their camps, Somalia is becoming a role model in implementing UN conventions by welcoming refugees.

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A view of Lido beach, Mogadishu, Somalia on November 15 2019.

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