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2,000 Liberian migrants to arrive Thursday

By Edward Kennedy
Some of  Liberians being prepared to return home
Some of Liberians being prepared to return home

( 2,000 Liberian migrants are expected to begin arriving home Thursday, August 15, 2013 via the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.

The International Organization for Migrants (IOM) is facilitating the repatriation exercise.

The exercise is being implemented by the Liberia Refugees, Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC).

The stranded migrants are currently in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

According to a release, the stranded migrants did not form part of the UNHCR’s voluntary repatriation exercise for their failure to register as refugees.

Based on the situation, the Liberian migrants have never benefited from refugee status in those countries.

The Liberian Embassies in the four host countries have reportedly been working, in collaboration with the IOM, LRRRC and other country refugee bodies, to ensure that they get their travelling documents.

The IOM has meanwhile reaffirmed its commitment to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.


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