Zambia pledges to continue open policy for refugees



The Zambian government said on Friday that it would continue with its open door policy of hosting sanctuary after running away from civil unrest in countries.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Malanji, said the government had been implementing an open door asylum policy which had enabled thousands of asylum seekers and refugees to seek sanctuary in the country.

While acknowledging the security concerns and economic strains of hosting thousands of refugees, the minister said the country felt it was duty-bound to open its doors in the spirit of sharing the burden such underwent.

“Even though the numbers hosted by Zambia from 1966 to date are small compared to other countries due to conflict in some Africa countries, the country stands ready to share its experiences and best practices with other countries.’’

Malanji said this when he made an intervention on a report of the Political and Humanitarian situation in Africa during the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Executive of the AU in Addis Ababa.

A statement by Zambian Embassy said Malanji emphasised for community to address peace and security situation in Africa.

He also called AU to countries that were hosting refugees at the expense of providing services to citizens.
Currently, Zambia hosts fewer than 63,809 refugees and persons of concerns, mostly from the Great Lakes Region.

other hand, other former refugees have opted to remain in Zambia under a integration , with 15,000 expected to benefit from the . (Xinhua/NAN)

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