The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR has called on Zambia to issue documentation to refugees recognising their legal identity and enabling them to be self-sufficient.

Wrapping up a five day visit to Zambia, UN Refugee Agency’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection,  Gillian Triggs, called on the authorities to consider all legal options possible to regularize the status of refugee children born in Zambia.

Ms. Triggs urged the government to conclude the legal integration of Angolans and Rwandans whose refugee status has ceased, while underscoring the importance of advancing the socio-economic aspects of their integration within the host communities.

She however applauded Zambia’s exemplary hospitality towards refugees by making land available and ensuring access to several national services including education and health care.

Ms. Triggs visited Meheba refugee settlement with senior government officials, Chief Mumena, Zambia’s Representative to the UN Permanent Mission in Geneva, dignitaries and ambassadors supporting refugees globally.

And  during a meeting with the Acting Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, and later with President Hakainde Hichilema, Ms. Triggs commended Zambia for its generosity in hosting refugees and urged the country to meet its Global Compact on Refugees pledges to advance inclusion of refugees ahead of the next Global Refugee Forum in December 2023.

This is contained in a statement issued to Christian Voice News in Lusaka today.