End of Ivorian refugee status in 2022

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Côte d’Ivoire governments and countries that have received a large number of Ivorian refugees over the past twenty years signed a declaration on Tuesday, September 7, officially recommending the invocation of the cessation clause on refugee status. It is clear that these countries believe that the reasons that led these refugees to flee their country no longer exist. These Ivorian refugees are still around 50,000 in the sub-region.

as reported from Abidjan, Pierre Pinto

In a month’s time in Geneva, the UNHCR will announce this termination clause, meaning that for the most part these refugees will no longer have refugee status. States are expected to notify it by 31 January 2022. The UNHCR has recommended that it enter into force on 30 June 2022.

This decision comes at a time when 60% of the Ivorian refugees interviewed want to return, while 30% of Ivorian refugees and asylum seekers in West and Central Africa say they are insecure and 10% have decided to stay in the country. country where they have developed strong ties.

Facilitate return to the country The UNHCR is also committed to providing them with assistance to reintegrate into Côte d’Ivoire and regain their full rights, “said Raouf Mazou, Deputy High Commissioner for Operations:” It consists primarily of aid. Legal. Make sure that those who have returned, for example, there is a clause in the agreement that was signed that is an important clause, that is, that if you had to pay tax in relation to the property you had, you were absent, that you retroactively is not subject to this tax; if some property was taken from you while you were away, let them be returned to you; if you were in public service and you were removed from public service, the situation will be reviewed. Then make sure that everyone who has left and who does not always have a birth certificate, for example in relation to their children, can get them. So, from a legal point of view, and in general, to ensure that someone is not discriminated against because they have left. ”

“We work with the government, it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that this is provided,” adds Raouf Mazou. “Then we have assistance that we will continue to provide to the government to ensure that socio-economically people can reintegrate.”

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