March 19, 2019

UNHCR trains immigration officers to register IDPs, refugees

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has trained immigration officers to register Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and returning refugees for issuance of national ID cards.

About 30, 000 cards have already been printed for the registration exercise for IDPs and refugees in camps and host communities of Borno state.

This was disclosed in UN agency’s Situation Report of September, 2018, released on Wednesday in Maiduguri, the state capital.

“The immigration officers will be deployed to Pulka, a border village; to assist with registering spontaneous refugee returnees arriving from
Cameroon,” said the report.

On implementation of registration exercise, the report said: “UNHCR is working with Nigerian authorities to print and distribute 100,000
national ID cards to IDPs and refugee returnees.

“To date, 30,000 cards have been printed and 2, 500 distributed across 10 IDP camps and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC).”

On refugees’ access to justice, the report stated: “In Maiduguri, two mobile courts have been established in Bakassi and Gubio Road IDP camps. This is to enable persons of concern and returning refugees have a access to justice.

According to the report, since the beginning of the year, more than 250 cases have been heard and determined.

Citing Maiduguri Rehabilitation/Transit Centre, the report said: “The UN’s refugee agency has provided standard Core Relief Item kits to 214 children formerly associated with Non-State Armed Groups.

“A safe space has been established in Dikwa LGA of Borno state to provide case management and psychosocial support to vulnerable women and girls.

“UNHCR coordinated the development and submission of the Borno State Return Strategy to the Return Task Force.”

The strategy, according to report, aims to set minimum conditions for return for a safe, dignified, informed and voluntary return of
displaced populations.

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