LRRRC, UNHCR Hold Retreat On Local Integration
As Liberia moves to locally integrate Ivorian refugees into Liberian host communities, the Government of Liberia, through Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC) with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is conducting a three-day retreat on local integration of Ivorian refugees in Liberia, at the Farmington Hotel in Margibi County.
Held from 20-22 November 2018, the three-day retreat brings together relevant Government Line Ministries, UN Agencies and Partners, as well as Local Authorities, Refugees and members of the Host Communities and technicians from both LRRRC and UNHCR in order to craft out a strategic document aimed at the successful implementation of the local integration of Ivorian refugees opting to integrate in Liberia.
Using a community-based and Alternatives to Camps approach, the overall objective is to see the sustainable integration of Ivorian refugees, while also promoting social cohesion between refugees and the host communities.
This will see the transformation of refugee camps into Liberian village settlements and or the movement of refugees into selected Liberian host communities under a Town Chief.
Liberia is currently hosting 9,278 Ivorian refugees, in addition to 71 of various nationalities and 27 asylum seekers.
A Special gratitude was paid to His Excellency George Manneh Weah, President of Liberia, and to the Line Ministries whose efforts continue to support the refugee programme.