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Published on January 16th, 2018 | by Georgia Archonti

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Refugee Processing Centre Opens in Tanzania

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, opened on 5 December the Makere Refugee Processing Centre in Kasulu District, Kigoma Region, Tanzania. The centre serves as a one-stop facility for processing Congolese Refugees residing in Nyarugusu camp bound for resettlement primarily to the US under the Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and other resettlement countries on cost-sharing basis.

The opening ceremony was led by Ambassador Mark C. Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and Chairperson of the Great Lakes Core Group, accompanied by the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Tanzania and PRM staff from Washington DC and Kampala.

Representatives from other resettlement countries including Canada, Australia, United Kingdom (UK) and Belgium also attended. IOM was represented by Dr. Qasim Sufi, IOM Tanzania Chief of Mission and IOM officials from the Regional Office in Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kigoma. Joan Allison, Deputy Representative, led a UNHCR delegation along with senior resettlement staff from Geneva, Nairobi and Kasulu.

The Government was represented by (Rtd.) Brigadier General Emmanuel Maganga, Regional Commissioner for Kigoma region, Harrison Mseke, Director for Refugee Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Kasulu District Commissioner and local leaders.

“The Makere Refugee Processing Centre is a clear evidence of a burden-sharing approach in easing refugee hosting by the international community and especially the US Government. The Government of Tanzania is very grateful for that,” said (Rtd) Brigadier General Maganga in his welcoming remarks.

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