• The Executive Secretary, Amb. João Samuel Caholo with EJVM Officers during the handing over ceremony between the outgoing and incoming Commander.January 2021 Goma-DRC.

    The Executive Secretary, Amb. João Samuel Caholo with EJVM Officers during the handing over ceremony between the outgoing and incoming Commander.January 2021 Goma-DRC.

  • The Executive Secretary with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Sudan

    The Executive Secretary with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Sudan

  • Guarantor Institutions of the Peace Security and Cooperation Framework 1st virtual meeting of 2021. 3rd March 2021

    Guarantor Institutions of the Peace Security and Cooperation Framework 1st virtual meeting of 2021. 3rd March 2021

  • ICGLR Mini-Summit on Political and Security Situation in the Central African Republic. Luanda 20 April 2021

    ICGLR Heads of State Mini-Summit on Political and Security situation in the Central African Republic on the invitation of H.E João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola and the ICGLR Chair. Luanda-Angola, 20 April 2021

DISPLACEMENT, STATELESNESS AND SOLUTIONS

A STUDY ON PROTRACTED REFUGEE SITUATIONS IN THE GREAT LAKES.

FEBRUARY, 2021

 

BACKGROUND

The Great Lakes sub-region is characterized by a number of protracted refugee situations. In some situations, several generations of refugees have  been   born  in  exile  in  their  country of  asylum.  Statelessness canaarise as  both a cause  and  consequence of displacement, particularly for forcibly displaced populations who have spent a prolonged time in exile. In some instances, refugees have lost their ties with their country of origin, are unable  to prove their legal ties to their country of origin, or might no longer  be considered citizens by their country of origin, and remain  without guaranteed access  to the citizenship of their  country of asylum  and  thus might  be  at risk  of statelessness.

In the spirit of the 2019 Munyonyo Outcome Document of the 2019 High Level COnference of Ministers in Charge of Refugess in the Great Lakes, this study, undertaken by the International COnference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) with the support of the UNHCR, aims at exploring local integration for refugees. It focuses on those living in protracted situations,  for  whom  voluntary return  to the country of origin, or resettlement or complementary pathways to a third country are  not viable  or  available  options,  and  who  may  also  be  at risk  of statelessness.

The selected pilot countries serving as case studies for this regional  research include Tanzania, Uganda, DRC, and Rwanda. Among these pilot countries, a selected number of protracted refugee situations will be studied, who will be further narrowed down based on length of stay in the country of asylum, risks of statelessness, and prospects for durable solutions, including  potential for local integration in light of the pledges made  at the 2019 High-Level Segment on Statelessness and 2019 Global Refugee  Forum.  More  specifically, these will comprise the following refugee protracted groups  whose  members have  spent more  than 10-15 years  and above  in exile : (i) Congolese refugees in Rwanda,  (ii) 1972 Burundian refugees in Tanzania,  (iii) Rwandan refugees in DRC, as  well  as  (iv) Congolese and South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.

 The  2019 Munyonyo Outcome Docuent emphasizes that  “successful  local  integration  requires  legal  stay arrangements, freedom of movement of refugees on the national territory in conformity with the law of the host country, and  inclusion  of refugees in national services and ...(click HERE to read more)