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Tanzania Hosts 250,000 Refugees from mostly Burundi and DR Congo

Tanzania is hosting nearly 250,000 refugees at the moment, with the majority of the displaced persons coming from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On the other hand, the country’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan reassuring the UN High Commissioner that the door is always open to people who come to seek asylum from Tanzania.

That was stated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Tanzania, Mahoua Parums, during the ongoing International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges meeting in Arusha.

“And following the visits of the two Assistant High Commissioners to Tanzania at the beginning of this year and the visit of the High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi, we now witness lots of progress in the refugee response including kitchen gardening, small scale business, shelter rehabilitation, quality education, birth registration, to mention but a few.”

Mahoua Parums – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Tanzania

It was stated that globally the number of forced displaced persons has now reached 100 million and that this is a critical call for the world to act and address the issue.

Part of this global forced displaced population is hosted in the United Republic of Tanzania.

As of 31 October 2022, the United Republic of Tanzania was hosting 247,000 asylum seekers according to the UNHCR representative.

These are mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Burundi.

Tanzania is home to majority of displaced persons

Apparently, that justifies the choice of Tanzania to host the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges (IARMJ).

During the meeting it was stated that there is the need to continue supporting the country to do more in protection and solutions for the refugee condition and the need to continue supporting the country to do more in protection and solutions for the refugee condition.

President of the African Court for Human and People’s rights, Justice Iman Aboud pointed out that it was important to ensure that peace prevails, and conflicts addresses on the continent if the problems of refugees was to be solved once and for all. 

The African Chapter of the International Association of Refugee and Migration Judges (IARMJ) holds its Biennial Regional Conference in Tanzania.

The event is taking place in the Northern City of Arusha between 16 and 18 November 2022.

The Conference will be preceded by a two-day asylum and refugee law professional training segregated into intermediate and advanced levels.

The objective of the conference is to raise awareness among Tanzanian government officials but more generally, continental Judges, Magistrates, and decision makers, to benevolent asylum practices on the continent and beyond.

That is done through in-depth analysis of refugee law and the institution of asylum.

Improvement and deeper appreciation of the institution of asylum coupled with improved asylum policies and practices 

Building a more knowledgeable approach in refugee and migration matters in the United Republic of Tanzania and continentally.

It is also expected that media publicity generated by this conference will highlight the plight of refugees and enhance a sympathetic understanding and treatment of refugees and or persons in need of refugee status or other forms of surrogate protection.

Effective harmonization of refugee good practices within and outside East Africa.

There was presentation from Dr Stefanie Rothenberger the Director of the Rule of the Law Program from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

“Coming from a country that has great experience in welcoming refuges, and that in fact holds the third largest population of refugees worldwide; with altogether 2.2 million people searching for refuge in Germany, that stirred my immediate interest in this conference.

“Only lately, more than 700,000 Ukrainians have received protection status as war refugees in Germany.” says Dr Rothernberger.

“To offer efficient protection to refugees and asylum seekers, with an individual right of asylum enshrined in the German constitution, is regarded as a high priority, a responsibility that is taken very seriously in my country, and that has a lot to do with our very own history.”

The Director stated that, to handle the current refugee crisis and how to properly handle it, how to offer help and support to those who had to leave everything behind, is and remains a constant topic on the political agenda in Germany.  

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