The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Zambia government, working with the Angolan Embassy and the Angolan Consulates in Mongu and Solwezi, will
conduct a verification and registration exercise of self-settled former Angolan refugees who are still living in urban and rural areas of Zambia.
UNHCR spokesperson Kelvin Shimo says the verification and registration exercise will commence on Monday 4 August and end on 15 October 2014, with the schedule starting with Kitwe, Lufwanyama, Mufulira and Chingola. From the Copperbelt, the registration team will from 15 August go to North Western Province, covering Solwezi, Mwinilunga, Kasempa, Kabompo, Zambezi and Chavuma.
Shimo said other provinces to be covered under this exercise will be Western – Lukulu, Mongu, Kalabo, Senanga, Shang’ombo, Sioma and Sesheke,
Southern – Kalomo and Choma, and Central provinces (Itezhi Tezhi and Mumbwa).
He said the ‘the objective of the verification and registration exercise is to allow Angolan former refugees to access different immigration permits
–essential for those wishing to remain in Zambia- or to receive support to return to Angola, for those wishing to do so.
‘At the same time, this exercise will provide the Government of the Republic of Zambia, the Government of the Republic of Angola and UNHCR with updated
information on former Angolan refugees living in urban and rural areas of Zambia.’
The Ministry of Home Affairs and UNHCR have urged all the self-settled former Angolan refugees in the targeted provinces to take advantage of
the verification and registration exercise and come forward to register.