The Office of the Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs, working with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Zambia on Tuesday 30th June, relocated 150 newly arrived Burundi Refugees from Lusaka to Meheba Refugee Settlement in Solwezi.
Upto about 400 asylum-seekers from Burundi have arrived in Zambia in the last one month.
The Office of the Commissioner for Refugees in the Ministry of Home Affairs, working with UNHCR, is currently doing the registration in Lusaka, and those granted refugee status after interviews are being relocated to the refugee settlements. The asylum-seekers are mainly from Bujumbura coming straight to the Zambian capital, Lusaka.
For those arriving in Zambia, most of them are from the Burundi capital Bujumbura.
They travel from that country by boat on Lake Tanganyika up to the port town of Mpulungu in Zambia, where they get on a bus to Lusaka. The asylum-seekers are citing generalized and escalating political violence.