Refugees Warned Against Informal Settlement

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In short
A host of South Sudan nationals, running away from violence, scarcity of food and financial instability caused by the renewed fighting in Juba, have settled among the communities in Arua, Koboko and Adjumani districts in Ugandas West Nile region. A number of them have also acquired property in the region.

The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control has warned that it will arrest all foreign nationals who enter Uganda as refugees and end up in  communities without registration.

A host of South Sudan nationals, running away from violence, scarcity of food and financial instability caused by the renewed fighting in Juba, have settled among the communities in Arua, Koboko and Adjumani districts in Uganda's West Nile region. A number of them have also acquired property in the region.

Over 90,983 of these refugees arrived in Uganda in the period between July and September 2016.  Of these an average, 800 new refugees arrive at Bidibidi reception center in Yumbe district every day. The office of the Prime Minister says the number has swelled to 3000 on certain days.

Entry points at Oraba, Busia in Koboko district, Keyi, Angalia, Kerua in Yumbe district and Lefori and Elegu in Moyo and Adjumani districts respectively, are crowded with new arrivals every day. Their registration is undertaken by the Office of Prime Minister-OPM and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees-UNHCR at all entry points.

Solomon Osakan, the Refugee Desk officer for Arua says their mandate as the OPM is limited to persons who are dully registered and settled in camps. He says the OPM cannot take responsibility for people unknown to them.
 
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Jacob Siminyu, the public relations officer at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control says it's unlawful for foreign nationals to settle in the country without formalizing their status.

He calls upon the local authorities to be on the lookout of such immigrants so that appropriate action is taken against them adding that everyone must follow the right procedure to enter and settle into Uganda.
 
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