The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appreciated the efforts being exerted by Sudan in providing shelter and asylum to people who are escaping persecution and oppression, referring to the cases of hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, Ethiopians, Congolese, Somalis and other refugees who found shelter, asylum and security in Sudan since the 1960s
This came in his address Sunday to the Workshop on International Refugee and Sudan Refugee Act which was organized by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, in collaboration with the Commission for Refugees for judges and prosecution attorneys at Al-Salam Rotana Hotel.
The High Commissioner for Refugees pointed out that Sudan is still hosting more than 150,000 Eritrean, Ethiopian, Chadian, Congolese and Somali and other refugees, adding the majority of the Eritrean refugees have escaped their country more than 30 years ago and are still receiving protection and support from the Sudanese people and government.
He said that around 2000 people, most of them are from Eritrea; attempt to enter Sudan every month to apply for refugee status, indicating that 99% of these persons would be given refugee status, assistance and protection at Shagrab refugee camp in eastern Sudan.
He indicated that the UNHCR witnessed in the past two years an alarming increase in the number of operations for repatriation of refugees and refugee applicants from Sudan in accordance with decrees issued by courts for violation of Sudan's Immigration Law and illegal entry in the Sudanese territories.