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Côte d’Ivoire Welcomes Families Home, as Refugee Status Formally Ends

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  By Aya Yakouba, Yamoussoukro

Reports from Yamoussoukro say Families have started arriving home after almost a 2 decade strife during which thousands fled the country to neighbouring States

The resolution of a civil conflict had fuelled-displacement crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, that at its height forced more than 300,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries and beyond.

The development is “a welcome bright spot amid a rising global trend of forced displacement”, said the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Monday.

The process to formally end refugee status for Ivorian refugees comes into effect on 30 June, acknowledging the end of an era of displacement for hundreds of thousands.

The development follows the peaceful resolution of two decades of intermittent civil strife, and political instability in the West African nation.

Last month, UNHCR announced that the war in Ukraine and other ongoing crises, had pushed the number of people forced to flee conflict and persecution worldwide beyond 100 million for the first time.


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