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Tanzania withdraws from UN refugee programme

AFP  |  Nairobi 

Tanzanian has announced his country will pull out of the UN's "comprehensive response framework", which provides for refugees, including integration into host communities.

"has decided to withdraw for reasons of security and lack of funds," a statement said.

Magufuli announced the decision yesterday at a meeting of top diplomats in Dar es Salaam, the country's biggest city.

informed the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in January that it was suspending the granting of citizenship to some Burundian refugees and that it would discourage new

has long been considered a safe haven for refugees, particularly from and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the newspaper Daily News, Magufuli blames the international community for failing to release funds pledged to help Tanzania integrate refugees.

According to UNHCR, the "comprehensive response framework" approach is based on the idea that refugees should be included in their host communities.

When refugees have access to education and the right to work legally, they can develop their skills and be more self- reliant, contributing to the local economy.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 20:40 IST