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Govt cautioned on more refugees

By Nelson Kiva

Added 4th January 2018 10:06 AM

In December, a court in Tel Aviv, Israel heard that Uganda and Rwanda were to start receiving large numbers of African refugees deported from Israel.

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KAMPALA - The Government has been advised to tread carefully while allowing in more refugees.

The Uganda People's Congress (UPC) party spokesperson, Michael Osinde, said Uganda already has many refugees from neighbouring South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo.

He made the remarks in reference to reports that Uganda would take in some African immigrants deported from Israel. 

In December last year, a court in Tel Aviv, Israel heard that Uganda and Rwanda were to start receiving large numbers of African refugees deported from Israel.

The state prosecutor, Shosh Shmueli, told the High Court that the Government was planning to implement the agreements signed with recipient countries.

Uganda currently hosts about 1.5 million refugees, of which almost 800,000 are from South Sudan.

“With Uganda hosting thousands of nationals from the Rwanda, South Sudan and DR Congo, there is no doubt that several of these immigrants will join the race for resources and the factors of production that are bound to drive the disgruntled indigenous citizens into a conundrum,” Osinde told reporters at a weekly press briefing.

He added that the coming in of more refugees into the country will pile more pressure on the country and the available resources.

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