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Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, on Monday welcomed the voluntary repatriation of 49 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

This is because of the collaboration between the Department of Home Affairs and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

This is the first group of approximately 400 refugees who have expressed a desire to return to the DRC. Individual reviews carried out by UNHCR have ensured that returns are voluntary and that the refugees will return in safety and dignity.

The department and the UNHCR are collaborating to implement the outcome of the Durable Solutions in the joint agreement following the High Level Bilateral Meeting held on 25 January 2022.

Facilitating voluntary repatriation, which includes countries of origin taking responsibility for their nationals by facilitating their arrival home, is one of the key outcomes of the January meeting.

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