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Over 50 refugees return today

Twenty-three families who went to South India as refugees during the conflict era are to be returned to Sri Lanka today, under the voluntary repatriation scheme facilitated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Fifty-eight members belonging to 23 families will return to Sri Lanka via Sri Lankan Airlines UL-122, UL-138 and UL-132. There are 26 men and 32 women among them. Secretary to the National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs Ministry, V. Sivagnanasothy said that they are from the Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee and Colombo districts.

The UNHCR provides them with free air tickets, a reintegration allowance of Rs. 10,000 per adult and Rs. 5,000 per non-adult, a travel allowance of Rs. 2,500 and Rs. 5,000 per member and Rs. 10,000 per family for non-food items. Further, the Resettlement Ministry provides them Rs. 5,000 at the airport, Rs. 25,000 to construct a temporary shelter, Rs. 3,000 for equipment and Rs. 5,000 for land clearance.

Sivagnanasothy stated that they will be given special marks when selecting for livelihood programmes and housing schemes.


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