The Government of Liberia through the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Monday August 31, 2020 received the total of 59 stranded Liberian migrants in the country.
The stranded Liberian migrants arrived from the sub region, Niger and Algeria.
The first batch of 12 migrants arrived at the RIA via AIR Algeria Flight number Airbus B737800; while the second batch of 47 migrants arrived via ASKY Airline with flight number KP-20 at the RIA.
Speaking at the welcoming ceremony, the Executive Director of the LRRRC, Rev. Festus R. B. Logan said “We are pleased to inform the public that the returning Liberian Migrants went through the COVID-19 screening process by the sending mission (Algeria and Niger) and were duly certificated.”
“We want to assure the public that upon arrival, the returning migrants went through straight health protocols as announced by the Incident Management System (IMS) for travelers arriving in country,” Rev. Logan said.
According to the LRRRC’s boss, this is a resumption of a process that was initiated by the Government of Liberia and IOM in 2018 to aid stranded Liberian Migrants to return home.
“Currently, we have over 17,000 Stranded Liberian Migrants within the sub region of that number 2,000 have returned home and more are expected to be repatriated.
At the same time the Government is exploring means for a national reintegration program for returnees at our reintegration center in Jacksonville,” he added.
Rev. Logan thanked LRRRC’s partners [IOM Niger and IOM Liberia] for their continuous support for persons of concern.
“We want to use this medium to appeal to our fellow citizens especially young people to stop illegal traveling to dangerous terrain in search of opportunities to Europe,” he concluded.
“Ye yeh, yeh, welcome back to our own country, I will eat all the bag of rice, I want eat cassava leaves, I want eat potato green, I want tobogi soup,(original Liberia soup)every day, we were eating meat, we are tired to see women tail her face all day, I want speak kolokwa,’’ those were saying upon getting a warm atmosphere that whispered about the fifty-nine young Liberians ,majority men, elderly between 22 and 40 years faced the tarmac of Robert International Airport. They were welcomed by the authorities and different members of LRRRC, IOM members and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS).