Deportation looms for 910 Namibian refugees

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Officials from the United Nations and the governments of Botswana and Namibia are scrambling to persuade 910 Namibian refugees at Dukwi to return to their native country and avoid deportation after a December 31 deadline elapses.

Under a mutual agreement, the voluntary repatriation programme ends on December 31, 2015 after which remaining refugees will lose their refugee status and be liable to deportation.

Few of the refugees have identity documents as many settled as far back as 17 years ago, fleeing secessionist violence in Namibia, while others were born in the refugee camp.

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