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Gabon, UNHCR Train Refugees On Socio-Economic Integration

The Gabon government and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) are collaborating to help refugees to acquire life skills needed for them to integrate into society.

Gabon and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), on Monday, June 20, celebrated the international day for refugees by organising an information session based on demands, including economic inclusion and self-reliance for refugees.

The UNHCR and the Gabonese National Commission for Refugees (NCR) organised the session at the Cyberschool.

Cyberschool is an incubator for entrepreneurship which helps entrepreneurs realise projects tailored to the needs of refugees and for their economic inclusion and self-reliance.

“Refugees are persons, who, when they arrive, have needs, and it is within this context that we wanted to discuss with the Cyberschool on their self-reliance,” said Evelyne Otsobogo, Roving Ambassador in charge of the Secretariat of the NCR.

“It has been a question of presenting a developed business plan to the refugees by the structure and utilised by the state through the National Office of Employment (NOE) that permits the execution of projects at record time.”

Eugene Willy Assoumou Ndong, Director-General of the Cyberschool, said some refugees have projects and ideas to develop. 

“We at the Cyberschool have the appropriate tools for their realisation,” Ndong said. 

According to Otsobogo, the number of refugees and persons seeking asylum is 350 scattered throughout the country’s provinces.

“A person seeking asylum is someone who leaves his country but whose dossier has not yet been examined and who does not yet have the status of a refugee. A refugee is someone who has qualified for exile,” Otsobogo.

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