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25.03.2008 General News

Liberian Refugees In GhanaU.S. Embassy States Position

By Accra Mail



Following recent public order offences by Liberian refugees in Ghana, the U.S. Embassy in Accra issued the following statement last weekend.

The U.S. Government continues to support repatriation and reintegration in Liberia for those who had to flee during Liberia's troubled times but who are now returning home to rebuild their lives and communities. The U.S. Government is also supporting UNHCR's efforts to secure local integration as a durable solution for Liberian refugees in countries where they have had asylum.

Large group resettlement of Liberian refugees to the United States has ended and is not being re-opened. Unless you have a parent, spouse, or child already in the United States, you should have no expectation of being resettled to the United States.

On September 30, 2006, the U.S. government stopped accepting new P-3 (family reunification) applications. Only P-3 cases filed in the United States before this deadline will be processed. To qualify you must be the parent, spouse or unmarried child (under age 21) of a Liberian already in the U.S.

You must also remain outside Liberia and demonstrate that you have a valid refugee claim. We understand that there are some people purporting to be agents registering people for resettlement in the United States. You should be aware that these people are frauds.

Source: Press Attaché Public Affairs Section US Embassy, Accra

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