Economic integration

Gabon, UNHCR trains refugees in socio-economic integration

Gabon and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Monday June 20, celebrated International Refugee Day by organizing an information session based on demands, including economic inclusion and the autonomy of refugees.

UNHCR and the Gabonese National Commission for Refugees (CNR) organized the session at the Cyberschool.

Cyberschool is an incubator for entrepreneurship that helps entrepreneurs carry out projects adapted to the needs of refugees and for their economic inclusion and autonomy.

“Refugees are people who, upon their arrival, have needs, and it is in this context that we wanted to discuss with the Cyberschool about their autonomy,” said Evelyne Otsobogo, Goodwill Ambassador in charge of the RCN Secretariat. .

“It was a question of presenting to the refugees a business plan drawn up by the structure and operated by the State through the National Employment Office (ONE) which allows the execution of projects in record time.”

Eugene Willy Assoumou Ndong, director general of the Cyberschool, said some refugees had projects and ideas to develop.

“We at Cyberschool have the proper tools for their realization,” Ndong said.

According to Otsobogo, the number of refugees and asylum seekers is 350 dispersed in the provinces of the country.

“An asylum seeker is a person who leaves their country but whose file has not yet been examined and who does not yet have refugee status. A refugee is someone who has qualified for exile,” Otsobogo.

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