Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini revealed that this population was still faced with many challenges, despite that they have found an interim place to call home.
These include compromised future of their children as they cannot afford to pay for their tertiary education, which denies them an opportunity to get qualifications and ultimately better paying jobs.
Refugees’ representatives Morki Ahishakiye Hussein said they were grateful to the government of eSwatini for welcoming them to stay in the country, and also for the efforts it has made to try and improve their living conditions.
The PM assuredthe refugees that the government, through the ministry of Home Affairs, was working towards enacting the Refugee Act, which seeks to address, among other things; the specific needs of women and children.
“In line with the Global Plan to End Statelessness by 2024, our government has strategically partnered with local communities. This will ensure that no child is born stateless and will also remove gender discrimination from nationality laws and ensuring issuance of nationality documents to those entitled to,” the premier said.
The PM was speaking as his country joined the rest of the globe to mark World Refugee Day on Wednesday.