General Delegation of Malians living Abroad (DGME) - More than 89,000 Malian refugees have been repatriated from centres across the world, some voluntarily and others by deportation, between 2012 and 2013, according to a report released by the General Delegation of Malians living Abroad (DGME), a copy of which PANA obtained here Saturday.
According to the report, 81,755 of these returnees, representing 90.7 percent of the whole group, lived in other African countries. Others lived in Europe, Asia and the US.
The Malian government has set up five reception centres for the returnees at the the railway station and the Dag-Dag Airport in Kayes, and the Bamako and Gao Sénou airports.
In 2012, the centres provided assistance to 4,339 people.
Over the period 2002-2013, Côte d'Ivoire accommodated the highest number of Malian refugees and 42,118 of them were repatriated
There are also Malian refugees in Libya (26 813), Tunisia (6,835) and Algeria (2,942).
Repatriation is a step to ensure the return of refugees, prisoners of war, civilian migrants on the territory of their State of origin.
The report does not address the specific case of Malian refugees in neighboring countries after the crisis of 2012-2013.
According to official statistics, more than four million Malians are living abroad with about three million in neighboring Côte d'Ivoire.