After living in Tanzania for over three decades, thousands of Burundian refugees have been granted citizenship by the host Government, in the first large-scale naturalization of its kind in Africa, the United Nations refugee agency said Aug. 7. This week, 3,568 out of over 160,000 Burundian refugees were granted citizenship, a decision marking "a major milestone in a program that will bring to a close one of the world's most protracted refugee situations," Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. (UN News Service)

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