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Liberians in Scandinavia Appeal For Consulate
MONROVIA, October 25 (LINA) - Hundreds of Liberians residing in the Scandinavian region of Europe are appealing to the Government to open a Central Consulate Office in the region to help ease travel difficulties for Liberians and foreigners in the region.
The region consists of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, according a release issued Tuesday.
Under the banner of the Consortium of Concerned Group of Liberians in Western Europe, they claimed of consistently being faced with the difficulties of passport renewal and obtaining of visas to travel back home due to the risks of sending their travel documents by mail to Bonn, Germany or incurring additional travel and hotel costs by making the journey to Bonn.
The Consulate, they said, will help them avoid the risk of losing their passports through the mailing system, making them vulnerable to losing their residency and other statuses.
The group said there are over 5,000 natural born Liberians and offspring residing in these four Scandinavian countries, majority of which were resettled by the United Nations from 2000–2005.
The citizens say they do understand the economic burden faced by government that is why they are only asking for a Consulate Office for now, instead of a full mission to help facilitate and expedite their travel needs to mitigate the constant hassles of passport renewal and obtaining travel documents.
The group appealed to the Government to fulfill its promise to them in the Scandinavia countries to open a Consulate Office in the region before its mandate is over.
The group praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the level of development that she has initiated under the UP-led government over the years, and hoped that others will use her lofty examples to continue the development trajectory.