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Ministry to fund refugees' housing

Funds to build homes for former Timorese living in camps

A refugee camp for former residents of Timor Leste in Tuapukan A refugee camp for former residents of Timor Leste in Tuapukan
  • Albertus Rehi, Kupang
  • Indonesia
  • April 26, 2012
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The ministry of housing has reallocated IDR700 billion (about $78million) this year to build housing for low income families and former residents of Timor Leste living in the province of East Nusa Tenggara.

The ministry will be involved in the constructions, while local governments will collect data about recipients of the housing grants, according to Andreas Wellem Koreh, head of the provincial public works department.

Koreh told reporters yesterday that the sum will be used to build 29, 992 housing units, of which 7,762 units will be owned by former Timor Leste residents living in refugee shelters in West Timor.

He said it is a continuation of a similar program in 2011, where the ministry budgeted IDR300 billion for the construction of 5,600 homes of the local and former Timor Leste residents living in six districts in the province.

"The construction of houses for former Timor Leste residents is in line with a decision made by the central government, so that they will no longer live in refugee camps,” Koreh said.

According to existing data, there are about 15,000 former Timor Leste families living in East Nusa Tenggara province.

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