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|2020 planning figures|
|100%||of primary school-aged Sahrawi refugee children will be enrolled in primary education|
|1,005||shelter maintenance tool kits and materials will be provided to Sahrawi refugees|
|250||refugees and asylum seekers living in urban areas and with psycho-social needs will receive psychosocial support|
|20||litres of potable water will be available on average per person, per day|
|15||health facilities will be equipped with medical supplies or constructed or rehabilitated|
|1||mechanism for the referral of asylum-seekers will be established|
|2018 year-end results|
|100%||of primary school-aged Sahrawi children had access to education, with 38,512 children enrolled in school|
|100%||of Sahrawi refugees had access to primary health care|
|10%||increase in access to secondary healthcare|
|108||cases were submitted for resettlement|
|100||reinforced concrete water tanks and 46 plastic reservoirs distributed among the Tindouf camps|
People of Concern
Working environmentThe operational context for UNHCR in Algeria is characterized by limited access at border areas and in large parts of the country where asylum-seekers and refugees first arrive. In the absence of national asylum legislation, there are no identification/referral mechanisms and very limited reception centres or facilities for asylum-seekers and refugees arriving to Algeria. Nevertheless, refugees and asylum-seekers in urban areas have access to public education and health care in Algeria.
The Government of Algeria has provided long-standing support to refugees from Western Sahara and has invested in improving the living conditions in the refugee camps near Tindouf, through allocation of land and infrastructure improvements. Refugees also have access to secondary education and auxiliary health care services.
UNHCR’s direct counterparts for matters relating to refugees are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Algerian Office for Refugees and Stateless Persons within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the framework of the UNCT, UNHCR collaborates with other UN agencies supporting the Sahrawi refugee programme in Tindouf, including WFP for food assistance and UNICEF for health and education and youth activities.
Key prioritiesFor refugees and asylum-seekers in urban areas, UNHCR’s main priorities will be to continue engaging with the State for responsibility over refugee protection and advocating for improved protection space in urban areas. UNHCR will continue to monitor and advocate against arrest and refoulement, while new registrations for people of concern will be ongoing. Regarding refugees from Western Sahara, UNHCR will continue addressing the life-saving needs of the Sahrawi refugees and aim to provide more comprehensive humanitarian assistance in coordination with other humanitarian partners.
For refugees and asylum-seekers in urban areas, UNHCR will focus on:
- Improving access to territory and reducing risk of refoulement by continuing to advocate for the adoption of the refugee law and building the capacity of the national asylum system.
- Strengthening services for persons living with specific needs by advocating for better access of refugees and asylum-seekers in urban areas to national services, such as child protection services, services for SGBV survivors and for persons living with disabilities.
For refugees from Western Sahara, UNHCR will focus on:
- Guaranteeing continued operation of the existing water system in the five camps through infrastructure improvements, system management and community engagement.
- Improving health and nutrition outcomes among the population through providing medical staff incentives and rehabilitating facilities to enhance healthcare provision, and through providing nutrition supplements and community-based management.
- Improving the quality of and access to education by providing adequate student and teaching materials. Students will also be supported with scholarships to Algeria universities.
- Enhancing livelihoods by developing camp networks and the entrepreneurial environment, facilitating the expansion of existing businesses and establishment of youth businesses, and supporting vocational training.