Operation: Opération: Djibouti



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
100% of people of concern will have access to national primary health-care facilities
6,000 targeted refugee children will be enrolled in primary schools
4,000 persons of concern will receive long-term or permanent shelter
2017 year-end results
3,900 refugee children were enrolled in primary education
530 Somali refugees were assisted to voluntarily return to Somalia
54 refugees (39 Somalis and 15 Eritreans) were resettled to Canada and the United States of America

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2017 27,004
2016 25,862
2015 22,006


[["Refugees",17554],["Asylum-seekers",9361],["Others of concern",89]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Operational Environment

The operational environment in Djibouti is expected to remain stable in 2019. Due to the volatile situations persisting in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen, refugee arrivals are expected to continue. In 2019, the estimated number of people of concern in Djibouti is foreseen to be 42,100, consisting of some 24,600 refugees and 17,500 asylum-seekers. UNHCR is working with other UN agencies and partners on a response strategy to prepare for a potential influx from Somalia as a result of the recurrent drought. Djibouti maintains its open-door policy with regard to access to territory for refugees and asylum-seekers.
The promulgation of Djibouti’s National Refugee Law in January 2017 ensures a favourable protection environment and paves the way for the socio-economic integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country.  UNHCR works closely with its main government counterpart for refugee protection, l’Office National d’Assistance aux Réfugiés et Sinistrés (ONARS), and various concerned ministries on application of the National Refugee Law and its decrees. These are expected to take effect in 2018 and 2019 and advance the implementation of the UNHCR’s multi-year multi-partner protection and solutions strategy.
UNHCR continues to work with the Ministries of Health and Education on further inclusion of refugees into the national health and education systems. Self-reliance and livelihoods activities, as well as addressing immediate needs of new arrivals, such as shelter, food and potable water, remain UNHCR’s priorities in the coming year.  UNHCR aims at achieving these objectives in line with Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework strategic objectives, targeting solutions that benefit both host and refugee communities.
In line with the strategic objectives of UNHCR, Comprehensive Solutions and the IGAD Summit on Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees, UNHCR has established partnerships with development actors, such as the World Bank, within its IDA18 funding window for refugee hosting countries, and will seek partnerships with existing and emerging country-based and regional refugee projects and initiatives. UNHCR is already strategically placed within the Durable Solutions Strategy for Somali refugees in line with the Nairobi Declaration; participates in the Government of Djibouti’s aid coordination mechanisms, and co-chairs the CRRF Steering Committee together with the Ministry of Interior. 
In addition to the Government counterparts, UNHCR has strong partnerships with UN agencies and other humanitarian actors. UNHCR is a member of the Djibouti UN Country Team (UNCT) and leads the country working group on protection, while co-leading a mixed-migration task force with IOM.
Guided by Comprehensive Solutions principles and multi-year, multi-partner (MYMP) strategic objectives towards lasting solutions, UNHCR will continue to expand its partnerships while strengthening the existing collaboration with the Government of Djibouti, UN agencies and development actors. These partnerships will bring new opportunities to muster up expertise and resources to respond to immediate needs and to formulate sustainable strategies leading to enhanced prospects for durable solutions and socio-economic integration of refugees. The Government’s strong engagement will lay the foundation for cooperation and support in meeting UNHCR’s key objectives in 2019. 

Key priorities

In 2019, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Strengthening the asylum institutions: Enhance capacity building of national institutions to ensure that asylum procedures are efficiently applied and in compliance with international standards;
  • Promoting access of refugees to the national social services as guaranteed by the new  Refugee Law through awareness raising on the fundamental rights of refugees;
  • Supporting the Ministry of Education to ensure effective inclusion of refugees in the national education system, including the recognition of certificates by the Government;
  • Strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Health and local health facilities to ensure inclusion of refugees into the national health system;
  • Promoting the socio-economic integration of refugees jointly with Government and development partners, through livelihoods, vocational training, self-reliance and cash-based interventions benefitting both refugee and local communities;
  • Facilitating the voluntary return of refugees to the countries of origin where conditions permit, as well as identifying people of concern for resettlement.