Operation: Opération: India



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Key Figures

2017 planning figures
1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers will be enrolled in formal national institutions for certified skills training
600 refugees and asylum-seekers will be provided with entrepreneurship / business training
500 refugees and asylum-seekers will be provided with guidance on business market opportunities
80% of local communities continue to support the presence of people of concern
2015 end-year results
42% of Rohingya women were represented in community leadership structures
86% of unaccompanied and separated children in Delhi benefited from best interest procedures 
498 participants, including local shopkeepers, landlords, doctors, schools, youth and neighborhood associations, benefited from campaigns to enhance peaceful co-existence with host communities
90% of known SGBV survivors received support

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2015 207,861
2014 205,012
2013 192,070


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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

The protection environment in India remains generally positive. Refugees and asylum-seekers continue to enjoy access to Government services, including health and education. The Government has simplified the long term visa (LTV) application procedures, with a waiver of overstay fines and easing of documentary requirements, helping refugees to be more self-reliant. Overstay fines were also exempted for Afghan refugees departing India.

The detention of people of concern to UNHCR—mostly of Rohingya asylum-seekers in border areas—continues to be reported. UNHCR is conducting awareness-raising activities on refugee protection, including with border officials. Direct access to people in detention remains a challenge, despite some outreach being provided through partners. 

Key priorities

In 2017 UNHCR will intensify its efforts in facilitating enhanced inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers into existing national services, supporting livelihoods, and strengthening the capacity of civil society to support refugees. UNHCR continues to reorient protection and assistance in Delhi, allowing more focus and resources for refugees residing outside Delhi through outreach activities and networking. UNHCR will continue to shift towards community-based approach. 

UNHCR will also continue to expand the scope of outstation registration and refugee status determination missions in locations where refugees are concentrated outside of Delhi. UNHCR’s efforts will be intensified to assist refugees in applying for LTVs which enhance their access to Government services. Community mobilization remains a priority for all nationalities.   

If the Governments of India and Sri Lanka agree on a large-scale return programme, UNHCR anticipates that 4,000 Sri Lankan refugees may return to Sri Lanka. UNHCR will support the safety and dignity of the returnees.