Operation: Opération: Eritrea



Latest update of camps and office locations: October 2017. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

2018 planning figures
100% of refugees in Massawa camp (2,310 people) will have access to health services, will receive cash assistance as well as in-kind food assistance on a monthly basis whereas 107 urban refugees will receive multipurpose cash assistance on a monthly basis
886 refugee students in camps will be enrolled in kindergarten, primary, and secondary education 
80 people with specific needs will be assisted with cash grants for additional material and economic support
55 households in camps will receive cash grant for business startup
20 households in camps will have access to permanent shelter
20 litres/day/person of potable water will be maintained for the refugees in Massawa camp
2016 end-year results
246 people with specific needs were identified and monitored
52 refugee households (297 people) were enrolled in livelihood activities
25 awareness-raising sessions on female genital mutilation practices were organized
20 liters of water were provided per person per day

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2016 2,367
2015 2,557
2014 2,920


[["Refugees",2342],["Asylum-seekers",8],["Returned refugees",1],["Others of concern",16]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Operational Environment

The continuing inflation in Eritrea remains a challenge and is expected to have a negative impact on the delivery of assistance in 2018. The total number of people of concern is just above 2,400, out of which some 2,300 are camp-based Somali refugees and the remaining 100 are urban refugees from Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan. Refugees are living in harmony with the host community and this is expected to continue in 2018.
The non-issuance of exit permits for refugees to leave the country on resettlement or voluntary repatriation remains a challenge in implementing durable solutions.
Food commodities, school materials, and construction materials are procured through government partner from government supplier fairly. The Ministry of Health is providing technical assistance and relevant training to the health staff in charge of the camp clinic.

Key priorities

In 2018, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Resettlement and voluntary return to country of origin and remain the main priorities;
  • Strengthening engagement in the UN country team (UNCT);
  • Providing basic assistance to urban refugees in the form of monthly multipurpose cash grants;
  • Providing basic assistance to the camp based refugees, including cash grants to improve livelihoods and self-reliance, shelter, access to education, both cash and in-kind food assistance, access to health services, sufficient water, and enhanced response to and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV);
  • Liaising with the Government counterparts and other UN agencies, where applicable, including UNICEF and the ministry of Health to ensure nutrition needs are met, and UNFPA in addressing SGBV.