Operation: Opération: Botswana



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Key Figures

2017 planning figures
100% of primary school-aged children will be enrolled in primary education
60% of people of concern with specific needs will receive in-kind support 
50% of people of concern opting for local integration will be locally integrated
2015 end-year results
100% of people of concern received full food rations from UNHCR
53 people of concern assisted with voluntary return
28 families who received new houses
196 people of concern enrolled in primary school
311 people of concern who received treatment for HIV

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2015 2,265
2014 2,847
2013 2,995


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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

Despite good governance and a record of strong economic growth, Botswana continues to grapple with many social and economic challenges. The Government has ratified key refugee and human rights instruments and established a working group to review the Refugees Act of 1967. 

Refugees reside in Dukwi refugee camp in line with the Government’s encampment policy, which affects self-sufficiency, income generation and the local integration of refugees. There are no reception facilities and asylum-seekers are detained at the Centre for Illegal Immigrants in Francistown. 

The High Court has interdicted the repatriation of Namibian refugees from the Zambezi Region despite the 2015 cessation. In early 2016, a joint exercise between the Government and UNHCR identified 526 Namibian refugees for resettlement and 379 refugees for local integration. 

Key Priorities

In 2017 the UNHCR operation in Botswana will focus on:

•    advocating with the Government for the lifting of the reservations to the 1951 Convention;
•    providing capacity building and technical assistance to the Government in policy development, legislative review, refugee status determination and management of refugee issues;
•    ensuring that refugees, particularly those with vulnerabilities, have access to basic services, while promoting the self-sufficiency of refugees; 
•    promoting durable solutions, particularly for Namibian refugees.