Operation: Opération: Djibouti



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Key Figures

2018 planning figures
100% of eligible refugee children will have their birth certificates delivered, which will enable access to national social services
38,100 people of concern will benefit from dissemination and awareness raising on the fundamental rights of refugees and access to national social services
4,000 refugee students will benefit from joint efforts of UNHCR and MENFOP (Ministry of Education) to ensure effective inclusion of refugees into the national education system
1,000 refugees, in particular from Somalia, will be facilitated for their return
2016 end-year results
100% of population of concern was vaccinated against measles 
3,500 children were enrolled in schools in the Somali refugee camps (including 1,579 girls) and some 400 Yemeni children were enrolled in schools in Markazi camp
68 Somali Refugees (17 families) were repatriated voluntarily
38 cases/220 individuals (32 Ethiopians, 188 Somalis ) were resettled to the United States of America 
12-15 litres of potable water per person per day was available in the camps for Somali refugees

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2016 25,862
2015 22,006
2014 24,362


[["Refugees",17683],["Asylum-seekers",8061],["Others of concern",118]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Operational Environment

The security situation in Djibouti is relatively safe and stable, with no immediate risks in sight. In 2018, UNHCR will continue to protect and provide for the refugees and asylum-seekers from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Yemen.
The welcoming stance of the Government of Djibouti lays out a good foundation for the well-being of the refugees and others of concern. The Government’s orientation of inclusivity was demonstrated by the National Refugee Law, which was passed in early 2017. The Government continues to work toward providing refugee protection through legal framework in the upcoming issuance of decrees.
An active and engaged member of the international community, Djibouti embraces global cooperation on refugee rights and protection, but is also proactive in implementing progressive action within its borders. It is a roll-out country of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), an initiative that aims to bolster the well-being of both host communities and refugees.
Djibouti has already made good progress in extending quality education to refugee children, and in 2018 UNHCR continues to advocate for refugee inclusion in national health insurance coverage.
The Office has a strong network of operational and financial partners in Djibouti. In addition to the Government of Djibouti, key partners include donors, other UN agencies, and local NGOs.

Key Priorities

In 2018, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Advocating for durable solutions and implementing livelihood programmes that will enable refugees to become self-sufficient;
  • Building the capacity of national institutions to ensure that asylum procedures are efficiently applied and in compliance with international standards;
Strengthening the Government’s capacity and local health facilities to ensure the inclusion of refugees into the national health system.