Operation: Opération: Djibouti



Latest update of camps and office locations 21  Nov  2016. By clicking on the icons on the map, additional information is displayed.

Key Figures

2017 planning figures
100% of known SGBV survivors falling within the mandate of the Office will receive appropriate support
96% of the refugee population will be vaccinated against measles
90% of primary school-aged refugee children will be enrolled in primary education 
80% of national legislation relating to refugees will be made consistent with international standards 
10% of people of concern (18-59 years) will have their own income generating solutions or be self-employed for more than 12 months
20 litres of potable water will be made available per person per day
2015 end-year results
100% of people of concern under UNHCR’s care and maintenance programme were registered
100% of people of concern had access to health care services in the camps, as well as to public hospitals through referrals.
97% of people of concern were immunized against measles, and the rate of global acute malnutrition fell from about 18 per cent in 2014 to 11 per cent in 2015
2,950 refugee children of primary school age (88 per cent) were enrolled in school
16 litres of potable water available in camps per person per day on average

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2015 22,006
2014 24,362
2013 23,810


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Year-end Overview

In Djibouti, the poverty rate is around 40 per cent and unemployment affects up to 60 per cent of the population. In this difficult environment, the country is hosting close to 15,500 refugees, composed of Somalis (77 per cent), Ethiopians (16 per cent), Eritreans (6 per cent) and others (1 per cent).

Given the lack of resources in the country, refugees depend solely on humanitarian aid. Access to farmland and drinking water remain important challenges. The Kenyan education curriculum used in camp-based schools is not recognized by the Governments of Djibouti and Somalia’s governments. In public hospitals, refugees are not considered as “vulnerable”, meaning that UNHCR pays their full medical fees.

In 2016, UNHCR’s operational priorities are to:
  • Support the adoption of a national law on asylum
  • Ensure access to the territory for asylum-seekers by reinforcing the National Eligibility Commission
  • Ensure the delivery of birth certificates for refugee children born in Djibouti
  • Promote livelihoods and activities aimed at self-reliance
  • Respond to the basic needs of refugees
  • Promote Djibouti’s ratification of the statelessness conventions
UNHCR and its Government counterpart, ONARS (Office National pour l’Assistance aux Réfugiés et Sinistrés), will facilitate the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees to Somaliland and Puntland, as well as their local integration or resettlement to third countries, where applicable.