Operation: Opération: Algeria



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 Sahrawi refugees will have access to primary health care
100% of refugee children will be enrolled in primary and secondary education in Tindouf camps
3,000 metres of water pipelines will be laid in Tindouf camps to reach the target of an average quantity of 20 litres/person/day 
3,000 shelters will be provided in Tindouf camps
300 Sahrawi refugees will receive entrepreneurship or business training 
200 Sahrawi refugees will be supported with vocational training
20 urban refugees and asylum-seekers will be assisted with a durable solutions in a third country 
2016 year-end results
100% of refugee children in Algiers were supported to afford annual school enrolment fees, transport and school lunch
90,000 vulnerable Sahrawi refugees were provided with 18 litres of water per person per day
32,100 children in camps near Tindouf were enrolled in primary education
43 refugee cases were submitted to resettlement; 16 departed for their resettlement country
37 youth, community or business projects (reaching 122 young refugees in total) were supported

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2016 99,949
2015 100,775
2014 99,005


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Year-end Overview

Working environment

In Algeria, UNHCR, with its partners, provides protection and assistance to 7,000 urban refugees and asylum-seekers and to 90,000 vulnerable refugees from Western Sahara, sheltered in five camps near Tindouf. Limited access outside of the capital Algiers is a major constraint for UNHCR to reach out to people in need of international protection, in the context of mixed migration movements from Sub-Saharan Africa. In Tindouf camps, donor fatigue and dwindling funding levels are directly impacting the delivery of life-saving assistance, including food assistance. Frustration over the lack of opportunities, especially among youth, is a growing concern.
Refugees and asylum-seekers in camps and urban environments are given free access to medical services and education by the authorities. Algeria’s contribution is significant, in particular in the five Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, where authorities allocated land, built roads and provided electricity. Sahrawi students have access to secondary schools outside the camps and all refugees have also access to local auxiliary health care by the Algerian authorities.
UNHCR works closely with its counterparts, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Algeria Red Crescent, on refugee issues and coordinates with the other UN agencies in the United Nations Country Team. Moreover, UNHCR is leading the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) which provides a forum for strategic planning and decision making for all phases of the refugee response and the Inter-Sector Working Group (ISWG) which coordinates assistance activities in different sectors (health, education, WASH, etc.) in Tindouf.

Key priorities

In 2018, UNHCR’s main priorities in Algeria will be:
  • To preserve and expand a favourable protection environment, including outside Algiers, and advocate for the adoption of a national asylum law;
  • To carry out registration, refugee status determination, assistance to the most vulnerable people, livelihoods opportunities, and resettlement activities for urban refugees;
  • To provide life-saving assistance to refugees from Western Sahara, notably by investing in the expansion and improvement of the water network in camps—in particular Smara and Dakhla notably.  To expand opportunities for youth, including livelihoods opportunities, entrepreneurship and business training, vocational training, sports equipment, and support to women and youth centers.