Operation: Opération: Algeria



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 refugees and asylum seekers in urban areas will to be provided with individual protection documentation  
100% of school-aged refugee children are enrolled in secondary education
<20% Prevalence of chronic malnutrition amongst Western Sahara refugee children (6-59 months) is reduced to below 20%
500 refugees from Western Sahara will be provided with entrepreneurship / business training
20 litres of potable water will be available daily for each refugee from Western Sahara living in a camp
2015 end-year results
100% of refugee children were enrolled in school
75% of households were assisted in meeting their basic needs
90,000 Sahrawi refugees had access to a water system, receiving 18L/person/day
6,533 Sahrawi families in need of adequate shelter (30%) received shelter support in 2015
38,450 female Sahrawi refugees received sanitary kits for six months of the year

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2015 100,775
2014 99,005
2013 95,966


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Year-end Overview

Working environment

In Algeria, UNHCR, together with partners, protects and assists some 7,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in urban areas, the majority of which are Syrians. An additional 90,000 vulnerable refugees from Western Sahara are sheltered in five camps near Tindouf, Algeria.
Refugees and asylum seekers in camps, and urban environments alike, are given free access to medical services and education by the authorities.

Key priorities

In 2017 the operation will focus on: 
•    Carrying out registration, refugee status determination, essential assistance, and resettlement activities for urban refugees and asylum seekers;
•    Continuing its care and maintenance activities for refugees from Western Sahara; 
•    Expanding livelihoods activities to reduce vulnerabilities and improve living conditions in camps;
•    Advocating for the adoption of a national refugee legislation;
•    Expanding the protection space, notably outside of Algiers.

Funding shortfalls in 2017 will impact UNHCR’s ability to finance long-term investment to reduce costs, notably in terms of water production, as the current funding levels are already making it difficult to reach minimum standards in the camps. Moreover, efforts to develop livelihoods opportunities and therefore reduce refugees’ dependence on humanitarian assistance would also run the risk of being curtailed.