Burkina Faso


Operation: Opération: Burkina Faso



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Key Figures

2018 planning
100% of people of concern will receive protection and documentation
100% of households in the camps will have access to sustainable shelter
100% of the people identified at risk of statelessness will be sensitized and assisted on the procedures for obtaining documents attesting to their nationality in Burkina Faso 
70% of the population will receive livelihood support within the livestock, artisan, trade and service provision
2,000 refugee children will be enrolled in primary education 
2016 end-year results
100% of the refugee population had access to primary health care
100% of targeted people of concern received shelter support
65% of children ​(2,135)  born in Burkina Faso in 2016 possess a birth certificate
2,400 registreed refugee children were enrolled in primary education
38 people of concern had their cases submitted for resettlement
17 liters of water was provided per person per day 

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Decrease in
2016 32,676
2015 34,160
2014 32,097


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Burkina Faso

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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

The operational environment in Burkina Faso continues to be characterized by the protracted refugee situation, with continuous flows and few returns taking place. Due to the recurring armed attacks in the Sahel region, humanitarian access to certain zones is limited and internal displacement continues.
The refugee population in Burkina Faso is composed of a mix of Malians and other nationalities. Some 32,000 Malian refugees are living in the Sahel region, mainly in the camps of Mentao and Goudebou, and a further 8,800 Malians are living out of camps in the Sahel region and in other urban settings.  The terrorist attacks and other security incidents that the country has experienced since 2016 have led to the stigmatization of Malian refugees by the host communities, especially in the Sahel. Other challenges include poor food security perspectives for Malian refugees in the Sahel region and political challenges, such as regular strikes and sit-ins.
There are ongoing discussions with the government about recurrent trans-border movements of the refugee population settled outside the camps. UNHCR is ready to engage in the relocation of nomadic refugees and their cattle.
UNHCR continues to work at national level together with its government counterpart, Commission Nationale pour les Réfugiés, NGO partners and other UN agencies.

Key priorities

In 2018, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Maintaining a favorable protection environment in difficult security situation;
  • Implementing durable solutions: 1) economic self-reliance through professional training and capacity building in the field of craftwork business, herd management and milk production; 2) facilitated repatriation;
  • Promoting peaceful co-existence with host communitites;
  • Integrating refugees into development programmes and projects;
  • Reducing the number of stateless persons in Burkina Faso;
  • Formulating a mixed movement strategy.