United Republic of Tanzania


Operation: Opération: United Republic of Tanzania



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Key Figures

2017 year-end results
38,950 people were sensitized and trained on SGBV
8,490 transitional shelters and 7,195 emergency shelters constructed
4,820 people of concern had their cases submitted for resettlement
970 identified sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) survivors were assisted with appropriate support including psychosocial and legal support 
2018 planning figures
100% of Congolese refugees identified in need of resettlement will have their cases submitted for resettlement
85% of primary school-aged Burundian refugee children will be enrolled in primary school
75% of Congolese refugees (18-59 years) with own business/self-employment for more than 12 months
60% of Burundian refugee households will be living in adequate dwellings
1,160 Congolese refugees per each hygiene promoter 
26 liters of potable water will be available per person per day
0.5 Crude mortality rate (per 1,000 population/month) for Burundian refugees

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2017 521,282
2016 458,828
2015 382,620


[["Refugees",308528],["Asylum-seekers",44172],["Returned refugees",1],["Others of concern",168581]]
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United Republic of Tanzania

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Working Environment

 The United Republic of Tanzania has hosted refugees for over 50 years, and has shown unprecedented readiness to find local durable solutions for various groups.
The transition of refugee registration system from UNHCR to the Government will take place in accordance with a phased plan. Resettlement will continue as part of a multi-year plan, albeit in smaller numbers and will continue to be used as a protection tool for people with specific needs.
Given the continued insecurity in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), only minimal prospects for voluntary repatriation for Congolese are expected. Since 2017, more than 45,000 Burundian refugees have been assisted to return voluntarily from the United Republic of Tanzania. Some 120,000 more from neighbouring countries are expected to return in 2019. While UNHCR is not promoting returns to Burundi at this time, it will continue working with the Government of Burundi and host countries to assist voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity for those who have made a free and informed choice to do so.
In 2019, UNHCR plans to find durable solutions for approximately 60,000 of 1972 Burundian refugees whose naturalization remains pending.
While opportunities to address the humanitarian and development nexus by engaging development actors and other relevant stakeholders remain, innovative approaches will need to be employed to improve the protection environment through the multi-year, multi-partner (MYMP) strategy process.
The refugee response in Tanzania is led and coordinated by the Government, mainly the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) through the Refugee Services Department and UNHCR, in close consultation with UN and NGO partners. UNHCR works with the UN Resident Coordinator, and other UN agencies through the Delivering as One initiative and participates in the UN Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) 2016-2021.
UNHCR continues to strengthen its engagement and partnership with the World Bank, the private sector, as well as with regional institutions such as the East African Community on refugee policies and border management, the International Conference on Greta Lakes Region on statelessness, as well as the Southern African Development Community on migration and reintegration. UNHCR also continues its work with a wide range of national and international NGOs in the United Republic of Tanzania.

 Key priorities:

 In 2019, UNHCR will focus on:
  • advocating with the Government for asylum space including emphasizing on ensuring voluntariness of the ongoing assisted voluntary repatriation to Burundi;
  • seeking protection and solutions for refugees and asylum-seekers for both new arrivals and protracted refugee situation;
  • improving services in all sectors rendered to refugees and asylum-seekers to meet minimum standards.