Operation: Opération: Tunisia



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
400 students will be enrolled in primary and  lower secondary education 
400 people, including government officials, judges, lawyers, staff in partner organizations, and members of civil society, will be trained on refugee issues
200 refugee households will receive cash grants
70 people of concern will be provided with training on financial literacy, language and entrepreneurship/business
280 people of concern will be provided with accommodations
100 people will be provided with psychosocial support and 260 families with material support
2017 year-end results
100% of people of concern had access to refugee status determination and to legal assistance
557 refugee and migrant households received seasonal and complementary items
405 people of concern, including 177 refugees with specific needs, received cash grants
302 lawyers, journalists and government officials were trained
114 people of concern received transitional shelter support
15 income-generating projects were supported, benefitting 34 people of concern

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2017 770
2016 685
2015 757


[["Refugees",722],["Asylum-seekers",47],["Others of concern",1]]
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Operational Environment

The number of refugees in Tunisia is estimated to increase to 1,680 people by the end of 2019, with the majority residing in urban areas. The protection environment for refugees and asylum-seekers in Tunisia is generally stable, and UNHCR cooperates with the authorities in favour of people of concern. UNHCR supports refugees’ access to education, healthcare and livelihoods opportunities.    
The mixed movements in Tunisia by land and sea are expected to continue in 2019, and UNHCR will continue to coordinate its response through the Mixed Migration Working Group. UNHCR will maintain its protection role, providing emergency shelter and psycho-social support to people of concern at a reception centre, and working in close cooperation with Tunisian authorities, IOM, and partner organizations. 
To ensure preparedness in case of further deterioration of the situation in Libya and risk of mass influx, UNHCR will periodically update contingency stock and keep updating the contingency plan, and support the preparedness activities of the authorities.

Key priorities

Considering the need for a national protection framework, in 2019, UNHCR will maintain the following key priorities:
  • Advocate for adoption of the drafted national asylum law and, through continued capacity-building, support the Tunisian uptake of best practices in the interim.
  • Continue profiling, registration and refugee status determination in order to identify people in need of international protection in the context of mixed movements.
  • Promote refugee self-reliance through supporting access to livelihoods and to basic services, as well as prioritizing direct assistance to the most vulnerable. 

Chiffres clés :

  • 400 élèves seront inscrits dans l’enseignement primaire et secondaire du premier cycle
  • 400 personnes, notamment des fonctionnaires, des juges, des juristes, du personnel d’organisations partenaires et des membres de la société civile, seront formées aux questions relatives aux réfugiés
  • 200 ménages réfugiés recevront des aides en espèces
  • 70 personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR suivront une formation sur les connaissances élémentaires en finance, langue et entreprenariat/commerce
  • 280 personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR bénéficieront d’un hébergement
  • 100 personnes recevront un soutien psychosocial et 260 familles un soutien matériel