UNHCR will work to consolidate the solutions platform for the CAR situation that was launched in October 2023, answering the call of the 2022 Yaoundé Declaration, and will offer technical assistance for national action plans and a comprehensive response involving returns and socioeconomic integration.
Over 59,000 refugees are expected to return to Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria in 2024. UNHCR will ensure refugees wishing to return are equipped to make well-informed decisions and that returns occur in conditions of safety and dignity. UNHCR will aim to strengthen partnerships with the World Bank and the African Development Bank and, in line with Global Compact on Refugees, will seek development actors’ support for people’s integration and reintegration in hosting and return areas, and their inclusion in national plans and services.
UNHCR will continue to support naturalization processes for refugees who have spent decades in asylum, such as Mauritanians in Senegal and Mali. Approximately 112,000 vulnerable refugees in the region are expected to need resettlement, and UNHCR will aim to expand complementary pathways such as student visas, labour mobility schemes or family reunifications.
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