West and Central Africa

The region has endured protracted displacement and long-standing conflicts in Chad, in the Central Sahel, and around the Lake Chad Basin, and the new crisis in Sudan has driven more refugees into Chad and the Central African Republic.

 

Read more about the regional plans:
2024 | 2023
Read more about the regional reports:
2022 | 2021
 

 

Refugee family from Darfur, Sudan, fleeing across the border to Adre, Chad.
Refugee family from Darfur, Sudan, fleeing across the border to Adre, Chad. © UNHCR/Jutta Seidel
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Political instability and armed conflict in West and Central Africa are expected to drive the number of forcibly displaced and stateless people up by 9% to 13.6 million in 2024, 8.4 million of them internally displaced. New conflicts, increased competition over resources due to the effects of climate change, poverty, and inflation are increasing humanitarian needs.

The region has endured protracted displacement and long-standing conflicts in Chad and around the Lake Chad Basin, and the new crisis in Sudan has driven more refugees into Chad and the Central African Republic. Political instability and worsening insecurity in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger have led to new arrivals in the coastal countries of Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Togo.

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Populations

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Note: The "Stateless" category does not include stateless people who are also in other categories, to avoid double counting. The total number of stateless, across all categories, is  .

Source: UNHCR Refugee Data Finder.

Population by country

Source: UNHCR Refugee Data Finder.

Population by origin

Source: UNHCR Refugee Data Finder.

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Financials

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Budget by Impact Areas

Protect: Attaining favourable protection environments
Respond: Realizing rights in safe environments
Empower: Empowering communities and achieving gender equality
Solve: Securing solutions

Source: 2024 budget and 2023 current budget are taken from the budget document approved by UNHCR's Executive Committee in October 2023.

Budget by Outcome and Enabling Areas

Source: 2024 budget and 2023 current budget are taken from the budget document approved by UNHCR's Executive Committee in October 2023.

Budget by operation

Source: 2024 budget and 2023 current budget are taken from the budget document approved by UNHCR's Executive Committee in October 2023.