Democratic Republic of the Congo: Democratic Republic of the Congo Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (January 2019)


This update concerns the situation of Congolese refugees and asylum seekers in countries in the region.

As of 31 January 2019, 825,002 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries. In January 2019 alone, some 6,318 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda, Zambia and Kenya.

UNHCR together with 56 humanitarian and development partners launched the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 11 December 2018 for US$743 million to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.

Regional Highlights and Operational Context

  • A total of 825,002 Congolese refugees and asylum-seekers are being hosted in countries in Africa, which have generously maintained an open door policy in granting asylum to old and new asylum seekers.

  • UNHCR and UNDP have come together to address both the short-term impacts of displacement on host communities and the long-term needs of refugees who cannot go back home. Within the framework of the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) for the DRC situation, the two UN agencies published on January 16, 2019 a booklet highlighting joint humanitarian-development programming initiatives which are being designed and implemented by UNHCR and UNDP teams to build the resilience in areas hosting Congolese refugees, returnees and other displaced populations of concern. Further, these will set the foundation for joint programming with all RRRP partners: regionally, nationally and with the concerned populations themselves, in order to support an environment conducive for protection and durable solutions.

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