Response to Ivorian Refugee Crisis in Liberia - Weekly Sitrep No 14 : 1-7 May 2011
HIGHLIGHTS AND SITUATIONAL OVERVIEW
According to UNHCR, as of 6 May, almost 166,000 Ivorians are estimated to have crossed into Liberia since the influx commenced on 29 November 2010. Ivorian refugees, on average 12‐15 persons a day, continue to arrive in Luguato in Liberia’s Nimba County, saying they feared retaliation for their political affiliation with the former regime. The majority of the new arrivals are reported to be from Danane, and others from Abidjan in Cote d’Ivore. UNHCR Registration clerks also continue to register new arrivals in Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties .
Although there is no confirmation on numbers, there are also reports of some refugees in Nimba County returning to Cote d’Ivore. UNHCR and NRC are revising border monitoring in order to better integrate the issue of potential returns sustainability, and are seeking ways to ensure more systematic exchange of information with partner organizations across the border, which will provide a better sense of trends of return.
Some refugees, especially from villages and towns close to the border with Liberia, are reported to have crossed into Côte d'Ivoire on assessment visits.