Joint Assessment Mission - Ivorian Refugees Operation in Liberia, February 2013

Report
from World Food Programme, UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 28 Feb 2013 View Original

Executive summary

Political turmoil and violence in Cote D’Ivoire (CDI) after the disputed 2010 presidential election resulted in over 224,000 Ivoirians fleeing across the border to seek refuge in Liberia. Despite the political crisis now being over, there continues to be a significant movement of refugees across the Ivorian border into Liberia. With continued instability in areas of CDI, it is highly probable that many refugees will remain in Liberia for the foreseeable future, until it is safe for them to return home.

To gain a deeper understanding of the refugee situation, UNHCR and WFP conducted a cross border joint assessment mission (JAM) across both countries. The JAM focus was based on: Ongoing and projected refugee returns and repatriation to CDI; Developments on the CDI side of the border; and the ongoing operation in CDI for returnees.

The cross border JAM considers Liberia and CDI as "one situation", and primarily focused on analyzing the food security situation of the CDI refugees. The JAM also took into consideration a range of other indicators, including: health, nutrition, protection, education, non-food items, livelihood opportunities, and partnership in order to provide a comprehensive insight into the current status of CDI refugees in Liberia.