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13 Sep 2019 description

Since 18 August, thousands of Congolese refugees spontaneously left Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola to make their way back home in the DRC.

A Tripartite Meeting subsequently took place on 22 and 23 August between UNHCR and the Governments of Angola and DRC, where it was decided that facilitated repatriation would start on 16 September 2019.

Background

13 Sep 2019 description

During the month, new arrivals continued to be registered, with a total of 572 new arrivals received in Zambia. 411 were from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with, 121 from Burundi, 38 from Somalia and other nationalities, two.

1,793 Congolese refugees received the National Registration, Passport and Citizenship Cards (Alien Cards) from Ministry of Home Affairs, with assistance by UNHCR, to enable them have fair access to rights of inclusion in national services, self-reliance, and opportunities to earn a living, and integration into the host country.

09 Sep 2019 description

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

As of 31 July 2019, 873,987 Congolese refugees are being hosted in several African countries. From 1 January to 31 July 2019 alone, some 62,291 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in the flows to Uganda.

UNHCR, together with 57 humanitarian and development partners launched the revised 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 30 June 2019 to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.

09 Sep 2019 description

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

873,987 Total number of refugees and asylum-seekers from the DRC.

4.5 M Internally displaced people (as at December 2017) Source: OCHA

1.1 M Planning figure of DRC refugees by December 2019.

51 Total number of Congolese refugees assisted to return in 2018

BASIC INFORMATION

POPULATION FIGURES

03 Sep 2019 description

90,225 refugee returnees (2014 - 2019)

This figure includes voluntary repatriation from Kenya (84,428) and Assisted Spontaneous returnees from Yemen (4,414) as well as 1,383 returnees from other countries such as Djibouti (801), Libya (394), Sudan (143), Eritrea (34), Pakistan, Gambia, Angola, Cambodia and others. Somali refugees from these or other countries who return spontaneously without assistance from the UNHCR are not included.

03 Sep 2019 description

This document provides a mid-month update on major developments between the publication of UNHCR’s monthly Operational Update.

  • On 5 July, UNHCR signed a Tripartite Agreement with the Governments of DRC and of the Central African Republic (CAR), in preparation for the voluntary repatriation of Central African refugees from DRC. An initial 4,000 refugees have expressed their intention to return home.

23 Aug 2019 description

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Andrej Mahecic – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 23 août 2019 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

23 Aug 2019 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

An estimated 8,500 refugees have spontaneously left the Lóvua settlement in Angola’s Lunda Norte province since 18 August with the intention of returning home to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This appears to be a response to reports of improved security in some of their places of origin and anxiety to return home in time for the beginning of the academic year.

20 Aug 2019 description

13,323 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) comprising 6,778 women and 6,545 men received monthly food rations in Mantapala Settlement, Luapula Province.

701 new asylum-seekers arrived in June - 558 from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 117 Burundi, 24 Somalia and two were of other nationalities. New arrivals are accommodated in Mantapala Settlement.

08 Aug 2019 description

Promoting good collaboration with local government is important

Present in more than 134 countries, the UN Refugee Agency works closely with host governments to protect and assist refugees and to find long-term solutions to their problems. Even before UNHCR and other relief organizations are on the scene, host communities are the first provider of support to refugees and asylum-seekers.

A good collaboration is important and in the Angolan municipality of Lóvua, humanitarian workers have implemented this to maximum effect.

07 Aug 2019 description

Le 11 juin, une réunion transfrontalière a eu lieu entre les Gouvernements du Burundi et de la RDC, ainsi que le HCR, à Uvira, SudKivu. La réunion a discuté du rapatriement des réfugiés burundais vivant en RDC, dans l’attente de la signature d’un Accord Tripartite.

Depuis le 6 juin, une flambée de violences a donné lieu à des déplacements massifs en Province de l’Ituri. Le HCR et OIM ont noté plus de 110.000 nouvelles arrivées dans les sites de PDI entre le 31 mai et le 20 juin. De plus, 8.647 personnes ont fui vers l’Ouganda en juin.

07 Aug 2019 description

On 11 June, a cross-border meeting was held between the Governments of Burundi and DRC, and UNHCR, in Uvira, South Kivu. The meeting discussed the repatriation of Burundian refugees living in DRC, pending the signing of a Tripartite Agreement.

Since 6 June, a flare-up of violence has led to massive new displacements in Ituri Province.
UNHCR and IOM recorded over 110,000 new arrivals in IDP sites between 31 May and 20 June. In addition, 8,647 people fled to Uganda in June.

30 Jul 2019 description

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

BASIC INFORMATION

POPULATION FIGURES

  • The figures in this report were updated to reflect the results of continuous biometric registration and verification exercises in countries of asylum.

  • The figures include additions (new arrivals and births) and subtractions (departures, deaths, no-shows during food distributions and deactivations). 2019-2020 RRRP

30 Jul 2019 description

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

As of 30 June 2019, 861,077 Congolese refugees are being hosted in several African countries. From 1 January to 30 June 2019 alone, some 49,660 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda.

UNHCR together with 57 humanitarian and development partners launched the revised 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 30 June 2019 to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.