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The security situation in Côte d’Ivoire has been improving considerably since 2013 and is expected to remain positive in 2014, despite the recent intermittent attacks in border areas in the west of the country.
As peace and security are gradually restored in the country, some internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees have been returning home. In 2014 and 2015,
Ivorians who sought refuge in neighbouring countries at the time of the post-electoral violence in 2010, will continue to return to Côte d’Ivoire.
In 2014, one of UNHCR’s priorities in Côte d’Ivoire will be to find solutions for Liberians and Rwandans for whom refugee status has ceased, by facilitating local integration for some of them and undertaking resettlement assessments for the others. Those who are exempted from the cessation clauses will continue to receive international protection.
In Côte d’Ivoire, the lack of proper documentation for UNHCR’s people of concern has a significant impact on people’s access to some basic rights. For instance, children without proof of birth registration cannot attend schools or take state exams, and people without proof of nationality cannot own land. In this context, UNHCR will continue to advocate with the Government for the ratification of the 1954 and 1961 Statelessness Conventions.
Côte d’Ivoire was selected as one of three pilot countries for the UN Secretary-General’s Policy Committee Decision on Durable Solutions. Accordingly, a profiling of the displaced population and of hosting and vulnerable communities will take place.
The Government of Côte d’Ivoire grants access to public health clinics (primary health care) for all people of concern.
People of concern
The main groups of people of concern planned for in 2014 under the Côte d’Ivoire operation are: Liberians affected by the application of the cessation clauses; some 350,000 stateless people according to government estimates; and some 60,000 Ivorian refugee and IDP returnees.