Democratic Republic of the Congo Situation: At a glance UNHCR Regional Update (December 2018)

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Dec 2018 View Original

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

814,975 Total number of refugees and asylum-seekers from the DRC

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

941,000 Planning figure of DRC refugees by December 2018.

51 Total number of Congolese refugees assisted to return since January 2018



  • 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).


  • Contingency planning has been undertaken in connection with the current volatile insecurity and socioeconomic situation in the DRC which could witness more outflows of Congolese refugees to neighbouring countries. In the Regional Contingency Plan for the DRC situation, it is estimated that in the event of a major emergency in the country, related to the presidential elections, and in the post-election period, over 386,000 new Congolese refugees and asylum seekers could arrive in countries of asylum.

Further, it is estimated that some 78,000 refugees currently residing in the DRC might return to their countries of origin.


  • UNHCR received $171.3 million for the DRC situation, representing 46 per cent of the total requirements of $368.7 million for 2018.

  • The interagency Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) for the DRC situation received $185.2 million, representing 34 per cent of the total requirements of $547 million for 2018.