Djibouti is one of the most politically stable countries in the region and hosts approximately 34 990refugees and asylum seekers from the neighboring countries and continues to receive simultaneous arrivals rom Somalia, Ethiopia, and Yemen. Largest group of refugees are Somalis and Yemenis, while most of asylum seekers are Ethiopians and Eritreans. UNHCR and its partners continued to provide protection, assistance, and solutions to persons of concern across the country.
Update On Achievements
The operational context in Djibouti remained generally stable. In February, campaign for municipal and regional elections took place peacefully throughout the country. A total of 215,687 voters are registered for this fourth edition of the municipal and regional election, aiming for greater representation of Djiboutian civil society in public authorities.
Notwithstanding the overall calm situation, it is to be noted the arrest a former Budget Minister. The General Prosecutor announced the existence of a fraudulent connivence between some traders and two officials of the Ministry of the Budget for the misappropriation of several billion Djiboutian currency from the national treasury. Thus, a former Budget Minister and two other personalities of the Ministry have been arrested for further investigations.
The country continues to welcome refugees and asylum seekers from neighboring countries. A slight increase in the number of asylum seekers from Ethiopia have been observed, in relation with the situation in Ethiopia. In total, 175 new arrivals have been registered, of whom 79 Tigrayans.
The UNHCR continue to support the government in national asylum system capacity buildings. Through the National Office for Assistance to Refugee (ONARS), UNHCR provides technical support to the government reinforce the capacity to the eligibility team to conduct refugee status determination particular birth registration. During the reporting period, the operation hosted two missions from the regional bureau. The Deputy Director and Head of Protection Service from the Regional Bureau interacted, from 8 to 10 February, with senior Government officials. This mission paved the way for another regional mission for technical support to conduct a government led assessment and organize a workshop in March on the national refugee status determination strategy.
On February 21st,the Representative took part, alongside the ministry of Social Affairs and Solidarities, and the ministry of Health, to the opening of a social center number 6 (guichet social) in Balbala, a suburb of Djibouti home for thousands of refugees. This center will offer the refugees, most in need, to access the national solidarity family programme (Safetynet) to improve their living conditions. With this opening of the social center, refugees most in need will receive a monthly grant of about USD 170. The event marks the fulfillment of one of the pledges of the Djiboutian government for the inclusion of refugees within the framework of the CRRF(national TV coverage).
Under the reporting period, the UNHCR participated to a two-day (23rd to 24th February) conference, organized conjointly by the IGAD and the ministry of Interior (ONARS), on national dialogue on forced displacements in Djibouti. This national dialogue brought together relevant stakeholders to discuss and reflect on situations of forced displacement and promote the protection of refugees and asylum seekers as part of the broader migration movement in Djibouti. The government of Djibouti also used the opportunity to update stakeholders on their progress in the implementation of Djibouti's global commitments (Global Compact on Refugees, Global Refugee Forum (GRF) and CRRF) and regional commitments on forced displacement (Nairobi process).