UNHCR 2014 - 2015 Global Appeal - Djibouti

Report
from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 31 Dec 2014 View Original

Overview

Working environment

  • The political and security situation in Djibouti is currently stable. However, the country has limited natural resources and is struggling to recover from six consecutive years of drought. These challenges have had a negative socio-economic impact on the host community and the people of concern to UNHCR.

  • Djibouti plays a considerable role in international efforts to restore peace in Somalia and has been party to discussions for reaching a political settlement. Djibouti has grown as a regional hub for international forces combating terrorism and piracy in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.

  • Djibouti has a high national unemployment rate, placing further economic pressure on the country. Work opportunities and prospects of local integration for refugees are limited, which has implications on their livelihood opportunities.

  • Djibouti is host to over 21,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia, who mostly reside in Holl Holl camp, which reopened in 2011, and Ali Addeh camp.

  • Given its geographic location and environmental conditions, as well as the socio-economic and security situation in the region, Djibouti has also increasingly become a transit country for mixed migratory movements to other countries such as Yemen.

  • In 2014-2015, the Government of Djibouti will continue to provide land for the establishment of refugee camps, and the Office National d’Assistance aux Réfugiés et Sinistrés (ONARS) will manage water, food distribution and security