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Mali Situation: Regional Situation Update, March - May 2017


Mounting security challenges in Mali continue to create immense difficulties for sustaining a strong protection environment. The possibilities of large-scale voluntary repatriation remain low despite the refugee return movements that have been occurring in smaller numbers. Nevertheless, there have been significant efforts in improving the conditions of refugee in neighboring countries. With dwindling resources and the potential for prolonged exile, UNHCR aims to ensure a comprehensive response to Malian refugees that fosters greater inclusion in communities and local basic services, while enhancing refugees’ self-reliance and improving opportunities for long-term solutions for displaced families.


Malian refugees in the sub-region (as of 30 June 2017)

Refugee returnees to Mali (as of 30 April 2017) – source: Government of Mali

IDPs in Mali (as of 31 May 2017) – source: Commission mouvement de populations


  • Between March and May, over 1,100 Malian refugees were supported to voluntary return to Mali. 369 returnees also received cash grants to assist in reintegration.

  • Financial training for Malians was carried out in Burkina Faso to strengthen ties between refugee and local communities. The Government authorized refugees to be integrated into public health centers, though additional investments are required for this transition.

  • 76 refugee families living in Mauritania were repatriated back to Mali. UNHCR’s sensitization campaigns improved health and sanitation practices in Mbera camp.

  • Biometric identity cards have been issued for Malians in Niger. These cards are a critical protection tool. There was much progress on the creation of sustainable housing and children’s vaccination.