As of 31 May 2013, the total number of Malian refugees in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger and Togo is 176,986 individuals. The estimated number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mali as a result of the crisis as of 21 May is 301,027 individuals according to the Commission of Population Movements. The current number of Malian refugees and IDPs is 478,013 individuals.
In Burkina Faso, UNHCR and the government have decided to temporarily maintain 49,945 individuals – which is the registration figure as of 22 April 2013 – as the total Malian refugee figure pending the biometric registration which has been planned to start in August 2013, as well as the ongoing verification of the physical presence of refugees considered as “out of camps/rural”, The latter are scattered throughout the Sahel region of Burkina Faso. This figure will be updated as soon as these two exercises have been completed.