Mauritania hosts over 2,600 urban refugees and asylum- seekers and more than 58,000 Malian refugees in and around Mbera camp. Despite the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2015, large-scale returns of Malian refugees are not expected due to persistent violence in northern and central Mali. In March alone, 1,032 new arrivals were registered in Mbera camp. In response, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been enhancing collaboration with development actors to bridge the current gap between humanitarian and development efforts and ensure that refugees—in particular, extremely poor ones—are not left behind. Furthermore, UNHCR registered 77 new arrivals in the mixed movements contexts of the urban areas of Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. Pending the adoption of the asylum law, UNHCR works closely with the Mauritanian authorities to enhance the protection of refugees in Mauritania improving access to documentation, birth registration, economic opportunities, and basic services such as health and education. UNHCR works under the umbrella of the United Nations Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (CPDD).
2,161 New arrivals from Mali since January 2019
0 Voluntary returns to Mali facilitated in 2019
4,731 Malian refugees with specific needs (as of 31 March 2019)
FUNDING (AS OF 15 APRIL)
USD 19.3 M 3.3 M received.
16 M requested for the UNHCR operation in Mauritania