Niger currently hosts an estimated 50,000 Malian refugees. The crisis has also led to the return of 3,127 nationals of Niger previously living in the Gao area in Mali. Following the recent military intervention by the French and the ECOWAS armies, Malian refugees have continued to cross the border and arrive in Niger. Since the 11th of January 3,014 new arrivals were reported.
The operation focus on the following areas of action: guarantee the security and physical integrity; ensure that all refugees are duly registered; secure access to basic necessities and livelihood; ensure an active participation and close involvement of refugees in programmes and activities that affect their lives; bolster coordination and cooperation with all other stakeholders.