Cumulative total of new arrivals since January 2018 stands at 1,529. This brings the total number of persons of concern to 18,865.
Lack of class rooms and teachers impacts the access of refugees and asylum-seekers to high school education provided in local schools in host communities.
Access to shelter remains a challenge due to funding constraints and increasing refugee population in Tongogara refugee camp.
Working with Partners
■ UNHCR participates actively in the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) as well as in Humanitarian Country Team in Zimbabwe. UNHCR’s partners, GOAL Ireland and Terre des Hommes (TDH), implement protection and assistance activities in Tongogara refugee camp. The Government of Zimbabwe, through the Department of Social Welfare, provides transit centre reception facilities, warehouses, social services and amenities as well as documentation.
■ The office of the Commissioner for Refugees continues to provide leadership and coordination with other government ministries/agencies to the refugee programme in Zimbabwe.
■ UNHCR supports the Government of Zimbabwe, through the Office of the Commissioner for Refugees, in protection and assistance of refugees, asylum-seekers and other persons of concern in Zimbabwe.
■ UNHCR provides capacity building and training to Zimbabwean authorities and civil society on refugee protection in close coordination with relevant partners. In December 2018, UNHCR supported the Government of Zimbabwe, through the Registrar General’s Office to issue birth certificates to refugee children born in Zimbabwe as well as provide refugee identity cards to refugees.
■ UNHCR in collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe conducted the periodic verification of refugees from 27 November to 20 December 2018. The population now stands at 18,865 persons of concern. In 2019, refugees residing in Harare will continue to be verified as not all persons of concern benefitted in 2018.
■ UNHCR continues to strengthen its partnerships with academia. Through the Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI Programme), refugees continue to benefit from various institutions of higher learning in Zimbabwe.