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2015 UNHCR country operations profile - Côte d'Ivoire

| Overview |

Working environment

UNHCR 2015 Côte d'Ivoire country operations map

  • One of UNHCR's main priorities in Côte d'Ivoire is the voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees in neighbouring countries. More than 12,000 refugees have been repatriated during the first semester of 2014.

  • UNHCR's operation in Côte d'Ivoire has been significantly affected by the Ebola virus outbreak since the first quarter of 2014. Following the official border closure with Guinea and Liberia in August, the voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees has been suspended until further notice.

  • With the exception of recent attacks in the south-western border region of Côte d'Ivoire, the security conditions throughout the country remain stable.

  • In light of the UN Secretary-General's choice of Côte d'Ivoire as a pilot country for a durable solutions strategy, UNHCR will support the Government in designing and implementing targeted responses to the needs of returnees, former internally displaced people (IDPs), stateless people and host communities.

  • UNHCR is committed to finding solutions, either through local integration or resettlement, for remaining Liberians and Rwandans living in Côte d'Ivoire whose refugee status was maintained after the implementation of the cessation clause. Those individuals exempt from the cessation clauses will continue to receive international protection.

  • In acceding to the 1954 and 1961 Conventions on Statelessness in late 2013, the Ivorian Government took an important step towards reducing the number of stateless people in Côte d'Ivoire. UNHCR will continue to support such efforts by identifying stateless people across the country and advocate for concrete measures to protect them.

People of concern

UNHCR's main populations of concern in Côte d'Ivoire in 2015 are Ivorians (former refugees) who fled Côte d'Ivoire during the post-electoral violence in 2010-2011 and have returned; stateless people and people at risk of statelessness in the country; and refugees, mainly from Liberia.

UNHCR 2015 planning figures for Cote d'Ivoire
Type of population Origin January 2015 December 2015
Total in country Of whom assisted
Total in country Of whom assisted
Total 746,030 116,030 627,000 72,990
Refugees Congo 160 160 160 160
Dem. Rep. of the Congo 160 160 160 160
Liberia 900 900 900 900
Various 300 300 800 800
Asylum-seekers Dem. Rep. of the Congo 60 60 60 60
Liberia 100 100 70 70
Nigeria 50 50 50 40
Various 300 300 800 800
Returnee arrivals during year (ex-refugees) Côte d'Ivoire 20,000 20,000 20,000 20,000
Internally displaced Côte d'Ivoire 4,000 4,000 - -
Returnee arrivals during year (ex-IDPs) Côte d'Ivoire 20,000 - 4,000 -
Stateless Stateless 700,000 90,000 600,000 50,000

| Response |

Needs and strategies

In 2015, UNHCR will continue to advocate for the adoption and implementation of a national asylum law on behalf of refugees living in Côte d'Ivoire. If adopted, the organization will engage in capacity-building exercises targeted at newly-appointed local officials in border areas that have not traditionally hosted refugees, and raise awareness throughout Ivorian society to ensure that the content and implications of the law are well understood.

To support the UN Secretary-General's Policy Committee Decision on Durable Solutions and assist the Government in its national development plan, UNHCR will implement community-based programmes to address the needs and improve the living conditions of refugees, returnees, former IDPs and stateless people in major areas of settlement.

Building on momentum generated by the launch of UNHCR's global campaign to eradicate statelessness, the Office will work with the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Public Liberties to identify people who are stateless or at risk of statelessness, and support national institutions in providing these individuals with civil status documentation. By helping them obtain confirmation of nationality, UNHCR will help tens of thousands of people access basic social services to which they are entitled.

| Implementation |


UNHCR will maintain its partnerships with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, UN agencies and national and international NGOs. The organization will continue to participate in inter-agency coordination mechanisms, such as the UN Country Team, the UN Development Action Framework and the Comité de coordination élargi, which was created in July 2013 to replace the cluster system and transfer responsibility for humanitarian and development matters to the authorities. The Office will continue to oversee the implementation of the UN Secretary-General's Policy Committee Decision on Durable Solutions, which seeks to provide a comprehensive response to the needs of returning populations and their host communities.

2015 UNHCR partners in Côte d'Ivoire
Implementing partners
Government agencies: Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Public Liberties, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
NGOs: Association de Soutien à l'Autopromotion Sanitaire Urbaine, Danish Refugee Council, Norwegian Refugee Council, Search for Common Ground
Others: FAO, IOM, UN Women, UNOPS
Operational partners
Government agencies: Ministry of the Family, Women and Social Affairs, Ministry of Planning and Development, Ministry of State, Ministry of Health
NGOs: International Rescue Committee, Save the Children International

| Financial information |

Between 2011 and 2013, financial requirements for UNHCR's programme in Côte d'Ivoire decreased significantly, from USD 47 million to USD 27.8 million.

Over the past two years, UNHCR has been establishing and maintaining an alliance of key players, notably UN agencies such as UNFPA, UNICEF and WFP, which took over some of the Office's unfunded activities.

In 2015, some USD 26 million will be needed for UNHCR to provide protection and assistance to former Ivorian refugees, as well as IDPs, stateless people and refugees in the country.

Source: UNHCR Global Appeal 2015 Update



Statistical Snapshot*
* As at June 2015
  1. Country or territory of asylum or residence.
  2. Persons recognized as refugees under the 1951 UN Convention/1967 Protocol, the 1969 OAU Convention, in accordance with the UNHCR Statute, persons granted a complementary form of protection and those granted temporary protection. It also includes persons in a refugee-like situation for whom refugee status has, for practical or other reasons, not been ascertained. In the absence of Government figures, UNHCR has estimated the refugee population in many industrialized countries based on 10 years of individual asylum-seeker recognition.
  3. Persons whose applications for asylum or refugee status are pending as at 30 June 2015 at any stage in the asylum procedure.
  4. Refugees who have returned to their place of origin during the first half of 2015. Source: country of origin and asylum.
  5. Persons who are displaced within their country and to whom UNHCR extends protection and assistance. It also includes people in IDP-like situations. This category is descriptive in nature and includes groups of persons who are inside their country of nationality or habitual residence and who face protection risks similar to those of IDPs but who, for practical or other reasons, could not be reported as such.
  6. IDPs protected/assisted by UNHCR who have returned to their place of origin during the first half of 2015.
  7. Refers to persons who are not considered as nationals by any State under the operation of its law. This category refers to persons who fall under the agency's statelessness mandate because they are stateless according to this international definition, but data from some countries may also include persons with undetermined nationality.
  8. Refers to individuals who do not necessarily fall directly into any of the other groups but to whom UNHCR may extend its protection and/or assistance services. These activities might be based on humanitarian or other special grounds.
The data are generally provided by Governments, based on their own definitions and methods of data collection.
A dash (-) indicates that the value is zero, not available or not applicable.

Source: UNHCR/Governments.
Compiled by: UNHCR, FICSS.
Residing in Côte d'Ivoire [1]
Refugees [2] 1,972
Asylum Seekers [3] 667
Returned Refugees [4] 74
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) [5] 24,000
Returned IDPs [6] 0
Stateless Persons [7] 700,000
Various [8] 57
Total Population of Concern 726,770
Originating from Côte d'Ivoire [1]
Refugees [2] 72,158
Asylum Seekers [3] 14,396
Returned Refugees [4] 74
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) [5] 24,000
Returned IDPs [6] 0
Various [8] 41
Total Population of Concern 110,669
Government Contributions to UNHCR
Contributions since 2000
2014 0
2013 0
2012 102,178
2011 10,000
2010 0
2009 0
2008 0
2007 0
2006 0
2005 0
2004 0
2003 0
2002 0
2001 0
2000 0

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Refugees move to new camp in Liberia

UNHCR has begun transferring refugees from Côte d'Ivoire to a new refugee camp in the north-eastern Liberian town of Bahn. Over the coming weeks UNHCR hopes to move up to 15,000 refugees into the facility, which has been carved out of the jungle. They are among almost 40,000 civilians from Côte d'Ivoire who have fled to escape mounting political tension in their country since the presidential election in late November.

The final number of people to move to Bahn will depend on how many wish to be relocated.from villages near the Liberia-Côte d'Ivoire border. Initially most of the refugees were taken in by host communities, living side-by-side with locals. Poor road conditions made it difficult for humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance. Supplies of food, medicine and water have been running low, making conditions difficult for both locals and refugees.

At the camp in Bahn, refugees will have easy access to basic services such as health care, clean water and primary school education.

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New flows of Ivorian refugees into Liberia

As of late March, more than 100,000 Ivorian refugees had crossed into eastern Liberia since lingering political tension from a disputed presidential election in neighbouring Côte d' Ivoire erupted into violence in February. Most have gone to Liberia's Nimba County, but in a sign that the fighting has shifted, some 6,000 Ivorians recently fled across the border into Liberia's Grand Gedeh County. Most of the new arrivals have settled in remote villages - some inaccessible by car. The UN refugee agency sent a mission to assess the needs of the refugees in the region.

Photographer Glenna Gordon photographed new arrivals near Zwedru in south-eastern Liberia.

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UNHCR has expressed its mounting concern about civilians trapped in the Abobo district of Cote d'Ivoire's commercial centre, Abidjan, following days of fierce fighting between forces loyal to rival presidential candidates. The situation there remains grim. Many of the 1.5 million inhabitants of Abobo have fled, but armed groups are reportedly preventing others from leaving. UNHCR is particularly concerned about vulnerable people, such as the sick and the elderly, who may not be able to leave.

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