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Djibouti hosts approximately 35,000 persons of concern, including over 23,000 refugees and 11,000 asylum-seekers, residing in Ali Addeh (49%), Holl Holl (23%), Djibouti city (20%) and Markazi (8%) refugee villages. These persons of concern are predominantly from Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen. Of these, 68% are women and children. 

The Government of Djibouti has been providing refugee protection through legislative reforms and has embraced the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF). This UNHCR initiative aims to safeguard the wellbeing of refugees and their host communities, a precursor to the Global Compact on Refugees. Djibouti has been praised as a country that has achieved a lot in implementing the CRRF, particularly in including refugees and other persons of concern in national systems such as education, health and employment.

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For information about our work in Djibouti:


Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Djibouti? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Operational updates

For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Djibouti, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

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Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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Office contact details

The UNHCR Representative in Djibouti

Street Address:
LOT No 24, Rue De L'Ígad, Quartier Heron, Djibouti, Djibouti
Mailing Address:
B.P. 1885, Djibouti, Djibouti
253 21 35 86 23
Time Zone:
GMT + 3
Working Hours
Monday: 08:00 - 15:15
Tuesday: 08:00 - 15:15
Wednesday: 08:00 - 15:15
Thursday: 08:00 - 15:15
Friday: closed
Saturday: closed
Sunday: 08:00 - 15:15
Public Holidays:
02 January 2022, Jour de l'an
01 March 2022, Al Isra Al Miraj
17 April 2022, Paques
01 May 2022, Fete du Travail
02 May 2022, Aid el-Fitr
27 June 2022, Fete de l'Independance
10 July 2022, Aid al-Adha
31 July 2022, Nouvel an Islamique
09 October 2022, Fete du Mouloud
25 December 2022, Noel