Cameroon hosts about two million persons of concern to UNHCR, including one million internally displaced persons*, 460,000 refugees and asylum-seekers and 466,000 IDP returnees. The refugees are predominantly from the Central African Republic and Nigeria, while the internally displaced persons mainly come from Cameroon's Far North, North-West, and South-West regions.
Most of the 332,000 CAR refugees reside in towns and villages in Cameroon's eastern façade, while nearly 120,000 Nigerian refugees live in Cameroon's Far North Region. 52% of the refugees are women and girls, and 55% are children. 51% of internally displaced persons are children.
Cameroon Multi-Country Office covers Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. UNHCR MCO Cameroon focuses on protection needs as well as providing documentation and promoting self-reliance for refugees and internally displaced persons.
*(statistics from OCHA)
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For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Cameroon, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.
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