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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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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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