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As of December 2021, over 744,000 individuals are internally displaced in the country due to an armed conflict that erupted in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province in 2017. Mozambique also hosts more than 28,500 refugees and asylum seekers, of which around 9,500 reside in Maratane settlement while the remaining 19,000 reside in urban areas.

UNHCR works in full coordination with the Mozambican Government, responding to lifesaving needs and advancing protection and solutions for forcibly displaced persons. This is done while ensuring that policies, legislation and actions are consistent with global commitments such as the Global Refugee Forum, where the Government pledged to advance local integration and increase access to education, documentation, health care and essential services for refugees and host communities by 2023.

As Mozambique’s low-lying coast is prone to climate-induced disasters, UNHCR also provides emergency assistance in the wake of powerful cyclones that periodically ravage the region.

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For information about our work in Mozambique:


Are you looking for data on displacement in Mozambique? Visit the UNHCR data portal for the latest data and statistics on refugees and other displaced persons.

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Operational updates

For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Mozambique, 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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