With its decades-old open-door policy, Mauritania hosts over 71,000 Malian refugees in the arid southeast Hodh Chargui region where the Mbera camp is located. At the same time, more than 11,000 refugees and asylum-seekers comprising 40 different nationalities live in Nouakchott and Nouadhibou. With the volatile security situation in Mali, largescale returns are not expected, and a low-scale influx continues.

At the government’s request and using the Refugee Coordination Model, UNHCR coordinates an interagency humanitarian response with national and local authorities in the refugee-hosting Hodh Chargui region.

UNHCR’s strategy in Mauritania is to ensure refugees access adequate protection and assistance and, at the same time, are progressively included in national services and systems. UNHCR also engages directly with refugee and host communities to strengthen their decision-making, participation and self-reliance within the broader pursuit of durable solutions.

For information about our work in Mauritania:

  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
  • For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Mauritania, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

Contact Information

UNHCR Represenatation UNHCR in Mauritania

Street Address:
Ilot K No. 143, Route de la Corniche, Nouakchott, Mauritania

Mailing Address:
B.P. 4405, Nouakchott, Mauritania

222 5 257 415

222 5 256 176

[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 0

Working Hours:
Monday: 8:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 8:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 8:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 17:00
Friday: 8:00 - 12:30

Public Holidays:
03 January 2022, Jour de L'An
02 May 2022, Fete du Travail
03 May 2022, Fete D'El Fitr
04 May 2022, Lendemain Fete El Fitr
10 July 2022, Fete Id El Adha
11 July 2022, Lendemain Id El Adha
29 July 2022, Fete du Nouvel An Musliman
07 October 2022, Maouloud (Naissance du Prophet
28 November 2022, Fete de l'Independance
26 December 2022, Noel