Algeria is a country of transit and destination. The country mainly hosts Sahrawi refugees - UNHCR works with the 90,000 most vulnerable in the five camps near Tindouf - and 11,500 refugees and asylum-seekers in urban areas. 80% of them are Syrians, and 20% are sub-Saharan.

The Sahrawi situation is compromised by its isolation, limited livelihood opportunities and harsh environmental conditions. Due to the critical shortage of funding, minimum humanitarian standards cannot be met in most sectors, and most refugees are believed to live below the poverty line. Livelihood opportunities are few, and expectations of youth to become employed are wearing thin. UNHCR provides life-saving humanitarian needs and services to refugees.

With no asylum legislation, reception facilities or referral mechanisms in place, access to asylum and risk of refoulement are among the main protection concerns in urban areas. UNHCR carries out registration, Refugee Status Determination, and issues UNHCR documentation, advocating to improve the protection space and build capacity for local stakeholders. UNHCR facilitates access to education, health, mental health, and psychosocial support (MHPSS), legal services and cash assistance.

For information about our work in Algeria:

  • Information for refugees and asylum-seekers in Algeria – help.unhcr.org
  • 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 Algeria, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

Contact Information

The UNHCR Representation in Algeria

Street Address:
128 chemin Bachir El-Ibrahimi, Poirson,, El-Biar, 16000 Alger, Algeria

Mailing Address:
Boîte Postale 444, Hydra, Alger, Algeria

Telephone:
213 21 92 40 83

Facsimile:
213 21 92 40 93

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 0

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

Public Holidays:
02 February 2022, Jour de l'An
01 May 2022, Journee Internationale des Tra
02 May 2022, Aid El-Fitr
03 May 2022, Aid El-Fitr
05 July 2022, Fete de l'independance
10 July 2022, Aid El-Adha
11 July 2022, Aid El-Adha
07 August 2022, Jour de Achoura
01 November 2022, Fete de la Revolution
25 December 2022, Noel

The UNHCR Sub-Office in Tindouf

Street Address:
89 - 90 Rue Moussani, Tindouf, Algeria

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 323, Tindouf, Algeria

Telephone:
213 49 92 3555

Facsimile:
213 49 924229

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 1

Working Hours:
Monday: 8:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 8:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 8:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 17:00
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday: 8:00 - 17:00

Public Holidays:
02 February 2022, Jour de l'An
01 May 2022, Journee Internationale des Tra
02 May 2022, Aid El-Fitr
03 May 2022, Aid El-Fitr
05 July 2022, Fete de l'independance
10 July 2022, Aid El-Adha
11 July 2022, Aid El-Adha
07 August 2022, Jour de Achoura
01 November 2022, Fete de la Revolution
25 December 2022, Noel