The impact of nearly two-and-a-half decades of armed conflict in Somalia, compounded by drought and other natural hazards, challenges the resilience and the coping mechanisms of Somalia’s most vulnerable citizens.

Over 870,000 Somalis are registered as refugees in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, while an estimated 2.1 million men, women and children are displaced within the country itself.

In Somalia we are providing protection and life-saving to those who have been forced to flee their homes. We assist with improved access to education, health, livelihood initiatives and community-based projects which help refugees, people displaced inside the country, returnees and host communities integrate.

(Updated January 2018)

For information about our work in Somalia:

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

Contact Information

For information about our operation in Somalia, please contact us through our Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.