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Benin

The Multi-country Office (MCO) Senegal is based in Dakar. It is responsible for operations in Benin, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Togo, The Gambia, Sierra-Leone, Cabo Verde, and Senegal. There are National UNHCR Offices in Togo, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau.

As of September 2021, the MCO countries host a total of 46,891 refugees and asylum seekers, most of whom are in protracted situations.

The overall situation in the MCO countries is one of relative political stability and economic security. Nonetheless, a potential spillover of terrorist operations in Burkina Faso and Niger bordering Benin and Togo has been raising concerns of potential population flows due to insecurity.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the lockdown of economies and the closure of borders had social, economic, and political implications on the livelihoods of refugees and host communities. It undermined the communities’ resilience and hindered access to solutions for protracted refugee caseloads. Integration of refugee caseloads has already taken place for years in most contexts, with solutions strategies and roadmaps discussed, agreed upon and partially implemented.

UNHCR’s proposal, jointly with Governments, of clear legal solutions for naturalization and residence permits for long-staying refugees, is expected to help stabilize PoCs status in the region.

Additional information

For information about our work in Benin:

Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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Office contact details

The UNHCR Representative in Benin

Street Address:
Lot 01 Patte d'oie, Cotonou, Benin

Mailing Address:
Boîte Postale 08-1066, Cotonou, Benin

Phone:
+229 21 30 2898

Fax:
+229 21 30 2890

Email:
[email protected]

Time zone:
GMT +1

Working hours

  • Monday: 8:00 - 17:30
  • Tuesday: 8:00 - 17:30
  • Wednesday: 8:00 - 17:30
  • Thursday: 8:00 - 17:30
  • Friday: closed
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

Public holidays

  • 2 January 2023, New Year's Day
  • 3 March 2023, Martyrs Day
  • 7 April 2023, Good Friday
  • 10 April 2023, Easter Monday
  • 21 April 2023, Eid Al-Fitr
  • 1 May 2023, Labour Day
  • 28 June 2023, Eid Al-Adha
  • 6 July 2023, Independence Day
  • 16 October 2023, Mother's Day
  • 25 December 2023, Christmas Day

Office contact details

The UNHCR Representative in Benin

Street Address:
Lot 01 Patte d'oie, Cotonou, Benin
Mailing Address:
Boîte Postale 08-1066, Cotonou, Benin
Telephone:
Facsimile:
229 21 30 2890
Time Zone:
GMT + 1
Working Hours
Monday: 8:00 - 17:30
Tuesday: 8:00 - 17:30
Wednesday: 8:00 - 17:30
Thursday: 8:00 - 17:30
Friday: closed
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed