Democratic Republic of the Congo

By August 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) hosted more than 536,000 refugees. 4.5 million people were also displaced inside the country.

Refugees from Burundi, Central African Republic, and South Sudan have been arriving in DRC and are trying to make a living, despite a very difficult context (armed groups, poor economy, lack of infrastructure, vastness of the country).

The DRC is among the world’s poorest countries, measured by gross national income per capita. Insecurity in some parts of the country and few roads make it difficult to protect and assist refugees and displaced people. Through our 19 offices in the DRC, we provide protection and assistance for those forced to flee their homes, helping to find long-term responses and supporting them on the way to self-reliance.

For information about our work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

  • Read the latest documents, reports and publications on our Data Portal
  • 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

Contact Information

For information about our operation in Democratic Republic of the Congo, please contact us through our Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.