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Algeria

For 50 years, Algeria has hosted Sahrawi refugees, making it one of the world's longest-standing refugee situations. The interagency Sahrawi Refugee Response Plan launched in November 2023 estimates the population needing humanitarian assistance to be 173,600 individuals in five camps. Additionally, apart from the Sahrawis, Algeria hosts approximately 12,000 refugees and asylum seekers, four-fifths of whom are Syrian, and the remainder is made up of a variety of countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.

The five Sahrawi camps are in an extremely harsh environment, with temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius in summer. Sandstorms are common, and floods are occasional. Livelihood and economic opportunities are scarce, and while the refugees are primarily self-governing and women play a crucial role in aid distribution and camp leadership, they rely heavily on Algeria and the international community for basic needs. The long duration of the situation and the absence of progress towards a political solution have made it difficult to sustain international attention and support. 

For asylum-seekers and refugees elsewhere in Algeria, the government recently committed Algeria to providing essential services to them. It indicated, too, that a comprehensive national law on refugees would soon be shared. In the meantime, UNHCR continues to provide protection and assistance services consistent with its mandate through several implementing partners, including the Algerian Red Crescent. 

Additional information

For information about our work in Algeria:

Help

Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Algeria? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Operational updates

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.

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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 Algeria

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

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

Phone:
+213 21 92 40 83

Fax:
+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: closed
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: 8:30 - 17:00

Public holidays

  • 1 January 2023, Jour de L' An
  • 23 April 2023, Aid El-Fitr
  • 24 April 2023, Aid El-Fitr
  • 1 May 2023, Journee Internationale du Travail
  • 28 June 2023, Aid el Adha
  • 29 June 2023, Aid Al-Adha
  • 5 July 2023, Jour de L'Independance
  • 27 September 2023, Mawlid Enabawi Charif (Naissance du prophete)
  • 1 November 2023, Jour de la Revolution
  • 25 December 2023, Noel
  • 25 December 2023, Christmas Day

The UNHCR Head of Sub-Office at Tindouf

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

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

Phone:
+213 49 92 3555

Fax:
+213 49 92 4229

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: 8:00 – 17:00
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

Public holidays

  • 1 January 2023, Jour de L' An
  • 23 April 2023, Aid El-Fitr
  • 24 April 2023, Aid El-Fitr
  • 1 May 2023, Journee Internationale du Travail
  • 28 June 2023, Aid el Adha
  • 29 June 2023, Aid Al-Adha
  • 5 July 2023, Jour de L'Independance
  • 27 September 2023, Mawlid Enabawi Charif (Naissance du prophete)
  • 1 November 2023, Jour de la Revolution
  • 25 December 2023, Noel
  • 25 December 2023, Christmas Day

Office contact details

The UNHCR Representative in Algeria

Street Address:
128 chemin Bachir El-Ibrahimi, Poirson,, El-Biar, 16000 Alger, Algeria
Mailing Address:
Boîte Postale 444, Hydra, Alger, Algeria
Telephone:
Facsimile:
213 21 92 40 93
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: closed
Saturday: closed
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
08 August 2022, Jour de Achoura
01 November 2022, Fete de la Revolution
25 December 2022, Noel

The UNHCR Head of Sub-Office at Tindouf

Street Address:
89 - 90 Rue Moussani, Tindouf, Algeria
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 323, Tindouf, Algeria
Telephone:
Facsimile:
213 49 924229
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: closed
Saturday: closed
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
08 August 2022, Jour de Achoura
01 November 2022, Fete de la Revolution
25 December 2022, Noel