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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The DRC is home to over 529,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who have fled violence in neighbouring countries, mainly the Central African Republic, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. The majority (72%) live outside refugee camps or settlements, and only 3% live in urban areas. In addition, due to high levels of insecurity and large-scale violence against civilians, some 5.6 million Congolese are internally displaced in the DRC, with over 4 million in the eastern provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu and Ituri alone. Over 990,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from the DRC are currently sheltered across the African continent.

The UNHCR DRC Country Office provides protection and assistance for all those forced to flee and the people at risk of statelessness within the country. UNHCR works in close collaboration with the DRC government to find long-term solutions to forced displacement and strengthen refugees' self-reliance, IDPs, and host communities.

Additional information

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


Are you looking for data on displacement in Democratic Republic of the Congo? Visit the UNHCR data portal for the latest data and statistics on refugees and other displaced persons.

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Operational updates

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.

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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

Le Représentant du H.C.R.en République Démocratique du Congo

Street Address:
6729, l' OUA Ngaliema, BP 7248, Kinshasa,DRC, Congo, The Democratic Republic

Mailing Address:
PO Box 7248, Kinshasa, DRC, Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic

+243 99 60 41 000

[email protected]

Time zone:
GMT +1

Working hours

  • Monday: 8:00 - 16:00
  • Tuesday: 8:00 - 16:00
  • Wednesday: 8:00 - 16:00
  • Thursday: 8:00 - 16:00
  • Friday: 8:00 - 16:00
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed