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United Republic of Tanzania

As of 1 January 2022, Tanzania hosts over 246,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of these, some 83% live in the Ndutu and Nyarugusu refugee camps located in the northwestern region of Kigoma.

Tanzania has had a long history of generosity in hosting refugees. UNHCR supports the Government of Tanzania in providing refugees and asylum seekers with international protection and durable solutions. UNHCR works primarily with the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as other government line ministries to deliver aid to the population of concern.

In addition to working with other humanitarian partners, UNHCR works closely with UN agencies through the UN Development Assistance Plan as well as the United Nations Kigoma Joint Programme, aimed at supporting refugees and their host communities as well as strengthening the link between humanitarian and development initiatives, in line with the Global Compact for Refugees.

Additional information

For information about our work in United Republic of Tanzania:

Operational updates

For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in United Republic of Tanzania, 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

For information about our operation in United Republic of Tanzania, please contact us through our Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.