Djibouti Strengthens its Commitment to Refugees

Djibouti Strengthens its Commitment to Refugees
Migrants cook rice in Obock, Djibouti, as they wait for nightfall to continue their journey to Yemen. From there, they hope to reach Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries; Alexander Bee; International Organization for Migration.

Federica Lombardi,

Africa Team Research Intern,

Global Human Rights Defence 

This past week, the Minister of the Interior Said Nouh Hassan took part in the work of the 72nd session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees taking place from October 4 to 8, 2021 in Geneva. This was an opportunity for the Minister to look into the situation of refugees in the country and assess the progress made in this regard.  The annual holding of the Executive Committee Session of the United Nations High Commissioner of human rights represents a space to discuss the challenges posed by migration and to discuss issues relating to the international protection of refugees. 

Djibouti has been welcoming refugees since its independence, with most of them staying in the country long-term. To date, refugees account for 3% of the population of the country – a percentage that constitutes the highest population/refugee ration in the world. Since the commitments made by the President of Djibouti in 2016, the East African country has been one of the first pilot countries in the implementation of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. Furthermore, since the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees, Djibouti has made all efforts to include refugees in various national programs, specifically the National Development Plan. 

This past September, Djibouti launched its first National Strategy for Migration with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The Strategy aims at promoting sustainable livelihood for migrants affected by conflict, protracted crisis, climate change and the lack of jobs in the region.


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