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Refugees & Asylum Seekers in the Southern African Region JSON 
1,054,622
Last updated 30 Sep 2020
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Refugees & Asylum Seekers JSON 
Age & Gender
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Refugees & Asylum Seekers JSON 
Arrival Trends
Refugees & Ayslum Seekers JSON 
Breakdown by Country
Location name Source Data date Population
Angola UNHCR, Government 31 Aug 2020
  5.3%
55,835
Botswana UNHCR 31 Aug 2020
  0.1%
1,020
Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR, Government 30 Sep 2020
  50.0%
527,774
Eswatini UNHCR 31 Aug 2020
  0.2%
2,012
Lesotho UNHCR 31 Aug 2020
  0.0%
375
Madagascar UNHCR 31 Aug 2020
  0.0%
314
Malawi UNHCR, Government 31 Aug 2020
  1.7%
17,488
Mauritius UNHCR 31 Aug 2020
  0.0%
22
Mozambique UNHCR, Government 31 Aug 2020
  4.6%
48,087
Namibia UNHCR 31 Aug 2020
  0.5%
5,535
Republic of the Congo UNHCR, Government 31 Aug 2020
  3.8%
39,853
South Africa UNHCR 31 Aug 2020
  25.3%
266,694
Zambia UNHCR, Government 30 Sep 2020
  6.5%
68,620
Zimbabwe UNHCR, Government 31 Aug 2020
  2.0%
20,933

IDP in Southern African Region JSON 
6,385,489
Last updated 31 Aug 2020
Source - UNHCR, IOM, Government 
IDP JSON 
Breakdown by Country
Location name Source Data date Population
Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR, IOM, Government 31 Jul 2020
  86.2%
5,502,059
Mozambique UNHCR 31 Aug 2020
  4.8%
309,000
Republic of the Congo 31 Aug 2020
  4.8%
304,430
Zimbabwe 31 Aug 2020
  4.2%
270,000

Returned IDP JSON 
1,938,223
Last updated 31 Aug 2020
Source - IOM 
Returned IDP JSON 
Breakdown by Country
Location name Source Data date Population
Democratic Republic of the Congo IOM 31 Aug 2020
  100.0%
1,938,223

Returnees JSON 
23,248
Last updated 31 Aug 2020
Source - UNHCR, Government 
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    As attacks surge in northern Mozambique, families flee multiple times

    UNHCR, 18 Sep 2020

    Violence by armed groups has uprooted more than 250,000 people since 2017 in Cabo Delgado, with many living in dire conditions as they seek safety Read more

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    • Violence in northern Mozambique is leading to the displacement of thousands of families in the Province of Cabo Delgado.
      ©UNHCR/Eduardo Burmeister, December 2019

    • One year after Cyclone Idai, over 93,000 people still live in settlement sites and continue to face challenges in rebuilding their lives.
      ©UNHCR/Hélène Caux, February 2020

    • Amelia and her family were displaced when their home was destroyed by Cyclone Idai in March 2019, and one year after they are still living at a settlement site.
      ©UNHCR/Hélène Caux, February 2020

    • One year on, people displaced by Cyclone Idai struggle to rebuild their lives.
      ©UNHCR/Hélène Caux, February 2020

    • Distribution of core relief items to families displaced by Cyclone Idai.
      ©UNHCR/Silvia Cravesana, August 2019

    • Mireille is a Burundian refugee currently studying Agricultural Engineering at University in Maputo. Her dream is to contribute to Mozambique’s development.
      ©UNHCR/ Martim Gray Pereira, March 2020

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