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UNHCR has been in Angola for 43 years since the signing of the ‘Accord de Siege’ in February 1977. During this time, UNHCR has played an important role in the history of Angola such as leading the repatriation of Angolans who fled the long civil war. With reestablishment of peace in 2002, the Government of Angola asked for UNHCR support to facilitate repatriation of Angolan refugees. After voluntarily repatriations took place, from 2003 until 2015, more than 523,000 Angolan refugees returned, more than half coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). From 2015 to 2016, UNHCR Angola operation focused on urban refugees and asylum seekers. In 2017, influx of refugees fleeing Kasai region in DRC forced the operation to scale up. Initially, refugees arrived from DRC were hosted in two transition centres in Dundo. Then, the Field Office Dundo was established and, eventually, the Lovua Settlement. Currently, there are more than 56,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Angola spread over provinces such as Luanda and Lunda Norte. These refugees represent a multitude of countries such as the DRC, Rwanda, Mauritania and others. They are located in several provinces across Angola, including Luanda and Lunda Norte. .UNHCR is a key observer of the National Council for Refugees (CNR) and works with several partners on the ground to ensure that refugees and stateless people are protected and have access to livelihood and durbabel solutions.
Total Population of Concern JSON 
56,297
Last updated 31 May 2021
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Total Refugees JSON 

Out of the total number of refugees in Angola, 9,622 are refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo pertaining to the Kasai caseload.
25,941
Last updated 31 May 2021
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Total Asylum-Seekers JSON 
30,294
Last updated 31 May 2021
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Total Others of Concern JSON 
62
Last updated 31 May 2021
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Refugees and Asylum-Seekers by Country of Origin JSON  .CSV 
Refugees from DRC include regular caseload and Kasai caseload. Kasai caseload are the refugees originating from Kasai region of DRC who came to Lunda Norte province in Angola as a result of conflict in 2017 and were given Prima Facie refugee status. The regular caseload consists of the remaining population excluding the 2017 Kasai caseload and comprises of refugees and asylum-seekers who came to Angola as far as 35 years ago. The regular caseload includes urban refugees from different nationalities including Congolese, a majority of them settled in Luanda but also in the other 12 provinces.
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Dem. Rep. of the Congo UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  41.9%
23,546
Guinea UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  16.5%
9,274
Côte d'Ivoire UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  11.3%
6,357
Mauritania UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  10.2%
5,725
Somalia UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  3.6%
2,002
Sudan UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  3.5%
1,949
Sierra Leone UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  3.4%
1,910
Eritrea UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  3.3%
1,867
Others UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  2.4%
1,346
Chad UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  1.7%
969
Rwanda UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  1.2%
648
Liberia UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  1.1%
642


Refugees and Asylum-Seekers by Sub-location JSON 
Location name Source Data date Population
Bengo UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  1.5%
870
Bié UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  0.2%
122
Cabinda UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  0.0%
4
Cuanza Norte UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  0.3%
174
Cuanza Sul UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  0.4%
221
Cunene UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  0.2%
98
Huambo UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  0.1%
35
Luanda UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  68.2%
38,372
Lunda Norte UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  18.7%
10,532
Lunda Sul UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  2.3%
1,315
Malanje UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  1.9%
1,067
Moxico UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  5.6%
3,135
Uíge UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  0.3%
151
Zaire UNHCR, Government 31 May 2021
  0.2%
139

Persons of Concern in Angola - Yearly Trend JSON 
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  • Refugees and Asylum-Seekers in Angola

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    Angola Funding Requirements (2021)
    $28,830,000
    Total appeal
       Angola - DRC Situation
    • Angola - DRC Situation

      The on-going conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have caused and continue to cause internal and external displacement of populations. In 2017, some 100,000 Congolese fled to neighbouring countries as refugees, due to widespread militia activities, unrest and violence, joining the 585,000 already in exile. The security conditions in DRC, especially in the eastern and central parts have continued to worsen since the beginning of 2018. Because of this, the Congolese refugee population is now among the ten largest in the world. Nearly 55 per cent are children, many crossing borders unaccompanied or separated. Existing camps and sites in many asylum countries are saturated, and available basic services are stretched to the limit. The situation requires support, adequate resources and collaboration so that effective protection and assistance can be delivered efficiently to Congolese refugees.

    • Angola - Eradication of Statelessness in the East and Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes Region

      Highlighting statelessness in the 12 Member States of the ICGLR, and what is being done to eradicate it. Media coverage, testimonies of stateless persons, reports on the issue and all documents pertaining to the Brazzaville Declaration process can be consulted in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.

    • Angola - Regional Bureau for Southern Africa

      The Regional Bureau emphasises ensuring a favourable protection environment; providing community-based protection and multi-sectoral assistance; pursuing durable solutions for people of concern; promoting social cohesion and peaceful co-existence; enhancing emergency preparedness and response capacity. “We are never as effective as when the 'whole-of-society' is working together to bring compassion, resources and expertise in response to humanitarian situations. In the spirit of the Global Compact on Refugees and UNHCR’s IDP Policy, governments, NGOs, civil society, private sector and people of concern are UNHCR’s most important partners in responding to the displacement of more than [9.5 million] people of concern in the Southern Africa region.” Regional Director : Valentin Tapsoba


    Angola Operations - Caseload
    Angola Regular Caseload
    It comprises of 46,675 refugees, asylum-seekers and few others of concern from DRC, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and other countries who has been in Angola between 5-30 years. They are residing mostly in urban location. 82% of the total urban caseload reside in Luanda.

    Angola DRC Kasai Caseload
    In 2017, around 35,000 Congolese refugees fled conflict and violence from Kasai region in DRC to Lunda Norte Province in Angola, leading UNHCR and the Government of Angola to declare an emergency situation. Lovua settlement was then established on Sep 2017. Since then, the 2017 Kasai refugees whose current population is 9,622, as they are referred to, have been granted asylum and provided with assistance and protection mainly in Lovua Refugee Settlement and other neighbouring areas within Lunda Norte. WFP provides food to refugees residing in settlement.
    Contact Information

    Please contact the following focal points:

    Title Contact
    UNHCR Angola Representative Vito Trani
    trani@unhcr.org
    External Relations / Reporting Officer Flavia Faria
    faria@unhcr.org
    UNHCR Angola Partners
    GovAngola WFP fao JRS NCA IEIEA SDB ADPP WV