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Total number of refugees and asylum seekers JSON 
46,290
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Households*
6,614
Last updated 31 May 2020
* Household data may be unavailable for some locations.
Source - UNHCR, Government
Refugees and asylum-seekers by Origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Dem. Rep. of the Congo UNHCR, Government 31 May 2020
  61.7%
28,577
Burundi UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2020
  22.4%
10,377
Rwanda UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2020
  15.3%
7,076
Others UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2020
  0.6%
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      Banking services bring a glimmer of hope to refugees in Malawi's Dzaleka camp

      African Business Magazine, 27 Feb 2020

      A bank branch in a Dzaleka Refugee Camp – the first of its kind in the world to be set up in a refugee camp is providing banking services and credit to residents, many of who are setting up their own businesses. Read more

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      Malawi needs K225bn to normalise disaster

      The Nation, 31 Mar 2019

      Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi says Malawi needs $300 million (K225 billion) to normalise the floods damage after cyclone Idai. Dausi made the remarks at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) yesterday when his ministry received relief items from the United Nations High Commissioner fo... Read more

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      UNHCR donates to people affected by floods

      Department of Disaster Management Affairs, 30 Mar 2019

      The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Saturday, 30 March 2019 donated assorted relief items to people affected by the March 2019 floods. Read more

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      UNHCR rushing staff, supplies to assist people affected by Cyclone Idai

      UNHCR, 22 Mar 2019

      UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working with governments and humanitarian partners in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to provide relief to the survivors of the Tropical Cyclone Idai, which struck the east coast of southern Africa on 14 and 15 March. Read more

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      UNHCR launches Yetu Community Radio in Dzaleka refugee camp

      United Nations Malawi, 26 Oct 2018

      etu Community Radio hit the airwaves at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in the central region district of Dowa on 7th August, 2018 becoming the first Community Radio to be set up in a refugee camp in the Southern Africa region. Read more

      UNHCR COVID-19 preparedness and response in Dzaleka Refugee Camp
      Quarantine site where all new arrivals are being quarantined for 14 days undergoing screening and observation before being allowed to mix with other refugees.
      Funding information
      $16,200,000
      Total appeal
      Operations summary
      As of 30 June 2020, UNHCR has registered 46, 290 refugees and asylum-seekers. More than half of the refugee population fled from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the remaining population originating from Burundi, Rwanda and others from the East and Horn of African countries. Most of refugees in Malawi live in the heavily congested Dzaleka Refugee Camp which has 14,982 households located near the capital Lilongwe and was set up in 1994 to accommodate just about 10,000 people. While many of these refugees have been in the country for decades, the situation is not static. Congolese and Burundians continue to arrive at an average of 470 individuals per month. While maintaining open borders for people seeking safety, the Government of Malawi has historically taken a restrictive approach to managing refugee situations by making several reservations to the 1951 Refugee Convention. Its domestic legal framework reflects these reservations and consequently refugees face restrictions on their freedom of movement through the encampment policy, experience limited access to social services and are restricted from employment. The Government of Malawi has already enrolled the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) despite an Inter-Ministerial CRRF Steering Committee yet to adopt the 5 pledges Malawi made during the Global Refugee Forum and the Roadmap for the implementation of the GCR-CRRF. One of the five pledges Malawi made during the GRF is “legal and policy” reform to ensure some of the 9 reservations, including; the encampment policy, restricted freedom of movement, restricted choice of place of residence by the refugees, access to public schools and access to employment are lifted. Pending the adoption of the five pledges and the Roadmap, UNHCR and its partners, using the Solutions Capital continues to impellent key CRRF activities in the areas of settlement approach, decongestion of Dzaleka refugee camp, livelihoods and self-reliance and advocacy with government on legal and policy reforms/changes.
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        Malawi
      Worldbank country facts
      Capital
      Lilongwe
      Languages
      en, ny
      Population
      16,310,431
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      Gini index
      39
      Currency
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