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Zambia hosts over 100,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and others of concern. The majority of people of concern are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and wider Great Lakes region as well as Angolan and Rwandan former refugees. The people of concern reside in Mantapala, Meheba and Mayukwayukwa refugee settlements as well as in Lusaka and other urban centres. UNHCR has four offices in Zambia including a Representation Office in Lusaka, Field Offices in Solwezi and Kawambwa, and a Field Unit in Kaoma.
Within the context of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), under the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) employing the whole-of-society approach, UNHCR provides comprehensive and solutions-oriented support, including livelihoods and self-reliance activities, to people of concern while advocating for the inclusion of refugees and other people of concern in the national system. In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR has adapted work modalities to continue delivering protection and assistance to people of concern in Zambia in close coordination with the Government of Zambia and other stakeholders.
All Persons of Concern JSON 
101,356
Last updated 31 Aug 2021
Source - UNHCR, Government 
All Refugees JSON 
71,728
Last updated 31 Aug 2021
Source - UNHCR, Government 
All Asylum Seekers JSON 
4,932
Last updated 31 Aug 2021
Source - Government, UNHCR 
All Former Refugees JSON 
24,696
Last updated 31 Aug 2021
Source - Government 
Refugees by Origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Dem. Rep. of the Congo Government 31 Aug 2021
  82.9%
59,447
Burundi Government 31 Aug 2021
  10.5%
7,514
Somalia Government 31 Aug 2021
  4.8%
3,428
Rwanda Government 31 Aug 2021
  1.1%
798
Others Government 31 Aug 2021
  0.8%
541


Asylum Seekers by Origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Dem. Rep. of the Congo Government 31 Aug 2021
  62.8%
3,095
Burundi Government 31 Aug 2021
  22.3%
1,101
Somalia Government 31 Aug 2021
  11.7%
578
Others Government 31 Aug 2021
  2.8%
140
Rwanda Government 31 Aug 2021
  0.4%
18


Former Refugees by Origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Angola Government 31 Aug 2021
  78.8%
19,470
Rwanda Government 31 Aug 2021
  21.2%
5,226


All PoCs by Location JSON  .CSV 
Location name Source Data date Population
Luapula Government 31 Mar 2021
  17.4%
16,924
Lusaka Government 31 Mar 2021
  17.6%
17,114
Northern Government 31 Dec 2018
  12.8%
12,404
North-Western Government 31 Mar 2021
  32.6%
31,649
Western Government 31 Mar 2021
  19.6%
19,025

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    UNHCR Zambia Operational Update - August 2021

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    DRC RRRP - Zambian Chapter

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    DRC RRRP - Zambian Chapter
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    UNHCR MAGAZINE 2020

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    August 2021 Factsheet - Zambia

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    July 2021 Operational Update - Zambia

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    Operational Update
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    DRC RRRP - Zambian Chapter

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    DRC RRRP - Zambian Chapter
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    3W for Mantapala Settlement

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    PARTNR SECTOR LIST IN MANTAPALA SETTLEMENT
    Publish date: 6 March 2019 (2 years ago)
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    Zambia - 3W Matrix

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    National Emergency Response Partners
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    MMC WEST AFRICA - 4Mi Snapshot - October 2018

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    Aspirations of refugees and migrants from West Africa.
    Publish date: 30 October 2018 (2 years ago)
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    COVID-19 Weekly Update

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    COVID-19 Weekly Update
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    UNHCR Zambia Covid-19 Update

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    UNHCR MAGAZINE 2020

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    UNHCR Zambia Operational Update - August 2021

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    August 2021 Factsheet - Zambia

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    Zambia Statistical Report - February 2021

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    Country-wide statistics of the population in Zambia
    Publish date: 2 March 2021 (7 months ago)
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    Zambia, Mantapala settlement - briefing note September 2020

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    Mantapala settlement - briefing note
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    Zambia, Settlement profiles - February-2021

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    Settlement profiles
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    Statistics Map

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    Statistics Map of Zambia for the month of October 2019
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    Statistics

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    Country-wide statistics of persons of concern in Zambia
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    Stastics

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    Statistics of persons of concern in Zambia
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    Statistics

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    Country-wide statistics for Zambia (October 2019)
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    Event report - Zambia country chapter launch of the DRC RRRP 2018

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    Event report - Zambia country chapter launch of the DRC RRRP 2018
    Publish date: 14 June 2018 (3 years ago)
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    Funding snapshot - Regional RRRP for the DRC (June 2018)

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    Funding snapshot - Regional RRRP for the DRC (June 2018)
    Publish date: 12 June 2018 (3 years ago)
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    Funding snapshot - Regional RRRP for the DRC (May 2018)

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    Funding snapshot - Regional RRRP for the DRC (May 2018)
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    Zambia Chapter of the Regional Refugee Response Plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC

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    Zambia Chapter of the Regional Refugee Response Plan for the Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC
    Publish date: 27 March 2018 (3 years ago)
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    Democratic Republic of Congo Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2018

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    Democratic Republic of Congo Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2018
    Publish date: 27 March 2018 (3 years ago)
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    Zambia Presence Map - February 2021

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    Zambia Presence Map
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    Zambia Atlas Map

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    Map in Adobe Acrobat format related to a UNHCR operation
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    Southern Africa Region - Persons of Concern - as of mid-2018

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    Southern Africa Region - Persons of Concern - as of mid-2018
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    Southern Africa Region - Persons of Concern - as of 31 Dec 2017

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    Southern Africa Region - Persons of Concern - as of 31 Dec 2017
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    Zambia - Inset Map - 03 October 2016

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    Zambia - Inset Map - 03 October 2016
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    Lusaka Inter-Agency Coordination Minutes (19 October 2018)

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    Lusaka Inter-Agency Coordination Minutes (19 October 2018)
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    Lusaka Inter-Agency Coordination Minutes (21 September 2018)

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    Lusaka Inter-Agency Coordination Minutes (21 September 2018)
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    Lusaka Inter-Agency Coordination Minutes (17 August 2018)

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    Lusaka Inter-Agency Coordination Minutes (17 August 2018)
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    Lusaka Inter-Agency Coordination Minutes (20 July 2018)
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    Lusaka Inter-Agency Coordination Minutes (8 June 2018)

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    Lusaka Inter-Agency Coordination Minutes (8 June 2018)
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    Summary - The Democratic Republic of the Congo Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2020-2021

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    The 2020-2021 Regional Refugee Response Plan for the DRC situation is covering the inter-agency response in the countries of asylum for Congolese refugees neighbouring the DRC: Angola, Burundi, Republ...
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    DRC 2019-2020 RRRP At A Glance - en

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    A summary of the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan for the Congolese refugees in the region
    Publish date: 11 December 2018 (2 years ago)
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    Le résumé du Plan de Réponse Régional 2019-2020 pour les Réfugiés (PRRR) relatif à Situation de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)
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    Remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Janet Rogan. RRRP Launch in Lusaka - Zambia chapter

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    Remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Janet Rogan. RRRP Launch in Lusaka - Zambia chapter
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    Remarks by UNICEF . RRRP Launch in Lusaka - Zambia chapter

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    Remarks by UNICEF . RRRP Launch in Lusaka - Zambia chapter
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    DRC 2021 RRRP

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    FUNDING APPEAL
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    The Democratic Republic of the Congo Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2020-2021

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    The 2020-2021 Regional Refugee Response Plan for the DRC situation is covering the inter-agency response in the countries of asylum for Congolese refugees neighbouring the DRC: Angola, Burundi, Republ...
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    The Democratic Republic of Congo Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2019-2020 - Revised in June 2019

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    The Democratic Republic of Congo Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2019-2020 - Revised in June 2019
    Publish date: 30 June 2019 (2 years ago)
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    UNHCR-UNDP Joint Programming Initiatives for the DRC situation

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    UNHCR and UNDP join forces to find sustainable solutions for Congolese refugees and host communities.Within the framework of the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) for the DRC situation, ...
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    The Democratic Republic of Congo Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2019-2020

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    The 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan for the DRC situation presents the biannual inter-agency effort to capture the needs of Congolese refugees in the region. By the end of 2019, at a first st...
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    Event report - Zambia country chapter launch of the DRC RRRP 2018

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    Event report - Zambia country chapter launch of the DRC RRRP 2018
    Publish date: 14 June 2018 (3 years ago)
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    UNHCR Zambia Factsheet February 2020

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    Factsheet
    Publish date: 31 March 2020 (1 year ago)
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    UNHCR Regional Update - DRC situation December 2019

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    An update on the situation of the DRC refugees and UNHCR’s operations in the region
    Publish date: 20 March 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Humanitarian Ambassadors Briefing Note

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    Briefing Note
    Publish date: 3 February 2020 (1 year ago)
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    UNHCR Regional Update - DRC situation October 2019

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    An update on the situation of the DRC refugees and UNHCR’s operations in the region
    Publish date: 1 December 2019 (1 year ago)
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    UNHCR Regional Update - DRC situation August 2019

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    An update on the situation of the DRC refugees and UNHCR’s operations in the region
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    July 2021 Operational Update - Zambia

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    Operational Update
    Publish date: 30 August 2021 (1 month ago)
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    Countrywide statistics for December 2019

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    Statistics
    Publish date: 3 February 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Congolese statistics

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    Statistics of active Congolese as of 31 March 2019
    Publish date: 10 April 2019 (2 years ago)
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    June Operational Update for Zambia

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    June Operational Update for Zambia
    Publish date: 11 August 2021 (2 months ago)
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    Briefing note on Isibindi

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    Briefing Note
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    Qualification passport briefing note

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    Briefing note
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    SECTOR UPDATES

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    EDUCATION - MANTAPALA
    Publish date: 1 July 2019 (2 years ago)
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    SECTOR UPDATES

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    Mantapala Settlement - Livelihoods
    Publish date: 1 July 2019 (2 years ago)
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    UNHCR partners with Jewel of Africa to train refugee youths in Lapidary

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    Livelihoods story
    Publish date: 23 May 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Zambia, Urban Refugee Programme Briefing Note

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    Briefing Note
    Publish date: 2 November 2020 (11 months ago)
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    Zambia, UNHCR Factsheet August 2020

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    Factsheet
    Publish date: 8 October 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Zambia, settlement profiles

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    Settlement profiles
    Publish date: 7 October 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Briefing Note - ZTVA

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    Briefing Note
    Publish date: 3 February 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Briefing Note - PSEA

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    Briefing Note
    Publish date: 3 February 2020 (1 year ago)
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      News
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    UNHCR Representative to Zambia features on Cavendish University Zambia Facebook Television

    Cavendish University Zambia Facebook, 11 Aug 2021

    UNHCR Representative to Zambia features on Cavendish University Zambia Facebook Television . Cavendish University Zambia has partnered with UNHCR to have 200 students enrolled at the university. THE BLUE WINGBACK | GUEST BIOGRAPHY UNHCR Representative to Zambia, Ms. Pierrine Aylara, a Benin-Swiss ... Read more

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    State of Refugees in Zambia

    State of the Refugees in Zambia, 11 Aug 2021

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    Cash grant empowers Congolese refugees in Zambia

    Cash grant empowers Congolese refugees in Zambia - World Food Programme, 11 Aug 2021

    The World Food Programme marks international refugee day with a visit to the Mantapala refugee settlement in Zambia “We came to Zambia because we were afraid of dying,” says Mulumbwa, 25. “People were being killed and beheaded. By the time we arrived, we were exhausted. My children were very unwe... Read more

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    Zambia, Germany Ambassador launches motorized water pumps

    UNHCR Kawambwa, 09 Oct 2020

    Mantapala: Germany Ambassador launches motorized solar water borehole for refugees By Ike Dzokpo - Jun 29, 2019 The Federal Republic of Germany Ambassador, His Excellency, Mr. Achim Burkart has launched a motorized solar water borehole constructed by UNICEF and World Vision with support from... Read more

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    Training Session of UNESCO Qualifications Passport (UQP) Ambassadors in Zambia

    UNHCR Zambia, 07 Oct 2020

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      Highlights
    Some 131 business holders in Lusaka and the three refugee settlements directly benefited from Cash-based Intervention (CBI) for livelihoods amounting to US$ 58,211.09.
    07 Oct 2021
    In terms of durable solutions, UNHCR submitted 163 cases comprising 624 refugees for resettlement consideration. Some 119 cases consisting of 401 individuals travelled to resettlement countries.
    07 Oct 2021
    During the month of September 2021, a total of 626 new refugees were registered, bringing the number of People of Concern (PoCs) hosted by Zambia to 102,32 (72,075 Refugees, 5,479 asylum-seekers and 24,774 others of concern) as of 30 September 2021.
    07 Oct 2021
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    • Zambia - Regional Bureau for Southern Africa

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