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Refugees & Asylum Seekers in the Southern African Region JSON 
1,027,849
Last updated 31 Mar 2021
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Refugees & Asylum Seekers JSON 
Age & Gender
Source - UNHCR, Government
Refugees & Asylum Seekers JSON 
Arrival Trends
Refugees & Asylum Seekers JSON 
Breakdown by Country
Location name Source Data date Population
Angola UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2021
  5.3%
56,069
Botswana UNHCR 28 Feb 2021
  0.1%
799
Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2021
  49.2%
520,002
Eswatini UNHCR 28 Feb 2021
  0.2%
2,092
Lesotho UNHCR 28 Feb 2021
  0.0%
474
Madagascar UNHCR 28 Feb 2021
  0.0%
311
Malawi UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2021
  4.6%
48,558
Mauritius UNHCR 28 Feb 2021
  0.0%
22
Mozambique UNHCR, Government 31 Jan 2021
  2.6%
27,215
Namibia UNHCR 28 Feb 2021
  0.6%
5,855
Republic of the Congo UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2021
  3.9%
40,864
South Africa UNHCR 28 Feb 2021
  25.2%
266,694
Zambia UNHCR, Government 31 Mar 2021
  6.9%
72,762
Zimbabwe UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2021
  1.4%
14,797

IDP in Southern African Region JSON 
6,373,501
Last updated 28 Feb 2021
Source - IOM, UNHCR, Government 
IDP JSON 
Breakdown by Country
Location name Source Data date Population
Democratic Republic of the Congo UNHCR, IOM, Government 28 Feb 2021
  81.6%
5,198,131
Mozambique IOM 31 Jan 2021
  11.9%
761,418
Republic of the Congo 28 Feb 2021
  4.8%
304,430
Zimbabwe 28 Feb 2021
  1.7%
109,522

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    Fear and loss stalk Mozambicans fleeing insurgent violence

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    Some 670,000 people forced from their homes in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province in a crisis that has failed to hold the world’s attention. Read more

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    Displaced Mozambicans volunteer to support outreach efforts by aid agencies

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    • Deputy Director for UNHCR Southern Africa Bureau, Angele Dikongue-Atangana, visiting relocation IDPs site in Nanjua, Ancuabe and meeting with internally displaced and host communities.
      © UNHCR/Deiliany de Souza December 2020

    • Mozambique Families displaced by extremist violence in Cabo Delgado
      © UNHCR/Deiliany de Souza August 2020

    • UNHCR in partnership with the Catholic University of Mozambique has started a pilot project in Josina Machel neighborhood, Pemba city, to provide legal counselling and legal assistance to IDPs and host communities on issues related to birth registration an
      © UNHCR/Deiliany Souza

    • Protection Focal points conduction awareness sessions within their own community. These frontliner workers, identify by their communities, are helping UNHCR team to deliver protection and assistance to displaced people and host communities
      © UNHCR/Juliana Ghazi

    • Violence in northern Mozambique is leading to the displacement of thousands of families in the Province of Cabo Delgado
      ©UNHCR/Eduardo Burmeister, December 2020

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