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Total number of refugees and asylum seekers JSON 
82,492
Source - UNHCR, Government 
Households*
6,662
Last updated 30 Jun 2021
* 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
Others UNHCR, Government 30 Jun 2021
  39.9%
32,899
Dem. Rep. of the Congo UNHCR, Government 30 Jun 2021
  38.1%
31,409
Burundi UNHCR, Government 30 Apr 2021
  13.6%
11,241
Rwanda UNHCR, Government 30 Jun 2021
  8.4%
6,939
Mozambique UNHCR, Government 30 Apr 2021
  0.0%
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    Malawi Factsheet January 2021

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    A snapshot of UNHCR operations in Malawi as of 31 January 2021
    Publish date: 19 February 2021 (5 months ago)
    Create date: 19 February 2021 (5 months ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE AS OF 20 JANUARY 2021
    Publish date: 20 January 2021 (6 months ago)
    Create date: 21 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE AS OF 14 JANUARY 2021
    Publish date: 15 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    Government of Malawi COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report

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    Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) Week 1, 2021 (04 to 10 January 2021)
    Publish date: 14 January 2021 (6 months ago)
    Create date: 14 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE AS OF 13 JANUARY 2021
    Publish date: 14 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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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)
    Create date: 14 November 2018 (2 years ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE AS OF 20 JANUARY 2021
    Publish date: 20 January 2021 (6 months ago)
    Create date: 21 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE AS OF 14 JANUARY 2021
    Publish date: 15 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    Government of Malawi COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report

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    Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) Week 1, 2021 (04 to 10 January 2021)
    Publish date: 14 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE AS OF 13 JANUARY 2021
    Publish date: 14 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    COVID-19 SITUATION UPDATE AS OF 11 JANUARY 2021
    Publish date: 11 January 2021 (6 months ago)
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    Malawi Factsheet January 2021

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    A snapshot of UNHCR operations in Malawi as of 31 January 2021
    Publish date: 19 February 2021 (5 months ago)
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    Malawi Factsheet

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    UNHCR Malawi Factsheet August 2020
    Publish date: 10 September 2020 (10 months ago)
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    Malawi Factsheet

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    UNHCR Malawi Factsheet April 2019
    Publish date: 1 May 2019 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 21 August 2019 (1 year ago)
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    Malawi Factsheet February 2019

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    A snapshot of UNHCR's operations in the Malawi, as of 28 February 2019
    Publish date: 28 February 2019 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 12 April 2019 (2 years ago)
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    Sub-Saharan Africa - Total population of concern to UNHCR - end 2018

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    Sub-Saharan Africa - Total population of concern to UNHCR - end 2018
    Publish date: 31 December 2018 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 24 June 2019 (2 years ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) Situation Report
    Publish date: 24 March 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Malawi Funding Situation

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    Malawi Funding Update as of 10 November 2020
    Publish date: 24 November 2020 (8 months ago)
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    Malawi Funding Situation

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    Malawi Funding Update as of 29 April 2020
    Publish date: 18 May 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Malawi Funding Situation

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    Malawi Funding Update as of 10 March 2020
    Publish date: 25 March 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Funding Situation

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    Malawi Funding Update as of 11 February 2020
    Publish date: 27 February 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 27 February 2020 (1 year ago)
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    UNHCR Cyclone Idai Fundraising document - June 2019

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    UNHCR fundraising for Cyclone Idai IDPs in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
    Publish date: 26 June 2019 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 8 July 2019 (2 years ago)
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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
    Publish date: 20 July 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 5 December 2018 (2 years ago)
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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
    Publish date: 20 July 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 12 March 2018 (3 years ago)
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    Malawi - April 2008

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    Map in Adobe Acrobat format related to a UNHCR operation
    Publish date: 20 July 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 18 February 2011 (10 years ago)
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    Mozambique Situation - Outflow into Zimbabwe and Malawi - end july 2017

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    Mozambique Situation - Outflow into Zimbabwe and Malawi - end july 2017
    Publish date: 20 July 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 28 August 2017 (3 years ago)
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    Mozambique/Malawi - as of September 2016

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    Mozambique/Malawi - as of September 2016
    Publish date: 20 July 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 23 February 2017 (4 years ago)
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    UN Malawi Bulletin

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    UN Malawi Bulletin May - June 2019
    Publish date: 1 July 2019 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 21 August 2019 (1 year ago)
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    Joint UNHCR-WFP Press Release on the refugee situation in Malawi

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    With 35,000 Refugees in Malawi Facing Ration Cuts, UN agencies seek Urgent Funding
    Publish date: 9 November 2018 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 28 March 2019 (2 years ago)
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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)
    Create date: 12 December 2018 (2 years ago)
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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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    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...
    Publish date: 11 December 2018 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 11 December 2018 (2 years ago)
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    Democratic Republic of Congo Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2018 - Revised in May 2018

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    Democratic Republic of Congo Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) 2018 - Revised in May 2018
    Publish date: 17 July 2018 (3 years ago)
    Create date: 17 July 2018 (3 years ago)
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    Representative visit to Dzaleka Refugee Camp

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    First official visit to Dzaleka Refugee Camp by new UNHCR Representative
    Publish date: 24 February 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 27 February 2020 (1 year ago)
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    New UNHCR Malawi Representative

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    New Representative presents her credentials to Foreign Affairs Ministry
    Publish date: 17 February 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 27 February 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Malawi Livelihoods Malawi Livelihoods Factsheet

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    Malawi Livelihoods Factsheet_Solutions Capital July 2019
    Publish date: 21 August 2019 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 21 August 2019 (1 year ago)
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    The Solutions Capital Initiative

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    Realizing the Potential of Multi-Year, Multi-Partner Planning
    Publish date: 1 November 2018 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 28 March 2019 (2 years ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) 31 March 2020 Situation Report
    Publish date: 1 April 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 1 April 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) 30 March 2020 Situation Report
    Publish date: 31 March 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 31 March 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) 29 March 2020 Situation Report
    Publish date: 30 March 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)
    Create date: 20 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
    Publish date: 1 October 2019 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 30 October 2019 (1 year ago)
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    Government of Malawi Daily Update on COVID-19

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    Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) 24 March 2020 Situation Report
    Publish date: 25 March 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 25 March 2020 (1 year ago)
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    UNHCR Tropical Cyclone Idai Update May 2019

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    Response in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe
    Publish date: 3 June 2019 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 12 April 2019 (2 years ago)
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    UNHCR Tropical Cyclone Idai Update May 2019

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    Response in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe
    Publish date: 3 June 2019 (2 years ago)
    Create date: 3 June 2019 (2 years ago)
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    Malawi Factsheet

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    Malawi Factsheet Dececember 2019
    Publish date: 31 January 2020 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 27 February 2020 (1 year ago)
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    Press Release on Refugees Situation in Malawi

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    Calls for urgent need on food situation in Dzaleka camp
    Publish date: 21 August 2019 (1 year ago)
    Create date: 21 August 2019 (1 year ago)
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      How counselling and attitude change are key towards fighting gender-based violence in Malawi's Dzaleka refugee camp

      UNHCR website, 17 May 2021

      This is a news article about efforts by UNHCR and SGBV partner Plan International Malawi (PIM) in bringing positive change to GBV survivors and perpetrators in Dzaleka refugee camp. Read more

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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

      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 April 2021, UNHCR has registered 49, 908 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 15,997 households located near the capital Lilongwe and was set up in 1994 to accommodate just between 10,000 and 12,000 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.
      MALAWI DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE


        Malawi
      Worldbank country facts
      Capital
      Lilongwe
      Languages
      en, ny
      Population
      16,310,431
      Area
      N/A
      GDP
      N/A
      GDP growth
      N/A
      Income level
      N/A
      Gini index
      39
      Currency
      MWK
      Literacy rate
      N/A