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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 
94,618
Last updated 30 Sep 2022
Source - UNHCR, Government 
All Refugees JSON 
66,981
Last updated 30 Sep 2022
Source - UNHCR, Government 
All Asylum Seekers JSON 
3,816
Last updated 30 Sep 2022
Source - Government, UNHCR 
All Former Refugees JSON 
23,821
Last updated 30 Sep 2022
Source - Government 
Refugees by Origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Dem. Rep. of the Congo Government 30 Sep 2022
  83.5%
55,939
Burundi Government 30 Sep 2022
  10.4%
6,948
Somalia Government 30 Sep 2022
  4.2%
2,840
Rwanda Government 30 Sep 2022
  1.0%
703
Others Government 30 Sep 2022
  0.8%
551


Asylum Seekers by Origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Dem. Rep. of the Congo Government 30 Sep 2022
  72.0%
2,748
Burundi Government 30 Sep 2022
  16.7%
637
Somalia Government 30 Sep 2022
  9.6%
366
Others Government 30 Sep 2022
  1.4%
53
Rwanda Government 30 Sep 2022
  0.3%
12


Former Refugees by Origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Angola Government 30 Sep 2022
  79.5%
18,933
Rwanda Government 30 Sep 2022
  20.5%
4,888


  Latest Documents
  • PRESS RELEASE ON THE UNHCR ASSISTANT HIGH COMMISSIONER'S VISIT TO ZAMBIA

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  • PRESS RELEASE ON THE UNHCR ASSISTANT HIGH COMMISSIONER'S VISIT TO ZAMBIA

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    UNHCR Operational Update September 2022 - Zambia

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    UNHCR Operational Update
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    UNHCR Operational Update July 2022 - Zambia

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    UNHCR Operational Update July 2022 - Zambia
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    UNHCR Zambia Operational Update - May 2022

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    Monthly Operational Update - May 2022
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    DRC RRRP - Zambian Chapter

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    DRC RRRP - Zambian Chapter
    Publish date: 28 September 2021 (1 year ago)
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    3W for Mantapala Settlement

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

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    National Emergency Response Partners
    Publish date: 6 March 2018 (4 years 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 (4 years ago)
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    COVID-19 Weekly Update

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    COVID-19 Weekly Update
    Publish date: 11 August 2021 (1 year ago)
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    UNHCR Zambia Covid-19 Update

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    UNHCR MAGAZINE 2020

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    Publish date: 4 September 2021 (1 year ago)
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    PSEA STORY

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    SITUATIONAL uPDATE
    Publish date: 19 June 2019 (3 years ago)
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    UNHCR Zambia Operational Update - May 2022

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    Monthly Operational Update - May 2022
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    UNHCR Zambia Operational Update - March 2022

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    Monthly Operational Update
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    Zambia Achievement Report 2021 - Mayukwayukwa refugee settlement

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    Publish date: 20 March 2022 (8 months ago)
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    Zambia achievement Report 2021 - Urban

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    Achievement Report 2021 - Urban Refugee Programme in Zambia
    Publish date: 20 March 2022 (8 months ago)
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    Zambia Achievement Report 2021 - Meheba refugee settlement

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    Publish date: 20 March 2022 (8 months ago)
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    UNHCR Rwanda Returnees Statistics - December 2021

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    UNHCR Rwanda Returnees Statistics - December 2021
    Publish date: 10 January 2022 (10 months ago)
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    Zambia, Settlement profiles - February-2021

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    Settlement profiles
    Publish date: 2 March 2021 (1 year ago)
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    Statistics Map

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    Statistics Map of Zambia for the month of October 2019
    Publish date: 4 November 2019 (3 years ago)
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    Statistics

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    Country-wide statistics of persons of concern in Zambia
    Publish date: 4 November 2019 (3 years ago)
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    Stastics

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    Statistics of persons of concern in Zambia
    Publish date: 4 November 2019 (3 years ago)
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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 (4 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)
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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)
    Publish date: 2 May 2018 (4 years ago)
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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 (4 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 (4 years ago)
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    Zambia Presence Map - February 2021

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    Zambia Presence Map
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    Zambia - Inset Map - 03 October 2016

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    Zambia - Inset Map - 03 October 2016
    Publish date: 20 July 2020 (2 years ago)
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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 31 Dec 2017

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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 mid-2018

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    Southern Africa Region - Persons of Concern - as of mid-2018
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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 (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 (3 years ago)
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    DRC 2019-2020 RRRP At A Glance - fr

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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
    Publish date: 23 May 2018 (4 years ago)
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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
    Publish date: 11 August 2021 (1 year ago)
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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 (3 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, ...
    Publish date: 16 January 2019 (3 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 (3 years ago)
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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 (4 years ago)
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    UNHCR Operational Update July 2022 - Zambia

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    UNHCR Operational Update July 2022 - Zambia
    Publish date: 19 October 2022 (1 month ago)
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    Zambia - UNHCR Monthly Operational Update - 2022

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    UNHCR Monthly Operational Update - 2022
    Publish date: 20 March 2022 (8 months ago)
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    UNHCR Zambia Factsheet February 2020

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    Factsheet
    Publish date: 31 March 2020 (2 years 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 (2 years ago)
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    Humanitarian Ambassadors Briefing Note

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    Briefing Note
    Publish date: 3 February 2020 (2 years ago)
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    UNHCR Operational Update September 2022 - Zambia

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    UNHCR Operational Update
    Publish date: 1 November 2022 (1 month ago)
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    Zambia - UNHCR Operational Update February 2022

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    Zambia - UNHCR Operational Update February 2022
    Publish date: 10 May 2022 (6 months ago)
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    UNHCR Zambia Operational Update - October 2021

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    Operational Update - October 2021
    Publish date: 2 December 2021 (1 year ago)
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    July 2021 Operational Update - Zambia

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

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    Statistics
    Publish date: 3 February 2020 (2 years 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 (3 years ago)
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  • PRESS RELEASE ON THE UNHCR ASSISTANT HIGH COMMISSIONER'S VISIT TO ZAMBIA

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    Publish date: 21 November 2022 (12 days ago)
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  • PRESS RELEASE ON THE UNHCR ASSISTANT HIGH COMMISSIONER'S VISIT TO ZAMBIA

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    Publish date: 21 November 2022 (12 days ago)
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    UNHCR Zambia Operational Update - September 2021

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    UNHCR Zambia Operational Update
    Publish date: 8 November 2021 (1 year ago)
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    June Operational Update for Zambia

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    June Operational Update for Zambia
    Publish date: 11 August 2021 (1 year ago)
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    Briefing note on Isibindi

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    Briefing Note
    Publish date: 3 February 2020 (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 (2 years ago)
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    Zambia, Urban Refugee Programme Briefing Note

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

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    Factsheet
    Publish date: 8 October 2020 (2 years ago)
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    Zambia, settlement profiles

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    Settlement profiles
    Publish date: 7 October 2020 (2 years ago)
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    Briefing Note - ZTVA

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    Briefing Note
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    Briefing Note - PSEA

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    Briefing Note
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      News
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    UNHCR and Government of Zambia begin second phase of refugee repatriation to DR Congo

    Congolese voluntary repatriation from Zambia, 10 Aug 2022

    UNHCR and Government of Zambia begin second phase of refugee repatriation to DR Congo LUSAKA, ZAMBIA - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Zambian government have resumed the voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees from northern Zambia to Pweto in Haut Katanga province in the Democratic R... Read more

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    UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa visits Zambia

    UNHCR Zambia, 10 Aug 2022

    28-05-2022 UNHCR Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa concludes visit to Zambia where he emphasized the need for streamlining documentation for refugees UNHCR - UN Refugee Agency - Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey, has concluded his three-day official visit to Za... Read more

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    DAFI SPONSORED STUDENTS GRADUATE

    UNHCR Zambia, 10 Aug 2022

    Education is one of the surest pathways to self-reliance for refugees. At the 51st Graduation Ceremony at a University in Zambia, young refugees supported by DAFI throw high their hats as they start a new chapter in their refugee journeys. The future looks bright. #SupportRefugeeEducation Read more

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    Refugee verification in Zambia

    UNHCR Zambia, 10 May 2022

    The verification of refugees and others of concern in Meheba refugee settlement has been running for over a month now. The exercise will be conducted country-wide in other refugee locations. Read more

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    Congolese voluntary repatriation from Zambia

    UNHCR Geneva, Switzerland, 28 Jan 2022

    https://www.unhcr.org/afr/news/briefing/2021/12/61c18d964/thousands-dr-congo-refugees-zambia-opt-head-home.html Thousands of DR Congo refugees in Zambia opt to head home This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's pre... Read more

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      Highlights
    A total of 2,159 individuals in 557 families were assisted to voluntarily repatriate to DRC in September. Cumulatively, 5,807 individuals in 1,653 families had repatriated since the start of the second phase of the voluntary repatriation on 18 July 2022.
    01 Nov 2022
    In coordination with UNHCR and partners, WFP distributed cash for food assistance to 12,412 people we serve (6,443 females and 5,969 males), through the WFP Cash-based Transfer (CBT) network in Mantapala. Refugees received ZMW118 per person from WFP using a digital payment service in the settlement.
    01 Nov 2022
    UNHCR and its education partner Caritas Czech Republic (CCR) completed the enrolment of 200 (males 123 and females 77) refugees at Cavendish University Zambia (CUZ) under the UNHCR/CUZ scholarships.
    01 Nov 2022
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