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Democratic Republic of the Congo Situation: UNHCR Regional Update (May 2019)

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As of 31 May 2019, 856,043 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries. From 1 January to 31 May 2019 alone, some 38,812 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda.

UNHCR together with 56 humanitarian and development partners launched the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 11 December 2018 to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.

Regional Highlights and Operational Context

  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, signed on 13 May, 2019 a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening cooperation with the Pan- African Parliament (PAP), which was established to ensure the full participation of the African peoples in the African Union (AU). Under the MoU, UNHCR and the PAP will prioritize systematic collaboration, including within the framework of the AU, at every phase of the forced displacement cycle by including refugees and others of concern in development plans, and in analysing root causes and preparedness. The two sides agreed to “collaborate, cooperate and interact through initiatives and activities on fields of cooperation,” according to the MoU, with a focus on learning and capacity building programmes for MPs; joint field visits; advocacy for accession to UN, AU and OAU Conventions on forced displacement and statelessness; and strengthening the link between the executive and parliamentary arms of governance on issues of concern to UNHCR.