This update covers the period May 2020 – July 2020 and provides an overview of regional trends as well as programming by UNHCR and partners in the field of mixed movements.
Mixed movements refer to situations where a number of people are travelling together, generally in an irregular manner, using the same routes and means of transport, but for different reasons.
Niamey - border monitoring (except Agadez Region):
As part of the mixed movement monitoring project carried out by UNHCR’ implementing partner CIAUD Canada, on the borders, the following activities have been achieved during the period under review:
• 406 people have been identified at the border posts and expressed the intention to seek asylum in Niger. The breakdown analysis per nationality shows: 54.67% Nigerians, 30.04% Burkina, 11.57% Malians and 3.72% other nationalities including DRC, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan and Togo.
• Of 72 refugees identified in an onward movement situation, 90% were recognized in Chad, 7% in Cameroon and 3% in Nigeria and 74 people reported by the monitors at risk of statelessness.
• UNHCR SO Agadez continues to record regular deportations from Algeria to Assamaka border area in Niger. From 01 May to 31 July 2020, 1,048 deportations from Algeria were recorded, of which 539 (51%) were Nigerien nationals.
• Between 01 May and 30 July 2020, 45 new cases/56 individuals were registered in Agadez, the majority of which continue to be Sudanese nationals from Darfur fleeing Libya to Niger through Madama border crossing.
Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM):
• During the period under review, a total of 170 cases representing 197 refugees (163 ETM and 34 Niger) were assessed and submitted for resettlement consideration to Canada, Netherlands, France,
Germany and Sweden.
• As of end of July 2020, the total number of individuals evacuated out of Libya to Niger stands at 3,208.
Out of this number, 2,454 have departed for resettlement while 815 remain in Niger, including 104 unaccompanied and separated children.