Who are Sahrawi refugees?
For more than 40 years, the Sahrawi refugees have been living under harsh conditions in the Sahara Desert in southwestern Algeria. Hosted in five refugee camps near the Algerian town of Tindouf, refugee families rely primarily on WFP assistance for their food needs. Employment and livelihood opportunities are limited.
How many Sahrawi refugees are there?
The Moroccan government contends that the total number of refugees is around 45,000 to 50,000, and also that these people are kept in the camps by Polisario against their will.
How many refugees come from Algeria?
Only in the year 2020 there have been 1,238 asylum applications from refugees of other countries….New Applications.
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Why do people immigrate to Algeria?
After the civil war, sub-Saharan African migrants came to Algeria to work in agriculture and mining. In the 2000s, a wave of educated Algerians went abroad seeking skilled jobs in a wider range of destinations and consequently increased their presence in North America and Spain.
What happened to the Sahrawi refugees?
The Sahrawi refugees fled their homes in 1975 as the conflict in Western Sahara escalated. Today, the conflict remains unresolved and the Sahrawi refugees still live in five camps in south-west Algeria, heavily dependent on international assistance.
Why are refugees in Western Sahara so vulnerable?
Most refugees arrived since the escalation of the conflict in Western Sahara in 1975, or were born in the camps. 90,000 of them are considered particularly vulnerable by UNHCR due to their heavy reliance on humanitarian assistance to access food, water, education, and other necessities.
How many Sahrawi refugees are there in Tindouf?
At least 173,600 Sahrawi refugees are living in five camps located in Tindouf province.
What is the Danish Refugee Council doing in Saharawi?
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been present in the region since 2016, delivering humanitarian mine action and livelihoods interventions, the latter benefitting to youth in particular, with a view to enhance the self-reliance and resilience of Saharawi refugees in a safe and sustainable manner.