Responding to the emergency in the Diffa Region with transitional shelter

Region: Africa
Country: Niger
Year: 2018
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 1001-5000
Modality: Temporary shelter
Sector: Shelter
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building

Niger is home to over 240,000 refugees and more than 186,000 are internally displaced persons (IDPs). 2 regions in Niger are particularly affected by the armed conflicts and displacement and are currently in a state of emergency: the Diffa region which borders Nigeria and Chad and the South-West part of Niger, bordering Mali.

Today, there are over 250,000 displaced persons in the Diffa region, including 118,868 Nigerian refugees, over 25,000 returnees and 104,288 internally displaced persons. In 2018, the Government of Niger and UNHCR implemented a unique Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) to facilitate the evacuation of thousands of refugees detained in Libya and provide them with life-saving assistance and protection along the border with Mali, until they can be resettled.

In support of its operations in both of these regions, UNHCR has implemented over 1000 Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHUs) which serve primarily as temporary shelters and since 2018, the RHUs have been integrated in the ETM to facilitate the evacuation of refugees in the region.

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