UNHCR Nigeria Returnee Situation Update 4th July 2017 (External)

Post date Tuesday, 11 July, 2017 - 11:34
Document Type Situation Report
Content Themes Protection
Sources United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Situation Analysis

The Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Mr. Vulker Turk undertook a brief visit to Nigeria from 2-3 July as part of efforts to highlight the High
Commissioner’s concern for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon in particular and the situation of returns to areas unprepared to receive returnees. He met with
Nigerian officials including the Minister of Interior and head of the Federal Commissioner for Refugees and IDPs as well as the humanitarian and donor communities in Abuja on 3 July to restate UNHCR’s opposition to any form of forced returns. He later departed for Cameroon when he will reiterate that position. The common challenges facing the areas to which new arrivals are returning highlight the complex and sometimes unpredictable nature of the humanitarian situation in Nigeria’s North-East.

Majority of those returning have found themselves in the situation of secondary displacement.

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