Algeria hosts one of the most protracted, but often forgotten refugee situations in the world. Since 1975, over 90,000 Sahrawi refugees from Western Sahara are living in camps in Tindouf , in the west of Algeria. Due to the lack of durable solutions-such as voluntary return or local integration- and restricted access to income generating activities, Sahrawi refugees depend on financial assistance from humanitarian agencies and are therefore extremely vulnerable.

In addition to the large number of Sahrawi refugees, Algeria is both a transit and destination country for mixed migratory movements from Sub Saharan Africa, such as Sudan and Mali.

Legal situation:
  • Algeria is a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. In absence of a national asylum law and a functioning national body to facilitate asylum claims, UNHCR carries out Refugee Status Determination (RSD).