• Crisis Severity ?
     
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
     
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
     
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    1.7
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
     
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Overview

27/05/2019

Algeria is a destination and transit country for migrants from sub-Saharan countries. There is limited information regarding the profile or needs of those migrants when they arrive to Algeria. Most transit through Mali or Niger to find work in Algeria. Some 25,000-29,000 migrants were deported from Algeria in 2018. Conditions in detention centres and during deportation are leading to protection concerns. West African migrants are often rounded up and dropped off in the desert, some 15-25 kilometres from the border with Niger or Mali, and forced to walk through harsh terrain without food or water and in areas sometimes controlled by armed groups. In 2018, UNHCR also counted 77 cases of expulsion of registered refugees. ?

Latest Developments

02/10/2019

No recent significant humanitarian developments. The situation is being monitored by our analysis team. 

Information Gaps and Needs

27/05/2019
  • Lack of detailed information on the migrant population living in Algeria, including data segregated by age, gender and disability.
  • Information about in- and out-flow of migrants is missing. 
  • Access to the detention centres is very limited.

Key Priorities

29/05/2019

Protection: Cases of abuse, sexual violence, and torture have been reported by migrants detained in Algeria before being deported. Migrants are frequently reported to have died in the desert between Algeria, Mali, and Niger.