Overview

A Western African country with a population of 24.3 million people, Côte d’Ivoire has gone through two violent conflicts, in 2002-2004 and 2010-2011.? The latter saw about 3,000 people killed, and around 500,000 people displaced. Since 2012, positive political, economic and security developments have enabled many refugees and IDPs to return to their areas of origin.? There were 270,526 returnees in the country at the end of 2018.? 

Côte d’Ivoire has the largest reported estimate of stateless persons or those of undetermined nationality in West Africa. As of December 2018, there were 692,000 stateless or at risk of statelessness people in Côte d’Ivoire.? Historical migrants, children of unknown parents, border populations,  refugees, returnees, and IDPs are particularly at risk of statelessness.? 

As of December 2018 there were 1,806 refugees and 231 asylum-seekers in Cote D’Ivoire. Some 50% of the refugees are from Liberia, while 25.5% are from Central African Republic.? 

For 2019, INFORM rated the risk of humanitarian crisis in Côte d’Ivoire as high, at 5.6/10.?