Joint Assessment Mission: Ivorian Refugees Operation in Liberia

Political turmoil and violence in Cote D’Ivoire (CDI) after the disputed 2010 presidential election resulted in over 224,000 Ivoirians fleeing across the border to seek refuge in Liberia. Despite the political crisis now being over, there continues to be a significant movement of refugees across the Ivorian border into Liberia. With continued instability in areas of CDI, it is highly probable that many refugees will remain in Liberia for the foreseeable future, until it is safe for them to return home. To gain a deeper understanding of the refugee situation, UNHCR and WFP conducted a cross border joint assessment mission (JAM) across both countries. The JAM focus was based on: Ongoing and projected refugee returns and repatriation to CDI; Developments on the CDI side of the border; and the ongoing operation in CDI for returnees.