The Government of Djibouti and IOM inaugurated a new facility in the capital of Djibouti to house the headquarters of the National Office of Assistance to Refugees and Disaster Victims (ONARS) a structure under the Ministry of the Interior. The new office is expected to strengthen ONARS’ operational support and assistance for refugees, asylum seekers and disaster victims, including migrants, throughout the country.
The Government of Djibouti inaugurated the office of the National Coordination Mechanism on Migration. This office will coordinate all migration issues in Djibouti and will be the main interlocutor for partners from the UN and the civil society working on migration at national, regional and global levels.
in September 2021, Djibouti launched the first National Strategy for Migration. The strategy will help coordination between the country’s institutions on migration laws, policies, and future legislation, as well as promoting awareness of the rights of migrants, and their humanitarian and protection needs. The strategy will offer help and promote sustainable livelihoods for migrants impacted by conflict, protracted crisis, climate change and the lack of jobs in the region.
Decree 410/PR/MI is the second of a set of refugee laws passed in 2017 and determines the fundamental rights of refugee and asylum seekers, facilitating refugees' access to health care, education and employment, and giving them more opportunities for integration.
Law No. 159 on the status of refugees reinforces the national legal framework on asylum and refugee status while also incorporating many important provisions from the 1951 Refugee Convention and its Protocol to ensure that nationals and refugees enjoy equal civil, economic, social and cultural rights.