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One out of every two refugees is African. The enormity of Africa’s refugee crisis has driven international observers to take a hard look at how refugees are being handled by international assistance agencies and governments. The following case study of refugees from Ethiopia in Djibouti, based on information collected by CS’s Refugee Research Project, increases problems vital to refugee situations in Africa as well as the rest of the world. The Republic of Djibouti, one of the smallest and poorest countries of the world, is located on the Red Sea. The country consists of a gravelly desert landscape spanning the most active strategic harbor in the region. Djibouti’s population is mainly made up of Muslims with smaller numbers of Arabs and Europeans. Djibouti has a very limited amount of natural resources to support its own residents. The country has a high national unemployment rate, placing further economic pressure on the population. After independence from France in 1977, Djibouti accepted tens of thousands of Tigrae, Somali, Eritrean, Afars, Eritrean, and other refugees from Ethiopia. Djibouti is currently the host to over 30,000 refugees fleeing abuse in neighboring Ethiopia and war in Yemen. Djibouti continues to deal with a protracted refugee crisis, having hosted more than 23,000 mainly Somali refugees, in many cases for more than two decades, in the Ali Addeh and Holl Holl refugee camps. There are 19.5 million refugees worldwide, 86 percent of which are hosted by developing…show more content…
Djibouti will work with the United Nations to open up safe routes to sanctuary for refugees, meaning refugees will be allowed to unite with their families and be given visas so they don’t have to spend all their money and risk danger to reach
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