Identity management, registration and profiling
Biometric records for 2.4 million people of concern were captured, raising the total number of individuals with biometric records in BIMS and IrisGuard (the iris scanning equipment used across operations in the Syria situation) to 7.2 million across 60 operations.
Access to quality education
With the combined efforts of governments, UNHCR and partners succeeded in enrolling over 500,000 children in school in 2018, allowing refugees like Rihanna Siraj, a young refugee student who lives in Kakuma Refugee Camp, a chance to pursue her dreams of one day becoming a doctor.
Emergency Transit Mechanism
UNHCR successfully evacuated over 2,200 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers out of Libya to the Emergency Transit Mechanism in Niger for individual processing for resettlement; from there, some 1,000 people were resettled to third countries.
UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation—the preferred solution of many refugees—to countries including Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan. However, the number of returnees decreased from 667,400 in 2017 to 593,814 in 2018 – a 11% decrease compared with 2017.
To support countries in providing options for local integration, UNHCR and partners contributed with financial and technical support to ensure that integration programming took into account the needs of both refugees and host communities.