ACAPS Tanzania: refugee influx from the DRC


Tanzania: Refugee influx from the DRC
More than 2,600 refugees and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) entered Tanzania between 5–14 March to flee from the escalation of clashes between the March 23 Movement (M23) and the Congolese army in Kivu region.

Key considerations:

  • More refugees and asylum seekers are projected to cross from the DRC to Tanzania because of the expected continuation of clashes in eastern DRC.
  • The arrival of more refugees and asylum seekers will increase an already unserviceable level of needs
  • The M23 and the Congolese army have not agreed on a ceasefire, and they are not responding to the UN’s call for talks.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers attempting to cross illegally or lacking proper documentation will likely be unable to enter Tanzania or face the risk of being returned to the DRC.
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