Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Photo: WFP/Primo Luanda
Photo: WFP/Primo Luanda

Dzaleka had been a political prison before it was transformed into a refugee camp in response to a massive influx of refugees from Africa's Great Lakes region in 1994. Primary countries of origin represented in the camp include Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Prior to becoming a refugee camp, the Dzaleka facility had served as a political prison to around 6, 000 inmates.

UNHCR has registered 86,181 refugees and asylum-seekers. More than half of the refugee population fled from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the remaining population originating from Burundi, Rwanda and others from the East and Horn of African countries. Most of refugees in Malawi live in the heavily congested Dzaleka Refugee Camp which has 15,997 households located near the capital Lilongwe and was set up in 1994 to accommodate just between 10,000 and 12,000 people.

Refugees and asylum-seekers by Origin JSON  .CSV 
Country of origin Source Data date Population
Dem. Rep. of the Congo UNHCR, Government 31 Jan 2022
  60.4%
32,843
Burundi UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2022
  21.5%
12,377
Rwanda UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2022
  13.3%
7,526
Others UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2022
  4.8%
33,431
Mozambique UNHCR, Government 28 Feb 2022
  0.0%
4

Source - UNHCR, Government

Total number of refugees and asylum seekers JSON 
86,181
Source - UNHCR, Government 

Households*
7,389
Last updated 28 Feb 2022, Source - UNHCR, Government

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  Malawi
World bank country facts
Capital
Lilongwe
Languages
en, ny
Population
16,310,431
Area
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Gini index
39
Currency
MWK
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