Central African Republic - Migration



Both internal and external migration is mainly seasonal. About 25,900 Sudanese and 21,500 Chadian war refugees were in the country in 1995. As of 1999, there were 34,831 Sudanese refugees and 3,590 Chadians, a residual group of the influxes in 1994 and 1998. Refugees from the DROC also arrived in the Central African Republic in January and July 1999. Many settled on their own; however, the government was attempting to relocate all to the Boubou refugee camp. Repatriation efforts were underway in 1999. Some 1,500 Chadians were ready to return home, and some 500 from the DROC had requested assistance to return to Kinshasa. The net migration rate for the country in 2000 was 0.5 migrants per 1,000 population. The total number of migrants was 59,000, of which 95% were refugees. The government views the emigration level as too high.

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