Civil registration in emergencies recommendations and guidelines for implementation
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The African continent is currently hosting more than a third of the world’s displaced populations, including millions of refugees and asylum seekers and an even greater number of internally displaced persons. To draw attention to these ever-growing challenges, which are primarily linked to protracted or sudden emergencies, the African Union has declared 2019 the “Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”. The aim is to bring African member States and partners together for long-lasting solutions. Functional registration systems established in the context of the emergencies, such as refugee registration systems, even when bio metric, are often not systematically linked to civil registration as a foundation legal identity system. In such situations, refugees, internally displaced persons and returnees can be left without any government-recognized credentials to prove their identities and the administrative system can fail to record and register vital events.