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UNHCR: Japanese cooperation agency launches project for refugees in Rabat

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) finalized, on February 26, in Rabat, the implementation of a project amounting to $ 275,000. The aim of this latter is to support the UNHCR response program to the Covid-19 crisis in favor of refugees residing in Morocco.

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is supporting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in its response to the Covid-19 crisis in favor of refugees residing in Morocco, by supporting a project with a sum worth 275 000 dollars.

Implemented from March to September 2021, the latter will both help refugees from a medical point of view, in particular in the context of prevention and awareness of Covid-19, but also to help promoters of projects whose income-generating activities have been severely affected, as detailed by UNHCR and JICA in a joint press release.

According to their data, in the 1st February 2021, more than 14,000 people, spread over 75 localities in Morocco, are registered with the UNHCR, including 8,300 refugees and 5,700 asylum seekers. Following the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, the protection needs of this vulnerable population were exacerbated, impacting their socio-economic situation, their ability to meet their basic needs, their mental state, and their mental health.