Over 86,000 Cameroon Refugees Flee To Nigeria

According to a United Nations Refugee organisation report 86,268 Cameroonian refugees were registered in Nigeria.

The deadly conflict between separatist fighters and the military in the Anglophone region of Cameroon has displaced over 86,000 people into neighbouring Nigeria. 

As of October 2022, 86,268 Cameroonian refugees were registered in Nigeria, according to a recent United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees briefing. 

Most of them are in Akwa-Ibom, Benue, Cross River and Taraba States.

The continued insecurity, particularly in Cameroon’s English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions, has displaced over one million people consisting of  Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees in Nigeria. 

Since protests against perceived marginalisation flared up in 2016 in the Anglophone regions, the security situation has deteriorated and morphed into a succession agitation and conflict with security forces. 

“The arrival of Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria has since presented a new dimension to the already complex humanitarian situation in Nigeria”, the United Nations refugee agency stated.

Nigeria is currently struggling with widespread displacement in the northwest, northcentral and northeast of the country due to armed conflicts. 

The recent flooding disaster has also exacerbated the situation after the displacement of more than one million people  and caused the loss of hundreds of lives.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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