How to seek asylum in Burkina Faso?

You can seek asylum in Burkina Faso as soon as you enter the country by asking to local authorities or at a UNHCR office.

Burkina Faso is a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol (ratified in 1980), the 2000 United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, including its Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, and its Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea, and Air (ratified in 2002), and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the (accession in 2017).

How to seek asylum in Burkina Faso?

Burkina Faso’s government can receives 100 refugee families every year for a two-year initial duration, that can be renewable.

Documentation for application

The dossier of the case includes:

  • a duly filled-in UNHCR “Resettlement Registration Form” (RRF)
  • a letter covering the transmission of the individual case (IC) listing in detail the criteria which made the person eligible for refugee status and resettlement.

Submission of application

The dossier is sent to the National Commission for Refugees (CONAREF) for consideration by the Committee on Eligibility, either through the Resettlement Section in Geneva, the UNHCR Field Office, or through Burkina Faso’s diplomatic embassies around the world.
When a group of refugees applies for resettlement, CONAREF, in agreement with UNHCR, may send one or two of its members on a trip to the first country of asylum to interview the applicants.
The President or Vice President of CONAREF, and/or the Coordinator through delegation, notify UNHCR of the decision.

Recourse Processing

If a case is rejected, there is no recourse. However, if the candidate can provide relevant additional material, the dossier may be submitted a second time. After two rejections, the same dossier cannot be re-examined.

Processing Times

All applications are processed during the regular sessions of the Committee on Eligibility


Sources: Burkina Faso resettlement policy

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