2016 was a record-breaking year for Argentina in terms of asylum applications. The UNHCR estimates that there are approximately 5,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Argentina from over 100 nationalities. Over 90% live in Buenos Aires, Argentina´s capital and largest city. Although the country is a regional leader on refugee protection, significant challenges remain, especially regarding social, cultural and economic integration of the forcibly displaced populations that arrive in the country.
ADRA Argentina partners with UNHCR to provide humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers. In July 2016, ADRA opened its Refugee Support Centre located in the heart of Buenos Aires. The Center provides a wide range of services that include cash and in-kind assistance, shelter, counseling and labor orientation. In 2016, ADRA Argentina conducted 364 interviews and 83 mental health consultations, assisting 210 refugees and asylum seekers from 35 different nationalities.
As of 2015, around half a million Dominicans of Haitian descent faced deportation in the Dominican Republic. Thousands of people left voluntarily, amid threats of eventual deportation. With nowhere to go, many settled in informal camps in Haiti. ADRA Haiti responded to the crisis, distributing food, water purification units and hygiene kits.