Web Services

UNHCR Core GIS Data


Browse for core reference data that is used in UNHCR, such as UNHCR presence, persons of concern locations, and administrative boundaries.

Web services are available in different formats. They are directly connected to the database and are updated dynamically.

For offline use, download the data using the Export Tool.


UNHCR Presence

The GDS presence layer is a geographic representation of the UNHCR operational presence in the countries where UNHCR is operating. It shows the diverse types of presence including temporary presence such as Field Units. Each office is either Active or Inactive depending on the operational status reported by the field. The status of the GIS layer represents the current operational presence in the world.


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UNHCR People of Concern

Geographic point layer representing all the people of concern's known locations in the world ( Refugees, Internally displaced, Stateless persons and other of concern). The data is displayed by population type and location type (typology adapted from the SPHERE handbook standard). 


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Administrative Boundary

This layer shows the different administrative boundaries (levels:  0, 1, and 2) used in the UNHCR GIS system. It is mostly from governments and official sources but also other UN bodies or NGOs.  The  OCHA CODs and Pcodes are examined and considered. The boundaries and names do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.




Country boundary (admin0)

1:1 million scale
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- Polyline: ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS Online | ArcMap | QGIS | Google Earth | REST API


1:15 million scale
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- Polyline: ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS Online | ArcMap | QGIS | Google Earth | REST API


Country Centroids

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First-level administrative divisions (admin1)

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Second-level administrative divisions (admin2)

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UNHCR Population Reference Points (PRP)

Point layer that represents populated places locations (e.g.,  capitals/ cities/ towns)  and of administrative units (Level 1, 2 and 3 depending on availability).


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UNHCR Population Reference Areas 

Polygon layer that represent the areas of Population Reference Points. Available only for the main People of Concern locations.


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Border Crossing Points

Country border crossing points. The boundaries and names included in this web service do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.


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UNHCR Warehouses

This layer shows the different UNHCR active warehouses in the world. The boundaries and names included in this web service do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.


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UNHCR Population


UNHCR Population of Concern per country

UNHCR data on displacement per country, formatted for mapping purposes.
Source : api.unhcr.org
Documentation : unhcr.org/refugee-statistics/methodology


Latest (2021) - ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS Online | ArcMap | QGIS | REST API
All years (1951-2021)  - ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS Online | ArcMap | QGIS | REST API
All years (1951-2021) Pivot - ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS Online | ArcMap | QGIS | REST API

Templates and Styles


Templates for ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro, already connected to webservices. Click on the pictures below to download the templates and the user guide.






QGIS

Work in progress

Web Applications


UNHCR Presence and People of Concern

Webmap displaying UNHCR Presence and People of Concern.

Open



Site Mapping

Worldwide portal for accessing Site Mapping applications.

Open



WASH GIS Portal

Application displaying the boreholes assessed by the WASH focal points in the different refugee sites.

Open



WASH KAP Mapper

The WASH KAP Mapper is a tool to quickly and easily map out WASH KAP (Knowledge, Aptitude, Practises) survey results. It will only work if you have used the standardized WASH KAP UNHCR survey template, although you can have added or removed optional questions. WASH KAP mobile survey can be found at the WASH Website.

Open



Health Facility Balanced Score Card (BSC) Dashboard

BSC Dashboard displaying data on assessed Health facilities and their scoring aggregated on country to individual Facility level.

Open



Standardized Expanded Nutrition Survey (SENS) Mapper

This application allows to quickly and easily map out standardized SENS KAP survey results, including Child, Women, WASH and Mosquito Net modules.

Open

OPSMAPS


Dashboards providing online IDP site profiles to CCCM and humanitarian actors, in order to quickly gain insights into collected data and facilitate access to information.